Do you like or dislike the SOS Blinky mode? Just wondering how most people feel about it.

89 posts / 0 new
Last post

Pages

Zebretta
Offline
Last seen: 10 months 3 weeks ago
Joined: 12/08/2016 - 18:57
Posts: 597
Location: USA
Do you like or dislike the SOS Blinky mode? Just wondering how most people feel about it.
I LIKE the SOS blinky mode.
16% (22 votes)
I do NOT like SOS blinky mode and wish they'd stop incorporating it
84% (115 votes)
Total votes: 137
Jerommel
Jerommel's picture
Offline
Last seen: 2 years 6 months ago
Joined: 01/04/2014 - 13:18
Posts: 6380
Location: the Hague, Netherlands

I hate it.
Although the beacon flash once per second is kind of cool but usually not an option.

Greetings from France.

wle
wle's picture
Offline
Last seen: 12 hours 52 min ago
Joined: 01/07/2015 - 13:49
Posts: 3232
Location: atlanta ga

never used it for anything EVER
except pressing the button an extra time to avoid it
waste!

"You never have the wind with you - it's either against you, or you're having a good day."
    Daniel Behrman, "The Man Who Loved Bicycles".
It never gets easy, you just go faster.   
-Greg Lemond.
       ,ø¤º°`°º¤ø¸,ø¤º°`°º¤ø¸,ø¤º°`°º¤ø¸

mattlward
mattlward's picture
Offline
Last seen: 1 month 3 weeks ago
Joined: 06/19/2015 - 09:20
Posts: 3453
Location: Illinois, USA

I hate it, bury it an it is ok. Use the MCU space for a good bike flasher or an extremely low output beacon for night stand use.

EDC rotation:
KR4, SST-20 FA3 4000k (favorite!)
FW3A, Nichia 4000k sw40 r9080 (second favorite)
FW1A, LH351D 3500k (third favorite)
FW1A, XP-L Hi 3A
FW3A, LH351D 3500k
FW3A, SST20 FD2 4000k
FW3A, Cree XP-L Hi 5A3
Emisar D4V2, SST20 4000k
Emisar D4V2, brass E21A 3500k (night light of choice)

Fantomet
Offline
Last seen: 4 years 6 months ago
Joined: 10/21/2016 - 19:21
Posts: 21
Location: Norway

I agree with Jerommel. And i dont think that there will be a situation where someone is having an emergency or is lost in the wilderness etc, and doesnt get rescued because they dont have SOS mode. I think some manufacturers have this idea that the more features on the packaging, the more sales we get. And that probably works! But in my opinion a beacon or strobe mode, or just simply a flashlight will suffice i any case. If you absolutely need to signal via morsecodes, use your hand infront of the light Wink

Zebretta
Offline
Last seen: 10 months 3 weeks ago
Joined: 12/08/2016 - 18:57
Posts: 597
Location: USA

I’m hoping that vendors and manufacturers see this thread / POLL and maybe wise up.

So PLEASE cast your vote.

It’s an annoying “feature?” that as far as I know, FEW care for.

I would probably buy ALL the flashlights I have over again if they were available W/O that PITA “feature”

sp5it
sp5it's picture
Online
Last seen: 10 min 49 sec ago
Joined: 12/25/2012 - 07:51
Posts: 1660
Location: Poland

Does not matter for me. I can transmit that and anything by pressing momentary button Smile

Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that. George Carlin

 Anyone offended by my signature please fill Complaint Form. Thank you.

 If a lot of people listen to Slayer, the world would be a better place to live" - Tommy Wiseau

Enelooper
Enelooper's picture
Offline
Last seen: 3 years 1 month ago
Joined: 03/30/2016 - 03:50
Posts: 381
Location: USA

I like beacon mode. I clip a light on beacon mode to my pants or backpack, facing down, to make sure cars are aware I’m there when walking along dark roads.

Beacon blinks slow enough to not annoy drivers or myself. And having it point downwards doesn’t blind the drivers.

