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You’ll have it tomorrow. :bigsmile:

Can’t wait! Oh wait, I have to… doing a webcast out of town, so I have to wait to use it until Saturday evening… I will try and get this one cranked out fast… I want to shoot for a week to a week and a half before shipping it to the next victim!

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In 10 days Hank will be sold out and moving on! Shocked lol

I wonder if Hank can have the spot of glue left off that one leg on the optics for those of us interested in possible changes in the future?

I’m pretty sure the Automotive 3M double stick tape will pull it out, glue or no glue. If mine won’t come out I’ll get serious with em and drill the legs out, put trits in the legs when I put it back together. Smile

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if Dale had had the light for a week, I wonder what he would have presented to us?

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I wish Dale is the last guy on the list.. so he can tore them apart and take a look if he can reprogram the driver into simple one and change the optics Big Smile

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My Stone White S4 2B has shipped, so I’ll be doing the full onslaught of testing pretty soon. Smile

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DBCstm wrote:
… put trits in the legs when I put it back together. Smile

Haha, wow. I never thought of that. Smile

I wonder what size tritium vial would best fit in the center of the optics, right between the incoming power wires and the three TIRs. I wonder if the heat would be an issue for it.

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How did they seal off the ends of the glass tube to make the tritium vials?

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Good Day Fellow Addicts, Smile

 

Anyone ordered, or considering the XP-L D-D version?

(Forgetting for the time being the newly announced Cree XP-L High Intensity Emitters/LEDs).

 

Thank you,

George

Going into flashlight rehab clinic next century (mañana, mañana, mañana)  Wink

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quick translate ussong g00gle:

 

Interface Noctigon Meteor M43

Introduction

This guide is not an official and is written by the developer of hardware and software of the device. The author does not take any responsibility for the consequences of using the information provided below. Use the service menu to your and only your own risk.


The user interface (UI)

Interface M43 is divided into 5 groups, grouped in 3 interface and hidden service menu. Each interface consists of a younger group setting mode (left side of the chart UI) and total senior group with flashing lights and settings (the right side of the chart UI).

 

The younger group UI1 most simple. The logic of UI1 following:

1 includes quick click Moon / Low from power off.

2 quick clicks includes Mid / High from off.

Clamping includes Turbo button from any mode until the button is released. Releasing the torch moves to the previous mode.

Hold the button for 6 seconds fixes Turbo.

2 quick clicks in Moon / Low or Mid / High switch submode and stores it in memory.

1 quick click in operating mode turns off the lamp.

Compliance with current mode UI1:

Moon = 4mA

Low = 60mA

Mid = 0.75A

High = 3A

Turbo = 8A

 

The younger group UI2 harder and have to stay on it in more detail:

1 includes quick click Moon / Low from power off.

2 quick clicks includes High1 / High2 from off.

Clamping Turbo button turns from off.

Clamping buttons in the Moon / Low, High1 / High2 or Turbo includes Mid1 / Mid2, and the subsequent hold button starts fingering modes in the following order: Moon / Low -> High1 / High2 -> Turbo -> Mid1 / Mid2 ...

Clamping buttons in Mid1 / Mid2 includes Moon / Low, and the subsequent hold button starts fingering modes in the following order: High1 / High2 -> Turbo -> Mid1 / Mid2 -> Moon / Low -> High1 / High2 -> Turbo -> Mid1 / Mid2 ... thus clamping the button allows you to switch between Moon / Low and Mid1 / Mid2 in both directions.

If the program finds that because of the limitation of the maximum output current increase in the brightness of the next regime will be invisible - mode cycle is skipped.

2 quick clicks in Moon / Low, Mid1 / Mid2 or High1 / High2 sub mode switches and stores it in memory.

Compliance with current mode UI2:

Moon = 4mA

Low = 60mA

Mid1 = 0. 5A

Mid2 = 1A

High1 = 2A

High2 = 4A

Turbo = 8A

 

The younger group UI3 the most complex and advanced. It allows you to smoothly adjust the 3 modes, switch between them in both directions and to have quick access to the Turbo. The logic of UI3 following:

1 Mode1 includes quick click from off.

1 quick click + Mode2 includes clamping of the off-state.

2 quick clicks includes Mode3 from off.

1 includes a long-click Turbo from off.

Clamping includes Turbo button from any mode until the button is released. Releasing the torch moves to the previous mode.

1 + clamping quick click buttons in Mode1, Mode2 or Mode3 launches brightness setting. The setting can be smooth or discrete. Smooth adjustment goes through the whole range of brightness (4 mA ... 8,25A) of 4c, while a 6 discrete steps, switching every 1s:

Step 1 = 4mA

Step 2 = 74mA

Step 3 = 0.56A

Step 4 = 1.88A

Step 5 = 4.46A

Step 6 = 8.25A

 Switching between setting occurs automatically after 2s after holding the button on the border of the control range. To change the direction of adjustment is necessary to release and hold the button again. After 1s after releasing the torch returns to normal mode. During the adjustment of brightness RGB LED displays the output current in accordance with this schedule (variant smooth adjustment):

 

1 quick click + 1 long click in Mode1, Mode2 or Mode3 includes the following mode (Mode1 -> Mode2 -> Mode3 -> Mode1 ...).

2 quick clicks in Mode1, Mode2 or Mode3 includes previous mode (Mode3 -> Mode2 -> Mode1 -> Mode3 ...).

Overall

Total senior group (right side of the graph) contains a number of display options, and all flashing modes, and also allows you to switch options UI:

2 quick clicks + clamping enables or disables the flash button lights off the lantern (RGB lighthouse). Automatically returns to previous mode after activation of the lamp. Lighthouse buttons allows you to find a lantern at night, as well as to determine the color of the battery level outbreaks. Display option enabled, accompanied by a dual flash lamp and a green flash backlight button. Shutdown option is accompanied by a single flash lamp and flash the red button illumination. This is true for all these situations the interface.

3 quick clicks includes basic LED beacon. Power is loaded with the previous regime. If the previous regime was off state lantern - loaded default - 1A. 1 quick click off the lighthouse.

3 quick clicks + clamping enables or disables the backlight button off the lantern (RGB light). Automatically returns to previous mode after activation of the lamp. Backlit buttons allows you to find a flashlight and a button on it at night, as well as to determine the color of the glow battery level.

4 rapid clicks includes pulse indication Battery. After the display lights will automatically return to the previous mode lamp. 1 short-click while it interrupts the display forcibly. Display represents a series grouped by two outbreaks. The number of flashes indicates the battery level:

 

Brightness flares off the lantern - 60mA. When enabled, the flash changes to breaks in the lantern glow. This is true for all these situations the interface.

Pay attention to the color of light RGB LED display during the pulse charging. By color can determine the battery power. Lantern can restrict the capabilities of the current consumption of the battery and power estimate, in this way, display of:

 

White color (a mixture of red, green and blue at the same time) indicates sufficient to Turbo Power. Green, for example, 50% of the capacity required, and it is enough only High2.

4 rapid clicks + clamping includes disorienting strobe (12 Hz). Power is loaded with the previous regime. If the previous regime was off state lantern - loaded default - 8A. 1 quick click off the gate.

5 quick clicks include velostrob (4 Hz + backlight to 25% brightness). Power is loaded with the previous regime. If the previous regime was off state lantern - loaded default - 1A. 1 quick click velostrob off.

5 quick clicks + clamping enable or disable tactical mode, after which the lamp automatically turns off. In this mode, the lamp lights up until the button is jammed. Power is loaded with the previous regime. If the previous regime was off state lantern - loaded default - 1A.

6 quick clicks enable or disable the lock button, after which the lamp automatically turns off.

9 quick clicks + clamping includes UI1. Turning the flash illumination is accompanied by a red button and a single flash lamp.

10 quick clicks + clamping includes UI2. Turning the flash illumination is accompanied by green buttons and dual flash lamp.

11 quick clicks + clamping includes UI3. Inclusion accompanied by a blue flash illumination buttons and three lamp flashes.

12 quick clicks + clamping enables or disables the pulse indication warning reducing current (display «Warning»). This display draws the user's attention to the fact derating due to overheating or lack of energy. More information report button lights. Indication «Warning» looks like two quick and short break in the glow of the lantern. There is one time when it detects the fact decrease the current until the next resumption of normal operation.

Service menu (hidden options)

M43 is hidden from the average user options that can be activated by applying power to the lamp while holding the button:

13 quick clicks + clamping switches the display backlight button battery. Two choices: tri-color (red, green, and blue) and multitsvetny (RGB 16mln. Colors). Default is active less informative tri-color. Multitsvetny option is not intended for the construction of the lantern, but still gives a more complete picture of the status of the battery than the tricolor. Turning multitsvetnogo option indication is accompanied by a double flash lamp and a green flash backlight button. The inclusion of three-color options - a single flash lamp and flash the red button illumination. For more information on the display can be found in the relevant section below.

14 quick clicks include one 3-terminal mode lamp on or off them. Terminal mode allows you to output system information to a PC via backlit buttons, special software, and a photodetector. Options included a terminal mode in turn, and then the same combination are disabled:

Terminal Mode 1 displays information once per second, the lamp is operating normally. It is used for general diagnostic lamp.

Terminal Mode 2 displays information once per minute, after a moment's pause in the lantern. Used for reading the battery discharge characteristics.

Terminal Mode 3 - a mixture of the first two.

14 quick clicks + clamping calibrates the sensor. During calibration, temperature sensor temperature torch body must be leveled room temperature (25 ° C). The program allows the deviation of the temperature sensor from the typical value at ± 16 ° C. Successful calibration is accompanied by a double flash lamp and a green flash backlight button. If the temperature sensor readings are outside the allowed values - the rejection of the calibration will be accompanied by a single flash lamp and flash the red button illumination.

15 quick clicks + clamping memory formats. In the event of a failure in the behavioral model driver program because of incorrect values in the memory.

 

Indication

The lantern has a sophisticated software with no less complicated status indication. During normal operation, the backlight color of the button sends the battery level, trying to compensate for voltage dips in it under load. Accuracy evaluation multitsvetnom mode voltage of about 20 ... 100mV, depending on the user and natrenirovannosti load on the battery. Accuracy evaluation of the level of charge of 10%.

Because of the circuitry off lantern light button displays the charge level of the only Tri-color version. The discharge characteristic is normalized according to the testimony of a lantern in terminal mode 2. It is different from our usual discharge curves of the battery of tests and datasheets, as normalized to a stable power consumption and voltage dips eliminated because current consumption.

RGB LED has a number of animations that indicate a different error:

Smooth blinking main color display (battery) - The battery is not powerful enough for a given mode, the output current is low. The priority of the animation medium.

Smooth replacement of primary color display in red - overheating, the output current is limited to a maximum temperature. High priority animations.

Smooth replacement of primary color display (currently red) dim blue - the battery voltage drops below the minimum threshold (3V) and running timer for automatic shut-off (1min). Priority animation above average.

Slow gradual replacement of primary color white - Indication of battery for lights with integrated charger and indication of moisture in the body at the lamps without integrated battery charger. It works regardless of the state of the lamp, even when switched off. Low priority animations.

Sudden flashes red once per second, within 5 seconds, the lamp while dramatically turned off and refuses to work - a critical error, perhaps the problem in the circuit or fail model. When the display goes off - lights will give the opportunity to try to start it again. If the problem persists - try to run smoothly on a small lamp power (Mid1). If the currently active tactical mode - it will turn off the power-on reset. Flashlight should calibrate the model. If you do not help - perhaps it cuts short the load or other serious problem that can lead to an explosion of the lamp. Do not abuse the protection it is not rubber. Read more about the features of the behavior of the lamp, see the relevant section below.

 

Features of behavior program M43

Software modeling lamp:

The software uses a modeling lamp system for a number of tasks, such as an increase in dynamic range, providing protection from emergency situations, limiting the load on the components (including battery), improving the accuracy of the battery charge display, etc. This model adapts to the real system, gradually collecting the necessary data. At the same time all the necessary data is not available. For example, to calibrate the internal resistance of the battery (to assess its ability to load and display the charge level of compensation) swings needed input current, which can be computed only with a known output voltage. The output voltage is either measured directly in the mode converter with continuous inductor current (the threshold is also necessary to calculate through the model), or indirectly through the pre-calculated circuit parameters have been found (for small currents). For a number of tasks as required load and throttle settings that are in different modes of operation of the converter. Soft start allows the lamp to go through all these stages, having the time the mode to adjust the model, and limit the current when necessary. Lantern loves calibrated in Turbo, just remember that. Prolonged operation at low currents can upset the model due to the low quality of incoming information that will lead to strange behavior when trying to rapidly enable maximum power. For example, to limit the power in the battery seemingly normal. Lantern in such a situation quickly and will calibrate mode, but will have time to go through a couple of seconds and even work «Warning». There's also the situation with false positive protection against accidents, which is quite unpleasant, given the need to wait until the next switching 5c. The most likely place where the defense does not have time to calibrate the maximum current - disorienting strobe.

Features of operation modes of the inverter:

The model is widely used in low-power mode converter with discontinuous inductor current, and eliminates the servo-system inoperative at low output current ADC. Filling PWM is calculated indirectly, using pre-collected information about the parameters of the whole lamp. The quality of the data collected depends on the quality of the algorithm. Most noticeable border between the two modes of current regulation (around 500mA). Minor artifacts when adjusting the brightness in the field are normal.

Due to extremely low native resolution PWM is used in the M43 microcontroller (5 bits) density-pulse-width expansion periodically crawls in the audible range, and the lantern may occasionally ate much food on the high frequency. In the glow is not reflected. The amplitude of the audio to get to the very low range harmonics, and between them and the LEDs is a massive natural LC-filter. Neat ate an audible beep periodically slips with a smooth appearance and disappearance - a normal situation.

To reduce dynamic losses in munlayte minimum pulse width is limited from below because of what the physical resolution of the PWM is reduced to 1-st bits. Add here a very low PWM duty and obtain virtually guaranteed a job in the audio range transducer, which also often can be heard.

The behavior of the lamp with a discharged battery:

When the battery voltage falls to 3V (taking into account the drawdown of the battery voltage under load) - the current begins to be limited, as the battery voltage is held at this value. Display This displays the output current undervalued due to lack of supply. The output current is gradually reduced to 120mA and stops at that point, and the battery voltage starts to fall below 3V. Animation indicator while changing the corresponding (animation blue) and timer off. Timer gives a minute to think, occasionally preventing interruptions in the illumination of the imminent trip. Any action of its reset button. If you set the current below 120mA - the timer is not activated. After a minute after the activation of the timer lights off. Repeated attempts are allowed it to include, but sooner or later begin to operate in the supervisor microcontroller hardware throwing program voltage of about 2,7V. Below this value, the battery discharge does not happen.

Selection of the battery

Because of the high power and design features of the torch to the battery imposed certain requirements.

Mechanical features:

The battery must have a button-top (protruding positive contact), because bornier M43 has a mechanical protection against reverse polarity, does not permit electrical contact flat surface minus the battery contacts. By the length of the battery also imposed certain requirements. The design of the lamp is designed for protected batteries, so to have to stretch the spring force, and fear strikes the back of the lamp, which is why the batteries their weight can spring back to its original state. The problem with protected batteries is that they are not powerful enough for the lamp, so it makes sense to refine power cells themselves. However, not all require the maximum brightness. Weak batteries have a high capacity (currently 3400mAh, against 2000 in ... 2500mAh power) and allow a half-fold increase in working hours flashlight to frequently used modes. Lantern evaluate the possibility of such batteries and allows the use of a turbo without overloading it, so the use of weak batteries is allowed and does not lead to unreliable operation. And unlike they often have power and protection, and button-top.

Electrical features:

The program evaluates the load carrying capacity of its battery internal resistance, allowing the voltage dips in all chains (including spring lamp housing, contacts, etc.) to 0,5V. Resistance chains of the lamp, according to the terminal (see. "Terminal Mode"), about 4 mOhm, and the maximum supply current - 30A. Accordingly, the maximum internal resistance of the battery - (0.5V / 30A-0,004) * 4 = 0.05 Ohm. That this option is important when choosing batteries. Pay attention to him, and not on the maximum current stated by the manufacturer of the battery. This market value is not always the reality. Especially at Panasonic. And please note that this option is eventually degraded operation. And it degrades faster capacity.

The overall efficiency of the inverter, as well as the amount of capacity to effectively use the battery depends on the discharge characteristics of the battery. Choose batteries with the highest average voltage (3,7V and above), as at higher voltages, the driver operates efficiently.

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“How hard could it be? It’s only got one button…”

They said the same thing about Flappy Bird.

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One of the advantages of the firmware is that the M43 send a lot of information to your computer. And for this you need only a microphone input and a photosensor.
And of course the software from Inferion.

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Holy cow, reading the complete details of the UI almost makes me wish I hadn’t ordered one. I can barely understand it.

What’s wrong with a short press to cycle one way through the modes, a long press to move the other, and a quick double or triple tap to access strobe? Sometimes more isn’t better.

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They should come out with a Bluetooth communication module that allows you to access the advanced settings via mobile phone or computer. Cool

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Kloepper Knife Works wrote:
Holy cow, reading the complete details of the UI almost makes me wish I hadn't ordered one. I can barely understand it. What's wrong with a short press to cycle one way through the modes, a long press to move the other, and a quick double or triple tap to access strobe? Sometimes more isn't better.

The way they describe it is way too scientific, almost like who made that has an inferiority complex and wants to compensate (pun intended from "inferion" name).

Try the one in English and you will see things are much simpler. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0WEb-DpmrKXZ3FYLTFibnYxa1U/view

And as I have replied before several times, you canChoose what you don't want to use, who said you have to go through all UIs all day long.

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Hikelite wrote:

Kloepper Knife Works wrote:
Holy cow, reading the complete details of the UI almost makes me wish I hadn’t ordered one. I can barely understand it. What’s wrong with a short press to cycle one way through the modes, a long press to move the other, and a quick double or triple tap to access strobe? Sometimes more isn’t better.

The way they describe it is way too scientific, almost like who made that has an inferiority complex and wants to compensate (pun intended from “inferion” name).

Try the one in English and you will see things are much simpler. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0WEb-DpmrKXZ3FYLTFibnYxa1U/view

And as I have replied before several times, you canChoose what you don’t want to use, who said you have to go through all UIs all day long.

You’re right, that version of the UI manual is much easier to understand. I still think it’s a bit over complicated, but at least now I’m not worried that I’ll end up hating it because can’t figure out the UI.

Thanks, you’ve made me feel a bit better about the most expensive light I’ve ever purchased.

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LOL.. even the most simpler group UI1 is confusing enough for me..
As much as I want one of these, but something is still not “click” ( pun intended) with me yet :bigsmile:

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I for one find the UI great and appreciate the effort by Inferion to create such a refined driver. THX Inferion, you rock !

Still i’m waiting for the new domeless leds from cree to be available on the M43 (if ever) to order one.

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I`m waiting for the MBI Zeus to come out, so don`t think I will buy this Meteor, unless someone is going to convince me of buying one.

 

edit: just ordered the Meteor Wink

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No, I didnt order one...

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Way different light Chibi, buy em both and don’t look back. Smile

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sure, different light.. but one can fit in my pocket and the other not Wink

its just about the money.. don`t want to spend a few $000 on just 2 lights..

also, I just bought a 5D II.... and a Samyang 85 1.4

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teaser:

 

Hey Dale, have you ever seen the real Zeus? scratch that.. I mean Da Apollo?

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Send it to me and I’ll let you know what I think about it. Smile

No, not yet. Waiting. Hoping I have funds when it comes out. The way I’m buying lights these days all I’ll have is a huge debt.

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was reading the section on batteries, it allows for weaker cells. In time, I would appreciate a recommendation on cells. This will be a fun light for those who love to tinker Big Smile

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This Meteor utilizes a complicated boost circuitry with an MCU not easily re-flashed. Tinker with it? Good way to go BOOM!

Seems to me this is one of the best lights to leave alone. And I aim to do just that. Well I do aim to try to leave it alone. For a while. Probably. If I can. We’ll see. Smile

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well, allow me to rephrase that. Didn’t mean tinker, as in modifying it, meant tinker as in playing with that UI! I love modes, bells, whistles, etc. This could keep me busy for quite some time it appears! Appreciate the red flag however.

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I have to admit, not being a fan of blinky modes I was thinking all the options there were just a waste of time…. wrong! It’s pretty neat! The button can be used to blink, several varieties of blink/beacon/strobe in the emitters, and the ability to set the blink from the current power level is just too cool! Like, if you’re in moon mode, you can start an SOS at the same level! I’ve never seen blinkies do anything but 100%, so that’s pretty awesome.

The RGB button is pure genious! I’ve had a couple that light up green when charged and go red when low, but the variety here is so cool! So yeah, I really do appreciate all the effort that has gone into this one, even if it’s a bit daunting in it’s complexity.

I’ll figure it out. Resistant to change, it runs in the family. Silly

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DBCstm wrote:
The button can be used to blink, several varieties of blink/beacon/strobe in the emitters, and the ability to set the blink from the current power level is just too cool! Like, if you’re in moon mode, you can start an SOS at the same level! I’ve never seen blinkies do anything but 100%, so that’s pretty awesome.

if then hold button – the flashlight goes into turbo strobe Smile

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was reading the section on batteries, it allows for weaker cells. In time, I would appreciate a recommendation on cells. This will be a fun light for those who love to tinker Big Smile

you can use three ordinary battery and one high current HE2/HE4

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