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    Default Maratac AA Ti Rev. 4

    I got this expecting there to be PWM on the medium and low modes, and expecting to do a driver swap to solve the PWM, but I can't detect it. I looked for reviews and can find none, nor any threads specific to it, so I am posting to ask others who have it if they can tell me if there is PWM on this or not. afaik, all the previous revisions of AA Maratacs had PWM. It was easy to see on the low mode of the 2 mode Rev. 2, and I was told it was there on the 3 mode Rev. 3. Could Maratac have finally put a constant current driver in their AA models? Thanks.

    Also interesting, driver appears to have polarity protection, raised ring around the contact... but not certain, because the ring appears to be metallic, so maybe, maybe not.

    What do we know about this light?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris C View Post
    AAA is the smaller battery, it's not the same one as the AA.

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    Default Re: Maratac AA Ti Rev. 4

    The Maratac AAA has always been free of PWM, while the Maratac AA always had it.

    jon_slider has suggested to me that the Maratac drivers are made by Lumintop, and since the Tool AA no longer has PWM, the Maratac AA will also no longer have PWM.

    That is good enough for me.

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    Default Re: Maratac AA Ti Rev. 4

    Does it have memory?

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    Default Re: Maratac AA Ti Rev. 4

    Quote Originally Posted by gunga View Post
    Does it have memory?
    Yes it does. Stays on the last mode used.

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    Default Re: Maratac AA Ti Rev. 4

    Ah ok. So just like the tool AA v2. I'm looking for no memory but otherwise it's a solid driver.

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    Default Re: Maratac AA Ti Rev. 4

    Quote Originally Posted by gunga View Post
    Ah ok. So just like the tool AA v2. I'm looking for no memory but otherwise it's a solid driver.
    Well, maybe this is a coincidence then, just received a backorder from Battery Junction, old JetBeam Jet II Mk CR123A/16340, no memory, let it sit, always starts on lowest mode. I would guess then the JetBeam Jet-1 single AA has no memory either. Say, Gunga, have you looked at a JetBeam Jet-1 Mk AA flashlight for your sweet tooth for no memory?
    Last edited by chillinn; 11-07-2020 at 07:31 AM.

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    Default Re: Maratac AA Ti Rev. 4

    I can't remember which one that was? Jetbeam has never been too clear on the models

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    I thought the jetbeam did have a memory??

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    Default Re: Maratac AA Ti Rev. 4

    Quote Originally Posted by gunga View Post
    I can't remember which one that was? Jetbeam has never been too clear on the models
    If you mean the AA/14500 JetBeam Jet I Mk I mentioned, it is this


    I am assuming it doesn't have memory since it is the same generation as the Jet II Mk.




    Quote Originally Posted by Buck91 View Post
    I thought the jetbeam did have a memory??
    Nope, not my Jet II Mk, CR123A/16340 light:


    always starts on low
    Last edited by chillinn; 11-11-2020 at 11:57 AM.

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    Default Re: Maratac AA Ti Rev. 4

    I know the AAA has memory. That's cool. I should get the AA and cr123 ones.

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    Default Re: Maratac AA Ti Rev. 4

    Back to the Ti Rev. 4...

    Vinh was kind enough to swap in a sw30 emitter for me, and I have been using it quite a lot since. I think the driver might be regulated for constant brightness because I don't notice any dimming (but maybe it is there and I am just not noticing). When the cell gets low, rather than dimming, the mode steps down abruptly.

    I am unlikely to carry it because I don't really care for the mode separation (neither dim enough nor bright enough, low is too bright, medium is too bright, high not bright enough) or clip, but used as a room lamp, mode separation is fine. Runtime is surprisingly decent, I think a bit better than County Comm's claims, though I am using Eneloop and Ladda 2450, not alkaline.

    I intend to get another one... I like pairs of stuff.

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