[Review] Astrolux C8 Flashlight - Compact Thrower

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mikeymikey wrote:

Having purchased few Convoy S2+, BLF A6, I am interested in a thrower and would like to pick one of these two. Then, adding BLF Q8 and I am done buying flashlights for a while Smile

Sure… until next week.

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My Astrolux C8 arrived today. Tried to remove the tail retaining ring to change rubber button but the retaining ring is stuck. It isn’t moving at all, tried with more pressure but then the circlip plier slips and started stripping the holes on the ring. Any idea how to deal with this?

and on the first day he said "Let there be light"...

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DoubleA wrote:
My Astrolux C8 arrived today. Tried to remove the tail retaining ring to change rubber button but the retaining ring is stuck. It isn’t moving at all, tried with more pressure but then the circlip plier slips and started stripping the holes on the ring. Any idea how to deal with this?

Clockwise to loosen, counterclockwise to tighten.

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bunnicula wrote:
Clockwise to loosen, counterclockwise to tighten.

That’s how I’ve been doing it for all my other lights.

and on the first day he said "Let there be light"...

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Are you sure about that? I don’t know what other lights you have, but my lights have a mix of standard and reverse threads for the switch retaining ring.

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DoubleA wrote:
bunnicula wrote:
Clockwise to loosen, counterclockwise to tighten.

That’s how I’ve been doing it for all my other lights.

eas wrote:
Are you sure about that? I don’t know what other lights you have, but my lights have a mix of standard and reverse threads for the switch retaining ring.

Oops..My bad. It worked. My other lights were counter clock-wise to loosen. So was the retaining ring on the driver section of this C8.

Another thing to mention is that Astrolux/Banggod only lubed the tail section threads of main body. The driver section and glass section were not lubed. It took me a lot of work to remove the driver section and it made a real bad screechy noise when tightening and loosening. Why Banggood why??

and on the first day he said "Let there be light"...

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I was told by Banggood there is a new discount code for this light. Use the discount code 3a103e for 37% off the regular price.

BTW, this is my new “thrower” I carry when cycling this year, on a lanyard around my neck for easy access. It makes a great combo with the floody BLF A6 I use for my mounted cycling light.

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WalkIntoTheLight wrote:
Both the silver Convoy C8 (with biscotti firmware) and the Astrolux C8 (same UI as the BLF A6) have good interfaces. Whichever you prefer is a matter of preference, but they’re similar in modes and flexibility.

The advantage of the Convoy is you can set it up as a single-mode light. The advantage of the Astrolux is that it has hidden modes, such as battery-check. I normally set both up with mode-memory, so it just turns on to the last mode I used (usually max).

I use a Samsung 30Q in both lights. It’s a high-drain cell, which is especially beneficial for the Astrolux C8 because it has a FET+1 driver which uses all the current it can from the battery.

How do you set up memory mode on this C8? I don’t like how mine keeps starting from moonlight after i turn it on again

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R10500 wrote:
How do you set up memory mode on this C8? I don’t like how mine keeps starting from moonlight after i turn it on again

Turn the light on, then rapidly half-press the switch a bunch of times (10 or 15 should do). It will then do a series of blinks. After the second set of blinks, turn the light off. That will toggle memory mode on or off.

You might have to try it once or twice to get the hang of it. If you turn it off after the first set of blinks, you’ll toggle 4 mode or 7 mode. If you make a mistake, just do the same thing to toggle it back the way you had it.

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thanks. i just did it twice, had to half-press more than that actually and i did wait for the 2nd set of blinks but even after switching it off it still doesn’t have memory mode activated. Are there any Astrolux C8’s that function on a different driver perhaps?

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R10500 wrote:
thanks. i just did it twice, had to half-press more than that actually and i did wait for the 2nd set of blinks but even after switching it off it still doesn’t have memory mode activated. Are there any Astrolux C8’s that function on a different driver perhaps?

I believe you have to switch it off in between the 2nd set of blinks.

So, press 10-15 times, it will then blink-blink, pause, then blink-blink.

You need to switch off in between the second blink-off (before it blinks again).

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Thanks! it works now. can’t recommend this budget light more, although i wish there were a holster for this allowing an bezel-down carry.

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R10500 wrote:
Thanks! it works now. can’t recommend this budget light more, although i wish there were a holster for this allowing an bezel-down carry.

I carry mine on a long lanyard around my neck. Makes it really quick and easy to use when I need to. Grab, click, blind!

