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I am also waiting for 5 deliveries from Banggood – earliest was shipped Feb 14. 5 deliveries from various Aliexpress dealers & 2 from eBay.
I guess that because there are no/few passenger services from China to Australia the parcel are just sitting somewhere waiting & waiting for services to be resumed – maybe.

I asked for one to be shipped from Australia, needed it in a hurry, paid a bit more for item & paid for delivery only to get tracking info that item was actually shipped from China.

Only getting lies from China. Once they have your money its all over. Money in the only thing that matters to these dealers.

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I just got one of Hanks D4v2ti Blue Swirls with a few extras, almost $200AUD, hope I get it

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Ouch. I really want the blue swirl but I just can’t justify the cost of that.

I’ll stick with putting sw45ks in my gold one.

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oweban wrote:
Ouch. I really want the blue swirl but I just can’t justify the cost of that.

I’ll stick with putting sw45ks in my gold one.

Haven’t bought a light in like 2 years so I used all those funds in 1 hit Silly

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This is getting ridiculous.
My ROT66 shipped from Banggood on the 23rd March, hasnt hit Australia.
My pre-ordered BLF LT1 shipped on the 8th April, just hit the local courier for delivery tomorrow.
Both AU Direct Mail.

Doesnt give me confidence on the missing items….
Im happy something is getting here, but id rather the items i ordered previously to arrive in order!

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Interesting – seems like a weird backlog thing, not FIFO.

Fingers crossed for both of us mate.

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After nearly two weeks I got a response from Australia Post:

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our records show your item (or the plane that was intended to contain it) was in Sydney on 5 March 2020.
This is not a physical scan on the parcel itself, rather a scan of the aircraft that the parcel was scheduled to be on. As yet, we have no physical scans of this parcel within Australia

I realise this will sound strange as we have an arrival scan in Australia, but in order for an investigation to happen we need you to ask the sender to log an investigation via China Post who will liaise directly with Australia Post to find out what has happened. This is important as they have access to all the relevant paperwork, lodgement documents and information needed to ensure the most thorough search takes place.

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I was expecting shipping delays. Still doesn’t make it easy to swallow. I ordered some switches from BG on 26th feb > shipped 27th > received today almost 8 weeks later.

I’d like to buy products produced in Taiwan , US (or other) in future. I realize cost may be more and shipping won’t be any faster (possibly even slower??) but I just want to boycott the Chinese Communist Regime by not dealing with them. Unfortunately sooo much is produced in China.

….of course, I’ll still have the urge when to buy lights which aren’t produced anywhere else e.g. Hank’s KR4

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Might be time to turn off Sky News there mate…

Meanwhile I’ve had a few of my banggood orders arrive in the past few days.
BLF LT1, ROT66 and some diffusers. All late March I think.
The AU express stuff still came from Fastway though, not AusPost.

All my Ali express (e-packet or Ali express standard shipping) except one still haven’t shown up.
A Nitecore USM4 arrived yesterday from Ali, but it was a delayed shipment a week later from the other stuff, so seemed to miss the “black hole month”.
I’ve also had things from April arrive already from BG, it appears AU express from Banggood is fine now(just add a week) , as long as you missed the black hole of March.

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Danthemanz wrote:
Might be time to turn off Sky News there mate…

Does turning a blind eye make it go away LOL LOL

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Hey lads i found these on clearance they are MR16 globes using a MTG? The store is Sparky direct a Queensland company, Apparently they are using a Cree MTG inside them. $3.95 each seems like a good price not sure if its a MTG2 or the original inside some one would have to buy one and check. Also it could be a 12v MTG doesn’t really matter now as we have decent 12v drivers.

https://www.sparkydirect.com.au/p/PolarisXPH-AT7WMR16-W30/polarisxph-at7...

Okay i found this Cree make there own MR16 bulbs using a 6v MTG2. These could be a copy of that design.
https://eng.eewiki.net/app/db_page/get_file.php?docid=51665

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Hell, not a bad price for household lighting either. Just moved to high CRI Colourexperts though. Are they 25 or 40 Degree??? Cant work it out.

I could finally update my Nitecore P36 with a warmer higher CRI MTG, if its possible to get it open. Not something i trust to be able to do though.

