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    Have noticed that the 'peak' output only lasts 5-10mins even with good batteries. Was shining it around a valley as we walked up it, on the way back a few Min later it wasn't going the distance it was prior. Still shines out further than I can shoot though!

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    I have never noticed that with any of my maxtochs. There is a very slight change but not enough to be detectable with naked eye. Are you sure it was not simply atmospheric change - we have noticed even slight moisture in atmosphere - at times almost imperceptible - will make a difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 223nut View Post
    Have noticed that the 'peak' output only lasts 5-10mins even with good batteries. Was shining it around a valley as we walked up it, on the way back a few Min later it wasn't going the distance it was prior. Still shines out further than I can shoot though!
    Are you sure you had it on full power and not one of the lower power modes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 223nut View Post
    Have noticed that the 'peak' output only lasts 5-10mins even with good batteries. Was shining it around a valley as we walked up it, on the way back a few Min later it wasn't going the distance it was prior. Still shines out further than I can shoot though!
    I don't leave my Maxtoch switched on for any length of time other than what it takes to light up the target and squeeze the trigger.
    Just use a decent head lamp to navigate and find eye shine.
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    I run my maxtoch at full power between 2-4 hours in a go with no noticeable drop in performance. It's powered by a high C lipo battery rather than 18650 cells. Had it running with the Panasonic 18650's prior to modification with no issues. @gadgetman might be able to advise if there is a thermal drop-back on the driver boards which might cause this.

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    There is a very slight thermal drop off but as mudgripz said you would be pushed to notice with the naked eye. I'd say atmospheric change (we do get it on one property round Waiau) of you've dropped it to a lower output mode.
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    Could have been a change in atmosphere, was just a bit odd at the time

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    About all this thread has done is raised questions with the MAxtoch!
    1) Is there an external power source available OR an adaptor so they can be run off external power source (preferred)? At minimum I need six hours continuous. A mate uses batteries and what an arse pain that is. The shag around every day charging batteries when your on the hill is painful.
    For me the ideal would be running an adaptor through a relay (if needed) to the switch I have on the bike which switches between the head mounted and the rifle mounted.

    2)Has the switching being sorted? I have one that is 12-18 months old and at times only need the low power but always end up having to go through the whole dropping the power procedure as it doesn't hold. Or have I just been shown the wrong method? Click it through till you get the power you want, leave it turned on for a bit on that power setting then it should go back to that next time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wirehunt View Post
    About all this thread has done is raised questions with the MAxtoch!
    1) Is there an external power source available OR an adaptor so they can be run off external power source (preferred)? At minimum I need six hours continuous. A mate uses batteries and what an arse pain that is. The shag around every day charging batteries when your on the hill is painful.
    For me the ideal would be running an adaptor through a relay (if needed) to the switch I have on the bike which switches between the head mounted and the rifle mounted.

    2)Has the switching being sorted? I have one that is 12-18 months old and at times only need the low power but always end up having to go through the whole dropping the power procedure as it doesn't hold. Or have I just been shown the wrong method? Click it through till you get the power you want, leave it turned on for a bit on that power setting then it should go back to that next time.
    You need to switch it off for at least 3 seconds for it to switch back into the same power mode. Hitting the on switch before then will switch you to the next mode. Only takes a second to switch back through to the mode you want if you switch it accidentally.
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    Another point - are you using the recommended high performance batteries in your maxtoch? I mean Maxtoch or Panasonic 3400mAh batteries - not ultrafires, trustfires or other lower output batts. The 3400s will give plenty of runtime in an earlier M24. In six hours shooting - allowing for light off time - you should change batts twice. That takes one minute each time - and you can carry a night's spares in a shirt pocket. This is not hard. And if you get yourself a nitecore 4 batt charger charging is also very easy.

    Follow Brian's instructions (above) re the mode memory and you'll be fine there too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wirehunt View Post
    About all this thread has done is raised questions with the MAxtoch!
    1) Is there an external power source available OR an adaptor so they can be run off external power source (preferred)? At minimum I need six hours continuous. A mate uses batteries and what an arse pain that is. The shag around every day charging batteries when your on the hill is painful.
    For me the ideal would be running an adaptor through a relay (if needed) to the switch I have on the bike which switches between the head mounted and the rifle mounted.
    @Wirehunt I made an adapter for my M24, so I can run it off an external battery. 6 hours continuous is easily achievable if using 2s lipo packs. Probably just easier to run separate battery packs and lights, so you are not tied to the bike.



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    Quentin did you get the upgrades for your M24 - or get the new 2X? Those 200/800 meter comparison photos you took of M24 and HID spotlight earlier were were very good. Be interesting to see some updated ones

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    Yep - got the upgrade for the M24.
    Unsoldering the driver from the LED board was interesting. It happily transferred heat from the soldering iron to the torch case. Ended up having to unsolder at the driver end.
    One of the neighbours has a M24 as well, so I will grab that, and do a comparison between the 35W HID, and the two M24 maxtochs.

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    Be good to see the 2X in 800 meter comparsion also - where abouts are you? Might be a 2X owner nearby.

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    Kapiti Coast. Work in the Wellington CBD, so could pick up from someone there too.
    Last edited by quentin; 17-07-2016 at 03:10 PM.

 

 

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