Mini MarkII Combo, TI Rainbow

27 posts / 0 new
Last post
nqcken
Offline
Last seen: 1 day 4 hours ago
Joined: 10/01/2012 - 18:45
Posts: 457
Location: NE
Mini MarkII Combo, TI Rainbow

This is one of those lights that was out of my budget but was really a dream of a flashlight. Heard about the clearance sale going on at 47s and man, they were half price, $42 for the kit that included battery, mag charger, light and etc. Just could not resist!

vwpieces
vwpieces's picture
Offline
Last seen: 1 day 19 hours ago
Joined: 07/17/2016 - 19:49
Posts: 1971
Location: PA, USA

Got a few FourSeven lights from the Clearance.
TI Mini MK II call it Lil Scrunchy
Cu Mini MK II Smoothie
And a Preon P1 Blue (its the Silver one with a 219B)
Love the Magnetic chargers too.

nqcken
Offline
Last seen: 1 day 4 hours ago
Joined: 10/01/2012 - 18:45
Posts: 457
Location: NE

The four sevens RCR123A is $9, any suggestions for a spare battery? The Fenix ARB-L16-700 16340 Battery looks good…

ken

RobertB
RobertB's picture
Offline
Last seen: 1 hour 12 min ago
Joined: 12/18/2015 - 17:49
Posts: 2714
Location: USA, Michigan

nqcken wrote:
The four sevens RCR123A is $9, any suggestions for a spare battery? The Fenix ARB-L16-700 16340 Battery looks good…

ken

I have several of these. Seem pretty good

vwpieces
vwpieces's picture
Offline
Last seen: 1 day 19 hours ago
Joined: 07/17/2016 - 19:49
Posts: 1971
Location: PA, USA

Only other 16340 I have are Old trustfire I got from DX many years ago. They are still going strong @ 700+ mAh. Kinda why I got the combo packs for the batts and always wanted one of those chargers.
I recently acquired a couple 16340 lights again after many years. Those 4-7, a Clone M3 I modded heavily and a Smini.

I am not a protected battery user. So from my quick search I would go for the $4 red Efest 700mAh sold by IMRbatteries, Li-IonWholesale or Mountainelectronics.com
you will need a button top for the mini MK II because those stupid plates they put on the driver outside the POS brass button contact.

In all honesty I am not at all impressed by FourSevens brand based on my experiences with these lights. If I had the option of satisfaction return policy the Ti and P1 would have been returned for manufacturing problems.

vwpieces
vwpieces's picture
Offline
Last seen: 1 day 19 hours ago
Joined: 07/17/2016 - 19:49
Posts: 1971
Location: PA, USA

Robert beat me to it… but we agree on the batt Thumbs Up

nqcken
Offline
Last seen: 1 day 4 hours ago
Joined: 10/01/2012 - 18:45
Posts: 457
Location: NE

vwpieces wrote:
Only other 16340 I have are Old trustfire I got from DX many years ago. They are still going strong @ 700+ mAh. Kinda why I got the combo packs for the batts and always wanted one of those chargers.
I recently acquired a couple 16340 lights again after many years. Those 4-7, a Clone M3 I modded heavily and a Smini.

I am not a protected battery user. So from my quick search I would go for the $4 red Efest 700mAh sold by IMRbatteries, Li-IonWholesale or Mountainelectronics.com
you will need a button top for the mini MK II because those stupid plates they put on the driver outside the POS brass button contact.

In all honesty I am not at all impressed by FourSevens brand based on my experiences with these lights. If I had the option of satisfaction return policy the Ti and P1 would have been returned for manufacturing problems.

what problems did you have?

nqcken
Offline
Last seen: 1 day 4 hours ago
Joined: 10/01/2012 - 18:45
Posts: 457
Location: NE

RobertB wrote:
nqcken wrote:
The four sevens RCR123A is $9, any suggestions for a spare battery? The Fenix ARB-L16-700 16340 Battery looks good…

ken

I have several of these. Seem pretty good

Thanks for the tip, will jump right on it.

ken

RobertB
RobertB's picture
Offline
Last seen: 1 hour 12 min ago
Joined: 12/18/2015 - 17:49
Posts: 2714
Location: USA, Michigan

vwpieces wrote:

In all honesty I am not at all impressed by FourSevens brand based on my experiences with these lights. If I had the option of satisfaction return policy the Ti and P1 would have been returned for manufacturing problems.

Whats the problem with the Ti?

vwpieces
vwpieces's picture
Offline
Last seen: 1 day 19 hours ago
Joined: 07/17/2016 - 19:49
Posts: 1971
Location: PA, USA

Threads on the head to body of the P1 were soo loose they were ready to strip or skip.
More bout that light here.