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Are the parts of the Convoy C8 and this Astrolux are interchangeble, do they lego?
I am interested in battery-tube, Tailcap, Bezel and perhaps driver-retainer-ring, if they can be exchanged (if needed).
The stainless steal Bezel would look nice on this C8 too, if possible.

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Wieselflinkpro wrote:
Are the parts of the Convoy C8 and this Astrolux are interchangeble, do they lego? I am interested in battery-tube, Tailcap, Bezel and perhaps driver-retainer-ring, if they can be exchanged (if needed). The stainless steal Bezel would look nice on this C8 too, if possible.

I did a quick test on a couple of the parts, and they do appear to lego just fine, at least with the clear aluminum version of the Convoy.

I’m guessing you just want to put the driver of the Astrolux inside the body of a Convoy? Should work, though there may be a cheaper way of doing it by just ordering the driver.

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My Astrolux C8 just arrived. On turbo mode it is insaine bright. On the 6-th level has same brightnes as Convoy C8 XPL HI on 100%.I think that on the market this is best thrower you can buy in C8 format. May be only Sofirn has similar model but it has cool tint.

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Yes, FET drivers (Astrolux) definitely win out over linear drivers (Convoy), especially on full batteries. This assumes you want full output, which IMO is the only way to use a thrower!

Only a boost driver can do better than a FET driver, but there doesn’t appear to be any budget lithium-ion lights that use boost drivers.

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Hope Astrolux will make new eddition with:
1.X5/X6 driver;
2.New C8+ design;
3. Momentary on switch;
It will be perfect C8 flashligh.

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Tangra wrote:
Hope Astrolux will make new eddition with:
1.X5/X6 driver;
2.New C8+ design;
3. Momentary on switch;
It will be perfect C8 flashligh.

Momentary and X6-driver do not match. If you have a momentary switch, you should use a driver with narsil. That would be fine!
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I have a question.
How BLF X5/X6 driver work with step down on turbo?
When temperature reach one level it goes on lower mode or it reduce output level smoothly in small steps?

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it goes to the lower mode.

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Wieselflinkpro wrote:
it goes to the lower mode.

Thanks.
In this case, if I set flashlight on only one mode – 1300 lumens, what will happened when temperature reach setted level?
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d_t_a,

Thanks for posting this and your good explanation. I was thinking that I had to wait until a pair of blinks had completed before turning off. I could not get the memory mode or 4-mode to work. It was remaining in 7-mode with a default to the lowest setting when turned on. I now have it working closer to the way that I want it to work. Thanks.

Jeff

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the 1A is cool white and is brighter than the 3B neutral white. however the cool white light get trapped in the atmosphere easier than the neural white which may reduce throw.

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Does anyone know if it’s possible to either extend the turbo timer from 45 seconds to longer, or turn the turbo timer totally off using the Astrolux C8/ BLF A6 UI?

I would like to either extend it, or turn it off on a BLF A6 I have and an Astrolux C8 I have on order.
I know the A6 heats up quickly, but the C8 has much better heat sinking.
My custom Convoy C8 from MTN Electronics doesn’t require a turbo timer, because it stays cool enough with a MTN 17DD driver and XPL-Hi on copper, with spring bypasses.

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sargeant wrote:
Does anyone know if it’s possible to either extend the turbo timer from 45 seconds to longer, or turn the turbo timer totally off using the Astrolux C8/ BLF A6 UI?

Unfortunately, no. Unless you get some fancy gear to re-program the firmware. But for the general user, you’re stuck with the 45 second turbo timer. IMO, that was an oversight in the Astrolux C8; they should have increased it to 3 minutes, or removed it entirely.

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Thank you for the info. Walkinto TheLight, it would be good to be able to program the turbo timer, but more importantly to remove it entirely, agreed. Thumbs Up Beer

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Now I’m going to start a flashlight business in Korea. Your flashlight review picture is very good. Can I use some of your photos on my shopping mall site?

If you give me your address, I will send you sofrin c8t.

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kogodos wrote:
Now I’m going to start a flashlight business in Korea. Your flashlight review picture is very good. Can I use some of your photos on my shopping mall site?

If you give me your address, I will send you sofrin c8t.

Hi, go ahead and use my photos, as long as you include a credit somewhere. No need to send me a light for them. Good luck with your business.

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Great review, I bought the Astrolux based on this review Thumbs Up

Anyone know where I can get an OP reflector for this? I thought all C8 parts were interchangeable but I got a C8 reflector from KD that doesn’t fit properly; height is too short.

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