I’ve been putting a lot of thought into this post and it may be a bit long because of that but I really really wanted to make sure I tried to explain everything. BLF is by far my favorite flashlight forum/group/etc , and while I mainly lurk, I do consider this my native forum.
-Scianaic (my personal account, this is the official STO account for announcements, customer service and such)
We are a team of two friends who have loved flashlights for as long as we can remember. Being able to turn our hobby of building flashlights into a business has been a dream of ours for awhile and we’re excited to finally start. Our main passion is super long range throwers, there is just something about a solid beam of light projecting into the sky that is just wonderfully entertaining. And with that comes one simple goal: building the longest throwing, highest candela, lights in their class. Packing the highest Kcd numbers in a given size whether it be for raw performance or practical throw in an EDC package.
After testing dozens of LEDs, hosts, LED tweaks, thermal upgrades, optics, drivers, and a few other tweaks. We’ve settled on two modded lights as our first two production lights. While we are already working on a number of totally bespoke lights, using existing hosts was the best way to start and we are quite happy with the performance.
Wrath of Ra
With up to 1 million candela, equivalent to 2km ANSI throw distance this is on par with the most powerful LED throwers on the market. Comes with 4 modes, moon, low, medium and turbo. Five thermal upgrades including a potted driver keep the LED and high efficiency buck driver cool to allow maximum time in turbo. For maximum throw these come with a tuned SrAl powered GITD spacer ring that sets them at optimal focus and keeps the head aligned.
Strike of Hyperion
For a more portable and practical jacket-pocket sized light, we built the Strike of Hyperion, it spits out “only” 400kcd, 1265m ANSI throw but in a much smaller package. Well beyond any light it’s size and more than double other modded high throw lights using the same host. These really are the zoomie that performs like it should, provides nice flood when working close up with crazy throw when you need it. These have the same thermal upgrades as the WoR but also include the more feature rich Bistro firmware with thermal monitoring that works particularly well when combined with the potted driver. They also come with our GITD tail rings for a bit of added flair. Since these lights are so practical but still slightly too large for pants pockets we are working on a quick deploy holster so they could be easily carried. We’ll post pictures of one of the prototypes soon.
200+kcd C8 with GITD tail ring
We’re also working on a number of accessories including our first release of GITD tail rings for a number of popular hosts. They use the much brighter and longer lasting SrAl based GITD materials and have a more interesting effect so are all around more impressive than the common GITD tail boots.
Where do we go from here?
Well, we’re working on prototypes for all sorts of things, including some 2Mcd+lights, of which we have working prototypes. A number of smaller prototypes and designs for EDC lights in the 100-300kcd range. And some plans in progress for lights with tons of lumens and throw.
Being this is budget forum I’m sure price will be a point of contention for many of you and in a way I agree. I also love cheap lights because it allows me to mod them just the way I want. I’m sure many of you are thinking “well I could build that for far less” and that may be true but the majority of flashlight enthusiasts are not modders. The skills, tools and large time expenditures it takes to mod a light appear as free when doing personal projects but when selling something built in the US, with careful attention to detail, machining, and expensive custom tooling it’s really not cheap. And while we would love to be able to keeping doing this as a hobby and make no money the reality is it has to be at least somewhat profitable to justify continuing and allow us to work on new projects.
What LED and upgrades are you using?
We know people will want to know all the different tweaks and tricks we put into this light, especially the emitter. I know I would be dying to know so I could mod a light for myself. Here is the thing though. We really want to keep building cool lights, pushing boundaries, and doing new things in the future. But there are a lot of other established companies and builders a lot better positioned to sell lights than we are. So while, obviously, people will probably figure out most of what we’ve done eventually, we’re hoping this will give us enough of a head start before other modders copy us.
Current BLF Discounts
This is shameless self promotion, no two ways about it, but we like to give back to communities who allow us to promote, and we want to give back to BLF especially as it has been a great resource and place to learn. We are starting with a special 48hr introductory discount of 20%, after that the second code will be worth 10% off for the next 5 days. The coupon codes are: