The BLF GT70 "Giggle Monster" is here! 7,500lumens, 1,500m throw! Group buy Closed!

2810 posts / 0 new
Last post
square74
Offline
Last seen: 2 weeks 2 hours ago
Joined: 02/06/2014 - 03:13
Posts: 122
Location: Germany

Quote:
No.
Lumintop tried to reduce the resistance in the springs by tighten them. They made the aluminium base thicker and shortened the rods.
But protected batteries won’t fit any more.
(Protected are recommended for safty and legal reasons: Remember you have 8 chances to put a battery wrong into a cartier. If you use unprotected you should know what you are doing)

Voltage stays the same

I´ve ordered only the Conversion Kit and also two new battery carriers.

At the moment I´m using my Imalent MRB-186P30 in my BLF GT (XHP35 Hi Version).
It the rods are shorter and protected batteries won´t fit any more…

…I have to use my Sony VTC6…

Maverick1947
Maverick1947's picture
Offline
Last seen: 1 month 1 week ago
Joined: 01/05/2018 - 19:53
Posts: 144
Location: Brazil, São Paulo

lichtpfadfinder wrote:

beastlykings wrote:
Then I got some strap wrenches, and tried putting one on the head and one on the body, that was a no go, almost broke the smaller of the two wrenches.


I actually broke my wrench when I tried to open the GT. Thing I have to give up the conversion to GT70 now… probably will just break the vice of my Grandfather if I try again to open this Monster Big Smile

I broke my wrench as well! Lol. The fact that I bought it for 3$ from china didn’t help either. But mine broke just as I cracked the head open. So 3$ well spent I guess. Waiting for the conversion kit now.

There’s no replacement for displacement.

beastlykings
beastlykings's picture
Offline
Last seen: 12 hours 16 min ago
Joined: 12/29/2017 - 17:06
Posts: 183
Location: Michigan, USA

Rxich wrote:
Actually came off with only a 5 minute fight. I had him on the ground, and I was pummeling his head with a large Craftsman strap wrench(the rubber straps are new and nice and tacky). I uttered a few vulgarities and put him in a half Nelson. He groaned for mercy, I cursed again, threw all my weight upon his neck, gave a loud yell, and ripped his head off. Not a mark on him, but he was broken, in just the 2 pieces I needed.

Do we actually need new battery carriers for the conversion ? PossiblyDue to some voltage change?

Nice! My wrenches were brand new Craftsman as well, Amazon, they’re very nice. I foresee oil changes being easier lol

atbglenn
atbglenn's picture
Offline
Last seen: 1 month 2 weeks ago
Joined: 07/29/2011 - 12:04
Posts: 5767
Location: Long Island, New York

I noticed when I leave it in turbo mode for a few minutes, I hear expansion ding sounds coming from the head. Anyone else notice it?

Boycott Nike

Rxich
Offline
Last seen: 3 weeks 6 days ago
Joined: 01/01/2016 - 22:14
Posts: 21
Location: United States

Mine will never touch oil. I learned the hard way, I keep mine dry and sealed in a ziplock bag, lest they dry out and become brittle and slippery, and not very useful. My oil filter wrench has rotating iron fingers, that the harder you turn the harder they squeeze the filter.
4 bucks at walmart( hyper tough brand) works great

Texas_Ace
Texas_Ace's picture
Offline
Last seen: 6 hours 54 min ago
Joined: 03/24/2016 - 07:44
Posts: 8467
Location: Everything is brighter in Texas
atbglenn wrote:
I noticed when I leave it in turbo mode for a few minutes, I hear expansion ding sounds coming from the head. Anyone else notice it?

Yeah, this is very common.

atbglenn
atbglenn's picture
Offline
Last seen: 1 month 2 weeks ago
Joined: 07/29/2011 - 12:04
Posts: 5767
Location: Long Island, New York
Texas_Ace wrote:
atbglenn wrote:
I noticed when I leave it in turbo mode for a few minutes, I hear expansion ding sounds coming from the head. Anyone else notice it?

Yeah, this is very common.

I’m ok with it as long as it’s normal. Thanks Texas!

Boycott Nike

species8472
Offline
Last seen: 1 day 9 hours ago
Joined: 10/08/2017 - 04:06
Posts: 80
Location: Snowbelt, Pennsylvania

With the change in the carrier design would it be a bad idea to use one new design and one old design in a light at the same time? Not that I would ever want to but how worried do I need to be in case they ever got mixed up or if one broke and replaced with the other type?

