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Armytek Predator
www.armytek.com
Main definitions
Key Features
Armytek Predator - rich performance in a compact and stylish package, displayed through exceptional technical
characteristics. Initially developed as a hunting and Special Forces flashlight, but perfectly suitable for any indoor or outdoor
activity due to its size, ruggedness and design specifications. It is the only flashlight of the newest generation, possessing new
optical components and advanced electronic capabilities.
The differences between Armytek Predator and other compact tactical flashlights:
1. Impressive optics - excellent compact thrower, maximal distance for this size of flashlights with reflector.
2. The completely new second-generation driver S-Tek™ enables the flashlight to emit a bright and constant light even when
the battery 18650 Li-Ion is almost discharged. S-Tek™ is the only driver in the world that enables the user to choose the
type of stabilization.
3. Easy manipulation of modes and the possibility of full settings ability to fit your needs: many parameters can be changed the brightness, the number of modes, the strobe frequency, the battery type, the type of brightness stabilization, the type
of automemorization etc. However, if you don't want to change default settings – you can use ArmyTek Predator as an
ordinary flashlight immediately, because it is ready after preparing on the factory.
4. Complete compatibility with LiFePO4 batteries, which can be fully charged in 10 minutes. In this flashlight LiFePO4 can be
used safely for the batteries.
5. It is the only flashlight in the world with doubled critical electric circuits. Even when the main circuit is damaged, the system will be
able to work on the reserve circuit, emitting light during 130 days, which enable the user to survive in an emergency situation.
Main factors were considered during development:
1. Light. Powerful, long-distance beam, compact optics.
2. Electronics. Effective and highly advanced.
3. Design. Comfortable and compact, light and reliable.
The flashlight is developed and engineered by Armytek Optoelectronics Inc., Canada. Made with USA and Japan electronic
components. During development, ideas and suggestions from European and Russian engineers, Special Forces and
experienced hunters were used to the full extent.
Specifications
PREDATOR
XPG2 R5
XPG2 R4 / WARM
XML U2
LED (USA)
Cree XPG2 R5, 6000K
Cree XPG2 R4, 4000K
Cree XML U2, 5500K
760 LED lumens
Light output
670 LED lumens
640 LED lumens
Hotspot / Spill
5 / 24 degrees
5 / 24 degrees
10 /50 degrees
Beam distance
1312 feet/400 meters
1148 feet/350 meters
689 feet/210 meters
Hotspot diameter at 330 feet
/100 meters
26 feet/8 meters
26 feet/8 meters
52 feet/16 meters
Modes and runtimes:
1pc 18650 Li-Ion 3100mAh
(rechargeable battery)
CONSTANT BRIGHTNESS
(FLAT Runtime Technology)
670lm/1h20min
540lm/1h55min
108lm/14h20min
6lm/155h
Firefly/130 days
640lm/1h20min
510lm/1h55min
102lm/14h20min
5lm/155h
Firefly/130 days
760lm/1h25min
590lm/2h
110lm/14h30min
7lm/155h
Firefly/130 days
Maximal mode runtime:
2pcs CR123A (batteries)
CONSTANT BRIGHTNESS
670lm/1h20min
640lm/1h20min
760lm/1h20min
Power source
Sizes and weight
Set description
Batteries 2pcs CR123A / Rechargeable batteries 1pc 18650 Li-Ion or 2pcs RCR123 Li-Ion
Length 6.1"/155mm, head diameter 1.56"/39.5mm, body diameter 1"/25.4mm.
Weight: 5.82oz /165g
Holster, clip, lanyard, rubber grip and ring instead of grip, rubber button, spare O-rings (2pcs).
General Features
Power source: primary or rechargeable batteries, used to supply the operation of the flashlight.
Driver: the electronic circuit used to operate the flashlight and to support the functioning of LED.
The protection from accidental switching on: the function of the flashlight preventing it from being turned on by pressing the
button. For example, when it is being carries in a back-pack and there is a possibility of contact between the switch button and
other items. This function enables the prevention of an accidental switch-on, and an unplanned loss of power.
Warning indication: a warning blinking, signalling a low battery voltage or a high temperature of LED. It blinks 3 times every 60
seconds.
Important notice: If the user is not reacting to the warning blinks (for example, does not switch the flashlight to a lower mode
to save energy or reduce temperature), then when the critical levels are reached (low voltage or high temperature) – the
flashlight automatically switches to the Firefly mode. At the same time the user retains control of the flashlight. However, one
must understand that when the battery is fully discharged – even in the Firefly mode the user loses control of the flashlight.
Full pressing: pressing the button of the flashlight until a characteristic click, which confirms its fixing in this state. The lift of the
stem of the switch amounts to 0.12-0.16"/3-4 mm.
Easy pressing: pressing the button of the flashlight without fixing it at that state. The lift of the stem is 0.02-0.06"/0.5-1.5 mm.
