[BLF special edition light] new Sofirn AAA twisty high CRI Yuji 5mm LED (CCT 3200K or 5600K) for 6.50 USD

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Tally-ho, thanks for the help and heads up when these became available

fwiw, that link gave me a German version of the page, until I deleted my history (others call that clearing the cache).

The link now loads a page correctly, for me, in English..

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Hello, i would like 2 Qty of the 3200K, and 2 Qty of the 5600K. THANKS !

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One of mine is ordered (wouldn’t let me order two for some reason) and I briefly chatted with the Sofirn person, asking when the blue and red were ready. They said ten days. Hope this helps.

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scrumpypaul wrote:
One of mine is ordered (wouldn't let me order two for some reason) and I briefly chatted with the Sofirn person, asking when the blue and red were ready. They said ten days. Hope this helps.

Nice Smile i am waiting for the color ones

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scrumpypaul wrote:
One of mine is ordered (wouldn’t let me order two for some reason) and I briefly chatted with the Sofirn person, asking when the blue and red were ready. They said ten days. Hope this helps.

Thanks, that’s what I’ve been waiting to hear about

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Sorry if I’m super late, but I’m interested in 1 in 5600k tint.

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Coolerness wrote:
Hello, i would like 2 Qty of the 3200K, and 2 Qty of the 5600K. THANKS !
Kavin wrote:
Sorry if I’m super late, but I’m interested in 1 in 5600k tint.

Hi folks, welcome to BLF!
Please know that the bought of these flashlights is already being done through Sofirn Official AliExpress store.
The list of interested people, despite important, was mostly to have a notion of how many lights would be produced.

They are on sale now! Please see post #1, or the last pages/posts on this thread and you will find the link for the store! You can buy them directly!

Please note, as well, that the batches are arriving partially, Sofirn is producing them not all at once, so if they are out of stock, wait some days and keep checking the availability!

I hope this helps Wink

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Ooops, I didn’t realize that. I appreciate the clarification! Speaking of, a 3200k just came in stock and I just got it :P!

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@Kavin, well, the wait now begins Smile

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Black 5600k spotted and avaliable now. Not sure about quantity..:)

Added: Disregard post. Only 1pc. Sorry. Taken..:)

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40 units available

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Yes, can confirm.. both tints are still avaliable.

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And now there is 54 and 52 pieces available respectively. Looks like they come and go.
I previously thought maybe those couple dozen or so pieces were order cancellations from the previous batch but now it looks more like they’re just putting them up for sale as they come from the factory.

So like others have said previously, if they are out of stock just keep checking periodically.

Also my two pieces have been sent.

P.S. Has Sofirn said anything about the discount, whether or not you can get it if you order more? I won’t be ordering more at this moment because I’m on the list for two pieces, you know, I want to give other people a chance to buy what they promised to buy. But if there’s still stock around mid-December or so I’m gonna order a few more, with discount or not. Hopefully I receive the ones I ordered before that (not holding my breath) so I could decide if I truly want more.

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well, so a few more are on sale.
I just ordered 2 black ones in both color temperatures. horray Smile

really hope the colored ones come soon

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i ordered mine. thanks a lot.

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Tally-ho wrote:
Kame Sennin wrote:

If someone can change the OP link to this one it’s the “general” shop instead of NL one


This link in the first message goes straight to sofirn’s store on the global Ali in english :

!https://i.imgur.com/NiXpzQ0.png?1!

Tally-Ho, Thanks for literally pointing this out.
I changed the link in the first post to point to the international page instead of the Dutch Sofirn AliExpress store.

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staticx57 wrote:
Can I make an impassioned plea to change the title from tint to color temperature? 3200k and 5600k are color temperatures NOT tints. Tint describes something different.

That being said, I cannot wait for mine Big Smile

Thanks for your constructive comment.
Tint, color temperature, Facepalm

While at it I also changed dollar to USD.

By the way, there is also a third CCT available: 4400K.
At least when you buy both the 3200K and 5600K version, duck-tape them together and twist them both to on Wink
Personally, I like this color temperature best.

