Some people have asked about the different User Interfaces that they can choose with the V3.
At this time, there are three options.
- Competition + Extras
In my mind the ‘Competition’ versions are the best. They are the easiest ones to use during a race because you can always get to the beam you want quickly. Some people don’t like it because it’s not just a simple on/off and you can get lost if you don’t remember what the different clicks and double clicks do. So for people who don’t like to learn new things, there’s the ‘Simple’ version. This post will give some diagrams and a video to help you work out which one you like.
Let’s start with the Simple UI. One mode, no options. No difference between short clicks and long presses. every time you release the button it goes to the next mode. Very easy to use but if you want to go from Spot to High Flood, then you have to go past Off, Low and Medium. I don’t like doing that.
Watch the video to get a feel for it. Please excuse the video quality. I’d rather spend my time making headlights than videos!
The video just shows the same thing over and over again. If you get bored, then feel free to stop watching.
NB: The bit at the end of the video says the ‘Simple’ UI has 4 flood options. That is wrong. It only has 3.
If you want special modes, then you can go for the ‘Extras’ UI. Same basic idea as the ‘Competition’ UI, but now there’s an extra mode, accessible with a double click from the off position. If you double click again from the ‘Extra’ mode, then you go into ‘Lock’ mode. From there, the headlight ignores all long and short clicks so that it can’t get turned on in a bag. To get out you double click and end up in competition mode. While in ‘Lock’ mode, it flashes every 10 seconds just so you know that it’s locked. It’ll last 1 year in that mode before the battery wears out, so don’t worry about wasting energy!
(Using 2 x 3100mAh 18650 cells)
- Flood 1% - 400 hrs
- Flood 5% – 80 hrs
- Flood 15% – 26 hrs
- Flood 25% – 16 hrs
- Flood 40% – 10 hrs
- Flood 100% – 4 hrs
- Spot 100% – 5 hrs
Low Power Protection
All UIs have a low power protection that disables the brightest modes when the battery is almost dead. In an emergency, this lets you have many more hours of light on the lowest modes instead of wasting all you have left on 2 or 3 minutes of high.
Changing the UI
At any time you can change the UI by plugging it into you computer and installing a different piece of software. It’s an ATTINY85V microcontroller for those who are interested. You can write your own software or I can send you the files. I’m also happy to do it for free to start with, so long as you bring it to me in person or pay the postage on it.