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Aww man, that switch just falls apart when the tailcap is off. I can see why they wanted to glue it.
did you watch my video? Wink
In case anyone missed Martin’s video… here it is again.
Great video Martin!!! Thumbs Up

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Aww man, that switch just falls apart when the tailcap is off. I can see why they wanted to glue it.
Don’t loose that little black pellet. It’s tiny and I’m sure would be super hard to find if dropped.
What “little black pellet” are you referring to Jason??

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Aww man, that switch just falls apart when the tailcap is off. I can see why they wanted to glue it.
Don’t loose that little black pellet. It’s tiny and I’m sure would be super hard to find if dropped.
What “little black pellet” are you referring to Jason??

It’s what pushes the switch down. It’s stuck to the black rubber disc.
At the 7:20 mark in Martin’s video.

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Huh. No retaining ring on the switch. Moddable? I guess you’d have to match the threads, and shorten the battery tube to keep the total length unchanged.

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The SST-20 4000k version will be released next week.

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delusional wrote:
Got Mine last night. First impressions: It’s a Little Screamer, alright. The wide optic is better than I expected. The clip ring is a few thousandths too wide. Aww man, that switch just falls apart when the tailcap is off. I can see why they wanted to glue it.

here is a video that show how to assembly the FW3A tailcap

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I think for the main production run (not the BLF group buy), they should probably ship these with glued cap by default, but with an option for an unglued cap.

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Got mine delivered exactly on 05/04/19. Thumbs Up

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Aww man, that switch just falls apart when the tailcap is off. I can see why they wanted to glue it.
Don’t loose that little black pellet. It’s tiny and I’m sure would be super hard to find if dropped.
What “little black pellet” are you referring to Jason??
It’s what pushes the switch down. It’s stuck to the black rubber disc.
At the 7:20 mark in Martin’s video.
It is part of the “black rubber disc”, not a seperate piece. You can’t “loose it” without loosing the whole thing.

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Huh. No retaining ring on the switch.
This is nothing new, we have known this for months. No retaining ring needed.

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here is a video that show how to assembly the FW3A cap
Excellent video Neal!! Thumbs Up

“Assembly” is truly very simple & straight forward. Thanks for sharing.

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Aww man, that switch just falls apart when the tailcap is off. I can see why they wanted to glue it.
Don’t loose that little black pellet. It’s tiny and I’m sure would be super hard to find if dropped.
What “little black pellet” are you referring to Jason??
It’s what pushes the switch down. It’s stuck to the black rubber disc.
At the 7:20 mark in Martin’s video.
It is part of the “black rubber disc”, not a seperate piece. You can’t “loose it” without loosing the whole thing.

I’m afraid you’re mistaken. Or maybe your light is different from mine. There is a small black pellet that is held in place by the rubber disc. I’ll post a picture of it later today.

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Don’t lose that little black pellet.

What little black pellet …? … It is part of the black rubber disc, not a seperate piece.

I’m afraid you’re mistaken.

As it turns out, you’re both right.

The rubber piece has a hard plastic piece glued in place right in the middle. It should behave as one piece, normally… but if the glue gets unstuck, it can come out. If this happens, it’d probably be a good idea to glue it in place again.

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I’m afraid you’re mistaken. Or maybe your light is different from mine. There is a small black pellet that is held in place by the rubber disc. I’ll post a picture of it later today.
Your right Jason, I was indeed mistaken!!
Mine had just stayed together on previous disassemblies. I just now checked & it is indeed 2 seperate pieces… just like you said. Thumbs Up

A tiny dab of glue will take care of this…. Wink

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any idea those that bought 7A if u wont be able get it and sst20 instead will price be the same and will those that wont get the 7A get any info ?

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I guess my glue was not very strong as it popped out easily. I think I’ve got some super glue I can use on it. Luckily my switch assembly stays in place unless I push it out. After playing with the light and trying it without the clip, I don’t plan on taking the tail cap off any more.

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any idea those that bought 7A if u wont be able get it and sst20 instead will price be the same and will those that wont get the 7A get any info ?

