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

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Got a message as well. (Great)

And then another message (not that great)

I have to pay customs (thats not the bad thing).

The bad thing is that the light got shipped with DHL Express.
They charge ridiculous amounts of money for their services (taking care of the customs, etc?).

There will be yet another delay of 2 to 4 weeks.

Estimated additional costs (customs&handling): 90-180USD

Im speechless..

I am very sorry to hear that, in the US tariffs are taking effect so we also expect some price hikes but at least in our case we should know the price up front and not get hit with a bunch of taxes after the fact.

Hello again.

Just recently I got a message (from the customs) that the light is in “customs custody”. They shipped the light to the market surveillance which tested (or inspected) the light regarding to the product safety, Copyright, etc.

They came to the conclusion that the light is not importable at the moment (in this state / as of right now). They base this on the (EG) 765/2008 regulation.

The customs didnt recieve any more information.

They said that I have to communicate with the market surveillance from now on to sort things out. So I will send them an E-mail.

It would be nice to know (for me) if they shipped my light in two pieces. I saw this a few times in the past with other GT(70) shipments and this would make sense for me (CE logo is only on the tailcap from what I know). That could be a reason why they refused the light.

But I dont know what bothers them at the moment.

It may be the lack of a german Instuction manual, it may be because they dont believe that the light is CE / RoHS compliant.
But these are just assumptions at the moment.

But I think that the above mentioned regulation has to do with the CE marking (on the product / on the packaging / in the instruction manual).

It would be really great if you could help me with getting the information needed to satisfy them.

Otherwise they will destroy the light and I have to pay the customs & DHL fees regardless. Sad

That was quite a bit of work to get the money needed for the light.

And (as a student) I dont have ~500$ to spend for nothing Sad

Im shaking right now. Why always me ? Bad things like this happen to me all the time…

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Wow, that is really strange that they would not have the option to return the item to sender worse case?

I am in the USA so I have positively no idea what could be causing the issue, we never have issues like this, at most they might open the box and/or maybe try to change some fees or delay the delivery.

The light should of been shipped all together in 1 box and the CE marking should be on the tailcap and in the manual, although the manual is in english far as I know.

Past that I really have no idea what they would have an issue with or what they are looking for. I know there are dozens if not hundreds of other GT’s in Germany and this is the first time I have heard of this happening.

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Wow, that is really strange that they would not have the option to return the item to sender worse case?

I am in the USA so I have positively no idea what could be causing the issue, we never have issues like this, at most they might open the box and/or maybe try to change some fees or delay the delivery.

The light should of been shipped all together in 1 box and the CE marking should be on the tailcap and in the manual, although the manual is in english far as I know.

Past that I really have no idea what they would have an issue with or what they are looking for. I know there are dozens if not hundreds of other GT’s in Germany and this is the first time I have heard of this happening.

I dont know. I think that this is really strange. I will wait for an answer to my E-mail from the market surveillance. I will keep you updated on this.

I hope that this is just based on a mistake or Something.

Sorry for my bad english btw., im just really confused at the moment.

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Not a problem, I would be confused and upset as well. Completely understandable. Plus your english is really quite good. Thumbs Up

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Texas_Ace wrote:
Wow, that is really strange that they would not have the option to return the item to sender worse case?

I am in the USA so I have positively no idea what could be causing the issue, we never have issues like this, at most they might open the box and/or maybe try to change some fees or delay the delivery.

The light should of been shipped all together in 1 box and the CE marking should be on the tailcap and in the manual, although the manual is in english far as I know.

Past that I really have no idea what they would have an issue with or what they are looking for. I know there are dozens if not hundreds of other GT’s in Germany and this is the first time I have heard of this happening.

I might have to ship the light back / return the light indeed. The customs wrote that even a certificate (regarding the CE compliance I guess) would not change the decisions that the market surveillance made. Now thats really unfortunate.

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I will never understand the EU customs.

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I will never understand the EU customs.

It’s an old story – bureaucracy run amok

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i still like my xhp35 version for the xtreme throw..

