[BLF special edition light] new Sofirn AAA twisty with two tints of high CRI Yuji leds for 6 dollar

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DavidEF wrote:
I never heard about glue not sticking to ano. My concern is/was the glue not sticking to the nickel plating on the magnet.

I believe it is actually the sealing coat that anodized surfaces are usually covered with after the die is applied. It is usually very smooth, and is presumably some sort of polymer, so it’s basically gluing to a plastic coating.

Bare anodizing should actually bond very well, because it is usually a rough surface.

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I would definitely try one of the warm versions to pit it against the E01. The mock-up looks good to me. Like a cross between an E01 and the Peak Eiger. Not a huge fan of the tail design because I won’t use a trit and don’t need a magnet. Impressed that this is happening. Very cool.
Edit: let me rephrase that, I don’t dislike the style of the tail, looks functional but I just don’t need ge extras of trits and magnets.

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Any chance these make it to retail somewhere?

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Sofirn has their work cut out for them to dethrone this bad boy! Anxious to see what they come up with.
https://imgur.com/a/PExfWlv

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Please tell the Sofirn engineers to stress test this light big time before they release it. The first thing I’m going to do to mine is turn it on…..but then I’m going to throw it at the wall, smash it on the ground, drag it behind my car, and chuck it off the top of a parking garage.

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At $6, I would be interested in 1x warm white.

I know it’s not the goal but I would love a firefly mode. I’m using a Manker A01 for my keychain light but it’s a bit dicky and tint too cold for me.

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That’s great I love to try it.

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Barry was reading this thread and noticed the amount of talking Party and is afraid that the process is slowing down, Sofirn wants to get on with making this light and will simply make the tail that we vote on. I think that thusfar being slow and talking a lot has payed off in the design but perhaps at this moment he is right?

I still think that I noticed that the current tail design is acceptable for most and that a new poll should just decide wether we should add those holes or not. Perhaps we can do a short 2-day poll about that? (I hope that TheShadowGuy would like to set this up again?)

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I agree. Less talk. More make. Evil

Seriously though, I don’t think there’s any better compromise to be made to appeal to those who do or do not want a magnet or a tritium, as well as keeping a central keychain hang and tailstands.

I’d like to add 1 5600K to my name please.

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Yep, let’s make it with the current tailcap Thumbs Up

I’m happy with the magnet & trit holes, that way the people who want them can have them. I might even try a trit myself, which would be a first Smile

Does that mean Sofirn have decided which reflector shape to use?

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Phlogiston wrote:
Yep, let’s make it with the current tailcap Thumbs Up

I’m happy with the magnet & trit holes, that way the people who want them can have them. I might even try a trit myself, which would be a first Smile

Does that mean Sofirn have decided which reflector shape to use?


I do not know which reflector shape they will use. I suggested experimenting with shapes, but do not know if they will do that. The worst outcome would be that they go for a parabolic shape because of the suggestion, with the led at some random height without checking the beam. I can hardly imagine that they will do that because there are some smart enough folks there.

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“I used to think that top environmental problems were biodiversity loss, ecosystem collapse and climate change. I thought that thirty years of good science could address these problems. I was wrong. The top environmental problems are selfishness, greed and apathy, and to deal with these we need a cultural and spiritual transformation. And we scientists don’t know how to do that.”   (Gus Speth)

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sign me up for two warm whites if you please Smile

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I hope it is ok that i setup a new servey. I hope most people are ok with the Noir/djozz Tailcap Design.
The servey is only about the trit and magnet hole.

https://www.surveymonkey.de/r/WNK8C7N

And please add me for another one in CW (total 2)

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Thanks TheOnlyDocc, and I’m sure the german button does not confuse people Wink (fertig=ready)

And I hope that going forward with the Noir/djozz tail (with or without holes) does not hurt the feelings too much of people who wanted a different design.

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Interested at least in three warm. Many thanks.

I have to rectify my post #228, because probably I will take five or six of this amazing lights, warm and neutral, perhaps 4 + 2 or 5 + 1 Smile

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While the Noir/Djozz tailcap seems popular, I know there were a number of people against the idea of having magnet hole/trit hole, so I want to make sure they can be heard and counted.

This survey will be open for the weekend and I will present final results on Monday. If you are interested in buying one of these lights, please take this survey as soon as possible or forever hold your peace.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SH8J7BS

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One thing I think would be great if it ends up with a trit slot is to have access to purchasing trits (uninstalled) to be shipped with the lights.
I would imagine it is rather expensive to buy and ship one or two trits from another source.
Just a thought.

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IMHO, a tail magnet is not good for a keychain light, because the interaction with the stainless steel keys

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tritium vial cost anywhere from $6 to $14, so that would double to triple the cost. I think whoever wants them can purchase them separately because it might not be worthwhile for Sofirn to stock those.

As for the magnet hole, it will add a bit of cost but would Sofirn consider producing matching anodized caps/plugs? Whoever doesn’t like the magnets holes can simply press fit the cap into the cavity. The people can also use the cap to hold the magnets.

Just some suggestions, no demands.

Can you modify my interest for 1 3200K and 1 5600K? Thanks.

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huey18 wrote:
tritium vial cost anywhere from $6 to $14, so that would double to triple the cost. I think whoever wants them can purchase them separately because it might not be worthwhile for Sofirn to stock those.

