Review: Astrolux S1 3D Flashlight

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I’m newbie of lithium battery LED lights and wonder if this flashlight require a high drain 18650 battery? What’s the consequence of not using a high drain battery?

I bought the Astrolux S1 on BangGood and then I bought a KeepPower 3500mAh (P1835J) battery from eu.nkon.nl

According to the KeepPower website it’s a protected 18650 battery and they also have product information on other batteries in a separate section called “High Drain Batteries”.

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dumb question but that state flow diagram shows no way to turn it off
how do you turn it off?
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Push the button full press and release to turn off
Simple reverse clicky switch

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I bought a short black one couple hours ago with “2016FNL” coupon for € 15.68

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new questions:
( i have one now )

1. can it use primary lithiums ? {CR-123A – goal would be to run it down to zero, not stop at 2V }

2.

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I can’t wait to receive mine ! after watching a bunch of reviews , I ordered the short blue one + a black extension tube !

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it’s nice, but who the @#$ has 18350 batteries?
Smile
you can also use 16340s, they fit

trying to decide what to get, how do the best 16340s compare to the best 18350s?

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I have just received my S1, what I have bought at BG’s clearance, and there are further improvements:

A double spring at the tailcap:

Spaces for tailcap leds maybe:

And two additional rings on the short tube (plus 2 in the bag, from which I had to use one because one on the long tube was torn)

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i found out it does not use lithium primary cells well, it cuts off early, thinking it is a rechargeable..
plus they are not very bright either

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It is a DD driver for high modes
For low mods 7135

It is not designed to be used with primaries.

For max brightness you need a 18650 high drain cell like
Samsung 18650-30Q
LG 18650 HG2
Sony VTC6

Also good cells
Samsung 18650-35E
Sanyo 18650GA
LG 18650MJ1

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One thing is missing from mine: there is no ring between the glass and the bezel, meaning the front glass is pushed to the metal housing. Below the glass there is a ring, next comes the reflector, centering ring, emmitter, etc…

I don’t know how water resistant is the light this way.

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it wont affect the water tightness

the oring is still making contact to the body and the glas if the reflector is designed to push the oring outwards
half the lights I have are designed that way, only better would be on both sides

you can easily check unscrew end cap of light and try to blow air in the light like in a balloon

if its not tight unscre the bezel and switch the position of the oring

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is there an extra dumb guide to changing the modes and memory? this is my first light that will allow me to change it and the diagram isn’t registering with my brain. ha.

i’m going to re-read this thread again too. there was one post on how, but i was still a little lost. i want to have 4 modes and memory on. Smile

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Planning to get ASTROLUX S1 soon as my first EDC thrower 18650 light. Was wondering if there’s any issue with this light before I order them. Any advice? Wink

Edit : hv just notice awhile ago that “wle” uses the same avatar as mine. Is it a coincidence or I accidentally copied “wle”. Am pretty sure I didn’t copy “wle” avatar…..btw i hv no problem at all but just in case I did copied hl“wle” avatar. LOL

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myflashguy wrote:

Planning to get ASTROLUX S1 soon as my first EDC thrower 18650 light. Was wondering if there’s any issue with this light before I order them. Any advice? Wink

It's not really a thrower, but my BLF A6 (basically an Astrolux S1) is awesome!

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myflashguy wrote:
Planning to get ASTROLUX S1 soon as my first EDC thrower 18650 light. Was wondering if there’s any issue with this light before I order them. Any advice? Wink

Edit : hv just notice awhile ago that “wle” uses the same avatar as mine. Is it a coincidence or I accidentally copied “wle”. Am pretty sure I didn’t copy “wle” avatar…..btw i hv no problem at all but just in case I did copied hl“wle” avatar. LOL

Hi blf a6/astrolux s1 has orange peel reflector and a small head. So its more of a flooder than a thrower. Wink

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Oh gosh! Wasn’t aware of the orange peel relector on S1. But from beam shot reviews i see it throws better than S41? No?

