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I received an email from Banggood today telling me they would ship out my Q8 on 10/17/2017. My order date was 9/14/2017. So with shipping time, two + weeks, I’ll see it at end of October early November . Good things come to those who want in NOW!!! lol lol. All kidding aside, it is worth the wait. The hard one to wait for is the BLF GIGA BURN YOUR RETINAS I SEE YOU HIDING IN THE NEXT STATE GT FLASHLIGHT OR THE BLFGBYRISYHITNSGT for short Silly Wink

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Shipped also. My order was 630something.

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Mine is out, too, shipped this morning!
Was in the early second 500!

On we go! Thumbs Up

' Lumen est omen '

Hope is no option!

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Majoroverkill wrote:
Good things come to those who want in NOW!!!

I want a cool white light about as much as I want Cool Ranch Soda.

 

"Gerecht pointed his light. Like us, he was carrying an eyeball-melting flashlight that carried for a long ways. Monster Hunters wanted all the lumens." --Larry Correia, Monster Hunter: Siege

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Mine is on the way too Smile

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Majoroverkill wrote:
The hard one to wait for is the BLF GIGA BURN YOUR RETINAS I SEE YOU HIDING IN THE NEXT STATE GT FLASHLIGHT OR THE BLFGBYRISYHITNSGT for short Silly Wink
The GT is a hard wait. I’ve been wanting a thrower for some time. The tn42 had some tempting sales, almost got me. That was the light I was going to get before stumbling upon BLF and The GT. I’m also in for the ASTROLUX MF-02 groupbuy. It all comes down to timing if I end up with both.

The Q8 is worth it, even more so with production quality addressed along with the switch LEDs.

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Shipped…Fingers crossed

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Had a bit of a scare this morning, the indicator led of the switch didnt work ON THE PROTO!
This worried me a lot.
But then I remembered checking voltage yesterday night and seeing some flashes after that.
So click click click (batt check) clickhold (advanced config) first setting click click, second setting click, third setting click click
And it works as normal.
Lesson, it is very easy to enter indicator led config from batt check and then 1 click turns the indicator off.
click click click batt check
click and hold 1,1 second enters indicator led config, 1.1 second is not very long.
the first setting has two options, 1 click for disable the indicator led and 2 clicks for enable

Very usefull to have it handy close to change, but batt check is of course something that is checked quite often, so it is often people are very close to indicator led config, maybe even without knowing. a series of clicks when thinking one wants to turn of can result in preceived odd behavior of the indicator led, while it is actually settings.
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I got mine yesterday, it’s 99% awesome lol!
Been playing with it heaps, switch LED’s still working great and are even in brightness.
Screws look fine on mine as well, not that I have any plans of taking it apart.

The only thing that’s slightly annoying is a sharp bit on the bezel, catches on things (skin, clothes, inside of pockets)
It’s a bit of a pain, a tiny tiny blemish on what is the perfect light.

That ramping UI…amazing…

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Mine has shipped!!!!

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Mine was just marked as shipped.

The time from production stopping, fixing the issues, and shipping is remarkable.


Depends on what the quality of the fixes is. If you will indeed find new better quality screws, no goop in the screw holes and a newly designed switchboard inside, I agree that they did a very fast job! Smile
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There has been so much anticipation with this project, and so much discussion over the switch and screws issue, that I would happily throw a couple of bucks in for a “service pack” that has a full set of good quality screws, a version 2 switchboard, and maybe a couple of O-rings for good measure.

I like to have things that I know I can trust to carry on working properly, so the switch issue (although minor), will be a niggle to my mind until resolved. I very much want the lighted switch feature. No attacks please, last time I mentioned this someone said I need a psychologist.

Beam me up!

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Of course lighted switch should work
If you or anybody has an issue with theirs let it know
I think the remark about seeing somebody was because it seemed you wouldn’t be able to enjoy yours if it had working switch LEDs because you know somebody else has an issue with theirs. I don’t think it is the best of advice though Wink
I’d say only get custom made things so you know you have the only one and nobody else can have an issue with theirs since there are no others Smile

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Well so far the switch issue only occurred within the first minutes.

I have not read of anyone who had problems after days of usage.

So far there is no reason to doubt a working switch.

I expect there will be switches on sale sometimes in the future. I would expect that anyway since there a 1000+ people buying this light and most won’t want to mess with the small switch led to change the color. I would easily pay a few bucks to get a blue or orange switch,someone will cash in on that opportunity.