Am I wrong, or couldn’t you dedome the xhp70.2 and get slightly more throw than the OG GT? As well as more otf lumens than the OG GT? Kind of the best of both worlds? I think this is my plan.

I suggest you contact Matt ventureofblood for the dedome technique. He do good job.. I think I have a xhp 70 dedome light from him., nice tint, and no green.

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I_like_lamb wrote:
My BLF GT arrived today but it was damaged in a way that I cant use it. Should I PM the OP?

https://imgur.com/a/XZfxsjr

I know lumintop doesn’t ship like that.. somebody opened it sloppy and tape it back..

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Newlumen wrote:
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My BLF GT arrived today but it was damaged in a way that I cant use it. Should I PM the OP?

https://imgur.com/a/XZfxsjr

I know lumintop doesn’t ship like that.. somebody opened it sloppy and tape it back..

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I didn’t realize I could scroll down to see more pictures.

Yeah, that box was almost assuredly opened at customs and poorly repacked. Lumintop has special made form fit boxes they use and far as I know ALL GT70’s shipped in these boxes. Inside those boxed they are very well protected.

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Texas_Ace wrote:
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My BLF GT arrived today but it was damaged in a way that I cant use it. Should I PM the OP?

https://imgur.com/a/XZfxsjr

I know lumintop doesn’t ship like that.. somebody opened it sloppy and tape it back..

635_D3_A9_E-99_B8-40_F7-989_C-59_F8741521_E8

I didn’t realize I could scroll down to see more pictures.

Yeah, that box was almost assuredly opened at customs and poorly repacked. Lumintop has special made form fit boxes they use and far as I know ALL GT70’s shipped in these boxes. Inside those boxed they are very well protected.

Yea it got to be opened by the custom.

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The GT70 is safe as shipped from everything but being run over by a car or dropped in acid. It would be relatively safe to throw it from a moving car! Definitely someone messing with it in transit.

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I_like_lamb wrote:
My BLF GT arrived today but it was damaged in a way that I cant use it. Should I PM the OP?

https://imgur.com/a/XZfxsjr
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If it was Customs that opened & then half a$$ repacked this, they should be thrown to the Australian Crocs. No call for this less than pathetic attempt at ‘repacking’. Facepalm

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I_like_lamb wrote:
My BLF GT arrived today but it was damaged in a way that I cant use it. Should I PM the OP?

https://imgur.com/a/XZfxsjr

What a joke! I live up in Brisbane and have both the CW and now (got mine yesterday too) NW versions of the GT70 and neither of them arrived looking anything like that mate!!

I’m not even sure what box that is – my first one arrived in it’s box, in a DHL bag and the second arrived just in it’s box with a DHL label attached. Neither had signs of beimg opened by customs but more importantly, neither had a seam like your box which leads me to believe they either did a really shonky job opening and then resealing it or it was transferred into a different box, or for some reason Lumintop shipped yours in a different box to mine. That’s all I can think of..as to why it is damaged? Yeah, someone definitely screwed you over there and that really sucks. I’d contact DHL Australia and possibly customs but knowing those dogs, I’d expect nothing out of customs Sad

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Has anyone who received their GT70 done DC testing on it yet?

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DC testing? What is that?

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DC testing? What is that?

Sorry! CD is what I meant to say.

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DC testing? What is that?

Sorry! CD is what I meant to say.

Ah, Ok that makes a lot more sense. Was wondering if I had missed out on some other common measuring scale lol

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DC = direct current. Bypass the driver, run the emitter directly off the batteries. Lol

I think a lot of people have measured the candela. I’m sure they will post up.

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NITEbiker wrote:
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My BLF GT arrived today but it was damaged in a way that I cant use it. Should I PM the OP?

https://imgur.com/a/XZfxsjr

What a joke! I live up in Brisbane and have both the CW and now (got mine yesterday too) NW versions of the GT70 and neither of them arrived looking anything like that mate!!