Ordinary switch-on: switching the flashlight on by a full pressing of the button.
Tactical switch-on: switching on the flashlight using easy pressing of the button.
The head: the front part of the flashlight, which includes: front steel bezel, glass, reflector, LED, driver and the casing of the head.
The body: middle part of the flashlight, including: the casing of the body (battery section), the clip, and silicone O- rings.
The tailcap: rear part of the flashlight, including: the casing of the rear part of the flashlight, the button and the spring, silicone Orings and back steel bezel.
Mode Lines: if you unscrew the head of the flashlight from its body, you can see the gold-plated contact ring. When screwing the
body of the flashlight into its head, the end of the body may or may not touch the ring. In both these states current reaches the
circuit board. This enables the creation of two independent Mode Lines: First Line and Second Line.
First Line: this sequence of modes is available when the contact ring touches the end of the body of the flashlight (there is an
electric contact).
Second Line: this sequence of modes is available when the contact ring does not touch the end of the body of the flashlight (no
electrical contact).
Automemorization of Modes: the ability of the flashlight to memorize the mode in which it was switched off. At the following
switching-on of the flashlight it starts operating at that specific mode. The function of automemorization can be turned on (the
flashlight memorizes the last mode) or off – in that case the flashlight does not save the mode in the memory and always switches
on in the first mode of the Mode Line. This setup can be turned on or off for each Mode Line separately. If Automemorization of
Modes is on, the flashlight stores it in its memory even without the power supply.
Indication of battery voltage: the function of the flashlight showing the voltage of battery at the actual moment for the current
mode. The voltage of battery enables the user to indirectly determine the amount of operating time left.
Micromode (Firefly): special mode, based on LED microcurrents. Has a very low brightness compared to regular modes and a
long runtime (up to 130 days).
Important notice: the micromode is mostly intended for use in critical situations, since its extremely low energy consumption
enables up to 130 days of operation. At the same time its brightness is sufficient for walking, for example. Besides, the goal of
micromode power supply is doubled: when the main power circuit is damaged, the micromodes will continue functioning
through the reserve circuit.
Constant light: light output, not interrupted by any pauses, sudden increases/decreases in brightness etc.
SOS: international distress signal in radiotelegraph communications (using Morse code). The signal consists of a sequence: three
dots – three dashes – three dots.
Beacon: the light beam consists of short bright flashes. One flash every 7 seconds. More economical with longer runtime than
SOS mode. Can be used to attract attention in a critical situation.
FULL stabilization: full stabilization of the light output, distinguished by a constant brightness, which does not get reduced due to
gradual decrease in the battery voltage.
SEMI stabilization: semi-stabilization of the light output, distinguished by a reduction of the brightness with the reduction in the
battery voltage.
STEP stabilization: a stepped stabilization of the light output, distinguished by the lowering of the brightness as the battery
voltage is reduced, while the driver still enables to fully stabilize the light output at the lower level.
Manufacturer's default presets: default settings pre-programmed by the manufacturer - the number of modes for both lines
of modes, brightness and types of modes etc. The brightness and the type of modes in them are based on which modes are used by
the customer to solve most of their tasks.
User's preset: designed to save your setups in an individual profile. For example, so that after using one of manufacturer's preset,
you could always return to you individual Custom preset.
Easy Operation
Optical Features
1. The reflector of the ArmyTek Predator flashlight has been modeled and calculated in computer software for the design of
optical systems that enabled to produce a flawless light beam for a distance more than 350 meters.
2. Ultra-transparent and tempered glass was used with anti-reflective and lens coating, normally used in photo equipment only.
3. The transparency of the glass is 98-99%.
4. The angle of the light spot is 5 degrees.
5. The angle of the light spill is 24 degrees.
6. At the distance of 300 feet (92 meters), the diameter of the light spot is 26 feet (8 meters).
Electrical Features
The flashlight has been designed on the basis of the new-generation electronic driver S-Tek™. The S-Tek™ driver saw the
first industry use of technical solutions, which enabled the realization of unsurpassed features:
1. The current stabilization types are entirely changeable through the user menu: full stabilization (FULL), simple semistabilization (SEMI), stepped stabilization (STEP).
2. Firefly mode 0.1 lumens, working for 130 days with ONE 18650 Li-Ion battery.
3. Complete compatibility with one 18650 battery: actually high efficiency, long duration and flat runtimes (graph of
brightness which depends on work time) with full stabilization of the current at all modes. Important notice: an
implementation of buck-boost technology allowed refusing of standard method to reach constant brightness by addition of
second 18650 battery that made the flashlight 2 times more compact and lightweight.
4. Advanced electronic protection from incorrect battery installation, without reducing the efficiency of the driver
5. Constant and smooth light output. Important notice: no irritating flicker effects.
6. Ecological algorithm of the stabilization control S-Tek Green™, which decreases the system power consumption, making
the flashlight very effective, completely utilizing the battery power.