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Zulumoose wrote:
There has been so much anticipation with this project, and so much discussion over the switch and screws issue, that I would happily throw a couple of bucks in for a “service pack” that has a full set of good quality screws, a version 2 switchboard, and maybe a couple of O-rings for good measure.

I like to have things that I know I can trust to carry on working properly, so the switch issue (although minor), will be a niggle to my mind until resolved. I very much want the lighted switch feature. No attacks please, last time I mentioned this someone said I need a psychologist.

Yes, I think that the time that this project has taken did expectations become much higher than what we aimed to make: a quality SRK with good output.
Some people became to want a perfect light that is bomb-proof and can be trusted at all times,but it still is a budget light made by a budget manufacturer in a country far away that has a different attitude towards QC. IMO it has to be considered as a well-made budget light: all joints have to be checked, maybe tweaked a bit, some grease applied etc. After you have seen the light inside and out, if it was a good light in the first place, it can be reliable and bomb-proof, and maybe more so than expensive brand lights that you do not check.

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RapidLux nice Lol at 1024

Pity he didn’t catch 768 Smile

At 7. Sept 02:15 I have 867 for you. Will try to catch 768 next time.

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Can someone please make a list of all the issues and fixes for this flashlight? I’m a newbie and would hate for it to fail on me while camping. I’ll probably take it to someone and have them fix it. Thanks.

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LOL LOL! I like it. Big Smile Big Smile

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legan710 wrote:
I expect there will be switches on sale sometimes in the future. I would expect that anyway since there a 1000+ people buying this light and most won’t want to mess with the small switch led to change the color. I would easily pay a few bucks to get a blue or orange switch,someone will cash in on that opportunity.

I wouldn’t mind swapping colours, blue seems good. I don’t mind soldering in new leds and a second resistor on the switchboard if I have a spare, but I won’t try it on my only one in case I damage it, I don’t have the best soldering equipment or skills.

$40 may not be a lot to people earning $, but in South African currency it is significant (at least to me), this is likely to be the most I will ever spend on a light, unless a really good deal comes up on the latest L6, maybe next year.

Beam me up!

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djozz wrote:
perspective …

The bunch of enthousiastic amateurs know (and you all know) that Thorfire is not a Zebralight or Fenix, but there is no way that such high end manufacturers are going to join in, …

OTOH, projects like this are a good step toward getting premium brands to take the community seriously. Smile

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My second one shipped today.

The one I ordered day before yesterday didn’t

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winspiration wrote:
Can someone please make a list of all the issues and fixes for this flashlight? I’m a newbie and would hate for it to fail on me while camping. I’ll probably take it to someone and have them fix it. Thanks.

Can I please have a list of all the things that are great about the Q8 too, that can go with the list of issues? To balance things out.

Winspiration, very probably your Q8 just works fine, no fixes are needed and it will keep working on your camping trip. A small minority of people received a Q8 with the switch-indicator-led failing but that would not prevent the light from using it on vacation.

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Zulumoose wrote:

I wouldn’t mind swapping colours, blue seems good. I don’t mind soldering in new leds and a second resistor on the switchboard if I have a spare, but I won’t try it on my only one in case I damage it, I don’t have the best soldering equipment or skills.

$40 may not be a lot to people earning $, but in South African currency it is significant (at least to me), this is likely to be the most I will ever spend on a light, unless a really good deal comes up on the latest L6, maybe next year.


I agree $40 is not cheap. I consider flashlights below $16,- cheap. For what one gets the S70/S70S/L6/Q8 are not expensive either and worth it
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All Q8 lights work out of the box stock 100%, 0% failure rate

There in the OP, you see the way too long list of people having issue with indicator led not working.

All issues with indicator led showed themselves within a day AND do not affect the light out of the front of the Q8 or jeopardise the safety.
2.6% of first 500 lights affected, but counting, and hoping this will not rise.

Then you can see in the OP there are some issues with screws that only matter to those wanting to bump output, mod it, all except for 2 screws were relatively easy to unscrew. 2 different screws of the 3500 screws (0.57‰ o screws)
4‰ of lights affected

There are a few things worth checking, like the inside of the tube and the top of the tube, if not smooth sandpaper touches it up easy.

winspiration wrote:
Can someone please make a list of all the issues and fixes for this flashlight? I’m a newbie and would hate for it to fail on me while camping. I’ll probably take it to someone and have them fix it. Thanks.

