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So is the BLF Edition SP70 dead?

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It’s coming right after we make Q8 extension tubes aka never

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Let‘s just hope it won’t take as long as Duke Nukem Forever Big Smile

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Is anyone making a driver for this thing? Like TA? If I have to make my own BLF version I guess I will. I just can’t live with the stock UI.

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As someone who was looking forward to this project I really hope that it doesn’t fall under the radar!

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NW emitter and Anduril UI (this will also solve the overly illuminated side switch issue)

are enough upgrades for me to jump in.

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Yourrid wrote:
Is anyone making a driver for this thing? Like TA? If I have to make my own BLF version I guess I will. I just can’t live with the stock UI.

TA does usually make single drivers. You can use a driver from Lexel or MTN E. It’s a standard 6v FET, no big deal.

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My SP70 has become my nightly user, it’s an instant hit with everyone I show it to. I’ll probably pick up another if this blf doesn’t pan out, which would be a bummer. A blf version would be an automatic recommend to all the night guys. And all the camping guys. And all the guy guys. With just a few tweaks and a little price adjustment, I’d be in for at least 3 more lights.

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Yourrid wrote:
So is the BLF Edition SP70 dead?

I wish people would not phrase their questions like this. It’s very negative. Just ask how the project is going.

If you want it to be dead you can unsubscribe and forget about it.

If you want to know the truth, you have to be patient.

Sometimes projects get cancelled because they know the costs don’t make sense. Sometimes projects get put on the back burner until the company gets caught up with backordered stuff.

I’m assuming this project is still going forward, but Sofirn is working on a lot of things at once, so development is slow. They might be waiting on a new driver design to support Anduril or maybe waiting on ToyKeeper to tweak the software, etc… You just never know until they speak up and give an update. Even updates are few and far between. I just assume the project is going forward unless I hear otherwise.

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JasonWW wrote:
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Is anyone making a driver for this thing? Like TA? If I have to make my own BLF version I guess I will. I just can't live with the stock UI.
TA does usually make single drivers. You can use a driver from Lexel or MTN E. It's a standard 6v FET, no big deal.

 

As JasonWW already said, Lexel has an appropriate 6V FET driver that fits both into the Convoy L6 and Sofirn SP70. It uses the Infineon OptiMOS 5 MOSFET and can use NarsilM or Andúril for the user interface.

You can see a picture of the driver here:

https://www.taschenlampen-forum.de/threads/sofirn-sp70.65913/page-5#post...

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Sofirn has a wonderful UI (very much dislike the default ramping direction of Andúril-should go down, not up; also nice is going back from turbo is a no-brainer). I wish the BLF SP70 would work like this.

Warm light would be really really nice. And an SMO reflector.

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Still interested and still patient. Wink

Top notch driver and NW to WW led would be great.

Cheers and have a great weekend!
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I am thinking about ordering a sofirn sp70 from banggood.. or should I wait for the more powerful blf sp70 edition??

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Just wait for the BLF edition.

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Depends on how long you are willing to wait. I assume it will still take some weeks or months before the BLF edition is ready to manufacturing. We have yet collected a lot of great ideas but wait for Barry to feedback. Moreover, it would be great to hear some updates about the SMO reflector that still had some room for improvement.

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I am thinking about ordering a sofirn sp70 from banggood.. or should I wait for the more powerful blf sp70 edition??

BLF version should be the same power level.

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JasonWW wrote:
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I am thinking about ordering a sofirn sp70 from banggood.. or should I wait for the more powerful blf sp70 edition??
BLF version should be the same power level.

Ok.. I have banggood 1000 points.. it is $10 off. Kind of a good deal.. I can choose banggood shipped sp70 from US warehouse.. where is banggood US warehouse located ?

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Where is Banggood US warehouse located?

I’m not sure, maybe California? I got some 30Q’s shipped from California through Banggood.

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How difficult would it be to buy one of these and attempt to mod it yourself? Would simply bypassing the springs result in any noticable improvement?

I am excited for the blf version, but am not sure how long I will have to wait until the project is (understandably) ready to sell.

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The current version has plenty current and output but among other things (see the OP) we would like to see a smooth reflector with well-focused led, and that is not to be modded in, so that is why we wait for the BLF version.

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That makes sense, thank you for the input!

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Has anyone heard any more on this project?

Bonum commune communitatis.

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Has anyone heard any more on this project?

I have no news but I did see they released a “dumbed” down version with a more basic UI. So they have gone in the opposite direction.

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Haven't heard anything. SP70 is just as good a candidate for modding as the new L6 with XHP70.2. Still needs a new driver, still needs a spring bypass. L6 can probably be had slightly cheaper *shrug*

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contactcr wrote:
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Has anyone heard any more on this project?

I have no news but I did see they released a “dumbed” down version with a more basic UI. So they have gone in the opposite direction.


No, the new light your thinking of is not based on the SP70. It’s a different version of the S70/S70S with it’s smaller head, etc… They mention that the interface is simpler than on the SP70, but not that the light itself is based on the SP70. I think this wording confuses a few people. See below.

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Sofirn just post this on their Facebook pages… Post it as “TK70 a simple interface edition compare to SP70 (interface)

https://www.facebook.com/sofirn.cn/posts/2130003073966082

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JasonWW wrote:
I think this wording confuses a few people. See below.

I stand corrected. I didn’t look close enough and the wording was indeed confusing

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I think this new TK70 is more in the spirit of the old Kronos K70 from 2017 which never got into production. There are a lot of similar styling cues.

Kronos K70 below. 

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Interested in the BLF version. OP reflector and XHP70.2 is good with me. I’d rather not have the SST line. Would definitely prefer warmer tints though, 3000-4000k options would be wonderful. I’d probably buy a 3000k and a 4000k. And I’m willing to pay much more for a built-in-charging option. Hey, no name Jiaheng line from Aliexpress can do it why not Sofirn?

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And I’m willing to pay much more for a built-in-charging option. Hey, no name Jiaheng line from Aliexpress can do it why not Sofirn?

Because it’s irresponsible and unsafe.

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Because it’s irresponsible and unsafe.

Charging cells in series is either unsafe or rather expensive to do properly. Charging a series pack requires BMS.

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