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What happens if you put a Lithium Ion battery in a charger the wrong way when that charger does Not have Reverse Polarity Protection? Not just putting them in the wrong way but leaving them in and walking away!

I am considering [at her request, does not want me to buy her a new one] giving her an old Trustfire- TR-003P4 Charger to use for her new Thrunite TC15 Torch. I do not believe the charger has RPP. Not in manual.


I can’t say what will happen, but probably not a lot.

Liion cells are typically tested for reverse polarity charging. Here is a 30Q factory test which it passes.

Reverse charge test
Test methodTo charge the standard charged cell with charge current 10A by 0V for 2.5 hours. CriteriaNo fire, and no explosion.

That Trustfire charger only charges at 500mA. I would guess the battery would get warm or maybe hot depending on how long it was left charging. It might get hot enough to vent, maybe. IDK.

The bottom line is I would not use that charger when you could get a much better one for $20 that is faster, safer and better overall.

Why not use the TC15 built in charger?

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What happens if you put a Lithium Ion battery in a charger the wrong way when that charger does Not have Reverse Polarity Protection? Not just putting them in the wrong way but leaving them in and walking away!

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JasonWW wrote:
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What happens if you put a Lithium Ion battery in a charger the wrong way when that charger does Not have Reverse Polarity Protection? Not just putting them in the wrong way but leaving them in and walking away!

I am considering [at her request, does not want me to buy her a new one] giving her an old Trustfire- TR-003P4 Charger to use for her new Thrunite TC15 Torch. I do not believe the charger has RPP. Not in manual.


I can’t say what will happen, but probably not a lot.

Liion cells are typically tested for reverse polarity charging. Here is a 30Q factory test which it passes.

Reverse charge test
Test methodTo charge the standard charged cell with charge current 10A by 0V for 2.5 hours. CriteriaNo fire, and no explosion.

That Trustfire charger only charges at 500mA. I would guess the battery would get warm or maybe hot depending on how long it was left charging. It might get hot enough to vent, maybe. IDK.

The bottom line is I would not use that charger when you could get a much better one for $20 that is faster, safer and better overall.

Why not use the TC15 built in charger?

I know,,the TC15 has the USB built in. My thinking is if she turns out to be a flashaholic or needs to charge her depleted battery while she is using her spare 30Q, she could put it in her new charger.Can not use the light and charge the battery at the same time! Smile In addition two cells could be charged at once instead of one at a time using the USB in the flashlight.

I asked HKJ. He said:

-I asked if the Reverse charging would stop at 2.5V and he said NO, it would destroy the battery and possibly the charger.
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-I asked if the battery could blow up? He said,
Either the charger or the battery may blow up or the battery may blow up when you turn it around to charge it correctly.

So I bought her a nice simple charger- XTAR MC2 Plus battery charger. Big Smile

It has RPP and If the batteries are put in the wrong way ALL 4 grids will flash. Cool

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. I need another working mp3 converter for yt. Help..

https://ytdl-org.github.io/youtube-dl/index.html

This is what I use. When it quits working I just install it again. The seem to keep up with the changes and so far a fresh install always works until yt makes changes and then a fresh install fixes it.

For the mp3 converter part ffmpeg can handle pretty much everything.

I am on a mac so the underlying UNIX makes this easy. However, I think the windows binaries should be well supported and if you have a linux box it will be easy as well.

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What’s a good and possibly free DVD authoring program for Windows 10? I have a collection of MP4 video files that I’d like to burn to a DVD with a very simple menu to select. Would love to do this without having to drop $$, as it’s not something I’ll be doing often. I know some free software companies will offer trial versions with a watermark or reduced resolution. Would prefer 1080p, but could live with 720p.

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I received my FW3A back in June from Neil’s gadgets. Same day walking my dog at night the whole lens element just fell out. I have no idea what specific parts I need to order. Neil hasn’t response to 4 different emails…

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xevious wrote:

What's a good and possibly free DVD authoring program for Windows 10? I have a collection of MP4 video files that I'd like to burn to a DVD with a very simple menu to select. Would love to do this without having to drop $$, as it's not something I'll be doing often. I know some free software companies will offer trial versions with a watermark or reduced resolution. Would prefer 1080p, but could live with 720p.

