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Melven
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I know they are not normally considered a budget dealer, but I wanted to let you know about my recent good experience with Lighthound. I purchased a Solarforce L2 in Gun Metal for $12.99 and the optional stainless steel bezel for $2.99.  I also got the LT-1 lantern head to attach to the L2 (Very cool and highly recommended accessory) for $15.  The L2 was $1.50 more than SolarForce-Sales, but the LT-1 was $5 cheaper.  I had to pay $6.95 priority mail shipping, but I received the order in less than a week, and got a shipping confirmation email 1.5 hours after I made the order!

 

The reason I purchased from Lighthound instead of Solarforce-Sales as I usually do, was because of Chinese New Year.  However after receiving such great service and quick shipping I think they are worth the couple extra dollars it costs to buy from them here in the USA as opposed to HongKong. 

 

5 Stars from me

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Hi Melven! Welcome to BLF!

Hope you have a good time here.

 

Lighthound are good guys - the PO here for some reason decided my address didn't exist and sent a package back.

I tried to persuade them to let me pay for the second lot of shipping but they refused to accept any more money from me.

 

Definitely amongst the good guys.

 

The numbers from my light tests are always to be found here.

https://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=0ApkFM37n_QnRdDU5MDNzOURjYllmZHI...

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Thanks for the welcome - have been lurking for a few weeks and like the feel here much better than the other place!

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The constant aggression and money-grubbing over there does get more than a little wearing.

There is a vast amount of information over there, but it gets ever harder to actually find it which sort of negates the point of it.

Much friendlier here.

 

The numbers from my light tests are always to be found here.

https://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=0ApkFM37n_QnRdDU5MDNzOURjYllmZHI...

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Thanks for sharing your experience, Melven and welcome to BLF! Smile

 

Looks like an interesting store and having options is always good. I've always wanted to give those Lampifix paracord thingies a try and I guess now is as good a time as any.

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Welcome to BLF Melven. I just recently joined myself. Thanks for the review.

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The only reason I've not used them a lot more is the rather high USPS international postage rates - and our import duties also include the postage in the value - which means anything worth more than about $10 will incur a $12 PO ransom charge here plus any duty and VAT. The lousy current exchange rate doesn't help either.

They ship faster than just about anyone I've come across and are nice guys to deal with.

 

The numbers from my light tests are always to be found here.

https://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=0ApkFM37n_QnRdDU5MDNzOURjYllmZHI...

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Forgot to mention they include a little coin cell squeeze light (digital switch) as a freebie with your order.  You can never have too many of those - my kids love to play with them!

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Hi there Melvin, thanks for joining! We're glad to have you here. Enjoy!

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Hi Melvin. Enjoy your stay here. Smile

kragmutt wrote:

They're gonna send you a green redcat with a black LED.

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Aloha and welcome to BLF Melven!

I bought a few things from Lighthound a few months ago and everything showed up just fine and in only a few days.  I might have to check out their website again.

Don wrote:

"But as I said long ago, you are more likely to be killed by a dead fish dropped by a seagull in the Sahara Desert than by a lithium ion

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I also just bought from them, summarised by Quick delivery, and an easy shopping experience. Don't forget the 2% of with cpf code. Helps take the edge of the shipping (which was $16 starting rate for me Shocked )

 

I Bought 17670 battery tubes for the old HDS lights. I bought the storm 3 weeks ago from going gear 'garage sales' for $55, and it hasn't arrived yet (intl postage is slow), but I already wanted to get 18650 tubes for it. There was a guy on CPF wanting to sell his 17670 tube used for $60, later with a price drop to $50. I found it on light hound for $2.50 each i believe as an inventory clearance?. I don't know if its arrived yet, but I'm expecting it in a week or two. I ended up buying 3 sets of tubes !!

On a side note, the exchange rate is more favourable here though.. Buying locally is crazy expensive, with barely any choice. A Mag 4D incan will cost $70, and a led lenser P7 will cost $150 on sale!! I also saw a 6p incan the other day, it was recently brought in, and was going for $160 @.@.

 

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Welcome Melven.  I've used Lighthound a few times now for various purchases, and like you stated all have been excellent experiences.

 

okwchin, those are some crazy maglight prices!  I feel bad mentioning that I picked up a couple of 2D incans for mods for $16 each and a couple of 2aa mini mags for $3.50 each.Tongue out

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Maybe you could buy and post some to europe. Smile

Who does not want a 2D mag at 16usd for a XM-L transplant?

With a set of these and a decent driver it would make a nice flashlight. Charging those batteries might be a bit tricky tho.

Btw, it's just an idea, i surely don't want to bother you with such request. In EU Maglites are quite expensive!

http://www.svetlobna-tocka.si/index.php?route=product/product&product_id... <- best deal so far, usually around the 40€ mark for the incan.

kragmutt wrote:

They're gonna send you a green redcat with a black LED.