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On a side note, i think all my orders back from March ended up coming.
I got a refund on a few of them, they turned up weeks later. Probably 10 weeks + total.
Things are way better now though.

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I’ve got something coming from Convoy that I bought March 26 – Simon mentioned that if the time expires and you get a refund, it comes out of his pocket, so I’m happy to wait a bit more. If it was coming from AE’s bank account, I wouldn’t give a shit and would get a refund immediately.

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I gave up on E-parcel/EMS for a while, used Ali Express postage. Took ages and went via Singapore i think, but it was still faster than eparcels that went missing for 2 months.
Only one im waiting for a while on now is my SP36 BLF, apparently it his Australia last night Silly

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It’s pretty nice. Definitely needs a firmware update, and it’s a little cool for my tastes, but it’s good.

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Yeah i ordered it a couple months ago when i started getting into the LH351D. Ive actually since ordered a bunch of 4000k emitters. A reflow is certainly not off the cards! Certainly if it wants to be picked up over the ROT66 SST-20 4000k Wink

Hows everyone else holding up at home?
My recent flashlight renaissance has been going well during lockdown.
Working from home i have a soldering iron and a solder pot next to me, so plenty of 5/10min solder/reflow breaks.
Burning through my recent delivery of 219b 9080 emitters very fast, lucky there is another on the way…
With two babies its the only time i get to mod, but then im up all night with the kids so i get to play with them at least…lol
Starting to take the eldest out for night walks which is going to be a fun development. Hes already showing major signs of being a flashoholic. His “not in the face” training started VERY young, he tells me if I get it too close to him!

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Time at home has been great, postage times are brutal. Longer dark hours are good for flashlights. My electronic work bench is covered in crap and a half finished racing quadcopter. I’ve been telling myself for the last 3 months I need to tidy it up. In the next couple of months I’ll likely attempt a driver swap on a d4v2. Night walks with kids a flashlights are indeed fun Smile

Where are you guys ordering convoys from? I know I can get them from banggood just wondering if there are better alternatives.

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I just get them straight from Simon – sure they’re more expensive, but it beats dealing with BG’s….odd choices.

What driver are you thinking of putting in the D4V2?

I’ve got a GT90 on the way now, so that’ll be fun.

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Does Simon have a website or do I need an elite BLF handshake code to contact him?

Wow.. with a GT90 the government will be calling you to help with search and rescue missions!
Driver is just a standard replacement for my current one that struggles on high voltage + low power. Going to try flash latest firmware first.
I have a Cu Pineapple coming Soon™ and a D4SV2 and KR1 W2 on order (+ driver + flash kit). I’m pretty much sold on the idea of a EC10 in green so if liteshop still has one in a couple of weeks I will be playing green light saber wars in June…. then it __may __be time to sell or gift a couple of lights, hah!

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I just go to his AliExpress page: https://convoy.aliexpress.com/store/330416

EC10 looks cool – I’ve got a white one on the way.

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Hey Aussies, any tips on high drain 26650 For d4sv2? I know supersports600 has keepower 26650 which is a good all rounder but their MNKE IMR look pretty angry at 20a/60a. Any else I should look at while I struggle over the amps vs mAh equilibrium lol?

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liteshop are having an eofy sale 15% off till Saturday use code *EOFY20* Just after I purchased my EC10 too Facepalm

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I’ve got a coupla boosted C8 Driver/led inserts in mail.
One here. one in Cyberspace.

Also a Sofurn SD03.
One of the nicest looking/feeling torches I have.
It not working on arrival. grrr. and no stock left to replace.
It’s a shame they stopped prod, of such a nicely built torch.

Anybody here. In Qld preferably. That works on heads.
Copper board. Drivers?. Led to suit.
Not wanting a burner. just a good reliable working wet use light.
For boat and fishing. It’ll be a shame to throw away $27AUD.

I’ve got soldering iron etc. but very heavy handed and near blind for close work nowadays.
(Wrong side of 78yrs). OK with a welder and dragline though..
Regards
Macka.

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Hey lads Amazon.com.au has the Lumintop FW3A super Bright 2800LM with 3 Cree XPL LED on sale for $58. It should be free shipping if you have prime. Pretty good price for Aussie stock.
https://www.amazon.com.au/Led-High-Lumens-Flashlight-torch/dp/B07XRW237W...

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God price bad colour temp Sad

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