FW3A, a TLF/BLF EDC flashlight

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Streamtronics wrote:
In the OP it says “current status: anodization is dark gray”… now, I can’t speak for others of course, but to me dark gray would be something like graphite (or maybe a bit lighter than that) – in the pics it looks like it’s closer to silver, kinda like a middle gray actually lol.

Did you swap in clear optics btw? Or did yours not come with a frosted medium spot?

We asked for dark grey, though what I received is more of what I’d call a medium grey. I think it still looks good though, even though it’s a bit lighter than expected.

I don’t have any 10511 optics right now, but I ordered some. So I’ve been using the two closest until then — 10508 and 10507. Those are what I have in the pictures.

cabfrank wrote:
What really has me excited is seeing it next to the SK-68, and realizing it uses an 18650. It almost seems like magic.

I know, right? I’m not sure if the SK-68 is as widely-known these days as it used to be, but it was a lot of people’s first modern LED light… and the FW3A is almost exactly the same size. But the FW3A puts out about 50 times as much light, has 5X as much battery capacity, has a much nicer general-purpose beam, and has feature-rich firmware instead of just 1-mode or high-low-strobe.

mortuus wrote:
but which color will we get, the darker or the lighter one ?

Darker.

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On mine, it was ~4000K, like a 5A or 5D tint.

4000K is my preference, and the 219B is still one of the top two nicest tints in that temp. The 219B is extremely consistent in my experience, and all the XPL-HI 4000K I’ve used have been slightly better or just slightly worse.

In this case, it actually makes my 219B-4000K light look slightly green. It’s quite rosy. That’s just about right for me though.

Maybe after the initial batches are done, they could make a 5A-tint XP-L HI model. Or SST-20. Or whatever else people want. For now though, I just want to get the original project done.

Boaz wrote:
Does the FW3A have flashes in the ramping to tell you when you hit full output or at the top of the 7135’s.

There was a poll about this a while back, basically yes/no for each optional “blip” in the ramp, and I went with whichever ones had more yays than nays. IIRC, that worked out to 1×7135, 8×7135, and ramp ceiling. But in the default config, those last two are the same.

I’ve been tempted to turn off the blips entirely, and have turned them off in the builds for some other lights, but the FW3A is still configured according to the poll results.

I’m just curious about the “blips”…

For now, which flashlights with Anduril have that blip? and which don’t?

I think the BLF Q8 and Sofirn Q8, Emisar D4S has that blip to signify crossing-over from the fully-regulated to partly-FET-driven mode.
But I don’t think I noticed a ‘blip’ on the Fireflies PL47 or E07.
Is that right?

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Is that right?

Yes, I think so.

The “blip” simply turns off the emitters for 8ms when it passes a specific level.

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Joined BLF because I saw this linked on Reddit

Doh! Reddit swoops in again at the last minute. Silly

I knew it was just a matter of time.

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In for 2

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I wish I only discovered this thread today. It would be much more exciting!

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I wish I only discovered this thread today. It would be much more exciting!

And fill your weekend nicely.
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TK, that button effect is simply from the circular machining marks, it’s present on virtually every flat surface machined true on a lathe. Depends a lot on the feed rate but yeah, see it all the time cutting ends of bar stock on the lathe. Wink

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I’m in for one! XP-L HI please

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DB Custom wrote:
TK, that button effect is simply from the circular machining marks, it’s present on virtually every flat surface machined true on a lathe. Depends a lot on the feed rate but yeah, see it all the time cutting ends of bar stock on the lathe. Wink

Sure know how to explain the magic out of her discovery! Humbug!

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FYI-

Per post #6622, I’d like to up my requested number of lights, but don’t see that the list has my updated info on it. If it’s simply not been updated yet, please excuse my paranoia.

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I did an oopsie doopsie and psoted in the wrong thread Oops

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IndyArcher wrote:
Per post #6622, I’d like to up my requested number of lights, but don’t see that the list has my updated info on it. If it’s simply not been updated yet, please excuse my paranoia.

I try not to update the list more than once per week, and the last update was only two days ago. The timestamp at the top of post #4 shows when it was last updated.

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DB Custom wrote:
TK, that button effect is simply from the circular machining marks, it’s present on virtually every flat surface machined true on a lathe. Depends a lot on the feed rate but yeah, see it all the time cutting ends of bar stock on the lathe. Wink

A flower is simply the effect of rearranging some of the chemicals in dirt into a different form, and people see them all the time… but I still like to stop and smell them. Wink

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ToyKeeper wrote:
IndyArcher wrote:
Per post #6622, I’d like to up my requested number of lights, but don’t see that the list has my updated info on it. If it’s simply not been updated yet, please excuse my paranoia.

I try not to update the list more than once per week, and the last update was only two days ago. The timestamp at the top of post #4 shows when it was last updated.

Thanks, TK.

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ToyKeeper wrote:

A flower is simply the effect of rearranging some of the chemicals in dirt into a different form, and people see them all the time… but I still like to stop and smell them. Wink
So very well said & true. If we don’t take time to smell the flowers in lifes journey…. we truly miss a lot. . Wink . Thumbs Up

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BTW, Bluzie received a FW3A sample too, and posted about it on TLF.

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TK, thanks for the link to TLF, this will give me a nice excuse to try Google Translate from my laptop.

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From TLF review “The VTC5A does not work in my lamp”

does this concern anyone?

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chadvone wrote:
From TLF review “The VTC5A does not work in my lamp”

does this concern anyone?

Guessing it does not fit???
No concern here, there are plenty that will work/fit. Thumbs Up

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chadvone wrote:
From TLF review “The VTC5A does not work in my lamp”

does this concern anyone?


It’s odd because he used a unprotected flat top which should be 65mm long. The 30Q should be 64.9mm long. The FW3A has springs on both ends. In theory it should work.

False alarm. It seems the driver is not positioned corectly.

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^^ I could not see much difference in the photos. Looks like it should work. Photos look like the VTC5 has longer nipple.

IDK> Would like to know more about it. Maybe it was just his sample??

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chadvone wrote:
From TLF review “The VTC5A does not work in my lamp”

does this concern anyone?

Yes, but the issue isn’t really about the battery… Bluzie seems to have gotten one with the same driver fit issues I had, and I’m pretty sure that’s the source of the problem(s).

I sent quite a bit of detail to Neal, and mostly just need to wait for him to work things out with Lumintop.

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I would like to purchase 2 lights.

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noobi3st wrote:
Joined BLF because I saw this linked on Reddit and it fits everything I’ve been wanting in an EDC light. In for one!

Same. Light looks awesome — count me in for one!

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Just want to make sure I’m still on the list. I originally signed up for 3 then later canceled 2 but I’m only able to find the two cancelations listed.
I do still want one light, am I still down for one?

Edit: 1406 is still there. Thanks!

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