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tatasal wrote:
Oh, with regards to how the color grey react to influences, try this out:


@ tatasal . Thanks for posting this!! It’s a great visual resource. Beer

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oh my goodness, they’re the same color!

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Will the polished copper FW3C tarnish or is it sealed? Thanks!

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saypat wrote:
oh my goodness, they’re the same color!
I had the same reaction! Kinda amazing the role light plays.

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Doug wrote:
Will the polished copper FW3C tarnish or is it sealed? Thanks!

It’ll almost certainly age over time. The prototype wasn’t sealed, and I doubt the polished one will be either.

Here’s how the prototype looked, after forcing it to age a bit…

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I kinda wish the copper was sealed. Shiny copper looks so nice.

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Thank you, TK! I prefer my polished to stay polished. : ) Since following this forum I have been motivated to buy the E07 (which I love) and the GT micro. I will order the FW3A soon, if I don’t find the FW3Ti posted sooner. : ) Thanks to you and all for bringing such gems to my attention!

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Robin Dobbie..

““Ordered one. Is the 219C really only 78% as bright at the Cree emitters? I wish I’d known.”“

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Yep. I’ve got several model torchs doubled up.
It IS an obvious amount of beam density and range variation..
BUT..
Unless I’m buying an actual “thrower”, I go the 219B or C every time.
The colour rendition is soo much sweeter and more natural.

That Grey is beautiful. Also my fav colour in the different MFG’s, body’s.

Along with the Copper. Which Ï“prefer “seasoned”. Weathered.
Like me.

My O-Light i3T copper is a lovely mix of copper to brass.
with a bright, deep coppertone clip on it.

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Neal confirmed somewhere, facebook maybe? that it is only polished, not sealed.

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The copper prototype still has a rough surface at a very small scale, even after doing a bit of polishing. It actually tends to pull gunk off the polishing cloth so it gets stuck in the microscopic pits in the metal, so I end up having to rub that gunk out.

The new model’s polished surface should be a lot easier to maintain.

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Can you show how to do this step by step
Thanks

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Occasional hand polishing would maintain a polished look I suppose : ) and I may consider that. The polished copper does look sweet and may be worth the effort.

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tatasal …
Neato on the image effect.

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Mkphc wrote:
Can you show how to do this step by step Thanks

http://budgetlightforum.com/comment/1512018#comment-1512018

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I have a polished copper Sinner Triple light from years ago.

Looks absolutely fantastic when new. And when freshly polished with Blue Magic.

But after just 5 days of exposure to air, it looks tarnished… whether handled or not.

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If you want a poser/shelf torch.
Why not take out of sealed pack when new.
and spray it with a coat of clear coat from car accessory dealers.
Or if out in air. Polish it up Then spray.
A fine coat of that will keep it all shiny.

I always thought that copper casing was so you could get the natural varying shades of air caused variations?.
Mine are.
You live and learn hey.

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Firelight2 wrote:
I kinda wish the copper was sealed. Shiny copper looks so nice.

A periodic wash with pure lemon juice ~ or a good soak in fresh fizzy Coca Cola will keep it shining ..

Collinite paste car wax will keep a new Cu light shiny indefinitely.

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JaredM wrote:
This is exactly my experience. When pushing the light into my jean pocket (clipping in on) I’d use the ball/base of my hand to ‘seat’ it. This would result in switch activation 80% of the time if I wasn’t consciously avoiding it.

So your logical and pratical sense should have suggest you to not turn off your flashlight before putting it back to your pocket.
80% of the time it would turn off the flashlight without effort. Wink
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Tally-ho wrote:
JaredM wrote:
This is exactly my experience. When pushing the light into my jean pocket (clipping in on) I’d use the ball/base of my hand to ‘seat’ it. This would result in switch activation 80% of the time if I wasn’t consciously avoiding it.
So your logical and pratical sense should have suggest you to not turn off your flashlight before putting it back to your pocket. 80% of the time it would turn off the flashlight without effort. Wink
Facepalm How did I not recognize this as a value-added property! ? ! ugh.. Wink
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Sorry
I meant the nubbin removal trick

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Anyone know when the FW3T (Titanium) is coming out?

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My SST-20 order arrived today. I opted for the “new” optic and spare lenses rather than waiting. The good news is it isn’t too green, but it’s certainly not rosy either. On most levels below turbo, Duv hovers around 0.0007, with extremely high CRI including R9. I can confirm the lenses being shipped are the standard FW3A lens I’ve tested previously. Swapping the optic to 10511 with a lens increases Duv a bit, so for example 8×7135 becomes 0.0015. It’s not overly green or anything and is a significant upgrade over the XP-L HI, but it may bother people who crave rosy tints.

I noticed the anodization is a slightly different shade, and it has the silver colour clip discussed earlier in the thread, but the most significant change is the switch. The travel is now much shorter and it can’t flop around like the original. I believe this change was made so it’s more recessed and isn’t as easy to mistakenly activate in a pocket. I hated the new switch when I first tried it because I was used to the old one, but it doesn’t bother me now.

Unfortunately I received 3 x SST-20 instead of the requested 2 x SST-20 and 1 × 219C, so I can’t test the 219C version. I will be posting a full write-up with colour and output measurements and photos later, but I thought everyone would like to see the preliminary results first.

8×7135 with new optic
8×7135 with 10511/AR lens

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Thanks for testing that Bob, here’s some more testing of the stock AR lens vs a replacement AR lens I bought (same as Kawi): http://budgetlightforum.com/comment/1522235#comment-1522235

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contactcr wrote:
Thanks for testing that Bob, here’s some more testing of the stock AR lens vs a replacement AR lens I bought (same as Kawi): http://budgetlightforum.com/comment/1522235#comment-1522235

You got the 22.61mm x 1.90mm one right? How well does it fit compared to the stock lens? Looks like a nice upgrade for the SST-20 version in terms of tint.

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Bob_McBob wrote:
contactcr wrote:
Thanks for testing that Bob, here’s some more testing of the stock AR lens vs a replacement AR lens I bought (same as Kawi): http://budgetlightforum.com/comment/1522235#comment-1522235

You got the 22.61mm x 1.90mm one right? How well does it fit compared to the stock lens? Looks like a nice upgrade for the SST-20 version in terms of tint.

Right. It seems to fit fine and everything screws down. Kawi said it was water tight and I’ll just take his word for it, lol.

I think you would be right about the SST-20. For the 219B I probably wouldn’t bother since, to me, they can be “too pink” sometimes.

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ToyKeeper wrote:
If it helps, the FW3A is designed to be compatible with a standard rubber boot.

It helps. I'll have to try it. I already have a couple boots with smaller "nubbins" on them, one came that way and one was modified to fit a light.

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Firelight2 wrote:
Anyone know when the FW3T (Titanium) is coming out?

I’m anxiously waiting for this, too.

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trakcon wrote:
Firelight2 wrote:
Anyone know when the FW3T (Titanium) is coming out?

I’m anxiously waiting for this, too.

Will the copper head be sealed or raw, and fade by time?

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RapidLux wrote:
trakcon wrote:
Firelight2 wrote:
Anyone know when the FW3T (Titanium) is coming out?

I’m anxiously waiting for this, too.

Will the copper head be sealed or raw, and fade by time?


Since the FW3C is raw, I assume the head of the FW3T will be the same. I expect the shiny copper to fade very fast.
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My 5 SST-20’s came in today and I like the change to the switch, much better for me, replaced the optics with 10507’s and UCL lenses – happy with the results so far Smile

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