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I recommend 3B = neutral white. The 1A has a slight blueish tint, the 3B gives more natural color rendition, especially outside.
3B (5000K) is always a safe choice, you won´t notice any brightness difference with your eyes compared to 1A.

Hope this helps,
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Has anyone stuck an XM-L2 or XP-L in their X6 or X5? I’m curious about the beam profile in their reflectors. It’d be fun to have a bit more flood.

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Kusie wrote:
I recommend 3B = neutral white. The 1A has a slight blueish tint, the 3B gives more natural color rendition, especially outside.
3B (5000K) is always a safe choice, you won´t notice any brightness difference with your eyes compared to 1A.

Hope this helps,
K.

Agreed, I think you will like the 3B tint. I have both and Kusie stated the NW (3B) tint is better outside.

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Brett H wrote:
Kusie wrote:
I recommend 3B = neutral white. The 1A has a slight blueish tint, the 3B gives more natural color rendition, especially outside.
3B (5000K) is always a safe choice, you won´t notice any brightness difference with your eyes compared to 1A.

Hope this helps,
K.

Agreed, I think you will like the 3B tint. I have both and Kusie stated the NW (3B) tint is better outside.

Kusie and Bret H,
Thank you for your valuable input.Appreciate your quick reply to my post.
I went ahead and ordered the Al set with the 3B tint.
Hopefully Banggood gets it right and ships out 3B tint.

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I really wish someone could help convince Banggood to reactivate my SS/Cu code or send me a identical replacement code, so I can actually get mine. I know they didn’t send it because the tracking number got deactivated and they refunded me with no hesitation, after 2 months of waiting. They’re really nice lights, just not as enticing at $199 USD.

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I bought the Astrolux SS … $40.76 (plus shipping) using all possible points

I ordered it with the 3B tint, I hope Banggood has sent the correct tint… and the flashlight will work fine.

Sorry for my bad English (gogole transtorla)

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ReAvenger wrote:
I really wish someone could help convince Banggood to reactivate my SS/Cu code or send me a identical replacement code, so I can actually get mine. I know they didn’t send it because the tracking number got deactivated and they refunded me with no hesitation, after 2 months of waiting. They’re really nice lights, just not as enticing at $199 USD.

If you don’t mind buying them individually they’re both on sale at the moment for a total price of just under $100.

Astrolux SS
Astrolux SC

EDIT: Updated flashlight names for clarity.

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SciFiFreak wrote:
ReAvenger wrote:
I really wish someone could help convince Banggood to reactivate my SS/Cu code or send me a identical replacement code, so I can actually get mine. I know they didn’t send it because the tracking number got deactivated and they refunded me with no hesitation, after 2 months of waiting. They’re really nice lights, just not as enticing at $199 USD.

If you don’t mind buying them individually they’re both on sale at the moment for a total price of just under $100.

Astrolux SS
Astrolux SC

EDIT: Updated flashlight names for clarity.

+1

I have 1403 points. If I use them, would have paid a bit less $79.87 (plus shipping fees, $6.95).

If anything can go wrong, it will.
Matter will be damaged in direct proportion to its value.

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I’ve got two Windyfire 14500’s I charged them last night and just put one of them into my CU X5

4.17v and 4.18v 02/10/2016 – 23:08
4.16v and 4.17v 02/11/2016 – 20:24
4.11v and 4.17v 02/13/2016 – 19:47
4.088v and 4.16v 02/14/2016 – 18:5
4.043v and 4.16v 02/16/2016 – 22:06
3.977v and 4.16v 02/20/2016 – 11:40
3.938v and 4.15v 02/22/2016 – 20:16
3.908v and 4.15v 02/24/2016 – 21:26
3.859v and 4.15v 02/27/2016 – 22:49
3.820v and 4.15v 02/29/2016 – 22:35
3.789v and 4.15v 03/03/2016 – 22:25
3.774v and 4.14v 03/06/2016 – 22:30
3.753v and 4.14v 03/11/2016 – 22:55
3.670v and 4.14v 03/19/2016 – 15:47
3.633v and 4.13v 03/22/2016 – 22:39
3.576v and 4.13v 03/28/2016 – 23:21
3.451v and 4.13v 04/05/2016 – 21:31
3.042v and 4.12v 04/11/2016 – 21:14

And that’s it I’m done. I think I’ll carry this light tomorrow.

And from ToyKeepers graphing script.

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Thank you Joat!

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I can’t imagine not playing with my X5 for that long. Thanks for providing us with great information Joat!

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Awesome. It looks like the estimate of about two months was pretty close. And I’ve noticed on mine that the tail starts growing visibly dimmer when the battery is ready to be recharged. That quick drop at the end is how I know it’s time.

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When I pulled the cell the tail cap looked very dim.

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Compare that graph to HJK’s discharge graph for this cell

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Wow. Good test
2 months is respectable, can’t imagine having these lights and not using them for so long Big Smile

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Thanks, Joat. Great information, it also helps me decide on the resistor values of my own lighted tail mods Smile

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That would be nice, but they’re branded with Astrolux, not BLF/Kronos, and they do not come in a nice box. I think I’ll keep pestering Banggood till they relent.

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ReAvenger wrote:
That would be nice, but they’re branded with Astrolux, not BLF/Kronos, and they do not come in a nice box. I think I’ll keep pestering Banggood till they relent.

Good Luck

Im not a Pessimist …. just an Optimist with a lot of experience

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I’d like to thank Neal from Banggood, for sending me a new code. My trust in Banggood stays true, at least for now.

