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One for me pls Big Smile Thank you!

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I love the look of this light. Is there any reason that a double-walled design was chosen instead of putting the driver board in the tail of the light? It seems like that would make the construction simpler and cheaper, as well as making it easy to make a version for an 18350 or 18500 cell, but I could be missing something obvious.

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bmengineer wrote:
I love the look of this light. Is there any reason that a double-walled design was chosen instead of putting the driver board in the tail of the light? It seems like that would make the construction simpler and cheaper, as well as making it easy to make a version for an 18350 or 18500 cell, but I could be missing something obvious.

That’s a neat idea

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You can’t place the driver in the tail because you still need two wires from the driver to the led in advanced drivers.

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You can’t place the driver in the tail because you still need two wires from the driver to the led in advanced drivers.

that makes sense… is the second wire for the thermal sensor?

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It’s running Anduril, with some features being decided by discussion and votes.
I’ve been using Andúril since ToyKeeper released it back in September.

I’m running it on three Q8s, three Emisars, a modded EagleEye X6R, and a modded Meteor.

Andúril is, by far, my favorite flashlight UI. Love

The FW3A seems like an amazing flashlight for the price. I’m on the list for two.

For non-modders, the FW3A is worth getting just to experience Andúril! Party

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Blink vote: ABD.

I’d like to disable ramp memory, and have it start at 150lm like the D4 after tailcap reset.

Dead simple muggle mode.

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bmengineer wrote:
I love the look of this light. Is there any reason that a double-walled design was chosen instead of putting the driver board in the tail of the light?

Some reasons:

  • The thermal sensor is built into the tiny85, so it needs to be as close to the emitters as possible.
  • It would need a double-walled design (or an extra wire) either way. The driver needs access to both BAT+ and BAT-, even when the LED power is switched off.
  • It’s kind of standard for flashlights to have the driver in the head end instead of the tail.
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bmengineer wrote:
I love the look of this light. Is there any reason that a double-walled design was chosen instead of putting the driver board in the tail of the light?

Some reasons:

  • The thermal sensor is built into the tiny85, so it needs to be as close to the emitters as possible.
  • It would need a double-walled design (or an extra wire) either way. The driver needs access to both BAT+ and BAT-, even when the LED power is switched off.
  • It’s kind of standard for flashlights to have the driver in the head end instead of the tail.

Ah, got it. Thanks for teaching me!

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Not sure if I was added last time but I’m interested in one unit

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Mudpie86 wrote:
Not sure if I was added last time but I’m interested in one unit

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Please add me to the interested list.

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I want one as well! Just went through 81 pages to be up to speed on the project!

There’s no replacement for displacement.

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Wow, 81 pages is a lot… it takes a while to read 2423 posts!

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Also, I just realized that, despite being ~75% caught up, I’m still 122 pages behind on the BLF GT thread. Crying

That “mark as read” button sure looks nice right now.

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ToyKeeper wrote:
Also, I just realized that, despite being ~75% caught up, I’m still 122 pages behind on the BLF GT thread. Crying

That “mark as read” button sure looks nice right now.

I am 240 POSTS back on the GT thread as I am posting:
I would say you can hit the button.

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joechina wrote:
ToyKeeper wrote:
Also, I just realized that, despite being ~75% caught up, I’m still 122 pages behind on the BLF GT thread. Crying

That “mark as read” button sure looks nice right now.

I am 240 POSTS back on the GT thread as I am posting:
I would say you can hit the button.

Many (hundreds) of those posts can easily be summed up in a few sentences. Turns out there are some shipping issues to certain countries. There is no clear information as to the cause and what the possible solutions are. There is lots of speculation and venting. In the meantime TA and the GT team are holding it together like the Queen’s Guard.

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ToyKeeper wrote:
Also, I just realized that, despite being ~75% caught up, I’m still 122 pages behind on the BLF GT thread. Crying

That “mark as read” button sure looks nice right now.


Yeah, it’s nutty over there. If you ever become a part of a group buy, make sure you limit yourself to a small section, like software development, etc… Don’t get in a position where you have to read every post.

It’s hard to believe The Miller was working 3 group buys at once. I think it got to be too much for him.