7. The S-Tek™ driver, due to a built-in sensor, constantly monitors the temperature of LED and the electronic circuit and will
prevent the LED overheating in extreme environments.
8. The driver has a built-in indication of low voltage and high temperature.
9. The voltage supply selection allows using the cheaper batteries without protection board (PCB), for example: LiFePO4 or Li-Ion.
Ergonomic Features
1. Removable stainless steel clip, functional and easy to use.
2. The ability to use batteries with a flat contact.
3. Indication of battery voltage at user's request (ex.: 3 blinks – pause – 6 blinks = 3.6 Volts).
4. The automemorization of the last used mode can be turned on or off.
5. The ability to save the user's individual settings in the Custom preset.
6. The ability to reset of all settings of the flashlight to those built-in by the manufacturer (Military or Outdoor presets) or to
the user's saved preset (Custom).
7. Protection from switching on accidentally (special turn of the tailcap).
8. Strong and easily removable lanyard to avoid losing the flashlight.
Mechanical Features
1. The flashlight has a strong, difficult to break body, which is developed for a minimum weight with sufficient durability. The
design of the body includes element design specifically to prevent the flashlight from rolling.
2. The flashlight is designed with the impact-resistant bezels from both sides in order to protect it from falling and allow
utilization during combat situations. In the Gold and Black version the steel bezels are also covered by titanium compounds
with a hardness of 2000-3000HV.
3. To ensure functionality in difficult conditions, the electronic driver of the flashlight is placed in a special aluminum capsule
and has been completely covered with a durable compound. This actually protects it from both the environment and from
mechanical damage.
4. Body cover: matte, anodized. Hardness: 350-400HV. Resistant to scratches and impacts.
5. Body material: aviation-grade aluminum T6061-T6.
Water resistance
Water resistance standard: IPX-8 (the highest)
The following technical solutions were implemented to improve water resistance of the flashlight:
1. Two silicone O-rings are installed at each side of the battery tube of the flashlight.
2. Metric profile thread has been used.
3. An O-ring has been used to increase glass sealing, and well as an extra L-ring of a specific shape.
4. All threads, rubber parts and other parts of the flashlight that experience friction or contact with water are lubricated with
a special dense grease NyoGel 760G.
Important notice: Further, when establishing the direction of rotation of the body or the head of the flashlight we assume that the
flashlight is located right in front of you. With your left handing you are holding its head and its body with your right hand. When
establishing the direction of rotation (clockwise or not), we are looking at it from the side of the button: rotating clockwise means
rotating away from us, while counter-clockwise – towards us. Also, we assume that before the start of each operation the
flashlight has been switched on using the Ordinary Switch-On. For left-handed users the position of the flashlight and the direction
of actions are mirrored.
Switching on: you can switch on the flashlight in two ways: regular switch-on and tactical switch-on.
Regular switch-on: execute a full pressing of the button until the characteristic click. The flashlight will stay switched on until
switched off by the user or until the battery is discharged.
Tactical switch-on: execute an easy pressing of the button. In order for the flashlight to continue shining, the button must be
held in a pressed position.
Switching off (after a tactical switch-on): simply let go of the button.
Switching off (after a regular switch-on): execute a full pressing of the button until a characteristic click, then let go of it.
Switching modes: in any Line the switching between modes is cyclical. In the order of their sequencing in the flashlight's memory.
For example, if 3 modes are saved in the memory, then during the transition they will switch on in the following way: 1st, 2nd, 3rd,
1st etc, cyclically. For First Line, Military Preset: 670lm (#1) 6lm (#2) 108lm (#3), cyclically.
Switching modes in the First Line: before starting the switching the flashlight must be in the First Line (the body is screwed in
to the maximum and is touching the contact ring). Hold the head of the flashlight with your left hand. For switching the mode quickly
(within 1 second) do the following: turn the body of the flashlight to 1/8..1/4 (of the full turn) counter-clockwise, and then turn the
body clockwise to the maximum.
Switching modes in the Second Line: before starting the switch, the flashlight must be in the Second Line (the body has been
unscrewed to 1/8..1/4 of the full turn and does not touch the contact ring). Hold the head of the flashlight with your left hand. To
switch the mode quickly (within 1 second) do the following: turn the body of the flashlight clockwise until the maximum, then turn
the body to 1/8...1/4 (of the full turn) counter-clockwise.
Switching from the First Line to the Second Line: hold the head of the flashlight with your left hand. With your right hand turn the
body of the flashlight counter-clockwise to 1/8..1/4 of a full turn. About 1 second later the flashlight will switch to the Second Line.
Switching from the Second Line to the First Line: hold the head of the flashlight with your left hand. With your right hand
turn the body of the flashlight clockwise to the maximum. Usually that is 1/8..1/4 of a full turn. About 1 second later the flashlight
will switch to the First Line.