Itsme
Offline
Last seen: 5 hours 19 min ago
Joined: 07/18/2017 - 00:47
Posts: 515
Location: Canada
atbglenn wrote:
Texas_Ace wrote:
atbglenn wrote:
I noticed when I leave it in turbo mode for a few minutes, I hear expansion ding sounds coming from the head. Anyone else notice it?

Yeah, this is very common.

I’m ok with it as long as it’s normal. Thanks Texas!

I get the same thing with my MF02 and MF02S as well

troisanh
Offline
Last seen: 2 months 2 weeks ago
Joined: 02/24/2013 - 07:19
Posts: 746
Location: midwest

anyone get confirmation of order or tracking#?

purchased my conversion kit on 9/13/18 but have not heard anything back.

Thanks for help beforehand.

JasonWW
JasonWW's picture
Offline
Last seen: 20 min 40 sec ago
Joined: 10/22/2016 - 11:41
Posts: 11136
Location: Houston Texas

species8472 wrote:

With the change in the carrier design would it be a bad idea to use one new design and one old design in a light at the same time? Not that I would ever want to but how worried do I need to be in case they ever got mixed up or if one broke and replaced with the other type?


Mixing and matching carriers is fine. The external dimensions, such as overall length and diameter, are exactly the same. It’s only the distance where the battery sits that has changed.
species8472
Offline
Last seen: 1 day 9 hours ago
Joined: 10/08/2017 - 04:06
Posts: 80
Location: Snowbelt, Pennsylvania

JasonWW wrote:
species8472 wrote:

With the change in the carrier design would it be a bad idea to use one new design and one old design in a light at the same time? Not that I would ever want to but how worried do I need to be in case they ever got mixed up or if one broke and replaced with the other type?

Mixing and matching carriers is fine. The external dimensions, such as overall length and diameter, are exactly the same. It's only the distance where the battery sits that has changed.

 

That sounds great JasonWW, thank you.

JasonWW
JasonWW's picture
Offline
Last seen: 20 min 40 sec ago
Joined: 10/22/2016 - 11:41
Posts: 11136
Location: Houston Texas

KawiBoy1428 wrote:

but then I found this kit… with the S3 D32 D24….5 pack of Hakko tips on Amazon. Pretty good deal and you get the 2 Conical tips for like free…

My order of these tips came in today. I’m quite disappointed. They have the same sloppy fit as my cheap tips. They also use a liner. I’ll see if the liner slides out tomorrow.

Can you guys that have snug fitting Hakko tips look to see if Hakko uses a liner in them?

So far these look like junk. No snug fit = no good heat transfer. I’ll be returning these.

I think I’ll take my iron down to a Frys Electronics store and look at their Hakko tips next week when I have a day off. They are not too expensive at $6-$7 each, but the drive is pretty far.

atbglenn
atbglenn's picture
Offline
Last seen: 1 month 2 weeks ago
Joined: 07/29/2011 - 12:04
Posts: 5767
Location: Long Island, New York

My OEM Hakko tips have an inserts as well, but they fit with minimal play. Maybe yours are fakes?

Boycott Nike

JasonWW
JasonWW's picture
Offline
Last seen: 20 min 40 sec ago
Joined: 10/22/2016 - 11:41
Posts: 11136
Location: Houston Texas

atbglenn wrote:
My OEM Hakko tips have an inserts as well, but they fit with minimal play. Maybe yours are fakes?

I don’t know, but it bothers me. I may replace my entire iron.
KawiBoy1428
KawiBoy1428's picture
Offline
Last seen: 7 hours 19 min ago
Joined: 04/11/2014 - 18:05
Posts: 3710
Location: The Motor City

Yep.. looks like a sleeve/liner in all of mine. Your packaging looks a bit different though…

There is a U.S. patent number on mine, and the warning is in English?

KB1428 “Live Life WOT

td1042k
Offline
Last seen: 4 months 3 weeks ago
Joined: 11/19/2017 - 22:34
Posts: 143
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio

I’m still waiting for mine as well. Tracking still says “Wait for Shipping” I’d imagine they will ship soon. Hopefully next week.

Ultrafire C12 XHP70 2S 18650 Mtn Elec 6V Zener mod driver (super donut beam!)
Ultrafire C12 XPL-HI BLF-A6 FET driver
Convoy L6 Mtn Elec D4 UI driver, XHP70.2
Utorch UT02 NW
BLF Q8
BLF A6 NW
BLF GT XHP35
BLF GT (GT70 CONVERSION CW(SOON))
Skilhunt H03 NW
Astrolux MF02 NW
Astrolux MF01 XP-G3
Sofirn SF14
Sofirn SP32A
Emisar D4 XP-L HI CW
SK68 knockoff
Mini Mag Lite 2X AAA
Convoy M1 build (4X XPL 3V MCPCB, Mnt Elec FET driver)

Texas_Ace
Texas_Ace's picture
Offline
Last seen: 6 hours 54 min ago
Joined: 03/24/2016 - 07:44
Posts: 8467
Location: Everything is brighter in Texas

troisanh wrote:
anyone get confirmation of order or tracking#?

purchased my conversion kit on 9/13/18 but have not heard anything back.

