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Trustfire Mini 01 clones

Saw these Trustfire mini 01 clones and wondered if anyone has any experience with them?

I’m thinking they could be made of aluminium, which would be nice.


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/251423091059?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&ssPa...


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1800-Lm-CREE-XM-L-T6-LED-pocketable-Mini-Keychain-Torch-Silver-Flashlight-Lamp-/201018256055?pt=UK_SportsLeisure_Camping_LightsLanternsTorches&hash=item2ecd9f2ab7

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Very probable they’re made of aluminium.

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Has anyone gotten these Aluminum Mini-01? The price is quite low! and I’m wondering if the driver & LED are the same quality as original… At any rate, I will likely be ordering some soon and will follow up here. Thanks.

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I never did get round to ordering any, totally forgot about these.
Would be great if you let us know what they’re like.

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Ordered one yesterday (the silver ). I wss going to get 2, but the limit was only one… I could get 1 silver & 1 grey & 1 black but not 2 of any(?) In the end I decided; best to get just one to check build, driver, LED, quality. I like the SS mini-01, but it is a heavy little thing. This spec is just over half the weight.

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CR123/16340? I really like that little black one Smile

Whoah…it throws 1800 Chinese lumens…awesome :~

uggh

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Ha, Chinese lumen just bounce off me anymore; I didn’t even take note of that ‘spec’.

I’m hoping it has the same boost driver as the mini-01. (per spec;High, low, strobe) It’s not bad; direct drive above Vf, .15 sense resistor, about Iout = .1/R …adjust R according if you don’t want to drain a CR123A so fast…. draws about 650mA on a fresh CR123 and goes up from there as the battery drains. (…that’s what I do per my ‘LowLumen’ namesake) I will report back on how this clone compares to the original.

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I purchased a “silver” and a blue one (tired of black lights :)). Hoping/planning to turn them into triples at 2.8 amps!

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Banggood has one for $8 http://www.banggood.com/CREE-XM-L-T6-1000LM-Pocketable-Mini-LED-Keychain-Flashlight-Black-p-921521.html?currency=USD
Would be a better alternative to mini-01 with XP-G2 and that SMO reflector.

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My mini-01 mod runs on CR123A for 4-5 hours on high, 40-50 hours on low. 100 lumen high, about 10 lumen on low. .37 sense draws about 270mA on high…. .27 works well on CR123A too. …. Low Lumen, long run time.

From the pics. looks like these clones have smooth reflector too.

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Flashlight designers should look at lighthouses and pottery.
这些谁设计的手电筒应该看灯塔,以及在陶器。

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I also ordered one (red, for my keychain) and we will see how it works out! I’m going to try my hand at OshPark in the coming weeks to see if I can make a 7135-based driver for this light. God help us all.

Scratch that, just going to use the 15DD V3.0 for both my SS and my new Al lights coming in, no sense in making it more difficult than it has to be.

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I have gotten three of them off of evil bay for about $5 each. I like them. Very light weight even with the battery in. Perfect for a keychain light, the one thing they all had in common though was that the emitters were not centered. Not exactly a deal breaker but it would have been nice if they had spared the extra two seconds for a proper centering.

They did put down some kind of thermal paste but it was dried to a crisp and worse than nothing. So if you feel like taking the time to pull it apart to center them you might as well put some fresh thermal stuff down too.

I’m a junky, I mod lights so I can sell lights so I can buy more light to mod so I can sell lights to buy more lights to mod.

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> US$2.59+ Shipping Cost. 30g.

Any idea what that comes to for a US zip code?
Website just says ‘will email you’ at the checkout page.

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hank wrote:
> US$2.59+ Shipping Cost. 30g.

Any idea what that comes to for a US zip code?
Website just says ‘will email you’ at the checkout page.

Probably at least $5 and they don’t seem to give a break if you buy more than one. You can try but I’m tired of trying to get deals from their site. I have managed to pick up one light that was a deal from them so they do deliver but they are a PITA to deal with.

I’m a junky, I mod lights so I can sell lights so I can buy more light to mod so I can sell lights to buy more lights to mod.

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I have only one light from them, and with the shipping it was not the lowest price. I am waiting for a shipping cost email. Not giving a break for multiple items is a bad problem with these small items.

Flashlight designers should look at lighthouses and pottery.
这些谁设计的手电筒应该看灯塔,以及在陶器。

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The one from shenzhen-wholesale has a different one mode driver and Q5 emitter.
The bezel looks different, deeper as well.

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It is clearly a cost cutting model, and may not come out much cheaper with shipping costs. But it is an interesting addition to this thread, anyway.

Flashlight designers should look at lighthouses and pottery.
这些谁设计的手电筒应该看灯塔,以及在陶器。

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http://www.ebay.com/itm/Mini-Pocketable-1800Lm-CREE-XM-L-T6-LED-Keychain-Torch-Flashlight-Light-Black-/131202235405?pt=US_Flashlights&hash=item1e8c433c0d $6.98 to the US?

Ebay UK got different colors at about £4.20 (~ $7 ?)

Edit: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Mini-16340-Flashlight-Torch1800Lm-CREE-XM-L-T6-LED-pocketable-Keychain-Lamp-Red-/301182569705?pt=UK_SportsLeisure_Camping_LightsLanternsTorches&hash=item461fe14ce9

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I got the blue one and the chrome/silver one I ordered a few days ago. Shipping (to the east coast U.S.) was SUPER fast, and darn, these little things are bright. Definitely a good deal!

