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

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First one landed today in Slovenia Europe, andddddd i didn’t have to pay any taxes Crown
Yeeeehawwwww

Finaly, proud owner of a Powerex Maha mh c-9000 for my Eneloops:)

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Tell me that’s registered…….. and congrats!

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Nope, that’s DHL Smile

Finaly, proud owner of a Powerex Maha mh c-9000 for my Eneloops:)

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Is it too late to change to DHL/FEDEX/TNT for a UK order?

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send neal a msg. If it has not shipped before he reads it, it should be possible

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any info about off-center led, i’m really sad if they both reduce quality and speed

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koyotee wrote:
!{width:90%}http://shrani.si/f/10/P0/10yDIuqe/20180123150218.jpg! First one landed today in Slovenia Europe, andddddd i didn't have to pay any taxes Crown Yeeeehawwwww

Congrats! Good news. $25 is under the €22  Why on earth puts Lumintop $30 on my packet? Neal wrote me before shipping it's $25 With 30 invoice you have no change to slip through customs. 

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Wennn wrote:
Just received my GT, does anyone else have centering issues with their LED? The hole in the black centering ring is much larger than the square of the xhp35hi, which is clearly much closer to one side of that ring compared to the other.

Almost all of the prototype lights suffered a piece of the centering ring being scraped off and landing on the LED and caused it to burn.

It looks like to fix this they decided to center the reflector to the mcpcb instead of the LED itself. Which is a good idea and something we considered when this started.

This works fine in the vast majority of cases but in some the LED will reflow slightly off-center and cause an issue like you saw. The good news is that yours is about as bad as it can get and sometimes reassembling the light can fix it like it did in your case. It also should not be enough to make any noticeable difference in the throw of the light.

Seeing as the LED burning would kill the light, I would say this is a worthwhile tradeoff to make sure that doesn’t happen and completely kill the light.

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NikolaS wrote:
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fonfan

There is no need for that kind of reaction.
Not all lights were sent, but soon they will send it.
You (and some of us) just have to wait a little longer.

I am pretty sure you will be disappointed soon enough as he is…….

I will not share here but after PM from Neal, feeling very close to open PP dispute !!!

I have replied to his PM. It is being handled.

Not to worry, nothing to do with the light itself.

Also, there would be no need to file a paypal dispute, you can simply request a refund at any time before it ships and we will be happy to send a full refund.

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Caleb-v wrote:
Seems like the battery carriers are to long. I can’t get a Complete seal on the tail cap when carriers are in. Does anyone else have this issue? FYI they are in with arrows pointing towards head

It is not an issue. It is by design. The carriers must be pressed against the driver in order to complete the connection, so there is some extra thread depth to make sure that can always happen.

So not to worry, your light is perfectly fine.

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gregor wrote:
Can someone tell us more regarding GT for NASA. Did NASA ordered this FL? Or was sent to nasa free of charge? Will they use it on next mission to moon or mars? Big Smile

Yes, they ordered one of the lights I signed up for but never ordered.

Still waiting for it to be shipped like everyone else. No idea if I will hear more from them once they get it or not.

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The black centering piece is machined from Delrin, oddly enough it isn’t perfectly symmetrical… if it’s touching the emitter it needs to be flipped around. All 4 that I have seen this has been true on.

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Theodore41 wrote:
When is this point of no return please?I have payed at 12/02/2017.

I have paid on 2 dic 2017 03:37:29 PST time printed in the email from Paypal
The point of no return is 2 may 2018 04:37 PDT, frrm the transaction in Paypal

BUT
I have paid the “reserve” on 26 ago 2017 13:18:53 PDT, the deadline is 22 feb 2018 12:18 PST

Sorry for my bad English (gogole transtorla)

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I have finally received my light yayy

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It’s been a while since I visited this thread, and even longer since i remember reading this but iirc turbomode is entered by double clicking and should be visibly brighter than the top of the ramp? Am I remembering correctly? If it isn’t (which is my case) any reason that you can think of? To head off the question im using the cells from Neal that i purchased with the light

Thanks in advance

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Sooooooo….. I signed up for the forum after the initial purchase group. I have yet to receive an email asking for down payment, etc. So am I just wasting my time at this point? Thanks.

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g_sintornillos wrote:
Theodore41 wrote:
When is this point of no return please?I have payed at 12/02/2017.

I have paid on 2 dic 2017 03:37:29 PST time printed in the email from Paypal
The point of no return is 2 may 2018 04:37 PDT, frrm the transaction in Paypal

BUT
I have paid the “reserve” on 26 ago 2017 13:18:53 PDT, the deadline is 22 feb 2018 12:18 PST

Don’t worry, they would send you a refund if you requested it, there would be no need to file a paypal dispute.

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Sooooooo….. I signed up for the forum after the initial purchase group. I have yet to receive an email asking for down payment, etc. So am I just wasting my time at this point? Thanks.

You’re on the list. #1091.

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Oal wrote:
It’s been a while since I visited this thread, and even longer since i remember reading this but iirc turbomode is entered by double clicking and should be visibly brighter than the top of the ramp? Am I remembering correctly? If it isn’t (which is my case) any reason that you can think of? To head off the question im using the cells from Neal that i purchased with the light

Thanks in advance

Yes, the ramp stops at 2A and turbo goes to 2.5A.

