DARKSIDE | NYMPH (10440 twisty Fet+1 flashlight w/ 4k 9050 219C)

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Agro wrote:
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It’s a twisty with an e-switch.

What gives you that idea?

There are two states:

  • Battery connected.
  • Battery not connected.

There is no e-switch. Just a metal cylinder for the battery to touch.


The black box on the driver looks totally like a switch.

its a good oldschool AMC7135

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Yeah, that’s a 7135 mounted upright… not a switch.

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OK, thanks for clarification.

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Twisty with a spring like the old school Surefire lights or with out the spring like the Zero Rez switch, that can be used as a twisty or push button if set up correctly. I have guppydrv. and guppydrv3 on most of my Surefire lights with stock or zero rez switch not a problem when it comes to changing modes or mode groups with the mechanical push button set up.

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Agro wrote:
Very…VERY nice, though I strongly miss a lug or a hole so I could hang it on my neck….

It’s not a dealbreaker or -maker as such, but he has a point
Everything else is very impressive. Please keep informing us of the (technical) updates.

As for now I’m quite tempted, but I’ll have to wait for the green/red light of my dealbreaker.

You are a flashaholic if you are forced to come out of the closet, to make room for more flashlights.

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One thing that I think Hoop was going for with this light, was the aspect of a strong tiny work light that would tail stand. Unfortunately with a loop on the end that would not work and it is so tiny that the light would have had to be lengthened to allow for a side hole that would still allow tail standing.

I for one am glad to see a tiny light with good output that will tail stand!

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FW1A, LH351D 4000k (second favorite)
FW3A, LH351D 3500k
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FW3A, Nichia 4000k sw40 r9080 (favorite light!)
FW3A, Cree XP-L Hi 5A3
Emisar D4V2, SST20 4000k
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I think he’s working on a magnet strong enough to hold the light solidly, so this might be a way to carry it… attached by magnet to a metal base on a lanyard or necklace. Wink

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DB Custom wrote:
I think he’s working on a magnet strong enough to hold the light solidly, so this might be a way to carry it… attached by magnet to a metal base on a lanyard or necklace. Wink

Oh Yeah! A flat metal piece ( or another magnet) with a loop big enough to put a neck chain through. That makes it easier to use the light, too, since it works as a quick disconnect. Just make sure the magnet(s) is/are strong enough that it won’t come off accidentally from a “bump” or slight tug. It should take a decisive pull to get it to disconnect.

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It’s a real shame the screws in my spine are Titanium, if they were stainless I could get two of these and use them as Dr. Frankendale lugs on my neck. Silly

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DB Custom wrote:
It’s a real shame the screws in my spine are Titanium, if they were stainless I could get two of these and use them as Dr. Frankendale lugs on my neck. Silly

Well, people do put tiny magnets under their skin. There are magnets you can buy with appropriate bio-compatible coating for that purpose. They say that after a while your body learns how to use them to develop a “magnet sense” which is really cool.

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Will this be “only” a kickstarter project?

Good work on it, btw Wink

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OMG that would be a kids dream come true! Not that screws in spines are cool, but being able to do that would be so cool!

EDC rotation:
FW1A, LH351D 4000k (second favorite)
FW3A, LH351D 3500k
FW3A, SST20 FD2 4000k
FW3A, Nichia 4000k sw40 r9080 (favorite light!)
FW3A, Cree XP-L Hi 5A3
Emisar D4V2, SST20 4000k
S2+, XM-L2 T6 4C

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Looks like I’ll be backing this project up too. For the amount of work being (the knurling for one) I think it is a fair price.

I’ve got a thrower, a flooder, and an EDC too. Still looking for a bigger thrower, flooder, and a new EDC, give or take a few. I’m a flashaholic.

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LightUpTheDark, have you seen video on the light? He turns it around and around and the knurling captures the light like diamonds! Very very fancy schmancy! Love it! Love

Hoping the 7075 Al takes ano to please him, the dang thing would be virtually bulletproof…

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It’s a twisty, but it is possible to do user configuration with other firmware. Originally it was going to use guppydrv but for several reasons I moved away from that. The user configurability worked fine even with twisty action, but also it could be done quickly by just barely untwisting the light enough to lose contact, then tapping the back of it like it were a button. I moved from guppydrv because: I wanted to drop the OTC as it seemed to present some timing issues, the LVP didn’t have a real cutoff and will drain batteries down below 2.0V, and the configurability was tied in with battcheck and so was not very user friendly to get to battcheck.

For the stock light I wanted a simple non configurable firmware with plenty of modes and battcheck. If you’re an enthusiast you can reflash it. Crescendo should work A ok on this. I have a version of this driver in the works that will use an ATTiny85 but this will be a later development.

There’s no lanyard hole because I did not want this to be a keychain light but rather an edc pocket light. It would also add a couple mm to the length.

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DB Custom wrote:
LightUpTheDark, have you seen video on the light? He turns it around and around and the knurling captures the light like diamonds! Very very fancy schmancy! Love it! Love

Hoping the 7075 Al takes ano to please him, the dang thing would be virtually bulletproof…

It shows in the video, but nothing like in person. During early communications with Hoop, this was one of my comments as wel… It just sparkles. I was at a large gun show just after getting the light, a bad storm took out their main power. I whipped the little guy out and lit up the bathroom while I finished in there. I bet I could have sold 3 or 4 at that point, had about 6 guys looking it over when I came out.

