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That sounds really interesting. I read more about Nichia. In this week I understand, that I truly in love with Nichia:) I hear that Zebralight use N. in their lights.
What about other manufacturers, they produced their light on Nichia?

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So, I have 3 stupid questions (or simple ignorance) about LEDs!

1) does a XPL-HI CW (6500K) have that annoying yellow core when reflected on a white wall? I am using both XPL-HI (+-5000K) and XPL-HI NW/CW (maybe between 4000-4500K) and both have that yellowish core either on SMO or OP reflector.

2) dedoming an XP-L2 (maybe 5500-6000K), that produces an annoying green shift, will improve the beam erasing the shift or will it make it worse?

3) I am planning to mod a 14500 flashlight with a MTN 17mm DD driver with guppy3drv. I would like to mod it with a NW Led (4500-5000K) that is powerfull (for small turbo boosts) but that, at the same time, does not produce significant tint shifts. What would be the best LED for that?

Thanks in advance !!!

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3) Luxeon V or Samsung LH351D

2) XP-L2 can be sliced but not dedomed. I do not know results of slicing the XP-L2.

1) I have no definite knowledge about that. I have had a bunch of flashlight modded 7A XP-L hi leds and some leds produce the yellow center, some do not, it is not related to host, type of reflector, or focussing of the led and no diffrrence can be seen when looking at the led, wether off or lighted. It is still a mystery to me.

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I think I succeeded in asking a stupid question. Big Smile

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djozz wrote:
3) Luxeon V or Samsung LH351D

2) XP-L2 can be sliced but not dedomed. I do not know results of slicing the XP-L2.

1) I have no definite knowledge about that. I have had a bunch of flashlight modded 7A XP-L hi leds and some leds produce the yellow center, some do not, it is not related to host, type of reflector, or focussing of the led and no diffrrence can be seen when looking at the led, wether off or lighted. It is still a mystery to me.

djozz, thanks do much for the answers Smile All clarified my doubts!
Funny thing, I’ve been using the Luxeon V but didn’t thought it was one of the best on the specs I wanted!!

About the XPL-HI 7A, I guess I will order some from Convoy and check how they behave. I wanna try them on OP reflector not SMO, so let’s see if some stay still and do not produce that yellow “stain”!

Again, thanks for all the answer and the correction about “slicing” vs “dedoming” Wink

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I have one question: will strong magnets be harmful to li-ion batteries if they are stuck together for long term?

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A couple questions about batteries:
I do not vape or make my own powerwall etc so much of the information on 18650 cells seems conflicting or not relevant.

1_
I have 4 unprotected button-top Samsung 30Q used just for the BLF Q8.
I just purchased these KeepPower IMR button tops to use when the 30Q are charging.
https://www.illumn.com/batteries-chargers-and-powerpax-carriers/batterie...
Are they protected? Are they a good/OK choice for the Q8?

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I have a few protected cells that came with lights such as Sofirn, Thorfire, Folomov, etc. 2600-2800 mAh. I lend and gift these sort of lights to co-workers and family (adult children) when they show a genuine interest and a willingness to charge a light.
I am running out of those but I have some Panasonic flat tops NCR 18650B 3400mAh that are unprotected. Would you trust a muggle with an unprotected cell and the cheap usb chargers that usually come with a bundle?

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I opened two laptop batteries from ones with broken screens and found:
Sanyo UR18650A rated at 2100mAh- I have been using in a Convoy S2+ (6×7135) and they work fine.
Panasonic CGR18650C rated at 2150mAh- I have been using in a Thorfire VG-10S and they do not last as long, or get as bright, but seem OK.

I would like to get a way to discharge/analyze them so I know the resistance and capacity, but for the price i could buy the Convoy L2 I have been eyeing with two 26650 batteries.
I am just using them and assuming they have half the rated capacity which is good enough for my everyday needs with these lower drain lights. I will never use them in series or in a high drain light such as Emisar D4. Any issues?