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I’d like to thank Neal from Banggood, for sending me a new code. My trust in Banggood stays true, at least for now.

good to hear Smile

 

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I was here in post 7018 about an Astrolux SC (copper X5 clone) that stepped down in all modes and did other strange things. The problem was solved after a bridged connection on the driver was disconnected.

I now have a new Astrolux S3 (aluminum X5 clone) that is stepping down in all modes after 9 seconds. If the light has been resting, it takes 30 seconds for the first stepdown, then 9 seconds for subsequent ones. This occurs in ALL modes, not just turbo. Other functions work as expected.

  • UI is set to four modes, no moon, no memory, L to H, medium presses on.
  • With thermal management disabled, there are no stepdowns in any modes.
  • After a factory reset of settings, stepdowns occur again.

Unfortunately, I only did a quick check of the light’s functionality out of the box before removing the bleeder resistor and tailcap LED and resistor. I’m confident that I didn’t cause damage while I was in there.

Any ideas? I have looked at the driver board again and didn’t see anything obvious.

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So it works in all modes and can enter and exit program mode but is stepping down too quickly? Connection problem? Weak switch? Wrong value on one of the voltage divider resistors?

Three Tanna leaves to give him life, nine to give him movement. But what if he eats the whole bag?

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was here in post 7018 about an Astrolux SC (copper X5 clone) that stepped down in all modes and did other strange things. The problem was solved after a bridged connection on the driver was disconnected.

I now have a new Astrolux S3 (aluminum X5 clone) that is stepping down in all modes after 9 seconds. If the light has been resting, it takes 30 seconds for the first stepdown, then 9 seconds for subsequent ones. This occurs in ALL modes, not just turbo. Other functions work as expected.

  • UI is set to four modes, no moon, no memory, L to H, medium presses on.
  • With thermal management disabled, there are no stepdowns in any modes.
  • After a factory reset of settings, stepdowns occur again.

Unfortunately, I only did a quick check of the light’s functionality out of the box before removing the bleeder resistor and tailcap LED and resistor. I’m confident that I didn’t cause damage while I was in there.

Any ideas? I have looked at the driver board again and didn’t see anything obvious.

 G'Day goshdogit, smile

 

From memory, another member had the same problem (posted somewhere in this thread), & it was fixed by setting a new value/limit for the Thermal Calibration within configuration.

 

Best Regards,

George

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Rufusbduck wrote:
So it works in all modes and can enter and exit program mode but is stepping down too quickly?
Yes, the light functions normally besides stepping down in ALL modes after 9 seconds.
Rufusbduck wrote:
Connection problem? Weak switch? Wrong value on one of the voltage divider resistors?
Retaining rings are tight. Smacking/shaking the light causes no issues. I tried the tailcap from the copper X5 clone and got the same results. I looked at the driver again and it has the same 4.7k and 22k SMD resistors as the copper light.
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From memory, another member had the same problem (posted somewhere in this thread), & it was fixed by setting a new value/limit for the Thermal Calibration within configuration.
While attempting to set a new thermal protection value, the light seemed dim and did not get warm after 2 minutes.

I pulled the cell and it’s at 2.8V. It was at 3.6V two days ago. Facepalm I hadn’t touched the light since then.

Remember, I had removed the bleeder resistor from the driver before verifying that this light worked properly. I’m suspicious that I may have caused this issue, but I don’t see a bridge at the bleeder resistor’s pads and my DMM shows no continuity between them.

I’ll swap in a Mountain Electronics driver with Bistro UI when my latest order arrives, and get photos of the questionable driver when I remove it.

Thank you both for your suggestions. I’ll report back in a few days.

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Tried to remove the driver retaining ring on my X6 yesterday, I can get it loose and it freely rotates 2/3 times before it binds up and won’t undo any further.

Do I have to remove anything else in order to get driver retaining ring out? Question

Thanks in advance

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Do I have to remove anything else in order to get driver retaining ring out?
Nope, there’s probably just a tiny chunk of aluminum, brass, or PCB caught in the threads. I had that problem with an X6.

Working the ring back and forth might help, otherwise you might just need to plow through the the obstruction. Silly

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Tried to remove the driver retaining ring on my X6 yesterday, I can get it loose and it freely rotates 2/3 times before it binds up and won’t undo any further.

Do I have to remove anything else in order to get driver retaining ring out? Question

Thanks in advance

There is no need to remove anything else in order to get the driver retainer ring out. Try re-tightening it before trying again.

Also run the light on turbo so as to get it hot, & then try removing the driver retainer ring.

 

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George

 

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I have the stepdown in all modes too, in at least two of my Kronos lights. Why would a wrong stepdown temperature cause stepdown in all modes instead of just turbo??
I solved it by just un-engaging the turbo-timer. It was not my favorite feature anyway.

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Just got mine after waiting two months! Most notable is the fact I didn’t get a BLF-X5 but a Astrolux S3 instead. Not sure how I feel about that but I think the Astrolux is supposed to be a slight improvement so maybe it’s my lucky day?

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goshdogit wrote:
Nope, there’s probably just a tiny chunk of aluminum, brass, or PCB caught in the threads. I had that problem with an X6.

Working the ring back and forth might help, otherwise you might just need to plow through the the obstruction. Silly

keengeorge wrote:

There is no need to remove anything else in order to get the driver retainer ring out. Try re-tightening it before trying again.


Also run the light on turbo so as to get it hot, & then try removing the driver retainer ring.


 


Best Regards,


George


 

Thanks, I will have another go next weekend.

Would a tiny bit of WD40 help? I’ve been using some fairly fine needle-nose pliers, I think something else is going to fail before the ring is free :/. Going to invest in some Circlip pliers, might even make an adjustable retaining ring wrench by drilling holes and fitting pins into the sides of an adjustable wrench…

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