Monday, June 29, 2015

Exploring Kress Lake, Washington

People ask me what I think of this area, and I tell them it's breathtakingly beautiful, and they hug me, and I know that I belong in the northwest. I have a fishing license, though I haven't gone fishing yet. As much as I want to go fishing and explore the area, I want to find spots where I can bring some or all of my dogs.

Today I went on a scouting expedition to Kress Lake, there was one other car there, so there was a whopping 3 people at the lake counting me and my friend. I looked it up on the Internet and it looks like I do not need the parks pass if I'm at an area that's primarily used for fishing.

The lake is 15 minutes from where I live, it's stocked by a fish hatchery a few miles away and seems only to be used by locals. How awesome is that? 




I probably won't start with all 4 Chihuahuas, but certainly I can take one or two of the better socialized ones like Ty. But certainly I can pick a spot on the far side of the lake and my dogs won't be a problem. Someone to carry a couple crates or a little cart like I used to have in my previous life, and I'm pretty sure I can sit at the lake with all my doggies.

This entire area is dog friendly. No one looks twice at a pack of Chihuahuas except in amusement. I can't think of one person I've met in this city who doesn't own at least one dog. People I've known for years will say "Hey come visit, but can you leave your barky little dogs at home?" 

It's tough, and hurtful to hear that, but the most amazing thing happened: I met a bunch of people who say "Hey, come visit and bring all the dogs!" Of course around here it's "and be careful around the bigger dogs, and watch for hawks, and be mindful of the heat" and so forth. 

In the next couple days I plan to visit Kress lake again and maybe take Ty for a walk on the trail and take some photos.




Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Review: Revant Elite Blue Mirrorshield Lenses for Oakley GasCan Sunglasses

For the last 8 months I've worn the blue regular polarized lenses from Revant on my un-retired
Revant Elite Blue Mirrorshield Product Link
Oakley GasCan sunglasses. During that time I've downsized a huge household into a single guy living in a cabin in the woods with some dogs and a good sound system. I'm abusive towards my shades on a good day, so 8 months of rough days seems a reasonable amount of time before noticing that no, it's not dirt my lenses, the coating is worn out. The stock lenses on my GasCans didn't last half that long with much less abuse, so I think their plain polarized is a good value. They've seen at least 5,000 miles of driving.

It was probably only a week or two between when I started digging through bins for another pair of lenses I reviewed, when Revant Optics emailed me about their second generation of the Elite lenses and asked me if I wanted an upgrade to the blue pair I was wearing. Hell yes I wanted the upgrade.

When I did the review of the original pair of Elite lenses, maybe I missed that they came in colors other than black, or maybe blue is a new color for their top end lenses, but I really like the blue. I won't lie and say I'm not a little vain, because these do look awesome. But mostly I spend a lot of time outdoors and driving and I prefer the blue ones slightly over the dark black ones which I have squirreled away somewhere. The black ones are good for driving, but the blue and green ones I've tested over the last year seem a little clearer. Neither are quite as clear as my Italian-made Ray-Ban Wayfarers, but those have kind of an ugly green tinge that these Revant lenses don't have.


Product Description


These are replacement lenses for my Oakley GasCan frames which have now seen several pair of their lenses. These are blue Elite series lenses which are their high end polarized lenses with the laser-etched "Elite" logo. Revant makes replacement lenses for an increasing number of high end sunglasses.




Official Specs (From Revant.com)


  • HC3® Ice Blue Mirrorshield® (high clarity, comfort, contrast) - 1 pair of lenses
  • Precision polarized for complete glare elimination and vivid contrast
  • Repel Plus™ nano-coating - withstands harsh environments and preserves color
  • 100% infused UV and blue light protection
  • Injection molded and taper corrected to eliminate peripheral distortion, ensuring accurate and comfortable vision
  • 8% light transmission - warm rose view tint
  • Superior clarity and impact resistance (exceeds ANSI Z87.1 high mass, high velocity impact standards)
  • Includes Revant Elite microfiber transport bag with tension bead for a secure closure that cinches tight






Initial Impressions


The laser-etched "Elite" logo is a little cleaner looking than the first generation. I'm not a fan of the logo on this or the Ray-Bans, or any other shades. At least not on the lenses. But I guess I'd rather see a sleeker, cleaner logo that I don't like.