One group buy is becoming too much for me. Silly

I’m not sure who is currently running things on the FW3A GB. Can anyone list the Team Members in charge of the FW3A project?

My Convoy L6 thread with XHP70.2, Texas Avenger FET driver, Narsil v1.2 ramping firmware, lighted side switch and cut down SMO reflector. Lots of amp draws on stock driver as well. 

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All caught up. I’m glad the FW3A thread is easier to keep up with though. Let’s keep it that way.

I’ve been using the FW3A for several weeks now, and I really like it. The tail e-switch gives the ergonomics of a clicky tail switch but with extra functionality. The body’s slim waist makes it comfortable to hold and easier to clip onto things. Its lumen output spans five orders of magnitude for all occasions. The firmware/UI is how I like it, without really having to make any significant compromises. There are little things to improve in the next prototype, but overall I really don’t have much to complain about.

My other lights (especially 1×18650) have been lonely ever since the FW3A showed up. About the only other light I’ve used lately is a BLF Q8, and that’s because its diffuser works really well with candle mode. I’m hoping I can find a diffuser wand for the FW3A too.

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JasonWW wrote:
I’m not sure who is currently running things on the FW3A GB. Can anyone list the Team Members in charge of the FW3A project?

Oh, um, we’ll probably make a team account at some point, and chown the thread. There just hasn’t been a huge need for it yet, since production is still probably months away. There are still several things which need to be done before then… off the top of my head:

  • Host design needs some updates and at least one more set of prototypes.
  • Some internals need adjustment, like the brand of 7135 chips.
  • Emitter type needs to be decided.
  • I should probably finish the firmware.
  • Lumintop is busy with other projects.
  • Figure out logistics for purchases and shipping and such.
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ToyKeeper wrote:
JasonWW wrote:
I’m not sure who is currently running things on the FW3A GB. Can anyone list the Team Members in charge of the FW3A project?

Oh, um, we’ll probably make a team account at some point, and chown the thread. There just hasn’t been a huge need for it yet, since production is still probably months away. There are still several things which need to be done before then… off the top of my head:

  • Host design needs some updates and at least one more set of prototypes.
  • Some internals need adjustment, like the brand of 7135 chips.
  • Emitter type needs to be decided.
  • I should probably finish the firmware.
  • Lumintop is busy with other projects.
  • Figure out logistics for purchases and shipping and such.

Agree with team account!! When the project gets on full speed, if The Miller keeps absent, it will be good to have several members that can pass “structured” information to the interested members!

BTW, this is the list on post #1. Probably it needs to be updated.

The Miller wrote:
Team:

Fritz15, design

Tommy TLF, general TLF communication

DEL, driver

Tom, driver and Narsil

MRsDNF, general communication China time zone

The Miller, general BLF communication

And I would add a pepinfaxera as part of the team – if he agrees to!!! – , because of the efforts done so far in keeping the list updated and verified!! He deserves an honorable mention on this too!

But, each thing at its time Wink

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All caught up. I’m glad the FW3A thread is easier to keep up with though. Let’s keep it that way.

I’ve been using the FW3A for several weeks now, and I really like it. The tail e-switch gives the ergonomics of a clicky tail switch but with extra functionality. The body’s slim waist makes it comfortable to hold and easier to clip onto things. Its lumen output spans five orders of magnitude for all occasions. The firmware/UI is how I like it, without really having to make any significant compromises. There are little things to improve in the next prototype, but overall I really don’t have much to complain about.

My other lights (especially 1×18650) have been lonely ever since the FW3A showed up. About the only other light I’ve used lately is a BLF Q8, and that’s because its diffuser works really well with candle mode. I’m hoping I can find a diffuser wand for the FW3A too.

Two questions for you:
What are the differences between Anduril and Narsil?
What diffuser are you using for your Q8? (got one made for Fenix but it sits really loose. One medium shake and it comes off.)

Dang now I’m thinking about milkshakes haha.

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MascaratumB wrote:
This is the list on post #1. Probably it needs to be updated.

