[GB ended, news update only] Last batch of 219B sw45k R9080 and sw40 R9080

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Received. This time it’s all right Thumbs Up

That’s quite fast. I haven’t received my order yet.

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Woohoo! Got mine…

Scared the crap outta me for a while. Got as far as ISC San Francisco and then the SF Dist Ctr, “transfer to next facility” on the 23rd/24th/25th, then… nothing. Vanished into the æther. Not a peep from then ‘til just yesterday.

I gave the USPS a “where’s my package?” holler, and either that jiggled something loose or it was just coincidence, but that same day I finally get a notice that it’s at the local PO, then next morning out for delivery, then delivered. Whew!

Still quite odd, because usually it makes stops at various distribution centers (Stamford, Brooklyn, Queens) along the way, but nothing. Bypassed all those intermediary stops? Odd.

Anyway, now I can breathe…

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Still don’t have mine, and no notice of shipping, etc. Looks like it has been almost a month since the post saying that they’ve shipped. Worried Sad

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Still don’t have mine, and no notice of shipping, etc. Looks like it has been almost a month since the post saying that they’ve shipped. Worried Sad

I’m currently out of the office. I can only access online informations. But I just noticed that your usual address is different from the last one. I sent it to your Eden Prairie address while your address from the last payment was in Edina. Please check if it received in Eden Prairie.
EDIT: the shipment address was correct (Edina)

- Clemence

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Mine arrived yesterday in Germany.

Thank you Clemence!

The packing is also awesome.

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The remainder of my order arrived today. Thanks again Clemence! Thumbs Up

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The packing is also awesome.
Indeed!


BTW, there are small bits of foam included to protect the robots’ eyes and mouth. I removed them for the photo. Party

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I just received my order today!

Yes, the packaging is very impressive!

Thank you again, Clemence!

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After comparing tints of the various emitters, I’m VERY pleased to report that the SW40 from this batch seem to be like the SW45k in pinkness of tint, but a bit warmer!! This compares favorably to the original SW40 from over a year ago, which were a bit warmer than these new ones, but notably significantly yellower in tint. I already really like the new ones, and I’m glad I ordered as many as I did!

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I’m afraid to risk the ones I have coming in on a FET light; I plan to put one in a AAA light and hold onto the rest until I’m ready to do a triple; probably either series boost or just plain linear.

I, too, have been leery of FET driving 219Bs. But I’ve gotten used to running my EDC D4 on LiFePO4 18650s. The estimated 1500 lumens are almost always enough light for me, and it’s way more efficient with a lot less heat. If I want, it can usually be run at Max indefinitely until the cell voltage falls too far. Only downside is more frequent recharges needed. I’ll definitely do that swap when I get a chance. (Although, I do have other D4s that won’t get the mod).

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We use pretty good quality and safe li-ions these days but another advantage of LiFePo batteries is that the chemistry is safer than Li-ion.

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True. When I was just starting to move from NiMH to LiIon as my primary lights I did worry about that, and the batteries weren’t as good then either. I think using LiFePO4 cells in a D4 or similar would be safer for a “muggle” using the light, and could take away some of the worries they might otherwise have, and regarding the heat issue as well. It would probably also drive less current through the light should the battery be reversed.

With my 219B D4 mod, not wanting to inadvertently damage the glorious LEDs I might somehow mark the light “LiFePO4” or something like that.

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I received my order a while ago. I forgot to post about it till now. Love the extra effort made with the custom wood box. I already installed a triple sw40 in a wuben to46r. It now one of my go-to lights. Thanks Clemence for your top notch service.

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Lyyyyghtey wrote:
I’m VERY pleased to report that the SW40 from this batch seem to be like the SW45k in pinkness of tint, but a bit warmer!!

I agree, new sw40 is about 4100K and is like an e21 sm403 at 2.5 A. Absolutely best for outdoor
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UPDATE 180902:
As announced via my webstore, I’m not in the workshop from 18(0825-0910), and all orders between those dates will be processed later in when I get back to Bali.

So far, almost all orders to Germany have been refused by the German Customs and returned to my workshop address. Those includes The_Driver, Lexel, and Schoki orders. I filled all the required declaration documents required and marked all the packets as “commercial items”. The items declared as: “LED” and/or “MCPCB”. The original invoice also included inside. I don’t know what is going on with German Customs lately. Previous orders were successfully delivered.

The options are:
- Try again with additional USD 5 shipping cost (all those orders were using economy shipping)
- As above but the orders combined and shipped to one address, shipped via EMS.
- Full refund minus the shipping cost.

To those Germany buyer affected, please help me to check what’s required to make it pass through the customs.

- Clemence

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this may apply, the poster claims to be in the middle of Europe, I do not know where this person is, it could be Germany. I sent him a message with a link to this post, and hopefully we will soon know if he is in Germany.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geographical_midpoint_of_Europe
This map shows in red points some of the locations of claimants to the title of Centre of Europe:
Ukraine, Slovakia, Germany, Poland, or Lithuania

https://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/showthread.php?449185-HDS-Systems-EDC-21&p=5239050&viewfull=1#post5239050
please put the invoice in the outer USPS envelope not the inner bubble pack envelope. When customs opened the outer USPS envelop, they did not found the invoice. Therfore I was at customs on Friday. If the invoice would have been in the USPS envelop I would be able to pick the goods up at the postoffice. “

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Thanks for the tip Jon Smile . This could be it. Any more suggestions?

- Clemence

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Where the packages opened? Maybe the wodden box.

