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Thomas Hoops and Derone Bryson founded Technology Associates.
In 1994, their partnership incorporated under the name
of Technology Associates, Inc. Between 1993 and 2000,
Technology Associates successfully operated a small
chain of computer stores in the Reno/Sparks area which sold
and serviced computers.
Technology Associates was also one of the founding investors
in Great Basin Internet Services (GBIS), Northern Nevada's Largest
Independent internet service provider. In 1998, TA divested itself
of GBIS. In 2000, TA divested itself of it's retail stores
to pursue manufacturing of the EternaLight flashlight
and other related and unrelated products developed by Thomas Hoops
and Derone Bryson. In 2007,
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the closing of Technology Associates, Inc.
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it's CTO. After working together since 1990, through their various
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on Tue, Dec 3rd, 2002 03:00:01 UTC
I notice that the EternaLight doesn't include polarity protection - if you plug in the batteries backwards, well it's toast.
An earlier post somewhere here stated that leaving off the diode was for propietary reasons related to efficiency (it's well known that using a diode to protect against reverse polarity has an efficency cost).
I was discussing this with a friend of mine who pointed out that his Panasonic 4AA Incandesant headlamp has polarity protection since the batteries are wired such that you could short 'em if you put one in backwards. This extra special polarity protection is 100% guaranteed not to affect efficiency!
I looked at my old Panasonic, and sure enough: The + terminal contact for each battery is a rectangle of sheet metal which is behind a perhaps 1mm thick piece of plastic that is part of the case molding - this plastic shield has an opening. the protrusion of the battery's plus terminal is long enough to make contact, but the flat minus terminal can't. Just like magic only simpler.
BTW, we had this discussion as we were skiing on the return during a 19 mile backountry trip on a moonless night. The EternalLight with my headlamp kludge (see my earlier message) worked like a charm. The lamp puts out more than enough light to easily see the snow and tracks far ahead. I think 1/4 power would be enough for most situations, actually.
Also the ice crystals in the air looked particularly nice under "moon" light. ;-) When we finally reached the car at 9:00PM the moment I put on the headlamps I was amazed to discover that while we were gone, the original white ones had somehow been replaced with yellow ones ;-).
Re: Polarity Protection|
on Tue, Dec 3rd, 2002 13:00:00 UTC
Actually, the Elite series has the protection you speak of. But, some plastic had to be removed for a better fit. However, it takes a lot of effort to get the batteries in backwards in an elite. To date, I believe we've only ever had 10 units of any kind in repair where the chip was actually dead. This could have been caused from backwards batteries, we'll never know. But the statistics show that that it is not a problem. Thank you for your input.|
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