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I'm looking for some solid info on battery life for the SS 1-4 with donut reticle.  Has anybody run a test with the reticle at maximum brightness and/or at minimum brightness, or at any point in between?  Does the reticle steadily fade, or does brightness stay fairly constant and then drop off suddenly?  Is there any sort of a low battery warning built in?  Thanks in advance for any help.
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I would suggest giving SWFA a call in the morning.
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I called SWFA this morning.  The only battery life information they had was that a scope which was run on high lasted approximately nine hours before fading out.  They had no data on lower power settings.  It is not voltage regulated so it generally will behave like a flashlight bulb:  as the battery drains, it will progressively fade.  There is no low battery warning system.
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Originally posted by dog guy dog guy wrote:

There is no low battery warning system.


Was you hoping for a blinking red light and an alarm.  Wink
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The battery life could be a concern if it weren't for that spare battery compartment on the illumination controls.  If one fails you have another, if you dont' have another then you've failed to be preparedWink
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The reticle in the early Eotechs would start blinking on and off a few hours before battery failure.  I don't know if the current generation still does this or not.  But yes, I was hoping for some sort of visual indication that useful life was ending.  Maybe the intensity starting to fade will be adequate.  The more stressful the situation, the more likely it is that a shooter will miss a subtle clue.
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But the S.S. also has a very bold etched glass reticle... And the afore mentioned spare battery. I don't have one, but from the reviews that I have seen it has one of the best designed low light reticles ever designed, before illumination.  The illumination is just icing on the cake.
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I am very impressed with everything I have seen or read about the reticle (and the scope in general), even with no illumination.  I would expect that in any "calm" shooting situation the reticle will be effective with no illumination except under the most trying of circumstances.  The bright illumination comes into play for life safety situations at close quarters.  The 1:1 magnification combined with a bright reticle provides nearly red dot capability.  These are the same situations where finding a weak or dead battery would lessen the effectiveness of that otherwise excellent reticle.  Running the weapon with the power off and turning the reticle on only when needed is one more step to remember in a high stress home defense or law enforcement situation.  This is one of the advantages of the Aimpoint dots with their extraordinarily long battery life:  you never need to remember to turn it on or off.  I don't consider this to be a show stopper, but it is one characteristic of the scope that I think is important to evaluate.  Trade-offs, always trade-offs...
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Having two of the SS 1-4x scopes I can say you don't need illumination to see it during day time and slight low light use.  I will never understand the whole obsession with day time illumination, especially with a retilce like this.  The way this reticle is designed (especially the donut) it pulls your eye to the center so fast and can be seen so easily that day time illumination is not needed at all. 

At night you are only going to need it on one of the lower settings so battery life with be much longer.  And if it is being used for home defense then you are going to have it turned off to start with anyway.  I have not heard of to many home defense situations that lasted 10 hours long in total darkness to need illumination that long.  

One of the points of a scope like this is you do not need to rely on illumination to be able to shoot.  That is why I will never own a eotech or red dot, I just don't like the fact that if my battery dies the optics becomes worthless.  
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If your are in a stressfull situation long enough to run the battery down on a SS and not notice, you got bigger porblems than the batter life on your handsBucky

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8-12 hours of "daylight practical" battery life.
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I guess it comed down to how much of the time do you feel the need for illumination.  If you feel the need for illumination constantly the Trijicon is fiber optic plus tritium illuminated, but the SS 1-4 is a FFP variable so even with some similarity they are way different and the reticle design is very different.  There are a lot of Leupold illuminated scopes out there using the same battery type with similar life expectancy and the bottom line is if you are running battery powered illumination you make that choice ahead of time and know to only use the illumination when you really need it.
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