Not so sure about that. M43 output isn’t stable at low levels and at higher levels it can’t sustain flat output either due to high temp.
I wouldn’t compare the Meteor and D18 at all. Meteor is clearly in a class higher with its driver, but the D18 has a better UI. Maybe that’s why the D18 isn’t a Noctigon after all. If the tint is alright, I’ll probably prefer the D18 overall.
The M43 driver, yuck! Hated it from the very beginning and removed it very quickly. My M43 has graduated to Anduril… wasn’t exactly easy as there is so little space in that head but nonetheless, it now has a UI I love and will use.
Of course, it’s always about perspective.
I will get a D18. I like what Hank is doing. What I don’t like about this new light, I will change. Nothing new there I suppose…
I’m excited to read that it has pads already built in for aux LEDs. Can you please point out which pads they are? I would like to see how much of a challenge it would be to add some, as I’ve never done anything like that.
I’m not a big fan of side buttons either, but on something this size I think it makes sense. I’d love a D4 with a tail switch, but on the D4S and D18 it’s definitely easier on the side. Basically, if a light is narrow enough for a cigar grip, a tail switch is preferred… but if it’s wider than that, a side switch is easier to use.
You said that you are “no good at beam shots.” However you are quite good at verbal descriptions. I’m wondering if you would provide a more detailed verbal comparison between the beam patterns of the D18 vs D4S.
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It’s just a slab of copper with some springs on it, and screws to hold it in place. Just as it should be.
The lanyard hole itself has a rounded edge, to avoid cutting the lanyard strap. It’s only the larger surrounding area which has somewhat sharp and serrated edges. That’s probably not much of an issue though, since the lanyard doesn’t really rub against that part much.
I don’t like buck drivers. Not a fan of boost either. Don’t typically like constant current so no, not confusing anything. I stripped all the components off the pcb in my M43 and threw the whole lot in the trash. I talk enough to usually be pretty sure of what I mean .