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I have charged 32600s on a WF-139 charger. All you need is some wooden dowel of about 50mm in length. Screw a small wood screw into each end. Solder a red wire to one screw and a black wire to the other. Use some magnets with leads (Magtrix are the ones I have) to connect the wires to the cells. The dowel plus screws goes into the charger. Also works for measuring capacity of larger cells with an AA/AAA only charger like the Angeleyes ones i have.

 

It takes a very long time to charge them that way - 10-12 hours for the 32600s I have.

 

Here's another one I made out of a dummy AA.

 

The numbers from my light tests are always to be found here.

https://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=0ApkFM37n_QnRdDU5MDNzOURjYllmZHI...

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I would probably use the XTAR MP1 with a twisted paperclip for the + terminal. Might just work. The negative spring should do the trick.

kragmutt wrote:

They're gonna send you a green redcat with a black LED.

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They're the best... Lighthound gets most of my business. Longest time it ever took to get my stuff was 3 days.

As for solarforce sales, F 'em. Ordered on 1/11 and never did get the package. Paypal claim done. Never again.

Rich

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I ordered the SS bezel B5 and SS lanyard ring and 2 14500 cells from them on sunday and i received the items today. they have reasonable prices and shipping price was'nt bad. i would order from them again.

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Its the shipping that gets me. Other than that, I have no complaints. They're as fast as anybody, I just usually talk myself into spending $75 when I shouldn't.

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I have placed a few orders through them and highly recommend them.  I always grab some of their paracord/lanyard goodies when ordering too.

I can't remember if it is their special or closeout page, but one of them has lower prices when you add the item to your cart.

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just realized last nite that the b5 bezel they sent was actually the b2. i contacted them by email and got a reply earlier saying that they had sent out the right part and to keep the original one they sent. I called them on the phone and somebody picked up right away to confrim that they had in fact sent the new correct item.  Id say thats great customer service @ Lighthound.

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I've been thinking about ordering a Solarforce body from them, it 9and they) get such great reviews.

 

Doesn't appear that they currently have any hi-performance drop-ins for the body, though.Am I just looking in the wrong place for the drop in on their site?

Rats, finally sold my 2010 509hp Mustang...now I can buy more lights!

Sold the red one too! Now guess what I drive, doing my penance for 500 hp commuters...

http://dreammustang.com/

http://i884.photobucket.com/albums/ac47/Ha

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trooplewis wrote:

I've been thinking about ordering a Solarforce body from them, it 9and they) get such great reviews.

 

Doesn't appear that they currently have any hi-performance drop-ins for the body, though.Am I just looking in the wrong place for the drop in on their site?

looks like they got 1 model in stock from thrunite https://www.lighthound.com/ThruNite-Cree-XM-L-drop-in-for-SureFire-and-others-3--9-Volts_p_3799.html

might want to try the ultrafire 3 mode from manafont.com http://www.manafont.com/product_info.php/ultrafire-cree-t6-3mode-memory-led-dropin-module-42v-max-p-5178

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They usually stock everything for P60 drop-ins from solarforce, thrunite, even nailbender (although its a lot cheaper to get the nailbender ones right from the source)

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Thanks, I ordered the XM-L drop in off of Manafont; never used them before, curious how long it will be until it arrives.

I'll try it first in my old Pelican M6 Lithium, if it doesn't work in that I'll order the Solarforce l2 body from Lighthound.

Rats, finally sold my 2010 509hp Mustang...now I can buy more lights!

Sold the red one too! Now guess what I drive, doing my penance for 500 hp commuters...

http://dreammustang.com/

http://i884.photobucket.com/albums/ac47/Ha

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trooplewis wrote:

Thanks, I ordered the XM-L drop in off of Manafont; never used them before, curious how long it will be until it arrives.

I'll try it first in my old Pelican M6 Lithium, if it doesn't work in that I'll order the Solarforce l2 body from Lighthound.

I ordered a solarforce l2 from the source. solarforce-sales.com they have very good prices and shipping is only $2. it took them 10 days to get from HK to indiana. 

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trooplewis wrote:

Thanks, I ordered the XM-L drop in off of Manafont; never used them before, curious how long it will be until it arrives.

I'll try it first in my old Pelican M6 Lithium, if it doesn't work in that I'll order the Solarforce l2 body from Lighthound.

Hope your not in a hurry. I've waited 4 to 5 weeks

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Thats why I love Lighthound - last time I ordered from them I received my L2 body in 4 days.

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I'll tell ya what;  my last order from Lighthound arrived faster than a greyhound. (the dog, not the bus)  Three days, I think it was.

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I ordered some stuff and asked if they could make a discount code for budgetlightforum.com. So now you can use blf as coupon code for 2% off instead of having to use the code for the other place (starts with c, ends with f and p in the middle Tongue Out).

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Never had problems with them.

Shipments consistently reach me in 3 - 4 days.

One experience with them stands out in my mind.

I was stupid enough to slam a metal drawer shut on the power cord of a charger I purchased from them.

The drawer cut through the jacket nearly right through.

I emailed them asking how much is a replacement if they sold it separately.

I got busy at work and forgot about it.

Like clockwork, 3 days later I got a package in the mail with a replacement cord free of charge.

That really made a impression on me.

 

 

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