What should i replace a faulty Utorch 01 with?

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What should i replace a faulty Utorch 01 with?

My Utorch 01 failed just over a weeks after reciveing it, i havent even recieved the 14500 batteries to go in it yet yet. So what should i replace it with? I love the form factor and light output, 400 on a decent LSD AA is just excellent.

Is there anything else comparable apart from the £32 Klarus Mi7?

Any help gratefully recieved

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Jetbeam 1mk, depends on do you like rotate switch(in my case. No, i prefer click one)

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Thorfire tgo6 is decent. And only $10.72 on BG with code 86782b.

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Note that the Jetbeam Mk-1 (XP-G2 SMO) is more like a thrower while the Utorch 01 (XP-L OP) has a less intense hotspot. I have both and the difference is quite visible.

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Hi there,

I was considering the Mi7 myself however I really enjoy the UI of the Zebralight SC52w L2. This light is just perfect in size and beam pattern for EDC. You can use AA, NI-MH or 14500. There are 3 primary light levels to choose from L1 > M1 > H1 and you can have a secondary level in each group. I know this sounds confusing but just check out the UI demo on youtube. It is the best UI I have used. Very efficient light with a battery check option built right in.

http://www.zebralight.com/SC52w-L2-AA-Flashlight-Neutral-White_p_138.html

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You can get the MI7 for a lot less. Check with Tatasal. He is a member on this forum

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Thanks for that, to be honest one of the big things with the Utorch is how ruddy bright it is on only a AA i bought some 14500 but they still havent arrived when it was long dead.

Preferences are for a button rather than a twisty though seeing as thats exactly what broke on the Utorch maybe i should reconsider.

So decent brightness on AA (300+) with the opition to go 14500 and brighter would be great. I generally prefer floody torches, S2+ i have seems much more useful than the C8.

Ive just been offered a code for the Klarus under twenty bucks which seems excellent and there is an offer for the titanium one for 30.

Any more thoughts?

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Check out the Lumintop Prince mini

http://budgetlightforum.com/node/52959

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lefizz wrote:
Thanks for that, to be honest one of the big things with the Utorch is how ruddy bright it is on only a AA i bought some 14500 but they still havent arrived when it was long dead.

Preferences are for a button rather than a twisty though seeing as thats exactly what broke on the Utorch maybe i should reconsider.

So decent brightness on AA (300+) with the opition to go 14500 and brighter would be great. I generally prefer floody torches, S2+ i have seems much more useful than the C8.

Ive just been offered a code for the Klarus under twenty bucks which seems excellent and there is an offer for the titanium one for 30.

Any more thoughts?


can you send me a code, under 20 buck, mi7 is really hard to bead

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I use my titanium Mi7 every day, cost twice that and still i think it was one of the best purchases I’ve ever made.

lefizz wrote:
Thanks for that, to be honest one of the big things with the Utorch is how ruddy bright it is on only a AA i bought some 14500 but they still havent arrived when it was long dead.

Preferences are for a button rather than a twisty though seeing as thats exactly what broke on the Utorch maybe i should reconsider.

So decent brightness on AA (300+) with the opition to go 14500 and brighter would be great. I generally prefer floody torches, S2+ i have seems much more useful than the C8.

Ive just been offered a code for the Klarus under twenty bucks which seems excellent and there is an offer for the titanium one for 30.

Any more thoughts?

“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.

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lefizz wrote:
Thanks for that, to be honest one of the big things with the Utorch is how ruddy bright it is on only a AA i bought some 14500 but they still havent arrived when it was long dead.

Preferences are for a button rather than a twisty though seeing as thats exactly what broke on the Utorch maybe i should reconsider.

So decent brightness on AA (300+) with the opition to go 14500 and brighter would be great. I generally prefer floody torches, S2+ i have seems much more useful than the C8.

Ive just been offered a code for the Klarus under twenty bucks which seems excellent and there is an offer for the titanium one for 30.

Any more thoughts?

The reason why chose the Utorch over the Klarus MI7 was the mode spacing. There is no medium on the Klarus.

I ordered my Utorch from GearBest on February 13th and still haven’t received it. According to the tracking it arrived in the US on February 23rd and S still sitting there. You might be better off ordering from Bangood.

Bob

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Get the Manker E11, its the original that the Utorch trying to knockoff clone

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Hope you get a free replacement UT01
or you’ll be missing out on a great light.
In this case, one bad apple doesn’t spoil
the whole barrel. Smile

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The fnny thing in my Utorch UT01 is the driver is printed with Manker

And even when Gearbest sticker on box says 5000K NW the light has a 6500K cool white LED

The Utorch is quite brighter with AA than my Jetbeam Jet-1 MK, but a lot more floody so the throw is the same while the Jetbeam has longer runtime

You can modify both with a Nichia 219 LED for high CRI
But the Jetbeams bezel is glued and not easy to open

How much would it cost to send the defective Utorch to me in Germany?
Have you contacted the seller for a replacement or refund?

