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    I received 2 deep blue minimag adapters from INRETECH the other day, and all I can say is that these things are DEFINITELY worth the 20 bucks apiece I paid for 'em! I ordered the deep blue because I thought they'd have a pretty good "wow" factor...and I was right. First of all, each of them has a distinctly different color from the other. One of them is about the same color blue as a PAL Survival blue I own. The other one is so deep blue that it appears to be more purple than blue...FAR more! It's so purple in fact, that it makes a lot of the fluoresceable items in my house fluoresce as well as a black light. I'm not complaining about the color variances, mind you, because it actually worked out perfect...the bluer one went in my wife's blue minimag, and the purplish one went in my purple minimag...kinda neat! But that may be something for the folks at INRETECH to look into. I may in fact have gotten a regular blue one and a deep blue one instead of two deep blue ones. Anyway, these things are BRIGHT!!! Since they're luxeons, I expected them to be pretty bright, but for as deep as the colors are they're MUCH brighter than I expected them to be. The collimater used in the mod kit provides a much tighter focus than I would have expected. At a distance of about 15 feet, it makes a VERY bright spot about 3 feet in diameter with excellent peripheral light. When I first put the module in the lights, I used a set of nearly dead alkalines per the included instructions. Even with the weak alkalines, they were pretty bright. After I finished putting the rest of it together (the entire mod took all of 2 minutes...) I loaded it with lithium AA"s, and KABLAAAM!!!! They were brighter than my highest expectations! As with any colored LED, the beam was a little splotchy, but a little WriteRight fixed this right up. I had debated for a while as to whether I wanted an INRETECH drop-in or an Opalec for my minimag. Since I already owned 3 3-LED lights, I opted for the INRETECH, because I only have 1 luxeon flashlight (ArcLS1 rev2). From a light-producing standpoint, I'm glad I did. The INRETECH blows away any 3 LED light I own. I know that comparing a luxeon to 3 5mm Nichias is "apples and oranges", but even with the deep color of this thing, it's even WAY brighter than my Inova X5.

    Anyway, to wrap this up I just want to say "KUDOS!" to Mr. Boyd and the folks at INRETECH. They have an AWESOME product, especially for the $$$ tag...and I WILL be doing more buisness with them in the future!

    PJD

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    I'd like to add that Inretech offer the highest standard of customer services.
    Very professional.

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    COOOOOOL!

    I have a deep blue InReTECH module on the way and I was having second thoughts about ordering it.
    Looks like I have nothing to worry about.

    Thanks for the review.

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    I was thinking about the red InReTECH drop in kit myself, would use it as a tail light on my bike at night. My BB500 mag will eat the batteries (regulated) and I can use the half-dead ones for the rear red lights.

    Then again, a white InReTECH would be nice to have with lithiums to throw in the car... would last a long time and deal with cold better. Now to figure out what I would do with a blue one. [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]

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    Thank you for your kind words

    The Blue and the Deep-Blue are VERY close in color

    Blue 460nm
    Deep-Blue 440nm

    And I guess we were off by 20nm when we shipped your product, but it seems that it worked out for the best

    Everytime we show off our products, people seem to point them directly into their eyes and we have to quickly say "no, don't do that" - since most of them are used to a dimmer light output

    Even while "playing" with our products; we get exposed to the "Dalmation Effect" (You see spots)

    We are shipping as fast as we can; we will be shut down during the Christmas Holiday week thou

    Happy Holidays and safe travels

    Mike

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    nice. Should be moved to Reviews forum

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    PJD

    If you are pleased with it now, I can imagine youíll be even happier with it in a months time when itís been used every day and itís still bright on the same set of batteries! (Lithiums)

    The Inretech 2 aa white has been my EDC since I got it just over a month ago, itís been used every day and is still brighter than my Black Diamond 4 LED headlamp with fresh batts by a long shot.

    Definitely not a light you have to worry about wasting batteries, if itís bright when you go out at night, it will be bright when you come back in the morning.

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    BentHeadTX,

    The Red Adapter is remarkably bright. I would avoid using the Cyan in traffic though, the color is an almost exact match for traffic signal "green" lights. I don't want to think about the confusion that could be caused.

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    Mine came today but I'm not impressed. [img]graemlins/bluesigh.gif[/img]
    Looks to be blue and not a "deep" blue. My X5 and Arc AAA 5mm blues are the same color. The X5 is about three times as bright as the InReTECH.
    I'm using alkalines because there looks like little or no heatsinking.

    You happy folks must be using Lithium AAs.

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    There was some mixup at the production house, since the two LEDs are very very close in color.

