#GB44 ASTROLUX MF-01 18xCREE XP-G3/ NICHIA 219C (12klm) Flashlight Group Buy //// 2nd WAVE has started!

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There are a few more Astrolux flashlights in the pipeline.

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Love the MF-01 Nichia ! Awesome output , awesome tint ! This light is a winner for me ;)
+1 Also love just the feel of this light; definitely a premium feel. Really looking forward to all the new offerings from Astrolux/Mateminco. :BEER:
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Give us some hints Big Smile

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Does anyone know what percentage of Astrolux MF-01 has had bugs? I’m talking about the first batch, of course. And what mistakes have they been? What has been the most repeated failure?

Thanks.

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Uneven brightness issue for 3-4 members in BLF. Banggood will send a replacement after they ship back their faulty one.

Updated driver in 2nd batch will address to this issue. LED wiring will be changed to 3P6S according to them. 

Miguel_79 wrote:
Does anyone know what percentage of Astrolux MF-01 has had bugs? I'm talking about the first batch, of course. And what mistakes have they been? What has been the most repeated failure? Thanks.
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freeme wrote:

Updated driver in 2nd batch will address to this issue. LED wiring will be changed to 3P6S according to them. 

It was 3P-2S3P, so 6V for the two leds in series, with 8.4V input voltage.
Now they’re saying they’re changing to 3P6S? You need a different (boost) driver or not?

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Uneven brightness issue for 3-4 members in BLF. Banggood will send a replacement after they ship back their faulty one.

How uneven does it need to be in order to qualify for a replacement? I do love my MF-01 and will be ordering a second one in the next few days, and the differences between the brightness levels aren’t as pronounced as what I’ve seen with some others. But the problem seems to have got slightly worse over time, and I’m worried that this fault might turn into something more severe, especially as I like using my lights as candles.

Since I’ll be having a backup fairly soon, I don’t mind sending back the head for one that works correctly. What should I do – get in touch with BG CS?

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Flying Luminosity wrote:
freeme wrote:

Uneven brightness issue for 3-4 members in BLF. Banggood will send a replacement after they ship back their faulty one.

How uneven does it need to be in order to qualify for a replacement? I do love my MF-01 and will be ordering a second one in the next few days, and the differences between the brightness levels aren’t as pronounced as what I’ve seen with some others. But the problem seems to have got slightly worse over time, and I’m worried that this fault might turn into something more severe, especially as I like using my lights as candles.

Since I’ll be having a backup fairly soon, I don’t mind sending back the head for one that works correctly. What should I do – get in touch with BG CS?

I’m trying to figure out the same thing. I would have already sent mine back if I’d had been asked. At this rate, it’ll be mid-November or even December before this is resolved. Facepalm

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If somebody would make one of these with all the LEDs fully collimated I’d pay 300 to 400 dollars.

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Lexel’s TA driver would be perfect on this.

hIKARInoob wrote:
^^^ The beam is just amazing for everyday use like walking the dog. But a big disadvantage of the MF01 is mode spacing. With the 219 you get something like 5-ish lumen, then 700-ish lumen and nothing in between. This bums, as something like 50~100 lumen would be great. This is also where the M43 and MK34 shine; mode spacing is just awesome.
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PS: mine shipped today – ordered yesterday.

Likewise, they must have their skates on, no turning back now…

Order Submitted
Oct/09/2017 18:10:53

Shipped
Oct/10/2017 01:25:05

Well here is something interesting, checked my tracking with flyteexpress and, da-daaa !

2017-10-10 14:23:32
Location:Birmingham Processing center,United Kingdom
Status:Item received

2017-10-10 15:23:32
Location:Birmingham Processing center,United Kingdom
Status:Item in transit

2017-10-11 14:29:36
Location:Birmingham Processing center,United Kingdom
Status:Item dispatched. PKG#:PKGxxxxxxxx

2017-10-11 20:30:21
Location:Birmingham Processing center,United Kingdom
Status:Item in transit

Then over to Royal Mail:

Track and Trace – Track your Item
We’re expecting it
Tracking no. xxx
The sender has let us know this item will be with us soon.
Royal Mail Tracked 48™

Updated on: Wednesday 11 October
09:08am
Item expected

So it looks like Banggood shipped from their EU (UK) warehouse, I might even get it in a couple of days Smile

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hIKARInoob wrote:
freeme wrote:

Updated driver in 2nd batch will address to this issue. LED wiring will be changed to 3P6S according to them. 