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I’ve been bitten by the bug recently and of all the torches I’ve bought ( Convoy S2+, A6, C8 and a few more) it’s easily my fave. All you really need brightness wise in a beautifully​small package.Love the front clicky as well and that it runs so well on eneloop style batteries.

Hopefully I’ll get another from gearbest but there are now also a Mi7 on the way, a Lumintop tool, a Worm v04 and a Astrolux A01 on the way to try.

I think i better calm down or I’ll be divorced and broke by summer.

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Streamer wrote:
Hope you get a free replacement UT01 or you’ll be missing out on a great light. In this case, one bad apple doesn’t spoil the whole barrel. Smile

This for sure.

They are known for bad switches.

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Anyone care to speculate how the switch will hold up to long term usage? Educated guessed better than wild ones of course Wink

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Just order 3 replace switches
Gonna last for a long

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mrheosuper wrote:
Just order 3 replace switches
Gonna last for a long

Where did you get them from?
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I will defintely try and replace the switch at some point. I’m not going to throw the unit away but obviously ive got to take it apart to measure the existing switch before ordering a new one, there are loads of diferrent sizes and height of these switches.

I have finaly got a message back from Gearbest after sending them a video of the unit. The have offered a replacement or cash, so its good to see they are doing the right thing there.

I am undecided what to do.

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SIGShooter wrote:
mrheosuper wrote:
Just order 3 replace switches Gonna last for a long
Where did you get them from?

I would also like to know where did you get it from.
This post: http://budgetlightforum.com/comment/1091239#comment-1091239 mentions TL3340 part number.
Is there anybody who has successfully replaced faulty Utorch UT01 switch? You will be my hero if you post a tutorial with pictures. Smile

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I’m going to have a go at stripping mine apart this week.

I am guessing that since its SMT and the angle its at its more likely to be a solder crack issues than the actual switch. Thats what I am hoping, i’ll take it apart add plenty of lead solder rather than the crappy ROHS stuff and to the feet and see if that works. I would think some hot glue would really help in supporting the switch as well since its obviously on a vertical pcb.

If that doesnt work its probably dead since ordering the correct switches from digikeys etc would cost more than a new torch after shipping.

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http://m.intl.taobao.com/search/search.html?q=Tl3340
I ordered from this site, just random pick seller
Tried to mod a switch, but failed, not enough space(i dont want to ruin waterproof, too)

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Unfortunately I can’t order from taobo and i can’t find those switches on eBay or aliexpress. And €18 postage from digikey isn’t very economical!!!

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SIGShooter wrote:
Anyone care to speculate how the switch will hold up to long term usage? Educated guessed better than wild ones of course Wink

It anyone’s guess really. I have used my Manker E11 daily / regularly around the house and as a nightstand candle since mid december and its been holding up fine. Similarly my UT01 gets used quite a bit, but its my main camping / backpacking light. I like its colder-brighter tint than the E11. So far I have had the UT01 on two different camp outs and its been just fine. Just this weekend it got a lot of use at night searching for firewood… constant ON- around 350L.

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Maybe try an Olight S1A they are a bit more spendy but I am quite happy with mine. I picked up the UT01 but it had a faulty switch. Also picked up the Mi7, it is a nice looking light but I am not a big fan of the user interface on that one.

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kramer5150 wrote:
SIGShooter wrote:
Anyone care to speculate how the switch will hold up to long term usage? Educated guessed better than wild ones of course Wink

It anyone’s guess really. I have used my Manker E11 daily / regularly around the house and as a nightstand candle since mid december and its been holding up fine. Similarly my UT01 gets used quite a bit, but its my main camping / backpacking light. I like its colder-brighter tint than the E11. So far I have had the UT01 on two different camp outs and its been just fine. Just this weekend it got a lot of use at night searching for firewood… constant ON- around 350L.


Thanks for the info. I have 3 of them and they all are working fine so far but of course that’s with limited usage. Too bad a switch replacement isn’t as simple as with tail cap switches.
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Ozythemandias wrote:
Get the Manker E11, its the original that the Utorch trying to knockoff clone

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What he said

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Cool thing about the UT01 is IMHO its cheap enough to just buy multiples. Its a one of a kind UI. So you’re not going to find a direct exact replacement. I didn’t mention it earlier, but when I go backpacking and space/weight is a factor I will bring the UT01 as my primary light, and JUST pack the E11 head assembly in a small zip-lock bag as a backup. If the Utorch fails, I just swap heads… without having to pack the rest of the light.

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kramer5150 wrote:
Cool thing about the UT01 is IMHO its cheap enough to just buy multiples. Its a one of a kind UI. So you’re not going to find a direct exact replacement. I didn’t mention it earlier, but when I go backpacking and space/weight is a factor I will bring the UT01 as my primary light, and JUST pack the E11 head assembly in a small zip-lock bag as a backup. If the Utorch fails, I just swap heads… without having to pack the rest of the light.

I’d take the original E11 as the primary and pack the UT01 head assembly as the back up … you’d probably be far less likely to need to swap then Smile

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I am ordering today from Digikey, maybe someone need one of those

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