Astrolux K1

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There will be a new UI for K1 and K1 CRI soon.


Lexel wrote:
The only reason to buy is the 365nm UV light The UI is not good for flashlight enthusiasts, but for normal user acceptable The light even if it gets activated by accident does not get hot, the XPG3 does not consume too much power like a pocket rocket with DD driver and 18350

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a little bump in the max lumens wouldnt hurt, 250 is a bit low compared to manker lad and nitecore tip/tini.

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Just received another e-mail with new version.
https://www.banggood.com/Astrolux-K1-XP-G3365nm-UVRed-LED-350LM-New-Driver-USB-Stainless-Steel-Mini-LED-Keychain-p-1234869.html
350lm, direct mods group (but not hidden strobe?), IP65.
Has anyone scratched old version up to bare material? I wonder how did they made coating over stainless steel.

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interesting, now i could buy one, the stone version looks cool but i refuse to buy from banggood so i buy next year from ebay i guess after all holidays..

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I reviewed this light and the LED had almost no heat path to the body, guess cranking up the current without any mechanical improvement might be not good

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Lexel wrote:
I reviewed this light and the LED had almost no heat path to the body, guess cranking up the current without any mechanical improvement might be not good

ah so they didnt fix that from the first version ? since they cranked up the lumens doesnt sound good Sad

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Haven’t posted in a while, but here’s a K1 update. Mine normally rode clipped to my Red Rock Gear sling pack. I tried to charge it the other day and the red charge indicator flashes and the light works as long as it’s plugged in, but as soon as it’s unplugged, it goes off, so for all intents and purposes, it’s dead. Didn’t really last for very many charging cycles. Oh well. I still really like this form factor and I’ll probably replace it with another “matchbox style” light. Manker, Mecarmy, something. YMMV.

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I had a Nitecore TIP CRI. I really liked the light for a few reasons — tint is excellent, modes are very useful (nice low), and it has a lockout. However, that was the first edition, which was plagued with a parasitic drain problem… not an issue for all lights, though. Mine didn’t suffer parasitic drain, but it had a very weird problem of simply refusing to turn on. Even with a fully charged battery. Plugging it in to USB power would “reset” it, but eventually that stopped working and then the light was just totally dead (except for charging indicator lights). The other issue was the fitment of the 2 halves of the body, where an edge was pronounced at the front, with sharp corners that felt terrible (not sharp enough to cut, but sharp enough to annoy). I had to return it. That was my 2nd one. The first one arrived DOA.

The 2017 edition changed a few things, apparently solving the known parasitic drain issue by simply removing the lockout feature and including a clip that protects the buttons from accidental pressing. Say, what? FAIL. They should have revisited the driver programming and just fixed the issue. The “bandage” approach with a cover is just ridiculous.

When I saw the Astrolux K1 I was hopeful this would be a worthy replacement. But the UI has some issues, no lockout (ouch!), and thermal path is weak. Oh well. I guess I’ll have to wait until Nitecore improves the TIP in V3, or Astrolux comes out with a K2 addressing issues. I really get on with the overall design, just can’t take a chance on another lemon.

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