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Now that the Sofirn C01S exists I find little to no reason to get an A01. 

As I said before, we could aim for a new design with a better driver. Now that I think of it, to handle 10440 li-ion well it should be a boost-buck unit, boosting for alkaline, Ni-MH and other low voltage cells and bucking in case of li-ion cell.

 

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I wouldn’t swap my A01 for C01.

A01:

  • looks better
  • is available in copper
  • has a centered attachment hole
  • is cheaper (with the right discount)

That’s enough to prefer it over C01.
Granted, I’d prefer the smaller size and better LED of C01. But it’s ugly when standing and very ugly when hanging.

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Agro: I thought the a01 in copper is long sold out ? actually the a01 is not that bad.. i will use it on my keychain so for that its perfect..

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I believe it appears from time to time.
I bought mine at a sale that looked like clearance (under $8 shipped) and saw it available much later.

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u mean banggood? cant find it there.. :/

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Astrolux is a Banggood brand so it’s the best place to search their lights.
Indeed it doesn’t seem to be available. I tried clicking the link from my purchase – and it doesn’t work.

So it may indeed be gone for good. Or it may return some day…it’s hard to tell.

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no problem, atleats normal version is available Big Smile

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I did buy quite a few A01s over the past years. Gave away many, EDC a copper one… But was very disappointed with the last batch where the Nichia emitter was gone (at least the tint was quite off) and the driver had PWM and NMM

I’m still wondering how they are now? Last time i heard they where no better.
Did someone receive one recently?
Manker E01 is the only one now?

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@barkuti, ah i thought its 4000k emitter in those ? i have on its way lol Big Smile for the price its hard to resist it…

It was, but they keep screwing up the design with new “features”. I have a few of the original design. Fantastic light.

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One really nice thing about the A01 is the overall shape and form factor. It lends itself very well to hanging around on a key ring all day. Having tried a bunch of different lights (and other gear) on my key ring over the years, I appreciate that.

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I see it (A01) ships from 2 different places. Anyone know what or where GWTR is.

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Astrofux from Bangbad. Wink

GWTR is some sort of acronym for Bangbad's Chinese Global Warehouse. CN refers to another (Chinese) warehouse.

 

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I’ve bought around 6 now. Coupla yrs till recent.
They a good basic keyring light for any pocket. I order the 5000.
Think it’s the best tint for MY old eyes.
Never had a bad sw, Springs, Anodising, O rings, anything.
Just a very nice (favourite) Cheap, small pocket torch.
Flicker?…78yrs, Don’t know, My eyes don’t see it.++

I have half a doz others. Convoy Titanium. BLF 348. Singfire the same. 2 of each. Never come out of drawer. O’Light i3t Copper. Niiiice.
Jetbeam Jet 1 MK Pro x 2.., Very nice.

half a doz Penlight stainless. Clean edged ROUND beam.
inbuilt battery good for 25/30 min’s. $2.75 apiece del.
(can look it up). Can’t find record gone.
NOT Bangood or Gearbest. Probably That Prime. Company.
The first lot I gave away b4 realising how good.
Plastic lens collar better than metal lens collar models.

One…. So far has developed a dicky sw.
Have to push and hold for constant light.
Just have them hanging round the house door handles and shed
they have a hanging strap built into tail end.
Perfect for pick up and look in the dark.
Just reach for wardrobe or door handles instant light.
THEY are. The most useful. Used.
Practical torches in my household.. Coupla yrs old now too.
98% of the others just sit around looking pretty.
Unless going outside.

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Barkuti wrote:

Astrofux from Bangbad. Wink


GWTR is some sort of acronym for Bangbad’s Chinese Global Warehouse. CN refers to another (Chinese) warehouse.


 


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The old driver had 3 modes: a very low firefly, a low of less than 10 lumens (7?) and a high of a 102 lumen rating (a strobe mode was also present after the high one, but only accesible by cycling twice).

