2013 Programmable Diablo and Joystick Test

AS IN THE PRIOR TEST I PUBLISHED OF EXPOSURE LIGHT SYSTEMS, THEY EXCEEDED THE ADVERTISED BURN TIME. THE REASON FOR THIS TEST IS THESE NEW MODELS ARE PART OF EXPOSURE LIGHTS 2013 LINEUP (PROGRAMMABLE AND BRIGHTER THIS YEAR AS WELL AS ACCELEROMETERS IN A FEW SYSTEMS FOR HANDS FREE POWERING DOWN AND UP TO CONSERVE YOUR BURN TIME - I DO NOT HAVE ANY OF THE ACCELED ONES  -- YET). THEY ARE PROGRAMMABLE (YOU CAN CHOOSE A PRESET PROGRAM USING THE ON OFF SWITCH AND ONCE A PROGRAM IS SELECTED IT STAYS IN THAT PROGRAM UNLESS YOU CHOOSE TO CHANGE IT - SOME PICS BELOW ELABORATE ON YOUR CHOICES AND THERE ARE VIDEOS ON THE EXPOSURE WEB SITE  WWW.EXPOSURELIGHTS.COM).

THERE IS A PDF ATTACHED AT BOTTOM OF THIS POST WITH THE VERBIAGE CONTAINED IN THIS POST AS WELL AS THE CHART WITH THE TEST RESULTS IN FULL.

THE TEST SET IN BLUE WAS IN THE HIGHEST PROGRAM AND HIGHEST SETTING. JUST CHECK THAT THE CELLS ARE 100% AND THEY WERE AS THE DIABLOS WENT THEIR HOUR ON HIGH, SWITCHED TO MEDIUM FOR 10 MINUTES, AND ANOTHER 5 MINUTES ON LOW. THE JOYSTICK IS ROCKING LIGHT AT 3 OUNCES AND WENT 2:25 ON HIGH AT 400 LUMENS.

NOW THE REAL REASON FOR THE TEST WAS TO SEE HOW LONG THE JOYSTICK WOULD LAST. MY ULTERIOR MOTIVE OR QUESTION HERE IS THE JOYSTICK AN OPTION FOR BIKE PACKING. THE SHORT ANSWER IS YES. THE LONG ANSWER IS: I CHOSE PROGRAM 8 WITCH ELIMINATES THE HIGH SETTING SO WHEN YOU TURN IT ON YOU DON'T WASTE ANY EXTRA ENERGY ON HIGH. I RAN IT IN PROGRAM 8 AND THE MEDIUM SETTING (THE HIGHEST SETTING IN THAT PROGRAM). IT BURNED FOR 11:15 THEN ANOTHER 60 MINUTES ON THE LOW SETTING. LETS SAY YOUR BIKE PACK FOR 5 DAYS AND YOU WANT TO BE MOVING AN HOUR ON EACH END OF THE DAY IN THE DARK AND HAVE SOME LIGHT FOR IN CAMP SET UP AND TEAR DOWN. THE JOYSTICK WOULD GIVE YOU THAT IN A RECHARGEABLE FORMAT. BETTER YET ONE ON YOUR HEAD AND ONE ON THE BARS AND YOU COULD HIKE-A-BIKE ANYTHING IN THE 24 HOUR SETTING WITH THE HEAD ONLY. CHOOSE A HIGHER OUTPUT PROGRAM FOR THE BAR LIGHT AND YOU COULD ROLL ALONG. ALBEIT NOT RACE PACE BUT WE ARE TALKING LOADED DOWN BIKE PACKING HERE. BETTER YET COLORADO TRAIL BIKE PACKING ON GNARLY TRAILS.

ADVANTAGES OF A LIGHT LIKE THE JOYSTICK OVER LETS SAY A TYPICAL HEAD LAMP ( PETZEL TIKKA PLUS 2 - SPECS BELOW) ARE: MOST IMPORTANTLY THE JOYSTICK MOUNTS TO YOUR HELMET AND YOUR BIKE SO YOU CAN RIDE WITH THEM. I HAVE RIDDEN AT NIGHT A FEW TIMES WITH A CAMP LIGHT ON MY HEAD AND MY HELMET ON SO POORLY THAT I SHOULD HAVE JUST NOT HAD IT ON. THE JOY STICK IN ITS 24 HOUR SETTING WAS APPROXIMATELY THE SAME LIGHT OUTPUT AS MY PETZEL. YOU CAN CHOOSE A MUCH GREATER RANGE OF BURN TIMES. DOWN POUR PROOF. YOU CAN RECHARGE.  LAST BUT NOT LEAST YOU CAN CHOOSE A LOWER BURN TIME AND THUS A HIGHER LIGHT OUTPUT MODE FOR 20 OR 30 MINUTES AND RAGE THAT FUN DESCENT - YOU CANT DO THAT WITH MY CAMP LIGHT.  DISADVANTAGES: I CAN ONLY THINK OF ONE. YOU CANNOT PURCHASE BATTERIES ALONG THE TRAIL FOR YOUR JOYSTICK. HOWEVER WITH THE LENGTH OF BURN TIME YOU MAY NOT EVER NEED TO. IF YOU ARE BIKE PACKING YOU SHOULD SAVE YOUR CAMP LIGHT AS AN EMERGENCY BACK UP LIGHT OR BETTER YET MAIL YOURSELF A PIGGY BACK BATTERY.

PETZEL TIKKA PLUS 2 SPECS ARE: 2.6 OUNCES, 40 LUMENS ON HIGH, 3X AAA BATTERIES, BURN TIME ABOUT 20 HOURS ON HIGH, AND WATER RESISTANT.

DIABLO AT LEFT WEIGHING IN AT 4 OUNCES
CHAPSTICK FOR SIZE REFERENCE WEIGHS .5 OUNCE
JOYSTICK AT RIGHT WEIGHS 3 OUNCES

THE ABOVE CHART ARE THE PROGRAMS THESE TWO LIGHTS HAVE AVAILABLE. 

(Nick wrote this - sorry about the all caps)

There is a downloadable PDF with all the data on my website - very bottom of the page.
File name is EXP--2012-09-20-1.pdf

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