GB Clone Offically "SOLD OUT" 10/21/18 XPL HI 1300LM Focusing AKA Cometa 2016

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I have one in “back order” and the second one “processing”.
I can’t even apply refund…
What the heck ?

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Just ordered a 3B

First light I’ve ordered for myself in over a year, although I order lights for friends quite often…

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Great deal got a 3B !!
Thanks!!!!

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Ordered the 21st 4:43 AM, was still the 20th in USA, status still “processing”….
The free 2× 18650 have shipped though.

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send mail to BG for get news about my status back order.
Then received auto message “We are celebrating our Mid-Autumn Festival from Sept.24th to Sept.25th. For this reason, we may not be able to reply to your messages as fast as usual”
Hope that’s why delay orders,but…

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I tried to cancel one order and a popup message said I can’t, then I saw a message in the contact page that said “Due to the Mid-Autumn Festival, there is a delay to reply from Sept,24 to 25th” well that’s nice but they did ship one item I purchased along with a cometa within 3 hours of the purchase, the short tube for the Lumintop GT but the cometa is still in processing,
We shall see I guess.. and I did know better but went ahead and ordered a few of these lights anyhow, so my fault I guess.
They sure have a lot of holidays.
Edit: Whoops sorry I didn’t see the message above mine saying the same thing, I guess we both tried the same contact method, so just re-confirming the other message ha ha.. Facepalm

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yes Smile and the 2 18650 gift batteries shipped very fast XD

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aka Cometa 2016

I ordered this one. It does not include any battery. BangGood ID: 1048342
no batt

A buddy told me about this one. It includes a 26650 battery. BangGood ID: 1051063
yes batt

Both are $15.99
Why didn’t I know I could have gotten a free 26650?

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Alen wrote:
yes Smile and the 2 18650 gift batteries shipped very fast XD

They want to get rid of them before they explode? Innocent
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SKV89 wrote:
I read some manufacturers hate Banggood and stopped doing business with them because they sell a lot of things at cost, which kills off other smaller retailers that actually provide warranty service. In this case, I’m betting this is sold at or even below cost, so even an additional $3-$4 (maybe more as I’ve found wholesale sometimes is not as cheap as I thought) would bring them further into the red. Normally I would rather buy from MTN, Illumination Gear, etc. even if it cost a bit more. However, this current price of $15.99 is a STEAL (compared to the Jaxman Z1 I always wanted to try) I cannot resist and the light is not available elsewhere, which is why I bought 2 and I don’t care about getting free cells as I don’t feel a need to have a company lose money even if they made a clumsy mistake.

Also I have my own business too, so I can feel for other businesses. Sometimes people don’t understand we need to make a living too and without profit, we basically have no income to feed our families, which is why I hate doing business with people that want to see me lose money so they can score a great deal.

Except this Cometa was a BG sponsored light. You weren’t around a few years ago, but Neal used to work for them and was the lead contact for this light build. He got Manker involved in ripping the design from Jaxman, and Banggood involved buying the lenses under false pretense from Jaxman to get the production run going. Turned into a huge fiasco with Neal getting fired, Jaxman, BG, and Manker not talking to each other to this day.

So, don’t think for a moment that BG is under-selling anyone with this Cometa. If you’re going to feel bad about anything, feel bad for Jaxman who was used as a pawn in this whole thing, and buy the original Jaxman Z1

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aka Cometa 2016

I ordered this one. It does not include any battery. BangGood ID: 1048342
no batt

A buddy told me about this one. It includes a 26650 battery. BangGood ID: 1051063
yes batt

Both are $15.99
Why didn’t I know I could have gotten a free 26650?


Stock count increases from 6 to 8 for NW. Is it someone who ordered but didn’t pay? Wonder can this make stock count unreliable and fluctuate.

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Except this Cometa was a BG sponsored light. You weren’t around a few years ago, but Neal used to work for them and was the lead contact for this light build. He got Manker involved in ripping the design from Jaxman, and Banggood involved buying the lenses under false pretense from Jaxman to get the production run going. Turned into a huge fiasco with Neal getting fired, Jaxman, BG, and Manker not talking to each other to this day.

So, don’t think for a moment that BG is under-selling anyone with this Cometa. If you’re going to feel bad about anything, feel bad for Jaxman who was used as a pawn in this whole thing, and buy the original Jaxman Z1


Interesting, as this is the first I’m hearing (or at least remembering) about the Z1.

And… wait… Manker ripped off Jaxman as far as the Z1, yet got all in a bunch when the UT01 came out??

It all sounds like a soap-opera.

(“Guiding [Flash]Light”?)

