> Alpha Flashlight Instructions

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!!! WARNINGS !!!
  1. The Alpha is not a toy! Children should never use it without supervision.
  2. The Alpha may get extremely hot on full power. If it becomes too hot to hold, turn it off or select a lower power level immediately to prevent damage.
  3. Never leave the Alpha turned on (full power) and unattended, it will overheat.
  4. Do not expose the Alpha's lithium battery to extremely high temperatures !!!

    >> Mode Selection & Memory

    The Alpha flashlight contains a LED driver with three power levels and "last level memory."

    Please download the PDF above for detailed information on operating your Alpha flashlight. 

    Some nomenclature:

    A button "press" requires very light pressure like the "half-press" used when focusing a camera. The light will turn on, but the button has not yet "clicked." The "press" also provides a momentary-on function.

    A button "click" is audible, tactile, and occurs when the button is fully depressed. A "click" latches the light in the "on" state, and will not turn off until the button is "clicked" again. 

    The levels are accessed by repeatedly "pressing" the on/off switch. You can cycle the levels without "clicking" the button. The light will "remember" the last output level if the light is turned on (press OR click) for more than 2 seconds.

    >> Low Battery Warning

    The driver also has a "low battery warning." When the battery voltage drops to 3.2 Volts (or less) the light will switch to "low" mode and strobe once per second. This is an emergency mode. Deeply discharging the battery to this level reduces the cell's overall capacity.

    The battery should not be depleted further. Doing so can cause permanent damage to the battery by activating the cell's "protection circuit" which disables the cell. A tripped protection circuit voids the warranty on your battery.

    >> Battery Installation

    The battery should be installed with the (+) terminal facing the head.

    To remove the battery, always separate the head from the body.

    The battery label is marked with (+) and (-) indicators. The LED driver contains a circuit to protect it from damage if the battery is installed backwards (reverse polarity).

    If your light does not turn on, you probably put the battery in backwards. Check this even if you are "sure" the battery is inserted correctly. I know from experience that being "sure" doesn't mean that (+) is in fact facing front :)

    >> Charging

    Forget everything you know about rechargeable batteries. You can recharge the battery any time because there is no "memory" effect. In fact, recharging the battery before it's empty will prolong its useful life. Repeatedly discharging until the "low battery warning" is activated will cause permanent damage the battery.

    When the status light on the charger is RED the battery is charging. When it's GREEN it's charged. The charger is "smart" so if you put a battery in the cradle and the light stays green...that means it's charged.

    >> Maintenance

    No one orders the maintenance kit but I guarantee you are going to need it.

    It's kind of like buying a car and never expecting to change the oil. You don't have to use Nano-Oil but I won't recommend anything else. Nano-Oil is very expensive and I can't "include" it in the price of the light. However, it's pure magic. You should buy it.

    Every effort should be made to keep the threads clean...laboratory clean. If you feel "grit" then don't thread the light together. You may permanently damage the precision threads. You are going to need to clean them.

    Body threads: I like to use Simple Green or Windex (something that cuts grease) and an old toothbrush. Feel free to remove the o-ring while you do this...or not.

    Head threads: Take a Q-tip and mash the end flat with a pair of pliers. This will allow the Q-tip to fit between the threads and the copper post that holds the LED driver. Run the Q-tip clockwise several turns and then back it out counter clockwise.

    Window: Optics people call that front glassy thingy the light shines through a "window," not a lens. Be careful when you clean it because it has a special anti-reflective coating. If you get too aggressive you can damage it. I actually use my hot breath and camera lens papers. Some solvents may damage the coating, so I prefer not to use any.

    When you are done, you MUST oil the threads and o-rings. If you don't oil the o-rings the light may become impossible to disassemble.

    > Beta QRv2 Instructions

    !!! WARNINGS !!!

    1. Do not use li-ion rechargeable batteries, this will destroy the electronics.
    2. Alkaline batteries will power the Beta QRv2; however, alkaline batteries can release corrosive gas during discharge. This is very common and will destroy the interior of the light. You "can" use alkalines but the best battery to use is NiMH rechargeable. Visit this link to purchase the batteries I personally use in all of my lights and all devices in my household. (LINK)

    >> Compatible Batteries

    The Beta is designed to accept standard AAA batteries in a variety of types. Best performance is achieved with either lithium disposable or NiMH rechargeable batteries.

    Disposable: Alkaline or Lithium Primary (NOT lithium-ion)

    Rechargeable: NiMH rechargable (NOT lithium-ion)

    >> Mode Selection & Memory

    The Beta Solid Copper flashlight contains a LED driver with three power levels and no mode memory, it will always revert to the lowest mode when the light has been off for 2 seconds or more.

    The Beta EN and HAIII flashlights contain a LED driver with two power levels and no mode memory, it will always revert to the lowest mode when the light has been off for 2 seconds or more.

    >> "Twisty" Interface and Operation

    The Beta lights have a "twisty" user interface. That means the light is controlled by twisting the head on or off.

    When the light it twisted clockwise (righty tighty) it will turn on. Unscrewing the head a small amount will turn it off. If you want to prevent accidental activation, you may need to unscrew the head 1/2 to 1 full turn. You can check this by pressing down on the head when the light if off. If pressing down causes it to turn on, you'll need to unscrew the head further to "lock-out" the light and prevent accidental activation. However, some users keep the light unscrewed (off) only slightly so they can push down on the head to provide "momentary" activation.

    >> Low Battery Warning

    The driver does not have a built in low battery warning. However, if the light fails to activate or immediately dims when a higher mode is activated, then the battery needs to be replaced/recharged.

    >> Battery Installation

    The battery should be installed with the (+) terminal facing the head.

    Installing the battery backwards may destroy the electronics. Also, it is NEVER a good idea to install batteries "backwards" during any light...but especially the Beta.

    >> Maintenance

    The Beta requires very little maintenance. However, if the threads become dirty or gritty, you may need to clean them with a soft tissue and/or cotton swab. You will need to reapply some type of lubrication to the threads and o-ring to keep them operating smoothly and to prevent damage. Petroleum based lubricants should not be used because it will damage the o-ring. WD-40 is NOT a lubricant. It is a lubricated cleaning not use it :)

    Two spare o-rings are included with the Beta. You probably won't need them, but if the main seal ever breaks or tears, you'll have a replacement on hand.

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