FW3A, a TLF/BLF EDC flashlight - SST-20 available, coupon codes public

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I ordered two lights in separate orders the same day,
Both were marked shipped that night!
Both numbers track in China, which means just sit down and wait.

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Does anyone know the size of O-ring that goes between the pocketclip and the tailcap? My Ti one I just received does not have one and the clip rotates too easily.

I would like to know too…mine broke! Anyone know?
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Neal posted on FB that the FW1A will be available next month, in addition to 18350 and 18500 tubes for both it and the FW3A.

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I’ll bite. What is the FW1A?

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FW3A, but with a single emitter and reflector design instead of a TIR optic.

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trakcon wrote:
FW3A, but with a single emitter and reflector design instead of a TIR optic.

Thanks!

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trakcon wrote:
FW3A, but with a single emitter and reflector design instead of a TIR optic.

Does this mean they are lengthening the head to get the taller reflector to fit?

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FW3 was my favorite light when I got it.
Then my Fire Flies E01 showed up.
I really love this light
only 1” longer, lit side switch, the throw on it is great. Rivals an L6. Not in total lumens of course, but the narrow beam penetrates like crazy. AND it can stay on turbo for a long time, handles heat very well.’
Too bad they stripped down the UI. Have an E07 on order, I know it does not throw that well, but smaller and 6900 Lumens.
I may have a new favorite light.

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trakcon wrote:
FW3A, but with a single emitter and reflector design instead of a TIR optic.

I’m not a facebook guy, can you link more info about the FW1A? It sounds like a must have.

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There is no more information on the FW1A at this time.

You don’t have to go to facebook for info on this, i’m pretty sure all information will appear in this forum as soon as it is available.

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scosgt wrote:
FW3 was my favorite light when I got it.
Then my Fire Flies E01 showed up.
I really love this light
only 1” longer, lit side switch, the throw on it is great. Rivals an L6. Not in total lumens of course, but the narrow beam penetrates like crazy. AND it can stay on turbo for a long time, handles heat very well.’
Too bad they stripped down the UI.

Isn’t that light much larger? It’s 21700 sized.
The Lumintop EDC18 should be the side switch version of the FW3A. Same size, but can use protected cells, same UI, same Leds, lighted side switch, deep carry pocket clip, magnet in tail, etc…

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JasonWW wrote:
scosgt wrote:
FW3 was my favorite light when I got it. Then my Fire Flies E01 showed up. I really love this light only 1” longer, lit side switch, the throw on it is great. Rivals an L6. Not in total lumens of course, but the narrow beam penetrates like crazy. AND it can stay on turbo for a long time, handles heat very well.’ Too bad they stripped down the UI.
Isn’t that light much larger? It’s 21700 sized. The Lumintop EDC18 should be the side switch version of the FW3A. Same size, but can use protected cells, same UI, same Leds, lighted side switch, deep carry pocket clip, magnet in tail, etc…

I don’t pocket carry – pockets are full of guns, shield case and so on.
In a small belt holster, the difference in size is negligible, and the weight is about the same.
The E01 will run way longer on high, the FW3 quickly becomes too hot to hold.
The E01 has a narrow well focused beam, which has a throw that rivals an L6, while the FW3 is totally flood.
That being said, I have like 5 of the FW3 lights and they are great, the copper is stunning.
But I find the E01 more useful.

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trakcon wrote:
FW3A, but with a single emitter and reflector design instead of a TIR optic.

Are we sure it’s got a reflector and not a single TIR?

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If it has a reflector, I really hope it’s the same size as easily available Yajiamei Optics. Iove playing with optics and different LED’s.

Don’t like the stupid ring around your LH351D beam in a reflector? Pop on a beaded optic. Enjoy the magic!

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I would probably prefer a single TIR optic, but I’m excited about either.

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I was hoping for a TIR as well, will have to see what fits.

EDC rotation:
FW1A, LH351D 4000k (second favorite)
FW3A, LH351D 3500k
FW3A, SST20 FD2 4000k
FW3A, Nichia 4000k sw40 r9080 (favorite light!)
FW3A, Cree XP-L Hi 5A3
Emisar D4V2, SST20 4000k
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I’ve always liked the large hotspot in good single TIR lights. We will have to wait and see. I wonder which LED will be used, and how bright it will be.

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Maybe they can use a big fat MCPCB like in the Ti model and fit a TIR or reflector by just swapping MCPCB size. Wishful thinking…

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scosgt wrote:
Harbor Freight sells an assortment cheap.
https://www.harborfreight.com/225-piece-nitrile-o-ring-assortment-67677....

https://www.harborfreight.com/382-piece-o-ring-assortment-67554.html

https://www.harborfreight.com/225-piece-metric-nitrile-o-ring-assortment...

https://www.harborfreight.com/397-piece-metric-o-ring-assortment-67580.html


Those are all way too big to replace the pocket clip/inner tube o-ring. According to my measurements I think they are around 18mm x .5mm. I have no idea where to source them, but now I need two. And any bigger, the light won’t work. Facepalm
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So I just got a second OG gray FW3A from Amazon because the deal with a coupon code was too good to pass up. As soon as I picked it up I noticed it felt different in the hand. The anodizing is noticeably smoother and slick on the new unit. The knurling pattern on the head and tail is also much shallower and feels smoother to the touch. The tail button in the new unit is slightly less tactile when both are pressed dead center but when pressed off center, the older one gives a slightly mushy feedback while the newer one retains its click.

Nothing bad about the changes, though I think I do slightly prefer the more matte hand feel of the older unit.

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amazon coupon code?
I need one for a neighbor

anyone in NE ILLinois into get togethers?

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I pre-ordered a purple unit from Neal, and tracking currently shows it to be delivered Tuesday 9/3.

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justanotherguy wrote:
amazon coupon code? I need one for a neighbor

I’m reasonably sure the code is expired now, but keep an eye on this thread to see if another one pops up.

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Rayoui wrote:
justanotherguy wrote:
amazon coupon code? I need one for a neighbor

I’m reasonably sure the code is expired now, but keep an eye on this thread to see if another one pops up.

Thanks.. On Reddit, I found illumn.com is having a 0 or 25% sale

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I purchased a FW3A on 6/23 but the tracking number Neal gave me didn't work and he never replied to my email. What is the best way to contact him?

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Don’t worry, he’ll sort you out. You can pm Neal here . Also, I hear he replies pretty quickly on Facebook messenger if you have access to that.

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are the copper ones coated now??
I opened mine, washed it and attempted to force patina with baking soda and warm water. The effect was negligible after 4 hours.
like zero effect.
I thought it would be easier

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Try something much stronger: citric acid/vinegar + salt.

Remove it from the solution, and let it air dry.

If this doesn’t oxidize it, then it is coated.

My very own high current Beryllium Copper springs Gen 3:
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Haven’t seen it mentioned here yet… Neal posted on TLF saying 21700 version is also in the works!

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