Putting the lenses in on a sunny day rewarded me with very clear eyesight. The last blue polarized I had from Revant had a slightly pinkish tint, which isn't unpleasant. It's hard to describe the tint on these other than saying that these are so clear that it's hard to see a tint.



Fit and Finish


Overall, excellent. The first pair of Elite lenses I reviewed fit perfect, and this pair fits perfect. I've seen a couple of their lower end models have a lens that didn't fit perfect, though still acceptable. The first pair of Elite lenses had a logo that looked like it was etched by a Chinese kid without proper eye protection, and the logo on this pair looks much better.

2nd Generation


This is the second generation of their Elite lenses. The pair I reviewed was stealth black-on-black so it's harder to directly compare this second set, which is ice blue. One thing I remember about the first pair was that for being solid black, they had more clarity than most other pair I've own.

So these are much clearer than the regular polarized and maybe even clearer than my Ray-Bans. Revant claims they are improved and it sure seems that way to me. The cleaner etched logo also seems less distracting.

Polarized


The pair of regular blue polarized I just upgraded from had a weird visual artifact. At certain times of the day I would be driving and reflections of the sun would look pure, immaculate blue. It wasn't unpleasant but a little distracting. These lenses don't have the artifacts, and the glare protection seems really good. I won't drive without polarized lenses, though it makes looking at LCD screens harder when I'm at a stop light or stopped.

Either way, the polarization on these lenses seem like a step up from the last ones.

Impact Resistant


These lenses claim to be impact resistant. I haven't had any impacts against this pair, but the last pair probably had a thousand things kicked up from the weedwacker and such. It's always scary to hear a "thwack" on the lenses.

So for now I will have to take them at their word. I spend a lot of time in the outdoors and something will hit me in the face eventually. I have dropped them lots of times so far, but it's hard to tell if the lenses were struck. Just today they bounced on concrete.

Just a matter of time before this thing kicks something into my face

Tint


I had a hard time thinking about how to describe the tint on these lenses so I looked it up on their web site and it says rose color. I would say it leans more toward the brown side, but it's not unpleasant.

Usability


Revant has a slick web site touting all these technological advancements, but honestly I wear their products day to day because lower quality EDC gear like sunglasses just don't last very long.  People tell me "I don't wear nice sunglasses because they won't last me" but the truth is that the cheap ones are lucky to even make it home for me. Not to mention they don't protect your eyes very well, and what are your eyes worth to you?

This pair of lenses has seen about 2 weeks of solid sunny days so far. I almost want to say they let too much light in but I'm not sure. They are so clear that it's hard to tell if it's more light or clearer light.

More brown than rose, but again, not unpleasant


Is Revant Legit?


It sure looks like it to me. I don't test the lenses scientifically, and they load me up with lots of free lenses, so don't take just my word for it. All I can say is that if they sucked, they would come off my face about 10 seconds after the review because I care about my eyes a lot.

I see the search traffic trying to research if the company and its products are legit. They are close to where I am living now and we crossed paths on them giving me a tour of their building in Portland. I know their products are made in China but I still want to point my camera at them someday. They are nice to me and the few people I have talked to seem to feel the same.

Certainly I am easy to find an email if any people who have bought the lenses have anything to say, bad or good, and I welcome any comments. We did a giveaway on the budget light forum and the winner was on the other side of the world and seemed very happy.

But any time I'm a big fanboy of something I got for free, I feel ethically bound to raise my hand. It's so much easier being a Spyderco fan because I've purchased every knife with my own money to the tune of hundreds and hundreds of dollars, and I'm a bigger fan every one I buy. It's very rare for someone to give me something I would buy myself, and even then it's usually friends and family. So I'm in strange territory here.

