BLF GT official support thread [FAQ updated 11 Jan 2018]

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ToyKeeper wrote:
The switch control code is already written. I mostly just need to adjust the ramp values to work on the GT’s driver, and check the calibration in general. I doubt it’ll take long. I could probably even do it without hardware, but I make no guarantees that it’ll actually work.

The method I’ve been using to control the switch light is:

  • When the light is in any operating mode, the switch light copies the main emitter. The button light stays on steady in regular modes, blinks in blinky modes, etc. Button brightness also imitates the main emitter, though it only has three states — off, low, high.
  • While in the “off” state, the button goes to the user’s configured brightness — off, low, or high.
  • While in the “lockout” state, the button goes to the user’s configured lockout brightness — off, low, or high.

It seems to work well on the Q8, but I hear the GT’s boot is a lot darker so I’m not sure the “low” brightness will be of any use.

I think that I would really like this on the Q8. The switch light is too bright at night when they are sitting on my bookshelf at night. I wake up at night and see these glowing eyes looking at me. I would love mine to be dim when turned off and when in use on low level and high when in use at >20%.

You will have to let me (all of us) know how to make this happen. An instructional video would work great for me. Wink

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An easy way to dim the Q8 light is to remove the switch cover and put a dot from a black marker on the leds. Or swap to a different switch cover.

Reflashing the GT driver requires pulling out the driver far enough to get a clip on its mcu. I don’t know if the led wires are long enough to do that. If not, then you might have to unsolder the leds wires from the mcpcb, reflash the driver, then reattach them. I’m sure someone here can tell us if the stock GT led wires are long enough or not.

Edit: the wires are long enough. No soldering needed. Thumbs Up


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I can’t seem to get into Mode set 7: 100%

I can get into Mode set 6: 1 5 15 32 60 100

I can get into Mode set 8: 25 100

Any tips?

Going to keep trying in the mean time.

EDIT:

I figured it out, all my fault Facepalm

Disable moonlight, if want Mode set 7: 100%

With Mode Set 7 you have moonlight first then 100% if you don’t disable moonlight.

Which I think is kind of not well thought out. If i select a mode set with only ONE mode, It should only be ONE mode. No?

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Moon light is always an extra add on. If you choose mode 4, you actually get 5 levels due to moon light being turned on. Mode sets in general are not that fleshed out. It’s mainly meant to be used in ramping mode.

Another user, WaylonJennings, has mentioned that when set to mode set 7, if he removes battery power then reconnects, the light jumps back to the default ramping mode.

I don’t have my light with me to check, but can someone see if this is a bug in v1.2 or just a one off fluke?

My Convoy L6 thread with XHP70.2, Texas Avenger FET driver, Narsil v1.2 ramping firmware, lighted side switch and cut down SMO reflector. Lots of amp draws on stock driver as well. 

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JasonWW wrote:
Moon light is always an extra add on. If you choose mode 4, you actually get 5 levels due to moon light being turned on. Mode sets in general are not that fleshed out. It’s mainly meant to be used in ramping mode.

Another user, WaylonJennings, has mentioned that when set to mode set 7, if he removes battery power then reconnects, the light jumps back to the default ramping mode.

I don’t have my light with me to check, but can someone see if this is a bug in v1.2 or just a one off fluke?

Definitely not a 1.2 bug. Just tried it again now to be sure (several iterations, each with different timing).

There is a (very) small chance that the MCU browns out during power-up or power-down, messing up the settings memory in the process. But that should be a once-shot deal and the light is more likely to temporarily lock up than change settings.

Hopefully Tom or TK can chime in.

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Yes, MOON doesn’t count to the numbers of modes. Nice, that you found it out by yourself.
(The same user questions like with the Q8. Smile )

The Notes section on the cheat sheet is derived from user feedback with the Q8.
If you have a problem with the UI of NarsilM, there is a good chance that it’s mentioned there.

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Hi,
does anyone know, if Sanyo NCR20700B does fit into battery carrier and GT Tube?
Thanks a lot.

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square74 wrote:
Hi, does anyone know, if Sanyo NCR20700B does fit into battery carrier and GT Tube? Thanks a lot.

No, they are too big.

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LOVE this thread! Very very well laid out. Thank you guys so much for all your work on this!

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Is anyone able to tell a difference in light output between normal high and turbo? I can’t but I figure it would be more apparent at long distance vs the small room I am checking in.

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yclongthrow wrote:
Is anyone able to tell a difference in light output between normal high and turbo? I can’t but I figure it would be more apparent at long distance vs the small room I am checking in.

The output difference is very minor and hard to notice unless you go directly from the top of the ramp to turbo.

If your batteries are low, then the driver will have dropped out of regulation and there will in fact be no difference in output.

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I can tell a difference when it’s sitting on the end of my lumen tube Smile

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I just noticed something. In the modes group if I set moon mode to the lowest setting it doesn’t work. It basically makes the light be a double click to turn on. Was this on purpose?

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vestureofblood wrote:
I just noticed something. In the modes group if I set moon mode to the lowest setting it doesn’t work. It basically makes the light be a double click to turn on. Was this on purpose?

I believe your talking about the moon level 1 to 7?

Level 1 is not guaranteed to work. It depends on the particular emitter whether it will light up or not. This was also true of the Q8. It’s also why level 3 was set as default as it should be more likely to light up, yet still be fairly dim.

I think you will find that your light will also not light up in moon mode in the ramping setting.

The only way to access moon mode in ramping is to turn the light on by a press and hold and then quickly release the button before it starts to ramp up.

BTW, ramping only goes down to the equivalent of level 3 moon mode.

My Convoy L6 thread with XHP70.2, Texas Avenger FET driver, Narsil v1.2 ramping firmware, lighted side switch and cut down SMO reflector. Lots of amp draws on stock driver as well. 

