Sofirn Q8 group buy (gb closed, but try PM to Sofirn for discount)

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Yes.

6V will fry the light.

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Hi!

Light arrived today, really amazing! And very good craftmanship. Can anyone please show me a download-link for the correct manual for my Sofirn Q8? Which driver does it have? NarsilM 1.0 or NarsilM 1.2? Or something different?

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lfowner wrote:
Hi!

Light arrived today, really amazing! And very good craftmanship. Can anyone please show me a download-link for the correct manual for my Sofirn Q8? Which driver does it have? NarsilM 1.0 or NarsilM 1.2? Or something different?


The original batch was NarsilM 1.0. Not sure if that’s exhausted yet. I think they were going to update after the 1st lot. Guide here

To check your version, triple click for battery check, then double check for temperature check and final double click to blink version. v1.3 would be 1 blink pause 3 blink. Mine is v1.0

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Or, just try to activate momentary mode with 5x clicks.

Much simpler. If it doesn’t activate, then you’ve got NarsilM 1.0.

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Thank you both, it’s a version 1.
So I have to search a good manual for this. The manual I’ve found talked from a second mode in strobe but I didn’t find it as I didn’t understand the instruction what to do in strobe to change mode. There was something written like “just click” but then I’m back in normal mode every time.

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lfowner wrote:
Thank you both, it’s a version 1.
So I have to search a good manual for this. The manual I’ve found talked from a second mode in strobe but I didn’t find it as I didn’t understand the instruction what to do in strobe to change mode. There was something written like “just click” but then I’m back in normal mode every time.

I’ve got some videos on it.

Here’s the first one showing the basics.
https://youtu.be/dVX6BGQpHr8

Video #2 covers strobes.

The manual is here and you can also download it as a PDF file.

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That does help, thank you very much! Maybe this would be best in first posting!?

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One more question:
The light does give me a lot of fun, but I am missing an hole for fitting a lanyard. What thread is in the whole and is there an after-market solution, e.g. a lanyard-hole to screw in?

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The hole is a standard tripod mount hole so anything made for camera’s will fit, like this:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Portable-1-4-Inch-Screw-Adapter-Connecting-For-...

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Very nice!

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I got a code from Tracy a couple days ago and ordered one from Amazon. Can’t wait to compare it to my BLF Q8.

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rob799 wrote:
Can’t wait to compare it to my BLF Q8.

Oh, yes please, tell us your impressions, I am inquiring about them as I bought a Sofirn Q8 a few days ago. An amazing light!
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BTW: BLF/Sofirn Q8 looks like the consequently further development of Roche F12: https://www.fasttech.com/products/1601/10002855/1309304

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lfowner wrote:
rob799 wrote:
Can’t wait to compare it to my BLF Q8.

Oh, yes please, tell us your impressions, I am inquiring about them as I bought a Sofirn Q8 a few days ago. An amazing light!

I put some pics up here
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lfowner wrote:
BTW: BLF/Sofirn Q8 looks like the consequently further development of Roche F12: https://www.fasttech.com/products/1601/10002855/1309304

I don’t see any similarity to the F12.

The Q8 is supposed to be an updated and improved Sky Ray King.

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The Q8 IS an update to the venerable SRK, BLF members redesigned it for optimization. Interesting that Ifowner states that it looks like an F12 which is a small tube light, the M170 is what his link goes to, which is still a lot different light as a triple and with XM-L outdated emitters and a high price tag. Neat looking light though, might have some potential were it not for that price point…

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Ups. Of course I’ve meant M170.

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Lot to keep up with here on BLF these days, perfectly understandable! Wink

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BLF and Sofirn Q8 have the same driver version now?

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Alen wrote:
BLF and Sofirn Q8 have the same driver version now?

Yes
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Thanks
would be better Sofirn Q8 Warm option

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On my Sofirn Q8 I found a fault. After setting the step down temperature, then turn it on with a long press for ramping it’ll start at max then quickly drop to moonlight and ramp up. It’ll remain like this until I disable thermal step down or change it to timed step down. The temperature setting is causing this

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Alen wrote:
Thanks
would be better Sofirn Q8 Warm option

Since it took one year to get a CW option, maybe we will get a WW option in late 2019. Lol

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Funtastic wrote:
On my Sofirn Q8 I found a fault. After setting the step down temperature, then turn it on with a long press for ramping it’ll start at max then quickly drop to moonlight and ramp up. It’ll remain like this until I disable thermal step down or change it to timed step down. The temperature setting is causing this

I think this is a known bug that shows up on a few lights. One of my custom drivers has this. It’s best to do one click to turn on, then ramp up. Or cover the end of the light with your hand temporarily if you have to start at moonlight.

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JasonWW wrote:
Alen wrote:
Thanks
would be better Sofirn Q8 Warm option

Since it took one year to get a CW option, maybe we will get a WW option in late 2019. Lol

I don’t think is that difficult do it
they also will incease sales Lol Big Smile
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I don’t think is that difficult made that
they also will increase sales Lol :D[/quote]

You could just learn how to add the LED’s yourself or buy the BLF Q8

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I don’t think is that difficult made that they also will increase sales Lol Big Smile

You could just learn how to add the LED’s yourself or buy the BLF Q8


The difficulty for the company is that they have to invest in the leds up front. They have to buy them in a reel. If sales of the WW version are not good, they are stuck with all these leds and they loose money.

Doing it yourself is definitely the quickest way. Another option might be taking the blf version and slicing the domes off. That would probably make the color a bit warmer, plus give more throw distance.

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thanks for your suggestion,
but for me this requires time and skill plus extra money.

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leaftye wrote:
I looked through all his posts in the modding thread. The lens and copper spring disc didn’t do much. The spring bypass was about 1200. Brass screws about 300. These got it up to about 7000. I didn’t see a number broken out for the mcpcb wires.

The other mods he’s mentioned were XP-L2 emitters on Sinkpads and A20DP FET. That’s the parts, and there’s also the mods to the head.

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Ah! The lens did actually boost the output by a nice margin. He actually gained about +/- 500 lumens from it in an XP-L2 build: http://budgetlightforum.com/node/62724

If i remember correctly, when i tested my UCL glass lenses on the lux meter (which is broken now after a few good years of non-usage, i think the electronics inside corroded, my place environment sucks! Big Smile ), they are around 98.x% transmittance. So it depends on how much the original lens is letting through, if it’s a 91-93% thick glass then the gains are going to be relative more vs good original glass.

It’s all in percentages, if you have a 30k lumens light then of course the gain in absolute lumens would be quite a bit more than a 3k lumens light. Also if the original glass sucks (thick + non-AR etc), then the gain would also be more.

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