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a third CCT available: 4400K.

Aieeee! will that be listed at the Sofirn store sometime?

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hank wrote:
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a third CCT available: 4400K.

Aieeee! will that be listed at the Sofirn store sometime?

I think it was a joke and the only way to get 4400K is to tape them together.

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hank wrote:
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a third CCT available: 4400K.
Aieeee! will that be listed at the Sofirn store sometime?
Read close…. Big Smile
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By the way, there is also a third CCT available: 4400K.
At least when you buy both the 3200K and 5600K version, duck-tape them together and twist them both to on Wink

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3200K + 5600K = 8800K/2 = 4400K yeh, that’ll work..lmao

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defloyd77 wrote:
jon_slider wrote:
slowtechstef, kudos, respect, applause, and Happy Turkey Day
your dream has become reality, and it is touching the lives of many people around the world

for those who still think a Fenix with its angry blue low cri LED is worthy of your money, that is still an option. It costs more, and the LED cannot compare to the Yuji in the Sofirn C01, but I wont judge.

textileRef:7716521815dcdc262258ec:linkStartMarker:“Speaking of lights that cost more, with LEDs that cannot compare.. anyone who is interested in the ARC AAA, that the Fenix copied imo, can still buy one today, for even more money.. “ Here”:https://www.ebay.com/itm/ARC-flashlight-LED-cpf-edc-free-shipping-to-the-USA/253992014642 to spend the big bucks on Low CRI.

Let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves just yet. There’s only a couple of these in that have been in the hands of forum members so far, the E01 and Arc didn’t gain their fame over night with just a few lights tested. A nice LED won’t save this light if QC doesn’t measure up or if the tested samples were hand selected.

So here is my 5 cents on what I think makes the C01 New BLF Light so “sepcial”.
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Disclaimer: no runtime graphs, no numbers, no pictures.

Commemorative Clone
The Sofirn C01 is standing on the shoulders of giants:
- the 2016 McGizmo Sapphire with Yuji high-CRI LED
- the 2009 McGizmo Sapphire which is an high end version of the Arc AAA
- the 2008 Fenix E01 which in its turn was an improvement of
- the 2006 Fenix E0 which was inspired by
- the 2001 Arc AAA building on the design patterns of
- the 1AA 2000 CMG Infinity (which actually still lives on today commercially as Gerber Infinity Ultra Task Light)
- the 1988 Maglite Marquis/Solitaire is perhaps the first widely known iconic 1AAA form factor flashlight.

To me the 2018 Sofirn C01 is an hommage to the 18 40 year history of all these previous iconic flashlights woven together into a single object, and that in itself makes it special. A flashlight I can enjoy as a material pars-pro-toto “:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pars_pro_toto of its progenitors. Well, I guess I am in good company here where enjoying plain everyday use objects as collectibles is not frowned upon.
One might object that perhaps I am reading too much in a cheap Chinese copy-cat flashlight here, but hey, doesn’t wine also taste better when you have a richer vocabulary to express the different ingredients of your taste sensation; and aren’t movies much more fun when you recognize the film quotes to previous ones, the more obscure the better?

As a ‘meta-flashlight’ the C01 closely resembles another flashlight: the Barbolight Apollo APFL1 Penlight. That “re-imagined replica” is also flashlight, and ‘meta-flashlight’ at the same time; referencing and recreating the aura of authenticity of the NASA Apollo spaceflight penlight. Even its alkaleak batteries are a space-flown collectible worthy of museum display.

Co-creation of Community & Chinese company
The Sofirn C01 came into life as a co-creation between the BLF community and the Chinese flashlight manufacturer Sofirn. BLF is a great birthplace of flashlight innovation, scaling up ideas emerging from individual tinkering into commercial products. Seriously, someone should do a case-study on BLF as an example of the general pattern of ‘democratizing innovation’.