So when your Q8 arrives there is no indication it cannot be used on a camping trip Smile
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Adding to my initial post:

Flashlight B update:

The switch light has begun to dim on the left side, but is still functioning for now:

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The dimming LED in the switch got me curious and I removed the rubber button. I found even more damage than the gouges on the exterior of the switch housing. The threads are all cut through and I am hoping this does not compromise the water resistance, especially being on the switch. I hate to use DC 111 to block any water since it might make the area greasy, but I may have to just to be safe. Looking more closely, the seal looks to be against the switch’s mount so maybe the grease is not necessary.

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I received my two lights last week and finally got around to posting. First off, an enormously huge hats off to the Q8 crew!!!! What an amazingly fun light! It’s bright as expected, but the fun factor of all of the setting is tremendous. Clearly, this light is not intended for the uninitiated, but the UI does a decent job of making setting changes painless (the instructions chart goes a long way toward making this true). Now on to my two samples:

Flashlight A:

  • Brightness seems close to spec to my eyes.
  • Screw heads under tail cap are all four hopelessly stripped.
  • There seems to be a poor fit between the tube and head as there is a “duck call” squeal when rotated against each other. Will try heavier DC 111 grease.
  • I did not check first, and a burr at the top edge of the tube battery cut outs sliced into the wrapper of one of my 30Qs.
  • Switch locator light works perfectly after at least an hour of use and heavy clicking while “playing” with the UI.
  • Finish looks pretty good

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Flashlight B:

  • I would estimate brightness is a tad (maybe 20%) dimmer than light “A”, but that might be partially attributed to a slightly yellower tint.
  • The screw heads under the tailcap are mildly stripped, though still usable.
  • There are two gouges around the switch that have been not so gracefully painted over.
  • The fit between tube and head is as good as any light I own.
  • Out of the box, the switch light worked normally except for as a locator. However, when I enabled locator through the Advanced Config UI, it began to work perfectly. After that, the short cut worked as expected. Initially, I made not changes to the light. Out of the box, the locator setting was disabled.

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Of course lighted switch should work If you or anybody has an issue with theirs let it know I think the remark about seeing somebody was because it seemed you wouldn’t be able to enjoy yours if it had working switch LEDs because you know somebody else has an issue with theirs. I don’t think it is the best of advice though Wink I’d say only get custom made things so you know you have the only one and nobody else can have an issue with theirs since there are no others Smile

I’ll disable my switch led before I light them up and tell myself that my Q8 is very special while others have lighted switch mine have a glow in the dark rubber switch cover…… Crazy

I will accept my “special” light & STFU….. Crazy

Edit : mine shipped today on the way too

Edit again : just a joke for those with switch problem please don’t misunderstood….sorry Blushing

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alternety wrote:
What is necessary to update firmware in the assembled light, if it is possible?

Click the Link in my signature for answers. Smile

(it needs only some cheap hardware and free software, and the Q8 makes it particularly easy since the driver comes out far enough to access the right parts without soldering)

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myflashguy wrote:
The Miller wrote:
Of course lighted switch should work If you or anybody has an issue with theirs let it know I think the remark about seeing somebody was because it seemed you wouldn’t be able to enjoy yours if it had working switch LEDs because you know somebody else has an issue with theirs. I don’t think it is the best of advice though Wink I’d say only get custom made things so you know you have the only one and nobody else can have an issue with theirs since there are no others Smile

I’ll disable my switch led before I light them up and tell myself that my Q8 is very special while others have lighted switch mine have a glow in the dark rubber switch cover…… Crazy

I will accept my “special” light & STFU….. Crazy

Edit : mine shipped today on the way too

Edit again : just a joke for those with switch problem please don’t misunderstood….sorry Blushing

I thought reports of issues were being solicited to help the Q8 crew. My mistake as this seems to be taken as “complaining”. Hope everything goes well with the lights you receive….sorry Blushing

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Am I the only one who is not able to see the imgur pictures? I get a 404 error.

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Orange peel, if your light has problems (well, it won’t have problemS as there is just one problem known) you should tell the team either here or via pm. They will have their own list of issues (there is one in the op).

There is no need for ‘us’ to make a list in the forum adding more and more posts to the thread, thus making it harder to find relevant information.

Asking for a list of issues sounded maybe a little rude and didn’t show good intentions.

Edit: I now know you, orange peel, did not ask for the list. I got the posts confused. Sorry

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