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    Default MBI #4 - Get Ready to meet Zeus™

    Hi Everyone,

    I'm getting close to releasing more details on Zeus™, MBI creation #4.

    There are still some things that need to fall into place before I'm able to release all the information, photos & specs but in the meantime, to offer a central place to post comments, "I'll take one's" and anything else, I've started this thread.

    I'll update this post with more details once it's time, but for the moment here's what I revealed in my last subscriber update:

    Code name: MBI ZEUS™

    Power Source: 1x AA 1.2~1.5 volt / 1x 14500 li-ion
    Modes: 2 (low/high)
    UI: Forward Clicky (pushbutton) at the tail
    Material: Stainless Steel / Aero Grade Aluminum - Graphite Black Type III
    Version 1 Emitter: XML2 75 CRI 5000K
    Emitter Pill: 100% Copper pill, with LED mounted on copper pcb, and the LED thermally bonded directly to the copper pill (not just the copper pcb) for blazing efficiency at high power.
    Output: Bright
    Reflector: Smooth
    Beam Profile: Perfect balance of throw & flood (2 thirds throw, 1 third flood)
    Ergonomics: No knurling but designed for a comfortable, non-slip grip, under extreme conditions
    Water Proof: 10 meters
    Trit Slots: 4
    Modularity: Easily replaceable emitter/pill, Ultra Turbo throw head to follow, and some surprises.
    Likely Accessories: Case, Holster, Clip (the heavy duty type held by 2 screws)
    Other: The SS version makes a good hammer

    Please note these specs may change in the production version, pending tests, feedback, etc.


    The initial batch will most likely be a total of 24 Zeus™, 12 each in SS & AL.
    I've made a number of prototypes and the last version is very near production ready status,
    pending some final tweaks, decisions & confirmations.

    Zeus is designed to be highly configurable, extremely tough and a whole lot more....

    I was not planning to add any photo's yet, and may not be able to give away too many details for another 1-2 weeks
    so thanking you for your patience in advance but as always, all feedback and posts are most welcome.

    So for now, just this one quick pic...



    Above: MBI Zeus™ Prototypes

    The production version may be slightly different, or maybe not.

    Tgwnn ...(original post ends here, will be adding more below)



    FAQ - Not necessarily frequent, but I'll add potentially frequent questions that have been asked here.

    Topic > Switch
    Q. Can we use the switch (on/off l/h) underwater?
    A. Yes, that is the plan. We'll need to test of course but the design goal is to allow you to use it Zeus underwater.

    Q.What is the expected life of the clicky switch?
    A. It will depend on the final choice but typically between 10,000 clicks as the absolute low end to 100,000 as a high end number.


    Topic > Batteries
    Q.Is it possible to use any kind of AA battery at that depth (10m)?
    A.Yes. Just like being in a submarine that is pressurised.

    Topic > Purchase / Timing
    Q. When will Zeus be available?
    A. I'm working towards an early December 2013 timeline.

    Q. How will I know when its time to order?
    A.
    1)You can subscribe to MBI Insiders for product updates by email.
    2)You can reserve a prioritized order slot for the Zeus first production
    3)You can watch this thread as I'll post updates.
    4)I will post on the MBI Facebook Page when Zeus is ready for sale.


    Approximate Specs
    Length: somewhere between 100mm ~ 150mm depending on how its configured
    Max Output: Bright (still classified)
    Run time on max: depending on configs, battery chemistry, somewhere between 10m~30m
    Time limit for max: In the default config, no time limit expected.
    Last edited by the_guy_with_no_name; 11-27-2013 at 11:26 PM. Reason: added/edited FAQ

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    Default MBI #4 - Get Ready to meet Zeus™

    Awesome Guy! Can't wait!
    Th8tredude


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    I'm definitely in!

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    Default Re: MBI #4 - Get Ready to meet Zeus™

    Oh boy.... everything I want for a AA light. Any chance of a titanium/copper version as well?

    Power Source: 1x AA 1.2~1.5 volt / 1x 14500 li-ion < Does this mean the voltage range exceeds 1.5v or there are 2 versions available?
    Last edited by Zeruel; 09-13-2013 at 09:28 AM.

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    Hi Guy!

