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

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Scallywag wrote:

At this point I wonder if Luminus has even managed to produce a single SST-20 in a “good” tint bin. Seems harder to find than Boost HX. 

I can’t remember what bin it is but the 4000K that Kaidomain carries look pretty good to me.

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BurningPlayd0h wrote:
Scallywag wrote:

At this point I wonder if Luminus has even managed to produce a single SST-20 in a “good” tint bin. Seems harder to find than Boost HX. 

I can’t remember what bin it is but the 4000K that Kaidomain carries look pretty good to me.

They appear to be FB4. I have the same in my D4 and D4S and have been happy with them. I’d love to have some below BBL, but like Scallywag said, I’ve never seen one to date.

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I should probably go ahead and get another one since I’d like one in the first batch and it sounds like the high CRI will be further down the road. So if you can put me down for two instead of 1 like in my original post. Thanks for all the amazing work guys!

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I’d also like to add my name again to the list for a second light, please.

Thanks to the team for all the work this must have been for you.

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I would like to have 1 light to purchase.

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People have been wondering about the color of the clip. So… here’s an attempt to show how it looks. It’s a little tricky to get good pictures of reflective objects, so I took a few from different angles. Some pictures are underexposed to avoid making the clips appear pure white.

The light and dark pattern in some pics is a reflection of window blinds.





Laying flat, reflecting a darker part of the room:

So the color really depends on the angle and depends on what else is nearby. It’s some sort of smokey chrome finish.

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I dont like it as much as the original clip, but I like it more now than I did yesterday…….. thx TK Thumbs Up

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Thanks for the pictures TK Thumbs Up.

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Thank you TK, nice job on the clip pics. Thumbs Up

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Coscar wrote:
… but I like it more now than I did yesterday…….. thx TK Thumbs Up

Agree wholeheartedly. Thanks for the pictures TK

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It is in no way attractive, but I will just take it off. I probably would have anyway. Thanks for the pics.

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I would like to provide a small monetary gift to you as a token of my appreciation. How can I do that? Thanks!
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I would also like to donate a monetary gift to toykeeper to show my appreciation.
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i’d be intrested in donating, to support ToyKeeper.
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I just can’t believe the amount of work that goes into these projects. I’m assuming that we’ll have opportunity to donate to those who have worked so diligently once the light is available?
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I honestly hope you do that … so those that wished could send a token of our appreciation.
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I honestly think you and the others involved in this and similar projects should do that, or a Ko-Fi or at least a PayPal donation thing. Something like that. Not as a payment, but as a token of gratitude from people who really like what you all do.
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please let is know if there is going to be a “donate” option for the development team
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I’d be up for that, TK’s interfaces have changed my flashlight world!
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maybe a few tokens of appreciation would be appreciated. Not many people I know of work for free, but the ones I am aware of all reside on BLF. A lot of us would throw a few dollars, or whatever we could, their way.
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I’d happily donate to TK, the UI she has made us is nothing short of amazing, yet somehow it keeps getting better

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How about a permanent Donation thread for anyone that is willing to accept donations??

I can think of many people I would donate a small amount of money to.

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I thought there should have been a ‘permanent’ TK donation thread with a PP addy a long time ago….

I’ve been dragging my feet about this, but I hear you. And I finally Did The Thing.

I haven’t been able to get any responses from Fritz since last year though, so I don’t really have a way to do a team donation thing… but I can at least set up a way for people to help me out a bit.

As it turns out, safely receiving money like this is more complicated than it might seem. So I went with Patreon, since they eliminate most of the risk and also provide some ways for people to be more actively engaged.

https://www.patreon.com/ToyKeeper

They use a subscription model, which is great for those who want to stay involved but a little awkward for one-time gifts. For a one-time thing, it means subscribing, waiting until one charge has happened, and then unsubscribing. Which is totally okay; I just hope it won’t be too much of an inconvenience for people. Fortunately, it happens on the first of each month, which is coming up soon so people won’t have to remember very long.

