Q8, PMS SEND TO THOSE WITH ISSUES BLF soda can light

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I was quite concerned at first, particularly as mine started off with very partial contact around one driver screw, hence me taking it apart, sanding, polishing and lubricating.

Now I do have 360 degree contact, but it continues to “bed-in” evidenced by the indexing of my tube continuing to shift.

I hope this settles down soon.

I remember that the copper layer was specified to be heavy on the driver ground ring, for wear resistance, but I also recall that that is maybe not what we have ?

It certainly works well, as you say, the tail springs and screws etc. are clearly the bottleneck.

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Just came across a Q8 batch 2, just came in, that had a solder blob on the driver ground ring, but on the inside (component side). Really caused a significant tilt of the driver. Used an Xacto to cut/scrape it off. Though they improved the screws and threaded holes (no more glue/contaminants or burrs on the edge of holes), it's still worth giving the light a good close inspection.

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t’s still worth giving the light a good close inspection

I wish we could get their QA/QC guy(s) to join the discussion here, presuming they exist.

I’d love to see the canonical list of problems found for QA/QC to watch out for when checking the product, if such a list exists.

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a solder blob on the driver ground ring, but on the inside (component side). Really caused a significant tilt of the driver.

That, for example — did they know about it before you posted it here?
Do they notice cautionary remarks here and add those to their watch list?

Yeah, yeah, commercial secrecy process confidentiality competitive marketing blah blah blah.

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I just measured and ran some calculations, battery tube to driver ring contact is approximately 208 mm^2. Assuming contact around the full perimeter. There will be bedding that happens, and making sure that the driver board is flat should certainly be done, but I agree with Tom, it should last a good long time unless you are mechanically locking out or swapping batteries multiple times per day.

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Can anyone point me in the direction of a ultra clear lens for the Q8 please Thumbs Up

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Jinx, you might check here, the website says to ask if you don’t see what you want:
https://www.flashlightlens.com/index.php?app=cms&ns=display

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Thanks Hank Thumbs Up

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Group buy coupons have expired, but the M4D M4X code works as of today, and it’s a pretty good deal, for $46.50 here: https://m4dm4x.com/blf-q8-arrived/


 

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Finally got it!
Getting more “messed up” in my opinion/personal experience with Postnord lately here in Sweden for the final delivery on gods from China.

Anyhow,
Very high finish, extremely happy with functionality and super a value for my money so just very pleased with it.
I would have ordered another right now, but currently out of stock but thanks Tom E for the heads up.

And once again,
BIG Kudoz to all involved with the project, and glad to read there where a few bucks over to some of you.

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Yikes, BG is showing the Q8 is in restocking, expected Dec 9th.

I'd like them to ship the next batch with the latest firmware?? Also maybe a mechanical reverse polarity protection ring?

 

96 5 star reviews now. We need to break 100 of straight 5's smile

 

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96 5 star reviews now. We need to break 100 of straight 5’s smile

*leaves a 4-star review just to destroy Tom's hopes and dreams*

Okay, not really. I’ve just seen too many cartoons where acknowledging how well things are going is the fastest way to summon a falling piano.

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Yikes, BG is showing the Q8 is in restocking, expected Dec 9th.


I’d like them to ship the next batch with the latest firmware?? Also maybe a mechanical reverse polarity protection ring?


 


96 5 star reviews now. We need to break 100 of straight 5’s smile


 

Will the code work then Tired ?
Narsil 1.1?

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  • leaves a 5 star rating just to balance out a certain mean ol’ minor deity. Silly
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s_mukherjee wrote:
Tom E wrote:

I’d like them to ship the next batch with the latest firmware?? Also maybe a mechanical reverse polarity protection ring?



Narsil 1.1?

I think that number is being skipped. I’ve only heard of NarsilM v1.2.

Not to be confused with the older Narsil v1.2.

The M makes all the difference. Wink

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V1.1 had some life to it, can't recall details, but think it was a temporary release for the GT buck driver. So to avoid any confusion I bumped the rev number.

It's been common practice for me that if a release "leaves the building", then if in doubt, bump it out (up??). Out rhymes though smile

 

Think this link lists the LED flashlights in order of review count: https://www.banggood.com/Wholesale-LED-Flashlight-c-2037-0-1-4-45-0_page1.html

Even a TM06S has 1 review of 4 stars, and has less review counts. Check out the L6.

There's not a lot of lights with at least 75 reviews there. The BLF A6 models of course did very well, but none are clean 5 stars.

Facepalm I knew mentioning it would in itself cause the streak to be broken cry

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It still has nothing but 5-star posts.

96 of them.

Only 4 more to go.

And, as fun as it is, inflicting irony isn’t my job. That’d be my cousin.

But…

… you had to go and get her attention.

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Facepalm I knew mentioning it would in itself cause the streak to be broken cry

Tempting!



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Just left my 5 star review.

