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Neal wrote:
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Now that I have my aluminum FW3As, I find myself wanting one in polished titanium Love

OK
will talk about this, also copper

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Omega_17 wrote:
I read on reddit and here that there will be a copper version coming in the future, is this speculation or confirmed?

Copper and Titanium
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Just like the D4ti, nice.

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Does anyone know, if the emitters (XP-L Hi 3D) are sold separately?
Yes & no , if you buy a FW3 you get 3 ,XPLHI 3D emitters free Party
Too expensive.

Yeah, i was hoping for a less expensive solution Wink

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This should probably be in every FAQ, just after the part where it tells people to put the battery in from the front instead of the back. It seems to be one of the main things people don’t know, but should.

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2) Why muggle mode steps down to bottom of muggle ramp? It seems to happen from every higher muggle ramp power – the higher the faster. You can ramp back to higher or switch off and back on to get back to higher muggle ramp power. Battery has plenty of voltage: works fine without stepping down in non-muggle-mode. And thw FW3A stays cold.
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This “problem” it happens in my two Fireflies E07 with Anduril, so it’s due to the design of Anduril and not the FW3A.

If muggle mode steps down, you need to calibrate the temperature sensor.

This only needs to be done once, when the light is new. Afterward, the value is saved permanently so there should not be a need to do it ever again.

The sensor is built in to the attiny85 chip, and the attiny factory does not calibrate it. The flashlight factory does not calibrate it either. This, unfortunately, leaves that job to the user. If it is not calibrated, it will have no idea what the temperature is. It could be off by as much as 25 C.

To calibrate it:

  1. Let the light settle to room temperature.
  2. Go to the thermal config mode.
  3. At the first menu option, while the light flickers and waits for input, click to enter the current room temperature. This is typically about 20 to 25 C, meaning 20 to 25 clicks.
  4. Wait until the light falls out of the menu.

On this version of Anduril, here’s how to get to thermal config mode:

  1. From off, click 3 times. This goes to battery check mode.
  2. Click twice. This goes to sunset mode.
  3. Click twice. This goes to beacon mode.
  4. Click twice. This goes to temperature check mode.
  5. If you feel like it, let the light blink out what it thinks is the current temperature. On a new light, this number is probably wrong. Have a laugh.
  6. Click 4 times to reach thermal config.

This is also shown in the UI diagram. Follow the pink line:

On newer versions, I’ve also added a shortcut to this, using ten clicks from off. But that’s a very recent thing, and isn’t on the FW3A yet.

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ToyKeeper wrote:
On newer versions, I’ve also added a shortcut to this, using ten clicks from off. But that’s a very recent thing, and isn’t on the FW3A yet.

Based on experience, muggles (i.e., kids) tend to like to click things a lot. They could very easily do 10 clicks in a row, then who knows what to the thermal setting.

Maybe this is already the case, but perhaps don’t allow users to enter configuration settings if in muggle mode. I’m guessing you already did that, but just in case…

Without the 10 clicks, it’s not so important. It seems difficult to get into thermal config by accident.

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To calibrate it:

  1. Let the light settle to room temperature.
  2. Go to the thermal config mode.
  3. At the first menu option, while the light flickers and waits for input, click to enter the current room temperature. This is typically about 20 to 25 C, meaning 20 to 25 clicks.
  4. Wait until the light falls out of the menu.

    • thank you for the simple explanation here. Could you please explain in simplicity part 2, the temperature limit thing? Thank you from us who find this rather confusing … even after watching M4DM4X video of it Wink
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@ Saypat

Here you go, in detail…. Temperature Calibration & Setting Temperature Limit

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thank you kindly teacher, appreciate your help….

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My FW3A arrived on Saturday, but I was away—just picked it up out of the mailbox. It wasn’t functioning right out of the box. It would not stay on. I discovered that the tail cap wasn’t fully seated (per the instructions I had inserted the battery by removing the head — hadn’t touched the tail). After tightening it, it worked initially, but would “wink out” on max. Apparently the seating wasn’t quite complete, so I loosened the tail cap then tightened it again. After that, it started working OK.

Overall, seems like a terrific light. Has that HDS form factor with superior UI. Can’t get over how it’s only a few millimeters taller than an Astrolux S43 with 18350 battery tube, while the FW3A uses an 18650. Truly remarkable. Glad I got this and thanks to the FW3A team & Neal for the wonderful Group Buy opportunity!

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saypat wrote:
thank you kindly teacher, appreciate your help….
My pleasure… Thumbs Up

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moridin wrote:
JasonWW wrote:
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moridin wrote:
Does anyone know, if the emitters (XP-L Hi 3D) are sold separately?
Yes & no , if you buy a FW3 you get 3 ,XPLHI 3D emitters free ^:)
Too expensive.
Yeah, i was hoping for a less expensive solution ;)

 Buy them from someone who pulls them from their light. I'm guessing they probably don't want them very much if they are pulling them. If you're in Germany maybe Lexel? Odds are at some point he'll be modding a few FW3A's for some folks . Maybe start watching some of the mod threads or start a WTB thread .

       καὶ τὸ φῶς ἐν τῇ σκοτίᾳ φαίνει καὶ ἡ σκοτία αὐτὸ οὐ κατέλαβεν

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I just got my shipping notification from Neal for one 7A and one 3D. I was the 1472nd person in line for the coupon code private message, so we must be very close to the end of shipping out all the pre order lights!! Party

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They are not being shipped out in any particular order.