As far as i read BLF A6 & S1 is eaxctly the same right?

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jrummer wrote:
is there an extra dumb guide to changing the modes and memory? this is my first light that will allow me to change it and the diagram isn’t registering with my brain. ha.

i’m going to re-read this thread again too. there was one post on how, but i was still a little lost. i want to have 4 modes and memory on. Smile

With the light on, do 15 quick taps to get into configuration mode. The light will blink twice quickly, turn the light off (supposedly between those two flashes, but maybe right afterwards) to toggle between 4 and 7 modes. Leave the light off for a few seconds to get out of configuration mode and then turn the light back on to see if it worked.

For memory, do the 15 taps again, wait for the first two blinks and then turn off after the second two blinks (or in between them) to toggle memory.

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I have one of these (blue ano 18350 S1 3D) as my ECD for the last few weeks. Running it on a Keepower 18350 IMR. I really like this light so far. I run it on 4 modes with no memory so it always starts on low. The tint is so nice on this light I dont want to use any of my older lights. I ordered an SMO reflector for it to maybe help it throw a little more. (still waiting so I cannot comment if it helps yet)

I was considering the OTR M3, DQG Tiny IV and Convoy S2+ shorty.

My only issue was that I couldn’t stand the clip that it comes with. I replaced it with the Convoy style clip (BG item #1029484). Even that took a bit of bending and sanding to get it closer to my liking. I used a small file on the Convoy clip to smooth out the edges and that helped. The clip that comes with the light is way too tight at the top to fit over anything other than some very thin material. It also sticks out from the light where it clips on the body, which even thought they put a “ramp” there it still wanted to tear my jeans apart. I just know the clip can be better that these two.

My previous EDC was an Ultrafire A40B. That had such a smooth clip on it. I plan to get my hands on some piano wire and see if I can bend a similar type of clip for the S1. My biggest issue would be how to attach it, but I have some ideas.

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I just received a blue Astrolux S1 18350 XP-L 3D tint (With Toykeeper firmware and DD driver) from the BangGood USA warehouse. I AM blown away with this light. I have a lot of very nice lights, all much more expensive than this little econo gem, and still I am so impressed with this light. The turbo output is incredibly bright. This is essentially a high-dollar custom light at a steal of a price.

I love the beam, as the hot spot is relatively large with a clean transition to a nice wide and bright spill.  Though it's not exactly a "thrower", it is quite capable of good throw on turbo.

Feeding mine with an AW IMR 18350 cell, which can provide 12A continuous current and this thing turns night into day.  You definitely want a high current cell to drive this light, otherwise you're really missing out on a stunningly intense turbo output.

I'm so glad that I got the 3D tint; which is so beautifully warm/neutral. I'm thrilled.  This light puts most other more expensive single cell lights to shame. Output, beam, tint, low voltage protection, mode memory, 4- or 7-output level modes.  Fantastic.

I prefer running the 4-mode with Memory mode ON and am very thrilled with this pocket rocket.

Not using the clip, but I do use a custom lanyard.

I also have the 18650/18350 Astrolux combo S1 and a red Astrolux S1 18350 version in bound from BG's China warehouse, as well. I will drive the 18650 version with a Sony VTC6 high current (20A) cell.

We are living in the golden age of flashlights right now! HUGE THANKS to you folks here who were responsible for getting Astrolux to produce the S1 with these particular specifications. Every flashlight lover should have at least ONE of these! Amazing light.

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jrummer wrote:
is there an extra dumb guide to changing the modes and memory? this is my first light that will allow me to change it and the diagram isn’t registering with my brain. ha.

i’m going to re-read this thread again too. there was one post on how, but i was still a little lost. i want to have 4 modes and memory on. Smile

You’ll find some YouTube’s review with a guide on how to change modes

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Dave G wrote:
I ordered an SMO reflector for it to maybe help it throw a little more. (still waiting so I cannot comment if it helps yet)
Hi, can I know where you bought it from? I bought the S2+ SMO reflector from Simon when I ordered the clear C8, but it hasn’t arrived yet. Hope it’ll fit.
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Just received (Banggood) the Astrolux S1 Combo (18650 & 18350) in black. And a Red Astrolux S1 18350 joins my Blue Astrolux S1 18350. All have the A6 firmware and Wight driver. All of mine are XP-L with 3D color temp.