I don't know about a free DVD authoring program...

But you won't get 1080p or 720p.

The DVD format is 720 x 480 pixels, which is way less.

I used to make DVDs all the time, but I abandoned physical copies of video years ago.

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BaronVonEissler wrote:
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BaronVonEissler wrote:
What happens if you put a Lithium Ion battery in a charger the wrong way when that charger does Not have Reverse Polarity Protection? Not just putting them in the wrong way but leaving them in and walking away!

I am considering [at her request, does not want me to buy her a new one] giving her an old Trustfire- TR-003P4 Charger to use for her new Thrunite TC15 Torch. I do not believe the charger has RPP. Not in manual.


I can’t say what will happen, but probably not a lot.

Liion cells are typically tested for reverse polarity charging. Here is a 30Q factory test which it passes.

Reverse charge test
Test methodTo charge the standard charged cell with charge current 10A by 0V for 2.5 hours. CriteriaNo fire, and no explosion.

That Trustfire charger only charges at 500mA. I would guess the battery would get warm or maybe hot depending on how long it was left charging. It might get hot enough to vent, maybe. IDK.

The bottom line is I would not use that charger when you could get a much better one for $20 that is faster, safer and better overall.

Why not use the TC15 built in charger?

I know,,the TC15 has the USB built in. My thinking is if she turns out to be a flashaholic or needs to charge her depleted battery while she is using her spare 30Q, she could put it in her new charger.Can not use the light and charge the battery at the same time! Smile In addition two cells could be charged at once instead of one at a time using the USB in the flashlight.

I asked HKJ. He said:

-I asked if the Reverse charging would stop at 2.5V and he said NO, it would destroy the battery and possibly the charger.
:
-I asked if the battery could blow up? He said,
Either the charger or the battery may blow up or the battery may blow up when you turn it around to charge it correctly.

So I bought her a nice simple charger- XTAR MC2 Plus battery charger. Big Smile

It has RPP and If the batteries are put in the wrong way ALL 4 grids will flash. Cool


I’m just now realizing I should have said the battery would be ruined if charged backwards. I assumed this would be obvious, but maybe not. Charging a cell backwards, overly discharging it (going below 2.5v) over heating it (above 60°-75°C depending on cell) will ruin the battery. They should be disposed of. You get weird changes in the internal chemistry. Trying to charge a compromised cell can result in it venting or catching on fire. Compromised cells tend to get way hotter than usual while charging (proper orientation) and may never reach a fully charged state so the charger keeps going and the cell will over heat resulting in venting or fire.

It’s interesting that HKJ says the charger may catch fire (backwards orientation). I would not expect that, but I guess it depends on the charger design. So that’s an extra danger I was not thinking of.

This is why Liion Safety 101 says you should always be near, keeping an eye on charging cells.

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I don’t know about a free DVD authoring program…


But you won’t get 1080p or 720p.


The DVD format is 720 × 480 pixels, which is way less.


I used to make DVDs all the time, but I abandoned physical copies of video years ago.

Yes, you’re right 1080p is Bluray. I also had a wrong understanding about 720p. I see now that it refers to the vertical pixel height, so DVD is 480p (x720 wide). A friend of mine’s mother had a DVD player and wanted to get some video put on disks to play on it.
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Here’s a dumb mod question: I’m interesting in swapping the star in my Rofis TR20 from cool to warm, but I haven’t been able to find anything that looks compatible. There’s not enough wire to a normal star where + and – are on opposing sides. Does the stock star style have a specific name? Where the contacts are 90 degrees from each other?

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Extending a wire is very simple. You can solder an extension and slip some heat shrink over it. The hard part here is finding a star with that big section cut out. Is that cutout needed or can a round star fit?

It has wings to prevent it rotating when you screw on the bezel, but I think you can get away with not having those. Press down on the lens as you screw the bezel. Watch to see if the led starts rotating. You don’t want it rotating too much or it might rip the pad off the mcpcb or maybe cut into the wire insulation causing a short.

Usually when you have a weird, unique star it’s best to reflow a new led onto it, but that is a bit more tricky to do.