It was 3P-2S3P, so 6V for the two leds in series, with 8.4V input voltage.
Now they’re saying they’re changing to 3P6S? You need a different (boost) driver or not?

If indeed changed to banks of 6 LEDS in series, with a boost converter (or one converter per bank), that could be very interesting.

If well regulated it could be superior to the existing buck converters (running 2S LEDs from 2S cells), once battery voltage drops. Less loss in LED wiring and MCPCB traces too.

If it was down to me, I’d also arrange one bank to be the inner circle of 6 LEDs, and switch off the other two banks at lower levels. That would eliminate problems of uneven illumination of banks, and allow finer control of lower light levels.

Fingers crossed for something along these lines, rather than just a minor tweak. Should soon know.

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Please contact BG CS.

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freeme wrote:

Uneven brightness issue for 3-4 members in BLF. Banggood will send a replacement after they ship back their faulty one.

How uneven does it need to be in order to qualify for a replacement? I do love my MF-01 and will be ordering a second one in the next few days, and the differences between the brightness levels aren't as pronounced as what I've seen with some others. But the problem seems to have got slightly worse over time, and I'm worried that this fault might turn into something more severe, especially as I like using my lights as candles. Since I'll be having a backup fairly soon, I don't mind sending back the head for one that works correctly. What should I do - get in touch with BG CS?


Has anyone contacted you yet?

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I'm trying to figure out the same thing. I would have already sent mine back if I'd had been asked. At this rate, it'll be mid-November or even December before this is resolved. :FACEPALM:
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Tom Tom wrote:
hIKARInoob wrote:
freeme wrote:

Updated driver in 2nd batch will address to this issue. LED wiring will be changed to 3P6S according to them. 

It was 3P-2S3P, so 6V for the two leds in series, with 8.4V input voltage.
Now they’re saying they’re changing to 3P6S? You need a different (boost) driver or not?

If indeed changed to banks of 6 LEDS in series, with a boost converter (or one converter per bank), that could be very interesting.

If well regulated it could be superior to the existing buck converters (running 2S LEDs from 2S cells), once battery voltage drops. Less loss in LED wiring and MCPCB traces too.

If it was down to me, I’d also arrange one bank to be the inner circle of 6 LEDs, and switch off the other two banks at lower levels. That would eliminate problems of uneven illumination of banks, and allow finer control of lower light levels.

Fingers crossed for something along these lines, rather than just a minor tweak. Should soon know.

A boost driver for constant output is the number one thing I’d like to see changed. However, I just don’t see this happening…

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Nichia MF-01 ordered! Thanks Freeme!

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Has anyone contacted you yet?

bigtrav261 wrote:
I’m trying to figure out the same thing. I would have already sent mine back if I’d had been asked. At this rate, it’ll be mid-November or even December before this is resolved. Facepalm

Not yet. I’ve also been checking my junk email folder, just to be sure nothing was was placed there.

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freeme wrote:

Uneven brightness issue for 3-4 members in BLF. Banggood will send a replacement after they ship back their faulty one.


Updated driver in 2nd batch will address to this issue. LED wiring will be changed to 3P6S according to them. 


Miguel_79 wrote:
Does anyone know what percentage of Astrolux MF-01 has had bugs? I’m talking about the first batch, of course. And what mistakes have they been? What has been the most repeated failure? Thanks.

Guess mine counts as extremely ‘uneven brightness’ – one bank always 100%, can’t be turned off at all (have to unscrew the tail or head).

By the way, Chinese holidays ended already? because I still don’t have any response from BG. And after that, it will be waiting for the light to be shipped back, then shipped again to me…
disappointing a little.

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Tally-ho wrote:
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Bought second Q8, instead of this with poor UI.

You mean a second Q8 with poor CRI and poor lumens ?! Big Smile

No offense, just kidding…I have both and appreciate them for different reasons and situations.

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freeme wrote:

Uneven brightness issue for 3-4 members in BLF. Banggood will send a replacement after they ship back their faulty one.


Updated driver in 2nd batch will address to this issue. LED wiring will be changed to 3P6S according to them. 


Miguel_79 wrote:
Does anyone know what percentage of Astrolux MF-01 has had bugs? I’m talking about the first batch, of course. And what mistakes have they been? What has been the most repeated failure? Thanks.

Guess mine counts as extremely ‘uneven brightness’ – one bank always 100%, can’t be turned off at all (have to unscrew the tail or head).

By the way, Chinese holidays ended already? because I still don’t have any response from BG. And after that, it will be waiting for the light to be shipped back, then shipped again to me…
disappointing a little.