From what I’ve read so far, it is supposed ti be that way, each person that wants buys the tritium vials on his/her own!

Also, if there is a diffuser as accessory, it will be sold separately, in any other source/store!

Only accessory to be included, as far as I perceived, is the pocket clip (wish it was placed upper so that it could be more deep carry, but I will not generate entropy due to that Wink )

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Noctiluco wrote:
IMHO, a tail magnet is not good for a keychain light, because the interaction with the stainless steel keys

Most keys are not made of stainless steel, they are normally made of nickel or brass. Also, not all stainless is magnetic.

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djozz wrote:
You can’t say that Sofirn does not have the dedication to this light. They went ahead with the drawing of the tail and sent me this render.

That is frigging Brilliant!

Go For It!

someone else can offer a trit and magnet and diffuser kit, complete with glue

remember, this is a $6 light intended to go on a keychain.. the rest is gravy

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MascaratumB wrote:
huey18 wrote:
tritium vial cost anywhere from $6 to $14, so that would double to triple the cost. I think whoever wants them can purchase them separately because it might not be worthwhile for Sofirn to stock those.

From what I’ve read so far, it is supposed ti be that way, each person that wants buys the tritium vials on his/her own!

Also, if there is a diffuser as accessory, it will be sold separately, in any other source/store!

Only accessory to be included, as far as I perceived, is the pocket clip (wish it was placed upper so that it could be more deep carry, but I will not generate entropy due to that Wink )

I think even the clip is separate. For 6 dollars, all I expect is the light, a split ring and maybe a spare o-ring.

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Put me down for a 5600k one! I was just going to stick with my tool aaa, but I really can’t pass on something of this value. Especially with that CRI and tint Love

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Just do it

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dealgrabber2002 wrote:
Just do it

That is one possible feeling, but another is to wish for some general consensus, hence the polls. And then perhaps some prototypes that will be tested (by Sofirn and I really hope by BLF members too) Then there will be a poll about the ano colour (3 colours will be made, I assume black will be one of them) before production really starts.

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defloyd77 wrote:
I think even the clip is separate. For 6 dollars, all I expect is the light, a split ring and maybe a spare o-ring.

Would be fine with me. As long as it has a groove, a hole and a slot. I can buy the rest as needed. From Sofirn. Or put in a rubber plug, if not.

Edit: changed “you” in “Sofirn”. Sometimes the obvious has to be repeated explicitly.

I always think long and hard before I say something really stupid.

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Gurdygurds wrote:
Please tell the Sofirn engineers to stress test this light big time before they release it. The first thing I’m going to do to mine is turn it on…..but then I’m going to throw it at the wall, smash it on the ground, drag it behind my car, and chuck it off the top of a parking garage.

If it even does half as well in your tests as the E01 has, I’ll be happy.

Either way, I will consider your tests the authoritative word.

djozz wrote:
Barry was reading this thread and noticed the amount of talking Party and is afraid that the process is slowing down, Sofirn wants to get on with making this light and will simply make the tail that we vote on.

Very nice to hear they’re eager to get going. Sounds like I will have these lights in hand long before I get an FW3A.

We seem like we’re getting close to settling on a crowd favorite for the tail design.

The only open question on my mind is whether they plan to test the “reflector” design before committing to it. It shouldn’t need a full prototype – something as simple as turning the planned profile on piece of round stock with a hole in the back to position the emitter correctly should do it. Then just hook it up to a bench power supply and check whether it creates easily noticeable rings, a dark spot, or other unpleasant artifacts.

I’m not really expecting any significant effect on the beam. It’s just nice to be sure it turns out right on the first production run.

Meanwhile, the talking is going to continue. It’s a sign of how much people are looking forward to this.

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Henk4U2 wrote:
defloyd77 wrote:
I think even the clip is separate. For 6 dollars, all I expect is the light, a split ring and maybe a spare o-ring.

Would be fine with me. As long as it has a groove, a hole and a slot. I can buy the rest as needed. From you. Or put in a rubber plug, if not.

From me?

Another DIY idea for those who don’t want a magnet and/or tritium, fill the holes with glow in the dark epoxy. I have never done it myself, but have seen people do it on flashlights and other various EDC gadgets.

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huey18 wrote:
tritium vial cost anywhere from $6 to $14, so that would double to triple the cost. I think whoever wants them can purchase them separately because it might not be worthwhile for Sofirn to stock those. As for the magnet hole, it will add a bit of cost but would Sofirn consider producing matching anodized caps/plugs? Whoever doesn’t like the magnets holes can simply press fit the cap into the cavity. The people can also use the cap to hold the magnets.

Just some suggestions, no demands.

Can you modify my interest for 1 3200K and 1 5600K? Thanks.

Right. I don’t think anyone has requested that Sofirn offer tritium vials. There’s existing sources for those.

I’m just going with the consensus on the tail design, although if it has a tritium slot, I might consider picking a favorite copy from the handful I will buy to stick one in, but it’s not a priority.

Likewise for a magnet – I might pick one to keep in a toolbox or on the fridge, but I don’t think I’d want a magnet in all of them.

And I’m not going to worry about the empty holes in the others, because they’re only ~3mm deep, and if they bother me, I can fill them with epoxy. Or maybe glow-in-the-dark powder if I feel artistic.

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