[PART 1] Official BLF GT Group Buy thread. Group buy officially closed! Lights shipping.

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This is as far as beamshots go from the balcony, 125 meters to the other side of the square. I hope I did not wake anyone up Facepalm

I have time to do a proper throw reading some time next week. And perhaps real beamshots

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Well it seems that Santa was early in the Netherlands, because somebody rang my doorbell too. The pretty sturdy cardboard package was showing some signs of rough treatment, but that was all. And it was dry. On opening I noticed a minor ding on one of the cooling fins. But that was there before it went into the box, as there was no way that part of the head could get anywhere near the wall(s) of the box. BTW, because the staples are in the corners of the box(es), there was no danger of damaging the round item(s) inside.
So far so good. My 30Q’s are charging now. And then it’s time for some serious fooling around. Thanks, Team-Giggles!

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ok thanks for the info. How much will retail cost @?

Also, can you or anyone reading this, give me any knowledgable feedback on trying to pick out a good flashlight?

My friend has the Pelican 7060 which has a good throw and bright light (white I think at about 4k )

I saw the Pelican 7600 which is 2 1/2 times the lumen and I think the throw was better.

I like that they are rechargeable 18650 with USB, water proof IPX8, and I believe they use theX-ld latest, ?

I am a newbie and still trying to understand and determine a great light at a fair price.

I have some properties I manage with large yards that have little or no light.

Also want to get another one or 2 lites for my family to use.

What do u think is a great value light?

I also saw this on ebay  https://www.ebay.com/itm/152760115591?var=452491596544&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&fromMakeTrack=true

you cab pick different packages of the same light. china made and not sure of quality and how they will last?

 

thaks so much!!!!

Brenton

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brenton wrote:
I also saw this on ebay  https://www.ebay.com/itm/152760115591?var=452491596544&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&fromMakeTrack=true

you cab pick different packages of the same light. china made and not sure of quality and how they will last?


 


thaks so much!!!!

The name of the seller is easy to remember, since somebody once pointed out that it sounds like ‘Garbage’.

(there is no such thing as an 18650 battery with 6000mAh capacity – or any lights running on a Cree XM-L T6 emitter that put out thousands of lumens)

Sorry if I can’t be of more help, but maybe you could start a new thread asking for suggestions? There are many knowledgeable people on here who will be sure to help you.

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Guys, have we overloaded DHL with shipping of BLF GT? Cool

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cool i'll see you when you get there

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They even attempted to set the value at what some members requested to hopefully slip by customs without incurring extra fees.
I think they just found a new way to slip by customs for registered packages Evil

Maybe it is cammouflage , with poor cardboard boxes the custom think ‘ aiai, another shitload of Chinese piece of crap’ Facepalm

That’s pure genius! LOL
Maybe there over-did it a bit though…


Good morning!
I actually laughed on this, thanks hohoho!
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Thank you for responding. So is the brand Garberial not good? Again, newby question. thank you

I might have my info mixed up, but I was considering buying 3 lites and was looking at the pelican 7600 and was wondering if you or ANYONE on this thread, had any suggestions or a comprable light that might be even better than the 7600?

 

Thank you

Brenton

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brenton wrote:

Thank you for responding. So is the brand Garberial not good? Again, newby question. thank you


I might have my info mixed up, but I was considering buying 3 lites and was looking at the pelican 7600 and was wondering if you or ANYONE on this thread, had any suggestions or a comprable light that might be even better than the 7600?


 


Thank you


Convoy C8 is a good starting light.

Not a flashlight guru, but like them just the same.
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brenton wrote:

Thank you for responding. So is the brand Garberial not good? Again, newby question. thank you


I might have my info mixed up, but I was considering buying 3 lites and was looking at the pelican 7600 and was wondering if you or ANYONE on this thread, had any suggestions or a comprable light that might be even better than the 7600?


 


Thank you


Convoy C8 is a good starting light.

Not a flashlight guru, but like them just the same.
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brenton wrote:

Thank you for responding. So is the brand Garberial not good? Again, newby question. thank you


I might have my info mixed up, but I was considering buying 3 lites and was looking at the pelican 7600 and was wondering if you or ANYONE on this thread, had any suggestions or a comprable light that might be even better than the 7600?


 


Thank you

This is the BLF GT thread. If you go to http://budgetlightforum.com/forum/flashlights/general and then click on ‘New topic’, you can ask there and you’ll be far more likely to receive replies.

I wouldn’t trust any brand that claims their 18650 batteries have 6000mAh capacity (I think 3500mAh is still the maximum that’s possible), or who sell ‘Cree T6’ flashlights that allegedly put out 10,000 or 20,000 lumens. I doubt that the Cree XM-L T6 can be pushed much harder than about 1,000 lumens, and most of those cheap lights don’t even have genuine Cree LEDs, but inferior quality ones (‘LatticeBright’).

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Billy X wrote:
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They even attempted to set the value at what some members requested to hopefully slip by customs without incurring extra fees.
I think they just found a new way to slip by customs for registered packages Evil

You are right.It seems that they put a very poor packaging,so as the Customs officials believe that the included item is of low value. Smile
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[quote=brenton)
I have some properties I manage with large yards that have little or no light.[/quote]

How big are the yards ?
What do your family members want to use the lights for ?
The 2 above questions will determine what lights you need.
It could be that a flooder like the BLF designed Q8 would be better for lighting up the yards & a simple Convoy S2+ might be ideal for the family use, it all depends what the use is ?

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brenton wrote:

Thank you for responding. So is the brand Garberial not good? Again, newby question. thank you


I might have my info mixed up, but I was considering buying 3 lites and was looking at the pelican 7600 and was wondering if you or ANYONE on this thread, had any suggestions or a comprable light that might be even better than the 7600?


