Malkoff        
Page 5 of 7 FirstFirst 1234567 LastLast
Results 121 to 150 of 210

Thread: Surefire A2 Aviator Fan checking in

  1. #121

    Default Re: Surefire A2 Aviator Fan checking in

    Quote Originally Posted by bignc View Post
    . . .I have plenty of Mark's stuff and would absolutely trust it. Not sure if the market is big enough but still....
    Not big enough but AFAIK LF is committed to keeping certain parts ecosystem going.
    The shrouded Z62 (A2) boot retainer ring is one such example.
    In a few weeks time replacement boots will also be available for purchase.

  2. #122
    Flashaholic
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    South GA/ North FL
    Posts
    367

    Default Re: Surefire A2 Aviator Fan checking in

    IMPORTANT NOTE....

    Emailed Surefire about tailcaps for the L1 and lx2 and got 2 sent to me.... Just saying....

  3. #123
    *Flashaholic* kaichu dento's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    大和/Alyeska
    Posts
    6,030

    Default Re: Surefire A2 Aviator Fan checking in

    Other than the Onion Rings, who else was making the dimmable neutral white LED rings for the A2? I'm going to get rid of mine and can't remember who I ordered it from.
    Marduke - Solitaire...I've seen matches which are brighter AND have a longer runtime. 光陰矢の如し

  4. #124
    Flashaholic* id30209's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Europe
    Posts
    2,314

    Default Re: Surefire A2 Aviator Fan checking in

    Quote Originally Posted by kaichu dento View Post
    Other than the Onion Rings, who else was making the dimmable neutral white LED rings for the A2? I'm going to get rid of mine and can't remember who I ordered it from.
    Nobody...but be patient. Koala messaged me saying hes preparing come back with better and upgraded Onion Rings

  5. #125
    Moderator
    archimedes's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    CONUS, top left
    Posts
    14,984

    Default Re: Surefire A2 Aviator Fan checking in

    Quote Originally Posted by kaichu dento View Post
    Other than the Onion Rings, who else was making the dimmable neutral white LED rings for the A2? I'm going to get rid of mine and can't remember who I ordered it from.
    @calipsoii made these for a relatively brief while, with a different design and features

    There was also the Aviatrix version, long ago, by Atomic Chicken
    Last edited by archimedes; 09-16-2019 at 07:08 AM.
    ... is the archimedes peak

  6. #126
    *Flashaholic* kaichu dento's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    大和/Alyeska
    Posts
    6,030

    Default Re: Surefire A2 Aviator Fan checking in

    Quote Originally Posted by archimedes View Post
    @calipsoii made these for a relatively brief while, with a different design and features
    That's it! I bought a few of the Calipsoii rings and that's what I still have with this one. One of the best things was the incredible low level, and that the ring matched the tint of the incandescent main bulb.

    You're the one who encouraged me to even try these in the first place and they're an incredible light with the upgraded ring.
    Marduke - Solitaire...I've seen matches which are brighter AND have a longer runtime. 光陰矢の如し

  7. #127
    *Flashaholic* kaichu dento's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    大和/Alyeska
    Posts
    6,030

    Default Re: Surefire A2 Aviator Fan checking in

    Quote Originally Posted by id30209 View Post
    Nobody...but be patient. Koala messaged me saying hes preparing come back with better and upgraded Onion Rings
    Archimedes answered it - it was Calipsoii, and I don't know if he's still around or not, but they should have made them using his rings right from the factory.
    Marduke - Solitaire...I've seen matches which are brighter AND have a longer runtime. 光陰矢の如し

  8. #128
    Moderator
    archimedes's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    CONUS, top left
    Posts
    14,984

    Default Re: Surefire A2 Aviator Fan checking in

    Quote Originally Posted by kaichu dento View Post
    That's it! I bought a few of the Calipsoii rings and that's what I still have with this one. One of the best things was the incredible low level, and that the ring matched the tint of the incandescent main bulb.

    You're the one who encouraged me to even try these in the first place and they're an incredible light with the upgraded ring.
    Yes, they are fantastic, and I have a couple of these.

    Quote Originally Posted by kaichu dento View Post
    Archimedes answered it - it was Calipsoii, and I don't know if he's still around or not, but they should have made them using his rings right from the factory.
    He still drops in on CPF, from time to time
    ... is the archimedes peak

  9. #129

    Default Re: Surefire A2 Aviator Fan checking in

    Quote Originally Posted by id30209 View Post
    Nobody...but be patient. Koala messaged me saying hes preparing come back with better and upgraded Onion Rings
    This is great news! I hope Koala posts here to let us know when they are ready.

  10. #130

    Default Re: Surefire A2 Aviator Fan checking in

    Quote Originally Posted by bignc View Post
    IMPORTANT NOTE....
    Emailed Surefire about tailcaps for the L1 and lx2 and got 2 sent to me.... Just saying....
    May I know when this request was made? Just recently, or months/years ago?

