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#33573 - 10/25/04 09:24 PM Arc AAA
Hutch4545 Offline
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Registered: 04/08/04
Posts: 104
Anybody know where I can get an Arc AAA? --a secret source, a hidden supply, an unopened "spare" that you bought just in case?

Thanks,
Hutch4545

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#33574 - 10/25/04 09:28 PM Re: Arc AAA
X-ray Dave Offline
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Registered: 11/11/03
Posts: 572
Loc: Nevada
Campmoor has the AA, not sure about the AAA. You could call or email CountyComm. They had AAA's at one time. They aren't on their webb site anymore, but would be worth a call incase they had too few to advertise or a couple left in the retail store.I'm kicking myself for only getting 1 when I did.

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#33575 - 10/25/04 09:59 PM Re: Arc AAA
Hutch4545 Offline
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I struck out on both. Thanks for the info.

Keep 'em coming.

Thanks,
Hutch4545

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#33576 - 10/25/04 10:14 PM Re: Arc AAA
GoatRider Offline
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Registered: 08/28/04
Posts: 831
Loc: Maple Grove, MN
They're selling on eBay for at least $50.
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#33577 - 10/25/04 10:29 PM Re: Arc AAA
joblot Offline
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Registered: 02/21/03
Posts: 258
Loc: Scotland
Hi
Apparently http://www.peakledsolutions.com/ were the makers of the parts for Arc flashlights.
I got this info from outdoorsupplies.com - http://66.147.225.206/ who are the european suppliers. I know they also deal within the US. Give them a try (email first) if you want.
On the same subject, has anyone dealt with Peak Led solutions before or tested thier products?
Cheers

EDIT
"Fools rush in..." A quick search of this forum for "Peak Led" (sans quote) resulted in hits from Paulr and Groo. I suggest you read thier posts,,

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#33578 - 10/25/04 10:45 PM Re: Arc AAA
Glock-A-Roo Offline
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Registered: 04/16/03
Posts: 1076
Try the "for sale" boards at www.candlepowerforums.com

My understanding is that the Arc company is no more, or at least is not making the lights any more.

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#33579 - 10/26/04 12:00 AM Re: Arc AAA
Wellspring Offline
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Registered: 10/08/03
Posts: 54
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Campmoor has the AA, not sure about the AAA. You could call or email CountyComm. They had AAA's at one time. They aren't on their webb site anymore, but would be worth a call incase they had too few to advertise or a couple left in the retail store.I'm kicking myself for only getting 1 when I did.


CountyComm reported on CPF that they have no Arc AAA's to sell. They did a recent inventory, so I'd call that final.

When prompted about making an Arc AAA clone, they demurred. Basically, they say that their government market is mainly focused on AA's for minilights and so wouldn't be interested.

IIRC, they still have the CMG Infinity Ultra in type III hard anodizing, so that's a decent competitor if you can't find an Arc. They also have keychain lights with slide switches in packs of 20, for a dollar per light.

I personally carry the Infinitiy Ultra-- it's big compared to the Arc, but fine for me. It's nice and bright, and in an emergency can be used to anchor small ships. <img src="/images/graemlins/wink.gif" alt="" />

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#33580 - 10/26/04 01:01 AM Re: Arc AAA
brian Offline
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Registered: 07/28/04
Posts: 1468
Loc: Texas
Best bet is Ebay. Second choice would be CPF. Good luck they are disappearing fast! The good news is that Peak make "almost" as good of a light and in time there will be better lights on the market anyway. Arc may be gone but they blazed a trail that many are sure to follow.
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#33581 - 10/26/04 03:16 AM Re: Arc AAA
Brad Offline
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Registered: 08/23/04
Posts: 83
Loc: houston
I've bought stuff off of a seller on ebay named surefireparts. John is a good guy to deal with.

I bought a Arc AAA from him a few weeks ago. Haven't opened it yet. Don't know if I want to yet. My EDC Arc is doing well for now.

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#33582 - 10/26/04 04:35 AM Re: Arc AAA
AyersTG Offline
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Registered: 12/10/01
Posts: 1272
Loc: Upper Mississippi River Valley...
Hmmm. My EDC is an ARC AAA-P and I have an unopened last-generation AAA-P stashed. I use the EDC several times a day - usually just 10 - 20 seconds at a time. I also still EDC Photon IIs...

But at this point - ARC out of business - as others have suggested - try out Peak LED offerings. The new "snow" LED color looks particularly interesting, although it appears to me that the head is a tiny bit larger diameter than the body. The ARC AAAs are now collector items, but the Peaks are in production - just tools, not collector's items.

I wouldn't touch a Peak while Peter was in business, but now I will - I'm ordering some for Christmas gifts this year. They seem to be a decent company after all is said and done - even loyal ARC fans are buying Peak stuff.

And - read the output vs LED life info on the Peak page. This was not "news" - the ARC AAA does overdrive the LED - hard. It's a fact that the useful life of the white LED in an ARC AAA is in the range of several hundred to a thousand hours (probably noticable diminishing of output as early as 300 hours). Peak has some very valid points on the topic. They could just as easily drive theirs as hard as ARC did and they explain simply enough why they do not without slamming any competitors. Design decision. The custom shop will give you the higher output if you really want it.

I'm a fanatic about my EDC ARC but I know it will diminish noticably as I continue to use it <shrug>. I'm not knocking Peter's product and from MY customer point-of-view, ARC (and Peter personally) set a heck of a high bar for other companies to reach for. But alas - ARC is no more, so that customer service is gone.

OTOH, if you just want an ARC - mine aren't for sale - go the eBay route. Not much else to say...

Tom


Edited by AyersTG (10/26/04 04:50 AM)

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