Exentind a wire is as easy as this:


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Here’s a dumb mod question: I’m interesting in swapping the star in my Rofis TR20 from cool to warm, but I haven’t been able to find anything that looks compatible. There’s not enough wire to a normal star where + and – are on opposing sides. Does the stock star style have a specific name? Where the contacts are 90 degrees from each other?

Thanks.


Can’t you reuse the Rofis MCPCB?
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Thanks for the responses. A round star looks like it will fit, with the wire extended. So I’ll try that first and see how it goes.

This is my first mod in more than a decade. Back then no one was really reflowing LEDs so I never had to learn. I’ve ordered a pair of MCPCBs and bare LEDs from MTN electronics to learn with, may end up doing a reflow and just keeping the LED on star for something else.

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Which of the two Sofirn C8F’s is better: the one with LH351D LED 90CRI. Or, the one with CREE XPL LED.

They both have around 5000k – 5500K tint, so that part is a wash.

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Mrmayhem wrote:
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I received my FW3A back in June from Neil’s gadgets. Same day walking my dog at night the whole lens element just fell out. I have no idea what specific parts I need to order. Neil hasn’t response to 4 different emails…

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It is strange that the optics fell out with the bezel still screwed on. Either the glass has broken or it was too small.

Did you loose the glass and optics? You would need this optic: FW3A optic

Also you would need a 22mm glass lens, don’t know if Neal has them. By the way, Neal is on holiday due to Cinese New Year until February so he won’t reply.

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Which of the two Sofirn C8F’s are better: the one with LH351D LED 90CRI. Or, the one with CREE XPL LED.

They both have around 5000k – 5500K tint, so that part is a wash.

The XPL C8F is more like 5500K. I would recommend you the new C8F with LH351D leds as it has 90CRI and is maybe slightly warmer. It may throw a little less than the XPL.

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I’ve been using an Astrolux EC01 as a bike headlight for a couple of weeks. I wanted to get an estimate for how long I could use it in bike strobe mode, so I did a couple of single commutes (around 90 minutes), and then checked to see how much juice my Lii 500 said it took to top off my 50E. I had a hard time believing those numbers, so I rode a little longer between recharges (3.35 hours) and according to my charger it took 1590 mah to charge it back up (I think the cell was down to 3.8v).

According to my calculations, that means bike strobe mode is only drawing about 474 ma. It’s so much brighter and bigger (beam) than my TK15S, that I find that really hard to believe. Is it possible the XHP50 and driver are really that efficient, or is there a flaw in my calculations or methodology? That’s right in line with the shorter tests, but I didn’t write those down, so I don’t have any numbers to include.

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You should get 200 or 250 lumens with that current. At lower currents the XHP50 is quite efficient as it has a quad die which behaves like four seperate leds.

I guess the blinking of the bike strobe doesn’t take much more current as it is rather short. With your vision adapted to darkness 200 lumens can be pretty bright.

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Thought I’d share a little tip… don’t know how many people here are aware of it. But it’s nice to know.

One NetFlix account allows 5 devices. And they can be in different locations. There is no mandate that the devices be owned by one person. Their own site language mentions “family.” But even if you let a friend use it, there’s no way for NetFlix to check (of course, you have to trust that they won’t lend out your account to anyone else!).

So if you have a family member with a NetFlix account and you’d like to also enjoy it, ask them to share.

I discovered that this worked because while I’ve cut the cord, I wanted to have Internet access to content. When my mother upgraded to a smart TV, I inherited her old Roku. It still had her NetFlix account info stored. So I could watch NetFlix with no problem! She wasn’t getting any extra billing while both devices were simultaneously active. I was a little worried I was doing something illegal and didn’t want her to be hit with extra charges suddenly, so I looked it up and found out this great news.

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Thought I’d share a little tip… don’t know how many people here are aware of it. But it’s nice to know.

One NetFlix account allows 5 devices. And they can be in different locations. There is no mandate that the devices be owned by one person. Their own site language mentions “family.” But even if you let a friend use it, there’s no way for NetFlix to check (of course, you have to trust that they won’t lend out your account to anyone else!).

So if you have a family member with a NetFlix account and you’d like to also enjoy it, ask them to share.