My not-overly-enthusiastic selfie partner

Conclusions


So far I've had good luck with Revant lenses, and these look like a notch up in quality and especially clarity. As hard as I am on my shades, I'm surprised the GasCan frames have lasted this long, but they are starting to look like I might need new ones. They no longer make the frames in the USA so I'm not sure what I'm going to do. I might try to look for some used frames now that I know how easy it is to replace the lenses.

Two weeks into wearing these lenses, they fit good, they look good, and they are crystal clear without any visual artifacts. 56 bucks does seem a little steep for the lenses, but it seems more reasonable in the context of reviving older frames I paid 200 bucks for and retired because of worn out lenses. A few pair of Oakley frames got thrown away, which I'm kicking myself over.


Thursday, June 18, 2015

Review: OLALA 3,000 mAh Power Pack

Our phones and tablets all use lithium polymer batteries which are flat, lightweight and power-dense, so it makes sense that there's a proliferation of chargers using these types of batteries. For the last few years, I've either built or bought power packs based on 18650 lithium-ion cells, which are also used inside laptop batteries, high end flashlights, and now even cars built by Tesla motors.

Battery packs built on 4x or 6x 3,400 mAh Panasonic cells have a ton of capacity but they are also very heavy. Also, most of the ones sold today don't use name brand cells and don't test anywhere near their capacity. How do you know which ones have Samsung or Panasonic cells in them and which ones have ultra-cheap knockoffs? Build your own I guess...

You can never have too many of these power packs, and I am always happy to accept them for review, with this one being provided courtesy of OLALA Gadgets of Amazon.



Product Description


This is a power pack capable of charging most devices that can use a USB charger. It advertises fairly basic specs of 3,000 mAh and with a charging rate of 1,000 mA. I cannot find anywhere where they state what the device itself recharges at, though I know it to be 500 mA.

Official Specs (From Amazon)


  • 1. Elegant design: This Y1-3000mAh Power Bank has elegant design which will be a good helper in your daily tech life.
  • 2. Ultrathin: As slim as 8.5mm and only weighs 73g, light and portable features enable you to carry it more convenient.
  • 3. Safer Casing Material: Encased in ABS+PC Material Housing.
  • 4. Conversion Rate:Above 85%.
  • 5. Compatibility: Compatible with 99% Digital Devices, widely compatible with Apple, Samsung, HTC Smart Phones and other 5V input devices.





Initial Impressions


Wow, it's light. This power pack uses a lithium-polymer cell, the same as the phones and tablets that it charges, and that's why these devices use "lipo" cells. But a cell about this size and weight isn't normally in the 3,000 mAh range. I'm pessimistically jaded about the way vendors state their capacities, but hey, I'll test it all the same.

Build Quality


The build quality is acceptable. If I press the center of the unit between my thumb and forefinger, then it makes a slight grinding/crunching sound. But other than that, it's sleek and light, and I don't see any areas of concern. 

Testing


Why am I normally pessimistic about testing? Because every power bank I've tested has an overstated capacity. Most of those "lipstick" style power banks advertise 2,000 mAh and are lucky to see half that.


Capacity


This power bank advertises 3,000 mAh and my tests showed it to be just shy of 2,000 mAh, which is acceptable given its size and weight. This should give most of a full charge to most smart phones, and closer to 2/3 of a charge for the power hungry phones. I don't understand why they just don't advertise the actual capacity.

Output


The unit advertises a 1,000 mA charging rate, which looks spot on.

Input

The unit advertises 1,000 mA but it only charges at 500 mA -- half that.

Usability


This model is sleek and light, but not overly rugged. I personally carry it in a tool pouch that use to hold my misc. stuff like a pocket knife, hand sanitizer, etc., that I throw in the truck when I go somewhere. It would also be ideal for a purse, or anything that keeps it from getting crunched.

