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Hello From Sunny Singapore!

Hi everyone,

I have not been following the flashlight scene for 3+ years now. Back then I was an avid collector and a reasonably active poster in CPF. Recently I stumbled across this forum when googling. Like someone said, it’s like Hotel California – you can checkout but you can never leave! 3 years ago, the Q2s and Q5s were the top end – now it seems like it’s all about the XM-Ls and the 26650s.

During the past 2 weeks alone, I re-caught the bug and have already ordered 3 lights – a Fenix TK35 clone from DX (already arrived – an excellent light!); a Trustfire A8 and a Keygos M10, the last 2 still in transit from eBay. Was very impressed with the XM-L, hence my buying spree.

Am very tempted to get the KD C8 too based on the good reviews and the handy size but am hesitating because I am afraid I might be disappointed by the short run time using an 18650. Anyone can fill me in on this? Would it be like only 30-40 mins on high?

Thanks for reading and I hope I can be an active participant in this forum – there are some very knowledgeable and helpful people here and I have already learn a lot from my brief time here.

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trueimage wrote:
and I hope I can be an active participant in this forum

Hi, welcome to BFL!

Btw, i never introduced myself. Not needed nor wanted for afaik. I began contributing Wink with my very first posts (like a bull dozing Blushing in DD**).

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Welcome from Groovy Germany Big Smile

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Welcome aboard trueimage! Jump right in. Good post kreisler.

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trueimage, I want to wish you a warm welcome from way-too-sunny California!

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Hi, trueimage and welcome to BLF!

On your C8 question, I have had 3 C8's in the past and they got a lot of use night cycling, the shortest run time I experienced was around 80 minutes with a protected cell on up to 2 hours, so it depends on how hard they are driven. If you get one that is driven very hard, the run time might be less. A C8 is a great all arounder and most of us here have owned one. If you want a really great one, do some shopping:

http://www.intl-outdoor.com/xintd-c8-v3-xml-u2-910lumens-flashlight-p-30...
http://www.shiningbeam.com/servlet/the-69/***NEW***-Romisen-RC-dsh-T602-...

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Welcome. Glad to have you here!

Do some research on the various C8’s and I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised with all the options. If you’re an enthusiast and own multiple lights then a quality C8 is basically a must! You can do better than the KD C8 although it’s kind of the founding father of this particular model/size.

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Welcome to the Best Light Forum

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Hi!!!!!

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Welcome to BLF! My tip is to just jump in and start posting. Smile My first post was a review of a charger. Big Smile

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just been to singapore last week. went to black-tactical at funan, and fstop lights at jurong. any other flashlight shops?

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Hi! trueimage

Overclocker wrote:
just been to singapore last week. went to black-tactical at funan, and fstop lights at jurong. any other flashlight shops?

Have serveral small stalls at the Army Market. Above the Hawker Centre (Lvl 2) , Beside Kampong Glam Community Center/ Known as Golden Mile Food Center.
Around the vicinity also hv some shops fronts selling flashlights..

However, not too big a market in singapore, not much people get them unless ppl that loves them..so not too many models…
(Checked by me few hours ago,(went there for food)>

I think>> if someone bring a average trustfire 3t6, go to them should “blind their other lights”, not even need to use>> DRY, King,X100, TK 70 etc…

Another is Sng Arms Camping> well known for survival knives, lights, camping eq with slightly high price.(i feel) But again, they might not hv recent models.

EDITED: Mustafa Centre at Little India basement do sell flashlights. Average price of the brighter ones are hovering aroung SGD $50/- Using Luxon Rebel LED..
Their headlights from SGD$ 8.90- SGD$ 49.90/- >> Cree LED but non of them is using XML T6. The top lvl of this said place also hv some headlights (scatter around the tools area [drills,brushcutter, hammer,screwbrivers, car horns])

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Welcome to BLF. Pretty cool coming back into it after the XML introduced and developed so well and in so many different lights. Kid in a candy store.

Piers said " ....but who wants enough light, when you have the option for far too much "

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Thanks everyone for the cheery, funny and informative responses! I am sure I will enjoy my time here.

BetweenRides and weiser701 – thanks for the advice on the C8. I’ll be sure to read up more before pulling the plug. The UF-980L is starting to look like a good alternative – urrggh – there are so many great lights – to paraphrase Mozart (or more correctly, Tom Hulce in Amadeus); why can’t we have five hands so we can hold more lights!

@Overclocker – hope you enjoyed your stay in Singapore. cop has given you some great tips on where to go. Most of them though (other than Sng Arms) sell the really cheap China budget lights. If you want branded lights, the one I know of is Sheares Technology which is the distributor for Surefires etc. Here’s the link:-

http://www.sheares.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=frontpage&Itemid=1

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Welcome, trueimage. Glad to have you on board :bigsmile:

Lights out! That's when things get interesting...

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Hello and welcome trueimage

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raccoon city wrote:

trueimage, I want to wish you a warm welcome from way-too-sunny California!

trueimage1

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That image tickled me.I was in Huntington Beech[i see yr in CA] a few years ago and the Mrs had the same thing photographed,but in reverse.Shes a perfect 10[size ten]and the effect made her into a blimp[large torpedoe shaped balloon].My pet name for her is Fat Bird or fatish.Ever since that day realy.

Have a goodn all

DON

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Thanks, Bob and Don!

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trueimage, you might want to check out the C8 from Int’l Outdoor store. IMHO it’s one of the better ones. And you can order it WITHOUT those annoying blinky modes Big Smile

Lights out! That's when things get interesting...

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You may also purchase from Kaidomain. Very fast shipping and also great customer service…

How bright is bright enough...

Runtime VS Lumens...

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@BanglaBob, C-channel,

I went ahead and ordered the XinTD C8 from Int-Store – just got the Shipment Notice! Figured it’s prob worthwhile to pay a bit more for the nanjg driver, the 3-mode and the NW tint. Thks

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G’day mate. Feels like home don’t it Smile

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

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@BanglaBob, C-channel,

I went ahead and ordered the XinTD C8 from Int-Store – just got the Shipment Notice! Figured it’s prob worthwhile to pay a bit more for the nanjg driver, the 3-mode and the NW tint. Thks

Good choice. For US$30 it’s certainly one of the better (flashlight) buys out there. And Hank over at IOS is always ready and willing to attend to you Smile

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Great choice…

Heard good things. You may consider kaidomain also for your next purchase. They are good at customization. U can order 3 mode version (hi, mid, low) via their sales email. Same price.

http://www.kaidomain.com/product/details.S009844

Great customer service and fast shipping from HK…

How bright is bright enough...

Runtime VS Lumens...