    Quote Originally Posted by the_guy_with_no_name View Post
    There are still some things that need to fall into place before I'm able to release all the information, photos & specs but in the meantime, to offer a central place to post comments, "I'll take one's" and anything else, I've started this thread.
    "I'll take one"

    AL please, X0004 will do just fine

    Thanks for opening this thread while we wait

    Best,

    Steve.

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    I'm in for one also, Guy. Already toting an HF-R, waiting on a Torpedo, and preparing to order Zeus. Man, the excitement never ends with TGWNN. Always something to look forward to. Keep up the great work!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeruel View Post
    Oh boy.... everything I want for a AA light. Any chance of a titanium/copper version as well?

    Power Source: 1x AA 1.2~1.5 volt / 1x 14500 li-ion < Does this mean the voltage range exceeds 1.5v or there are 2 versions available?
    If we speek loud enough maybe

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    Quote Originally Posted by th8tredude View Post
    Awesome Guy! Can't wait!
    Th8tredude
    Thanks th8tredude

    Quote Originally Posted by rejsr View Post
    I'm definitely in!
    Thanks rejsr

    Quote Originally Posted by Zeruel View Post
    Oh boy.... everything I want for a AA light. Any chance of a titanium/copper version as well?

    Power Source: 1x AA 1.2~1.5 volt / 1x 14500 li-ion < Does this mean the voltage range exceeds 1.5v or there are 2 versions available?
    Hi Zeruel,
    Thanks and...
    Ti/Copper, yes always a chance.
    I'll definitely do a Ti version and would love to do at least one run in copper at some point.

    On the power source, just 1 version, with some smart circuitry.

    Quote Originally Posted by stevenkelby View Post
    Hi Guy!

    "I'll take one"

    AL please, X0004 will do just fine

    Thanks for opening this thread while we wait

    Best,

    Steve.
    Thanks very much Steve

    Quote Originally Posted by rebelbayou View Post
    I'm in for one also, Guy. Already toting an HF-R, waiting on a Torpedo, and preparing to order Zeus. Man, the excitement never ends with TGWNN. Always something to look forward to. Keep up the great work!!
    Thanks very much rebelbayou,
    As with all new MBI threads/releases, expect the unexpected


    Quote Originally Posted by mcbrat View Post
    If we speek loud enough maybe
    mcbrat,
    I was looking forward to your "copper" post and yes, I absolutely have to make you one in copper

    Tgwnn

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    I like the design. Especially the placement of the trits.

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    Is there an option to populate the tritium slots?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrafterDan View Post
    I like the design. Especially the placement of the trits.
    Thanks Dan

    Quote Originally Posted by fnj View Post
    Is there an option to populate the tritium slots?
    Hi fnj,

    If you mean pre-installed trits, yes absolutely.

    Tgwnn

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    Nice looking design. Not too flashy. Trits are a nice touch. Very interested in this light!
    Count me in for a SS version sight unseen! May very well be the last AA light I ever need to buy!
    Last edited by TheCleanerSD; 09-14-2013 at 10:03 AM.

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    Default Re: MBI #4 - Get Ready to meet Zeus™

    I`ll spam some:
    I want one. Interested in a alu. Or silver, or kryptonite, or ti, or prototype, or a "x-run" of it.
    That should cover it.

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    Default Re: MBI #4 - Get Ready to meet Zeus™

    Very nice, Guy! Will there be versions with more modes later on?
    I'm Ryan.

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    Default Re: MBI #4 - Get Ready to meet Zeus™

    I'm in too.


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    Must have this ASAP!!! Will be my first MBI for sure!
    GOOD TINT!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheCleanerSD View Post
    Nice looking design. Not too flashy. Trits are a nice touch. Very interested in this light!
    Thanks TheCleanerSD

    Quote Originally Posted by jorn View Post
    I`ll spam some:
    I want one. Interested in a alu. Or silver, or kryptonite, or ti, or prototype, or a "x-run" of it.
    That should cover it.
    lol, thanks Jorn
    except for silver, I think all options are covered

    Quote Originally Posted by KuanR View Post
    Very nice, Guy! Will there be versions with more modes later on?
    Thanks KuanR,
    Yes, absolutely.
    and because Zeus is designed with a drop-in pill, it will be easy to upgrade later to different tints, modes, etc.

    Quote Originally Posted by TEEJ View Post
    I'm in too.

