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Saturday, October 2, 2010

HDS Clicky

I figured that instead of touching on a few lights for a few people, I would focus on one good light that everybody should have.

When I say everybody, I mean everybody who can work out a few mouse clicks.  If double clicking escapes your grandfather or parents, this isn't a light for them.

I've featured it a few times before, but since I ordered one the other day, I figured I'd do an introductory post now and a detailed review when I got it in my hands.

I've mentioned it before, but what I'm going to talk about today is the HDS Systems EDC Clicky (formerly known as the Ra Clicky).  Specifically, the 170 Tactical, which is the 170 lumens version (also available in 100 High CRI, 140 wide, and 140 guaranteed tint narrow).  Runs on ONE CR123!  Incredible!

You can get it from HDS System's website, or from OVEREADY.COM


The first point I'd like to mention is that the light (slightly over 3" long and 1" wide) is small enough to go in any purse, or nestle nicely in your back pocket alongside your wallet.  Personally, my phone goes front left, keys front right (with Strider SMF clipped to pocket edge), and my wallet back left, so with a pocket clip, this light may ride back right clipped to pocket edge.


With a programmable User Interface, and 4 possible fixed settings, you can choose any one of the 26 available brightness levels (including strobe, for those that had asked about it), and it'll fit your needs.  The brightest, 170 lumens on this particular model, is MORE THAN BRIGHT ENOUGH FOR ANY APPLICATION!  The size of the reflector doesn't lend itself to a lot of throw (that'll be covered in tomorrow's post), but it can get the job done.  The lowest setting (.08 of a lumen), is commonly referred to as "moonlight", and will give you enough light for dark-adjusted eye navigation.  The runtime is guaranteed 1 hour at maximum brightness, and will go for over 6 days on the lowest!  Incredible!


The crenelated bezel, while good for hitting a motherfucker in the bridge of the nose, is also good for indicating whether the light is on when bezel down.

Available from SureFire is the F-04 light diffuser, which is a rubber cap with an opaque lens, allowing for a generous spill when reading a map or lighting up a room by bouncing light off of the ceiling.



Seen left is an unfiltered light, with the F-04 filtered light on the right.

The cost may be a little high for some, weighing in at about $149 for the 140 lumen models, $189 for the 170 Tacticals, but you're only going to buy it once...

Have a look at either website mentioned above for more information!

Michael

45 comments:

  1. I think the price is worth it for all its features packed into a small size.

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  2. i like the comparisons at the bottom

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  3. Wow, the difference is quite astounding. I like to a read a lot, having one of these as backups would allow me illuminate my reading area easily without having to jerk my hand around =P

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  4. very interesting :) keep 'em coming!

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  5. Those last two pics should be a standard in flashlight comparison.
    "crenelated bezel" is not just an awesome phrase, it should be standard on any weapo....err, flashlight.

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  6. Um, how the hell do you know so much about flashlights lol, this blog is great!

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  7. Greatly detailed post man, thanks !

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  8. Now that is a HUGE difference, Casspir my mate. I'm more than willing to shell out a dollar a lumen plus tax ;) the widest, clearest range I've seen in awhile for a light THAT small.

    Awesome content today... though I have a feeling I might be one of the most appreciative fans :p Lights save my life.

    -JKane

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  9. You're right, this does look like a light anyone could and should have. I mean anyone anywhere should have a good working flashlight, and this one seems perfect for walks at night. Especially for girls who are out late walking around. A good blinding beam to the face is a nice defense to have, plus being able to see where you are headed/what's in the shadows.

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  10. i keep one like that in my car in case of emergenices

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  11. Afarid the price range is still a bit much for me to buy for myself, but it looks perfect for my father. I may consider this as a gift to him, thank you!

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  12. i would get one, but it's so expensive

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  13. Wow, those are expensive flashlights, but holy crap they look awesome. If only I had a use for such a nice, bright beam of light...

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  14. Great post,Check out mah blogs and reviews.

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  15. I like the new picture up top! Thank you for the truly thoughtful comments you make on my blog, Michael. It is comments like those that keep me wanting to write more and post more.

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  16. I'm looking forward to your next post!

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  17. Great post!

    looking forward to reading the next one

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  18. prety advanced flashlight :)

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  19. Damn, that's quite a light. I've always been interested in flashlights, I don't know why. This one looks intense.

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  20. You sure know your flashlights.

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  21. thast really nice i would like o get a few of them for myself.

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  22. flashlights always seem to work terribly, this one looks pretty solid though

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  23. i need one or two of these.
    the crap ones never have great lighting.

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  24. No way I'm paying that much for a flashlight lol.

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  25. good thing I visited your blog today!

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  26. you might buy it twice if you lose it though!

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