Thanks for help beforehand.

The NW lights are being packed this week, I got a picture of that effort yesterday. I assume that the conversion kits are also being worked on but I know they are in a time crunch before China shuts down next week for a holiday. We will see what all makes it out before that happens.

Texas_Ace
Texas_Ace's picture
Offline
Last seen: 6 hours 54 min ago
Joined: 03/24/2016 - 07:44
Posts: 8467
Location: Everything is brighter in Texas

KawiBoy1428 wrote:
Yep.. looks like a sleeve/liner in all of mine. Your packaging looks a bit different though…

There is a U.S. patent number on mine, and the warning is in English?

Strange indeed, his might indeed be fakes.

Although I would recommend trying at least one of them out first. While the fitment is a big part of it, I wrapped my old china tips with copper foil to give them a snug fit and while the solder station did read that the temperature increased faster it only soldered slightly better. The insides of the tip are simply not very good.

Even with a looser fit with my hakko tip compared to the foil wrapped china tip, the Hakko tip is night and day better.

atbglenn
atbglenn's picture
Offline
Last seen: 1 month 2 weeks ago
Joined: 07/29/2011 - 12:04
Posts: 5767
Location: Long Island, New York

KawiBoy1428 wrote:
Yep.. looks like a sleeve/liner in all of mine. Your packaging looks a bit different though…

There is a U.S. patent number on mine, and the warning is in English?

I wish I still had the rappers for mine so I can compare them with yours. I purchased extra tips from Home Depot. They all get up to temp. BTW, I have a fake Hakko FG100 and 191 temperature sensor. They both are within a couple of degrees of each other.

Boycott Nike

JasonWW
JasonWW's picture
Offline
Last seen: 20 min 40 sec ago
Joined: 10/22/2016 - 11:41
Posts: 11136
Location: Houston Texas

Texas_Ace wrote:
KawiBoy1428 wrote:
Yep.. looks like a sleeve/liner in all of mine. Your packaging looks a bit different though…

There is a U.S. patent number on mine, and the warning is in English?

Strange indeed, his might indeed be fakes.

Although I would recommend trying at least one of them out first. While the fitment is a big part of it, I wrapped my old china tips with copper foil to give them a snug fit and while the solder station did read that the temperature increased faster it only soldered slightly better. The insides of the tip are simply not very good.

Even with a looser fit with my hakko tip compared to the foil wrapped china tip, the Hakko tip is night and day better.


I found wrappers just like mine, so that is no issue.

The reason cheap tips will never heat up well is because copper foil will only tighten the gap between the heater and sleeve. The problem is the air gap between the inner sleeve and the tip. I did a video on it here.
https://youtu.be/B54A4xD17XA

Searching online I found that Hakko heating elements should be 4.86-4.88 in diameter. I also read that they should not have a snug fit so as to allow for expansion. I don’t know if that is true or not.

I decided to go ahead and try one of the tips on the very light that the cheap tip could not melt. The big 30mm copper dtp xhp70.2 mcpcb in the ODF30. Maxed at 480°C the cheap tip (largest size) just could not melt it. It heated the head instead.

With this new Amazon Hakko tip I set the temperature to 450°C and it had no problems liquefying it (using a medium sized tip on top of all that). I was able to wick away all the original solder and put some fresh lead-free in and then reassemble the light. I was also able to do some spring bypasses at either 330° or 360°C (I forget). So even though the fit between the tip and the element is not snug, it seems to be working a whole lot better than those cheap tips I had.

Next time I have it out I’ll switch to the biggest tip and do some solder blobs on my 26650 cells and see how it does. The old tips took a good 5 seconds to melt the blob, when it should be more like 2 seconds.

So for now, I’m satisfied. Thumbs Up

KawiBoy1428
KawiBoy1428's picture
Offline
Last seen: 7 hours 19 min ago
Joined: 04/11/2014 - 18:05
Posts: 3710
Location: The Motor City

I get 3.99-4.0 on all tips and 3.86-3.88 on the element. None of my sleeves pull out…checked my brand new spare back up Hakko iron the heating element is the same diameter. Bought all this about 4 years ago… Checked with another member and his is the same.