  11. #131
    Flashaholic
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    South GA/ North FL
    Posts
    367

    Default Re: Surefire A2 Aviator Fan checking in

    Quote Originally Posted by yazkaz View Post
    May I know when this request was made? Just recently, or months/years ago?
    Sorry, thought it was implied in context with the thread that it was recent. To be exact, I emailed them 8/26, reply received 9/4 and two tailcaps received 9/14.
    Last edited by bignc; 09-16-2019 at 05:05 PM.

  12. #132
    *Flashaholic* kaichu dento's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    大和/Alyeska
    Posts
    6,030

    Default Re: Surefire A2 Aviator Fan checking in

    Quote Originally Posted by archimedes View Post
    Yes, they are fantastic, and I have a couple of these.

    He still drops in on CPF, from time to time
    Probably no new Calipsoii rings available anymore more though I assume? After getting my first one I thought they were the absolute bomb for the A2, especially with the tint and incredible low level programability.
    Marduke - Solitaire...I've seen matches which are brighter AND have a longer runtime. 光陰矢の如し

  13. #133
    Moderator
    archimedes's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    CONUS, top left
    Posts
    14,984

    Default Re: Surefire A2 Aviator Fan checking in

    No, not for quite some time
    ... is the archimedes peak

  14. #134
    Flashaholic strideredc's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    UK
    Posts
    372

    Default Re: Surefire A2 Aviator Fan checking in

    Does anyone know if Koala is going to make more onion rings? i have been trying to get one for ages but keep missing out for one reason or another!

  15. #135

    Default Re: Surefire A2 Aviator Fan checking in

    Same here. Hoping to see some more soon but not sure if there are any plans for more to be made.

  16. #136
    Flashaholic* id30209's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Europe
    Posts
    2,314

    Default Re: Surefire A2 Aviator Fan checking in

    Asked Koala hows situation in Australia and he said some changes and new stuff hes gonna publish this year. He didnt forget about us, freaks


    Sent from Tapatalk

  17. #137

    Default Re: Surefire A2 Aviator Fan checking in

    I know that there was a yellow/green version of the A2, but was there also a green version, different from the Y/G?

  18. #138
    Flashaholic*
    Join Date
    May 2018
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    561

    Default Re: Surefire A2 Aviator Fan checking in

    Quote Originally Posted by novice View Post
    I know that there was a yellow/green version of the A2, but was there also a green version, different from the Y/G?
    Yes, Green and Yellow/Green, 2 different lights. Never understood the appeal or usefulness of the green when yellow/green was available. Yellow/green is getting harder and harder to come by.

  19. #139

    Default Re: Surefire A2 Aviator Fan checking in

    The original Aviator flashlight was a plastic and alloy number by Just Rite that was a 2x AA with a #222 bulb that had a thumb operated "tit" that slid a red lens over or away from the bulb tip. Like other military lights of that era the switch was part of a pocket clip where sliding a ball forward caused parts to make contact. Pulling back caused parts to separate. There were some blue but those reportedly never were issued.

    By Vietnam Just Rite made them of alluminum and the less than reliable switch was now a twisty at the rear instead. Reportedly some green were also issued. The thinking there was if a pilot were shot down behind enemy lines green would light their way while being harder to spot by the enemy. No yellow lens was needed as the bulb tint already was.

    Both have a red lens.

    It was those funky purple Mickey Mouse ear beamed SureFire'd LED's that needed yellow/green to mimic incan at that time.
    We all know SureFire did a great Aviator light no doubt, but I just wanted to say where the idea for green began.
    John 3:16

  20. #140
    Flashaholic* RedLED's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Palm Springs, CA, Beverly Hills, CA, Washington, DC, New York City Manhattan
    Posts
    3,606

    Default Re: Surefire A2 Aviator Fan checking in

    Fixer,

    You always amaze me with with the lights you have, and the history.

    This is really interesting.

    You have knowledge like no one else.

    Thanks!

    Best,

    RL
    Check my Web Site: www.Redwayphoto.com

  21. #141

    Default Re: Surefire A2 Aviator Fan checking in

    Short of waiting for a re-release of a drop-in LED ring, are there any good options for swapping the LEDs on an A2? I'd like to replace my original white (very blue tint) LEDs with something high CRI that's close to the CCT of the incandescent bulb. Or at least a warmer temperature than stock.

    Are there any good 5mm LEDs out there with the same forward voltage as the stock LEDs? Are the LEDs just thru-hole mounted and accessible once the head is disassembled?

  22. #142

    Default Re: Surefire A2 Aviator Fan checking in

    Quote Originally Posted by RedLED View Post
    Fixer,

    You always amaze me with with the lights you have, and the history.

    This is really interesting.

    You have knowledge like no one else.

    Thanks!

    Best,

    RL
    Red, I have had the good fortune of communicating with a few renouned flashlight historians and even some of those who created the items we now call historic.
    As a lad I had the honor of holding the flashlight for my dad a number of times and as an adult decided to research lights of my youth. It led to learning a lot about the origins. And through CPF archives and other places I was able to stitch together a lot of the loose threads scattered about the internet. So I do what I can to give back to the community when I can.
    The man himself told me a few stories of one of his proudest achievements at SureFire, the A2 Aviator.