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Calaveras wrote:
Are they protected? Are they a good/OK choice for the Q8?

Stick with the 30Qs for the Q8, as they work very well.

Calaveras wrote:
Would you trust a muggle with an unprotected cell and the cheap usb chargers that usually come with a bundle?

If the light itself has LVP, why not? Nb: some lights just warn of low-voltage, but don’t turn off, so make sure of that first.

Cheap chargers might at worst shorten the life of the cell if it overcharges, but don’t expect it to burst into flames or anything.

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I am just using them and assuming they have half the rated capacity which is good enough for my everyday needs with these lower drain lights. I will never use them in series or in a high drain light such as Emisar D4. Any issues?

Not really. I’m not paranoid about Li-cell safety, just practical, but I still use laptop pulls that are half their rated cap, or less, and never had an issue.

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MascaratumB wrote:
So, I have 3 stupid questions (or simple ignorance) about LEDs!

1) does a XPL-HI CW (6500K) have that annoying yellow core when reflected on a white wall? I am using both XPL-HI (+-5000K) and XPL-HI NW/CW (maybe between 4000-4500K) and both have that yellowish core either on SMO or OP reflector.

2) dedoming an XP-L2 (maybe 5500-6000K), that produces an annoying green shift, will improve the beam erasing the shift or will it make it worse?

3) I am planning to mod a 14500 flashlight with a MTN 17mm DD driver with guppy3drv. I would like to mod it with a NW Led (4500-5000K) that is powerfull (for small turbo boosts) but that, at the same time, does not produce significant tint shifts. What would be the best LED for that?

Thanks in advance !!!

1. The 5000K has the ugly yellow corona

2. Slicing the Xpl2 5000K with a razorblade gives the exact beam pattern of the XPL hi, but it reduces output dramatically (30% or so) the 5000 K shifted to approx 3700 K

Picture shows xplhi 4B vs DD sliced xpl2 5000K

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Why can't manufacturers machine one more slot in their 1AA's so the clip can be reversed?

I'm really partial to the 1AA for general EDC.  It's convenient to be able to reverse the clip if needed to attach a light to a cap's bill.

It's aggravating that many, otherwise great lights, can only orient their clips in one direction.

 

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slmjim wrote:

Why can’t manufacturers machine one more slot in their 1AA’s so the clip can be reversed?


I’m really partial to the 1AA for general EDC.  It’s convenient to be able to reverse the clip if needed to attach a light to a cap’s bill.


It’s aggravating that many, otherwise great lights, can only orient their clips in one direction.


 


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Here is one for you Beer and you don’t need to reverse the clip, it’s a 2 direction clip Beer
https://www.amazon.com/Streamlight-88061-ProTac-Professional-Tactical/dp...

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I know what ZWB2 does. What I want to know is what it means. Is it an abbreviation?

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Recent update from Windows 10 (Friday June 8th) bricked my laptop keyboard and touch pad drivers… now I’m stuck using the touch screen keyboard..

Here’s how it went:
10;30 pm while watching shows on Netflix with the kids, the windows update popped and ask for install and restart now or later… i chose restart later.. finished Netflix, got too tired, went to sleep (closed the folded the screen down)… woke up to check email at 8am Saturday… no Windows log-in screen.. no cursor on screen.. keyboard keys and touchpad all unresponsive… had to log in with touchscreen keyboard (sucks crazy) and connect an external usb mouse… i checked the hardware drivers and it has issues.. keyboard driver (ps/2 keyboard driver) has a code 10 issue and touch pad pointing device has a code 39 issue…
i have a Lenovo Flex 2-15…
tried uninstalling both drivers and rebooting several times to no avail… yes i tried rolling back the drivers, too… holding off on widows restore as a last resort…
Anybody have these issues, if so how did you fix?

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Switch to Linux…

 

Naw, the damned thing kept ruining a work laptop, killing wifi completely. Know what a laptop is without wifi? A brick.