Protection from an accidental switch-on: hold the head and the body of the flashlight with your left hand. With your right
hand turn the tailcap once counter-clockwise.
Indication of battery voltage: depending on which Mode Line you are, perform the actions described below. If you performed
everything correctly, then during approx. 3 seconds the flashlight will measure the voltage and will show it by blinking. For example,
3 blinks – short pause – 5 blinks signify a battery voltage of 3.5 Volts. While indication you can switch the modes and the mode
lines for comparing of the battery voltage for different LED currents.
Important notice: because the energy consumed from the power source depends on the brightness of the mode, then during the
measurement of the voltage in different modes the voltage showed will differ.
From the mode of the First Line: hold the head of the flashlight with your left hand.
1. With your right hand turn the body to 1/8..1/4 (of a full turn) counter-clockwise. Wait for the switch to the Second Line
(approx. 1 second)
2. With your right hand turn the body of the flashlight clockwise to the maximum. Wait for the switch to the First Line
(approx. 1 second)
3. Quickly (within 1 second) repeat items 1 and 2, but do not wait for the modes to change.
4. Quickly (within 1 second) turn the flashlight off and on.
From the mode of the Second Line: hold the head of the flashlight with your left hand.
1. With your right hand turn the body of the flashlight clockwise to the maximum. Wait until the switch to the first line
(approx. 1 second).
2. With your right hand turn the body of the flashlight to 1/8..1/4 (of the full turn) counter-clockwise. Wait for the switch
to the second line (approx. 1 second).
3. Quickly (within 1 second) repeat items 1 and 2, but do not wait for the mode lines to change.
4. Quickly (within 1 second) turn the flashlight off and on.
Runtimes for different types of stabilization with one 18650 Li-Ion 2400mAh
Service & Warranty
The ArmyTek Predator flashlight is a complex product of technologies. To ensure correct and long-lasting operation it is
necessary to perform servicing.
1. Switching modes, setting up the flashlight and other functions are realized through a gold-plated contact ring. To ensure
a correct operation of the flashlight, the ring must be periodically cleaned (as it gets dirty), as well as the adjacent areas
of the circuit board, from dirt and the lubricant.
2. To improve the flashlight's water resistance it is necessary to periodically clean (as it gets dirty) the thread off old
lubricant and grease it again. Nyogel 760G is preferable: it is dense as gel, non-conductive, water resistant and not
corrosive to the rubber.
3. If you noticed that the flashlight is acting out, not responding to your commands, the light flickers etc., the first reason is
to change the batteries, and the second reason could be the contamination of the contact ring and the thread with the
old lubricant and traces of aluminum dust.
4. The clip can be removed after the tailcap of the flashlight is taken off and both O-rings are removed.
5. Use high-quality batteries to prevent the elements leakage inside your flashlight and other destructive effects. Remove
batteries from your flashlight if you do not intend to use it for a long time.
10 YEARS OF NO-HASSLE WARRANTY
Armytek Optoelectronics Inc. Web: www.armytek.com Email: sales@armytek.com
Address: 67 Vandervoort Dr, Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4E 0C7, Canada
Specifications are subject to change without notice.
Armytek Predator
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Advanced Settings
The flashlight has 5 types of modes (PREDATOR XPG2 R5, for example):
1. Constant light – 6 to 670 LED lumens
2. Firefly – 3 types of micromodes: 0.1lm/130 days, 0.5lm/75 days, 1.5lm/40 days
3. Strobe – blinking light with a frequency of 1 to 50 Hz
4. SOS – distress signal (flashes at 70% of maximum brightness according to Morse code), up to 4 hours
5. Beacon – flashes once every 7 seconds at 10% of maximum brightness, up to 40 days.
Types of stabilization: full stabilization (FULL), simple semi-stabilization (SEMI), stepped stabilization (STEP).
The flashlight has 2 mode lines (by Military factory preset):
1. First Line: 670lm Ж 6lm Ж 108lm / FULL stabilization
2. Second Line: Strobe 15Hz Ж Firefly1.5lm / FULL stabilization
There are 2 factory presets and 1 user's preset (Military preset is activated by default):
1. Military.
First Line: 670 lm Ж 6lm Ж 108lm / FULL stabilization
Second Line: Strobe 15Hz Ж Firefly 1.5lm / FULL stabilization
2. Outdoor.
First Line: 540lm Ж 108lm / FULL stabilization
Second Line: Strobe 15Hz Ж 6lm Ж Firefly 1.5lm / FULL stabilization
3. Custom. All your settings of the flashlight can be saved in this preset.
First Line and Brightness Settings
Setting up the brightness in the First Line: any mode from the First Line can be set up in the following way (the runtime
showed for a fully charged battery 18650 Li-Ion 3100mAh):
1. Firefly 0.1lm – 130 days
2. Firefly 0.5lm – 75 days 3. Firefly 1.5lm – 40 days 4. Constant light: 6-670 lumens.
Advice: if you are planning to change the brightness of more than one mode, we recommend turning off the function of automemorization of
modes. In this case you will find it easier to figure out which mode you are setting up, because when the automemorization function is off the
flashlight will always be turned on in the first mode, and it would be easy to find the needed mode.
