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Sillen wrote:
Aldi torch

Very disappointing I found. Dull blue emitter, poorly controlled zoom, spongy switch, rough and sharp threads. Gave mine to Vinnies after a couple of weeks.

May be ok if you crave a 3D Maglite, but don’t expect the Mag quality of finish.

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Is it a twist zoom or push pull?

 

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My recollection is twisty, but with a loose and imprecise action. It was many months ago now, and I was so disappointed in it I moved it on quickly.

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Thanks for the input so far, no “gold standard” for obtaining new 18650s in Australia it seems, since the restrictions on transporting lithium ion batteries by air.

eBay sellers (and their websites) sound like the best way to go. And maybe a power tool battery pack (eg. Ozito, Workzone) if they’re discounted heavily enough.

auplazaplace seems to have good prices on local stock as well. Sofirn sells batteries with low shipping, no GST and 10% coupon for first order but I haven’t tried a test order.

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saves seller

Did I mention ecocell earlier? They were pretty good.

So far there’s:

  • Tech around you
  • Supersports600
  • Ecocell
  • AUPlazaPlace

I’m hesitant to add Lanplus as they were where I got my first 30Qs from which have turned out to be… somewhat less than genuine, or at least highly suspect (discovered long after purchase).

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I just put an order in at Liitokala store for some 26650 and 21700s the shipping was only a few bucks.

You can pickup some decent lights now at Bunnings for a good price look for the clearance items and brands like Eiger and Teller they always go on sale. The ones i have bought have a mix of LEDs one was a XPG2 another was a XML2 U3 another was a XPG3.

I picked up a car bonnet light it does 700 lumens for $10 its rechargeable great for the shed.

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everydaysurvivalgear wrote:
I just put an order in at Liitokala store for some 26650 and 21700s the shipping was only a few bucks.

I didn’t see any batteries on the Liitokala AliExpress store with postage that low to Australia unfortunately. Lowest was US$7.37, most were US$11.58. Maybe I could keep looking, I notice that battery packs have only US $3.16 postage (untracked).
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Try to add a few things to your cart and see if shipping changes? Right now its showing me $7 AUD but i paid less.

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oweban wrote:
saves seller

Did I mention ecocell earlier? They were pretty good.

So far there’s:

  • Tech around you
  • * Supersports600*
  • Ecocell
  • AUPlazaPlace

I’m hesitant to add Lanplus as they were where I got my first 30Qs from which have turned out to be… somewhat less than genuine, or at least highly suspect (discovered long after purchase).

Supersports600 has some good 26650 Keeppower 5500mAh

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Yep, I’ve got them Smile 15A.

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I successfully got a couple of PLB 26650s from Sofirn, they used Fastway. I ordered eight 14500s on the 17th (when the exchange rate was 0.60) but they haven’t shipped yet.

For torch/headlamp buying I noticed YLP accepts payments in Rubles (RUB), and the prices are significantly better than if paying in USD. Coupon code BLF-10 for 10% off. The shipping cost is high if ordering one item though, but you could get eg. a Panda 2M CRI and an Escort T95 CRI for RUB 4482 (AUD $98) delivered.
If you paid $71 USD you’d be looking at AUD $127 at the time of writing.

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Thanks for the heads-up! I’d been thinking about some YLP lights but that makes it more attractive.

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I just got a bunch of 21700 and 26650s from Liitokala Aliexpress. They seems to be able to ship here.

Now if only i could find some toilet paper lol.

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Im wanting to convert a 3D Maglite to LED with a crystal optic and Lithium ion batteries. Has anyone in Australia done this and have found suitable components and somewhere in Australia to supply them.

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I don’t know of anywhere in AU that does that – only place I really knew of was AdventureSport (vestureofblood’s site): https://asflashlights.com/18-led-upgrades-for-maglite

US based, expensive even without our dollar being in the gutter.

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Maybe Cutter Electronics ?

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https://www.olightstore.com.au/olight-s2r-ii-cu-i5t-eos-cu-limited-editi...

