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Go with the FB4. Maybe it can even be ready at launch along with the XP-L HI?

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JaredM wrote:
1st Patron??? Crown

Yes, actually. You beat everyone else to the punch. Smile

Coscar wrote:
You did good setting that up TK….. that’s just what you and folks that want to contribute needed……

Thanks. It’s super weird for me though. I’ve never been good at accepting praise or gifts… but it’s easier if I think of it as help.

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coming soon! Big Smile

Soon indeed!

I’m, uh, working on scripts to send out private messages. The plan is to send info to each person on the list in the order shown in post #4. But first I need to work out a way to do that. If a script can send one every 30 seconds, it’ll still take over 12 hours. Or perhaps it should intentionally go slower, to give people early on the list more time to order before other people get the info?

So… there are still some details to figure out. But the ordering process is close enough that this sort of thing matters now.

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

Either one should be fine… or any other cell typicall known for its mAh capacity instead of its peak amperage.

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

Yeah, based on the first pictures I didn’t think it would be any good… but in person, the dark chrome appearance is nice. I was mostly worried that it would be like some cheap lights I have where black paint comes off the clip easily and then it looks bad. But it doesn’t seem to be like that.

emarkd wrote:
TKs photos of the clip looks an awful lot like Oveready’s TiAlN coated “black nitride” clips, which is a very good thing. If they’re anything like that, the coating is really strong stuff. I’ve only managed to scratch one of mine, and I had to use a dremel and a bit of clumsiness to accomplish it.

I have no idea how durable it is, but I doubt it’s as tough as those black nitride clips. It kinda reminds me of the finish on my rainbow titanium Olight, which I think is supposed to be PVD. But I’m usually pretty gentle with my lights, so I don’t see how things wear until they’ve been around a long time.

Wieselflinkpro wrote:
Is it possible to limit the output depending on battery current?

Ish. Sort of, but not very well. It lacks the hardware necessary to sense actual current, so even the best implementation would be approximate. It won’t be able to sustain a flat output level. It also won’t be very accurate, since voltage measurements vary from one driver to the next. So instead of spending bytes and adding complexity for a feature which would be mediocre or worse, it’s just using a simple 50% duty cycle.

swiftblade13 wrote:
Super cool … I just hope that there isn’t a mass exodus of conversation to patreon as the most involved/invested/active people move over to that platform causing this place to slowly die off, though I guess that’s less of a potential risk here, I’m still worried as I’ve seen it happen a couple of times

I doubt I could make a mass exodus happen even if I tried… but more importantly, I don’t want to. If anything, that’s the opposite of what I want. BLF has a good community and I want it to stay healthy.

treellama wrote:
Hopefully this will just take standard 20mm triple PCBs?

Yes. A standard Noctigon or Mtn board fits nicely. That’s what I’m using, actually. It’s easy to swap out the MCPCB.

mbp wrote:
I used to have a D4 that I ran with comparatively-low amp batteries like the LG MJ1 in order to keep the turbo lower and the heat a bit more manageable. Would that be OK in the FW3A as well? Would there be any downside other than a lower turbo?

As long as the battery itself doesn’t get overdriven, it should be fine. So I wouldn’t recommend using UltraFire cells unless you want ActualFire… but any reputable battery should work.

wyatt1209 wrote:
sorry if this has already been asked and answered and I missed it, but does anyone know if the clip will be removable without just cutting it off and sanding it down?

If the production models are like my sample, yes. The clip can be removed by unscrewing the tail. I recommend putting a thicker O-ring in the clip groove though, just to fill the gap for tactile purposes.

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I’m one of those waiting for a high CRI option.

I am in favor of proceeding with either the FB4 tint of the SST-20, or with the LH351D even if it means raising the price a little bit.

I’m unaware that anyone has ever seen an FA4 or FD4 bin anywhere other than the datasheet. I’d love to be proven wrong, but otherwise, it seems like we’re waiting for an emitter that doesn’t exist.

Disclaimer: I’m only moderately sensitive to green tints, and planning to mod to test multiple different types of emitters anyways. I won’t be offended if my vote gets low weight as a result.

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I’m all for just getting it done. I think most people here are cluey enough to replace emitters if FA/FD ever become widely available.

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The SST-20 version could be made pretty quickly if we use FB4 tint,



how many K is this?

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4k 95FPS average and 80FPS minimum..

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Use the FB4, its a cheap emitter and will lower the cost for those of use that plan on putting our own led’s in.

Has anyone tried tint mixing the SST-20? I wouldn’t expect Lumintop to do it might be a good option.

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I’d take FB4 now.

As there are currently no sources of small quantities of F A/D 1/4, I would buy several more later if it came out with those emitters.

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Definitely the FB4.

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saypat wrote:
The SST-20 version could be made pretty quickly if we use FB4 tint, • • • how many K is this?

4000k 95CRI

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WTF wrote:
Use the FB4, its a cheap emitter and will lower the cost for those of use that plan on putting our own led’s in.