How is the newer Astrofux A0½ in this regard? I took the liberty to rename it for a better reflection of its current level of quality/commitment to the original design. Big Smile

 

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Barkuti wrote:

Now that the Sofirn C01S exists I find little to no reason to get an A01. 


As I said before, we could aim for a new design with a better driver. Now that I think of it, to handle 10440 li-ion well it should be a boost-buck unit, boosting for alkaline, Ni-MH and other low voltage cells and bucking in case of li-ion cell.


 


Smile 


Agreed. The C01S feels more secure in the hand, looks better, and works the way I expect. I actually like high-low versus low-high, so I’m happy with the Sofirns. The Astroluxes feel like a waste of money by comparison.
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I just got my Fasttech 14 mm lens. It’s too large but barely, a couple of minutes of filing and it fits. Smile

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I just got my Fasttech 14 mm lens. It’s too large but barely, a couple of minutes of filing and it fits. Smile

How about thickness? It ok in that regard?
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AO1.—— C01..
just look at them.
One is a mini (ugly) water pipe with a led in the end.
Mini S2.
NO style. Form. or factor about it.

The other is a Pure, Artistic form with light
the perfection of Nichia in the end of it
One of the nicest, well balanced lights on the market.

Not that I’m biased much.

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Macka17 wrote:
AO1.—— C01..
just look at them.
One is a mini (ugly) water pipe with a led in the end.
Mini S2.
NO style. Form. or factor about it.

The other is a Pure, Artistic form with light
the perfection of Nichia in the end of it
One of the nicest, well balanced lights on the market.

huh ???

Not that I’m biased much.

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I like water pipes.

The A01 which is being sold now has a driver which leaves to be desired. And while I do not know what emitter they're using, I've heard in the grapevine it also is not what they're claiming or used to be. If you can deal with this, fine. I don't. I prefer to play “grab bag” elsewhere.

 

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BillyBobJoe wrote:
Agro wrote:
I just got my Fasttech 14 mm lens. It’s too large but barely, a couple of minutes of filing and it fits. Smile

How about thickness? It ok in that regard?

It’s much thicker than stock. I actually didn’t screw the light together yet so I don’t know if that’s an issue. I will report back.
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Macka17 wrote:
AO1.—— C01..
just look at them.
One is a mini (ugly) water pipe with a led in the end.
Mini S2.
NO style. Form. or factor about it.

The other is a Pure, Artistic form with light
the perfection of Nichia in the end of it
One of the nicest, well balanced lights on the market.

There is no question that the body design of the A01 is awesome. It has one of the best form factors of any key-chain light I’ve had.

The A01 used to have the 219B but has since switched to the 219C or maybe something else. The middle mode has PWM. The UI isn’t great either.

If you could put the guts of the C01 or L-H C01S inside the body of an A01… now THAT would be amazing!

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Glass thickness is not an issue. The fasstech lens works fine.

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Cosmo.

““The A01 used to have the 219B but has since switched to the 219C or maybe something else. The middle mode has PWM. The UI isn’t great either.

If you could put the guts of the C01 or L-H C01S inside the body of an A01… now THAT would be amazing!”“

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I have several early ones. Lovely natural light.
2 x later ones, Don’t know if latest led.
I only use on high. Basically the light is brighter and colder.
Looks more like a cree output than the old 291B Nichia.
Maybe a C. It’s a different colour.
They run the 10440 cells fine, and when I give them away
they go with AAA cells.
Same as the Singfire/BLF 328?‘s
With them, I have hospital fibre tape round them so they not slippy in grip.

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C01 dies when used with Li-ion.
I much prefer PWM to AAA limit.

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I just ordered a purple one from Banggood. Checking the site out and happen to land at the page. Looks neat and I like how the name sounds. Astrolux…..sounds like a sci fi character for a movie or something. Pretty kewl! Nichia too and quite good output for a little guy.

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Yeah nice looking light. So nice that I ordered a purple one. I know that 10440 will give better output than regular AAA but is it a big jump? I would just like to use regular AAA for this little guy.

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no this light doesnt work with 10440.

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Mine does. And it’s indeed much brigher.

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