EDC rotation:
FW1A, LH351D 4000k (second favorite)
FW3A, LH351D 3500k
FW3A, SST20 FD2 4000k
FW3A, Nichia 4000k sw40 r9080 (favorite light!)
FW3A, Cree XP-L Hi 5A3
Emisar D4V2, SST20 4000k
S2+, XM-L2 T6 4C

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Hoop wrote:
… Crescendo should work A ok on this. I have a version of this driver in the works that will use an ATTiny85 but this will be a later development.
Hoop, an ATTiny85 would be ideal or at least an ATTiny25, it would also help with future programmability.

Crescendo is kind of large to squeeze down to an ATTiny13 without dropping features and losing ramp smoothness.

Seeking the light.

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DB Custom wrote:
I think he’s working on a magnet strong enough to hold the light solidly, so this might be a way to carry it… attached by magnet to a metal base on a lanyard or necklace. Wink

That would be a great addition to this light! If a lanyard hole would add additional length to this tiny wonder, then forget about it!

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Wow spectacular and a must have two for each hand..

Edit: Made a pledge and it dawned on me that the last Kickstarter I pledged to was Jason Hue, Dark Sucks or Prometheus and that Kick went very well so being I’m a betting man this kick will succeed easily really that isn’t much money to ask for or to raise,
Best of Luck, ah luck my butte, your skill speaks or sells itself.

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I got my Beta QR 1AAA from Dark Sucks through Kickstarter too. That light is in my EDC bag all the time as a backup to the backup… I would carry more if it had a clip (or a way to attach a clip… too long with quick-release attachment) like the QR V2.

The Nymph has one built in and again the knurling looks awesome (something that would come from the pure customs that sell for over $200). So yes if this campaign goes to production, I’d include it in my EDC rotation with my single AA lights.

I’ve got a thrower, a flooder, and an EDC too. Still looking for a bigger thrower, flooder, and a new EDC, give or take a few. I’m a flashaholic.

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LightUpTheDark wrote:
I got my Beta QR 1AAA from Dark Sucks through Kickstarter too. That light is in my EDC bag all the time as a backup to the backup… I would carry more if it had a clip (or a way to attach a clip… too long with quick-release attachment) like the QR V2.

The Nymph has one built in and again the knurling looks awesome (something that would come from the pure customs that sell for over $200). So yes if this campaign goes to production, I’d include it in my EDC rotation with my single AA lights.

You’d probably remember then just how much that Kickstart was for Jason, a lot more than Hoops, I think Hoop should fly right past that $10k mark.
Jason had sent me an email awhile back, last year I think and there had been a clip finally made for those Beta QR lights, I’ve got the solid copper one.

Well out of my own curiosity I just went to look and though I know he said they weren’t selling at one time it looks like sales picked up .. Beta QR Pocket clip
That’s the standard original design but here’s a new one for a trit, looks like I’m going to spend some more money today.
Trit clip ready
As long as your Beta isn’t the ver. 1 you would be alright with this clip, the ver. 1 this styled clip wouldn’t work.
Those other clips needless to say are for the Alpha’s

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Evidently you have to create a cult of personality on social media platforms if you want to sell semi-custom flashlights, regardless of quality and price. This is a learning process for me so I am not discouraged that it is not taking off.

If it doesn’t make the goal I will go ahead and spend the thousands more dollars on the custom tooling and custom BeCu springs and get it to production status, then send them out to 50+ reviewers and media outlets to hype it, then relaunch.

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Just added to the KS funding. Good luck!

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Would it be possible for you to add a pledge level to your kickstarter that is maybe around $20 over the price of the light(s) for a reduction of modes (specific language – not “custom modes”, but just a choice of fewer modes)? I think many people would be glad to pay that. The light is underpriced as it is. But some will never buy a light with that many modes and no mode memory, especially a twisty. In other words, the light is already worth +$20 anyway (or even more), but some won’t buy because of too many modes. I’m not trying to be critical, just practical. I’ve been here a few years, and I’ve seen that exact complaint many times in threads about some otherwise really nice lights.

I hate that I’m even asking this (again Facepalm ) because this is your art and I feel like maybe I’m not properly appreciating it for what it is. I just really, REALLY want one of these, but with fewer modes. And I have neither the skill nor the equipment to re-flash the driver myself. Sad

Alternatively, is there anyone here willing to buy one at the KS price, and re-flash it and ship it to me for +$20 price? Innocent

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I know a guy who could do that for you. Big Smile I think one of the first three modes will generally be used though. You could change a car tire with mode 3. Of course they keep going.

The plan is to offer multiple firmwares later on, ready to go. One will be user configurable. I can reflash these for people, but it would also be a good excuse to get into flashing your own drivers. Speaking of which, I’m working on an expanded flashing guide.

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DB Custom wrote:
I think he’s working on a magnet strong enough to hold the light solidly, so this might be a way to carry it… attached by magnet to a metal base on a lanyard or necklace. Wink

Yes please Hoop. Thumbs Up Thumbs Up

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Wow.

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Hoop wrote:
Evidently you have to create a cult of personality on social media platforms if you want to sell semi-custom flashlights, regardless of quality and price. This is a learning process for me so I am not discouraged that it is not taking off.

If it doesn’t make the goal I will go ahead and spend the thousands more dollars on the custom tooling and custom BeCu springs and get it to production status, then send them out to 50+ reviewers and media outlets to hype it, then relaunch.


It might help to have some exposure on other forums with, ahem, deeper pockets.

I can start a thread over on cpf if you want.

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