Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Review - MiX6 Ti

Klarus Light designs and manufactures some of the most innovative torches on the planet. The MiX6 Ti is one of the smallest and brightest AAA flashlights in the world with four different outputs.

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The tiny flashlight has a titanium body for corrosion resistance and a solid feel. The user interface is the usual AAA interface with tighten and loosing of the head.

The light has a Textured OP (Orange Peel) reflector with the XP-G led at the bottom.

The head is smooth except for some grooves. The actual light engine is mounted in a brass insert that also has the threads and o-ring. Using brass for threads gives a very good quality threads.

The battery connection in the head is surrounded by a black soft ring, this ring will reduce battery rattle and work as a mechanical polarity protection. This light does not use the standard ring on the circuit board for power connection and on/off, it looks like the switching is done by breaking the battery connection, both at the top and bottom.

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The inside of the battery tube, it also has a soft ring. There is no spring, but the connection has some flexibility.

The backend of the light is made for use on a key chain, making it convenient enough for everyday carry. However, because of this the light cannot tail stand.

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This light is a solid and well performing keychain light; its titanium body means that it is perfectly built to survive around your keychain.

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

How to Repair your Flashlight

When your light is no longer working, it can usually be fixed very easily...

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However, it is possible that these simple solutions may not fix your problem. If it is an issue with the circuit board of the flashlight, then it would be best to have your light repaired under warranty.

Problem: Your Flashlight Is Shining Dimly


Check your batteries - When you're diagnosing a problem with anything, it's always a good idea to start with the simplest possible solution. If your light is shining dimly, the issue is probably weak batteries. Replace your batteries with a fresh set and you should be good to go!

Problem: Your Flashlight Is Flickering


Dirt or grime on contacts - A common solution to flashlight flickering can be dirt or grime on the internal contacts of the light. Unscrew the head and tailcap (if your flashlight has a tailcap) off of the light and clean the contacts where the body touches the head or tailcap. To do this, you can use a damp paper towel. Wipe off any dirt and grime, and then assemble the flashlight again.

If this does not help, then there may be an issue with the circuitry of your flashlight, which should fall under a warranty repair. Most reputable manufacturers will either repair or replace your flashlight at this point.

Problem: Your Flashlight Is Not Turning On


Check your batteries (see above)

Dirt or grime on contacts (see above)

Improperly assembled flashlight - Have you disassembled your flashlight and then found that it does not work upon reassembly? It is possible that you disassembled it improperly.

Disassemble your flashlight again. This time, upon reassembly, make sure that all o-rings are properly aligned and any pockets clips or accessories are correctly installed. The head and tailcap of the flashlight should fit snugly. If the head or tailcap are not tightening down all the way, make sure that any o-rings or other possible obstructions are not keeping you from tightening them down.

Leaked Battery - It is also possible that a battery might have leaked battery acid in your flashlight. If your flashlight takes alkaline batteries, this is definitely a possibility.

Disassemble your flashlight and remove your batteries. If there is any sign of corrosion, dispose of those batteries and no longer use them. Look into the body of the light and look for white or rust-coloured discoloration. If you see some, use a wire brush and a slightly acidic solvent to try and scrape any corrosion away.

It may also be necessary to take a file and remove any corroded metal at the base or head of the flashlight body (the area where the head and tailcap make contact with the body). There needs to be bare metal visible on both sides of the body for the flashlight to complete an electrical circuit to work properly.

After cleaning and removing the corrosion from the light, assemble the flashlight and test for functionality. If this does not help, you may try contacting the manufacturer. Although not guaranteed, your flashlight manufacturer may be willing to either replace or fix the flashlight under warranty.

Although not guaranteed to fix your light, always start with these steps to begin your flashlight troubleshooting.

Klarus Light produces and designs some of the best flashlights in the world. For a broad range of flashlights and accessories, contact Klarus today, or visit the website!

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

How does an LED work?

We've heard all the talk about LED's. How they're the newest and best lighting technology. Well, all of that is true, but how do LED's work?

Let's start by quickly looking at some basic lighting technology. We've all seen incandescent bulbs. They're your average light bulb. They work by heating up a tiny metal filament that glows. These bulbs generate a lot of heat vs. the amount of light produced. This wastes a lot of energy. To the flashlight user, this means that runtimes are shortened drastically and the lights are usually not very bright.

The inefficiency of incandescent bulbs was a problem. When there's a problem, people try and find a solution. Moving forward a few decades, we come to the LED, which stands for Light Emitting Diode. LED's are the brightest, most compact light emitters that are commonly available in flashlights. They are very energy efficient, small and durable and are quickly becoming less and less expensive.

A LED emitter is called a diode, not a bulb. A diode is a device that conducts an electrical current in only one direction. A bulb is not a diode since it will work with an electrical current flowing through it in either way. An LED will only work with current flowing through it in one direction. 
An LED is made up of semiconductors, which are materials that have a varying ability to conduct electricity.

Anyway, when an electrical current is applied to the diode, electrons travel from the N-type side to the P-Type side. When the electrons fall into one of the holes in the P-Type side, they release energy. Think of what happens when you drop a ball into a hole; the energy from the ball is transferred to whatever the hole is in. What can happen when an electron releases energy is really amazing, though. The energy from the electron falling into the hole is released in the form of a photon, which is a particle of light.

This continuous movement of electrons falling into the holes releases light, causing the LED to glow. This phenomenon doesn't create much heat, so it's a lot more efficient than an incandescent bulb.

Not that difficult to understand, right? LED technology is amazing and you can be assured that in the future, the technology will get better and better. 

The future does seem pretty bright, doesn't it? (Pun intended).

Klarus Light designs and manufactures some of the best flashlights in the world - visit www.klaruslight.co.za and place your order today!

Friday, 5 August 2016

The Differences between Military Flashlights and LED Flashlights

If you compare the flashlight industry average with the military flashlights and LED flashlights you will see that these 2 models of flashlights are more advanced than every other flashlight. Although military flashlights and LED flashlights are very different from each other both perform highly.

Military flashlights are becoming very popular lately because of their multiple featured modes that allow all military flashlights to be classified not only as a simple light, but as a multi-functional tool that is useful in every situation. On the other side we have LED flashlights that have been trending for several years now in the flashlight industry as one of the brightest flashlights with the highest battery capacity available on the market.

Although both flashlight models have extremely high performances the big dilemma is which type of flashlight is more convenient for everyday usage?

Military flashlights specifications and features

In order for a flashlight to be classified as a military flashlight it has to fulfil certain conditions. The conditions that a military flashlight should have are: lumen capacity of more than 500 lumens, at least 2 featured modes, battery capacity that can last up to 48 hours and a rechargeable option.

LED flashlights specifications and advantages

LED flashlights on the other hand are very different than military flashlight in every field. In order for a flashlight to be classified as a LED flashlight it has to be upgraded with the latest hardware technology. The latest hardware technology works on a principal where instead of the outdated LED diodes a LED chip is used. LED diodes are known for not transmitting the entire lumen capacity of a flashlight because of their circular body structure. Unlike LED diodes, LED chips have a square body structure that can successfully transmit the entire lumen capacity of a flashlight. 

If you are having trouble choosing a military flashlight or a LED flashlight, take a look at Klarus Light’s wide range of flashlights and flashlight accessories.