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9 NarsilM user videos including GT 

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JasonWW wrote:
vestureofblood wrote:
I just noticed something. In the modes group if I set moon mode to the lowest setting it doesn’t work. It basically makes the light be a double click to turn on. Was this on purpose?

I believe your talking about the moon level 1 to 7?

Level 1 is not guaranteed to work. It depends on the particular emitter whether it will light up or not. This was also true of the Q8. It’s also why level 3 was set as default as it should be more likely to light up, yet still be fairly dim.

Cool, that actually makes sense. I will mention that in my vid. Thanks again!

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Cool, that actually makes sense. I will mention that in my vid. Thanks again!

Your vids are hilarious, especially that opening scene in the vid in the OP (some acting skillz!). Always appreciated. Am looking forward to your XHP70.2 mod vid. May want to get a second one for that purpose

Thanks Team btw. What an amazing effort, from inception to development, and now support. I’m honored to be part of this great community. (I signed up on BLF, after lurking for a while, just to get on the GT groupbuy [and many groupbuys later…ouch]).

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This link would be usefull under

• Why is my luxmeter …

- readings at different distances:
http://budgetlightforum.com/comment/1258213#comment-1258213

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Team-Giggles wrote:
GT-specific: BLF GT with NarsilM v1.2 – new strobe modes

Jason, I noticed @ 1:50 in your light make the same glass popping noise mine does.. About every ten minutes mine will do that LOL!

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JasonWW wrote:
Another user, WaylonJennings, has mentioned that when set to mode set 7, if he removes battery power then reconnects, the light jumps back to the default ramping mode.

Definitely not a 1.2 bug. Just tried it again now to be sure (several iterations, each with different timing).

There is a (very) small chance that the MCU browns out during power-up or power-down, messing up the settings memory in the process. But that should be a once-shot deal and the light is more likely to temporarily lock up than change settings.

Hopefully Tom or TK can chime in.

I’m not sure if it affects NarsilM, but in RampingIOS one of the things I fixed was a race condition of some sort which could occasionally corrupt the eeprom. I don’t recall the details exactly, but the patch is in the repository. I think I changed it to A) use library functions instead of direct register access, B) disable interrupts while saving, and C) erase before writing instead of vice-versa. I haven’t heard any prior reports of anything like this for NarsilM though, so perhaps the issue was only in RampingIOS v1.

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vestureofblood wrote:
Team-Giggles wrote:
GT-specific: BLF GT with NarsilM v1.2 – new strobe modes
Jason, I noticed @ 1:50 in your light make the same glass popping noise mine does.. About every ten minutes mine will do that LOL!
Yep…. that is the exact same sound mine makes too. Thumbs Up

Great video also Jason, thank you! It answered in a simple to understand way what I was trying to figure out in the blinking modes. Smile
A huge help……. Thumbs Up

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vestureofblood wrote:
Here is my take on the UI Smile

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lc_Widc9uqk

Great video! Added to the OP.

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Hi there,

I would like to purchase the BLF GT Giggles as well as the Samsung batteries mentioned. Is there another waiting list available to be put on or is it available to purchase right away?

Thank you in advance,

Joann Smile

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Hi and welcome joann. The group buy on this light has expired. Undoubtedly when the orders for the group buy are fulfilled the light will be available to purchase from re sellers.

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joann wrote:
Hi there,

I would like to purchase the BLF GT Giggles as well as the Samsung batteries mentioned. Is there another waiting list available to be put on or is it available to purchase right away?

Thank you in advance,

Joann Smile


I’m sorry, but it is not available for sale right now. Existing orders are still being fulfilled. Once the light goes for sale to the public, Madmax might have a sale on them.

You can send him a PM, personal message, and ask if he will notify you when he puts them up for sale.
http://budgetlightforum.com/messages/new/11225?destination=user/11225

It may be a couple of months, though.

My Convoy L6 thread with XHP70.2, Texas Avenger FET driver, Narsil v1.2 ramping firmware, lighted side switch and cut down SMO reflector. Lots of amp draws on stock driver as well. 

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9 NarsilM user videos including GT 

Texas_Ace BLF Calibrated Lumen tube

 

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joann wrote:
Hi there,

I would like to purchase the BLF GT Giggles as well as the Samsung batteries mentioned. Is there another waiting list available to be put on or is it available to purchase right away?

Thank you in advance,

Joann Smile

I’m in Plaistow nh if youd like to come check out my BLF GT.

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Thank you for the info, I will try sending a PM.

Joann Smile

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joann wrote:
Hi there,

I would like to purchase the BLF GT Giggles as well as the Samsung batteries mentioned. Is there another waiting list available to be put on or is it available to purchase right away?

Thank you in advance,

Joann Smile


I’m sorry, but it is not available for sale right now. Existing orders are still being fulfilled. Once the light goes for sale to the public, Madmax might have a sale on them.

You can send him a PM, personal message, and ask if he will notify you when he puts them up for sale.
http://budgetlightforum.com/messages/new/11225?destination=user/11225

It may be a couple of months, though.

Joann

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Thank you that’s good to know, I will be looking forward to it!

Joann Smile

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Hi and welcome joann. The group buy on this light has expired. Undoubtedly when the orders for the group buy are fulfilled the light will be available to purchase from re sellers.

Joann

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Thanks for the offer, but I’m pretty much already sold on it.

Joann

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joann wrote:
Hi there,

I would like to purchase the BLF GT Giggles as well as the Samsung batteries mentioned. Is there another waiting list available to be put on or is it available to purchase right away?

Thank you in advance,

Joann Smile

I’m in Plaistow nh if youd like to come check out my BLF GT.

Joann

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