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

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Now……… if anyone has a video of Toy Keeper’s lightning mode, I would love to see that. That sounds like fun…………. Wink

No, but in 2014 I made a “faulty wiring simulator” mode for someone. He was building some sort of fallen techno-angel with an exposed and faulty lighted heart to display at Burning Man, and this is how the heart pulsed:
http://toykeeper.net/torches/random-strobe-mushroom.avi
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This is a THORfire light, so it seems to me that it would be quite fitting for it to have a lightning strike mode.

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ToyKeeper wrote:
teacher wrote:
Now……… if anyone has a video of Toy Keeper’s lightning mode, I would love to see that. That sounds like fun…………. Wink

No, but in 2014 I made a “faulty wiring simulator” mode for someone. He was building some sort of fallen techno-angel with an exposed and faulty lighted heart to display at Burning Man, and this is how the heart pulsed:
http://toykeeper.net/torches/random-strobe-mushroom.avi
Wow…….. that is neat! Thank you TK for sharing that. Smile

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You guys are kill'n me... Lightning, huh? 2-3 random low flickers than a blinding flash. We are talk'm millisecs here. Think the big flash would be a burst of 2-3, again somewhat random length times, but very quick. Repeats, but with a random pattern to it?

It can be done.

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Tom E wrote:

You guys are kill’n me… Lightning, huh? 2-3 random low flickers than a blinding flash. We are talk’m millisecs here. Think the big flash would be a burst of 2-3, again somewhat random length times, but very quick. Repeats, but with a random pattern to it?


It can be done.


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Member “Cereal_killer” had some mind blowing, strobe-tastic sequences!!!! Big Smile

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sounds almost like SOS in morse code, but YMMV…

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Tom E wrote:

You guys are kill’n me… Lightning, huh? 2-3 random low flickers than a blinding flash. We are talk’m millisecs here. Think the big flash would be a burst of 2-3, again somewhat random length times, but very quick. Repeats, but with a random pattern to it?


It can be done.


To look good, it probably needs the libc random() instead of my janky pseudo-random generator… and that might not fit in the remaining ~500 bytes. IIRC, the “faulty wiring simulator” used the better part of an attiny13 all by itself.

One of the things I did with it was to give it fading aftershocks… pick a random brightness then some short random delays then “aftershock” at half the original brightness, then a quarter, then an eighth…

Anyway, I was mostly just listing off the silly things I’d use the tiny85’s space for instead of, you know, anything useful.

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Thanks Miller, Is a pleasure to be part of this Forum.

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Specialty. Use 2 tiny85s. lol …party light yay!

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Thanks a lot for your welcome Miller!!

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Uh, rim shot mode? Facepalm

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How about alarm clock mode? Like, tap-tap-tap (number of flashes) tap-tap-tap (after number of hours)

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Dimking wrote:
How about alarm clock mode? Like, tap-tap-tap (number of flashes) tap-tap-tap (after number of hours)

There are wake up alarms that slowly light up the room, I read it works great and people love it.
Heheh Tom when you move to a MCU with more coding space
Quadruple click and hold -> enter wake up alarm setting -> click number of hours
Light ramps up in 15 minutes
Heheh

Good news we received the droptest video!
Can’t wait to share it, will do it on my YouTube channel is gonna be the first video there.

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OP updated with:

DROPTEST VIDEO
https://youtu.be/i9DGpzg3w_M
Good news, Thorfire did the droptest. WITH cells in it so more heavy and without shipping package, this is good result! (And just look at that tint when they click it on Wink )

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^ Imbedded:

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It’s always good practice to do drop testing in sandals

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Yeah sandals, casual clothing, green plant, light room, seems nice place to work Wink

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Looking good. I subbed to the YouTube channel.
I think its safe to say there will be very few, if any lights that are damaged in shipping.

I kind of want to see some other tourcher tests now. Like having the light on while frozen in a block of ice. I think Simon did a video of a s2 like that.

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Impressive & entertaining video!  8^)

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It’s always good practice to do drop testing in sandals

Who needs toes anyway?

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Drop testing? I smell production hiding just around the corner Big Smile

Finances have been weird here but I might be able to get a second one in a week or two if things keep going as they currently are. And I’m not the strobe fan-boy. I can tolerate them as long as they are so well hidden that I can’t find them unintentionally Silly Liking the aftermarket pouches shown. Liking the “smoke grenade” nomenclature even more because this light is going to ‘smoke’ almost every other stock light Crazy

So are we still at the original price point ($40+ 10%)? I read some discussion earlier that it might go higher (and I’ve read every post in this thread which is why the “reads” are up). Most of the relevant discussion here has been well worth reading and many of the points brought up have been enlightening- the depth of thought found here on BLF is amazing. The irrelevant discussion has been entertaining as well.

I believe that everything has it’s place, and I believe the Q8 is going to find it’s place alongside the BLF A6, X5, M24, and B158 as a milestone of flashlight design and performance. Just gotta love it!

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ToyKeeper wrote:
Tom E wrote:

You guys are kill'n me... Lightning, huh? 2-3 random low flickers than a blinding flash. We are talk'm millisecs here. Think the big flash would be a burst of 2-3, again somewhat random length times, but very quick. Repeats, but with a random pattern to it?