Before the setup, switch the flashlight to the mode for which you are planning to adjust the brightness and do the following.
Entering the Brightness Setup: hold the head of the flashlight with your left hand.
1. With your right hand turn the body of the flashlight to 1/8..1/4 (of the full turn) counter-clockwise. Wait until the switch to
the second line (approx. 1 second).
2. Quickly (within 3 seconds):
l With your right hand turn the body of the flashlight clockwise until the maximum.
l Turn the flashlight off/on with a full pressing.
Immediately after entering the Brightness Setup the flashlight will begin demonstrating 3 micromodes one after the other: 0.1lm,
0.5lm, 1.5lm. Then, within approximately 40 seconds, a gradual increase in brightness will take place. In the meantime, the flashlight
will pause (with a double blink) at 25%, 50%, 75% and 100% brightness. Then it will again demonstrate the 3 micromodes followed
by a gradual increase in brightness. This cycle will repeat until you leave the mode of Brightness Setup.
While the flashlight is in the mode of micromode demonstration and increase of brightness the following actions are available:
1. The increase in brightness from the beginning. A quick (within 1 second) switching off and on of the flashlight with a
full pressing: the flashlight will increase brightness from the beginning.
2. Pause. Turn the body of the flashlight with your right hand to 1/8..1/4 (of the full turn) counter-clockwise: the flashlight
will pause to enable you to evaluate if the current level of brightness suits you. Following that, rotating the body of the
flashlight to the maximum will continue the cycle of increasing brightness and the demonstration of micromodes.
3. Exiting with memorizing. Quickly (within 1 second):
l With your right hand turn the body of the flashlight to 1/8..1/4 (of the full turn) counter-clockwise.
l With your right hand turn the body of the flashlight clockwise to the maximum.
4. Exiting without memorizing. At any time, turn the flashlight off. The modes will remain the same as they were before
entering the mode of Brightness Settings.
The structure of Setup Menu
Item 1. Mode Selection and Setting
l Constant light: 3 types of Firefly or any brightness from 1 to 100%
Submenu: brightness setup
l Strobe – frequent blinking at a defined frequency
Submenu: setup of strobe frequency
l Beacon – 1 flash every few seconds
l SOS – distress signal using the Morse code
Item 2. Reset to Factory Defaults and Custom Preset Saving
1. Military - by default
2. Outdoor
3. Custom
Item 3. Selection the power source
1. Two CR123A 3V (lithium batteries, minimum voltage 2V)
2. One 18650 Li-Ion 3.7V (Li-Ion rechargeable battery, minimum voltage 2.8V) - by default
3. Two R123 Li-Ion 3.7V (Li-Ion rechargeable batteries, minimum voltage 5.6V)
4. One 18650 LiFePO4 3.2V (LiFePO4 rechargeable battery, minimum voltage 2.5V)
Item 4. Setting up the First Line
1. Selection the number of modes
1) 1 mode
2) 2 modes etc.
2. Selection the method of automemorization the last mode
1) Turn automemorization on - by default
2) Turn automemorization off
3. Selection the type of stabilization
1) FULL. Full stabilization on all modes and types of power source - by default
2) SEMI. Simple semi-stabilization
3) STEP. Stepped stabilization
Item 5. Setting up the Second Line
1. Selection the number of modes
1) 1 mode
2) 2 modes etc.
2. Selection the method of automemorization the last mode
1) Turn automemorization on - by default
2) Turn automemorization off
3. Selection the type of stabilization
1) FULL. Full stabilization on all modes and types of power source
2) SEMI. Simple semi-stabilization - by default
3) STEP. Stepped stabilization
Second Line and Setup Menu
Important notice: the access to the Setup Menu is only possible from the Second Line.
Entering the Setup Menu: before this procedure, the flashlight must be turned on in any mode of the Second Line.
1. Hold the head of the flashlight with your left hand.
2. With your right hand turn the body of the flashlight clockwise to the maximum. Wait until the switch to the First Line (approx.
1 second).
3. Quickly (within 3 seconds):
l With your right hand turn the body of the flashlight to 1/8..1/4 (of the full turn) counter-clockwise.
l Turn the flashlight off/on with a full pressing of the button.
Indication in the Setup Menu: after accessing the menu the flashlight will indicate cyclically the number of the current item or
the option number using blinking indication. For example, if the flashlight flashes 3 times, then this is item #3 or option #3.
