Here’s a tiny (read: major) update to my Hanko Machine Works (HWM) Trident flashlight review.
Bit of Backstory
Here’s why I was wrong. I (sometimes) forget that the h17f driver has a double tap option. I just tend to forget that. This is one of the downsides of these type lights (Hanko Trident, Mechforce Mechtorch, Deadwood Custom Works Huckleberry, and…. there are others) – they generally do not have a manual! The Hanko definitely does not.
Double tapping the switch on these h17f lights activates the full FET Turbo mode, aka #24 mode.
I first tested the light only cycling through the modes. Runtimes, output test, throw measurement – all on the highest of the default of the 4 modes. The default 4 modes aren’t stated, but they are definitely not the FET output Turbo. Since they’re around 3A, it’s likely mode #22 from the chart…. Nevertheless, once I realized I hadn’t tested on FET Turbo, I had some updating to do. This is that update.
Why Update This Way?
Just updating the review with a new table, new runtime(s), new beamshots, new UI coverage… doesn’t seem sufficient. It’s a massive, major difference. I initially reported that maximum output on this $800 light is around 500 lumens. In reality, it’s more like 1200 lumens (at 30s!) So this whole post is me taking a bow of apology, and correcting the data. Also I like to have correct information displayed. And my experience with this driver (that is, forgetting double tap) could be valuable to others!
Always Double Tap.
The Updated Data
Here’s the full review, which has been completely updated.
What I updated includes:
- New throw calculation (now 147m)
- A runtime for the FET Turbo mode.
- New overall output change. (now 1199 lumens)
- New beamshots (added Turbo)
- New comparison shots to 219b (added Turbo)
And here are those bits of data updated:
The Big Table
|Hanko Total Tesseract (Brass) H17f|
|Emitter:||Nichia 219c (High CRI)|
|Price in USD at publication time:||$800.00|
|Turbo Runtime||High Runtime|
|Claimed Lumens (lm)||–|
|Measured Lumens (at 30s)||1199|
|Candela per Lumen||3.7|
|Claimed Throw (m)||–|
|Candela (Calculated) in cd (at 30s)||379lux @ 3.765m = 5372cd|
|Throw (Calculated) (m)||146.6|
|All my Hanko reviews!|
- Measurement disclaimer: I am an amateur flashlight reviewer. I don’t have $10,000 or even $1,000 worth of testing equipment. I test output and such in PVC tubes!! Please consider claims within 10% of what I measure to be perfectly reasonable (accurate, even).
Power and Runtime
When testing with my bench power, I did see the light shut off at around 2.8V, which is good LVP.
Modes and Currents
|Mode||Mode Claimed Output (lm)||Claimed Runtime||Measured Lumens||Tailcap Amps|
Pulse Width Modulation
The H17f driver uses PWM, that’s no secret. I do not notice it by eye, however. Turbo (far right) is FET output and doesn’t use PWM.
LED and Beam
These beamshots are always with the following settings: f8, ISO100, 0.3s shutter, and manual 5000K exposure.
Tint vs BLF-348 (Killzone 219b version)
I compare everything to the Killzone 219b BLF-348 because it’s inexpensive and has the best tint!
For reference, here’s a baseline shot, with all the room lights off and almost nothing hitting the sensor. And here’s the worst PWM light I have ever owned. Also one of the very first lights I ordered directly from China!
One more Update
As a penance, I also reworked my h17f flow chart. I added some things that users have requested, and I think, corrected a few things. Unfortunately the fidelity isn’t that great, and I’ll probably remake it again in powerpoint.
In summary, sorry for messing up that review! Hope you’ll find the new data acceptable, agreeable, and appropriate!
I’ll add a plug here for something else that’s interesting. My Deadwood Huckleberry is a single emitter 219b light. If I double tapped to turbo on that and put 8A through that 219b, it’d last for only seconds. Many single emitters can not handle that level of current! So be deliberate with your use of this mode. I’d say all triples are probably ok (even 219b 18350 triples should be ok, since that current is divided across the three, and they can probably handle it.)
The Icarus driver by Prometheus Lights handles this in an interesting way. It’s essentially an h17f driver but with mode #23 and #24 disabled (or removed, or cut off, I am not sure how they do it.) But Icarus is perfect for single emitter lights like the DWC Huckleberry!
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