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Lightbringer wrote:
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Except this Cometa was a BG sponsored light. You weren’t around a few years ago, but Neal used to work for them and was the lead contact for this light build. He got Manker involved in ripping the design from Jaxman, and Banggood involved buying the lenses under false pretense from Jaxman to get the production run going. Turned into a huge fiasco with Neal getting fired, Jaxman, BG, and Manker not talking to each other to this day.

So, don’t think for a moment that BG is under-selling anyone with this Cometa. If you’re going to feel bad about anything, feel bad for Jaxman who was used as a pawn in this whole thing, and buy the original Jaxman Z1


Interesting, as this is the first I’m hearing (or at least remembering) about the Z1.

And… wait… Manker ripped off Jaxman as far as the Z1, yet got all in a bunch when the UT01 came out??

It all sounds like a soap-opera.

(“Guiding [Flash]Light”?)

Yep if you look through the old thread you will see me and manker in a heated argument cause i called them out on ripping of people/companies designs. I have never bought or reviewed a manker branded light.
I use to have an opinion but it gets me in trouble lol

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Lightbringer wrote:
RobertB wrote:
Except this Cometa was a BG sponsored light. You weren’t around a few years ago, but Neal used to work for them and was the lead contact for this light build. He got Manker involved in ripping the design from Jaxman, and Banggood involved buying the lenses under false pretense from Jaxman to get the production run going. Turned into a huge fiasco with Neal getting fired, Jaxman, BG, and Manker not talking to each other to this day.

So, don’t think for a moment that BG is under-selling anyone with this Cometa. If you’re going to feel bad about anything, feel bad for Jaxman who was used as a pawn in this whole thing, and buy the original Jaxman Z1


Interesting, as this is the first I’m hearing (or at least remembering) about the Z1.

And… wait… Manker ripped off Jaxman as far as the Z1, yet got all in a bunch when the UT01 came out??

It all sounds like a soap-opera.

(“Guiding [Flash]Light”?)


Oh those were the…..Ray’s of our Lives, back then….lucky nobody ended up in General Hospital…. Facepalm

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To add to the drama of the Cometa half of the people from CPF italy went MIA before the issues where fixed lol. Still to this day have not logged on. They where admins on CPF italy i think.

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Lightbringer wrote:
RobertB wrote:
Except this Cometa was a BG sponsored light. You weren’t around a few years ago, but Neal used to work for them and was the lead contact for this light build. He got Manker involved in ripping the design from Jaxman, and Banggood involved buying the lenses under false pretense from Jaxman to get the production run going. Turned into a huge fiasco with Neal getting fired, Jaxman, BG, and Manker not talking to each other to this day.

So, don’t think for a moment that BG is under-selling anyone with this Cometa. If you’re going to feel bad about anything, feel bad for Jaxman who was used as a pawn in this whole thing, and buy the original Jaxman Z1


Interesting, as this is the first I’m hearing (or at least remembering) about the Z1.

And… wait… Manker ripped off Jaxman as far as the Z1, yet got all in a bunch when the UT01 came out??

It all sounds like a soap-opera.

(“Guiding [Flash]Light”?)

Yeah, it was quite the fiasco, and all played out on this forum. It took a while, but BG has since gone to Mateminco for their Astrolux line.

The original, https://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/JAXMAN-Z1-Turning-Optical-Zoom-...

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Wow… talk about drama.

Holy Cats!

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All these talks reminds me of the OldLumen’s last project that fizzled out. As I recall this was caused by either Neal bailed out or got fired. Can anybody set the record straight why the project got fizzled out?
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What is difference between 1A and 3 B please.

The difference is the led Tint/color temperature

1A is cool white
3B is Neural white.

Cool.

BTW, NO THANKS for buying light regardless of how low. Banggood FRAUD waiting to happen. Be CAREFUL guys!!!

I bought dozens of times from Banggood and have never experienced FRAUD. Of course shipping is slow but I don’t expect any better considering I choose free shipping every time. The only two times I had an issue was with the Astrolux S42 that wouldn’t turn on but after I sent them a video, they noticed there was an extra o-ring in the threads that prevented electrical contact. I removed it and it worked. The other time (I cannot remember whether it was Banggood or Gearbest) was when I placed order for the Skyrc MC3000 charger. It sat for months without shipping. I just cancelled the order and bought an Xtar VP4 Plus Dragon on Amazon instead.

With that said, I would buy from MTN or local retailers when possible to help keep them in business. But sometimes BG prices with the M4D, Freeme, Fin17 coupons are so freaking ridiculously cheap, that it would not make any sense for me to buy elsewhere.

Count yourself lucky. Quite a few people have issues with them refusing to refund or replace. My example was a cracked optical lens. I purchase insurance “ at sale point “ of transaction for safety. Those “ rip offs “ refused to refund or replace.