Transition between Setup Menu items: quickly (within 1 second) switch the flashlight off/on with a full pressing of the button.
Confirming the choice in Setup Menu: hold the head of the flashlight with your left hand. Quickly (within 1 second):
1. With your right hand, turn the body of the flashlight clockwise to the maximum.
2. With your right hand, turn the body of the flashlight to 1/8..1/4 (of the full turn) counter-clockwise.
Exiting the Setup Menu without memorizing the choice: turn off the flashlight with the button (this way, the modes and the
settings will stay the same as before accessing the Setup Menu).
Item 1. Mode Selection and Setting.
This menu enables the selection for following mode types of the Second Line.
Important notice: Before accessing the menu the flashlight must be in the exact mode you are planning to change.
For access to the menu perform the procedure of entering the Setup Menu, if you haven't accessed it yet. If you have done everything
correctly, you will see that the flashlight is blinking once – that means you are in Item #1. In order to choose it, perform the procedure
of confirming the choice in the Setup Menu. Following that, the flashlight will begin shuffling options of Item #1. Initially, you will see a
constant light, then a stroboscope, then a Beacon (quick flash), and then the SOS signal. Then it starts all over again.
If you decided to choose one of these modes, perform the procedure of confirming the choice in the Setup Menu. Following that:
l If you chose Beacon or SOS – the flashlight will save this choice and will exit the Setup Menu.
l If you chose a constant light, you will see how the flashlight switches on three micromodes one by one, and then increases
brightness gradually from 1 to 100%. While increasing brightness, the flashlight blinks twice at 25%, 50%, 75% and 100%
brightness. In order to memorize either the micromodes or the required level of brightness – perform the procedure of
confirming the choice in the Setup Menu. The flashlight will save this choice and will exit the Setup Menu.
l If you chose the Strobe (stroboscope), the flashlight will shift to the stroboscope mode and will start gradually increasing its
frequency. In order to memorize your preferred frequency, perform the procedure of confirming the choice in the Setup
Menu. The flashlight will save this choice and will exit the Setup Menu.
Advice: if you are tired of waiting for the flashlight to increase its brightness or the frequency of the stroboscope, you can restart the
process at any time. To do that, perform the procedure of transition between Menu items.
Advice: if you want to stop the change of micromodes or the increase in brightness or the frequency of the stroboscope and
examine it better, turn the body of the flashlight with your right hand clockwise until the maximum. Actual demonstration will stop. To
restart, turn the body of the flashlight with your right hand to 1/8..1/4 (of the full turn) counter-clockwise.
Item 2. Reset to Factory Defaults and Custom Preset Saving.
This menu enables you to restore all settings of the flashlight, having chosen one of the manufacturer's presets (Military, Outdoor) or the
user's Custom preset. Also in that menu you can save the flashlight's present settings in the user's Custom preset, so that you could
easily return to them later (for example, after using the Military or the Outdoor preset).
Important notice: All presets accessible by the user can be saved and restores.
For access to the menu perform the procedure of entering the Setup Menu, if you haven't accessed it yet. Then perform the procedure
transitioning between Menu items. If you did everything correctly, then you will see the flashlight blink twice – that means you are in item
#2. In order to choose it, perform the procedure of confirming the choice in the Menu. After that, the flashlight will start shuffling options
of item #2. First you will see it blink once (Military), then twice (Outdoor), then 3 times (Custom). Then it restarts, once the first time, etc.
If you decided to restore any settings (Military, Outdoor or Custom) – wait for the necessary menu item and perform the procedure of
confirming the choice in the Setup Menu. The flashlight will load these settings and will exit the Setup Menu.
If you want to save the current settings of the flashlight into user's Custom preset, then during shuffling options of item #2 perform the
procedure of transition between Menu items. The flashlight will save current settings in the Custom preset and will stay in item #2.
Item 3. Selection the power source.
The installation of the power source is necessary for a correct indication of a low battery and for the safe use of rechargeable batteries,
which have no electronic protection from a charge below permitted voltage. The flashlight permits the use of unprotected Li-Ion
rechargeable batteries, which have a high capacity due to an absence of loss in the protection circuit board and are usually cheaper.
Also, LiFePO4 batteries can work with high currents.
For access to the menu perform the procedure of entering the Setup Menu, if you haven't accessed it yet. Perform the procedure of
transition between menu items as many times as necessary, until you reach item #3 in the Setup Menu. If you did everything correctly,
you will see the flashlight blink three times, which means you are in item #3. To choose it, perform the procedure of confirming the choice
of the Setup Menu. Following that the flashlight will begin shuffling the options of item #3. First you will see it blink once (2xCR123A), then
twice (1x18650), then three times (2xR123), then 4 times (1x18650 LiFePO4). Then it starts again, once, twice, etc.
