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I think and hope that they are building expertise as well atm (not only from BLF, they are eager to learn stuff and have some new people), and this hopefully results in better flashlights. But the process may be slower than we would like.
+1… I agree & think (hope) the results will be worth the wait. Thumbs Up

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I prefer to wait and get a good product than buy quickly made crappy light.
+1 …. Amen!!

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NEWS UPDATE

Seems like making my own Beryllium Copper C17530 springs have sparked the interest of some companies to use them instead of bypassing springs.

Sofirn was initially planning to go with phosphor bronze springs, but after speaking to the engineers about my idea, they have decided to go with gold plated beryllium copper springs.

My very own high current Beryllium Copper springs Gen 3:
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That sounds great BSM!! Good job…. . Beer

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I’d love to see a 3000-3500k warm white version of the Q8!

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BlueSwordM wrote:
NEWS UPDATE

Seems like making my own Beryllium Copper C17530 springs have sparked the interest of some companies to use them instead of bypassing springs.

Sofirn was initially planning to go with phosphor bronze springs, but after speaking to the engineers about my idea, they have decided to go with gold plated beryllium copper springs.

Good news! I liked that Sofirn went the extra mile with spring bypasses on their C8s, but it also seemed like a kludge coming from a manufacturer.

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Actually we did make a Q8 but we are not supposed to use “BLF”, just Sofirn Q8.

It comes with XPL HI leds, 6000-6500K tint, some small changes inside and outside. All the driver and UI are the same.

For the long battery tube, not ready yet. Because we need to redesign the battery carrier, make prototype and do tests.

Tracy

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I personally think design a new light inspired by BLF Q8 is better. Such as longer battery tube, you can use 4*18650 or 8*18650. And use same tube but different head like 4 XPL HI or 3 XHP35 HI or XHP50 or XHP70.2. Then you can purchase parts and make your dream light. Just personal ideas, not confirmed yet. Big Smile

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Oh okay. I will modify the title then.

And looks like JasonWW will be happy with CW XPL HIs.

Also, very nice ideas Thumbs Up

My very own high current Beryllium Copper springs Gen 3:
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Sofirn wrote:
Actually we did make a Q8 but we are not supposed to use “BLF”, just Sofirn Q8.

It comes with XPL HI leds, 6000-6500K tint, some small changes inside and outside. All the driver and UI are the same.

For the long battery tube, not ready yet. Because we need to redesign the battery carrier, make prototype and do tests.

Tracy

PS:
I personally think design a new light inspired by BLF Q8 is better. Such as longer battery tube, you can use 4*18650 or 8*18650. And use same tube but different head like 4 XPL HI or 3 XHP35 HI or XHP50 or XHP70.2. Then you can purchase parts and make your dream light. Just personal ideas, not confirmed yet. Big Smile

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Sofirn wrote:
Actually we did make a Q8 but we are not supposed to use “BLF”, just Sofirn Q8.

It comes with XPL HI leds, 6000-6500K tint, some small changes inside and outside. All the driver and UI are the same.

For the long battery tube, not ready yet. Because we need to redesign the battery carrier, make prototype and do tests.

Tracy

PS:
I personally think design a new light inspired by BLF Q8 is better. Such as longer battery tube, you can use 4*18650 or 8*18650. And use same tube but different head like 4 XPL HI or 3 XHP35 HI or XHP50 or XHP70.2. Then you can purchase parts and make your dream light. Just personal ideas, not confirmed yet. Big Smile

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Sofirn wrote:
Actually we did make a Q8 but we are not supposed to use “BLF”, just Sofirn Q8.

It comes with XPL HI leds, 6000-6500K tint, some small changes inside and outside. All the driver and UI are the same.

For the long battery tube, not ready yet. Because we need to redesign the battery carrier, make prototype and do tests.

Tracy

PS:
I personally think design a new light inspired by BLF Q8 is better. Such as longer battery tube, you can use 4*18650 or 8*18650. And use same tube but different head like 4 XPL HI or 3 XHP35 HI or XHP50 or XHP70.2. Then you can purchase parts and make your dream light. Just personal ideas, not confirmed yet. Big Smile

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Sounds very interesting.

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Sofirn wrote:
Actually we did make a Q8 but we are not supposed to use "BLF", just Sofirn Q8. It comes with XPL HI leds, 6000-6500K tint, some small changes inside and outside. All the driver and UI are the same. For the long battery tube, not ready yet. Because we need to redesign the battery carrier, make prototype and do tests. Tracy PS: I personally think design a new light inspired by BLF Q8 is better. Such as longer battery tube, you can use 4*18650 or 8*18650. And use same tube but different head like 4 XPL HI or 3 XHP35 HI or XHP50 or XHP70.2. Then you can purchase parts and make your dream light. Just personal ideas, not confirmed yet. :D

 

I would like this! XPL HI or XHP 35 HI would be nice.

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Sofirn wrote:
Actually we did make a Q8 but we are not supposed to use “BLF”, just Sofirn Q8.

It comes with XPL HI leds, 6000-6500K tint, some small changes inside and outside. All the driver and UI are the same.

For the long battery tube, not ready yet. Because we need to redesign the battery carrier, make prototype and do tests.

Tracy

PS:
I personally think design a new light inspired by BLF Q8 is better. Such as longer battery tube, you can use 4*18650 or 8*18650. And use same tube but different head like 4 XPL HI or 3 XHP35 HI or XHP50 or XHP70.2. Then you can purchase parts and make your dream light. Just personal ideas, not confirmed yet. Big Smile

This sounds like a stellar idea!!! Thumbs Up . Love .. Wink

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Sofirn wrote:
Actually we did make a Q8 but we are not supposed to use “BLF”, just Sofirn Q8.