    "Regulated light bulb!!" he hollered out one evening. "Nobody had done a regulated light bulb before so I decided to".
    -PK
    John 3:16

  23. #143
    Flashaholic*
    Join Date
    Oct 2013
    Location
    Russia
    Posts
    1,123

    Default Re: Surefire A2 Aviator Fan checking in

    Calipso programmable rings is on my top-3 list of flashlight upgrades. Although, realistically, I use them on their max setting.

    Koala, in our private communications about two years ago, hinted about a new version, so I hope it would be released sooner or later

  24. #144

    Default Re: Surefire A2 Aviator Fan checking in

    Quote Originally Posted by ma tumba View Post
    Koala, in our private communications about two years ago, hinted about a new version, so I hope it would be released sooner or later
    A ring with the Yuji 3200K 95+CRI 5mm LEDs might be nice!

  25. #145
    Flashaholic* RedLED's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Palm Springs, CA, Beverly Hills, CA, Washington, DC, New York City Manhattan
    Posts
    3,606

    Default Re: Surefire A2 Aviator Fan checking in

    Fixer,

    That is amazing, thanks for being here, and passing down all this info!

    Best,

    RL
    Check my Web Site: www.Redwayphoto.com

  26. #146

    Default Re: Surefire A2 Aviator Fan checking in

    The real credit should go to author of the book "Flashlights" Bill Uteley (pronounced Yoot-lee) for opening my eyes to all things vintage. And collector extrordinaire Steve Gitterman for teaching me how to restore them. Also David White from gotalight.com for a link to olivedrab.com where early military lights were discussed.

    I took it from there. Then one fateful afternoon old member Lightlover introduced me to PK himself. And member Liftd4R introduced me to Don Keller.
    So they were the ones who fed the ocd voices in my head just enough bread crumbs to find the ginger bread house. He does not know it, but Scout24 also played a role with a 2c number made by Bright Star near his birthplace.
    John 3:16

  27. #147
    *Flashaholic* kaichu dento's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    大和/Alyeska
    Posts
    6,030

    Default Re: Surefire A2 Aviator Fan checking in

    Quote Originally Posted by ma tumba View Post
    Calipsoii programmable rings is on my top-3 list of flashlight upgrades. Although, realistically, I use them on their max setting.
    I bought a handfull of Calipsoii rings and one of the greatest pleasures was having the LEDs in the ring match the tint of the incandescent center bulb. I also used it at the ultra-low levels a lot as an aurora guide, where we needed to keep extraneous light out of peoples pictures.
    Calipsoii made the penultimate A2 rings and I just sold my last one, a very hard light to part with.
    Marduke - Solitaire...I've seen matches which are brighter AND have a longer runtime. 光陰矢の如し

  28. #148
    Flashaholic*
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    3,548

    Default Re: Surefire A2 Aviator Fan checking in

    Quote Originally Posted by kaichu dento View Post
    I bought a handfull of Calipsoii rings and one of the greatest pleasures was having the LEDs in the ring match the tint of the incandescent center bulb. I also used it at the ultra-low levels a lot as an aurora guide, where we needed to keep extraneous light out of peoples pictures.
    Calipsoii made the penultimate A2 rings and I just sold my last one, a very hard light to part with.
    I have Yujis in an old Onion Ring from Koala. It's awesome. They are both adjustable and I can change out the LED's. Why would that one be better?
    ampdude

  29. #149
    Moderator
    archimedes's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    CONUS, top left
    Posts
    14,984

    Default Re: Surefire A2 Aviator Fan checking in

    Quote Originally Posted by ampdude View Post
    I have Yujis in an old Onion Ring from Koala. It's awesome. They are both adjustable and I can change out the LED's. Why would that one be better?
    They are different not better. Koala lets you swap emitters easily. Calipsoii lets you change output on the fly.

    The Calipsoii MM version also gives you the option of three separate color outputs, if selected (low/color1, med/color2, high/incand/lamp)
    Last edited by archimedes; 01-21-2020 at 08:21 AM.
    ... is the archimedes peak

  30. #150
    *Flashaholic* kaichu dento's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    大和/Alyeska
    Posts
    6,030

    Default Re: Surefire A2 Aviator Fan checking in

    Quote Originally Posted by ampdude View Post
    I have Yujis in an old Onion Ring from Koala. It's awesome. They are both adjustable and I can change out the LED's. Why would that one be better?
    I've only had Calipsoii rings and the things I loved about them were the easy output adjustability and incan-like output color of the emitters I'd chosen for it. I know the Koala's have always been highly rated too but for my purposes, I'd chosen the Calipsoii rings.

    I see Archimedes already replied and I'd like to add that he's the one who answered all my questions regarding both the Calipsoii rings and everything related to the A2 years back when I first got interested in them.
    Marduke - Solitaire...I've seen matches which are brighter AND have a longer runtime. 光陰矢の如し

Page 5 of 7 FirstFirst 1234567 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •