AT TIME OF EDIT mar’20 V1.6 WAS AVAILABLE AND A WHOLE OTHER PIECE OF EQUIPMENT
so the proof will be in the pudding but that all starts with the assembly and right out of the box…it won’t fit into the MK Tactical V2 box i have.
i initially bought it for the RetroArms box but it draws 18amps and no-one could tell me what the T238 can handle.
on that front, the fets on this thing, N & P are stamped T238…thanks guys…way to be muppets and treat your customer base like numpties…not amused.
build quality…well i have to say that honestly, i expected less.
its a clean lazy spacious design who’s footprint is significantly larger than it needs to be. there are a few conductor runs that are soooo close to the edge in places that you couldn’t remove pcb material to make if you needed to.
solder bath isn’t generous but seems to be adequate to give good joins under the lens
all components are actually oriented well and don’t look like they’ve been thrown at the wall by monkeys from venus.
solder pads for battery etm. leads are so large blind freddy could’nt stuff it up.
interestingly enough that trigger switch someone had a grump about has been replaced by what i expect is some sort of proximity style switch…i wonder how plastic and nylon triggers get on with it…aluminum also since alu is non ferrous…
EDIT: it’s a removable cap which exposes the momentary Microswitch. Small tug with the pliers and…presto, trigger switch
i am disappointed on two core fronts…that the main capacitor is still catalytic (wet) and that it doesn’t fit in the v2 box and i can’t trim it down to fit without needing run wire to deal with needing to cut into the actual circuit.
EDIT: I finally cranked u the dremel and removed the lower half of the letters DESIG to deal with the fit issue…thankfully there is no copper in this area and having done that…fits like a champ (there may be hope for this little cheap fet yet )
documentation that comes with it is entirely adequate and verbose enough that most technically inept campers could install and configure it.
it’ll take me a couple weeks to bother tearing down a couple of my other boxes to check mechanical fit but i’ll add to this when i do.