AstroLux A01 AAA Nichia 219B Review - Winner winner, chicken dinner. An excellent, Neutral tint High CRI LED keychain light!

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hank wrote:
I think it only goes to “next mode” if you’re in a hurry to turn it back on. Otherwise mine consistently start in low mode.

I cant find the post atm, but somebody said that before the pencil mod it took a few hours for the NMM to reset to low..

maybe do a test
try turning the light on and off after 1 hour.. 2 hours.. etc

how many hours did you have to wait, so that the light turned on at minimum every time?

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how many hours did you have to wait

Several hours or overnight. And I didn’t get “next mode” I got “some other mode” – quite unpredictable, jumping from low to high or low to strobe to medium. As someone else described a few pages back in this thread.

Definitely needs the “pencil mod“or a resistor added over the capacitor.

I’d like to speak to the purchasing agent who saved a couple of pennies per light by dumping the good Manker driver and replacing it with a cheaper one.

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Strange — on one of the currently sold A01s with the pencil mod done:

I get this pattern: L-M-H, L-M-H, L-strobe, L-M-H …

So it still has one unanticipated strobe level.

I wonder if adding a resistor would get around that.

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There are some lights (Jetbeams?) that will do that. Ie, they’re nicely hidden that you’d have to cycle through at least twice to get to ‘em.

Come to think of it, it might be the A01s. Just recall it was a twisty I got that does that.

Mine doesn’t have NMM, though, so no “pencil trick” required.

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Yep, both the original Manker driver and the current crappy “some other mode” driver for the Astrolux A01 has you cycle through L-M-H twice before it starts strobing.

It’s the added low-level before it starts strobing that strikes me as peculiar. It’s not supposed to do that.

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I’ve got several of both BLF 348’s and AO1,
plus some others to compare.

The BLF is a fine light. Does it’s job. ON/OFF. with plenty of light.
BUT NO SOUL.
Just a smooth stainless tube with the “Singfire” model having more output.

The AO1 has “not so much” light. with differing levels, But. both looks and feels good in the hand. Bonus.

The little Convoy (Stainless) I carry on keyring. 85ish lum.
On/OFF.
But you can’t hurt or scratch it.

Also. My little Copper O’light, 2 levels. Beaut light.
Second level, on bedroom wall. Equal to MID on AO1.

It’s NOT the strongest but the nicest light.
I just turn it back (or forward) to Low. Before turning off.
Problem solvered.

PS.
What the hell would anybody want a flashing cycle for on a toy torch.
I don’t even use it on the big ones.

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What the hell would anybody want a flashing cycle for on a toy torch.

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I use strobe in crosswalks when crossing any street — even if I don’t see a car coming because one may pull out and race in my direction faster than my reaction time to pull out the flashlight.

So the little A01 is handy for that in case I’ve forgotten a bigger light.

The idea is to distract the drivers from their cell phones.

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hank wrote:

I’d like to speak to the purchasing agent who saved a couple of pennies per light by dumping the good Manker driver and replacing it with a cheaper one.
Soooo would I…. Thumbs Up

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teacher wrote:
hank wrote:

I’d like to speak to the purchasing agent who saved a couple of pennies per light by dumping the good Manker driver and replacing it with a cheaper one.
Soooo would I…. Thumbs Up

You’ve been changing your picture a lot lately. Hiding from the law?
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arow55 wrote:
teacher wrote:
hank wrote:

I’d like to speak to the purchasing agent who saved a couple of pennies per light by dumping the good Manker driver and replacing it with a cheaper one.
Soooo would I…. Thumbs Up
You’ve been changing your picture a lot lately. Hiding from the law?
Yeah, pretty much…. so far so good. But I can’t let down my guard. Wink
Trying to settle on one I like. The one now (Crystal Mill / Crystal, CO) is neat… but not for an avatar. Gonna change it again soon.

Didn’t they redo the EA45S ??

Did you ever get one of the new versions?

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hank wrote:
Strange — on one of the currently sold A01s with the pencil mod done:

I get this pattern: L-M-H, L-M-H, L-strobe, L-M-H …

So it still has one unanticipated strobe level.

I wonder if adding a resistor would get around that.

