Introducing Icarus™ : powerful, simple, programmable
I've been working on this driver for over two years. It's simple, powerful, and full of features even the most demanding flashlight enthusiasts will appreciate. A maximum current of 3.4 Amps delivers class-leading power and an advanced software platform lets you make Icarus a reflection of your unique preferences by programming it any way you like..
Until now, I've been limited by "what is available," but Icarus is the realization of a long standing goal. No expense is spared, no shortcuts taken, no compromise accepted. I'm proud to put the Prometheus stamp on this driver as the crowning jewel of the Alpha platform. Enough talk, let's get to the details.
$45 for a driver, I must be insane right?
I can pretty much promise that I'm insane, but not in the way you think. I can also see why you might think that when you can buy a $5.00-$10.00 off the shelf driver that is mass produced by the tens-of-thousands...here are 10 reasons that make Icarus™ worth your hard earned money:
- Lifetime Warranty: This is a little bit brazen, but I'm going to warranty the Icarus driver for life....for life ya year that? Modern solid state electronics are exceedingly reliable (especially if you don't cut corners) but if something goes wrong I've got you covered. If you are buying component drivers for your own mods, the warranty does not cover negligent damage or misuse.
- Icarus is made in the USA: Icarus is manufactured and assembled by one of Silicon Valley's top board houses. This company makes PCBs for stuff that flies in space (literally) and that kind of expertise is expensive. My volumes are tiny, and that also costs money, but I think the end result is worth it. Even the solid copper battery terminal is machined (one at a time) on my Hardinge manual lathe. If you want it done right, sometimes you have to do it yourself.
- The hardware AND software are 100% proprietary: You can't get Icarus anywhere else on earth and it's not a copy or clone of some existing driver. I worked closely with an engineer for months. I paid him for his time and I also pay him a royalty on each driver...because I believe people should be rewarded for bringing something this awesome into the world.
- Premium Solid-State Components: As with everything I do, I use only the highest quality components when much cheaper options exist. Even the underlying copper circuit layer is twice as thick as industry standard to provide the ultimate in reliability, consistency, and performance.
- Icarus is FULLY user programmable. I can't even begin to explain how exciting that is! It comes loaded with two default programs (mode groups) that you can switch between (and modify) at any time. Each group can hold 1-7 different modes of your choosing. Icarus ends the debate on which mode layout is the best; you decide.
- Icarus delivers face-melting power: Delivering 3.4 Amps of current to the LED means the light can become incredibly hot if used carelessly. The old Alpha driver was 2.8 Amps. Remember Spider Man? "With great power comes great responsibility." Icarus employs digital thermal control to limit the maximum temperature of the light to a reasonable level for the average user. Expert users can set the thermal threshold to 5 different levels. Don't like having a baby sitter? Well good, because it's a free country. Icarus allows you to completely disable the thermal protection, but this is NOT recommended.
- Icarus delivers ultra-low (sub 1 lumen) output. Flashlight geeks call ultra-low modes "moonlight" or "firefly." I use this mode much more often than full power. It's perfect for navigating around the house in the dark without bothering anyone else, or for preserving your night-adapted vision when outdoors. The default "moonlight" mode is actually the second lowest brightness level. How low do you want to go?
- Off-Time Memory: We are getting pretty technical here, but most LED drivers employ "on-time" memory that locks in the current mode when the light has been "on" for a set amount of time. On-time memory is used because it's cheap and easy to implement; however, it's a very unnatural way to use a flashlight. Icarus locks in the current mode when the light has been "off" for more than 1 second. It works so well you probably won't even notice, it will just perform like you think it should.
- Digital Drop Protection: Normally a drop or sharp impact can cause a split-second disconnect between the battery and the battery terminal. In most flashlights, this power interruption signals a mode change. However, there are many circumstances where an "accidental" mode change would be detrimental. Icarus can tell the difference and will maintain the current mode if it senses and accidental interrupt. As far as I know, this is a Prometheus first!
- Direct Access Mode: The brain child of my engineer (credit where it's due), DA Mode is another feature unique to the Icarus driver. A rapid double-press of the power button allows access to a stand-alone (independent) mode. The default setting is 100% output; however, DA Mode can be programmed with any function or output level. This mode has no memory. Please note, 100% power should be used sparingly in order to conserve battery life and prevent over heating the light.
Download Alpha Flashlight Instructions and the Icarus Diver Programming manual
Icarus is backward compatible will all versions of the Alpha flashlight.
My original intent when designing the Alpha was to deliver longevity. When I began making flashlights, I knew that eventually I wanted to make my own driver...but I had no idea how long that would take. The driver mounting sleeve can be removed and replaced with a new part that is designed to hold the Icarus driver.
In the past, I was forced to hand-file the outside of every driver so that it made a perfect press-fit into the mounting sleeve. I spent the last year engineering a better driver mounting solution, and one that has never been seen before in the flashlight industry...and that's hard to do :)
The new Wave-Loc™ system is patent pending and improves the ease of assembly/disassembly should the light ever need repair or if you want to mod it yourself. It also features a clear polycarbonate window (like a see-through case back on a watch) that keeps out dust and shows off the electronics.
A little confused on programming? Watch the video below! (coming soon)
Icarus™ Linear LED driver
Two years in the making, I believe the Icarus is the finest 17mm LED driver on the market today.
- Fully user programmable
- 1-7 modes in 2 groups
- 22 brightness levels
- sub-lumen "moonlight"
- 1 sec. "off time" memory
- 3.4 Amp max current
- Voltage: (2.8-4.2V) Lithium Ion ONLY
- 17mm diameter
Icarus is not currently available for retail purchase, but drivers should be available some time before the end of 2015.
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Any Alpha ever made can be upgraded to the Icarus™ driver!
Upgrade includes an Icarus™ driver, new mounting post, polycarbonate window, Wave-Loc™ retaining ring, and labor. You are responsible for round trip shipping.
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