CheapThrills
CheapThrills's picture
Offline
Last seen: 2 weeks 5 days ago
Joined: 07/02/2011 - 10:45
Posts: 3672
Location: Suomi

Beacon: why not. SOS, no, please.

Texas_Ace
Texas_Ace's picture
Offline
Last seen: 22 min 22 sec ago
Joined: 03/24/2016 - 07:44
Posts: 9499
Location: Everything is brighter in Texas

As a hidden mode I don’t really care what is there, since it is by definition, hidden.

As a “normal mode” I want steady state modes only, no blinky mode should ever be included in the normal modes.

That said I highly doubt I ever will use an SOS mode.

Zebretta
Offline
Last seen: 10 months 3 weeks ago
Joined: 12/08/2016 - 18:57
Posts: 597
Location: USA

Enelooper wrote:
I like beacon mode. I clip a light on beacon mode to my pants or backpack, facing down, to make sure cars are aware I’m there when walking along dark roads.

Beacon blinks slow enough to not annoy drivers or myself. And having it point downwards doesn’t blind the drivers.

Too many people stoned, drunk or spaced out on any one of the crazy drugs so many people are on today for me to be out walking along dark roads.
If they can drive the wrong way on an Interstate ramp and then continue on the highway oblivious to the fact (until the collision)….I don’t think I could put much faith in a blinking light.
Just me.
ymmv.

Zebretta
Offline
Last seen: 10 months 3 weeks ago
Joined: 12/08/2016 - 18:57
Posts: 597
Location: USA
Texas_Ace wrote:
As a hidden mode I don’t really care what is there, since it is by definition, hidden. As a “normal mode” I want steady state modes only, no blinky mode should ever be included in the normal modes. That said I highly doubt I ever will use an SOS mode.

True. My Convoy L6 is able to turn that mode off. I’m fine with that.
It’s when it’s part of the cycle and you cannot avoid it at all.

RobertB
RobertB's picture
Offline
Last seen: 2 weeks 4 days ago
Joined: 12/18/2015 - 17:49
Posts: 3846
Location: USA, Michigan

Hate strobe modes on all lights. The beacon or SOS aren’t so bad. If I was an avid hiker, hiking in out of the way places, a flashlight with these modes might make more sense. I can’t see a strobe making any sense for anyone other than maybe law enforcement.

Jack Kellar
Jack Kellar's picture
Offline
Last seen: 21 hours 25 min ago
Joined: 03/09/2014 - 14:21
Posts: 2226
Location: Throwing bolts at anomalies

I hate SOS and see no purpose to it even as a hidden mode – if I wanna do emergency signaling, I’ll wave a strobing light around.

As for blinky modes in the normal operation… I already get peeved by the single blinky of the stock Convoy firmware, let alone constantly-blinking ones (really wish the stock nanjg105 didn’t come with that irritating “choice”, or that I’d bought my S2 and C8 from Simon so I could have picked only the 3 modes if not Biscotti outright).

Pok
Pok's picture
Offline
Last seen: 3 years 4 months ago
Joined: 03/26/2011 - 15:23
Posts: 928
Location: Thailand

Now only me vote “I LIKE the SOS blinky mode”

SoCalTiger
SoCalTiger's picture
Offline
Last seen: 1 year 4 months ago
Joined: 03/16/2017 - 14:06
Posts: 414
Location: :)

Zebretta wrote:
Enelooper wrote:
I like beacon mode. I clip a light on beacon mode to my pants or backpack, facing down, to make sure cars are aware I’m there when walking along dark roads.

Beacon blinks slow enough to not annoy drivers or myself. And having it point downwards doesn’t blind the drivers.

Too many people stoned, drunk or spaced out on any one of the crazy drugs so many people are on today for me to be out walking along dark roads.
If they can drive the wrong way on an Interstate ramp and then continue on the highway oblivious to the fact (until the collision)….I don’t think I could put much faith in a blinking light.
Just me.
ymmv.

I should also point out that someone who is extremely drunk or stoned may actually target fixate on a light and hit you. Would help with anyone sober who isn’t fixated on their cell phone, though.