Moral of story is you will not play a great tune when you get tossed under the truck. You can defend BG all you want but until you are burned you will see how “ SHADY “ they are.

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Did you escalate to PayPal to dispute that transaction? And PayPal sided which side?

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My 20th Sep order with 26650 cell change status from “processing” to “back order” but they still sell that without 26650 Angry

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I have placed two orders some days ago. One with the Cometa that is being sold with the 26650 battery (incl. the gifted 18650s) and one with the Cometa that comes without any batteries. Both orders were indicated with "ships in 24 hours". Until now the first order has been shifted to "backorder" while the second order (without battery) is still being processed after more than 48 hours. Both orders show the "apply refund" button but I am unwilling to request a refund as both Cometas are on stock all the time and I don't understand what the problem is to ship at least one of them.

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Satan@103TFS wrote:
My 20th Sep order with 26650 cell change status from “processing” to “back order” but they still sell that without 26650 Angry

They are selling with 26650 at link below:
https://www.banggood.com/XPL-HI-1300LM-Foucsing-LED-Flashlight-Suit-Vapp...

Out of curiosity, I’ve just purchased one NW, and the stock count reduced from 3 to 2. Let’s see will it become back ordered.
My wife is gonna kill me. Facepalm

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everydaysurvivalgear wrote:
Lightbringer wrote:
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Except this Cometa was a BG sponsored light. You weren’t around a few years ago, but Neal used to work for them and was the lead contact for this light build. He got Manker involved in ripping the design from Jaxman, and Banggood involved buying the lenses under false pretense from Jaxman to get the production run going. Turned into a huge fiasco with Neal getting fired, Jaxman, BG, and Manker not talking to each other to this day.

So, don’t think for a moment that BG is under-selling anyone with this Cometa. If you’re going to feel bad about anything, feel bad for Jaxman who was used as a pawn in this whole thing, and buy the original Jaxman Z1


Interesting, as this is the first I’m hearing (or at least remembering) about the Z1.

And… wait… Manker ripped off Jaxman as far as the Z1, yet got all in a bunch when the UT01 came out??

It all sounds like a soap-opera.

(“Guiding [Flash]Light”?)

Yep if you look through the old thread you will see me and manker in a heated argument cause i called them out on ripping of people/companies designs. I have never bought or reviewed a manker branded light.
I use to have an opinion but it gets me in trouble lol

I reviewed the Manker Timeback II, the wires to the LEDS came clean off when I changed the batteries, it was hell on getting it fixed, they were publicly accusing me of taking the light apart (something I’ve never done, let alone in my reviews)
I’ve no desired to purchase or review a Manker light again.

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I have placed two orders some days ago. One with the Cometa that is being sold with the 26650 battery (incl. the gifted 18650s) and one with the Cometa that comes without any batteries. Both orders were indicated with "ships in 24 hours". Until now the first order has been shifted to "backorder" while the second order (without battery) is still being processed after more than 48 hours. Both orders show the "apply refund" button but I am unwilling to request a refund as both Cometas are on stock all the time and I don't understand what the problem is to ship at least one of them.

 

I just talked to their Customer Service via online chat. They said they could not ship my orders yet due to the shipping method. As a side note: The first Cometa (with 26650 battery) was ordered with free shipping (slowest possible method) and the second Cometa (without battery) was ordered with Air Parcel Register. So, both shipping methods seem to be somehow difficult to apply on the Cometa. They told me to remain patient and they are working something out to ship my orders soon.

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DENGOH wrote:
Satan@103TFS wrote:
My 20th Sep order with 26650 cell change status from “processing” to “back order” but they still sell that without 26650 Angry

They are selling with 26650 at link below:
https://www.banggood.com/XPL-HI-1300LM-Foucsing-LED-Flashlight-Suit-Vapp...

Out of curiosity, I’ve just purchased one NW, and the stock count reduced from 3 to 2. Let’s see will it become back ordered.
My wife is gonna kill me. Facepalm


It was sold out about 5 minutes ago, but now it is showing 6 NW in stock. Looks like BG is releasing stock slowly, just a wild guess. Those who want to buy quickly grab this great deal.
https://www.banggood.com/XPL-HI-1300LM-Foucsing-LED-Flashlight-Suit-Vapp...

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My order change from processing to back order now. Facepalm No cancel or refund button yet.

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My 1A order on 20 sep with “back order” status have a “refund” menu but when select it said “can’t refund” but 3A order today is “back order” without “refund” menu Facepalm But the page still show “In stock” don’t know why.

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3b with battery shows stock again. Reckon there is any chance of getting one without the order just failing again? I’m doubtful…

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I just received an email saying my 3B is out of stock and my order has changed to back order. I wonder if its the free 18650s that are out of stock, because there is stock of the flashlight according to the website?

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