I’m running a VTC6 20amp cell in the 18650 tube and AW IMR 18350 800 mAh 12 amp cells in the 18350 tubes. The performance of the AW 18350 12amp cells is fantastic-equal output level on turbo as when running with the 20A VTC6. Great results with these cells! At $25 for the 18350 versions or $29 for the combo versions, these lights are a steal.

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I receive mine this week in blue and a 3d tint, this is crazy cool stuff but I don’t like the clip !

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I ordered one recently and have been using it for about a month. I really like this light and wished I bought one sooner. It’s a bit too long for pocket carry, but it has a permanent place in my laptop bag. I just ordered some Efest 18350 V1 IMR 800mAh batteries and if they last a decent amount of time, I may permanently use the shorter tube and leave the NCR18650GA batteries for my other lights.

I like the seven modes and can quickly and easily get to a usable level for any task. The beam is great. Large hotspot and floody beam are just what I like. Neutral white looks very good too.

I agree about the clip being not so great. I’ve got to take the tips to my grinder as they stick out way too far. I’ve got an inexpensive sheath for it from BangGood so it’s not an issue most of the time. I keep the clip on in case I need to quickly clip it to a pocket, but it lives in the sheath most of the time.

I doubt I’ll mod it in any way other than the clip. It’s bright enough for me. It’s floody but throws as far as I’d want it to for my aging eyes. I’m glad that I got it over a Convoy S2+. I wasn’t sure which model S2+ to get, but don’t have to compromise because I can get this one as bright as the most powerful S2+ but still have a wide variety of steps to suit any situation I’m likely to be in.

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Hi, can I know where you bought it from? I bought the S2+ SMO reflector from Simon when I ordered the clear C8, but it hasn’t arrived yet. Hope it’ll fit.

I also bought that same part from Simon on Aliexpress. I placed the order on 11/26/2016, still waiting for it. It looks like it should fit.

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Guys for a week ive been watching a lot of youtube video of the Olight s1r turboS wish I bought tonight, I also have this astrolux s1 3D and im asking wish one is better , off course by specs the astrolux should beat the olight but dont know why I had to buy the Olight anyway !

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T18 wrote:
Can you tell me what is wrong with this picture? .. BG says this is not possible.
I am such a trickster I’ll tell ya, now how could I have made a BLF part thread onto a Astro S1, simple really.
Please send video, or picture and sorry for your inconvenience, geez if I ever hear that again I think I’ll crook.
Big time quality control issues, and one nicely blown up light with one click of the switch.

What it should look like:
!{width:90%}[img]http://i.imgur.com/uHNBdtL.jpg[/img]!


Hi, just recently received mine and the emitter and the driver looks exactly like yours. I was under the assumption that a XP-L HI doesn’t have such a domed led? Compare with my C8 clear an the LED is larger and more flat on the C8 compared to the S1?
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kaizer wrote:
T18 wrote:
Can you tell me what is wrong with this picture? .. BG says this is not possible.
I am such a trickster I’ll tell ya, now how could I have made a BLF part thread onto a Astro S1, simple really.
Please send video, or picture and sorry for your inconvenience, geez if I ever hear that again I think I’ll crook.
Big time quality control issues, and one nicely blown up light with one click of the switch.

What it should look like:
!{width:90%}[img]http://i.imgur.com/uHNBdtL.jpg[/img]!


Hi, just recently received mine and the emitter and the driver looks exactly like yours. I was under the assumption that a XP-L HI doesn’t have such a domed led? Compare with my C8 clear an the LED is larger and more flat on the C8 compared to the S1?

Could it be that BG sold you fake CREE ?

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No skin off my back

Oh, really...

Is that why you ruded me, twice?

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