Kept rolling back, uninstalling drivers, etc., and that eventually got wifi working again, but slooooooowly. To finally stop its insistent attempts, I found the dir where it starts dumping new files in preparation for mangling the OS beyond recognition, ‘windows10upgrade’ or some crap like that, created a file with that name, and turned off all attributes, especially admin, to make it untouchable.

For a while I’d get popup boxes citing an “error”, as in not being able to create or write-to the dir, and it made me feel good. It eventually stopped trying.

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MascaratumB wrote:
So, I have 3 stupid questions (or simple ignorance) about LEDs!

1) does a XPL-HI CW (6500K) have that annoying yellow core when reflected on a white wall? I am using both XPL-HI (+-5000K) and XPL-HI NW/CW (maybe between 4000-4500K) and both have that yellowish core either on SMO or OP reflector.

2) dedoming an XP-L2 (maybe 5500-6000K), that produces an annoying green shift, will improve the beam erasing the shift or will it make it worse?

3) I am planning to mod a 14500 flashlight with a MTN 17mm DD driver with guppy3drv. I would like to mod it with a NW Led (4500-5000K) that is powerfull (for small turbo boosts) but that, at the same time, does not produce significant tint shifts. What would be the best LED for that?

Thanks in advance !!!

1.. lowest mode.. i kind of see yellow spot.. after lowest mode, no yellow..
2. All my xpl dedome have hint of green..
3. I dont know.

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“LightUpTheDark” If you can get to the “ system Restore “ do that first. If that works, disconnect the internet immediately, find the Windows update and turn it off, reconnect the internet. You need to have a restore point saved when you are done and you need to be prepared in advance for those PITA updates.

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“Newlumen” I see pictures for a Shoulder Strap Mount on Google search. Beer

https://www.google.com/search?q=rc40&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUK...

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Newlumen wrote:
On the fenix rc40, there are two holes.. anyone know what are there for?

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Thank you all for your inputs.

I did the restore to a previous point via Lenovo’s (or maybe windows 10 safe mode via delete/F2 during startup) and restored to Thursday June 7 restore point and it fixed everything..

After windows reloaded with working hardware keyboard again, created a new restore point…

BLF for life…

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Don’t forget to turn off Windows update, or it Will happen again.

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@CNCMan, I would not advise doing this.

Do updates on specified hours.

Or do, as I do, and only use Windows for gaming, and use Lubuntu for everything else, except for Excel too.

Lubuntu, compared to even Windows on an SSD, is crazy fast. It boots in like 2 seconds, and there isn’t any lag in the system, unlike Windows sometimes.

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Don’t forget to turn off Windows update, or it Will happen again.

You could turn it off, disable it, delete the .exe, turn on “metered access”, all the usual tricks, and it’ll STILL come back to bite you when you least want it to.

M$Widows is the Borg of OSes.

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I know what ZWB2 does. What I want to know is what it means. Is it an abbreviation?

This took some digging. Apparently there are three types of ZWB glass. It’s a model number for filters manufactured by Optima, a Japanese optics(?) company.

Optima (translated) wrote:
Ultraviolet transmitting visible cut filter “ZWB series” is a filter that transmits ultraviolet light and almost completely cuts visible light. Because it cuts visible light, the appearance is black. The following three types are available depending on whether UV – A (long wavelength ultraviolet), UV – B (medium wavelength ultraviolet), or UV – C (short wavelength ultraviolet) is transmitted.

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“ BlueSwordM “ You are correct for most peoples needs. My Wife worked at a computer repair shop once and we learned a few things about Windows. So one thing that does help is to only do updates when you are prepared to, several restore points made, back up important info, and a some time in case things get screwed up. You can do updates every 6 months or more. I have not done an update in years with no problems, but then again, I don’t play games on it, just surf the net.

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Virisenox_ wrote:
rbmcmjr wrote:
I know what ZWB2 does. What I want to know is what it means. Is it an abbreviation?

This took some digging. Apparently there are three types of ZWB glass. It’s a model number for filters manufactured by Optima, a Japanese optics(?) company.

Thank you!

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