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Marc E wrote:
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G0OSE wrote:
Same here, so it’s not just yours if that makes it feel any better Crying

I think 4 of us are in a similar boat. Around 5 am on Sunday morning?

Yep, that’s what I’ve got. Fingers crossed they’ll be out on Monday!


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2019-05-05 04:48 LONDON Arrived at LHR, Custom clearance processing.

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Has tracking stopped for anyone else today? I get an error in Chinese, Google translate suggests “please enter verification code”

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I finally figured out what that fifth pocket is for on your jeans: the FW3A. Crown

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Has tracking stopped for anyone else today? I get an error in Chinese, Google translate suggests “please enter verification code”

Yes, me too, using Flyt Express.
Given that the error message only flashes up for about 3 seconds with nowhere obvious to enter a code i get the impression it’s a site error rather than anything to do with the delivery process, but have no idea how to check this or actually track the delivery :/ (It’s not showing up on RM or Yodel).
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Marc E wrote:
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Has tracking stopped for anyone else today? I get an error in Chinese, Google translate suggests “please enter verification code”
Yes, me too, using Flyt Express. Given that the error message only flashes up for about 3 seconds with nowhere obvious to enter a code i get the impression it’s a site error rather than anything to do with the delivery process, but have no idea how to check this or actually track the delivery :/ (It’s not showing up on RM or Yodel).

Thanks, I had a similar thought. As it’s more than just me I’m more happy that it’s a site problem. I know it’ll arrive in good time, just excited.

When it was working it brought up a code beginning with an F which worked to give the same information on 17track. Wish I’d made a note of it.

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It’s handy having someone to compare notes with!

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my tracking only shows this, not sure whats going on ?

May 10 08:08
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My FW3A arrived after precisely 2 weeks.

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my tracking only shows this, not sure whats going on ?

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Electronic shipment information received
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That means the shipper has been notified (electronically) to expect a package. In other words, your package will be shipped soon.

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I wanted to share my attempt to make a diffuser. The diffuser rests on top of the clip when extended. The diffuser can be pushed down and held in place with the clip with minimal increase to overall diameter or length.

1) Purchased glucose tablets for $1.89 from CVS drugstore (USA).
2) Removed label and sanded to roughen finish to better scatter the light
3) Sanded top to remove raised edge

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I should be getting a 3D and a 7A today via DHL. I'll report on the the 7A comparing to the 3D - don't think anyone received a 7A yet.

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jknut wrote:
I wanted to share my attempt to make a diffuser. The diffuser rests on top of the clip when extended. The diffuser can be pushed down and held in place with the clip with minimal increase to overall diameter or length.

1) Purchased glucose tablets for $1.89 from CVS drugstore (USA).
2) Removed label and sanded to roughen finish to better scatter the light
3) Sanded top to remove raised edge

!{width:15%}https://i.postimg.cc/xCC0ptzt/20190513-093111.jpg!

I always wonder how these types of diffuser would look with some foil in the top (bottom?)

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how well does the “diffuse” stay on? While simulating signalling to person or vehicle?

Mine still in transit, or would test myself.
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xCentrino wrote:
how well does the “diffuse” stay on? While simulating signalling to person or vehicle? Mine still in transit, or would test myself.

I’m planning to use it while tail standing so this works okay for me. Tape could be used to reduce the inner diameter of the tube a little bit to make it more secure.

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Mine arrived Friday! Busy weekend.

Impressions:

  • It's very small. Shorter than my SC62. Almost the exact same length as my D4, while being thinner.
  • The design is unique among my lights. Very sleek.
  • I initially wished the pocket clip was of a deep-carry style, but after two days I don't care. The design is extremely secure, and I don't notice that the clip ring is "too wide" unless I try.
  • The anodizing is very smooth, almost slippery. However, I don't have any issues hanging on to the light. 
  • The button is very tactile. It can be pressed from the edge, and it will kind of rock slightly, but it still registers the press.
  • The beam is very nice with this optic/emitter combo.
  • Turbo will cook the light very quickly. It gets hot faster than my D4 with Luxeon V. Nobody was kidding when they said this host was not designed to handle high-power turbo heat. I have reconsidered my desire to swap Luxeon Vs into this light. 
  • First Anduril light. Neat stuff. 

God, with lights this compact using 18650s, all my 16340 lights make me feel like I'm getting screwed on capacity & output. 

EDC Rotation: ZL SC62 | Jaxman E2L XP-G2 5A | Purple S2+ XPL-HI U6-3A | D4 w/ Luxeon V | RRT-01 
EagTac D25C Ti | DQG Slim AA Ti | UF-T1 by CRX | Olight S1 | Klarus Mini One Ti
L6 XHP70.2 P2 4000K FET+7135 | Jaxman M8 | MF02 | Jaxman Z1 CULNM1.TG | Blue S2+ w/ ML Special
In-progress: Supfire M6 3xXHP50.2 
Others: Nitecore EC23 | Nebo Twyst | Streamlight ProTac 1AA | TerraLux LightStar 100

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Oh this would make me wish the FW3A was built like an Emisar D4 and an 8A linear driver.

Would be a very nice upgrade.

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Marc E wrote:
Edindevon wrote:
Has tracking stopped for anyone else today? I get an error in Chinese, Google translate suggests “please enter verification code”
Yes, me too, using Flyt Express. Given that the error message only flashes up for about 3 seconds with nowhere obvious to enter a code i get the impression it’s a site error rather than anything to do with the delivery process, but have no idea how to check this or actually track the delivery :/ (It’s not showing up on RM or Yodel).

Ditto.

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