[PART 1] Official BLF GT Group Buy thread. Group buy officially closed! Lights shipping.

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square74 wrote:
Hi,

I just checked the list in #5.
I´m at position 767 in PMs at 2017-12-09 PMs, but I got payment info for first round $111 shipped and payed this.

Also I got payment info from Neal per Mail at 2017-12-04 with text:

Thank you for your purchase! You ordered the following item(s):
BLF GIGAThrower (Registered mail) x 1 – $101.78

Am I in secound round now? Have I to pay more?


Nothing is wrong.

The 555 list went up to about #769 or #770 on the Millers list due to people not making down payments. So you are still in the first round of payments.

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Update from FedEx (Twitter-FedExHelpEU).
Apparantly the package was sent by Lumintop, and was described as ‘plastic flashlight.’
Again, nothing specifically saying it was the GT, but the circumstances would suggest that it is.

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Tuigali wrote:
Update from FedEx (Twitter-FedExHelpEU).
Apparantly the package was sent by Lumintop, and was described as ‘plastic flashlight.’
Again, nothing specifically saying it was the GT, but the circumstances would suggest that it is.

You signed up for DHL, right? For you to recieve info from FedEx from Lumintop is quite strange.

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Hi guys, a question (this was probably discussed 10K posts earlier) can firmware from GT be ported to ordinary Astrolux A6 driver? I know, there are many differences in the hardware but still, maybe!

I can’t not find that model of light. Do you mean the BLF A6/Astrolux S1?

Yes, thats the one. but never mind,
idea was to try to fit luminus pt-54 led (which is 3V led) inside the GT but I disregarded huge difference in input voltages, BLF A6 takes 4.2V max…

 

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Hi guys, I pre ordered the light and batteries, I need the paypal address to pay for my order. Can someone point it out or pm me? Thanks.

Should be in your PM (personal message)
Check it and follow instructions

I got no PM in my inbox…. that’s why I am a little concerned if I got left out….. I am around 1050 in line, perhaps the PMs haven’t been sent to those that far down in the Q yet?

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Right, I selected DHL, I completely agree, it was a surprise to receive info from FedEx full stop as I have not, to my knowledge, got anything coming from them at all.

I should probably point out again, I’m purely posting this for information and help-for myself and others. I know some people feel there is a bit of moaning going on in this thread…whether that is true, or just the result of a misunderstanding…that certainly isn’t what this input is.
I’ve been impressed with the progress of everything so far, and even if this is all correct, likely isn’t the fault of the BLF team.

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fusion_m8 wrote:
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fusion_m8 wrote:
Hi guys, I pre ordered the light and batteries, I need the paypal address to pay for my order. Can someone point it out or pm me? Thanks.

Should be in your PM (personal message)
Check it and follow instructions

I got no PM in my inbox…. that’s why I am a little concerned if I got left out….. I am around 1050 in line, perhaps the PMs haven’t been sent to those that far down in the Q yet?


Correct. We are still filling orders from the first group of purchases #1 to #1049. You are in the third round of purchases #1065 which has not started yet.

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Thanks Jason!

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Hi guys, a question (this was probably discussed 10K posts earlier) can firmware from GT be ported to ordinary Astrolux A6 driver? I know, there are many differences in the hardware but still, maybe!

I can’t not find that model of light. Do you mean the BLF A6/Astrolux S1?

Yes, thats the one. but never mind,
idea was to try to fit luminus pt-54 led (which is 3V led) inside the GT but I disregarded huge difference in input voltages, BLF A6 takes 4.2V max…

There will be people modding the GT to 3v. It requires a new driver plus modding the carriers from 4S to 4P. Texas_Ace might do this as well to try the Oslon Black Flat led. It’s 1mm by 1mm, but only about 700 to 800 lumen. (xhp35 is 2mm x 2mm) It should make for a tiny, pencil thin beam that goes further than the stock GT.

Or maybe the xp-g2 (1.2mm x 1.29mm, 1,000 lumen)

Vinh at Skylumen is working on a 3v CFT90 version.

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I still find it hard to believe that it is a GT that has been stopped. Why would Neal/Lumintop use FedEX to ship instead of DHL. You’d think that they’d have a deal with a shipping firm and if you’re shipping hundreds of units you’d send them all via the same method.