I call the TI Lil Scrunchy for a reason. I know TI threads are rough against each other but this one is impossible to use one handed. I have worked it with 800 grit Garnet lapping compound but still is pretty awful. The Ti threads should never have been sandblasted.
It is so rough that its impossible to get 10 quick contacts to get into mode changing.
The driver is glued in and the plates on the driver only allow button tops. The plates are prolly mechanical reverse polarity protection. Thats what diodes are for.
On both Ti and Copper MKII the lights will turn on when pressure is applied to the head. They need 1/2+ turn to be completely off. Makes one handed operation more difficult. Again better quality control on the thread cutting would easily make these 1/4 turn lights. Both lights have excessive play in the threads with head loosened. On a twisty head light the thread wear is going to be its life expectancy. Being that loose it is already half used.
However the loose threads on the Ti were what allowed me to get into config. I pressed the head down quickly to get it to change. Neither of my lights were set on mode 6. That suggests to me they are returns from other unhappy customers.

DB Custom
DB Custom's picture
Offline
Last seen: 25 min 44 sec ago
Joined: 01/13/2013 - 22:28
Posts: 18268
Location: Heart of Texas

vw, that magnetic charger is an Olight item, is it not?

Dale

vwpieces
vwpieces's picture
Offline
Last seen: 1 day 19 hours ago
Joined: 07/17/2016 - 19:49
Posts: 1971
Location: PA, USA

Has the square “O” logo of 4-7 etched in.
Don’t have the Olight, but best I can tell its the same maker.
I wanna drain a 30Q to see what charge rate is. I think the chargers are Neat.
Sadly the chargers tickle the flashaholic in me more than the lights I got.

RobertB
RobertB's picture
Offline
Last seen: 1 hour 12 min ago
Joined: 12/18/2015 - 17:49
Posts: 2714
Location: USA, Michigan
vwpieces wrote:
That suggests to me they are returns from other unhappy customers.

Certainly sounds like they were returns. Something like that isn’t worth the clearance discount

vwpieces
vwpieces's picture
Offline
Last seen: 1 day 19 hours ago
Joined: 07/17/2016 - 19:49
Posts: 1971
Location: PA, USA

Charging an HG2 with the magnetic, using 2 different cheapie USB meters, connected to a MPow QC 2.0 AC wart… Seems to hunt a bit at first, starting low about 120mA… 300mA and increases to about 700mA. After a few minutes it was steady 610mA. Pretty much same on a 30Q.

Just for giggles I connected it to an AA Alkaline. It was charging it at 120mA. So I guess its smart but not too smart to be useless.

charles lin
charles lin's picture
Offline
Last seen: 6 hours 13 min ago
Joined: 03/09/2016 - 17:08
Posts: 357
Location: SoCal, US

DB Custom wrote:
vw, that magnetic charger is an Olight item, is it not?

vwpieces wrote:
Has the square “O” logo of 4-7 etched in.
Don’t have the Olight, but best I can tell its the same maker.

Foursevens & Olight’s magnetic charger are the exact same. Foursevens is Olight’s subsidiary company. Olight board chairman is the owner of Foursevens.
vwpieces
vwpieces's picture
Offline
Last seen: 1 day 19 hours ago
Joined: 07/17/2016 - 19:49
Posts: 1971
Location: PA, USA
charles lin wrote:
Foursevens is Olight’s subsidiary company. Olight board chairman is the owner of Foursevens.

I had suspicions of Olight making these lights, or at least involved in some way. You answered that. Thank you.

CRX
CRX's picture
Online
Last seen: 11 min 47 sec ago
Joined: 04/02/2013 - 15:27
Posts: 2780
Location: Scotland

Could be why they were shifting all these at discount.

vwpieces wrote:
you will need a button top for the mini MK II because those stupid plates they put on the driver outside the POS brass button contact.

Those can usually be removed with a soldering iron.

tempo
Offline
Last seen: 4 hours 28 min ago
Joined: 06/28/2014 - 08:59
Posts: 471
RobertB wrote:
vwpieces wrote:
That suggests to me they are returns from other unhappy customers.

Certainly sounds like they were returns. Something like that isn’t worth the clearance discount


Most definitely they were returns.

Not buying.

Blackbeard
Blackbeard's picture
Offline
Last seen: 12 hours 48 min ago
Joined: 11/09/2017 - 23:12
Posts: 295

selling returns as new seems kinda shady, have a few 47’s lights but something didnt feel quite right about this sale and reading about the mode skipping issues with the mini turned me off

firedome
Offline
Last seen: 3 days 6 hours ago
Joined: 01/16/2016 - 05:45
Posts: 480
Location: Skagen - Denmark

I love this flashlight format. Unfortunately here in Europe it is difficult to find good prices in CR123.

So I will continue with the less compact ones in AA / 14500 for flexibility of rechargeable and non-rechargeable options.

“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.