In the words of ToyKeeper (on /reddit/flashlight):

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For background, I’ve spent the past few years trying to eliminate the divide between producers and consumers in the flashlight industry — trying to help companies participate as productive and valued members of the community, and helping people in the community take a more active role in creating what they want. This gets rid of the traditionally adversarial relationship between the two, and replaces it with a mutually-beneficial relationship.
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The C01 is not only wonderful as a product, but as a process as well. Kudos to the whole BLF community in general and in this case Sofirn in particular.

Ironic identity
The combination of the low CCT, high CRI, tritium slot, and magnet in a low-budget light is simultaneously a stroke of genius as well as an ironic reference to much more expensive and exclusive flashlights. Just looking at the end result of a 6 USD tritium vial in a 6 USD flashlight makes me smile. Smile To hell with low CCT, high-cri LED, tritium vials, or magnets as artificial price discriminators exclusively available in much more expensive limited edition jewelry lights.

So with the C01 at the other end of the spectrum versus the exclusive high-end lights, I really like the term “cockroach light”. I think the term is particularly apt, if only for the fact that cockroaches can feed of crumbs of human waste (“battery recycling”), they shun bright light, their existence depends on humans (at least for 20 or so subspecies), and their reputation of resilience to forces of nature.

Strong light with a strong character
This flashlight is not a crowd pleaser; although it is suitable for a wide audience, including kids, grandparents, flashlight novices, as well as die-hard flashaholics. The 60 degree LED makes the C01 extremely floody, in a light with a maximum output of 6-8 lumen (!?). There is just no throw at all. Absolutely nothing. Just a flood of extremely evenly distributed high quality moonlight. The C01 makes me really re-appreciate the throw of my angry-purple Fenix E01. Djozz mentioned this as well: many people will initially be disappointed by the perceived low light output of the C01, as well as its real low light output. Like djozz, I predict a trend of modding the C01 with a 45 degree Yuji LED, lumens will not increase but brightness perception will.

And then, after this first impression, the C01 starts to grow on you. Well, it did on me. Big Smile
Even worse, now I can no langer stand the ugly green tint of my Zebralight H53Fc, that light [shrugs], it just feels dirty.
While my 3500K Nichia E21A Virence-modded Armytek C1 has a more correct, almost ‘clinically neutral’ tint, the rosy beam of my 3200k C01 is certainly as much, if not more pleasing. And a lot cheaper as well.

[Please, bear with me, a short flashlight anthropomorphism detour: your own welcome of the C01 in your life, might resemble the following situation, where at work you welcome a new colleague, who at first seems to be a bit of a strange person, trying to smile at everyone while looking around at this first team meeting, but instead actually showing a distorted grimace, and then in his introduction to the rest of the team falls into this moment of too-long painful silence after his first two sentences. Right, you think, welcome Mr. Silent Bob, and you all move on with the next item. However, after a few weeks, it appears that in the rare instances when this guy actually does speak, he has a great sense of humor, razor-sharp analytical skills and encyclopedic knowledge. And when silent, he just keeps going and going, finishing task after task. Then at a group meeting when the pointy-haired boss comes up with this really stupid idea, he is that guy shouting the emperor is wearing no clothes. And he even gets away with it, because he is right, and everyone knows it. By then, you realize you might actually slowly start to like him after all. Even with his sporadic grimaces and sometimes painful silences; at least he has character. Bonus points for him stubbornly and even proudly wearing his vintage 1991 Casio F-91W, while you caving in to peer pressure, are sporting a G-shock with a cool looking although rather illegible ‘reversed’ LCD display.]

Back to the C01; there is a valuable trade-off in its characteristic design choices:
- light quality, instead of light quantity
- double digit hours runtime on a commonly available easily replaceable safe single-cell power source, instead of double digit ‘turbo’ minutes runtime on a built-in proprietary non-replaceable limited-life potentially thermally runawayable lithium-something battery
- resilience, (presumed) reliability and robustness (“keep it simple stupid”) instead of fragility and featuritis (“let’s add another marketing gimmick”)
- graceful degradation sacrificing the battery instead of the user, instead of a sudden death in utter darkness in case of empty battery.

