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Posted: 4/13/2006 1:33:57 PM EST
I no longer have the instruction manual but can someone advise if I have a problem with my Gladius? If the light has been off for at least a few minutes, I have to press the tailcap 3 times before it turns on. Is this a low battery indicator or is there something wrong? Thanks.

Link Posted: 4/14/2006 5:54:30 AM EST
Try changing the batteries to see if that is the remedy. When the batteries ran low on my Gladius it did something similar to what you are describing.
Link Posted: 4/14/2006 10:56:19 AM EST
[Last Edit: 4/14/2006 10:57:38 AM EST by kenjgood]
If it is not a low battery issue, please contact Blackhawk customer service.

See: www.night-ops.com/warranty.htm

Request the latest version of the tailcap (specify color) and this should alleviate any intermittent activation issues.
Link Posted: 4/14/2006 5:15:38 PM EST
Thanks guys. Ken, does the new tailcap feel/operate any different?
Link Posted: 4/14/2006 5:23:55 PM EST
The low battery indicator is a flicker every few seconds in the continually on mode. If you dont see a quick blip of the light after about 10-15 seconds you dont have low batteries.
Link Posted: 4/14/2006 7:36:36 PM EST
The new tailcap looks & feels the same
Link Posted: 4/14/2006 10:02:16 PM EST

Originally Posted By kenjgood:
The new tailcap looks & feels the same

Are the new tailcaps HA? I've got an older CeraKoted (well worn) Gladius that has a stripped tailcap, but I don't want the thing looking any more hodgepodge than it already does... Is there any reason to upgrade if the older tailcap still works (albeit not being able to lockout the tailcap activation)?
Link Posted: 4/15/2006 1:57:58 PM EST
[Last Edit: 4/15/2006 1:59:08 PM EST by kenjgood]
The new tailcaps in Black are HA, so it is your call. The blacks between finishes are not that different..The HA is a flatter Black.

We are still making the tailcaps in other colors in the Cerakote.

We just found an anodizer that we are happy with for the OD Green. So that should be switching in the near future.

We are looking at trying to get the right ano for the Tan/Earth Tone in Ano right now.
Link Posted: 4/16/2006 10:48:05 PM EST

when did the gladius start having aluminum tail caps?


Link Posted: 4/17/2006 4:58:38 AM EST
FYI, preliminary testing seems to indicate that the problem I was having is related to low battery levels.
Link Posted: 4/17/2006 9:44:21 AM EST
[Last Edit: 4/17/2006 9:46:44 AM EST by kenjgood]
The tailcap assembly has always been an aluminum body with a high-impact plastic rotary dial and push-button activation switch.

The internals include a variety of metal and plastic parts.

Springs, bearings and internal housing are metal
Internal plunger is the same high-impact plastic at the dial and switch.

To date I can recall less than 5 Gladius lights we have repaired/replaced for damage to the tailcap due to impact damage. A couple of those were dropped when in Lock-Out mode where the switch has less "give".

The main thing we have had to get our arms around is consistent manufacturing (tolerarnce and assembly). Lights were having intermittent activation issues as a result. As time has rolled on there has been excellent progress in this area. Those lights that did not pass muster we have replaced/repaired as soon as possible. We have made quite a few inline changes to reduce what is called "tolerance stacking".

We now have a new U.S. partner in manufacturing, and the lights I have seen come out of there are the best I have handled/seen. They are doing an awesome job.
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