-Plato

Blackbeard
Blackbeard's picture
Offline
Last seen: 12 hours 48 min ago
Joined: 11/09/2017 - 23:12
Posts: 295

he says “take on the baton”, and those boxes are identical to smini olight boxes, would be suprised if new owner wasnt olight. Have always liked my 47’s lights, sad to hear this

TDL
Offline
Last seen: 8 months 17 hours ago
Joined: 11/04/2017 - 18:49
Posts: 6
Location: La Chorrera, Panama

I have the standard aluminum version purchased when same just came out and the special edition titanium, rainbow PVD titanium and copper purchased recently. In my case the hardest to turn is the rainbow PVD despite spending over one hour doing cleaning over and over again. Improved little. This beautifull coating is effective but is also rather slippery, so that definitely makes it a two-hand operation, a big turn off for me in an EDC item. The bead blasted titanium one is the next less difficult to turn but it is still kind of hard. On the plus side this is very light and it is not slippery. The easiest to turn is the copper version which despite being the heaviest of all them is the one now in my pocket. All skip modes somehow but it does not bother me as much as the two-handed affair. Another issue that I find I do not like is the set up or configuration as it is kind of tricky to do for me. One day the aluminum version just fell off my hands on the concrete floor and that was all that was needed to change configuration automatically to another mode, which I did not expect nor wished. Took a lot of time and effort to figure it out to change it back. I really love the tints of the special editions specially in the bare titanium and the copper versions I received, a huge plus and motivating factor besides size for purchasing so many. True, a perfect flashlight will never exist, but these ones give plenty of lumens in a small package and I am glad I purchased same at those prices, as otherwise I could not have. I would just expect to have them in use for the next years, but of course only time will tell.

jon_slider
jon_slider's picture
Offline
Last seen: 26 min 8 sec ago
Joined: 09/08/2015 - 12:20
Posts: 1404
Location: Crowdifornia

nqcken wrote:
The four sevens RCR123A is $9, any suggestions for a spare battery? The Fenix ARB-L16-700 16340 Battery looks good…

congrats on your rainbow Ti score Smile
both are protected cells.. I like the USB version of the Fenix, also protected
https://www.fenixlighting.com/product/fenix-arb-l16-700u-built-in-usb-re...
RobertB wrote:
I have several of these. Seem pretty good

those are not protected, and the lights have no built in protection, so, a responsible user would need to monitor battery discharge. There is no Low voltage indicator on the Mini Mk2, otoh, there IS low voltage indicator on your Mi1c.. which means not having to open the light to check voltage.. I wish my Olight S Mini had low voltage indicator.

Using IMR in a Mini Mk2, or S Mini, or Klarus Mi1c won’t make any difference in brightness, since the modes are regulated afaik. With the possible exception of the Turbo mode, for a few seconds.. but for a user comfortable with IMR, both the Aspire and Keepower 1200 mAh models are available.. almost double the capacity of the other cells mentioned.

fwiw, the foursevens sale prices continue here:
https://www.ebay.com/sch/kingofsoles24/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_ipg=&_from=

I believe that is a former foursevens employee who is selling off the unsold stock from the business.. I also believe he wears a size 11.5 shoe :-). I don’t know what size David Chow wears, but that seller is located just 30 miles from the foursevens mailing address.. hmmm

vwpieces wrote:
Cu Mini MK II

nice one!
TDL
Offline
Last seen: 8 months 17 hours ago
Joined: 11/04/2017 - 18:49
Posts: 6
Location: La Chorrera, Panama

Thanks for the latest update. I purchased my mkII raw copper version in that ebay store and also a quark QP2L-X as replacement of one that I sadly lost a few weeks ago. Both packages came sealed and brand new just as it was done at the 47s web page. Shipping charges were reasonable.

jon_slider
jon_slider's picture
Offline
Last seen: 26 min 8 sec ago
Joined: 09/08/2015 - 12:20
Posts: 1404
Location: Crowdifornia

because I like to post pics (not my lights), Maratac and Mini Mk2

these are mine, S Mini and Maratac

now Im tempted by the Mi1c copper.. anybody with all 3 of the CR123 copper lights mentioned, care to share a pic of their beams? Or do I have to just buy them all myself.. lol

Imo they are all made by Olight, and share some but not all features.. each has different modes for example, two out of 3 have TIR lenses.. only the Mi1c has low voltage indicator..

aginthelaw
aginthelaw's picture
Offline
Last seen: 1 hour 12 min ago
Joined: 09/30/2014 - 21:31
Posts: 553
Location: noo joisey
TDL wrote:
Thanks for the latest update. I purchased my mkII raw copper version in that ebay store and also a quark QP2L-X as replacement of one that I sadly lost a few weeks ago. Both packages came sealed and brand new just as it was done at the 47s web page. Shipping charges were reasonable.

You’re supposed to give details as to where it was lost just in case one of us happens to be in the area with a metal detector. My mom was born in Colon. Her parents worked on the army base there. Welcome to the forum

never fear shadows…it means a light shines nearby

jon_slider
jon_slider's picture
Offline
Last seen: 26 min 8 sec ago
Joined: 09/08/2015 - 12:20
Posts: 1404
Location: Crowdifornia

btw, countycomm is out of CR123 sized battery lockers, so I tried a Pico Pull XL for my 16340 cells.. works great!

costs real money, very snug fit, have to slap my hands together to get the cell out.. but its a winner!