Anything better than the BLF A6?

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Anything better than the BLF A6?

I’m not a frequent follower of this forum, but I’ve bought three BLF A6s over the past few years and love them. It’s the best flashlight I’ve ever owned. I’m thinking of buying another one, but I thought I’d ask here first…. is there anything else I should look at that’s comparable or better that’s come out in the past couple of years?

What I like about the BLF A6: power, beam color, beam width, moonlight mode with progressive brightness, non-anodized color is my favorite.

What I don’t like: Doesn’t last very long on turbo, but that’s not a deal killer.

So, what else should I consider? I don’t mind paying $10-$20 more, but I’m not going into the Streamlight/Surefire price range.

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Finding anything near the same price point as the A6 or its (Astrolux) clones means finding a similar ‘Labor of Love’ born without any financial R&D expenses.

If the same talent and devotion could be happily harbored in a venture capital enterprise, bean-counters would likely have nixed the project before fruition, and the Q8 never conceived.

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You’re not going to find very many stock lights that offer the same kind of power that the BLF A6 offers. It’s a fet+1 (7135) driven light. It’s gives you a nice moon light and a very nice turbo. Most other lights are mainly built with power regulation in mind. If you’re wanting a light that’s got the power of the A6 or more…your best bet is to either build one or have someone build one for you.

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“Anything better than the BLF A6?”

2x BLF A6’s

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Loved the A6 but the threads are terrible, convoy s2 much better.

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Convoy S2+, stock driver with 8*7135 will give you more runtime. It could also be built with the same driver as the A6. The Convoy lights might be a little more durable!

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Maybe try this one…. http://www.banggood.com/BLF-X6-SE-V2-CREE-XPL-HI-1400LM-EDC-LED-Flashlight-18650-p-1031450.html?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_content=jason&utm_campaign=cbs-rm-dm-all&gclid=CK2BxdC-5dICFdi4wAodkPIISA

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mattjk, thanks for the information about the threads being terrible on the A6. i’ll go with the convoy s2.
thanks.

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That was 2 years ago i posted this, they may have improved since!

If i was looking for that size light now i would love to find a 21700 host that would support the A6 driver. (17mm)

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mattjk wrote:
Loved the A6 but the threads are terrible, convoy s2 much better.

 

I have never heard this claim before. Is this just your personal experience? The treads on all of my A6s are silky smooth.

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mattjk wrote:
That was 2 years ago i posted this, they may have improved since! If i was looking for that size light now i would love to find a 21700 host that would support the A6 driver. (17mm)

 

Excuse me, you just posted it. Are you talking out of the side of your neck?

Edited: Sorry, I didn't notice that this thread is actually two years old. Please forgive me.

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The threads on my A6 are fine, and they're the old version.

Having said that, the only flashlight I like more than my A6 is my Convoy S2+ triple, because it's a triple.

(I'm not a big fan of my regular S2's or S2+'s.)

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I’ve purchased four BLF A6’s from banggood. The first one was a couple of years ago, the last one was two months ago. The threads are smooth and good quality on all four.

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Yeah, I’ve got a couple of A6’s I bought within the last couple of years. Threads are nice.

But as with all lights, I always clean and re-lube when I first get the light. That gets out any grime that might be on the threads from the factory.

Overall, I think the BLF A6 still holds up well, when compared to present-day budget lights.

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I can not think of one.
It’s a very good compromise between a lot of factors.

For instance, I like smaller lights, but I have not found one with a UI I like.
Or it will use a smaller battery, which I also dislike.

What I’m doing now is rotating between 3 lights, and one is an Astrolux S1 (same as BLF A6, with the great UI and a warm white LED) with an 18350 tube, though I use it with CR123A primaries (because i have a ton of them).

The other ones I will use are a 1xAA thorfire, and a Jetbeam 18350 light that was a giveaway on here.

These have weird or plain UIs, small batteries, and cold tints ( I can live with cold tints).

I’ve given up on AAA lights. Batteries too small, UIs i have found are even worse.

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whats the software on the A6?
The biscotti is nice on the S2…………

anyone in NE ILLinois into get togethers?

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justanotherguy wrote:
whats the software on the A6?
Custom firmware by TK, AFAIK:
http://bazaar.launchpad.net/~toykeeper/flashlight-firmware/trunk/view/he...
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ActiveAl,
thanks,for the reply i’ve had convoy and astrolux flashlights and liked the threads.i carry a light everyday and the a6 would fit in my pocket.
thanks for all the information.

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I got a BLF A6 recently and I have to say it ticks my boxes.
Especially with the 18350 short tube, you have an incredible EDC for the price.