KB1428 “Live Life WOT

shogan
Offline
Last seen: 5 days 14 hours ago
Joined: 01/01/2013 - 22:37
Posts: 49

While I find the discussion about soldering tips interesting, could we move the off-topic discussion to it’s own thread?

flashycali
Offline
Last seen: 1 day 5 hours ago
Joined: 07/12/2014 - 10:19
Posts: 78
Location: So.Cal

Any word if they managed to ship out the NW orders before shutting down for the week?

This waiting has been brutal Ughh

Texas_Ace
Texas_Ace's picture
Offline
Last seen: 6 hours 54 min ago
Joined: 03/24/2016 - 07:44
Posts: 8467
Location: Everything is brighter in Texas

flashycali wrote:
Any word if they managed to ship out the NW orders before shutting down for the week?

This waiting has been brutal Ughh

Nothing yet, I might here from them this weekend, I might not. It is always iffy on the weekends getting in contact with them.

flashycali
Offline
Last seen: 1 day 5 hours ago
Joined: 07/12/2014 - 10:19
Posts: 78
Location: So.Cal

Texas_Ace wrote:
flashycali wrote:
Any word if they managed to ship out the NW orders before shutting down for the week?

This waiting has been brutal Ughh

Nothing yet, I might here from them this weekend, I might not. It is always iffy on the weekends getting in contact with them.

Thanks for staying on top on this and all that you have done for the us Smile

Texas_Ace
Texas_Ace's picture
Offline
Last seen: 6 hours 54 min ago
Joined: 03/24/2016 - 07:44
Posts: 8467
Location: Everything is brighter in Texas

Ok, just got the final word before the holiday.

The good news is that almost all of the NW GT70’s were shipped out!

Leo stayed late and did a lot of the work getting these out the door all by himself to get as many as possible shipped before the holiday.

The delayed news is that the conversion kits were not able to be shipped before the holiday. They will ship out after they return.

So expect arrivals to start happening over the coming 1-2 weeks assuming they make it out of china before it completely shuts down.

Leo said he is going to try to get the tracking numbers sent out if he gets them before the holiday.

flashycali
Offline
Last seen: 1 day 5 hours ago
Joined: 07/12/2014 - 10:19
Posts: 78
Location: So.Cal

Texas_Ace wrote:
Ok, just got the final word before the holiday.

The good news is that almost all of the NW GT70’s were shipped out!

Leo stayed late and did a lot of the work getting these out the door all by himself to get as many as possible shipped before the holiday.

The delayed news is that the conversion kits were not able to be shipped before the holiday. They will ship out after they return.

So expect arrivals to start happening over the coming 1-2 weeks assuming they make it out of china before it completely shuts down.

Leo said he is going to try to get the tracking numbers sent out if he gets them before the holiday.

Thanks for the bit of good news with shipping, fingers crossed that the shipping forwarders work on weekends…..especially during a weekend before a holiday Monday, I know I would have been gone on the Friday before, I’m lazy like that Silly

Newlumen
Newlumen's picture
Offline
Last seen: 6 hours 1 sec ago
Joined: 05/27/2017 - 00:19
Posts: 2065
Location: United states

Texas_Ace wrote:
Ok, just got the final word before the holiday.

The good news is that almost all of the NW GT70’s were shipped out!

Leo stayed late and did a lot of the work getting these out the door all by himself to get as many as possible shipped before the holiday.

The delayed news is that the conversion kits were not able to be shipped before the holiday. They will ship out after they return.

So expect arrivals to start happening over the coming 1-2 weeks assuming they make it out of china before it completely shuts down.

Leo said he is going to try to get the tracking numbers sent out if he gets them before the holiday.

Thanks for the update. China national holiday starts oct 1 – oct 7.. so we might see shipping notice in 2 days.

teacher
teacher's picture
Offline
Last seen: 1 week 5 days ago
Joined: 02/23/2016 - 19:04
Posts: 9596
Location: NE & SW Alabama

Thanks for the update TA. Thumbs Up

And a big ‘Thank You’ to Leo for going above & beyond!!!

No problem about the Conversion Kits either. It is what it is… we’ll get them soon enough. Wink

You never know how a horse will pull until you hook him up to a heavy load./"Bear" Bryant 

 .................................. "Slow is Smooth, Smooth is Fast" ...................................

       Texas Lumens Flashlights / M4D M4X Deals : sign up - save $$$$  

         Rudeness Level _ mΩ _ {width:70%} _ LightWiki _ LED Tint Chart  

      Xlamp size chart _ BatteryU _ Flashaholic? Need Professional Help???            TheOriginal _ TAB _ LightSearch _ BatterySearch _ 14500's _ DiCal 

 

                                             

Pages