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What I got today was a threat to get a warrant to investigate whether I have a TV set or not

Capita don't seem to realise that the laws in England and Scotland are different.

It's not that they don't realise there is a diffrence, it's more that they don't care what the law is at all.

This is long an rambeling and probably best ignored...you have been warned! Silly

While I do have a TV it's not been used as one ever - it's connected to a DVD player and the like, so I don't need a licence. 

I used to get letters every couple of months telling me I had to have a licence. Their letters are terribly presumptive and are written as if they know you watch TV.

About once a year I would phone them up pointing out that you are not actually allowed to threaten people with undue legal action and that would be the end of the letters for a while.

Four years ago a disgustingly arogant TV licensing goon banged on my door, I wasn't feeling great so I ignored it. Then she started banging on the window and shouting "HELLO...HELLO" .

She said who she was, I told her the situation and then closed the door...more banging. So I opened it and asked her what on earth she wanted, she shouted that they were going to take me to court unless I paid up or let them "inspect" my house. She ranted some more and then back to the idle threats. I informed her that I was withdrawing her implied right of access and that if she didn't leave immediately I'd have her arrested, I closed the door on her.

I then emailed the TV licensing and the BBC complaints department informing them of their removed rights and that it would apply to any agents acting on their behalf. TV licensing sent an apologetic confirmation and that's the last I heard from them.

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Thanks for the photos and review photon1k! It makes me all the more excite to receive mine Big Smile

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Today I got a shipment from KD with a neutral white XP-G R4, some 18mm isolator disks, and 5 of the new 1400mA 5-mode driver. The 18mm disks are too big for a P60, but I can trim them down as needed. I was able to convert the driver to 3 modes so that it is just like the Shining Beam driver. Then I'll put these in the Ultrafire X1 I just got and have a nice 3-mode neutral compact 18650.

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mizjif wrote:

Thanks for the photos and review photon1k! It makes me all the more excite to receive mine Big Smile

You're quite welcome. I've got a couple two other SRMs on the way. I'll post pics when I get them.

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brted wrote:

Today I got a shipment from KD with a neutral white XP-G R4, some 18mm isolator disks, and 5 of the new 1400mA 5-mode driver. The 18mm disks are too big for a P60, but I can trim them down as needed. I was able to convert the driver to 3 modes so that it is just like the Shining Beam driver. Then I'll put these in the Ultrafire X1 I just got and have a nice 3-mode neutral compact 18650.

What a coincidence.

I have got today the same XP-G R4 neutral white and some 16 mm insulator disks.

http://www.kaidomain.com/ProductDetails.aspx?ProductId=1745. 

I have got also 5 driver boards, not 1400 mAh but the new 1560mAh 5-mode version.

http://www.kaidomain.com/ProductDetails.aspx?ProductId=11218

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i receved my box of 3 safe-lights

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My SHININGBEAM envelope came today. I received an ITP A3 EOS. What a great light. Its really pretty impressive how nice the output is. I am ordering some 10440s tonight. There are mixed reviews out there on how this light will handle 10440s. I don't want to wreck it but I want as much output as possible. Anyone have any firsthand experience running this light on a 10440? I was going to put this light on my keychain but I have never really liked extra stuff on my keys and didn't like it on there right away. The clip is really nice so I think it has found a home clipped to the shirt pocket of my uniform.

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

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Oldienea wrote:

What a coincidence.

I have got today the same XP-G R4 neutral white and some 16 mm insulator disks.

http://www.kaidomain.com/ProductDetails.aspx?ProductId=1745

I have got also 5 driver boards, not 1400 mAh but the new 1560mAh 5-mode version.

http://www.kaidomain.com/ProductDetails.aspx?ProductId=11218

I got the same drivers. I measured 1450mA, so I'm not sure why they call it 1560. I was very happy to find they can be switched to 3 modes. Let us know if you're able to get any other mode groups out of it. It's probably just a matter of connecting the correct pins, but I would bet it has 4 mode groups like other NANJG drivers.

I was afraid to buy the 16mm disks without a picture. Are they white cardboard with sticky backs? Don't know why KD can't post a picture.

I haven't put my neutral in a light yet, but I did hook it up to my driver to do some testing and it seemed pretty cool white to me. I'm hoping it will look more neutral in a light. This is my second, so I can compare it to the first one I got which was definitely neutral.

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Langcjl wrote:
My SHININGBEAM envelope came today. I received an ITP A3 EOS. What a great light. Its really pretty impressive how nice the output is. I am ordering some 10440s tonight. There are mixed reviews out there on how this light will handle 10440s. I don't want to wreck it but I want as much output as possible. Anyone have any firsthand experience running this light on a 10440? I was going to put this light on my keychain but I have never really liked extra stuff on my keys and didn't like it on there right away. The clip is really nice so I think it has found a home clipped to the shirt pocket of my uniform.

