The solar strip only works when in auto mode or something, kind of a gimmick. I keep my 407C's and 507C's in manual mode 2 levels down from high, this gives me plenty of brightness for full sun and they don't wash out with a 1000 lumen weapon light. I change the batteries on my birthday and have tested the old batteries, they still had plenty of juice left.
I'm looking at a baby gun and the K version will be next on my list.
Mine is the 507C X2 I have idea what you mean by auto mode. I haven't changed the battery in a little over 2 years. I believe that it works when shooting in sunlight
Not a big deal
They ship on auto mode which means they adjust brightness of the dot according to your lighting conditions. Hold the + button down about 3 seconds and it goes into manual mode. Where you adjust the brightness where you want it and it stays there. The sleep function still works when it’s still for 10 minutes or so.
I don’t like how auto works on the ones I have. Deflave said his SCS worked well on auto mode but these don’t have the extra sensors. It sounds great but shooting from a shaded room out into the sunlight can give you a dim dot.
From what I’ve read on the 507C, the solar only kicks in when the battery gets low. Since the battery is not rechargeable, it requires the low voltage point to switch over to solar. It does not switch over on a fully charged battery when in the sun. The SCS does run off solar and charges the non user replaceable battery.
The ones I have are C’s but I shot a Glock 43X Monday and with the thin slide, I think the K version would fit best maybe the only one that will fit?
I change batteries every year. Even done it on my Aimpoints.