If you decided to choose any type of power source, wait until the necessary menu option and perform the procedure of confirmation of
the Setup Menu choice. The flashlight will memorize this type of power source and will exit the Setup Menu.
Item 4. Setting up the First Line.
In this menu you can: set the number of modes of the First Line (maximum of 10); turn on or off the automemorization of modes in the
First Line; choose the type of stabilization for the modes in the First Line.
Important notice: Every additional mode is placed in the back of the list. When subtracting modes, they are removed from the end of the list.
For access to the menu perform the procedure of entering the Setup Menu, if you haven't accessed it yet. Then perform the procedure of
transitioning between Menu items enough times to reach item #4 in the Setup Menu. If you did everything correctly you will see the
flashlight blink four times – that means you are in item #4. In order to choose it – perform the procedure of confirming the choice in the
Menu. Following that, the flashlight will start shuffling options of item #4. First you will see it blink once (choosing the number of modes),
then twice (choosing the method of automemorizing), then three times (choosing the type of stabilization). Then it starts all over again,
once, twice etc. Wait until the menu item that you need ad perform the procedure of confirming the choice in the Menu. If you chose item:
1. Selection the number of modes.
The flashlight will start blinking (from 1 to 10), showing you the number of modes which you can save. Having reached the
needed number of modes, perform the procedure of confirming the Menu choice. The flashlight will save the number of modes
for the First Line and will exit the Setup Menu.
Advice: If you are tired of waiting for the flashlight to increase the number of modes, or if you missed the necessary number, at
any time you can restart the process. For that, perform the procedure of transitioning between Menu items.
2. Selection the method of automemorization the last mode.
The flashlight will start blinking once (turn automemorization on) or twice (turn automemorization off). Having reached the
necessary function, perform the procedure of confirming the choice in the Menu. The flashlight will save the chosen state of
automemorization and will exit the Setup Menu.
Advice: If you are going to set up a large number of modes, then for your convenience it is better to turn automemorization off, so
that the flashlight always turned on at the first mode. Or if you always need to turn the flashlight on from the first mode in the
Line (for example, because you don't want to remember what was the last mode, when you turned the flashlight off).
Advice: you can turn automemorization off for one or both Lines. For example: if in the First Line you set up mode #1 of a
maximum or medium brightness, and in the Second Line mode #1, micromode 0.5lm, then when the flashlight is turned on with
the head screwed on tightly, you will always have the mode of brightness the most frequently used, while an unscrewed head will
give you a micromode which will not bother anyone at night with its brightness. You, however, will be able to turn on the given
modes with just a simple twist of the flashlight's head before turning it on.
3. Selection the type of stabilization.
The flashlight will start blinking once (FULL), twice (SEMI) or three (STEP) times. Having reached the needed type of stabilization,
perform the procedure of confirming the choice of Menu. The flashlight will save the selected type of stabilization and will exit the
Setup Menu.
Important notice: the use of an innovative scheme and quality components enables this flashlight to shine at a constant
brightness regardless of the power of the mode, duration, degree of battery discharge and its type. Also, besides the full
stabilization (FULL) you can choose the simplest semi-stabilization (SEMI), which lasts longer, but with it the brightness of the
flashlight gradually falls. You can also choose the stepped stabilization (STEP), where the brightness of the flashlight will
decrease, not gradually, but step-by-step, as was shown in the graphs.
Item 5. Setting up the Second Line
In this menu you can: set the number of modes of the Second Line (maximum of 5); turn on or off the automemorization of modes in the
Second Line; choose the type of stabilization for the modes in the Second Line.
Important notice: Every additional mode is placed in the back of the list. When subtracting modes, they are removed from the end of the list.
The order of the setup is identical to the order of thee setup of the First Line. The only exception is that it is necessary to wait until menu item
#5, not #4. Other distinctions for the Second Line: the maximum number of modes is 5, not 10; the options by factory default are different.
FAQ
Q: Armytek Predator looks like very complicated flashlight with impressive possibilities. Is it hard to operate this flashlight?
A: This flashlight has easy manipulation of modes as an ordinary flashlight. If you don't want to change default settings – you can use
ArmyTek Predator immediately, because it is ready after preparing on the factory. Additionally it has the possibility of full settings ability
to fit your needs: many parameters can be changed - the brightness, the number of modes, the strobe frequency, the battery type, the
type of brightness stabilization, the type of automemorization etc. Analogy: would you like to adjust some things like a seat position, a
steering wheel angle and an air-conditioner mode to your individual requirements in your complicated car before actual driving?
Q: What is meant by the FULL stabilization of the LED current from one18650 Li-Ion battery and why that is important? In other
flashlights it's also written "digitally regulated output", "digital current control", "constant brightness", "microcontroller current
control", "constant LED current" from one 18650 battery.
