POLL: USB charging on Foursevens lights or not?

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POLL: USB charging on Foursevens lights or not?
Love it
30% (6 votes)
Hate it
50% (10 votes)
Take or Leave it
20% (4 votes)
Total votes: 20

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Hey gang,

Just doing a quick poll on USB charging preferences. I have a bias, but I wanted to do a poll before expressing it

I'd appreciate it if you'd also make a brief comment about why you love/hate USB charging. This feedback will affect the next gen MMX and MMU-X3 lights.

 

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I don't care for USB charging.
#1 It always requires a proprietary cell to function as designed.
#2 You almost always cannot safely charge proprietary cells in an existing charger without risk.
#3 Goes with #2, it becomes difficult to carry spare cells when the only charger is the light.

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for my personal use, hate it for the reasons you have already stated.
however, when giving flashlights as presents, they do serve a purpose (for me, specifically).

then there are things like the LT1, which technically isn’t a flashlight, which can be hooked up to a solar charger when you’re out camping for days.

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Take it or leave is but I lean towards hate it for the reasons stated

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Hate it. Most of them come with a rubber flap that gets lost sooner or later.

You are a flashaholic if you are forced to come out of the closet, to make room for more flashlights.

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Mostly I hate that I can’t find the switch in the dark. I always find the rubber charging port cover first, even if it isn’t already pulled open and flopping around. I really hate that. Then, of course, all of the above reasons, plus it’s another possible point of failure and it may make it more difficult to mod or service the light.

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I voted I love it because USB charging is a really really handy feature.

Unfortunately it is hardly ever done well. Many “hates” are not the feature itself but are caused by bad implementation, that interferes with basic flashlight qualities like waterproofness, robustness, compactness and good looks.

I do not have the magic solution but stay away from silicon flaps that look cheap and break off over time.
And stay away from those cheap micro-USB sockets that break off the driver board after a few months use Facepalm , USB-C is superior but even then make those sockets bullet-proof.
Batteries with USB ports are a clumpsy and fragile solution.
I have a weak spot for how the USB port of the Zanflare F1 is covered by a screw ring, but I’m sure that can be designed a bit more subtle.

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I don’t like flaps or the added size so voted for hate it. Also makes DIY mods harder.

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It’s very hard to do right. I hate most implementations.

If the light remains moddable, and the cell is not proprietary, and the charging system is relatively compact, it’s pretty good. Even better if it’s behind the threads of the head or tail (see lights like Klarus Mini One)

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