Visually the difference is very minor and hard to notice unless you are looking for it (which is why we set the ramp to stop at 2A).

If the cells are low or have excessive voltage sag, then turbo will not be any brighter then the top of the ramp as it would have already dropped out of regulation.

This is where high drain cells do have benefits, they voltage sag less and allow it to maintain regulation longer.

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Texas_Ace wrote:
Wennn wrote:
Just received my GT, does anyone else have centering issues with their LED? The hole in the black centering ring is much larger than the square of the xhp35hi, which is clearly much closer to one side of that ring compared to the other.

Almost all of the prototype lights suffered a piece of the centering ring being scraped off and landing on the LED and caused it to burn.

It looks like to fix this they decided to center the reflector to the mcpcb instead of the LED itself. Which is a good idea and something we considered when this started.

This works fine in the vast majority of cases but in some the LED will reflow slightly off-center and cause an issue like you saw. The good news is that yours is about as bad as it can get and sometimes reassembling the light can fix it like it did in your case. It also should not be enough to make any noticeable difference in the throw of the light.

Seeing as the LED burning would kill the light, I would say this is a worthwhile tradeoff to make sure that doesn’t happen and completely kill the light.

I have yet to manage to open the head to adjust the centering ring, as it is on too tight.
The hotspot seems to be very far from a perfect circle so it might actually affect throw in this case, still thinking of how to remove this oversized head with whatever I have at home.

For those that have done so, any tips?

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strongtower1 wrote:
Sooooooo….. I signed up for the forum after the initial purchase group. I have yet to receive an email asking for down payment, etc. So am I just wasting my time at this point? Thanks.

The 3rd batch of PM’s has not been sent out yet. It is looking like it might have to wait until after the Chinese new year at this point. Hopefully they can “stockpile” some reflectors to make shipping faster.

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Thank you TA. I’m getting older and it may be my eyes aren’t sensistive enough to pick it up. There is a momentary dark period when it switches from the top of the ramp to turbo and it appears the same to me but im sure it’s just my vison.

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Bozlight29 wrote:

My GT has arrived a few minutes ago. It’s still in the DHL box. Lumintop put $30 on the invoice. I asked in the google doc to put $22 on the invoice to avoid tax. Everything above $24 will be picked out by DHL. So that’s probably why Thijsco did not have to pay tax and I paid €50

Let me guess that only orders “with batteries” were declared as 30$ value …

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Franz wrote:
g_sintornillos wrote:
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JasonWW wrote:

It’s just a flashlight. Geez.

Your still gonna get yours before many others even get a chance to pay for theirs. Think positive. No need for negativity.

You were not responding to me but your post does apply: I think that many people, like me, and the GT-team, think extremely positive about this group buy (and regularly post about it Smile ) but at the same time are a bit disappointed about how the shipping goes and showing that as well.
LOL, for flashoholics no flashlight is just a flashlight Party

+1
For me it is also a lot of money

I have been thinking positive for many days, but positive thinking is being consumed little by little and each time there less

Yeah for us South Americans its a lot of money, here in brazil the cost of GT its amost 1/3 minimum wage and 3.5x the price in U$….. I´m VERY worried without tracking code, the packet could be lost, stolen, arrives and taxed and with that condition it have a time until I have to pay the time stocked and the worst…. Send back to sender Facepalm

I have been blessed by God to have conditions to spend in lights even more expensive like my TN40S and other things not too important to live while many others are “falling apart” here and not have the little amount of GT to spend in food in the entire of month. This make me give more respect for my money and I understand if few peoples think it is only another pretext to “make another random rant Sick “, but I have to tell this, this is I’m feeling Tired

I understand what Texas Ace told about the team have no control about it, I have only thanks the team about the project and the effort spend in this, but I’m disapointed with Lumintop crew about the “secret” and ambiguous way those lights are shipped and notificatios comes (IF comes) Crying

For many here the tracking code could be some “frill”, for me its crucial!

I am from Argentina, and I fully understand your situation, because it is the same as mine, it does not bother me at all the shipping time, but the shipping information is absolutely necessary, as well as the companion g-sintornillos, greetings !!


I just sent a new email reminding Neal that it is absolutely necessary to have the AWL DHL for the customs declaration
Without doing this procedure I can not enter anything to the country

Sorry for my bad English (gogole transtorla)

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Wennn wrote:

I have yet to manage to open the head to adjust the centering ring, as it is on too tight.
The hotspot seems to be very far from a perfect circle so it might actually affect throw in this case, still thinking of how to remove this oversized head with whatever I have at home.

For those that have done so, any tips?

Just a thought… Use a large rubber band with a large pipe wrench. The Rubber Band protects the surface and also provides extra grip. The Pipe Wrench I am talking about is the one with the chain…

Zip Ties may also fill in for a similar “tool”

/manny

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Can it be believed? Shocked

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drood wrote:
Can it be believed? Shocked

With all of these orders, there are bound to be some mistakes along the way. Can’t say I am surprised. I am sure Neal will sort it out.

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How you feel when you see the Giant GT.

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Texas_Ace wrote:
drood wrote:
Can it be believed? Shocked

With all of these orders, there are bound to be some mistakes along the way. Can’t say I am surprised. I am sure Neal will sort it out.


If you have not payed extra fees and taxes in the Customs,send it to me please,as I also am in EU.I think we can manage it with Neal. Smile
Of course I have payed at 2/12/2017.

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