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

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delusional wrote:

Maybe I’m wrong, but is that prototype FW3A V2 Lumintop’s first production light with tritium slots? (assuming it does go into production.)

The FW21 has trit slots and it’s already out (21700 version of FW3A)
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hank wrote:
Where does that deep carry clip come from?

I got it here
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Carclo doesn’t melt in UV? I am asking because I know that Yajiamei singe optics are melting.

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delusional wrote:

Edit:
It looks like it’s got both a (magnetic?) brightness adjustment ring, and an on/off switch.

The threaded ring is what screws in the switch assembly, that all it does. The tail and battery tube are one piece.

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Chatika vas Paus wrote:
Carclo doesn’t melt in UV? I am asking because I know that Yajiamei singe optics are melting.

I think the Carclo handle about 150°C 120°C.
I don’t know what material the Yajiamei singe optics are made of.

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They said me once that’s PMMA.

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I had to check my older posts, it’s actually around 120°C. The Carclo is a UV stabilized clear polycarbonate.

PMMA is like acrylic or plexiglass. Generally speaking it seems to have a melting point of around 160°C. Maybe it’s not UV stabilized?

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some people rant about the many variations and "offsprings" of the original design / idea...

but i actually like that it evolved from "something for some freaks" to a flashlight-family suiteable for many ...

a nice example:

a customized FW3T+C with engraved copper button (by S•C•P Schiller Custom Parts) and more - what a beauty!
owner: Patric Böttcher 

 

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M4D M4X wrote:
some people rant about the many variations and “offsprings” of the original design / idea…

but i actually like that it evolved from “something for some freaks” to a flashlight-family suiteable for many …

IMO, this is not a flashlight for “many”. It should be owned only by “freaks”, who have the necessary knowledge to deal with it safely. There’s way too many reports of melt-downs due to a variety of speculative causes.

It’s a very nice-looking light, but potentially much more dangerous than most other lithium-ion lights. The design is inherently bad for the kind of manufacturing tolerances used to produce it cheaply. And, add to that, firmware which has some dubious safety issues in recent months (D4v2). Maybe not the version used in this light, but who knows what other bugs are waiting to be discovered?

People should be careful with this light. It’s a fun light, but don’t leave it on some paper and go to bed, even if it’s “off”.

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WalkIntoTheLight wrote:
M4D M4X wrote:
some people rant about the many variations and “offsprings” of the original design / idea…

but i actually like that it evolved from “something for some freaks” to a flashlight-family suiteable for many …

IMO, this is not a flashlight for “many”. It should be owned only by “freaks”, who have the necessary knowledge to deal with it safely. There’s way too many reports of melt-downs due to a variety of speculative causes.

It’s a very nice-looking light, but potentially much more dangerous than most other lithium-ion lights. The design is inherently bad for the kind of manufacturing tolerances used to produce it cheaply. And, add to that, firmware which has some dubious safety issues in recent months (D4v2). Maybe not the version used in this light, but who knows what other bugs are waiting to be discovered?

People should be careful with this light. It’s a fun light, but don’t leave it on some paper and go to bed, even if it’s “off”.

I totally agree with you. This light is a danger to muggles and noobs. If twice as much was invested in the light it might have been a different story. I love my FW collection…

Armytek Prime C1 Pro, Armytek Prime C2 Pro, Armytek Tiara C1 Pro, Astrolux MF01 Mini, BLF Q8, BLF A6, BLF FW1A, BLF FW3A, BLF FW3C, Convoy L6, Convoy C8+ , Convoy S3, Convoy M21A, Convoy S11, Emisar D4, Fireflies E07, Jaxman E2L, Lumintop EDC18, Manta Ray C8.2 long version, Olight S1R Baton II special edition series, S2R Baton II, Nitecore HC65, Olight H1R Nova.

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@maba: BEAUTIFUL

 

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I received  my second FW3A today Smile

For a few days i was suspecting shenanigans from La Poste as the parcel status was bouncing from "has arrived at the site for distribution" to "deposited in the recipient's mailbox" and back again several times but it eventually reached my mailbox for real !

 

There are a few difference with my first FW3A that was from 1st batch.

Pros :

  • the most obvious at first sight is the smooth SS clip wich i like better than the original one
  • new Anduril version with the 2 levels momentary lockout (nice move !)
  • retaining ring added for the tail pcb

Cons :

  • the switch action doesn't feel right and the button sometimes stay stuck in the pressed position

The switch problem was easily solved thanks to JaredM's post about the "o-ring, no nubin" mod so everything is perfect now but as much as i love this torch i have to agree with the people saying that, with that kind of issue, the FW3A might not be for everyone.

 

Note : The SS bezel is beautiful !

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Yes, it’s a great modification Big Smile

I used the usual o-ring:

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