FW3A, a TLF/BLF EDC flashlight - SST-20 available, coupon codes public

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Completed review here: http://budgetlightforum.com/node/65619

Just got the light out of its box about an hour ago. Nothing alarming stands out from a quick test. Only preliminary numbers follow.

-This is the cool white XP-L HI version with frosted optics (2.8 cd/lm)
-Beam is very even in tint which isn’t surprising with the floody optics
-Measurements show a bit of green on lower modes, but nothing to worry about, visually it’s clean cool white and much better than most CRI90 219C
-Max output 2800 lumens with a 30Q (haven’t calibrated the temp sensor yet, steps down after about 15 seconds)
-Max throw 7800cd or 177m
-I like the 1+6+FET (edit: it’s 1+7+FET) three channel driver
-Default mode on smooth ramp is 1×7135 at 120 lumens.
-I would like to have the 1×7135 mode part of the default stepped ramp mode, 8×7135 is there as the highest before turbo
-Button top 30Q fits, but is a bit tight, springs are stiff, no damage but my button tops are very short
-Very nice tactile click to the switch. It always works even from the very edge so no precision required.

Output levels on the stepped ramp mode:
3.6 lumens
28 lm
78 lm
155 lm
315 lm
533 lm
825 lm (7×7135 8×7135)
2800 lm

I’ll try to finish the review this week, but as of now, I’m impressed.

Here’s some photos.

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Looking good!

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I'm currently on the list at 950 for one. I've decided I'd like two total, one of each emitter. (I will probably mod the one with emitters I like less!) 

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Nice Quick work Maukka, well done!

Nice looking light, no doubt about it…

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dealgrabber2002 wrote:
I wish there was an option for a pure white version. Not too fond of warm or neutral tint.
As far as I am concerned.. Neutral ‘should’ be “Pure White”, as close as possible; without adding warm or cool tints.

What about wait 10 minutes til your eyes do the automatic white balance thing? Wink

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wow great info, looks like this will be a very nice light for very little money.

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wow great info, looks like this will be a very nice light for very little money.

Hm, to me this is not very Lidl money.

I would rather call it: ……………. a relatively modest amount of money.

You are a flashaholic if you are forced to come out of the closet, to make room for more flashlights.

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[/quote]As far as I am concerned.. Neutral ‘should’ be “Pure White”, as close as possible; without adding warm or cool tints.[/quote]

My definition of pure white would be like a white piece of paper but I know the definition may vary.

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Great pics, cogs turning Wink Thumbs Up

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No snapped optic legs here…

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So, did Lumintop tell you when the light will be revealed/be able to buy?

I’ll be buying one the second it goes online.

My very own high current Beryllium Copper springs Gen 3:
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Also, could you check with a magnet if they are steel springs or not?

They look exactly like the BeCu spring from the GT Mini.

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What a lovely looking little light. Can’t wait to get mine.

When I put my name down for one, I didn’t choose the emitter. Do I need to say what I want now, or do I get given the choice once the group buy activates?

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Wow…. very nice!! Smile

Thank you for the detailed report & great pictures maukka. . Thumbs Up

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Very nice! Noob question: what does the “1” in “1+6+FET” represent?

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1×7135+6×7135+FET driver.

It’s a triple channel driver.

You can get very low moonlights with 1×7135 mode.

You can get an efficient 1000 lumen with 6×7135.

You can get max power with direct drive over the FET with 3000+ lumens of output.

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Ah gotcha, thanks! Beer

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I am on the list for 1. Can you update that to 3 with the LH351D.

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TK corrected me and said it’s actually 1+7+FET. Two chips on the other side.

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2 Questions for anyone able and willing:
1. Please forgive if this an ignorant question…..but as far as “modes” or “brightness levels”, does this go up to the 800 lumen range Maukka noticed and then it’s only the full on TURBO after that? Or is there ramping from the regulated 7×7135 mode up to the Turbo (ie. can we go up to say, 1400 lumens-ish or 2000 lumens-ish and stop there, without going all the way to turbo?) ?

In reading on Anduril on the OP page…it appears infinite variable brightness….but just wanted to make sure I wasn’t misunderstanding.

2. The optics. It appears there are several easy swapouts (some mentioned to be sold by MTN on a previous page here). Is it as easy as screwing off the bezel and swapping? Or is there glue or other tools involved?

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1. All of that is configurable. It’s just that the default stepped ramp mode goes up to the 800 lumens and to turbo from there with a double click.

2. Easy to swap MCPCB and LEDs or optics (Carclo), no glue.

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maukka wrote:
-Max throw 7800cd or 177m

Maukka, thanks for the analysis, and the good hard work you have contributed to this project!

I plan to purchase this version of the FW3A, but would like increase the throw. I get about 12000 cd from my current EDC Thorfire TG06S and would like to at least duplicate it with my new FW3A.

Approximately how much throw would be gained by going to a clear lens? Are there any other easy mods that would further increase the throw? Thanks!

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Shouldn’t turbo be closer to 3000lm though?
The lowest mode is approximately how low?
I hope the muggle mode goes up to the 7*7135 level.
Is the build quality of the D4 better?

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I’m down for one.

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Please count me in for one of each:

  • 1 XP-L HI
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I haven’t tested different optics with the XP-L HI yet, but will post numbers later with the 10507. You’ll probably gain about 20-40% more candela.

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ActiveAl wrote:

maukka wrote:
-Max throw 7800cd or 177m

Maukka, thanks for the analysis, and the good hard work you have contributed to this project!


I plan to purchase this version of the FW3A, but would like increase the throw. I get about 12000 cd from my current EDC Thorfire TG06S and would like to at least duplicate it with my new FW3A.


Approximately how much throw would be gained by going to a clear lens? Are there any other easy mods that would further increase the throw? Thanks!

With the narrow clear optic and the xpl-hi you should be able to hit 12,000 lux. Using SkyLumen specs his lights achieve 15,000 lux.

https://skylumen.com/collections/v54-lights/products/sl2

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DB Custom wrote:
I prefer an “A” or “D” as far as the black body Locus is concerned. Below or ideally, at, the line. But we seldom get our choice in these matters.

So I agree with Tom in the choice of a D, not in the choice of a 5. 2A or 3A would be my preference most of the time. I prefer white, no tint. No green or blue or purple or pink or orange or rose or brown, just white.

My Avatar is in color, by the way. 17 emitters, in moon mode. White. Or very close to it.

Same here, A and D. Didn’t realize that was a color pic. Very nice!

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