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QUESTION FOR BANGGOOD

Looking to follow up on the status of my order. It has tracking from last month for the 22nd through 25th, and then nothing since then. The “expected” delivery date was over a week ago, according to their own site. Not sure what all information I need to provide to TM.

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Just left my 5 star review. -Garry

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The light in my button gave up a few days ago,,,, just FYI

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Found another use for the Q8: recharging solar Casio G-Shocks and Citizen Eco-Drive watches ridiculously fast! My solar Eco-Drive went from dead as a doornail to ticking normally in just a few seconds.

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The light in my button gave up a few days ago,,,, just FYI

I had a bad one (flickered, then out, etc.) in here form a BLFer, and reflowed the parts, problems went away, but came back like weeks later - go figure. The smart guys (DEL, etc.) thought the thru holes were suspect, so they probably are. Seems to be the PCB board itself.

Now I'm using the 2X and 4X OSHPark boards as replacements. Also bought the qty 50 of the buttons from Banggood - seem to work well.

These: https://www.banggood.com/50pcs-4x4x2_5mm-Waterproof-Copper-Button-SMD-Tactile-Tact-Micro-Push-Switch,

 but the 4 feet of the switch don't align perfect with the PCB pads, but close enough.

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I’ve been gone awhile and I’ve got a lot of catching up to do, but my Q8 arrived and is working most wonderfully. It’s become my go-to work light so it wont be pristine much longer. A couple people who’ve seen it are going to get their own now Cool

It sits in a cardboard box next to the driver’s seat, the box is something of a catch-all for paperwork and things I need to keep handy. On the way to a friend’s house I was stopped at a red light and noticed what I thought was someone burning brush or leaves. When I still smelled it at the next red light I took a look around and saw my box smoldering. Somehow the switch got bumped to “on”, it was in turbo mode, and from ~20cm away the beam was hot enough to char the cardboard Oops Don’t know how long it had been on but the body wasn’t very warm so maybe a few minutes. This weekend’s projects include a dedicated Q8 holder of some sort to ensure I don’t toast another vehicle Silly

Phil

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Tom E wrote:

sparkyDK wrote:
The light in my button gave up a few days ago,,,, just FYI

I had a bad one (flickered, then out, etc.) in here form a BLFer, and reflowed the parts, problems went away, but came back like weeks later – go figure. The smart guys (DEL, etc.) thought the thru holes were suspect, so they probably are. Seems to be the PCB board itself.


Now I’m using the 2X and 4X OSHPark boards as replacements. Also bought the qty 50 of the buttons from Banggood – seem to work well.


These: https://www.banggood.com/50pcs-4×4×2_5mm-Waterproof-Copper-Button-SMD-Tactile-Tact-Micro-Push-Switch,


 but the 4 feet of the switch don’t align perfect with the PCB pads, but close enough.


Is Thorfire giving out or selling new style switch pcb’s to those with issues?

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Dunno, no idea.

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QUESTION FOR BANGGOOD

Looking to follow up on the status of my order. It has tracking from last month for the 22nd through 25th, and then nothing since then. The “expected” delivery date was over a week ago, according to their own site. Not sure what all information I need to provide to TM.

My last one left China 23 October headed for Kennedy in NY. There was no Tracking update at all till 9 November when it was handed over to the USPS.
So it just sat somewhere in NYC for over 2 weeks. Facepalm
Hopefully yours will show some movement also….. Wink

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I just received my Q8 after a long month of waiting. It is as good as everyone says it is. I’m just wondering about whether is the second batch version. It does not have a coated lens or countersunk screws for the driver. Are there any other ways of telling batch one to batch two?

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SawMaster wrote:
I’ve been gone awhile and I’ve got a lot of catching up to do, but my Q8 arrived and is working most wonderfully. It’s become my go-to work light so it wont be pristine much longer. A couple people who’ve seen it are going to get their own now Cool

It sits in a cardboard box next to the driver’s seat, the box is something of a catch-all for paperwork and things I need to keep handy. On the way to a friend’s house I was stopped at a red light and noticed what I thought was someone burning brush or leaves. When I still smelled it at the next red light I took a look around and saw my box smoldering. Somehow the switch got bumped to “on”, it was in turbo mode, and from ~20cm away the beam was hot enough to char the cardboard Oops Don’t know how long it had been on but the body wasn’t very warm so maybe a few minutes. This weekend’s projects include a dedicated Q8 holder of some sort to ensure I don’t toast another vehicle Silly

Phil

In a situation where the light can be bumped around like that it’d be a good idea to just give the body a bit of a twist so the circuit is broken

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Someone already had issues where the anodization wore and the ground made through threads and then through the screws.  Soltn.. remove the screws (others suggest insulative alternatives/replacements, but just plain removing also works).

 

A thread just with all the parts and accessories people find in one place would be pretty nice, and yet I'm not volunteering to maintain one.  Although even if the rules are just that every post must link to a thing, no chit-chat, I suppose that's useful even without OP maintenance?

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Oh, and of course narsill has the quadruple click lock-out too.

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