I put a tiny amount of Vaseline on the threads.
I have experienced more quality-feeling threads on more expensive flashlights but it is not a priority.

I think they should increase the range, a mini-BLFA6 with 14500 or smaller. I would go for that quite happily.

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I like the FW3A best – but the BLF A6 (AKA Astrolux S1) is 2nd

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Greasing.

I firstly clean all new torch threads with Turps. Wipe with old tooth brush.
Then.
I have a tube of INOX mx6. PTFE Machinery grease.
High temp, E.P. Food grade.
Thick. NOT really greasy. Lasts forever on twisty’s.

Says.
Anywhere a HIGH TEM’P. NO MELT. Extreme pressure
grease required.
It doesn’t run out of any of my high output torches.

My first purchases with Bangood were yrs ago.
Apart from one doa, one with sw that went walkabout later. Died.
and 2 x wrong size rear metal switches. ALL fixed.
I’ve always got what was ordered.
And had civility from the person I speak to.

Oh. It took a long time to get a S2 torch I won a long time ago.
Thought they forgot.But sent another by return email.
That first silver one never fronted.

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I have a couple of A6’s but I actually like my convoy S2+ that I put a nichia 219c and a fet driver in more.

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They are still great lights, and have stood the test of time.

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mattjk wrote:
That was 2 years ago i posted this, they may have improved since!

If i was looking for that size light now i would love to find a 21700 host that would support the A6 driver. (17mm)

Well, Simon released a 21700 version of the S2+ recently, so this might be exactly what you are looking for.

  BLF

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wle wrote:
I like the FW3A best – but the BLF A6 (AKA Astrolux S1) is 2nd

I prefer the BLF A6 over the FW3A. The A6 just seems a lot tougher and more reliable.

About a month ago I was using a BLF A6 as a rear light on my bike (with some red gel filters). It dropped off without me noticing. I thought I lost it, but a couple of hours later on my return trip I saw it up ahead, flashing away. No damage, just a very small ding on the bezel. It hit the pavement going about 25 km/h, and luckily never even shut off (or there’s no way I would have found it in the dark).

I think if my FW3A did that, it would have smashed into a dozen pieces and the tailcap exploded.

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In addition to my BLF A6 lights I have two Astrolux S1, in red and blue.  With the 18650 battery tubes fitted I have two more A6s.  But I usually use the 18350 tubes just for the variety.  It's good to have options.

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The only 18650 lights I own are A6s. They are nearly perfect for me.

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due to green tint in my A6, i switched to Convoy S2+ 4500K added FET driver with Bistro UI
and it has smooth tail, unlike sharp tail on A6
minus be the clip, clip is much better on A6 but Convoy clip have never failed on me yet … just doesn’t feel as firm

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I’ve got a silver A6 and a red & blue S1 (w/ 18650 tubes for each). They are wonderful, solid lights for those times when having light is more important than bells & whistles. For the price, I don’t think you can do any better. OK, maybe the Convoy S2 line, but I don’t own any of those (yet), so I can’t speak to their quality.

I just got an FW3a too. It’s nice. I rather like the ramping compared to the fixed levels of the other lights. It’ even compatible with ‘normal’ folks when Muggle Mode is enabled. Smile It’s a bit more expensive, and I think I need to open it up and do the general cleanup to remove grease/oil from contact surfaces… but overall I’m quite tickled by it.

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On paper, the ZebraLight SC700Fd 21700 XHP70.2 Floody Neutral White High CRI Flashlight looks like one of the better hand held flashlights, these days. If I could afford its $119 price tag, I would buy it over the BLF A6. Then I would buy two or three A6s to go with it!

'Course, I already have three. They were very affordable, indeed.

One thing I have decided is that I strongly prefer boost and buck-boost drivers over FET and similar "direct-drive-like" drivers. I don't like it when output slowly declines at the battery goes down.

If I can get it, I also really like high CRI.

The A6, which offers neither of these, certainly ain't perfect, but, hey!, what flashlight is? I use my A6s almost every day. They're great.

 

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Yeah, Zebralights are far better lights than the BLF A6, but they’re also much more expensive. Worth it, IMO, but perhaps not worth it to everyone.

For a comparable light to the A6, I’d go with a SC600w MkIV HI (throwy-ish) or a SC600w MkIV Plus (floody). Or just the regular 600w for an in-between beam profile, though I prefer the SC64w HI for that.

But it’s tough to go wrong with the BLF A6, when you can buy 4 or 5 of them for the price of a Zebralight.

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