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I got my Smiling Shark SS-508. It has less lumens but better throw than the TrustFire, as one would hope. However it is the first Smiling Shark light that I have found not working properly out of the box. These are simple twisties with the edge of the body contacting the driver to switch them on. This one has the driver contacting the head. The threads are anodized, but imperfectly so. So it is on when screwed tight and intermittent when loose. I will have to file the edge of the driver. Nice looking. Slightly longer than the TF but very light. Very nice keychain attachment, except for a simple ring that looks weak and I will replace with my smallest keyring. The hook looks secure, but I might replace it with a fishing swivel attachment to be sure.
The driver consists of two resistors in parallel. At least that makes it clear how to increase the output.
Added: I have it working now. At first the driver came out and in easily, but it got stuck and I took the whole head apart, which is hard for the usual reason that there were no notches on the pill to unscrew it. The pill is a thin aluminum ring, cut out for the star, but the driver butts against the pill and fits snugly in the head.
It weighs only 20 grams.

Flashlight designers should look at lighthouses and pottery.
这些谁设计的手电筒应该看灯塔,以及在陶器。

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yours is probably the best in that you wont kill it with a 4.2v li-ion.
anymore i wont even look at anything i cant use a common rechargeable in.
how good is the thermal path from led to body?

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I got my Smiling Shark SS-508. It has less lumens but better throw than the TrustFire, as one would hope. However it is the first Smiling Shark light that I have found not working properly out of the box. These are simple twisties with the edge of the body contacting the driver to switch them on. This one has the driver contacting the head. The threads are anodized, but imperfectly so. So it is on when screwed tight and intermittent when loose. I will have to file the edge of the driver. Nice looking. Slightly longer than the TF but very light. Very nice keychain attachment, except for a simple ring that looks weak and I will replace with my smallest keyring. The hook looks secure, but I might replace it with a fishing swivel attachment to be sure.
The driver consists of two resistors in parallel. At least that makes it clear how to increase the output.
Added: I have it working now. At first the driver came out and in easily, but it got stuck and I took the whole head apart, which is hard for the usual reason that there were no notches on the pill to unscrew it. The pill is a thin aluminum ring, cut out for the star, but the driver butts against the pill and fits snugly in the head.
It weighs only 20 grams.
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Wait… are we saying the TF Mini01 will burn out if run on 16340? I have two on the way, with that intention.

Got one of the Aletos too, runs OK on CR123, and very good for a walking to the car type light.

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if it has a boost converter yes.
the resistor type probably relies on low vf led to run cr123 .

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Wait… are we saying the TF Mini01 will burn out if run on 16340? I have two on the way, with that intention.

Got one of the Aletos too, runs OK on CR123, and very good for a walking to the car type light.

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snakebite wrote:
if it has a boost converter yes.
the resistor type probably relies on low vf led to run cr123 .
Ejected Filament wrote:
Wait… are we saying the TF Mini01 will burn out if run on 16340? I have two on the way, with that intention.

Got one of the Aletos too, runs OK on CR123, and very good for a walking to the car type light.


Thanks for the heads up. I think frying them might annoy me slightly. How would I know which I have? They both list CR123 and 16340 as options, but both also state working voltage is 0.8 – 3.6v. One from FT, one from Kaidomain. The KD one was $5 dearer.

https://www.fasttech.com/products/1264800

http://www.kaidomain.com/Product/Details.S020250

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Are we talking about different lights in this thread? The ones I got were the “Aleto” ones from Ebay, e.g.:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/251423101638?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3...

I got that silver one and a blue one, and they both work fine with 16340 batteries. Modes are L-M-Strobe, and the modes work with 16340 also.

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The thermal path of the SS-508 is not as bad as in some cheap lights. It is the hollowest pill I have seen, just a threaded ring notched to fit the star, but it fits the star and the body both snugly so heat can get out. I suspect it would not be over-driven with a 16340 cell. If it were, one could replace the two surface mount resistors.
For unprotected Li ions, it seems important not to have a boost driver. With CR123as, the boost would allow using the battery till it is discharged more, but would decrease the efficiency.

Flashlight designers should look at lighthouses and pottery.
这些谁设计的手电筒应该看灯塔,以及在陶器。

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Just received my three SS-508 from banggood. Color is nice, but they all have defects. Scratched and one has even some red dots. It was well packed in bubbles and tape to prevent movement so it’s not from shipping. Probably factory rejects, not ideal to gift/resale.

Very bright with li-ions for XP-E, measured 0,35 A with Lifepo and 0.75 A with Li-ion at 3,7V. One mode, direct Drive, no boost.

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rollinstone157 wrote:
I also ordered one (red, for my keychain) and we will see how it works out! I’m going to try my hand at OshPark in the coming weeks to see if I can make a 7135-based driver for this light. God help us all.

Scratch that, just going to use the 15DD V3.0 for both my SS and my new Al lights coming in, no sense in making it more difficult than it has to be.


What size driver is it? 15mm?

have you seen my 5*7135 15mm SK68 driver?

I have also redesigned Mattaus’ BLF15DD as well
It’s one sided now
Link to the OSHPark thread
http://budgetlightforum.com/node/29562

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snakebite wrote:
if it has a boost converter yes. the resistor type probably relies on low vf led to run cr123 .
Ejected Filament wrote:
Wait... are we saying the TF Mini01 will burn out if run on 16340? I have two on the way, with that intention. Got one of the Aletos too, runs OK on CR123, and very good for a walking to the car type light.

I have a few of those mini-01 Trustfire boost drivers (marked TF) in my lights (actually blf-versions of them, but only the firmware is different) and they run fine on li-ions, with the boost circuitry still working after having used li-ions (works ok on NiMh as well btw).

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