A: Armytek flashlight uses the buck-boost driver, which is the one that ensures the even stabilization graph at the maximum brightness
at the entire range of battery voltage, unlike simple buck drivers in all other flashlights, where the brightness falls with time. Analogy:
would you like a car with an engine that gives 500hp only during the first three minutes?
Q: But in other flashlights with one 18650 battery the graph also looks rectangular, flat. Does that also mean a full stabilization?
A: No. This is not a full stabilization. In most such cases the LED current is not the maximum possible, but less. When the LED current is
lower, it makes a vision that brightness is almost constant. That means that the credit for the flat stabilization and constant
brightness at the start of runtime belongs not to the developers of the flashlight with the buck driver, but to the creators of Cree
LED, for example. Analogy: visually many cars have 4 wheels, but four-wheel drive (4x4, or 4WD, or Quattro) with full control of all
wheels is for off-road, sport and military vehicles, powering all four wheels provides better control than normal cars on many
surfaces.
Q: If a higher LED current is in the same flashlight, for example 1.5A instead of 1A, then buck drivers will have a very small horizontal
section, or maybe even none? But the manufacturers of such flashlights are writing about a digital regulated output, providing a
constant brightness.
A: If a higher LED current is supplied, the fall in the brightness becomes noticeable, and could easily start in the first minutes of the
flashlight's operation. This is connected to the increased fall in voltage at the LED at a high current flowing through it becomes equal
to the battery's voltage substantially faster, which is forced to supply a significant current under the load. Unlike the buck drivers, the
electronics in the Predator allows the maintenance of the LED current during the entire time at the maximum, for instance, at 1.5
amperes. Regarding the statements of other manufacturers and their conformity to the real situation, you will need to address the
questions to the manufacturers themselves. Analogy: would you like a car whose speed fell as the level of petrol in the tank is lower
and lower?
Q: Why is there an electronic protection from incorrect battery installation in the Predator, while others only have a mechanical one or
none at all?
A: The easiest option is not to create an electronic protection, because it reduces the efficiency by 5-6%, or to make a mechanical one,
but then it would be impossible to use the rechargeable batteries with a flat “+” contact. In the Predator, expensive electronic
components are used, which create a minimal decreasing in efficiency, but then the reliability of the protection is significantly higher
and allows any type of power source. Then you can safely (without driver damaging) install battery in a wrong position and use
batteries with a flat “+” contact. Analogy: would you like a car without air-conditioner which brings a little higher fuel consumption and
much better comfort cooling when you are driving?
Q: It is believed that the efficiency coefficient of a buck driver is higher than that of a buck-boost driver. How long does the Predator
work? Especially with the electronic protection from incorrect battery installation.
A: The components and the electronic technology permits not only a full stabilization of the LED current at the entire range of battery
voltage, but also a high efficiency of the driver, which is not lower than the efficiency of the buck driver, and even higher. It is sufficient
to compare operating times at identical modes. You must not forget that high levels of efficiency coefficient of the lowering drivers
exist at the stage where the light output is falling, essentially not stabilizing. Analogy: modern well made four-wheel drive cars (4x4,
or 4WD, or Quattro) with full control of all wheels have lower fuel consumption than some cars without this kind of technology, it
depends on level of development and realization.
Q: Why does the Predator permit the use of the 18650 Li-Ion rechargeable batteries without the protection board (PCB), and even
LiFePO4? Can't they be used in other, similar flashlights?
A: Other flashlights normally use buck drivers, in which the discharge of the battery is not fully controlled, so their electronics essentially
kills the batteries, discharging them below the permitted level, if they are not removed on time. In the Predator the process of control
over the power and stabilization does not stop, it is continuous. So the flashlight will know when it can no longer discharge the power
source in use and that it must be replaced, correspondingly signalling about it for battery safety. Battery voltage for 18650 LiFePO4
is lower than Li-Ion batteries and then ordinary flashlight with buck driver will have low light output or do not switch on at all. Analogy:
for your safety the modern cars use many electronic sensors for damage protection of an engine or a break system, this control is
continuous. Would you like a car without this kind of sensors?
Q: Why does the Predator only work 1.5 hours while the other flashlights are working about 3-4 hours?
A: These flashlights are working on completely different brightness modes with lower LED currents and without a full stabilization. If
instead of the Military preset the Outdoor preset is chosen (in the Predator), the time of operation will also significantly increase, but
this is due to the fact that the brightness of the flashlight will be falling gradually with semi-stabilization (SEMI), what happens in the
flashlights with simple buck drivers. You have the right to choose with the Predator the time of operation, the number of modes, and
their brightness. The flashlight completely sets up to fit your needs. Often the users make all settings once only (at the beginning) and
after that use this flashlight with modes and tunings which are better for their tasks. Analogy: would you like to choose in your car a
type of mode for automatic gearbox like "Sport", "Winter" or "City", that will bring different fuel consumption, safety and driving style?
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