My little "man purse" tool pouch has a bunch of small and lightweight tools, and this power pack seems to do well even though I treat the pouch roughly, so we'll see. I have another "power pouch" with rugged but heavier chargers and one of those lipstick chargers as a backup, so we'll also see if this one earns a spot in that pouch. 



Conclusions


This is a decent power pack, and it has a good power-to-weight ratio. It's also the perfect form factor. Now if I could get it at double or triple the capacity and with a lightweight aluminum case without making it too bulky or heavy, then it would be the perfect power pack.

I really like the idea of lithium-polymer based power packs if they could get the capacity up. I have a smart phone that with a battery about 2,000 mAh, so this unit does good when I'm out running errands and notice my phone is running low. 

For serious use, I have a DYI Runiovo power pack I built using 4 scavenged 18650 Sony cells I got out of a laptop battery that I never used, and they all test at 2,000 mAh. It's a little bulky though, and at about 4 full charges for my phone, it's totally overkill just for a day or night on the town. 

So if you like to travel light and want to carry most of a spare phone charge, this power pack is decent. And at 9 bucks a piece with free shipping, it's probably worth it having a few in the glove box, luggage, etc.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

5 Tips For Living Off The Grid Part 1: Getting Started

I knew that living in the woods in a cabin would be hard, as pretty much everyone in my life felt the
need to point out frequently. I had a pretty good idea of the challenges I was going to face, having grown up with a love for camping and all the wilderness classes my dad put me into.

It's not so much that life is harder here; it's just different without indoor plumbing or reliable electricity. I spend about the same amount of time doing mundane things like the dishes or cleaning. Same vacuum cleaner, though I need to fire up the generator to run it because I'm scared it will melt my rickety electrical connection to the neighbor.

Having learned some of this stuff the hard way, and being a blogger, I figured that I would start sharing some tips for living mostly or completely off the grid. And then someday maybe I'll combine all the tips and write a really big article or a book.

The steps below are going to start with the basics and gradually get more advanced, but other than that I'm just throwing out random tips for now.

1. Keep Clean


Having trash lying around a cabin or tent is much, much worse than trash lying around your house in the city. Leave some food out for a couple days in your house and you'll have flies. Do the same at your cabin, and you'll have mice, rats, flies, raccoons, deer, coyotes, bobcats, etc., and about a million different kinds of insects or small animals in between, all competing in the food chain for your bacon grease.

So, food discipline is a must, but general cleanliness is valuable as well. Being more likely to get an infection and being farther away from medical services in a rural area can be a painful combination.

Hand sanitizer is something I've never been a huge fan of, but out here in the woods it's not always possible or practical to wash my hands, so I keep a small bottle handy.

Make sure though in your quest for cleanliness that you don't harm the environment. Castille soap is a good choice for most things, and camp soap works too.

2. Keep Organized


My first night here, I cleaned all the pots and pans and put them back on the counter where I had found them when I moved in. My second night here, I heated a can of chili because I didn't have much food here. I did have cheese, and as I was sprinkling it on the chili, I noticed a few specks of something weird in the chili. Did I forgot to double check the pots were clean? I looked in the other pots and was aghast. After one day, the mice running over the pots had managed to get droppings in almost every single pot!

Everything sitting out in your tent or cabin has the potential to have bugs or rodents crawling on it. Most cans of food keep 5-10 years, and it's easy to justify letting them sit out. But I won't be eating those diced tomatoes once enough slugs have crawled over the cans.

Clear plastic bins work very well as a basic barrier to keep living things off your stored food. It keeps out most anything without thumbs, and you can easily see what's in it. I use them to store cans and kitchen supplies like dish towels and tin foil and such.

Metal file cabinets also work well. Where some larger animals such as raccoon and bears might be able to get into a plastic bin (they'd still need a can opener to get in the cans,) you'd need bolt cutters to get into mine when they are locked. I use the top drawers for valuables like electronics and the bottom drawers as a pantry for produce and bread and such.