I’m sure Neal could confirm.


Not so fast. We don’t even know if that was the GT or something else. Plus it was Fedex, plus it never left China. We should not jump to conclusions.

I was simply saying I didn’t think it was a GT as it made little sense for it to go via Fedex.
I’ll ping the others in the UK who placed orders and see if they’ve got any info recently.

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There will be people modding the GT to 3v. It requires a new driver plus modding the carriers from 4S to 4P. Texas_Ace might do this as well to try the Oslon Black Flat led. It’s 1mm by 1mm, but only about 700 to 800 lumen. (xhp35 is 2mm x 2mm) It should make for a tiny, pencil thin beam that goes further than the stock GT.

Or maybe the xp-g2 (1.2mm x 1.29mm, 1,000 lumen)

Vinh at Skylumen is working on a 3v CFT90 version.


Nice, then I will wait to see the results Big Smile I have several Luminus PT-54 leds in red color, they are super nice, 8A easy, I think up to 18A, blinding red light Big Smile

 

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chrisc wrote:

I was simply saying I didn’t think it was a GT as it made little sense for it to go via Fedex.
I’ll ping the others in the UK who placed orders and see if they’ve got any info recently.

No help here I’m afraid, I’m registered shipping.

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gravelmonkey wrote:
chrisc wrote:

I was simply saying I didn’t think it was a GT as it made little sense for it to go via Fedex.
I’ll ping the others in the UK who placed orders and see if they’ve got any info recently.

No help here I’m afraid, I’m registered shipping.

Same for me, registered shipping, yep, I’m cheap.

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I’m in the UK as well and a few days ago I received a notification from FedEx saying my package was due for delivery by 12/01
Since I was waiting for a few orders at the time and thought Lumintop shipped all their lights through DHL I didn’t think it could have been it, but after receiving my other parcels, never actually getting anything by Fedex and after Tuigali spoke about his issue I think I could also be in the same boat maybe idk ?
I also didn’t receive anything telling me the parcel was sent back so I don’t really know what to do now apart from waiting :/

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I can say that US orders are shipping DHL and 130 lights should be going out tomorrow.

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I can say that US orders are shipping DHL and 130 lights should be going out tomorrow.

Where is this info coming from?

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I can say that US orders are shipping DHL and 130 lights should be going out tomorrow.

Where is this info coming from?


Got a response back from Neal that I sent him a couple weeks ago to see if my shipping could be changed.
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I can say that US orders are shipping DHL and 130 lights should be going out tomorrow.

Where is this info coming from?


Got a response back from Neal that I sent him a couple weeks ago to see if my shipping could be changed.

Awesome!

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JasonWW wrote:
Sirius9 wrote:
JasonWW wrote:
Sirius9 wrote:
Hi guys, a question (this was probably discussed 10K posts earlier) can firmware from GT be ported to ordinary Astrolux A6 driver? I know, there are many differences in the hardware but still, maybe!

I can’t not find that model of light. Do you mean the BLF A6/Astrolux S1?

Yes, thats the one. but never mind,
idea was to try to fit luminus pt-54 led (which is 3V led) inside the GT but I disregarded huge difference in input voltages, BLF A6 takes 4.2V max…

There will be people modding the GT to 3v. It requires a new driver plus modding the carriers from 4S to 4P. Texas_Ace might do this as well to try the Oslon Black Flat led. It’s 1mm by 1mm, but only about 700 to 800 lumen. (xhp35 is 2mm x 2mm) It should make for a tiny, pencil thin beam that goes further than the stock GT.

Or maybe the xp-g2 (1.2mm x 1.29mm, 1,000 lumen)

Vinh at Skylumen is working on a 3v CFT90 version.


since the driver of BLF GT is already buck driver, why need a new driver for oslon black, it’s CC driver, the driver will auto drop the voltage according to led Vf until the current throgh led reachs limit

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I’m pretty sure the 3v led would burn up if you gave it 12v.

no, it’s CC driver, the driver will auto change the voltage to where current run through led is the one you set( for EX, 3A)
for ex, to have 3A run through xp-l2, the driver must decrease the voltage to 3.6v, but to have 3A run through 6v xhp50. the driver must decrease to about 6.4v

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Okay well two people in the UK who have got FedEx details both ordered WITH cells. Maybe there is something odd about lights going to the UK with cells. Maybe not.