    Let me send you a replacement
    email me your information to

    sales@inretech.com

    And I will make it right

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    InReTech,
    Thanks for the heads up on using Cyan lights, never thought of the "green light effect" [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img] Any idea when Luxeon will get the white ones working past 500 hours? Maybe I should just go with the 500 hour jobs and use them until the "real" ones are released in a year.

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    Mike,

    How does the 2AA minimag in green work with alkalines vs lithium? I like green lights, but don't want to be running at half steam, either.

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    also happy with my 2 white adapters. one is fed lithiums, one alkalines. tried the 2ncell and 1 aaa and got brightness comparable to my arcls1, but read this was not recommended. also my replacement collimators came with the "o" rings and made a huge improvement as far as being a solid unit. the little black snap top case that the collimators came in make a perfect holder for my arc ls 123 pack with battery in place! i love my inretech's !!!

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    The normal traffic lights are Incandescent 66w bulbs and are routinely changed every 6 months

    The LED replacement is approx 120 LEDs

    The GREEN ones have 95% Green LEDs and 5% Blue LEDs in them to give them that "bluish tint"

    Portland has just about changed over all the Red/Green Lights to LEDs now

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    JohnG, Alkalines, huh?? That's the problem, unless the info warns you not use lithium AAs.

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    Originally posted by BentHeadTX:
    Any idea when Luxeon will get the white ones working past 500 hours? Maybe I should just go with the 500 hour jobs and use them until the "real" ones are released in a year.
    <font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial">If you're talking about just a 1W luxeon, then no need to worry. Various sources put the longevity of the 1W whites at 100k and 10k hours of life. Even the 5 watters have been upgraded to 1k hours.

    And remember, we're not talking about emitter failure here. I believe that the number is the number of hours the emitter is at least 85% of it's initial brightness, so it's not like your light will suddenly explode or anything.

    --Scrimmy

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    Anyone tried using 2/3 AA Nimhs in those minimags with this adapter?

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    JohnG...USE LITHIUMS!!! Heat will NOT be a problem. I've used lithiums in mine from the time I got them...I've used them a LOT and there's been no problem with heat. The difference in mine between alkalines and lithiums (in terms of brightness...) was significant!

    PJD

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    I suspect that if you had a stack of fresh lithium batteries and kept changing batteries every 30 minutes while isolating the adapter away from any way of shedding heat, the adapter would probably pop after spending only $100 on batteries. Or you could just get some jumper cables and hook it up to your car battery if you are impatient. So far, lithium batteries have not caused a failure. In all likelihood, someday this failure will occur when a particularly strong set of lithium battery starts pushing a particularly weak emitter. When that happens, please let us know. We have a lot of experience in failure analysis and are intrested in improving our products. We can also spot jumper cable burn marks a mile off.

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    i just got my white adapter, and I have to say I'm disappointed. it looks NOTHING like the website picture--mine is very green. I have a 2 cell pr base night pearl bulb that is brighter.

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    If you recieved the adapter, and do not like the color - please return it and I will replace it with other color of your choosing

    I agree with you also, the CYAN is a nice color - but, for an "all around general purpose flashlight" I prefer White

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    may I return it and get my credit card credited?

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    thanks for the kind word, Inretech. I think i might just get it over with. I will keep the cyan and make it one of my growing collection. Thanks for the offer though.

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    Lets move the discussions of purchasing and returns directly to the inretech email

    sales@inretech.com

    Yes, you may return it and get a full refund

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    also, what does the "c." mean? cyan? 'cause I - maybe that's why it's pretty green. But, I could've sworn I ordered white.

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    Got mine yesterday. Both already assembled. Honestly, the White is very much the same as the color of LGI shorty's that Mr. Bulk sell to me except that the shorty was about 2.5 to 3.5 times brighter than the adapter. Nevertheless, I love both and now the white become one of my favorite collection. The other one however, the cyan, despite the brightness of the light to my eyes, does not found a lot of use. It is too bright to the eyes yet to dim to light up the room. So, needless to say, i am pretty dissappointed with the cyan. No no, don't get me wrong here, the assembled and the work of Inretech was very good. It is just that i don't like cyan very much. I just wondering if Inretech give chance to me to change the cyan to other color. Oh yea, is cyan the same as turquoise? I notice that the turquoise color of arc aaa the same as the cyan.

    one more thing (and off topic), the luxeon is really comparable to 10 - 15 white led. Last night i compare the shorty to my favourz with all 6 leds on and the 7 led 4aa flashlight (total 13) and it is about the same brightness. That makes the shorty the boss of my flashlight collection.

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    Mike was very helpful in answering my questions and helping me install a white adapter in my 2AA Maglite. I am impressed with the light output using lithium batteries. Great bang for the buck IMO.
    Jim

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