The C01 is characterized by its core values simplicity, runtime, robustness and reliability. While I write this, I can imagine flasholics thinking out loud the motto of HDS Systems “the light that takes you home”. Or, hey doesn’t this resemble the philosophy of that special edition Malkoff Nichia 291b low-low-low P60 drop in. Well, in my view the C01 is “the *moon*light that takes you home”. Even with extremely depleted batteries its light output remains both pleasant and useful for close-up tasks, such as reading. I like the C01. I even think it is fantastic. You might like it as well, or not. But without doubt, the C01 has character, that will make it stand out in your flashlight collection.

*Wrapping up: *
I wish I would have all this fancy equipment to do CRI analyses, an integrated calibrated sphere, or the equipment to create runtime graphs. However, I don’t. So instead of a review of, I wrote a reflection on the C01.

Sofirn was perfectly right to label the C01 “New BLF Sepcial light”.
This is no spelling mistake but an acronym:
Safe&simple, Endless-runtime, Pocketable, Commemorative clone, high-crI, A-class reliability, Low-lumen. Wink

[EDIT: addition of McGizmo Sapphire and Maglite Marquis/Solitaire]

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slowtechstef wrote:
staticx57 wrote:
Can I make an impassioned plea to change the title from tint to color temperature? 3200k and 5600k are color temperatures NOT tints. Tint describes something different.

That being said, I cannot wait for mine Big Smile

Thanks for your constructive comment.
Tint, color temperature, Facepalm

While at it I also changed dollar to USD.

By the way, there is also a third CCT available: 4400K.
At least when you buy both the 3200K and 5600K version, duck-tape them together and twist them both to on Wink
Personally, I like this color temperature best.

Apologies if this came off as a criticism, totally did not mean it that way and in now way meant to downplay what’s been accomplished here. Sad

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As I mentioned before, I will continue updating the list for the present time, just in case it provides any benefit (and because I enjoy seeing the count keep rising Party ). List is now updated through post 1718 (Kavin). Total is now 1096.

Shortcut to the current list at post 288.

New to the list:

1; 0 – pinecone (1591)
1; 1 – flightless22 (1671)
1; 2 – 7YP160214 (1701)
2; 2 – Coolerness (1714)
0; 1 – Kavin (1718)

Updates to the list:

1; 0 – kuzuna (1584)
0; 3 – parkerdude (1323, 1476, 1622)

Parkerdude, no worries about the count. I knew what you meant. I just have been adding new post numbers to original post numbers since it’s no extra effort on my part, and could potentially help users finder past posts if they have trouble remembering what they stated.

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slowtechstef wrote:
So here is my 5 cents on what I think makes the C01 New BLF Light so “sepcial”. Facepalm Disclaimer: no runtime graphs, no numbers, no pictures.
Thumbs Up

I enjoyed this, and it makes me even more eager for the rest of these to hit the market. I’m hoping I can wait until the color versions are available and just order my planned quantity in a single order.

Enjoy that “sepcial” prototype!

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Nice light! Great tint and enough output for a cockroach.

Not to keen on the labeling on the light, but I am thinking of deanodizing it.

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Nice, then I may receive my 2 3200K ones today then too! (I’m not home unfortunately)

I’m not surprised that Sofirn puts their name on their flashlights, it is not extremely prominent I think.

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Ordered my 6 and got the discount using BlueSwordM’s instructions. Took maybe an hour or less for them to adjust the order price after I sent the message.

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Ordered one a few days ago, after they reappeared as available on the site. Followed instruction here to get the discount by leaving a message —- worked. But now, every time I go to pay I get this:
Payment failed
Reason: System error.
Suggestion: The system is busy. Please try again.

So I keep trying…

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alchemi wrote:
But now, every time I go to pay I get this:
Payment failed
Reason: System error.
Suggestion: The system is busy. Please try again.

I had the same problem trying to pay with paypal, I finally paid with my credit card.

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