Pots and pans are now hung from hooks on the ceiling, European style.

And don't worry about making mistakes, the mice will point those out to you, which leads to the next item on the list.

Much harder for mice to climb on my pans like this!

3. Kill All The Mice


I'm a pacifist. I don't even like killing bugs if I don't have to. Not that I'm morally opposed to it--circle of life and all--I just don't like it. My first day here, "Ma" said "I don't want you killing anything you're not going to eat" which was fine by me. She later clarified to exempt mice from that statement, and I said "I won't be killing the mice, either" and everyone in the room laughed. Someone said "We'll see how your tune changes after you've been in the cabin for a while..."

Yeah, my tune changed. The place was completely infested, with furry the critters literally crawling all over us while we slept, not that we slept much with being crawled all over. I could hear them in the walls, and I'm pretty sure many of them held permanent residence there, since the cabin had been unoccupied for a couple years.

Resolved not to kill them, I hunted them with a squirt bottle of plain water. Maybe negative reinforcement would train them not to live in the cabin? I didn't know what to do. Even with good organization and food discipline, there were still mouse feces all over the counter and floors no matter what I did. They were like slob roommates from hell.

One day I saw Smokey, one my Chihuahuas, eating mouse feces off the floor. Then it clicked, The mice had to go. They were a health hazard, and they weren't going to peacefully co-exist with us. I don't blame them for being drawn to the humans and human food. I don't wish them ill at all, but that doesn't change anything.



After much spirited discussion with my sister who is also a pacifist, I decided to buy both lethal and non-lethal traps, starting with the non-lethal traps first. The two non-lethal traps were catching mice about as fast as I could set the traps, and in mostly rainy weather, I was getting dressed up in full rain gear to set them loose away from the property. It wasn't working out because in the back of my mind I was always wondering if any of those mice found their way back. Also, the neighbors weren't too happy to hear that I might be releasing the mice towards their property.

Then it clicked that I had to start using the lethal traps. The catch-and-release traps were just punting the problem, possibly to someone else's property.

Cats also work, and a few people suggested cats, but being outdoors for long periods of time is fairly dangerous for animals about the size of cats and small dogs like I already have. I thought about bringing my cats here when I moved, but they are much safer at my sister's house. Not to mention your cat could catch a disease from a feral mouse. The mouser cats in rural areas are considered work animals which are expendable, and cats to me are pets just like dogs.

No, the mice had to all die. I got the extra-velocity traps that claim to be more humane, but who knows. I do apologize to every one I kill, and they all get a proper burial so I don't create more problems.

Now the traps catch about one mouse a week, which I presume to be scouts. The scout doesn't come back, and the rest of the mouse clan moves on. Oh, and the traps are outside now. Moving the "battlefield" to the outdoor kitchen has made the cabin mouse-free for a couple months now.

4. Keep A Solid First Aid Kit


There are all manner of things in the woods that bite or sting. Most of them will leave you alone if you reciprocate, but even a bee or wasp can have a very bad day and take it out on you.

Far away from medical services and without reliable phone service, something that would be a trip to the ER and a few stitches in a city could easily become life threatening. I'd like to think they'd get a chopper in here to quickly get me to a hospital--who knows. They certainly wouldn't afford one of my dogs the same treatment.

The first time I seriously needed a first aid kit in the cabin, my first thought was: I don't have one. Luckily I remembered that my bug out bag was in the cabin, and it had something resembling a fully stocked trauma kit. I'm still building and fine tuning it, but it's fine for the basics.

Stocking a first aid kit is an elaborate subject in itself. But clearly there are common injuries and conditions you can prepare yourself for--the low hanging fruit so to speak: bandages, antiseptic, tweezers, scalpel, Tylenol, antihistamines, etc.