I discovered that this worked because while I’ve cut the cord, I wanted to have Internet access to content. When my mother upgraded to a smart TV, I inherited her old Roku. It still had her NetFlix account info stored. So I could watch NetFlix with no problem! She wasn’t getting any extra billing while both devices were simultaneously active. I was a little worried I was doing something illegal and didn’t want her to be hit with extra charges suddenly, so I looked it up and found out this great news.

This is pretty common knowledge and folks have been doing it for years. Technically, they would be able tell you are doing this since it’s pretty easy to see what location you are logging on from via your IP address (unless you are using a VPN). However, I’ve never heard of anyone getting shut down and I don’t think they actively pursue people who share accounts.

Just so you are aware, it is technically against their terms of use to share an account outside of a single household.

“The Netflix service and any content viewed through our service are for your personal and non-commercial use only and may not be shared with individuals beyond your household.”
https://help.netflix.com/legal/termsofuse

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What is muffle mode , I’ve tried search but I see a lot of lights have juggle. Ode but can’t find out what it is , and I’ve got flu

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What is muffle mode , I’ve tried search but I see a lot of lights have juggle. Ode but can’t find out what it is , and I’ve got flu

If you are referring to “muggle” mode, it greatly simplifies the UI and limits max output in case you need to hand your light to a non-flashaholic.

The term “muggle” is borrowed from the Harry Potter franchise and it refers to non-magic folk. In this case, non-flashaholics.

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This is pretty common knowledge and folks have been doing it for years. Technically, they would be able tell you are doing this since it’s pretty easy to see what location you are logging on from via your IP address (unless you are using a VPN). However, I’ve never heard of anyone getting shut down and I don’t think they actively pursue people who share accounts.

Just so you are aware, it is technically against their terms of use to share an account outside of a single household.

“The Netflix service and any content viewed through our service are for your personal and non-commercial use only and may not be shared with individuals beyond your household.”
https://help.netflix.com/legal/termsofuse

There’s no good reason to announce that it’s “common knowledge.” I didn’t know about it. A couple friends of mine didn’t know. I assumed that there might be other people here who don’t know about it. So that’s why I shared. In case someone else didn’t know. That’s called sharing useful knowledge in the hopes someone else gets something out of it. Do people tend to do that in your neck of the woods?

And by the way “household” is a loose term. If you have multiple homes, you don’t require multiple NetFlix accounts. You leverage the same account. A family member residing in a different home can still use that account, as long as not more than 5 devices are shown streaming from it.

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This is pretty common knowledge and folks have been doing it for years. Technically, they would be able tell you are doing this since it’s pretty easy to see what location you are logging on from via your IP address (unless you are using a VPN). However, I’ve never heard of anyone getting shut down and I don’t think they actively pursue people who share accounts.

Just so you are aware, it is technically against their terms of use to share an account outside of a single household.

“The Netflix service and any content viewed through our service are for your personal and non-commercial use only and may not be shared with individuals beyond your household.”
https://help.netflix.com/legal/termsofuse

There’s no good reason to announce that it’s “common knowledge.” I didn’t know about it. A couple friends of mine didn’t know. I assumed that there might be other people here who don’t know about it. So that’s why I shared. In case someone else didn’t know. That’s called sharing useful knowledge in the hopes someone else gets something out of it. Do people tend to do that in your neck of the woods?

And by the way “household” is a loose term. If you have multiple homes, you don’t require multiple NetFlix accounts. You leverage the same account. A family member residing in a different home can still use that account, as long as not more than 5 devices are shown streaming from it.

I wasn’t trying to be derogatory; no need to get defensive. The point I was trying to make is that the majority of users do know about this and in fact take advantage of it. There was a big scare a couple years ago when some information was leaked leading people to believe Netflix may be cracking down. They were not, but it brought the issue to public attention.

You could probably get away with sharing an account between family members but sharing with friends in different geographic locations is almost certainly a violation of their terms. I won’t tell you what to do, just wanted you to be aware. That’s called sharing useful knowledge, as you said.

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I don’t even have Netflix or Hulu or any of those, but yeah, even I knew that.

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Same with Amazon Prime. Probably all streaming services.

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