I have no idea what to expect for the 7a’s. Let’s just wait till around the 8th of may, should get clear around that time.

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A while back, I did a quick estimate of the work involved in making something like that, and decided it’s too big a project to attempt any time soon. Also, it’d probably require getting our admin to make BLF function as an identity provider, which requires server changes and SSL, which invokes other complications. The end result would be something similar to a lightweight clone of Kickstarter.

I assume we didn’t do it on Kickstarter because of their fee agreements? 5% of funding amount + an additional 3-5% payments fee, afaik and $0.20 per buyer.

So if 3000 people had funded 35.00 $US, Kickstarter would’ve gotten 5250.00 $US from the team plus 1.25 $US per buyer. That is an expensive deal for a simple escrow facilitator that doesn’t take on any risks Big Smile (or in other words – each buyer would’ve gotten the light for 3$ more to fund the kickstarter fees).

Doing a community design (polls, messaging, consensus system) and fund pooling/shipping system would have to work on any forum, not just BLF, to make it a profitable venture. And the work involved would probably aim at the 5% per “mini fund” as a pay out to make it worthwhile… if you look through this thread a lot of posts are either status request for “where are we” or “design requests” or shipping status and/or similar.

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JasonWW wrote:
I guess my glue was not very strong as it popped out easily. I think I’ve got some super glue I can use on it. Luckily my switch assembly stays in place unless I push it out. After playing with the light and trying it without the clip, I don’t plan on taking the tail cap off any more.
Does this affect the switch operation if it is not attached?
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I guess my glue was not very strong as it popped out easily. I think I’ve got some super glue I can use on it. Luckily my switch assembly stays in place unless I push it out. After playing with the light and trying it without the clip, I don’t plan on taking the tail cap off any more.
Does this affect the switch operation if it is not attached?

Yes, switch will not work without it.

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Where can I get a little black nubbin, whatever that thing is, to replace the one I lost.
I never even saw it. Didn’t know to look for it. Still got the rubber, but no plastic nubbin, only a little ring in the rubber where a nubbin is supposed to be.

It’s the nothin’ nubbin. Definitely effects switch operation.

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/\.. Good pictures Jason. Turns out mine was glued & holding, that’s why I thought it was one piece. But a tiny bit of side pressure, applied on purpose; knocked it loose easily.

Solution… clean it all up real good & reglue with some good Super Glue or any good glue.

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It might be a good idea to have the whole diaphragm switch ( metal cup acts as a spring actuator that is retained by the kapton tape) plus the boot with plastic plunger available for purchase. I would buy a few, just in case.

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Where can I get a little black nubbin, whatever that thing is, to replace the one I lost.
I never even saw it. Didn’t know to look for it. Still got the rubber, but no plastic nubbin, only a little ring in the rubber where a nubbin is supposed to be.

It’s the nothin’ nubbin. Definitely effects switch operation.

Your best bet will probably just be to make one out of something.

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It might be a good idea to have the whole diaphragm switch ( metal cup acts as a spring actuator that is retained by the kapton tape) plus the boot with plastic plunger available for purchase. I would buy a few, just in case.

+1 Good idea…. Thumbs Up

Would have been a good idea to have included an extra in the spare O-ring bag. Wink

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I definitely can make that nubbin, assuming it’s ABS plastic or similar. I have a micrometer to measure the hole size, what’s the length?
That little ridge in the center might be difficult, and it seems slightly tapered on the switch side. Hmm.
For the record, this will be my first “mod”.

I don’t think finding the old nubbin is an option.

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I definitely can make that nubbin, assuming it’s ABS plastic or similar. I have a micrometer to measure the hole size, what’s the length?
That little ridge in the center might be difficult, and it seems slightly tapered on the switch side. Hmm.
For the record, this will be my first “mod”.

I don’t think finding the old nubbin is an option.

Probably won’t make much difference what you make it of. And that little ridge & taper… personally, I would not worry about that at all. That may well just be dried glue.

I wonder why they did not just mold the nubbin as part of the whole to begin with??

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