5. Keep A Good Fire Extinguisher


Any Neanderthal can come out to the country and start shooting stuff and lighting it on fire. But I came here to make this place better, not worse, and one way I could make it worse is by burning it down. It would be my luck, but at least I'm going to do everything I can do, which is have a few various fire extinguishers.

My sister the prepper survialist had the foresight to put a large household extinguisher here, and I brought mediums and small ones from my old empire.

The original homestead on this property burnt down. The memories were too painful to come back, so they built their next house on a different property. Every other structure on this property has caught fire at least one time--I can see the signs of burnt posts and panels.

So it's no joke here--fire is a very real danger in this area during the summer months. I tended to focus my efforts on health and well being first, and then work on luxuries like personal comfort. There's no well being possible without being alive and not on fire.




Sunday, June 14, 2015

Review: Thrunite Ti XP-L Christmas Edition [AAA Flashlight]

I've always been a fan of the Ti series. Thrunite has kept the Ti with the times, and now here's a Titanium version with the Cree XP-L LED inside it. They make a TiS version which looks nearly identical except with the Cree XP-G2 in it, but I couldn't resist having a light with the XP-L in it, so I bought this Christmas Edition model from Amazon.




Product Description


This is a titanium version of their now-classic Ti series. At some point they changed from the snazzy but unreliable two stage switch and basically just copied Olight's I3S, which is fine because I like their implementation better.

This "Christmas Edition" features a titanium alloy body and a Cree XP-L emitter with three modes: moonlight, medium and high. It's a "twisty" where you twist on an off to change modes.







Official Specs (From Amazon)


Cool White
  • Small but powerful one AAA flashlight, max output up to 162 lumens; OP Reflector
  • Equipped with the advanced Cree XP-L V4 LED with a lifespan of 20+years; Titanium alloy(TC4) body
  • Multiple modes available: firefly, low, high and strobe(hidden); Versatile applications
  • Titanium alloy body with polished finish, and OP reflector gives perfect flood.
  • Convenient twist switch for one hand operation.

Fourth Generation?


Thrunite has been making the Ti line for a while now. At some point they switched the design away from the 2-stage signature switch and toward a more traditional design suspiciously similar to the Olight I3S.



Initial Impressions

Next to its cousin, the Thrunite Ti3

They had me at titanium, and they also had me at XP-L, so this was a no-brainer to buy for review, even though I'm in the middle of moving from a McMansion to a little place in the country. Also, I thought I had lost my little Ti3 at the time, which has been through the washer now 4 times because it's so small and I tend to lose it.

It was pretty easy to guess that a large die emitter like the Cree XP-L was going to give me nothing but flood, and it was only available in CW that I could find, so I knew the tint wasn't going to be great. Titanium twisties are also known for being harder to twist because of the type of metal.

Just as I guessed, the tint is greenish, it's all flood and it's hard to twist. But the surprise is the output. This thing is a beast with just a regular Eneloop AAA battery in it. And it's much lighter than I thought it would be.

Build Quality


The build quality on my review sample is a little above average. It's supposed to be a special edition, so that makes sense. It's easy to get the machining wrong on titanium, and they got it right. The threads aren't gritty as I'd normally expect on a Ti alloy light.

The contact surface on the PCB board inside the head looks a little thin. Clicky switches fail because they are mechanical, and twisty interfaces fail because the contact material wears off the surface of the circuit board. So we'll see how it holds up.

Fit and Finish


Overall, good. My pet peeves on this type of light would be a loose fit on the head causing mode skipping, or a non-centered LED, and this unit satisfies me for both. The XP-L is such a large die LED that it would probably be hard not to center it.

The knurling isn't as sharp as I would like it to be. They probably put on the same machine they use to do the aluminum models. Because a titanium twisty is harder to twist one-handed, I would prefer the knurling to be more grippy.

Everything else, optics, o-rings--everything looks good.



User Interface


This is a "twisty" style flashlight where you rapidly twist the light on and off to change modes, and this Ti model has 3 normal modes plus strobe: Sub-lumen or so-called moonlight mode, medium and high. They took a page from EagleTac and if you do a full cycle of the modes twice, you will get the hidden strobe mode.