    Thanks TEEJ

    Quote Originally Posted by markr6 View Post
    Must have this ASAP!!! Will be my first MBI for sure!
    Hi markr6,

    Thank you.

    ASAP

    Tgwnn

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    I think it looks great, an elegant yet utilitarian light.
    The pocket clip looks like it will give as deep a pocket carry as is realistically possible which is always nice.
    Just having two modes is in my opinion the best option for a clicky.
    Having the solid switch cover (if not too thin) gives the option for some fancy modders to make tritium slotted versions.
    The switch must have to cope with quite a bit of current, is it an off-the-shelf part or a custom unit? Either way people will want to get hold of a small switch like that.

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    Default Re: MBI #4 - Get Ready to meet Zeus™

    I like it. 1xAA is my favorite format. I assume those double holes are for a pocket clip?
    [edit] I reread the first post: heavy duty pocket clip with 2 screws

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    I reread the OP and decided this could finally be the single AA torch I've been looking for!

    So many lights got close, but they don't have a pocket clip which is a must. Others have come even closer, but fail to give a nice tint. The forward clicky plus tail standing is also at the top of my list.

    It may not be as floody as I want, but will have to wait and see.

    Above all, this thing is dead sexy! Trying to decide how much $$ this will be worth to me. Super excited!!!
    GOOD TINT!

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    Very nicely done! Love the transition from square to round in the battery tube, should make for very positive grip. The HAIII black aluminum for me, thank you very much! I think it shows off the trits just gorgeously! Ultimately, I'll have to make the tough choice between Titanium (everyone knows my favorite) or copper ( for the sheer efficiency of it) but Lord Have Mercy on My Married Soul when the wife finds out I want em all! Carbon fiber, tungsten, SS, Ti, Cu, Al, Si, Au...uh, hold up, the Au might have to be left off the list. :P I DO wish to stay married, after all

    Any idea on the price ball park yet? Give us a an idea so we can start saving our pocket change. (just checked, pocket has a hole! No change! ) Seriously though, Definitily want the Black Al version, number 9, 22, or whatever. I know I know, nobody ever mentioned anything about selective numbering! I was just trying my hand at magic to see if luck of the draw might fulfill a wish or two. The magic number I want the most is....drumroll please.....the one you put in the box with my name on it!!!! Yaaaaaayyyy! Winnerr! Woooohoooo! (This lil hobby of mine is gonna be the death of me yet!)

    Needs bigger trits though. I really loves me some nice big trits on a sexy black thang with nice curves and a flat belly and red hair! What? It's got a copper pill, copper's red ain't it! Geesh!

    Is there a mathematical forumula for deciphering the reconfiguration of wealth as regards to total population of proton emitting devices that can be allowed to any one individual? I'd like to know the chalk on that, if there is, and double it.

    Thanks Guy, sheer Genius! I , uh, am, well, ah, Just Practicing!

    Dale
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    Default Re: MBI #4 - Get Ready to meet Zeus™

    That's the right idea Mark, figure out first what you're willing to pay then either feel fantastic that it falls under that mark (no pun) or already have excuses for bumping it up a bit!

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    Yep. Have to have this one. Can I have #42 please?

    - GIR -

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    I'm in, copper is cool!
    Ti is like apple pie!
    SS is sweet!
    Gold is good!... Wait, how much does that cost?
    Platinum is pretty!
    Aluminum is alright.

    Sure we can't have at least 3 modes?
    If not about how low will she go?

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    Default Re: MBI #4 - Get Ready to meet Zeus™

    I really like this, how much is it for the Al?
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    Count me in! Al please!

    AA is my favorite format for EDC!
    People ask me why I always carry a flashlight......until they need one.

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    Man, 26 posts already?! I didn't even read them all yet so I could post sooner Count me in please

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    This blew up fast. I supposed that's good.

    I'll take two! Just take my money! It's the stuff that dreams are made off.

    Gotta say, I love me a good AA light Guy, and this has me wicked stoked.

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    A light that comes STOCK with trits installed is an automatic buy for me!

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    Default Re: MBI #4 - Get Ready to meet Zeus™

    Quote Originally Posted by ThirstyTurtle View Post
    A light that comes STOCK with trits installed is an automatic buy for me!

    X2
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