Texas_Ace
Texas_Ace's picture
Offline
Last seen: 22 min 22 sec ago
Joined: 03/24/2016 - 07:44
Posts: 9499
Location: Everything is brighter in Texas
Pok wrote:
Now only me vote “I LIKE the SOS blinky mode”

No, this should be a thread showing peoples true feelings towards it so maybe manufactures will actually understand that we don’t want blinky modes anymore.

MtnDon
MtnDon's picture
Online
Last seen: 3 min 45 sec ago
Joined: 08/27/2015 - 18:25
Posts: 4383
Location: Canuk in NM

S-O-S blinky modes suck!

Can anyone fond any situation where the S-O-S blinky mode actually was useful and saved or potentially saved a life?

Strobe mode is almost in the same useless department. And it should be hidden in a sub menu.

ImA4Wheelr
Offline
Last seen: 1 year 2 months ago
Joined: 02/03/2013 - 14:51
Posts: 7935
Location: SC

Having been stranded without way to signal on a large body of water with 2 diabetic children without their insulin and testing equipment for a whole night, I want a true SOS available if the light lacks an ability to manually signal via a reliable switch.  Likely, I will never need it, but its good to have it available.

I use strobe regularly on my property (wooded with no area lighting or neighbor in sight).  It really helps warn off critters and such before I let my dogs out.

Enderman
Enderman's picture
Offline
Last seen: 3 weeks 4 days ago
Joined: 11/03/2016 - 22:42
Posts: 4292
Location: Vancouver, Canada

I personally find it more useful than strobe mode, not that I need to ever use either of them.
TBH sos can just be done manually too if really necessary.

Lightbringer
Lightbringer's picture
Offline
Last seen: 4 hours 8 min ago
Joined: 08/30/2016 - 14:12
Posts: 17735
Location: nyc

Blinky modes are an abomination unto the LORD.

09 F9 11 02 9D 74 E3 5B D8 41 56 C5 63 56 88 C0

Litefighter
Litefighter's picture
Offline
Last seen: 1 year 7 months ago
Joined: 04/19/2017 - 20:39
Posts: 132
Location: California

I’d take a beacon or battery check mode over SOS any day.

Yokiamy
Yokiamy's picture
Offline
Last seen: 7 hours 47 min ago
Joined: 10/18/2016 - 15:47
Posts: 3280
Location: Netherlands
Jerommel wrote:
Greetings from France.

Holiday Jerommel?

wle
wle's picture
Offline
Last seen: 12 hours 52 min ago
Joined: 01/07/2015 - 13:49
Posts: 3232
Location: atlanta ga

i have a light [manker u11] that has a ‘blinks once a second’ mode, that would be just about as useful as sos

wle

"You never have the wind with you - it's either against you, or you're having a good day."
    Daniel Behrman, "The Man Who Loved Bicycles".
It never gets easy, you just go faster.   
-Greg Lemond.
       ,ø¤º°`°º¤ø¸,ø¤º°`°º¤ø¸,ø¤º°`°º¤ø¸

hIKARInoob
hIKARInoob's picture
Offline
Last seen: 21 hours 9 min ago
Joined: 08/28/2016 - 08:15
Posts: 4209
Pok wrote:
Now only me vote “I LIKE the SOS blinky mode”

Same here! I love it! I’ve never used it, hopefully never have to. But I like it to know it’s there just in case. Of course you can sos manually, but for how long if you’re bleeding badly.
Yes, all these disco modes must be well hidden. I also like fast and slow beacon…

PBWilson
Offline
Last seen: 3 months 2 weeks ago
Joined: 08/24/2016 - 17:49
Posts: 1047
Location: Rochester, NY

Hate blinky modes of all kinds but I hate tactical most, then SOS, then beacon.

I’d reconsider some sort of medium blink if I were to commute by bicycle. I can see its value in that case.

Please allow them to be hidden or non-existent if any manufacturers are reading.

CRX
CRX's picture
Offline
Last seen: 10 months 6 days ago
Joined: 04/02/2013 - 15:27
Posts: 4243
Location: Scotland

Well hidden blinkies, locator beacon etc, good, could be useful sometime.
Blinkies in the main menu & accessed by double clicking or long press, crap.