* $119.94 AUD*

very good deal but cash is tight with this coronavirus pandemic. Deal ends tomorrow so hurry in.

Nico -.-

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Banggood now charging over 10AUD for postage to Australia

It looks like free postage to Australia no longer offered by Banggood.

I selected CN as the Shipped From & the postage was over 10AUD.

I was looking at cables & car adaptors. Not sure about anything else.

Good Bye Banggood

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Thanks cm64. Thumbs Up

 

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cm64 wrote:
Banggood now charging over 10AUD for postage to Australia

It looks like free postage to Australia no longer offered by Banggood.

I selected CN as the Shipped From & the postage was over 10AUD.

I was looking at cables & car adaptors. Not sure about anything else.

Good Bye Banggood

lol charging for postage and i bet the package still get lost in transit.

Time to say good bye to banggood

Nico -.-

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At present some Aliexpress dealers are still offering Free Postage to Australia. Maybe this will also change soon ?
Maybe Banggood has screwed up its postage section on it’s website & it will be fixed LOL

Very strange, I selected USA as the shipping point for a few randon items & the postage was cheaper, under 3AUD, cost of item was a couple of dollars more.

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I’m more just miffed that it’s item, plus post, plus insurance (because without it you’re SOL), then add GST on everything. And even if you use a coupon, gotta pay GST on the full price of the item.

Would rather AliExpress, at least insurance is included and it’s easy to work out costs.

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I’m sure Banggood are not too concerned. Their trade to Australia is probably too small to bother about.
Push up the postage & make more profit on any orders received.
I will be using AliExpress dealers in future.

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Anyone had packages stuck at customs? I have a Q8 that’s been stuck at “Arrived awaiting clearance (Inbound)” in Sydney since 5th of March. All other orders around the same time took a day or two to progress. Filled in a missing item form via the Australia Post website, hopefully the Q8 will turn up eventually…

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I have a q8 arrive yesterday. The tracking didn’t include any breakdown, ie customs. But the torch arrived in under 3 weeks.

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Colonel Light wrote:
Anyone had packages stuck at customs? I have a Q8 that’s been stuck at “Arrived awaiting clearance (Inbound)” in Sydney since 5th of March. All other orders around the same time took a day or two to progress. Filled in a missing item form via the Australia Post website, hopefully the Q8 will turn up eventually…

Im having huge slow downs on everything from China at the moment, im not even getting to customs on my tracking, though it could be the same.
Banggood, Aliexpress via E-packet or anything else.

Ive been on a huge torch buying run this year.
Back in Feb when China was closed down, i had no issues. In fact Banggood was coming faster via “E-packet”, though it seems they had changed to a different provider as it wasnt coming via Auspost when it got here.
Since March when China got back to work, i havent had anything arrive. Ive got about 10 different packages in transit using all methods, nothing.
No updates when they hit Australia, some Aliexpress e-packets only show leaving the warehouse/distro in China and nothing more.
Sofrin wont give me the time of day even though ive been waiting 6 weeks for e-packets that dont appear to have left China (but maybe they did?).

All i can think is that Australia has a HUGE and slow backlog of containers waiting to be opened and processed and they simply dont have permission or the staff to do it.

The only packages that seem to get through is the premium delivery option from NealsGadgets – 3 x FW3A/FW1A lights arriving today on Fastway apparently Silly

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Yep, I had something get to me from the first entry on the tracking to in my parcel locker in 6 days – was incredible! Now parcels are sitting there for aaaaages.

March 23, Posting
March 25, Despatch from Sorting Center GuangXiZhuangZuZiZhiQuNanNingShi 53004300

And nothing since Sad

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Yep, thats what im getting from Aliexpress on epacket.

Ive got one even waiting from the 8th March, finishes on the same line but a different location.
GuangDongShengGuangZhouShi 51040034

I had some AliExpress standard postage even arrive since then, but i think they have stopped now too, though its harder to tell as they usually take 4+ weeks.
So many things i want, including my new Soldering Iron so i do the mods i have sitting here!

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This was the best one Sad

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