That light kicks all kind of butt on 10440 (80 lumens on NiMH, maybe 200 lumens on 10440 and that's with the Q5). I wouldn't leave it on for long on High though as it gets hot pretty fast. And it will wear out those 10440's pretty quickly (not just discharge them, which it will do in 10-15 minutes, but wear them out; I'm on my second set now). Make sure you get the unprotected ones because the protected ones are too long to fit. I keep mine on my keychain and like the lobster claw to quickly remove it from my keys when I need to. I like the clip, but I took it off since I'm using the keychain anyway.

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Today the mail lady rang the bell and i got a few parts from lighthound and an ultrafire U20 from manafont cash back campaign. quick shipping from both and thanks! to Jim@Manafont. yesterday i received a solarforce L2 from solarforce-sales.

 

l2/u20

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brted wrote:

I got the same drivers. I measured 1450mA, so I'm not sure why they call it 1560. I was very happy to find they can be switched to 3 modes. Let us know if you're able to get any other mode groups out of it. It's probably just a matter of connecting the correct pins, but I would bet it has 4 mode groups like other NANJG drivers.

I was afraid to buy the 16mm disks without a picture. Are they white cardboard with sticky backs? Don't know why KD can't post a picture.

I haven't put my neutral in a light yet, but I did hook it up to my driver to do some testing and it seemed pretty cool white to me. I'm hoping it will look more neutral in a light. This is my second, so I can compare it to the first one I got which was definitely neutral.

I will try later whats about the drivers.

The insulator disks are a bit stiffer andthicker than the 18mm version.

I didn"t test the LED yet.

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I read brteds reply too late. I already sent in an order for some protected 10440s. Can you change or cancel a dx order?

   I got a package from DX today with a couple of 18650s and this light  http://www.dealextreme.com/p/sipik-ck361-cree-q3-wc-3-mode-180-lumen-white-led-flashlight-with-strap-1-18650-50104   The light looks pretty good but I will know more tonight when I can see how it throws outside. The quality seem ok, the tube is kind of thin when comparing to my romisen. You can tell that there are a few less machining step on a light like this as compared to something like a romisen of fenix. There was a big black chunk of crap floating around by the reflector but it was easily removed. The three modes work good although i dont think a light like this needs a low mode but no big deal. It has a reverse clicky which I really dislike but can deal with. Looks like a good light, we'll see tonight.

   This order passed another dx order that shipped two days earlier and arrived faster than a manafont order that was placed four days earlier. Oreder date for this one was march 14th. Thats not too bad at all.

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

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Solarforce-sales: L2 gray, three tail switches, a remote switch pad

DX: Sipik SK68, various switches, ten keychain 22000mcd, a smooth  P60 reflector

Manafont: Buck - Multi-purpose Tool - knife (looks tough, ordered black, got blue...), Saneremu WA3 401 (tiny, very nice), Sanremu PR-603 (nice, nothing special).

My flashlight has only 2 modes, day and night...

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Langcjl wrote:

I read brteds reply too late. I already sent in an order for some protected 10440s. Can you change or cancel a dx order?

As long as it hasn't packaged yet, you can cancel a DX order. I only had to do it once, but it was easy and they were very cooperative.

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i changed the order to unprotected cells. i have never used unprotected cells before. I gather you just make sure you dont discharge too far and dont charge unattended. 

     Just did a test outside of the SIPIK CK361. That thing throws like crazy for a $15 light. I like the beam when throwing better than my romisen RC-29. Has more spill when throwing. The beam is as ugly as can be inside but for its intended use it looks great. I cant wait until someone makes an XM-L recoil.

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

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I try not to go below 3.6V and will recharge at 3.8-3.9V if I can. The good thing is it is a pretty small cell, so there isn't nearly the energy that you would have in an 18650 if something does go wrong.

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I got n order from DX in the post today, I took some photos to show what I got. Sadly it seem that the card reader I bought of ebay about a month ago does not infact work, there is a chance £2.11 is not enough for a card reader Silly

 

Anyway, this is what I got today :-

http://www.dealextreme.com/p/mechanics-soldering-paste-50g-7952

I've not tried it out, but there are many possitive reviews on DX.

http://www.dealextreme.com/p/xrg-r5-488lm-6300k-led-white-light-emitter-...

It had somehow slipped my mind how small these were as the package is identical looking to the XM-L but almost half the size.

http://www.dealextreme.com/p/2-7v-6v-3w-cree-circuit-board-for-flashligh...

For some reason the two I got don't have the resitor shown in the picture installed, I'll have to test them to see if they actually work with out one. 

http://www.dealextreme.com/p/aluminium-alloy-pill-shaped-keychain-27551

While it looks the same in the photo as the ones you can get everywhere this is actually quite big at 25mmx85mm.

http://www.dealextreme.com/p/rabbit-shaped-tags-100-piece-pack-54727

Because they were to adorable not to buy! I got a few and will stick them in with presents for people.