 


Thank you

This is the BLF GT thread. If you go to http://budgetlightforum.com/forum/flashlights/general and then click on ‘New topic’, you can ask there and you’ll be far more likely to receive replies.

I wouldn’t trust any brand that claims their 18650 batteries have 6000mAh capacity (I think 3500mAh is still the maximum that’s possible), or who sell ‘Cree T6’ flashlights that allegedly put out 10,000 or 20,000 lumens. I doubt that the Cree XM-L T6 can be pushed much harder than about 1,000 lumens, and most of those cheap lights don’t even have genuine Cree LEDs, but inferior quality ones (‘LatticeBright’).


@Brenton , Please seek purchase advice in a new thread, this is the GT Thread !!!
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Another shop, selling GT … !{width:70%}https://i.imgur.com/sLCucZe.png!

WOW!!! That is some price, if my currency converter I used is correct ZAR 8,999 would translate roughly into €625 / $767 ShockedShockedShocked

Grtz
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Arrived here as well! Horrible packaging with gaping holes, but no damage to the head or body.

https://imgur.com/a/E0FRW

And at maximum ramp level measured 4100K at a perfect tint of duv -0.0009.

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Maukka

I vote that for any other blf group buy that you are purchasing a light in, we make dang sure you get one of the very first lights. Your analytical capabilities are fantastic (just wish I could understand it all)

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Ok, I didn’t bother reading the last many pages as I saw it was mostly drama, remember, things get heated and the thread will be closed.

If there is something important that I need to see, please point it out to me.

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maukka wrote:
Arrived here as well! Horrible packaging with gaping holes, but no damage to the head or body.

https://imgur.com/a/E0FRW

And at maximum ramp level measured 4100K at a perfect tint of duv -0.0009.

Great, test, confirms my eyeball that the tint is really good for a 70CRI LED.

Have you tested it in turbo? I am guessing it will get a little cooler in full turbo.

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Didn’t test turbo.

I know the beam doesn’t converge when measuring at close distance, but for what it’s worth, I got 860kcd at 6.1 meters on the max ramp (6.1^2*23106 lx on the CRI measurement above). So even this close, it’d probably be around 1Mcd on turbo.

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Yep, those numbers sounds about right from my own testing as well. It generally takes about 20m to get the peak throw numbers and turbo will make a difference in meter readings.

I have had both of my GT’s in momentary mode the last few weeks, it is fun to just blast them.

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Maukka

I vote that for any other blf group buy that you are purchasing a light in, we make dang sure you get one of the very first lights. Your analytical capabilities are fantastic (just wish I could understand it all)

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Mine is doing 850kcd in turbo with 4 cells NCR18650B panasonics (not high amps) but thoigt it only draws 2A per battery? Or am I wrong? 

 

So max throw is only possible with 8 cells?

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Mine is doing 850kcd in turbo with 4 cells NCR18650B panasonics (not high amps) but thoigt it only draws 2A per battery? Or am I wrong? 


 


So max throw is only possible with 8 cells?


At what distance you have put the luxmeter?
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10 meters

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10 meters

Part of it is the distance but yes, with low drain cells like that and the higher then expected Vf of the LED (we have planned on 1V lower when designing the driver) it will fall out of regulation much faster then planned.

For best results try some high drain cells and put in 8 cells if you can and see if the readings improve.

With only 4 laptop cells (about the same quality as the ones you are using), I noticed I could not hit full 2.5A to the LED in my light.

With GA cells it worked fine though and 30Q worked even better for regulated runtimes.

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I have had both of my GT’s in momentary mode the last few weeks, it is fun to just blast them.

That’s the only way I’ll use it. Same thing with the D1S. That’s what throwers were made for.

Just got back inside from the first outside test and it’s a ridiculous beast. Good job GT team!

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My GT in two parts arrived yesterday, too. The performance is impressive and matches what has been seen on a bunch of beamshots. In total darkness with average visibility conditions I didn’t have enough distance to exceed the usable throw without moving further. Easily illuminated targets within 1 kilometer. Nice,team, manufacturer and other parties involved!

The minimalist packaging might be due to some shipping rate limits at 1 and 1.5 kg, as the boxes had Finnish Post measured weights of 1.47 and 0.99 kg. I don’t know why the original declaration says 0.5 kg for both but I guess some involved party on the way might not have a scale at their disposal. Smile

I was kind of scared to see the two balls of brown cardboard or toilet paper that had been submerged in water. Miraculously the window was not broken, and it appears others had the same result. Good job, I guess. The actual light arrived undamaged even if a bit dirty. A couple of scratches were to be expected from any mail shipment, to be honest.

If someone has one out of two missing, I got a theory. Finnish Posti decided to deliver the tube with batteries into my unattended mailbox while the headpiece was to be picked up from a post office. Obviously they are required to only hand out a registered package against signature and ID, but this worked out this time. In case it wouldn’t fit, the mailman would have to take it back and it could take a couple of days to show up again, especially when the box including the label could very well be ruined and unscannable. Don’t panic, but ask for the tracking data and if available, use it to search locally. You would not want it to be sent back in a week or two.

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What was funny is that the other tracking number didn’t show any movement via any tracking service between leaving the origin country and being available for pickup from the post office. The other package tracked fine all the way. Both arrived at the same time in the end.

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Picked up my GT this afternoon from the post office!
The boxes were very clean and undamaged, they only wrote my name on the side of the box with a marker so it was more easy to find between all the other packages.

Will try to post images later, did not even open it yet Cool

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a regular symptom of flasholism Big Smile

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