Is the Captank tape brand the best for this kind of application? I was looking on-line and the cheapest roll I can find is $13. It’s 33ft, which is a lot of the stuff… but I’m finding next cheapest is about $5 for 10 feet, and only 15mm in width. So, seems like the Captank might be worth going for.
I did some deep googeling and found a JETBeam distributer in Australia (Pro-Tactical) who pointed me to this online retailer which still has some stock of the original RRT01 for $139AUD / $99USD. Not the cheapest but perhaps that’s why they still have some.
I’m new here and at the risk of sounding naive, it seems to me that there is a gap in the flashlight world for a great EDC and that it is entirely due to clicky UI’s.
How do BLF special edition / collaborations begin? Again I’m new here but it seems to me that the “ultimate” EDC light would have the following attributes:
-Nichia 219C 4,000 4,500 or 5,000k (or something else with high output, high cri, and a nice tint)
-Single emitter slightly throwy (Zeebralight) OR a tri-emmiter for a high lumen floody light (Emisar D4S)
–18350 or 18650 UI: most importantly a single ring dimmer switch (like the original JETBeam RRT01) that goes from OFF> Turbo with only one detent at the off position. Switch placement towards the head of the light and perhaps just 110 degrees of ring travel for one handed use. Lock-out by loosening the tail cap. No tail/side switch, no disco, no save-our-ship, no uv/blue/green/red/ir, no usb ports. Yes RGB battery indicator.
Pretty much everything else in the world doesn’t have a clicky UI: dimmer switches for overhead lights in a house, an electric drill, a bathroom sink faucet, the accelerator pedal in a car, the volume control on a stereo, the gas burner on a stove, etc. Imagine triple clicking or a press and hold to ramp up your leaf blower. An argument could be made that clicking into various fixed modes on a flashlight is like using DOS commands on a computer. Although rotary controls have been tried by many flashlight manufacturers over the years without significant success, I think it’s safe to say that very few of them have so far gotten it right. Designing the simplest light may be the most complex thing to do.
Apparently Pro-Tactical Australia toured a JETBeam factory in 2013:
Although you are correct to a certain extent, the problem with implementing all of those feature in a flashlight is space. You ever look at the controls behind that dimming light switch? A lot going on back there. Everyone wants their pocket lights to fit in their pocket. Hardware dimming has been happening for a lot of years now. The dimming going on in flashlights now is all software controlled so it will all fit in our pockets and give us a simple button to use to control the output. The few rotary lights still use mechanical dimming with magnets. It keeps it to a manageable size that is still pocket friendly. We also like to keep our lights somewhat water resistant. Rotating parts on the outside of a light makes that a challenge, not impossible, but challenging. I think there are some dive lights that have slide type dimmers on them and they get up there in price quickly.
So that gets us to price. A lot of people who buy flashlights, just want light when you turn it on. That’s it. Nothing more nothing less. 90% of the flashlight buying public could care less about CRI, tint, beams and the latest wizz bang flashlight software/hardware. That is where flashlight companies make their money. The majority of the buying public, yep, the same majority that think the Bell and Howell Tac Light is a quality light. We are a minority, not to be catered to, although some people think they are, they make some lights with our suggestions in mind. They keep us happy with the latest emitters and what not. Then you have the people like ToyKeeper who keep cranking out great firmware that we can run on a increasing number of lights now. Also some great guys who work with manufactures to get someones idea made into a light for us all. Sure a few of the majority get turned into our minority but, nobody is retiring early on what we spend on flashlights.
We are extremely lucky to have the options we have now. 15 years ago we could have only dreamed of 5000 lumens of handheld light. Now it cost forty bucks shipped to your door.
Thanks for the reply. BUT flashlights have become so bright that modes are a necessity. I think that the same general public who just want a light to turn on and off would be most appreciative of an intuitive and quick rotary control. I understand that that amplifies the complexity and cost of a flashlight but it is 2019. A flicker free software or hardware compact dimming control with great tactile feel, simplicity, linear ramping, electrical efficiency, and water resistance. It’s been done already! Nearly every type of light would benefit from it, headlamps, throwers, floods, etc. Innovation in many areas often comes from hobbyists such as the people on this forum
Just got mine today. Boy does it suck. I don’t think mine is working properly. From the hard off detent, you get about 60% of the ring travel with no light, then when it does come out it flickers horribly. I do not remember the original RRT01 being like this. I take mine has a problem? Also sorry about portrait mode… this video was quick and dirty.
Wow, that needs to be returned. My old RRT-01 has a solid “off ”detent, then just a tiny bit of travel before the almost imperceptible low output begins. Very smooth.
BTW, I’ve really been enjoying your YT reviews.
I hope the vendor makes it right for you. It is such a super simple operation. No double clicks, long clicks, etc. to memorize. I don’t think I want to go back to a ” morse code” multi-level light. Looking forward to your thoughts on a properly operating RRT-01.