AdrianWA
AdrianWA's picture
Offline
Last seen: 1 year 4 months ago
Joined: 02/10/2017 - 22:09
Posts: 176
Location: Karratha, Western Australia

Fantomet wrote:
I agree with Jerommel. And i dont think that there will be a situation where someone is having an emergency or is lost in the wilderness etc, and doesnt get rescued because they dont have SOS mode. I think some manufacturers have this idea that the more features on the packaging, the more sales we get. And that probably works! But in my opinion a beacon or strobe mode, or just simply a flashlight will suffice i any case. If you absolutely need to signal via morsecodes, use your hand infront of the light ;)

 

If you're lost, tired of walking and hungry try to use that hand morse code. We talk things that no first hand experience.

sedstar
Offline
Last seen: 1 year 3 months ago
Joined: 04/03/2013 - 18:23
Posts: 949
Location: East coast, united states...

QUOTE
Can anyone fond any situation where the S-O-S blinky mode actually was useful
ENDQUOTE

yes. unfortunately, lol… i once posted a couple years ago? that i finally found a legitimate use for blinkies mode… as a delivery driver after dark for years? some customers insist on placing an order then “hiding” in thebasement with headphones or loud movies…

i “blinkied” the house windows with my little zoomie, and it brought them out. they said they thought the “police were there” and “had forgot they ordered”

===================================================

if i were a COP or security guard? i would defiunitely make myself a small light with “disco” mode always first mode on power on… i demonstrated it once at work, as several of us carried daily for work. guy was making fun of my flashlights, he had a gun, etc etc…

i held the light up at him (off) and he looked right at it, and laughed. having suckered him into looking at it? i clicked it on in disco (had cycled the next mode to do it…lol) and he screamed and held his face. i KNEW what he was seeing, a gigantic green blob covering his vision. this was in daytime, in a well lit room to boot… i calmly walked around him, and took his .380 out of his exposes holster and tossed it onto the counter and backed off laughing as he flailed around like a blind man holding his arms in front of himself for a couple minutes.

=================================

but… bringing customers out of “hiding” was the only use i ever found for disco mode… used it about once every couple months after discovering that trick…

and like i said if i were a cop or security guard? i would definitely want a light that always powered up in disco mode for blinding and disorientation.

i can see where if you practiced with disco mode on the right light? it would be as useful as the gun itself…

With enough black coffee and cigarettes? all things are possible…

I am currently still shipping… REAL GENUINE CREE xp-g emitters, the classic… brace yourself? as low as 20 cents apiece!! Check out the SALES THREAD, everyone is happy… then PM me

SALES THREAD:
http://budgetlightforum.com/node/52528

if you are into reloading? this is my site… I inherited the remains of what was once arguably the best reloading site on the internet… its the “BLF” of reloading sites…

http://reloadbench.freeforums.net/

if you think night vision would be cool? It IS… this site i am a member of, and its basically the “BLF” of home made scratch-built digital night vision. They are at the leading forefront of advanced DIY for digital night vision, and thats gun mounted or handheld… builds rival and exceed commercial offerings…

http://nightvisionforumuk.com/

EyeballFryer
Offline
Last seen: 3 years 1 month ago
Joined: 11/30/2015 - 02:17
Posts: 416
Location: California, USA

I don’t mind the SOS mode if it’s hidden.

What I really want is a signaling strobe, about the frequency of a car’s flashing hazard lights. That’s more useful in getting someone’s attention without causing seizures or other annoyances, especially if I’m trying to catch the attention of a driver.

Also, I want a “ramping” signaling strobe. Instead of instantly blinking between on and off, ramp up to max then ramp down to off.

Lexel
Lexel's picture
Offline
Last seen: 2 years 3 weeks ago
Joined: 11/01/2016 - 08:00
Posts: 5895
Location: Germany

The only blinky modes I find useful is Strobe and a locator beacon with a very short pulse full power

Pages