The Astrolux A01 paper documentation does indicate that every 6th twist is the “hidden” strobe mode… So that occurs on the original Manker driver or the “other driver with NMM”.

Much like the Lumintop Tool AA v2.0 now has the same “hidden” strobe on the 6th twist (if using the magnetic tailcap) or 6th half-press (if using the tailswitch). L-M-H-T-L-M-strobe

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teacher wrote:
arow55 wrote:
teacher wrote:
hank wrote:

I’d like to speak to the purchasing agent who saved a couple of pennies per light by dumping the good Manker driver and replacing it with a cheaper one.
Soooo would I…. Thumbs Up
You’ve been changing your picture a lot lately. Hiding from the law?
Yeah, pretty much…. so far so good. But I can’t let down my guard. Wink
Trying to settle on one I like. The one now (Crystal Mill / Crystal, CO) is neat… but not for an avatar. Gonna change it again soon.

Didn’t they redo the EA45S ??

Did you ever get one of the new versions?


no has more lumens but less throw. looking for something with more range,
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hank wrote:
I use strobe in crosswalks when crossing any street — even if I don’t see a car coming because one may pull out and race in my direction faster than my reaction time to pull out the flashlight.

So the little A01 is handy for that in case I’ve forgotten a bigger light.

The idea is to distract the drivers from their cell phones.

I thought you were joking at first, or just crazy. But, your explanation (drivers & cell phones) actually makes a lot of sense. Maybe I’m the crazy one for detesting strobes so much.

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(drivers & cell phones)

Yeah, I’ve seen several drivers recently talking on their cell phones blow right through a stop sign or red light, while I was in a crosswalk.

They tend to pick off the elderly folks who can’t pick up their feet and skedaddle when threatened.

I stand my ground, glare, strobe, and scream at them.

For this I need to be able to get to strobe really fast. The Sofirn SP32Av2 is ideal —- 3 clicks from off to a stutter/bike strobe.

The Astrolux A01 is more problematic — got to get it set to strobe before venturing off the curb, and sometimes it bounces itself to a diferent setting. But it’s always handy on the keyring.

I’m going to get a few more A01s and do the addon resistor mod, so I can give them to people.

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hank wrote:
I use strobe in crosswalks

same here

that is one of the reasons I like the Folomov EDC C1. It is also why my HDS and Novatacs are set to triple click for strobe. My Olights use the same command.

people who dont live in Crowdyfornia may not understand how satisfying it is to see a car actually come to a full stop when Im crossing the street

did I tell you the story of the pretty woman who smiled at me when I strobed her as she was creeping to right turn as I entered the crosswalk. That part is true.. the next part, in my dreams:

we ended up on a hot date afterward

strobe works for picking up chicks! LOL Wink
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You’re effed up jon_slider!

Made me laugh.

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You’re effed up jon_slider!

Made me laugh.

Success!;-)
glad to see somebody reads, and comprehends, my posts.. LOL!

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I tried that on my wife one dark, stormy evening when the grid shut down; she just looked at me and said,
“ What’s wrong with you; you better get out to the fridge and transfer the food to the cooler” Flat Stare
I still like playing with my strobe lights though.

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Those dicks with Phone and steering wheel.
What they need is a Remington 870 barrel up their clacker
with NO grease just a trigger pull.

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Guys, I have A01 with fried driver. Is there any driver could fit this light?
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EU/China source? Shipping from uncle Sam kills the deal.
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Agro wrote:
This: http://www.mtnelectronics.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=67_11... ?

You’d need to use a 10440 cell with that driver. It wouldn’t work with a AAA battery.

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I tend to use the Li-PO cells.
They “seem” to be softer on the drivers/LED’s than the Li-Ions??.
Or is it just my dozy old brain, Dreaming again.

Agro.
The complete torches are going for around $7.50 US at present.
I just ordered another 5 rather than more Sinfire 348’s.
Those Li-Po’s drive all the AAA’s I have other than that Titanium one on Daughters keyring.(no-name Convoy)
She prefers that one over either the O-Light I3T copper.
or the AO1’s.
Probably cause I told her it was a $40+ torch full price.
(I got it for $13 US… Shhh)

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What is the lens diameter of this light? Mine broke into several pieces and with my clumsiness I’d rather avoid playing with sharp puzzles to measure it…

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