For people who would like to stay involved though, it has its own system for news and polls and messages and such, to make sure the people who really care are heard. And that can be used however people want. Maybe that could be a filtered feed for updates which are interesting or useful, maybe a place to tell me what to do next, maybe something else entirely. But you can be sure I’ll be paying close attention to what people there want.

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trakcon wrote:
BurningPlayd0h wrote:
Scallywag wrote:

At this point I wonder if Luminus has even managed to produce a single SST-20 in a “good” tint bin. Seems harder to find than Boost HX. 

I can’t remember what bin it is but the 4000K that Kaidomain carries look pretty good to me.

They appear to be FB4. I have the same in my D4 and D4S and have been happy with them. I’d love to have some below BBL, but like Scallywag said, I’ve never seen one to date.

Yes. Kaidomain states in their listing they are FB4, J4.

Intl-Outdoor states theirs are FB4, J5, and these are presumably the same that ship in Emisar lights.

The J5 output bin is suspected to tend to be slightly more green even within the same tint bin than the J4, so if you like your Emisars, then a light with J4’s should look as good or very slightly better.

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You did good setting that up TK…..
that’s just what you and folks that want to contribute needed……
I really like the ….. “you should probably just hire me” tier …..
but will probably be on the “pay as you go” plan.

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Lol, those tier titles are kinda clever.

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coming soon! Big Smile

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coming soon! Big Smile

I can see mine overe there.

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I had to enlarge this beautiful pic!

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For anyone interested in modding their FW3A with Nichia 219B emitters, I added a new build target for that purpose. It’s the same as normal, except the FET modes are limited to 50% power even on turbo. This should help prevent damage to the emitters.

http://toykeeper.net/torches/fsm/anduril.2019-04-24.fw3a-219.hex

It would still be a good idea to avoid using high-amp cells in that sort of light though… like, use a 35E cell instead of a VTC5A.

Also, thanks to goshdogit for providing a 219B triple board to use for this purpose. Big Smile

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Thanks so much, TK! So, would a Samsung 35E be preferred to a Sanyo GA in this application?

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trakcon wrote:
Thanks so much, TK! So, would a Samsung 35E be preferred to a Sanyo GA in this application?

Those are pretty similar.

Maybe a Panny B 3400mah is the way to go since it has a lot of voltage sag, yet high capacity.

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trakcon wrote:
Thanks so much, TK! So, would a Samsung 35E be preferred to a Sanyo GA in this application?

They’re very similar in performance. Doesn’t matter which one you choose.

And you shouldn’t worry too much about using the default firmware with 35E/GA either. I haven’t been able to damage my 219b sw40 board with it.

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TK, you definitely deserve compensation for all your work. On the other hand, unless I am mistaken, the owl already determined it takes three licks to get to the center of a tootsie roll pop.

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Another one for me ,please.

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Just to hear a different thing: I really dig the dark clip that Lumintop came up with.

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Yeah, the surface finish at least looks good.

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ToyKeeper wrote:
For anyone interested in modding their FW3A with Nichia 219B emitters, I added a new build target for that purpose. It’s the same as normal, except the FET modes are limited to 50% power even on turbo. This should help prevent damage to the emitters.

http://toykeeper.net/torches/fsm/anduril.2019-04-24.fw3a-219.hex

It would still be a good idea to avoid using high-amp cells in that sort of light though… like, use a 35E cell instead of a VTC5A.

Also, thanks to goshdogit for providing a 219B triple board to use for this purpose. Big Smile


Is it possible to limit the output depending on battery current?
On High current, limit it to 50%, at half or empty cell give full power. But this will be hard because of the battery-drop down on high currents.
Perhaps using different ramping tables for the fet-chanel and decide whether to use at battery-check or after hardware-lockout (losening the battery-tube).

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