Prototype 3 arriving 7 of 7 now!! The Q8, a BLF premium edition SRK type monster flashlight

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Jalben wrote:
Tom E, you got a link to that Ultrafire hanging around? Looks like fun :p

This is the photobook album on it. No mod thread unfortunately. It's all XHP50 K2 bin, E2 tint group (2A, 2B, 2C, 2D) on 16mm Noctigons - about $140 in LED/MCPCB's:

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Longtime lurker, first-time poster… found the BLF A6 on Banggood and turned me on to this forum. Finally registered so I could sub this thread, put me down for at least 1.

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Enjoyed the BLF A6 so much I realized I needed a new toy. Found this thread, happy days.
First post for the Q8. Please put me down for one.

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Welcome new members!
Gonna update the list now.

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Please include me in as well

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OP updated with:
Prototype 2:

looking sharp
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better LED alignment
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do we see cell polarity protection?
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double springs!
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HYPE

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some of my mods:

- convoy meLd 4

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Awesome!!! Hope it’s as good as it looks… Wink

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crosses fingers that everything works as it should

I’m hoping that I’m seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. (pun intended)

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OK, that proto 2 is VERY nice! Cash

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So the lit switch is still happening?

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Mstevens113 wrote:
So the lit switch is still happening?

Still there, so hoping so wink. It really should not cost them much more - it's a couple pennies or less for the parts: 1 resistor, 1 or 2 SMD LEDs. I kind of prefer the aluminum/metal switches though. I find dbl-clicks, triple clicks, etc. easier to do. The one in proto #1 has that little bit of softness (like most rubber/silicone switches) to it so it takes more thumb movement and more force to engage vs. a metal switch. I prefer to have the LED indicator next to the switch so you can see the blinks when you have your thumb on the switch, but under the switch is simpler, and of course makes it easy to find the switch in the dark. The harder activation of this switch will make it less prone to accidental activation though - probably what they are thinking. The rubber switch protrudes slightly over it's trimming, but probably needs force applied just below that trimming to activate.

By the way, the switch looks like a cleaner mount in  proto #2 from proto #1 - the round trimming housing the switch is more flush now.

 

dentillozie wrote:
HYPE
?? Boy, hope not... Pics look real. They told us they want to send it out to us asap.
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Sorry, haven’t read all 171 pages, is there an ETA on this or is it just as soon as it’s ready…

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This switch was chosen because better water proofing
The light is a bonus Thorfire put in.
And they must like the beacon function a lot since they implemented it in the S70S

Hype, certainly hope not.

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Ahh true - forgot bout the water-proofing advantage.

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Andmiller wrote:
Sorry, haven’t read all 171 pages, is there an ETA on this or is it just as soon as it’s ready…

No ETA. It’s just as soon as it’s ready…

My Convoy L6 thread with Texas Avenger FET driver, Narsil ramping firmware, lighted side switch and cut down SMO reflector. Lots of amp draws on stock driver as well.

http://budgetlightforum.com/node/54477

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JasonWW wrote:
Andmiller wrote:
Sorry, haven’t read all 171 pages, is there an ETA on this or is it just as soon as it’s ready…

No ETA. It’s just as soon as it’s ready…

Yes exactly Wink
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OH MYYYY!  She's a beauty.  Congrats Q8 development team.  That looks like a real winner.

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Please add me to the interest list for 1.

Thanks.

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I have a question about the size. I know, I could do a bunch of research myself and find the answer, but maybe somebody could answer it easily and save me lots of trouble. Compared to “standard” sized SRK style lights, is the head of the Q8 a larger diameter, or the tube smaller diameter, or both? Because SRK’s are tube style, meaning there is not a head that is bigger than the body, rather all is the same diameter (Edit: or very nearly the same). I like the look of the Q8, so this isn’t a complaint. I’m just curious about the proportional size(s).

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The head diam. matches a few SRK clones I have, so the head diam is definitely standard. As far as the battery tube goes, it's probably narrower because the classic SRK has these machined railings along the body with holes to secure a lanyard on. Those are eliminated in this design. If you look around though (like on eBay), the "new style SRK" looks very similar to the Q8, in that the battery tube is void of railings and has knurling. I like the new knurling style, both for looks and feel. Dunno who came first - the Q8 or this new style. I posted pics of my gold 12X SRK a while with the new styling:

Clearly on this one, the head is wider than the body/tube, but pretty sure the head diam on this one is also std size.

Here's another comparative shot:

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Yes we took the widest finned of SRKs
But instead of just a few fins and then a narrower head the width of the Q8 head stays fatter to accommodate more mass and fins thus better cooling.

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Okay, I guess I was just showing my ignorance. Facepalm

Thanks for the explanations and pictures. Thumbs Up

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Nice! What is the estimated lumen output for Q8?

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freeme wrote:

Nice! What is the estimated lumen output for Q8?


Officially 4K
But don’t be surprised if it does significantly more Big Smile
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DavidEF wrote:
I have a question about the size. I know, I could do a bunch of research myself and find the answer, but maybe somebody could answer it easily and save me lots of trouble. Compared to “standard” sized SRK style lights, is the head of the Q8 a larger diameter, or the tube smaller diameter, or both? Because SRK’s are tube style, meaning there is not a head that is bigger than the body, rather all is the same diameter (Edit: or very nearly the same). I like the look of the Q8, so this isn’t a complaint. I’m just curious about the proportional size(s).

DavidEF, I don’t know nuthin bout standard SRK’s, the Q8 will be my first, but TomE went into dimensions on the first prototype extensively here.

and specifically stated this:

  • outer dimensions are dead-on with standard SRK’s at 59.0mm head, 50.0 mm tube, 52.0mm at tailcap, 135.1mm length

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freeme wrote:

Nice! What is the estimated lumen output for Q8?

Post #3348 and post #3390 should answer this: ~5,600 lumens. Our official line has been 4,000+, but as you can see, proto #1 did much better. Also, add ~400 when the springs are bypassed, maybe another ~400 if using SONY VTC6 cells. Proto #2 has double springs, so we should see higher #'s stock (no bypassed springs) than the stock proto #1, but all depends if other changes have impact.

 

This is all based on my very unofficial PVC based lightbox, but I've done a ton of light measurements with it, and seems to be in the ballpark of accuracy.

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looking darn good! is the reflector the same as prototype 1?

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Thorfire is shipping two prototype V2 to Tom so we know in a week KR so.

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cbrake10 wrote:
looking darn good! is the reflector the same as prototype 1?

We don’t know yet, the prototype has not left China yet. Tom will know soon..

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