The flashlight always starts on moonlight and has what I call a "short term memory" like its cousin the Ti3, meaning it does have a memory but only for a very short time before it reverts to starting on moonlight.

Moonlight Mode


This model has a sub-lumen, so-called moonlight mode, which is really just a fancy way of saying that it's barely enough light to see by with dark adjusted eyes. It can be really useful for situations such as using the campground rest room without disturbing anyone, as well as extreme survival where you can get ultra-long run times.

Thrunite even made this mode lower that most other models I've used. This will please many enthusiasts, and leave non-enthusiasts scratching their head.



Mode Spacing


The mode spacing is good if you remember that this is a flashlight meant for enthusiasts, most of which appreciate that the "low" mode is barely enough light to see by with dark-adjusted eyes. Hand it to someone like my mom and they will twist it, not see light and inform you that your flashlight does not work.

Medium mode is a very good compromise between moonlight and OMG wall of light. They are not going to make everyone happy, but personally I like the spacing. Now, having said that, I find myself in a very dark, rural area where moonlight isn't as useful, and I find myself wishing they had a different version with maybe a 3-10 lumen low or something. They've done this in the past, and I think they would sell more units by having different versions.

Tint


Yeah, when you use a large die LED that probably wasn't meant for a flashlight, you're not going to get the greatest tint. They call this a CW (cool white) version, but I couldn't see that they even make a neutral white version. Honestly, I bought this one for the output.

The tint is definitely greenish on medium, and not quite as noticeable on high. The moonlight mode is too low to trigger the color receptors so the tint isn't an issue for that mode.


Output


The output is ridiculous for a flashlight this size. They claim 165 lumens and I believe them. You get a flashlight with the power of the next size up AA cell. Of course, you won't get the same run time at that output due to physics. But having a whole lot of light for a short time can still be nice. It's like having a large light in a pinch.

Beam


The beam on this model is solid flood. With a shallow reflector and huge die LED, it's basically a wall of light putting out pure flood. But the output is so good that it can light up a large area by just brute force.

Note below that moonlight mode is so low, it can't be shown in a comparative shot with the same camera settings, otherwise low would look like high, and high would look overexposed.

low mode
high mode

PWM


I could detect no trace of PWM on any mode using the cell phone camera method. The high frequency variety used on most flashlights doesn't really bother me other than the cost to efficiency, but the low kind of PWM bothers me a lot, so I always check for its presence.


Clip


A snap-on type clip is included as well as a keychain apparatus. I definitely do not like these types of clips. These clips are too loose, and if you put too much pressure on the clip, if you are lucky you will just lose the clip and the flashlight will just go into your pocket, like what happened with my Ti3. If you are unlucky, you will lose both.




Usability


Like all titanium twisties, this model is extremely light, and also a bit of a pain to operate one-handed. But I like it, and it's been my EDC since I unboxed it. The fact that it's so light is a blessing and a curse. It's a blessing because it's so light, I don't feel it in my pocket. It's a curse for the same reason, and like its cousin the Ti3, this one has been through the wash a handful of times. It does get a little foggy, so I know the seal isn't as good as my Ti3 which doesn't get foggy going through the washer and dryer.

But day to day it's a good light to carry. This one is basically my backup in the rural area I live in. I've lost power and all the sudden I'm standing in the dark holding my wanker ... until I remember this is in my pocket. The pure flood is a good feature for me, and this will light up a wooded area in a pinch.

Conclusions


It's a little harder to turn one-handed because of the titanium construction, but it's so light and powerful that the extra effort turning the head is worth it. I'm also not a big fan of the tint, but the output is amazing for a light this size. That is why this light is in my pocket most times. That is, when it's not being run through the washer.

I installed the clip on mine and I'm hoping that I don't lose the flashlight when the clip falls off.

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That's one ounce with battery!