Well this was a long time in coming. Welcome everyone to 615,000 candela at 8000 emitter lumens. (approximately 6000 lumens OTF) And those aren't fleeting turbo numbers. Thanks to active cooling, this light can operate virtually continuously.
How extreme exactly is this light? How about a series of three photographs to demonstrate? The first image is of the SoR illuminating the entire side of a mountain which is, at its peak, about one and a quarter miles away. The second image is the google maps distance calculation. This distance is beyond the capability of our laser rangefinder, so unfortunately google's estimate is as accurate as we can get. The third image is the requisite "cheater shot," taken with the exact same camera settings, but with the light switched off.
The Storm itself is a bit of an experiment. We prototype with 3D printing all the time. It just makes sense. It is quicker, easier, and most cost effective than any alternative. Things is, while working on a printed prototype for the original wood and copper storm project one day, we noticed the printed version was perfectly functional and usable. Furthermore, it is significantly less expensive to produce, potentially bringing a fringe performance product down from the several thousand dollar rarefied air of most customs and into the realm of just a few hundred dollars. Why not then add a few comfort features, finishing touches, a few stylistic flairs, and see if anyone wanted to buy one? Welcome then, to the Storm of Ra.
Leveraging the power of the XHP 70.2 and active cooling, this light can not only peak at crazy numbers, it continues to produce them until the batteries run dry. I believe I'm correct in saying it is also the world's first production light to do anything like this. That is to say, not just this many Kcd at this many lumens, but do it continuously via active cooling.
Modes are controlled by a three position toggle switch. Rearward is off. Flicking the switch to its center position turns the light on. The forward position is a momentary off, allowing the same intuitive and familiar mode switching common to tailswitch lights. Firmware is GuppyDRV rev.2.
Being polymer bodied, we're offering a few snazzy color combinations. Unlike our EoS, these lights are NOT made to order, they're inventoried and ready for immediate shipment. Again though, this is an experiment. Do people really want the fringe performance and modest price these lights offer? We don't know. If this run is well received, rest assured we'll be doing more. Not just another run, but more lights like this which leverage clever production technologies to bring small volume extreme performance lights to market at comparatively modest prices. Don't like it? We'll hear you loud and clear and these sorts of lights will remain prototypes only, edged out by their popular wood and copper brethren.