I'll wait until my next trip in August and until I get more feedback from several other selected users (so far so good) before I make a decision about selling these lights...
Let me know if you decide to sell these lights
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Posted 26 July 2012 - 07:10 PM
Posted 27 July 2012 - 12:38 AM
Thanks for pointing out the video. Very nicely shot and edited...
In your "Capo D'Acqua: a short tale" it looks like your model was using two LED lights together in tandem?
Edited by Davide DB, 27 July 2012 - 12:44 AM.
Posted 29 August 2012 - 02:50 AM
I'm in the process of preparing to shoot a documentary later this year in the cave/cavern systems at Mount Gambier, South Australia. Reading Joe's blog and watching his excellent videos has given me a couple of ideas about a re-design of the LED 9000 specifically for caving use!
Posted 26 September 2012 - 02:03 AM
Any news on your monster light?
Edited by SPP, 26 September 2012 - 02:05 AM.
Posted 26 September 2012 - 03:31 AM
That light has a long history since May 2011.
Edited by HDVdiver, 26 September 2012 - 03:50 AM.
Posted 26 September 2012 - 05:08 AM
On the other hand (according to comments in Candlepower Forums) the "Archons" unmodified are selling for $1400 in Europe...go figure.
Posted 26 September 2012 - 05:59 AM
Edited by HDVdiver, 26 September 2012 - 06:04 AM.
Posted 26 September 2012 - 04:08 PM
And anyway for that price, 7000 lumen it's a steal... if it doesn't explode
Edited by HDVdiver, 26 September 2012 - 04:14 PM.
Posted 26 September 2012 - 05:16 PM
Posted 26 September 2012 - 08:04 PM
Posted 27 September 2012 - 12:34 AM
I wouldn't say this light is a time bomb. But the battery pack physical design as-is from OEM, even if safe type battery is used ( it is ) and decent battery controller board with all safety features thrown in, its physical lay out is why I said the battery pack is "dangerous". If a user is careful, it is OK but if a user is careless on the battery pack handling, it can be "dangerous". If HDV post the photo of his light head and the battery pack, I will tell you what I mean, assuming it still retain OEM physical lay out.
Posted 27 September 2012 - 05:21 PM
"At this 100 watt power level , no dive light manufacturer/s can achieve enough sales to commit to a custom LED array design, so you will be using what is available in the market and not a custom one."
True for a mod excercise...not necessarily for production. Using an array is not really the answer anyway for best performance.
I am using my own custom design PCB quad XML's (cherry-picked for chromaticity) in my current production SEASTAR LED 4000's...most efficient 4000 lumen light currently available (I've done the tests compared with Keldan Lunas). Have a look at my website ...you will see the HDVSEATEK logo on the PCB. The array I used in my Archon mod was not as efficient as the PCB/XML's in my LED 4000...but not bad "for of the shelf". Much better than original Archon Chinese array.
As I said my mod was for fun...I have a much better/safer 9000 lumen light based on CREE XML's of my own design/manufacture about to be released.
Posted 28 September 2012 - 05:45 AM
I would pay extra US$100 dollars for :
- Safety vent valve. In my opinion any dive lights with Lit-Ion battery power of 5000mA or more, MUST HAVE SAFETY VENT VALVE. In fact any torch which has the potential power to hurt us when flooded and battery gassing off bla bla bla, MUST HAVE SAFETY VENT VALVE.
- Magnetic type rotational switch with locking mechanism. They can make the barrel 3 cm longer to house the switch assy, place the rotator outside the barrel. Many land version torch has this kind of magnetic rotational switch and some dive lights too.
Edited by Davide DB, 28 September 2012 - 05:53 AM.
Posted 28 September 2012 - 08:49 AM
Posted 28 September 2012 - 07:29 PM
He he he, at this size of light head, to spin-to-ON indeed a nightmare when light on video system and with arms and.........we right hander guys, spinning light head from behind , sometime people DO forget the spinning action is the other way round......ha ha ha.
For those who knows electric enough, one can take pre-caution, this battery pack is OK. I use plastic tupperware to keep spare battery during storage and transport. Actually some divers even have explosion proof charging box for big batteries
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