I’m not even sure what box that is – my first one arrived in it’s box, in a DHL bag and the second arrived just in it’s box with a DHL label attached. Neither had signs of beimg opened by customs but more importantly, neither had a seam like your box which leads me to believe they either did a really shonky job opening and then resealing it or it was transferred into a different box, or for some reason Lumintop shipped yours in a different box to mine. That’s all I can think of..as to why it is damaged? Yeah, someone definitely screwed you over there and that really sucks. I’d contact DHL Australia and possibly customs but knowing those dogs, I’d expect nothing out of customs Sad

Lets hope that whatever fall that made a ding in the metal body also resulted in a broken toe or 3.

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Texas_Ace wrote:
DC testing? What is that?

 

I thought "DC testing" was referring to how the GT70 performed in a swamp.

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vestureofblood wrote:
Has anyone who received their GT70 done CD testing on it yet?

I’m surprised people have yet to answer you.

I did a quick search for “candela”.

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BLF GT70 CW Lux

19,000 lux at 20 feet or about 706,000 candela.

75,000 lux at 10 feet or about 697,000 candela.

BLF GT NW Lux

26,000 lux at 20 feet or about 966,000 candela.

All measurements rounded to the nearest 1k candela. Lux is not rounded.

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What in the actual hell!? I just had my lens crack after I used the light for about 1 minute.. it was off and I was using the original CW version when I heard a very strange sound come from the NW GT70 I received yesterday. Had a look and found this.. Has anybody had this happen to theirs? I emailed Leo but don’t expect a response from Lumintop for at least a few days. What a disappointment!!!!

I’ll keep you guys posted on the outcome when Leo gets in touch…

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Not only has the lens cracked but looking at the reflector (that is now covered in glass shards) it seems far worse quality than the original CW version was shipped with. The original reflector was almost perfect except for a slight ‘dent’ which was similar to that noticed by another member. Sadly, this reflector has very clear rings/circular marks on it which I can only assume is from poor machinging or coating. I’ll consider it ruined now it is coated in nice glass shards.

Hopefully I received the exception to the bunch and everyone elses’ units are pristine…

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Pretty annoyed. You can see the garbage job they did on the second reflector VS the first with obvious circular markings on the reflector. As for the broken lens, I can only assume lack of care has not only resulted in sub-standard reflector finish but also overly stressed glass (STOP TIGHTENING THE THINGS TO 10000000 Newtons YOU JOKERS!!!!) which has broken in the first 5 minutes of use.

Seriously, Lumintop!?!?

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[quote=NITEbiker]What in the actual hell!? I just had my lens crack after I used the light for about 1 minute.. it was off and I was using the original CW version when I heard a very strange sound come from the NW GT70 I received yesterday. Had a look and found this.. Has anybody had this happen to theirs? I emailed Leo but don’t expect a response from Lumintop for at least a few days. What a disappointment!!!!

I’ll keep you guys posted on the outcome when Leo gets in touch…

Not surprised at all, they tighten the bezel way too tight on some of the GT’s I worked on. Found chips on the edges of a few GT’s when I removed the bezel, shards of glass would fall out, maybe it weakened the Lens. Thermal expansion…(the reflector/lens) it’s got to go some where… Angry

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Darn… that SUX!! . . Facepalm

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Darn… that SUX!! . . Facepalm

Yeah, it does..

..but I still have my OG CW GT70 in perfect de-domed condition so I am trying to stay positive…

I have no doubts that Leo will sort this out as I got an email 10 or so minutes after emailing him stating he will get back to me after the Chinese holiday Smile

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Darn… that SUX!! . . Facepalm

Yeah, it does..

..but I still have my OG CW GT70 in perfect de-domed condition so I am trying to stay positive…

I have no doubts that Leo will sort this out as I got an email 10 or so minutes after emailing him stating he will get back to me after the Chinese holiday Smile

Thumbs Up . . . Good to hear. I think your right about Leo sorting it out to. No doubt he will…..

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Would you be able to get a tighter beam or farther throw if the head had a deeper reflector and larger diameter?

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