Has anyone tried tint mixing the SST-20? I wouldn’t expect Lumintop to do it might be a good option.

I have a D4S with mixed 4000k and 3000k SST-20. I’m really pleased with the result! I believe TK has the ultimate mix in her D18, though.

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In for 3 if still taking reservations.

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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.
Excellent news! I can’t wait to swap rosy Nichias into my FW3A. Party

ToyKeeper wrote:
Also, thanks to goshdogit for providing a 219B triple board to use for this purpose. Big Smile
You’re very welcome! Thumbs Up

Thank you for the pics of the latest prototype.

I have Andúril on eleven lights, but I might try your DarkHorse UI on the FW3A since it will accompany the two or three ZebraLights I carry daily.

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goshdogit wrote:
I might try your DarkHorse UI on the FW3A since it will accompany the two or three ZebraLights I carry daily.

I don’t have that one updated to work with three channels, but I could do that if people are interested. It’s just not something anyone has really expressed interest in before, so it hasn’t had any meaningful updates since I first created it in 2017.

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ToyKeeper wrote:
I don’t have that one updated to work with three channels, but I could do that if people are interested.
Don’t go to any trouble on my account, it was just an idea I was toying with.

ZebraLight’s UI is very polarizing, but I really like it for EDC lights. I prefer Andúril for my flooders and throwers.

Next month is the 7-year anniversary of my first ZebraLight, and now I own six. My first was an H51w, and it still works great. It’s been getting lots more use since I put a rosy 219B in it two years ago. Party

Does your H51 get any use nowadays? I remember your ZL tips & mods thread from long ago. Smile

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Put me in for 2, please.

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goshdogit wrote:
Don’t go to any trouble on my account, it was just an idea I was toying with.

I’ve been meaning to update it for a long time… I just haven’t had a reason to prioritize it. Then again, I have a lot of things to do at the moment, so it might still be a while.

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Does your H51 get any use nowadays?

Not really, but my H52Fw does. Smile

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Toolboxkid wrote:
In for 3 if still taking reservations.

Yes, the list is still open.

However… notifications will probably go out very soon so there isn’t much time left to get on the list.

I’ll do one last update before I send messages out, but when I start the notification script, the list will be closed.

People who put in their requests early should be able to order first. So I’m trying to figure out a way to make that feasible. One idea is to space out the notifications over time, so people higher on the list will have time to order before people lower on the list get notified. I could, for example, make it take a couple days to get all the way through the list. I’d start the script and just leave it running for a couple days until all ~1500 people get the notification.

Does that seem fair?

Also, it needs to start at the same time on both BLF and TLF. So we’re trying to schedule that.

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ToyKeeper wrote:
Does that seem fair?

Yes, it does.

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ToyKeeper wrote:
Toolboxkid wrote:
In for 3 if still taking reservations.

Yes, the list is still open.

However… notifications will probably go out very soon so there isn’t much time left to get on the list.

I’ll do one last update before I send messages out, but when I start the notification script, the list will be closed.

People who put in their requests early should be able to order first. So I’m trying to figure out a way to make that feasible. One idea is to space out the notifications over time, so people higher on the list will have time to order before people lower on the list get notified. I could, for example, make it take a couple days to get all the way through the list. I’d start the script and just leave it running for a couple days until all ~1500 people get the notification.

Does that seem fair?

Also, it needs to start at the same time on both BLF and TLF. So we’re trying to schedule that.


Seems like a good system to me Thumbs Up
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Sounds fair – if staggered over a few days it’ll definitely give people time.

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I wonder if us hi-cri folks will be pre-ordering or waiting with coupon/code until they are ready to ship?
And hopefully with a non-bunny switch button.

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peabody wrote:
I wonder if us hi-cri folks will be pre-ordering or waiting with coupon/code until they are ready to ship?

I’m still not sure. Neal might add SST-20 to the order page, but if so, it’ll probably still ship later than XP-L HI. How much later? I have no idea.

peabody wrote:
And hopefully with a non-bunny switch button.

The pic a few posts ago shows a whole batch of non-bunny buttons.

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Johm wrote:
ToyKeeper wrote:

Does that seem fair?
Yes, it does.
+1 … Sounds very fair.

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Since there will be different led versions I assume we will not have to purchase all we signed up for at once. Any idea how long our codes will work, if that is how it is handled?

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ToyKeeper wrote:
The pic a few posts ago shows a whole batch of non-bunny buttons.

I just figured all those had xp-l hi installed in them already.

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interested in an xpl-hi one

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The FW3A is up at Neals store for 49,95 $. Link.

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Noir wrote:

The FW3A is up at Neals store for 49,95 $. Link.

hm expensive, so it will maybe be a code to apply or something i guess?

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Noir wrote:

The FW3A is up at Neals store for 49,95 $. Link.

Time is getting close then… Thumbs Up

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