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JasonWW wrote:
Toykeeper, could you maybe put your beam shot comparisons of the different lenses, or a link to them, somewhere in the beginning of the thread? That way people can find them easily.

Sorry, I can’t find the post. I’m pretty sure it was you. Maybe it was someone else. I remember they were like backyard night shots showing the hotspot size and amount of spill light.

I think that was different emitters, not lenses.

The video you quoted is fine for showing the smoothness and edges of the beam but it doesn’t portray what happens at several meters. The 10511 gets pretty wide and doesn’t show a strong hot spot like it does in this short distance.

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The glass covering in a flashlight that protects scratching of the optic or reflector and allows for protection from water and dust ingress is a lens, simple as that. Anyone arguing this is a troll. Silly

Edit: Of course nothing is simple and depending on how technical one wishes to go there are variables, but in ordering a replacement for your flashlight it will be called a lens. Wink

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contactcr wrote:

I think that was different emitters, not lenses.

It was a while back, so I can’t be sure. I seem to recall the different amounts of spill light, though.

Maybe someone has some beam shots of just the different lenses to give us an idea of the differences.

I’ll probably keep the frosted lens. My previous lights had clear optics and I never liked the lack of spill light from them. I prefer a reflector type beam pattern and the frosted 10511 seems very similar to that.

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DB Custom wrote:
The glass covering in a flashlight that protects scratching of the optic or reflector and allows for protection from water and dust ingress is a lens, simple as that. Anyone arguing this is a troll. Silly

He said “ingress”. No correcting that! Well played DB…well played. Big Smile

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DB Custom wrote:
The glass covering in a flashlight that protects scratching of the optic or reflector and allows for protection from water and dust ingress is a lens, simple as that. Anyone arguing this is a troll. Silly

I don’t think anyone was calling the glass part an optic.

We are just saying there are two lenses. Both the glass part and the molded plastic part can be called a lens.

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Well, they can be called toast if things go awry, but the people that make them call them optics… this is because they are computer designed to align the transmittance of the lights rays, guiding the egress of photons to a predetermined focus… hence, optics through reflective manipulation.

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g_damian wrote:
Why 7135s on the driver in maukka’s picture are in such unusual position? AFAIK it’s not good for heat dissipation.

What do you mean? The way I understood it, the driver has eight 7135 regulators in total – there is only limited space available on the PCB so six of those are located at the bottom (spring side) of the double-sided PCB. Where else would you put them?
They don’t actually dissipate all that much power – when all eight are 100% on, I’d assume the driver dissipating around 2.5 W total (worst case) when the battery is at 4.2 V.

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Lens, window, now optic. I hope this doesn’t drive the price up.

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chadvone wrote:
Lens, window, now optic. I hope this doesn’t drive the price up.

Shouldn’t do, as there will just be the plastic optic and glass window, no lens so we’re saving on that LOL
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chadvone wrote:
Lens, window, now optic. I hope this doesn’t drive the price up.

TIR lens is $30
TIR optic is $35

choose wisely ;D

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Streamtronics wrote:
g_damian wrote:
Why 7135s on the driver in maukka’s picture are in such unusual position? AFAIK it’s not good for heat dissipation.

What do you mean? The way I understood it, the driver has eight 7135 regulators in total – there is only limited space available on the PCB so six of those are located at the bottom (spring side) of the double-sided PCB. Where else would you put them?
They don’t actually dissipate all that much power – when all eight are 100% on, I’d assume the driver dissipating around 2.5 W total (worst case) when the battery is at 4.2 V.


What is probably meant is that the 7135 chips are orientated 90 degrees different from usual, what makes the thermal pads not facing the ground ring anymore and thus the heat has a worse path to the flashlight body.

Those 7135 chips are pretty tough though and I expect that they can handle this.

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chadvone wrote:
Lens, window, now optic. I hope this doesn’t drive the price up.
It won’t… SmileNothing ever changed in reality. Big Smile

Lens, as in; my FW3A will have an AR coated lens.

Window, as in; my house & car both have windows.

Optic, as in; my FW3A will have a Carlco 10511 optic.

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Anyone have a photo or video comparison of the 2 emitters being used? Would be nice to compare side by side.

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Is it too early to say, “oooohhh imagine how nice a FW3A in 26650 format with a quad would be….”

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Is it too early to say, “oooohhh imagine how nice a FW3A in 26650 format with a quad would be….”

Yup, so early as to say “how nice it is in the 18350 format” Big Smile

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When it’s ready, how do we purchase this? Aliexpress?

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Streamtronics wrote:
chadvone wrote:
Lens, window, now optic. I hope this doesn’t drive the price up.

TIR lens is $30
TIR optic is $35

choose wisely ;D

Hoping someone post some beam shots before I decide Thumbs Up

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I’m down for 1 XP-L

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ToyKeeper wrote:
I  I might set up a Patreon account or something. If I do though, I want to make it clear that it’s just me, not a team thing. I don’t know if I could send money to Fritz if I tried, nor do I know if he would want me to. Past attempts to do a team-funding thing haven’t really gone well either, so any donation thingies will probably be done on an individual basis with no illusion that it’s for everyone.

ToyKeeper, I would like to donate a small gift to show my appreciation. Where do I send it? Thanks. 

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dealgrabber2002 wrote:
When it’s ready, how do we purchase this? Aliexpress?

No i think through Neal again, gt mini worked so atleast. ali is never used for group buys here.

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Nice pictures Maukka.

It looks cold where you are. LOL

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Looks like Iowa. Thank you.

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Great shots. They make me miss the snow, for a minute.

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Maukka! Very nice beam shots and comparison! It’s really cool to open both pictures and click back and forth in full screen to compare….so cool to watch the minute differences in shadows etc. Looks as though the D4 beam is ever so slightly wider, which makes sense…but not much wider. Unless the angle of the lights was just a touch different when pics were taken (can see shadow of small twig on lower right in foreground move up and back just a bit…like the D4 was just an inch or 2 more forward than the FW….but again..probably just the wider beam of the D4).

I’m babbling…sorry…again…THANK YOU! Very nice shots and comparison.

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chadvone wrote:
Streamtronics wrote:
chadvone wrote:
Lens, window, now optic. I hope this doesn’t drive the price up.

TIR lens is $30
TIR optic is $35

choose wisely ;D

Hoping someone post some beam shots before I decide Thumbs Up

I was joking lol, based on the discussion on what to call the Carclo and the glass pane in front of it… it was always planned to have a triple Carclo TIR optic and a glass window/lens in front for protection. So no, none of this discussion would drive the price up

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cabfrank wrote:

Great shots. They make me miss the snow, for a minute.

Snow is proof that where you are is too darn cold!  ;)

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That is a very good way to put it. Been there, done that.

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