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A Pair of Ace’s ….

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. Very NICE! Wink Thumbs Up

. Great job TK and the FW3A gang! Beer

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Nice!

I can’t wait for mine to show up, but I have a brand new Zebralight to be playing with in the meantime. When the FW3A shows up, I’m going to pit it against the Emisar D4 and the Zebralight SC64w HI and maybe even write up some kind of basic comparative review. I feel like these three flashlights are at the top of their game in the super-compact 18650 category.

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The Eagle has Landed… and IT IS FIT!!! Thumbs Up

Beautiful creamy white XP-L HI 3D Medium CRI tint.

Fit n’ finish appears perfect.

Clip color is great.

Ano is very good.

All in all just a very nice package.

Thank you to those that made it happen!! Beer

More later after dark….. Wink

Oh yeah…. A 30Q button top will fit, I checked. Wink

A special thanks to TK for her dedication & seeing this through!!

Thank you Neal for everything & more!! You’ll know what I’m talking about. Wink

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18650 Battary Store has the ga for $5.49 and I have found their shipping is reasonable.

https://www.18650batterystore.com/Sanyo-18650-Battery-s/146.htm

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Thanks. But are they legit? The reason I ask is that I saw some 9000mah junk on their bay site, which always gives me pause.

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From what I hear from others is that they are legit. There is an Ebay store that sounds similar but they are not it.

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pennzy wrote:
From what I hear from others is that they are legit. There is an Ebay store that sounds similar but they are not it.

Thanks for the info.

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Your right… Still got about 4 hours though. Big Smile

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Klayking wrote:
…When the FW3A shows up, I’m going to pit it against the Emisar D4 and the Zebralight SC64w HI and maybe even write up some kind of basic comparative review…

I’d like to hear your thoughts on those lights. I can’t buy everything that’s shiny, so I’ve found myself gravitating towards the small 18650 end of the market. If you find time to make that comparison, I’m sure it would help more people than just me. Thanks. Beer

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I’m glad people are already receiving some lights. I’m also glad to hear people haven’t had any serious issues. About the only thing mentioned so far is that the retaining ring was loose on some lights… and that’s really easy to fix.

TBH, it’d be nice if the retaining ring on mine had been loose, because then I’d be able to get the driver out. But on mine, the ring is so tight it won’t budge. So I may just leave the firmware on this one alone instead of updating it every year.

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$5ish is good, but I haven’t found a decent shipping price.

Illumn.com

Free Shipping on Domestic Orders Over $50

Bite the bullet, get $50 worth. If you don’t have enough lights to “justify” it… You will, sooner than you think lol.

Get 4 of those, maybe 4 VT6 and 4 GA cells… that ought to cover needs for a few different class of light…

anyone in NE ILLinois into get togethers?

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Enabler. Smile
Not bad advice though, if I didn’t have enough cells. I just don’t have any of the lower drain, higher capacity ones that are preferred for this light.

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TK, if you have a Harbor Freight Tools near you, they have a cheap set of snap ring pliers that makes retaining ring removal a breeze. It has interchangeable tips, one set of which is straight, not bent.

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Most retaining rings are pretty easy to remove. This one is a bit tricky because it’s so narrow. But I’ve been meaning to get some proper snap-ring pliers instead of using machinist calipers.

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TK, if you have a Harbor Freight Tools near you, they have a cheap set of snap ring pliers that makes retaining ring removal a breeze. It has interchangeable tips, one set of which is straight, not bent.

It might take a bit more than snap ring pliers, I had to use specially hand ground down needle nose pliers to get both of my FW3A driver retainer rings loose….the ring is thin and was very tight. The driver is a tight press fit also, it would not pull out by the spring, had to smack it on my wood bench to pop it out, snapped back in nicely with out popping back out, nice enough to run it with out the retainer ring with out issue. so far..

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teacher wrote:

Oh yeah…. A 30Q button top will fit, I checked. Wink

I don’t doubt they most likely fit and I believe mine will, but remember there is no such thing as 30Q button top. Wink if there’s a button, it’s because someone modified the battery. Meaning the dimensions could vary.
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Now that I have my aluminum FW3As, I find myself wanting one in polished titanium Love

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EnlightenMe wrote:
TK, if you have a Harbor Freight Tools near you, they have a cheap set of snap ring pliers that makes retaining ring removal a breeze. It has interchangeable tips, one set of which is straight, not bent.

If the retaining ring is more than finger tight it will break those sh!tty HF snap ring pliers. I’ve broken all 8 from 2 plier sets on one pill. Spend the money for a decent set, it’s cheaper in the long run.
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I too was notified of my flashlight shipping this morning. My number on the “new” list was up around 990, so I fully expected that it wouldn’t go out until after May 8th. The notice was a very nice surprise to start my day. Big Smile

Totally unrelated….your signature line – from one of my all time favorite movies. You cook good rabbit, pilgrim…

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Firelight2 wrote:
Now that I have my aluminum FW3As, I find myself wanting one in polished titanium Love

It would look nice with a copper head. Silly
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You skin griz pilgrim?

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You know what I would like?

A copper plated FW3A.

And guess which light is going to be my 2nd prototype for a copper plated light?
My FW3A. Blushing Blushing Blushing

I’ve actually manage to copper plate an aluminium light very recently, and everything worked out wonderfully! Cash

I wish I could show you a picture guys, but I’m planning to make a huge post in my thread about it, and keep it as a surprise.

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BlueSwordM wrote:
I’ve actually manage to copper plate an aluminium light very recently, and everything worked out wonderfully!

Awesome. It probably looks really nice. Smile

I used to know a guy who did research on how to add a chrome layer to things. He figured out a method which works on virtually anything, and to prove it, he chromed a teddy bear. Like, fur and everything. It was one of the oddest things I’ve ever seen.

I wonder whatever happened to him.

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Yeah. It was stupid hard to make a formulation that actually worked on aluminium, and using materials that could be commonly found.
It also was a test to my skills of chemistry and electrochemistry.

About that guy though, there are probably 2 ways to think what happened:

1. He got employed at an electroplating company, and got a very nice pay. Smile
2. He got hurt by hexavalent chromium poisoning. Sad

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Firelight2 wrote:
Now that I have my aluminum FW3As, I find myself wanting one in polished titanium Love

OK
will talk about this, also copper

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Neal wrote:
Firelight2 wrote:
Now that I have my aluminum FW3As, I find myself wanting one in polished titanium Love

OK
will talk about this, also copper

Omg I’m gonna go broke, glad I have another 12 30Q’s coming from BG…

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Neal wrote:
Firelight2 wrote:
Now that I have my aluminum FW3As, I find myself wanting one in polished titanium Love

OK
will talk about this, also copper


YAY!!!!! Love Love Love

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