It can be done.

To look good, it probably needs the libc random() instead of my janky pseudo-random generator... and that might not fit in the remaining ~500 bytes. IIRC, the "faulty wiring simulator" used the better part of an attiny13 all by itself. One of the things I did with it was to give it fading aftershocks... pick a random brightness then some short random delays then "aftershock" at half the original brightness, then a quarter, then an eighth... Anyway, I was mostly just listing off the silly things I'd use the tiny85's space for instead of, you know, anything useful.

Yea, haven't looked at C lib rand() code support in a long time, but thought it was fairly big. Goin from 4GB embedded panel displays @work to 8KB MCU's is a little rough, and 8KB is a huge MCU smile

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Haha that smoke remark makes me want a pouch like that Wink

Yes this droptest was a thing on the checklist
Hope we get the prototypes soon, they are good and can be labelled “sample” and a go can be given!

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Drop testing? I smell production hiding just around the corner Big Smile

Finances have been weird here but I might be able to get a second one in a week or two if things keep going as they currently are. And I’m not the strobe fan-boy. I can tolerate them as long as they are so well hidden that I can’t find them unintentionally Silly Liking the aftermarket pouches shown. Liking the “smoke grenade” nomenclature even more because this light is going to ‘smoke’ almost every other stock light Crazy

So are we still at the original price point ($40+ 10%)? I read some discussion earlier that it might go higher (and I’ve read every post in this thread which is why the “reads” are up). Most of the relevant discussion here has been well worth reading and many of the points brought up have been enlightening- the depth of thought found here on BLF is amazing. The irrelevant discussion has been entertaining as well.

I believe that everything has it’s place, and I believe the Q8 is going to find it’s place alongside the BLF A6, X5, M24, and B158 as a milestone of flashlight design and performance. Just gotta love it!

Phil

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The Miller wrote:
Dimking wrote:
How about alarm clock mode? Like, tap-tap-tap (number of flashes) tap-tap-tap (after number of hours)

There are wake up alarms that slowly light up the room, I read it works great and people love it.
Heheh Tom when you move to a MCU with more coding space
Quadruple click and hold -> enter wake up alarm setting -> click number of hours
Light ramps up in 15 minutes
Heheh

Good news we received the droptest video!
Can’t wait to share it, will do it on my YouTube channel is gonna be the first video there.


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And to be CLEAR, I’m not suggesting including this in the Q8!

It could be interesting to have a flashlight that could be used as a timed beacon. Wake me up in N hours, or a flashlight tag base camp. Switch to timed beacon mode, light starts blinking, turn light off after N blinks. Light goes out for a few seconds, then blinks back N blinks to double check. After N units of time (hours or half hours probably) the light comes back on. Does it ramp up from min to max or just go straight to a level?

Thoughts?

Very excited to see the drop test, doing it with cells in makes me think they were pretty confident. After the first few drops I was chanting ‘open it, open it!’

The Miller, can you bump me from 2 light to 4 lights please?

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Nord wrote:
It’s always good practice to do drop testing in sandals

Lol, like an idiot, I dropped a brick on my little toe a 6 months ago. Broke my toe.

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anyone else see them switch the packages as he turned his back to the camera?
just kidding

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About the alarm clock thing, we don't have a RTC (Real Time Clock) or much equivalent, and for the timers we currently use, I think I'm seeing a hefty delta off of what I thought. I think I'll have to run some independent timer tests. We use two methods of timing: a roughly 16 msec interrupt, and a delay loop based on processor time to run a specific sequence of code. I'm suspecting the delay loop method doesn't take into account interrupt servicing, so the delays are longer than I think. Also, the 16 msec interrupt may be off as well (takes longer).

In the latest Narsil version, I introduced yet another interrupt handler for AtoD conversion (when the AtoD completes) for both temperature and battery voltage readings, code contributed by DEL, so this might be the cause, or part of the cause. With some of the slower blinks (like battery voltage or temp reading), the blink sequence is definitely slower compared to the old version, though the delays are coded the same.

Drop Test - I would love to see some close up pics of the light, and yes, taken apart, check those cells, etc. Need to examine:

  • glass lens - any damage?
  • batteries survive without nicks, dents, etc.
  • bezel - should be ok because of SS, but any other damage around it
  • tail - I'd expect some dents or something there. The tailcaps are pretty thin metal, certainly a weak point of the design.
  • springs - still in tact, functional
  • driver/contact ring area - if any damage
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Am I on everyones ‘ignore’ list?

Very excited to see the drop test, doing it with cells in makes me think they were pretty confident. After the first few drops I was chanting ‘open it, open it!’

The Miller, can you bump me from 2 light to 4 lights please?

NO NO, just that Dimking was not the first to talk about it and easier to get to quote made me quote that. Smile

Yeah I as totally surprised they turn it on after unpacking.

Yes will update list soon!

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Abqjohnny wrote:

anyone else see them switch the packages as he turned his back to the camera?
just kidding

I was thinking the same thing...

It would have been nice to see the package throughout the entire video.  ;)

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