Yes , its here at last , the Balder HD-1 .
And a nice little light it is to.
Just a quick note , the Oring belongs in the front grove , and Im not sure how it ended up here , but the front grove folks , OK!
Now this is a pre-production sample , and I haven’t measured anything as yet .
So lets talk about what I can for now .
This light is very well made , its small , has two modes , has a XP-G R5 emitter , looks to be bright on a single AA [ high ] , supports the 14500 [ not tested ] . Anodizing and knurl-ling are very well done , and 0 battery slop to speak off , in fact some larger AA batteries [ diameter ] may not fit as the plunger tube is some what a snug fit on a AA. Now the way the light works , it appears to maintain contact [ circuit ] and when you break the contact , the light turns on , changes modes and turns off . If you leave it off for a while you need to push the button for at least a full second to get the light back on [ feature to stop accidental activation ? ] otherwise just a quick push changes modes and turns the light on or off . Now you don’t need to push the button forwards like a nutter , you only need to push forwards far enough to break contact with the back of the body, so a 1mm push should do.
So far Im very impressed , haven’t taken the Multimeter to the light , or done any tests , other than simply use the light and take some pictures. So nothing negative to report so far , except to thank Balder for sending me this light , cos I really like it . Just the size , the feel , the usability , quality , what can I say , even the clip looks to have been beefed up . Its early days , and while I am impressed all to heck so far , and I really am , lets see what the Light box and Multimeter have to say .
Ok some performance figures :
High pulls some 1.8A from a Nimh , and when the light settles with a fully charged nimh you get some 126Lumen
Low produces some 1 Lumen [ Moon mode ] and at 0.056A current draw , your looking at some 40 hours .
A fresh Alkaline returned some 113Lumen
Now with this sort of activation the first thing to cross my mind was parasitic drain , when the light is turned of , I measured some 0.007A , but within some 10 seconds the current had gone from 0.007A to 0.001A and then nothing , yep ! The light turns off . I held the MM in place till my hands got sore and detected nothing , so WOW !
The only thing I would like to see is a medium mode ( 20Lumen ) , but this is just me , I really like 20Lumen .