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For what is the front hole in the clip good?

It could be used for a lanyard, but… there’s already another hole for that, and the other one is in a better place.

If anything, I get the impression it was probably added just because some other clips have a hole there. But it’s not a good place to put a hole. It doesn’t significantly decrease weight, but it would significantly increase the chance of snagging while trying to clip the light onto something.

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Remember, lest we forget; the episode of a couple weeks ago. It was based on pictures.

Maybe (hopefully), just maybe (fingers crossed while hoping); that is the case with these pictures. Maybe they were not the most current picture or, if they were; maybe the clip “color” is not as bad as it appears. However, no mistaking the hole. Facepalm

We can always hope…… Wink

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The illustration on the boxes in the recent photos also show a hole in the clip. If they’ve already printed all the boxes it seems like the clip decision may be final. Sad

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i hope it does fit.

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saypat wrote:
and I can’t fathom what prompted the change, so late in the game.



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I know this was answered, but i don’t remember the answer; if the clip ring sticks out from the body of the light, or is in some other way undesirable, can it be removed? Will the light function without it? I would personally prefer just an O ring in the gap to that clip.

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teacher wrote:
Remember, lest we forget; the episode of a couple weeks ago. It was based on pictures.

Maybe (hopefully), just maybe (fingers crossed while hoping); that is the case with these pictures. Maybe they were not the most current picture or, if they were; maybe the clip “color” is not as bad as it appears. However, no mistaking the hole. Facepalm

We can always hope…… Wink

In fact, here is tatasal’s post saying it was Titanium Grey. Hopefully….. LT has not gone rouge since that time & changed it. And yep…. the ‘hole’ leaves much to be desired.
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http://budgetlightforum.com/comment/1486229#comment-1486229

Tue, 04/09/2019 – 14:17…………….. #8236

tatasal wrote:
While the photo l posted much earlier may had the clip looking black, l made efforts to clarify if indeed it’s now black, but the definitive reply was “titanium grey” color.

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mortuus wrote:
i hope it does fit.
It is. As candor says, the picture on the box probably implies it is fit and finish.
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Hopefully you’re right, Teacher. Hopefully titanium grey is not in the eye of the beholder. We will, and again I should add hopefully, know all soon, when the samples are received. Anticipation.

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“Hopefully” is definitely the ‘key word’ cabfrank. I think/guess that is the best we can do at this point…… hope.
Time will tell…..

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I think this new clip design is probably final.

Note that even the picture of the FW3A on the box under the light clearly shows both holes in the clip.

That said, I don’t much care either way. If I keep a clip on a light, it’s usually to serve as an anti-roll device. I never actually clip my lights to anything.

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That clip really looks bad ………. hope theres an alternative that ‘resembles’ the original

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  • sand back clip
  • solder over hold (weld?)
  • sand back again
  • polish to mirror finish
  • profit?
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Maybe Lumintop will make an aftermarket clip with the older design, people can buy for a couple dollars and swap into their lights.

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I can’t imagine why they would do that. Why not just keep the clip as it was if they were going to do that?

Oh yeah, now I remember.
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I didn’t think the clip was removable….

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Heck… after thinking more about the clip, I’m at the point where if it is…

  • Stainless with some type ‘color’… I don’t care.
    ———- I don’t like it, I’ll recolor it.
  • Titanium that has been anodized….. I don’t care.
    ———- I don’t like it, I’ll redo it.
  • Plain Stainless… fine.
  • Raw Titanium…. no problem.
  • Painted Stainless…. I’ll strip it & give it a Scotch Brite finish.
  • Painted Titanium…. I’ll strip it & anodize it.

  • If it were to be some metal that will rust that has been painted…. I will be extremely sad. Wink

Might or might not do anything with that “bonus hole” in the clip they ‘apparently’ have blessed us with at no extra charge. Big Smile

Of course this is all speculation at this point, only time will tell.
But…… I do have a plan. Beer

Just hoping all other aspects of the FW3A “are a fit”. Smile

If they are…. just make it happen LT.

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Oh I’m still down for my two. I just might have to change it a little, depending on how it actually turns out in prod.

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Okay, just realized the clip is painted black. I just thought it was some weird reflection maybe. Why on earth would you do that? It looks nasty.
As for the hole in the tip of the clip: It’s also there in the original renderings in the first post. Maybe they thought they are doing something good?

But why a black clip? I don’t get it. Isn’t that an extra step for them to produce too?

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Ilumenati wrote:
Just curious if the interest list on post #4 is up to date or if there is another location.

Couldn’t find my name (post #8389) and this thread must be a beast to track so I thought I would check.


http://budgetlightforum.com/comment/1488614#comment-1488614

You asked 5 days ago. The last update on the list was 5 weeks ago.

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If the clip isn’t stainless steel, it could be a conversion coating like black oxide or parkerizing.

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Hi TK! I haven’t received a reply to the PM I sent you a couple days ago.

I have a triple MCPCB loaded with 219B sw45k R9080 emitters waiting to be mailed to everyone’s favorite BLF member. Party

goshdogit wrote:
I’ll gladly send you a 219B sw45k R9080 triple board if you need/want one for your FW3A.
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I definitely can’t turn down a 219B triple board though; those are hard to get these days.
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cabfrank wrote:
the clip … can it be removed? Will the light function without it?

Yes, it should work fine. At least, mine does.

As you mentioned, it’d be a good idea to put an O-ring in its place, because it’ll have a gap otherwise and that feels weird to hold. It shouldn’t affect function though. It’ll just roll easily.

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Hi TK! I haven’t received a reply to the PM I sent …

Oops. I’m bad about PMs sometimes. I have 119 tabs open, all waiting for me to do something, and sometimes it takes me a while.

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JasonWW wrote:
Ilumenati wrote:
Just curious if the interest list on post #4 is up to date or if there is another location.

Couldn’t find my name (post #8389) and this thread must be a beast to track so I thought I would check.


http://budgetlightforum.com/comment/1488614#comment-1488614

You asked 5 days ago. The last update on the list was 5 weeks ago.

And… just FYI Ilumenati; here is a “Pro Tip”. You can look at the date of post #4 and that will be the last time it was updated. Wink

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I can’t figure out why Lumintop would be making so many of these boneheaded changes so late in the development. The changes to the clip are honestly just terrible looking and nonsensical. I also can’t figure out why there’s so many apologists bootlicking Lumintop in the thread.

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goshdogit wrote:
Hi TK! I haven’t received a reply to the PM I sent …

Oops. I’m bad about PMs sometimes. I have 119 tabs open, all waiting for me to do something, and sometimes it takes me a while.


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ToyKeeper wrote:
goshdogit wrote:
Hi TK! I haven’t received a reply to the PM I sent …

Oops. I’m bad about PMs sometimes. I have 119 tabs open, all waiting for me to do something, and sometimes it takes me a while.

Off topic, but need to know info: which browser are you using? Firefox, Chrome, and Opera all seem to use several hundred MB of RAM per tab.

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