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I don’t actually.

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Hi, please stop with the petty arguments and personal insults. Also please go back and delete any of your recent posts in this thread that were unrelated to the topic of the FW3A, and also delete any of your posts that contained overt or disguised profanity. Thank you in advance.

 

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What is current optic used for lights now selling?
Carclo with glass or other?

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I think that depends on where you get it. The last one I got from Neal was an FW3C and it had a Carlco with glass.

I have no idea about Banggood, but it’s possible they have something different.

Illumn here in the US repeatedly has been selling them with Carlco lenses.

You probably have to ask the seller before you buy to make sure.

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Nev wrote:
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Are they doing anything different with the buttons on the newer FW3A/C/Ts?

I just got a new FW3C from Illumn and it seems the button on this version is easier to activate and feels softer. I prefer the original button.


Some people’s complained that it was to easy to accidentally activate,
Lumentop changed the button to make it activate easier ,
I think the two are related.
Yep… that just about sums it up. Facepalm
As we discussed a few days ago…. in most cases it is a very bad idea for a manufacture to base changes to a product on idle forum chatter….. especially chatter that is nothing more than subjective opinion.
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teacher wrote:
Nev wrote:
m0nk33 wrote:
Are they doing anything different with the buttons on the newer FW3A/C/Ts?

I just got a new FW3C from Illumn and it seems the button on this version is easier to activate and feels softer. I prefer the original button.


Some people’s complained that it was to easy to accidentally activate,
Lumentop changed the button to make it activate easier ,
I think the two are related.
Yep… that just about sums it up. Facepalm
As we discussed a few days ago…. in most cases it is a very bad idea for a manufacture to base changes to a product on idle forum chatter….. especially chatter that is nothing more than subjective opinion.
Got something that works…. leave it alone. Thumbs Up

That’s excellent advice Thumbs Up
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JasonWW wrote:

I don’t think that spaghetti-monster version is the one used on the FW3A. It’s more generic.

The default smooth ramp ceiling for the FW3A should be 130. This would be 21 clicks.

So in Smooth ramp you click 1 then 21.
In stepped mode it’s 20 then 21 then 7.

Looks like you’re correct: http://budgetlightforum.com/comment/1506066#comment-1506066

How did you remember that?

Anyway, I’ll edit my comment. Hopefully DarkShot sees it with all the the…“clutter”…going on Sad

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Buzzy243 wrote:

How did you remember that?

Maybe he read the manual Wink

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Big Smile …. Thumbs Up

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OK … I’m ready to order FW3T TITANIUM / CU but I’m on the fence regarding emitter. What do you suggest?

https://www.nealsgadgets.com/products/tlf-blf-fw3t-titanium-edc-flashlig...

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Oops. Guess I should have RTFM, huh?

I need to remember to print some of those if I give any of these as gifts.

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Ti/Cu. MSRP $95……..

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Ti/Cu. MSRP $95……..

Contact M4D M4X for a discount code … Smile

$76.76

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And now, for those that need or want it; a brief musical interlude.

Don’t need or want it…. pass on by. . Wink
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FW3A Team wrote:
Just a quick update, also added at the top of the first post:

Current status (2019-08-07): New flavors are available for order or pre-order: Bare aluminum, TK Purple, Blue, Military Green, polished copper, bead-blasted copper, titanium, and titanium+copper. The “TK Purple” version has a stylized moonbeam logo on the button, and a portion of the sales from it will be sent to ToyKeeper.

Coupon codes are:

  • Colors: BLFFW3A 20%OFF
  • Copper (FW3C): BLFFW3C 15%OFF
  • Titanium (FW3T): BLFFW3T 20%OFF

… and for a short time, there is a private 25% off coupon available for people who already bought a FW3A and post pictures of it in this thread.

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/\ Yep… that’s the truth. I was pleasantly shocked when I heard it the first time.

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teacher wrote:
And now, for those that need or want it; a brief musical interlude.

Don’t need or want it…. pass on by. . Wink
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Pure gold. Thumbs Up
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Tally-ho wrote:
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How did you remember that?

Maybe he read the manual Wink

!https://i.imgur.com/0yzvCj8.png!


Please point something out to a thicko like me , what’s the difference between party strobe & tactical strobe ? To me they are the same & the only difference is the tactical strobe is brighter , am I missing something?
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Nev wrote:

Please point something out to a thicko like me , what’s the difference between party strobe & tactical strobe ? To me they are the same & the only difference is the tactical strobe is brighter , am I missing something?

Usually Tactical strobe alternates between 2 different rates, but on the FW3A Tactical seems to have a longer On pulse which is more irritating plus it is brighter. Party strobe has a short On pulse that can make things seem to move in slow motion and is not irritating.

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Buzzy243 wrote:
JasonWW wrote:

I don’t think that spaghetti-monster version is the one used on the FW3A. It’s more generic.

The default smooth ramp ceiling for the FW3A should be 130. This would be 21 clicks.

So in Smooth ramp you click 1 then 21.
In stepped mode it’s 20 then 21 then 7.

Looks like you’re correct: http://budgetlightforum.com/comment/1506066#comment-1506066

How did you remember that?


I remember because I repeat myself a lot. I say how to do a factory reset pretty often.

Factory Reset
With light turned On, click 4 times to enter ramp config mode. At the prompts (fluttering light), respectively, click 1 time, then 21 times. If there is a 3rd prompt, click 7 times (this is seen when in stepped ramping mode).

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My FW3A from the first batch died last night. I was using it at work (at pretty low power, below 350mA) and all the sudden it got stuck on, I could go above 350mA but now below.
I took it apart today and found one of the 7135’s completely shorted between output and GND (I did have to strip them all to find that).

Got it going again with another 7135 but I think for many that’s above the level they’d be able to diagnose / repair.

Not upset in the least, I jumped on the fw3a train from the beginning, I knew going in there could be problems early on. What’s odd is all the soldering looked great, no bridges or solder balls or anything that stood out, no excess flux, nothing… That one bad 7135 seemed to die internally with nothing triggering the failure other than use/time.

Again not a complaint, don’t even plan to contact Neal, just reporting here. All’s well again.

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7135 chips do seem to have a reputation for dying recently. I wonder if the clones of a clone of an original chip are just getting worse and worse. We may have to step up to using the more expensive (couple of cents more) resistor/resistor bank designs instead of 7135 chips. Reliability should be better and there’s no upper voltage limit of around 7 to 8 volts.

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Can we get the XP-L 7A for the new aluminum releases at least?

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JasonWW wrote:
Nev wrote:

Please point something out to a thicko like me , what’s the difference between party strobe & tactical strobe ? To me they are the same & the only difference is the tactical strobe is brighter , am I missing something?

Usually Tactical strobe alternates between 2 different rates, but on the FW3A Tactical seems to have a longer On pulse which is more irritating plus it is brighter. Party strobe has a short On pulse that can make things seem to move in slow motion and is not irritating.

Thanks Jason , the party strobe is more irritating to me because it’s not bright enough, I can get both strobes to freeze a fan ,although I don’t think they’re stable (in frequency speed )because it needs adjusting now & again to keep it froozed.
Edit
It must be the 3 fans I’ve tried it on that’s not stable in speed.
Unless the frequency is changing slightly as the cell gets depleted or as the light heats up & cool ?
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Ordered Ti/Cu, same discount code as Ti and in theTi drop down options. This one should hold up to my rough handling. BLFFW3T

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Ordered a full ti version. Probably going to swap in 7a xpl Hi’s to keep the heat down a bit. Strange this led is not an option anymore, seemed popular.

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