Malihini Flashlight - SUS Winner Purchase
4/14/2018: PLEASE only purchase a Malihini Flashlight off this page if you are a confirmed SUS (Sign Up Sale) winner and you are completing your purchase. The Malihini Flashlight is for sale via sign up sale only. Anyone purchasing one through the site who has not already won a SUS will have their order cancelled and money refunded.
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Malihini - the Hawaiian word for newcomer. While we are not newcomers to the EDC and flashlight communities our first light represents a shift from avid collector, to makers. We are newcomers amongst the esteemed group of custom light builders who we have a tremendous respect and gratitude for helping us develop our first light.
Materials: Full Copper, Full Brass, Copper Head / Aluminum Body, Brass Head, Aluminum Body
Driver: Dr. Jones H17F
Emitter: Triple Nichia 219C
Optic: Carclo Narrow Spot
Window: flat Sapphire watch “glass”
Boot: Prometheus (choice of color)
Battery: single 18350
Battery: The Malihini requires a single 18350. The quality and condition of your cell directly impacts the performance of your new light.
Operation: The H17F driver by Dr. Jones is a high performance, feature rich driver. The stock configuration walks up from low, medium, high, turbo with each press of the switch . The driver has battery monitoring and thermal control to step down when your voltage gets below 3.0V or above 60*C. It is user programmable, and for a full description of features and operation go to: http://drjones.nerdcamp.net/h17f.html
Our Commitment: We stand behind our craftsmanship 100%. If you run into any issues with your light please contact us and we will do our utmost to fix, resolve or replace it. We appreciate your support of our work, and thank you for your purchase.
Q: You're sold out! :( How I find out more information?
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Q: When will you have a First Production Run?
A: After the Open Beta lights have been in people’s hands for at least a few weeks to a month, we’ll exit Beta once any issues that need to be addressed. Nothing worse than building out a big batch of something that needs rework. Once we’re comfortable with everything on the light any issues are root caused and addressed, we’ll put together a first production run. It will likely be a month or two beyond the Beta.
Q: How do I get in on the First Production Run?
A: We will likely sell these via random drawing / sign up sale. There may be some made “first come, first served” through my store. I don’t want us to get too ahead of ourselves at this point. Many hours go into each light, and Josh and I both have full time jobs and families. We really appreciate all the enthusiasm around our light, but we don’t want to get overcommitted especially before we’ve sold a single light.
Q: What are the specs on your light?
A: Our light runs off a single 18350 battery. The driver is a Dr. Jones H17F w/ Lucid Drv2 (http://drjones.nerdcamp.net/h17f.html). We’ll source a variety of emitters, but starting out we’re going with triple Nichia 219C. Optic is Carclo 10507 3-Up Narrow Spot Clear. Glass window is sapphire. Switch is McClicky directly from Don himself. Switch boots are silicon boots from Prometheus in a few different colors.
Q: How bright is your light?
1300 lumens on turbo with a triple 219C configuration. This was measured in January 2018 by Charles Wiggins using a fully charged Aspire 1100mah battery on his integrating sphere.
Q: Who is making what on the light?
A: Mitch and Josh codesigned the light. Mitch started off with the initial drawings and dimensions which we jointly refined through research and prototyping. The body, head and pill are all machined and finished by Josh, in his shop. Mitch is building the light engines, final assembly, test, and shipping.
Q: What is your warranty?
A: We stand behind our lights, 100%. If something goes wrong with your light, please contact us, we’ll ask a few troubleshooting questions, but ultimately it’ll be sent in to Mitch for inspection and repair. If your light malfunctions we ask that you please not attempt to disassemble it or fix it yourself.
Q: What liability do you assume with the use of this product?
A: None! WARNING - This custom light is a totally hotrodded, high output flashlight. If you make yourself or someone else blind from it, that’s on you. Do not leave it turned on and unattended, especially on Turbo or Hi - there is serious potential for fire. Do not use crappy batteries - with the high currents this light is capable of pulling there’s serious risk if you’re using unknown or off brand batteries (see Q around what batteries we recommend). Basically, don’t be an idiot. This is a high performance tool made for responsible adults.
Q: What batteries do you recommend?
A: We recommend getting high quality batteries from reputable sellers to ensure they are not fakes or clones. I’ve had good experience buying KeepPower cells from Illumn.com
Q: Do the 1200mah KeepPower cells fit the Malihini?
A: Craig at Illumn.com was gracious enough to send me 5 of the “oversized” cells. 4 fit with close tolerance, one was snug. The one that is was snug requires the slightest push to get in and a shake to get out. In general if it does not slip all the way in on it own, it’s too large. There’s some variability on these cells, so if you do encounter a KeepPower 1200mah (or other 18350 battery) that feels like there is resistance going in, please don’t force it - run a slightly smaller cell instead.