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    Paid 217
    User Tuigali
    Shipping DHL
    Batteries Yes
  1. on list 418
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    Shipping DHL
    Batteries Yes
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Ok, got a minor update last night.

Like expected another batch of lights are shipping this week, everything is still on schedule.

This batch is around 125 lights which brings the total to a bit over 600 lights shipped.

Apparently this is the last of the DHL shipments, so the next batch should be the Registered mail.

The delay in shipments from the last batch was due to having to apply for a new permit to ship lithium batteries, which delayed things a few days.

The reduction in numbers seems to be due to lumintop going back to the V2 reflector feedrate to hopefully improve the quality some. So lets not go back to complaining about speed and just wait for them to be done, ok? Mixed messages do not help things.

So, things are on track and there are no problems. You will get your light, it just is taking longer then expected. Overall though this GB has gone very smoothly, surprisingly so to be honest. I mean I will take some shipping delays over issues with the lights any day.

At the new reduced production volume it is looking like the 3rd round of PM’s might have to wait until after the Chinese new year. At this rate they will finish around early February. Giving only 2 weeks until Chinese new year. So they might get ~200-300 lights shipped before that and leave everyone else hanging for a month.

I will discus it with Lumintop and Neal as that draws closer but don’t be surprised if this is the case. Plus if we waited it is possible they could “stockpile” some reflectors to reduce the shipping delays.

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JasonWW wrote:
Sirius9 wrote:
JasonWW wrote:
Sirius9 wrote:
Hi guys, a question (this was probably discussed 10K posts earlier) can firmware from GT be ported to ordinary Astrolux A6 driver? I know, there are many differences in the hardware but still, maybe!

I can’t not find that model of light. Do you mean the BLF A6/Astrolux S1?

Yes, thats the one. but never mind,
idea was to try to fit luminus pt-54 led (which is 3V led) inside the GT but I disregarded huge difference in input voltages, BLF A6 takes 4.2V max…

There will be people modding the GT to 3v. It requires a new driver plus modding the carriers from 4S to 4P. Texas_Ace might do this as well to try the Oslon Black Flat led. It’s 1mm by 1mm, but only about 700 to 800 lumen. (xhp35 is 2mm x 2mm) It should make for a tiny, pencil thin beam that goes further than the stock GT.

Or maybe the xp-g2 (1.2mm x 1.29mm, 1,000 lumen)

Vinh at Skylumen is working on a 3v CFT90 version.

The stock driver is actually capable of driving a 3V LED, it will just be limited in how much current it can provide. With the stock driver looks like around ~4A is the max.

I have some upgraded components here to test but no 3V LED’s worth testing it on. With the upgraded components it should be able to handle ~5A or maybe a bit more. The diode is the limiting factor for 3V operation. Still, that is enough for most of the thrower 3V LED’s.

I have some other projects ont he table but still plan to test out some XHP70 driver mods to raise the power some there as well. Although much above 6-7A and you might as well go FET driver. Which is something I plan to whip up at some point.

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Good news about the V2 reflector TA, nice to hear they are thinking for quality over quantity.

Too bad it’s only DHL Crying

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Hi, click on the link, full in your number and post code, and there is tracking info.
I would suggest that it will say something like ‘returned to shipper’ on the 10th January. Mine was also supposed to be with me by the 12th!

I have heard back from Neal, he said he’ll speak to Lumintop about it Smile .

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Apparently this is the last of the DHL shipments

Awesome news, thanks for the update Texas_Ace Beer

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Texas_Ace wrote:
The reduction in numbers seems to be due to lumintop going back to the V2 reflector feedrate to hopefully improve the quality some. So lets not go back to complaining about speed and just wait for them to be done, ok? Mixed messages do not help things.

Suddenly hoping that my shipment was later rather than earlier, though i guess it’s more a matter of aesthetics if the throw values have been shown to be similar.

Hopefully this doesn’t result in a bunch of complaints from people that have already received their V1.5 light.

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