After purchasing my very first Balder, the new sexy little HD-1, I decided to try another Balder that’s already been through the trial phase.
I settled on the HD-1s bigger brother, the SE-1. I figured being a little more robust and a little less experimental it might handle 14500s a little easier.
Now, this little chat doesn’t have anything to do with the technical functioning of the light, but, with a poorly thought out design.
The first thing I noticed was the pocket clip. What engineer cobbled together this poorly planned baggage? The clip is attached bezel up so that nearly half of the light is protruding from ones pocket. The gap between the clip and the body is almost wide enough to stick my pinky through with the tip of the clip resting on the tailcap so it can scrape off the anodizing when screwing the tail. With most of the light sticking out of my pocket and nothing but air securing the pocket to the clip…disaster.
Okay. I’ll remove the clip. I have lots of lights with no clips that I like to drop in my pocket with a short lanyard hanging out the side for easy withdrawal. Hey!!! What’s this??? There isn’t any hole anywhere to attach a lanyard. How the heck am I supposed to carry this thing? Who sent this ill designed contraption to market?
Well SE-1 your future is decided. You will live on my desk ignored. Your AW 14500 will be ripped from your abdomen and replaced with a cheap alkaline. You will lay there unloved until the battery eats out your guts like a cancer. Funeral? I don’t think so. I will leave your corpse on display for my other flashlights to see, letting them know that nonconformity is not an option.
That is EXACTLY why I haven’t bought that light. I keep looking at it but the poorly designed clip just turns me off. Every time I see it I wonder if you could chuck it in the lathe and cut a groove in the tail cap or head. But like everybody else, if you’d like to get rid of it . . . . I might even give you a fair price for it if I could cut another clip groove.
I ordered two of these. One from IOS, the other from lighthound. The one from IOS was supposed to be bezel down. Well, I wound up with two bezel up carry. So, I am the one that did this mod. I got out my small set of files & filed a groove at the tail end for a bezel down carry. I didn’t do the other one but plan on it in the future. Someone said without pics, it didn’t happen. Well, it did happen. Since I am auto body by trade it was a simple bit of body work.