 

 

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One of these

http://www.dealextreme.com/p/waterproof-sa-r2-stainless-steel-cree-xp-e-... Just tested it with a Duracell AAA, I would say, it does around 120 lumen with that one. I don't have a NimH AAA around. Order date was 11/25/2010. First shipping got lost and the second finally arrived.Yell

Two of these

http://www.dealextreme.com/p/oem-2-18650-lithium-battery-charger-110v-24....

Another KD C8 - Sadly it draws only 1,6A. Not a big problem, I still have a spare KD 2,8A driver laying around somewhere.

Two p60 drop-ins from MF. One is an XM-L 3-mode, it draws only 2A but it's still quite nice. I'm not going to change this driver.The other one is a Q5

Two Solarforce L2i body tubes and one flat bezel. One will get the Q5 above and the other one a R5 drop-in.

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That's a big day! What color L2i's? Are you going to use 18650 or 3xAAA?

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A box arrived today. Which was posted in Shenzen on Saturday night - arrived at lunchtime today.

Boxes

 

In the boxes were these two.

WK30

 

WK20

 

These were very kindly sent by Shenzen Wholesale for review. There will be more pictures and reviews of both of them at the weekend. They are an Xtar WK20 (CR123) and Xtar WK30 (AA)

 

Personal policy, I don't think I ought to keep review lights so there will also be a couple of giveaways in the future. 

For a sneak preview, my first impression is that they are both very nice and the WK30 came with some nice accessories. 

I'll start a giveaway thread once the reviews are done.

 

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

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

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Looking forward to the WK20 review. I like 123 lights.Laughing

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yeah wanna see how the wk20 does

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1235 lux / 222 lumens on high with the provided Xtar CR123. I need to do some homework to see if it'll take RCR cells. It is tiny, shorter than two CR123s. And very light, 20g empty, 43g with a CR123 and the lobster-claw clip. Maximum diameter is 20.7mm.

 

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

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

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So far got part of my DX order 1 Led headlamp  , 4 Trustfire TR 001 chargers , 2 18650 case , 20 cr2032 , 4 sets of red/black trustfire 18650. Still waiting on my other half .
 
Also got laptop batteries to harvest some cells from.
 

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What kind of cells do you get from the laptop batteries?

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

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18650, These are 6 cell

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1235 lux / 222 lumens on high with the provided Xtar CR123. I need to do some homework to see if it'll take RCR cells. It is tiny, shorter than two CR123s. And very light, 20g empty, 43g with a CR123 and the lobster-claw clip. Maximum diameter is 20.7mm.

Looking forard to the review of the WK20. Looks nicer than i tought. I believe it is CR123A only tho... beware

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

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Don wrote:

1235 lux / 222 lumens on high with the provided Xtar CR123. I need to do some homework to see if it'll take RCR cells. It is tiny, shorter than two CR123s. And very light, 20g empty, 43g with a CR123 and the lobster-claw clip. Maximum diameter is 20.7mm.

Looking forard to the review of the WK20. Looks nicer than i tought. I believe it is CR123A only tho... beware

 

Yes, it appears to be a 3V light which is a black mark from me - CR123s round here cost a lot and eBay is fine as long as you don't want the cell right now. If I do the cheapest I've seen lately were $11.20. Each.

 

I've got the total output numbers for the WK30. The rest of the testing will get done at the weekend.

  Lightbox luxLightbox luxLightbox luxEst. LumensEst. LumensEst. Lumens
LightBatteryTurn-on30 secs2 MinutesSwitch-on30 secs2 Minutes
Xtar WK30 HighAA NiMH386353333696360
Xtar WK30 MediumAA NiMH144142140262525
Xtar WK30 LowAA NiMH343434666
Xtar WK30 HighAA Alkaline418356324756458
Xtar WK30 MediumAA Alkaline157152143282726
Xtar WK30 LowAA Alkaline353535666
Xtar WK30 HighAA Li primary338327320615957
Xtar WK30 MediumAA Li primary123120120222222
Xtar WK30 LowAA Li primary373635766
Xtar WK30 HighNiZn441428424797776
Xtar WK30 MediumNiZn176175173323131
Xtar WK30 LowNiZn474747888
Xtar WK30 High14500976888854175159153
Xtar WK30 Medium14500317310303575654
Xtar WK30 Low14500767575141313

 

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

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

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brted wrote:

That's a big day! What color L2i's? Are you going to use 18650 or 3xAAA?

 

They are black and grey. They are for one of my friends, he likes to use primaries and NimHs only.

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Just got my 1S4P Battery holders and tamiya connectors from batteryspace, 

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