The Miller wrote:
Team:

Fritz15, design

Tommy TLF, general TLF communication

DEL, driver

Tom, driver and Narsil

MRsDNF, general communication China time zone

The Miller, general BLF communication

And I would add a pepinfaxera as part of the team – if he agrees to!!! – ,

Thank you very much
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I would happily accept,
I would accept,
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@TK
For a lamp with a LED in the switch:
Has Andúril also the temporary off for the switch LED, like the Q8?
(From OFF, a quick ON and OFF).

I use this constantly with my Q8. I like the normal behaviour of the switch LED, but when I put the Q8 on the shelf I also like to switch the Led off.

Edit: Can you add this please?

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MascaratumB wrote:

The Miller wrote:
Team:

Fritz15, design

Tommy TLF, general TLF communication

DEL, driver

Tom, driver and Narsil

MRsDNF, general communication China time zone

The Miller, general BLF communication



Ah, there we go. Somehow I missed this when I scanned post #1.

Are Tommy and Fritz15 mainly working on the design over at TLF?

My Convoy L6 thread with XHP70.2, Texas Avenger FET driver, Narsil v1.2 ramping firmware, lighted side switch and cut down SMO reflector. Lots of amp draws on stock driver as well. 

My Supfire L5-S thread with XHP70, Texas Avenger FET driver, NarsilM v1.0 ramping firmware and lighted side switch. My mini L6! 

9 NarsilM user videos including GT 

Texas_Ace BLF Calibrated Lumen tube

 

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joechina wrote:
Has Andúril also the temporary off for the switch LED, like the Q8?
(From OFF, a quick ON and OFF).
No, Andúril doesn’t currently behave like that.
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Illumenated wrote:
What are the differences between Anduril and Narsil?

Quite a few. The general concept is the same, smooth ramp plus mode group plus extras, but beyond that it’s pretty different. The code is completely new from scratch, ramping and mode group share a single UI, the mode group uses whatever parameters you want, the blinkies are more numerous and adjustable, thermal regulation is faster and too smooth to see, config options are mostly attached to the modes they affect instead of being all in one place, etc.

More information is in the FSM thread.

Illumenated wrote:
What diffuser are you using for your Q8?

Dale sent me one made by ZozzV6. I don’t really know the details, but Zozz would. It’s a very tight fit; I actually had to sand it town a little to make it easier to put on.

joechina wrote:
Has Andúril also the temporary off for the switch LED, like the Q8?
(From OFF, a quick ON and OFF).

I use this constantly with my Q8. I like the normal behaviour of the switch LED, but when I put the Q8 on the shelf I also like to switch the Led off.

The switch LED has three states — high, low, and off. During use (when the main emitters are on), it runs at high or low to match the brightness of the main emitters. While off, the switch LED uses user config values to decide what to do:

  • Regular “off” mode: High, low, or off.
  • Lockout mode: High, low, or off.
  • Other modes with an “off” state (momentary, muggle): Currently just off. (might change)

To change the switch LED config, go to lockout mode. It then has a few available actions:

  • Click or hold: Momentary moon.
  • Two clicks or click, hold: Momentary moon.
  • Three clicks: Change lockout mode switch brightness.
  • Click, click, hold: Change regular “off” mode switch brightness. Let go when it reaches the desired level.
  • Four clicks: Exit lockout mode.

So… if you want the switch to stay on most of the time (while off) but want it to turn off sometimes, you could set regular “off” to “low” and set lockout-mode “off” to “off”. Then simply lock the light with 4 clicks when you want the switch to turn off.

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Sign me up for one. Thanks.

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Hi guys

In for two.

Thanks

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ToyKeeper wrote:
Illumenated wrote:
What diffuser are you using for your Q8?

Dale sent me one made by ZozzV6. I don’t really know the details, but Zozz would. It’s a very tight fit; I actually had to sand it town a little to make it easier to put on.

It is probably this: A 3D printed one

http://budgetlightforum.com/comment/1220849#comment-1220849

You can google: q8 thingiverse
You will find a diffuser but not this one.

BTW: The thread “What did you mod today” is one off the few which is worth to be read from the beginning
http://budgetlightforum.com/node/43980
(And make notes while reading you won’t find it again)

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