I can help you get a MF01 driver with Narsil UI

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Lexel wrote:
I can help you get a MF01 driver with Narsil UI

Thank you, I will consider it but currently I am waiting for BG.
Though I got a reply. They asked me to use Samsung 30Qs and retry…
… no comments.
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Just so everyone is aware Banggood can not ship batteries to the US for some unknown amount of time due to a battery related fire at the Hong Kong airport. They are issuing refunds if you placed an order for batteries. Same with most batteries at Gearbest.

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Tom Tom wrote:
Tom Tom wrote:
patmurris wrote:

PS: mine shipped today – ordered yesterday.

Likewise, they must have their skates on, no turning back now…

Order Submitted
Oct/09/2017 18:10:53

Shipped
Oct/10/2017 01:25:05

Well here is something interesting, checked my tracking with flyteexpress and, da-daaa !

2017-10-10 14:23:32
Location:Birmingham Processing center,United Kingdom
Status:Item received

2017-10-10 15:23:32
Location:Birmingham Processing center,United Kingdom
Status:Item in transit

2017-10-11 14:29:36
Location:Birmingham Processing center,United Kingdom
Status:Item dispatched. PKG#:PKGxxxxxxxx

2017-10-11 20:30:21
Location:Birmingham Processing center,United Kingdom
Status:Item in transit

Then over to Royal Mail:

Track and Trace – Track your Item
We’re expecting it
Tracking no. xxx
The sender has let us know this item will be with us soon.
Royal Mail Tracked 48™

Updated on: Wednesday 11 October
09:08am
Item expected

So it looks like Banggood shipped from their EU (UK) warehouse, I might even get it in a couple of days Smile

You are lucky. Mine:

Order Date: 2017-10-09 13:24:19

Shipped Date: 2017-10-09 19:58:02

When tracking:

Item status not found in the system.

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EagleShield wrote:

You are lucky. Mine:

Order Date: 2017-10-09 13:24:19

Shipped Date: 2017-10-09 19:58:02

When tracking:

Item status not found in the system.

That is to be expected from Banggood page. Mine still shows “not found” there. This is normal behaviour for Banggood. IME. Usually nothing ever shows there until I have actually received the item.

You have to take the tracking number from BG and paste it into e.g. http://flytexpress.com/Tracking/PackageTracking_En.aspx to get results.

In my case the tracking number from Banggood was a recognisable UK tracking number ending in “GB” which https://www.royalmail.com/track-your-item#/ also recognised.

I think, if yours is also being sent from the EU warehouse, (which is in the UK), you might get results this way.

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Could I have a code please? Thank you.

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Thanks for that link.

Last thing that happened.

2017-10-11 02:55:40
Location: Flyt Express’s sorting center, Hong Kong
Status: Item in transit

Im using Trackchecker mobile app but that didn’t find anything either.
Guess I have to wait for the slow boat before I receive my MF-01.

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Hmm, I hope mine doesn’t turn out to be a “first wave” one, old stock or returned Crying

I was surprised it isn’t coming straight from China.

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Tom Tom wrote:
Hmm, I hope mine doesn’t turn out to be a “first wave” one, old stock or returned Crying

I was surprised it isn’t coming straight from China.

Mine too Tom Tom. Does anyone know if there is a way to find out if yours is first wave or second wave? Is there a serial number difference?

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There is no serial number soooooo…

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Mapster wrote:
Just so everyone is aware Banggood can not ship batteries to the US for some unknown amount of time due to a battery related fire at the Hong Kong airport. They are issuing refunds if you placed an order for batteries. Same with most batteries at Gearbest.

Now… where can I get 30Q BT… all other place I trust are all flat tops…

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Now… where can I get 30Q BT… all other place I trust are all flat tops…

I was looking for them as well and settled with flat tops from GearBest’s “China” warehouse. Those are available to ship for a decent deal. I couldn’t find button tops at any reasonable price.

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Mapster wrote:
yuhsin91123 wrote:
Now… where can I get 30Q BT… all other place I trust are all flat tops…

I was looking for them as well and settled with flat tops from GearBest’s “China” warehouse. Those are available to ship for a decent deal. I couldn’t find button tops at any reasonable price.

Banggood got button top ones and now idk where else to order them…. I know with a small mod by remove those plastic rings can let the flashlight take flat top batteries. But I like to keep my stuff as they are from factory if nothing is broken…

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ordered nichia version, hope new driver will solve all the problems

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