It comes with XPL HI leds, 6000-6500K tint, some small changes inside and outside. All the driver and UI are the same.

For the long battery tube, not ready yet. Because we need to redesign the battery carrier, make prototype and do tests.

Tracy

PS:
I personally think design a new light inspired by BLF Q8 is better. Such as longer battery tube, you can use 4*18650 or 8*18650. And use same tube but different head like 4 XPL HI or 3 XHP35 HI or XHP50 or XHP70.2. Then you can purchase parts and make your dream light. Just personal ideas, not confirmed yet. Big Smile

Sofirn, are these parts compatible with the upcoming BLF Lantern?

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Sofirn wrote:
Actually we did make a Q8 but we are not supposed to use “BLF”, just Sofirn Q8.
It comes with XPL HI leds, 6000-6500K tint, some small changes inside and outside. All the driver and UI are the same.
For the long battery tube, not ready yet. Because we need to redesign the battery carrier, make prototype and do tests.

Tracy

PS:
I personally think design a new light inspired by BLF Q8 is better. Such as longer battery tube, you can use 4*18650 or 8*18650. And use same tube but different head like 4 XPL HI or 3 XHP35 HI or XHP50 or XHP70.2. Then you can purchase parts and make your dream light. Just personal ideas, not confirmed yet. Big Smile

Perhaps a battery-tube design like Haikelite uses it would be possible too. But 8P and 2S4P Battery-Configurations are impossible with the design from Haikelite.
I only want to give you some inspirations. I am shure, you will use the best design, which is easy to produce and althogh easy to change battery-configurations / battery-voltage and to use different emitter-heads with it.

For Now, the threads of the Haikelite Battery-Tubes are the same as on the Q8. And they sell them together with flashlights as 4S or 2S2P. But they give no contact to the battery+ brass ring on the Q8-driver.

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Sofirn wrote:
Actually we did make a Q8 but we are not supposed to use “BLF”, just Sofirn Q8.

It comes with XPL HI leds, 6000-6500K tint, some small changes inside and outside. All the driver and UI are the same.

For the long battery tube, not ready yet. Because we need to redesign the battery carrier, make prototype and do tests.

Tracy

PS:
I personally think design a new light inspired by BLF Q8 is better. Such as longer battery tube, you can use 4*18650 or 8*18650. And use same tube but different head like 4 XPL HI or 3 XHP35 HI or XHP50 or XHP70.2. Then you can purchase parts and make your dream light. Just personal ideas, not confirmed yet. Big Smile

Ohh wow…when is the Sofirn Q8 Coming out?

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Sofirn wrote:

I’m dreaming about BLF Q8mini 3*18650 5000-6000Lm. Are there plans to develop a flashlight? 3*18650(21700)?

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I’m dreaming about BLF Q8mini 3*18650 5000-6000Lm. Are there plans to develop a flashlight? 3*18650(21700)?

Sounds like D4s. Why wait? Smile

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komeko wrote:
Sounds like D4s. Why wait? Smile

I thought about it, but I like 3*18650 more than 1*26650. And for batteries, more sparing conditions of work. I look closely to Fireflies ROT66, but its price is much larger than Q8.
As it seems to me 4*18650 goes beyond ergonomics. Q8 it is so successful that I have recommended it to my friends many times, but personally I’m somewhat uncomfortable.

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6500K is not for me.

Is this the only choice?

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CW Q8 yes please.

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I’d love this if it had a warm or neutral white!

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Yeah, Neutral would be better for me as well. But, assuming Sofirn keeps the same mod-ability that the original Q8 has, it should be possible to change to whatever CCT is desired. If it’s the same size PCB, then even the size of the emitter can be changed by using a led4power Q8 MCPCB.

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Seems pointless to even discuss right now. The only change they said they have made is putting in HI leds instead of HD. None of the other more interesting changes are even designed yet.. If someone wants a neutral Q8 there is already the real original Q8 with HD leds that had an excellent combination of flood and throw already.

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CW Q8 yes please.

V1.5 more money to spend <img src= " /> <img src= " />

The only CW lights, which I are in, are of CRI 90 or above. Unfortunately there is no 90 CRI option for first gen. XPL in either HD or HI. There is no second generation XP-L (XP-L2) HI, and XP-L2 kinda sucks regarding tint consistency. I'd hope for an XHP35 90 CRI 5700K version of the Q8 (maybe 6500K is also fine, but 90 CRI is required for me).

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I would really appreciate a 3 batteries tube/carrier working with the new Q8. Maybe another one with a down-compatibility to the BLF-Q8 with a different end (positive contact to the driver).
Neutral white 90 CRI for the leds, preferably not Cree because most have a “rainbow effect”.

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joechina wrote:
6500K is not for me.

Is this the only choice?

You could get the original BLF Q8 instead, which is about 4800K. The point of this new version is because people wanted a cool white option.

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joechina wrote:
6500K is not for me.

Is this the only choice?

You could get the original BLF Q8 instead, which is about 4800K. The point of this new version is because people wanted a cool white option.

That’s too bad. I actually like the looks of the new version better than the one I have. No way am I going to buy one with that cold blue tint.

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On AX, Sofirn has the regular Q8 battery tube for 10bux(ish), so maybe the new one’ll also become available. Relatively low-cost facelift…

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