Additional provisions for the Asian longhorned beetle
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Zusätzliche Bestimmungen für den Asiatischen Laubholzbockkäfer

from here:
https://www.wald-und-holz.nrw.de/ueber-uns/holzwirtschaft/import-und-exp...

I don’t know if the website is up to date, but it’s at least a hint.

You are on a tropical island, so customs officer thinks it’s tropical wood?

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joechina wrote:
Where the packages opened? Maybe the wodden box.

Additional provisions for the Asian longhorned beetle
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Zusätzliche Bestimmungen für den Asiatischen Laubholzbockkäfer

from here:
https://www.wald-und-holz.nrw.de/ueber-uns/holzwirtschaft/import-und-exp...

I don’t know if the website is up to date, but it’s at least a hint.

You are on a tropical island, so customs officer thinks it’s tropical wood?

Schoki’s and Lexel’s orders don’t use wooden box, only my usual PVC protector. This rules longhorned beetle provisions off the cause.

- Clemence

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clemence wrote:
UPDATE 180902:
As announced via my webstore, I’m not in the workshop from 18(0825-0910), and all orders between those dates will be processed later in when I get back to Bali.

So far, almost all orders to Germany have been refused by the German Customs and returned to my workshop address. Those includes The_Driver, Lexel, and Schoki orders. I filled all the required declaration documents required and marked all the packets as “commercial items”. The items declared as: “LED” and/or “MCPCB”. The original invoice also included inside. I don’t know what is going on with German Customs lately. Previous orders were successfully delivered.

The options are:
- Try again with additional USD 5 shipping cost (all those orders were using economy shipping)
- As above but the orders combined and shipped to one address, shipped via EMS.
- Full refund minus the shipping cost.

To those Germany buyer affected, please help me to check what’s required to make it pass through the customs.

- Clemence

I think I’ve told you about my issues with German customs before. Every package I send to Germany is delayed by them no matter what I do. I fill out the customs form online with the correct tariff codes and pack everything with commercial invoices in the mailing pouch and inside the box, then I get frantic calls from UPS because customs officers have rejected the paperwork, or the customer gets a call from the customs office claiming there is no commercial invoice. I gave up sending packages EMS because they’re held up in customs longer than air mail. I ship all over the world on a regular basis, and Germany is the only destination where I’ve had any significant issues with customs. I basically count on every single package to Germany being held up one way or another and make arrangements in advance with customers who need products sent by express courier.

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http://www.zoll.de/EN/Private-individuals/Postal_consignments_internet_o...

You probably need a detailed description of the goods and their value (for German customs). Either an invoice or the “cn22” on the outside of the parcel should be okay.

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Okay then Tired

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I have also sent several flashlights from California to a friend in Germany. They are always delayed in customs, but I have never had one returned and he always gets his lights, after some delay.

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Yes, they hold every package worth 22€ or more (because one needs to pay 19% tax). They are slow though, that is the real problem.

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OK, I will resend all those packets once I’m back to Bali in 180910. And will post detailed pictures of them here before I send them to the post office. Anyone want a refund please claim it before 180907.

- Clemence

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OK, I’m about to repack all those German orders (Schoki, Lexel, and The_driver). Below are the information stuck on the returned packets:

The_Driver’s (small wooden box) and Lexel’s (normal PVC protector) packet got this sticker:

Only Schoki’s (normal PVC protector) packet got this sticker:

I will post all packets before I go to the post office tomorrow.

- Clemence

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Hope all goes smoothly

just saw this post, to reinforce your strategy
https://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/showthread.php?449185-HDS-Systems-EDC-21&p=5241490&viewfull=1#post5241490

WarriorOfLight;5241490 wrote:
KaIIe wrote:

BTW, my gitd reflector arrived just at my door and I was able to pay the customs directly to the postman, quite a pleasant surprise not have to drive to the customs to the next city. Is it because Henry/Dan put the bill on the outside package? Anyway, thanks a lot!

Yes, I think this is the reason. When I got my HDS 219B 4500K 9080 the light in the plastic packing was packed with the invoice in a Brown bubble pack envelope that was closed. This bubble pack envelope was in a USPS Flatrate envelope. Customs opened the USPS Flatrate envelope (It was taped with the green “opened by customs” tape), but the Brown bubblepack envelope was not touched. FOr one reason it is good – they do not want to Damage something. But the bad Thing is you Need to pick up the stuff @customs.

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Well, put a CN22 on the outside of the packet, and it should go through Thumbs Up

Seems like my order got through customs, but the Deutsche Post refused to ship my packet…

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Schoki wrote:
Well, put a CN22 on the outside of the packet, and it should go through Thumbs Up

Seems like my order got through customs, but the Deutsche Post refused to ship my packet…

I always put the CN22 on the outside. The CN22 form must be filled later in front of the post office officer.
The problem with German custom is (now I know it): They are very polite, UNLIKE what we usually experienced from custom dept. around the world whose open the packet without the presence of the owner of the packet. Just Xray scanning is enough for German custom. This is something new to me. What they asked was the invoice paper outside the packet in resealable plastic bag/envelope.
In Indonesia we randomly received our packet Xray scanned, torn, inspected, and stuffed back in disorganized, disordered manner.

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EDITED: Thanks ChrisBob for reminding me. I misplaced the invoice into the transparent resealable plastic pouch, exposing the recipient’s address.

- Clemence

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 Date, package weight and goods weight is missing,also I check "other" box, not "commercial sample" checkbox, and had no problems so far.I hope this helps.

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led4power wrote:

 Date, package weight and goods weight is missing,also I check “other” box, not “commercial sample” checkbox, and had no problems so far.I hope this helps.


.its on the other form. Weighted by the post office. I took the picture before I hand it over to the officer

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