[♛ FreemeGB] ASTROLUX FT03 SST40 2400lm 875m NarsilM v1.3 USB-C 2A 26650/ 21700/18650 Flashlight - 2500pcs+ SOLD!!!

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Pete7874 wrote:
Thanks.

I am so torn about this FT03. It sounds great on paper, but on the other hand, I already have Convoy C8 with XPL-HI (73k cd). Is this FT03 going to be a huge improvement in real life? I mean, realistically, I can’t see much past 300 meters or so anyway. Do people mainly buy this light for show? Or does it actually offer some tangible benefits over a typical C8 light? Yeah, yeah, where is my BLF spirit, right?

I need another flashlight like I need a bullet in my head.

well it depends, this light also uses ramping mode which is nice, on paper it has almost x3 more candela so it should be alot better for throw, and lumens is like double or more what any convoy c8 has so i would say u will most like see a difference. For the price its hard to say no to this light.

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I have a weird concern about this light and hope other owners could chime in. Is it normal for the tailcap to smell like paint? I actually posted this a few weeks back but deleted it because I tried to air it out disassembled(head, battery tube, and tailcap)and it disappeared(and no one has replied to it). The smell came back though after storing it assembled and found out that the tailcap was the cause. It was just in storage with no cell in it prior to noticing the smell. Is this normal? or normal for any electronics in general?

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mitsuki08 wrote:
I have a weird concern about this light and hope other owners could chime in. Is it normal for the tailcap to smell like paint? I actually posted this a few weeks back but deleted it because I tried to air it out disassembled(head, battery tube, and tailcap)and it disappeared(and no one has replied to it). The smell came back though after storing it assembled and found out that the tailcap was the cause. It was just in storage with no cell in it prior to noticing the smell. Is this normal? or normal for any electronics in general?

Sounds wierd. There should not be any paint on it at all. It’s anodized aluminum.

They might have used a certain kind of smelly glue to hold the pcb to the tail cap. That’s my best guess.

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There shouldn't be any unusual smell for the light.

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I have a weird concern about this light and hope other owners could chime in. Is it normal for the tailcap to smell like paint? I actually posted this a few weeks back but deleted it because I tried to air it out disassembled(head, battery tube, and tailcap)and it disappeared(and no one has replied to it). The smell came back though after storing it assembled and found out that the tailcap was the cause. It was just in storage with no cell in it prior to noticing the smell. Is this normal? or normal for any electronics in general?

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Sounds wierd. There should not be any paint on it at all. It’s anodized aluminum. They might have used a certain kind of smelly glue to hold the pcb to the tail cap. That’s my best guess.

Sorry it only smells like paint. I didn’t know what else to describe it with.

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There shouldn’t be any unusual smell for the light.

Asked around on reddit as well and u/Equinoxe pointed out that it might be the flux or glue. I’ll try wiping it down with some 99% isopropyl alcohol as suggested. If not I’ll just keep it as is. I only need it to open it to change batteries anyways. I was just worried something burned as I was using it prior storage. Thanks for the replies!

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My light smelled like fried electronics, this will probably be the case since i had an abnormal high parasitic current draw when off.
Yesterday i replaced the driver with the new one from mateminco, and now it works as it should, current draw just above 5 mA, and when the MCU goes to sleep only a few uA.
Now i am happy with it!

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Probably not. His smell is from the tail cap, not the head.

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Pete7874 wrote:
Thanks.

I am so torn about this FT03. It sounds great on paper, but on the other hand, I already have Convoy C8 with XPL-HI (73k cd). Is this FT03 going to be a huge improvement in real life? I mean, realistically, I can’t see much past 300 meters or so anyway. Do people mainly buy this light for show? Or does it actually offer some tangible benefits over a typical C8 light? ….

Well, I use my FT03 daily, but then again I don’t own a C8 myself. I’ve given some C8’s away as gifts and do like them, but the FT03 is my daily thrower.

I did not buy this light for any sort of “throw bragging” rights and, in fact, this is not the light for people who want to light up a water tower at a mile away. There are bigger, badder lights for that purpose. This is a practical thrower that’s somewhat more powerful than a C8, but much less pocketable. It feels very good in the hand, however, and more like a traditional flashlight than the small LED flashlights that we’re accustomed to.

I do want a holster for this light, but so far it seems that there hasn’t been enough interest to actually make one happen Sad .

In stock form, this light has a somewhat larger hotspot than the C8’s I’ve seen; the SST40 is domed emitter, after all. My eyesight isn’t what it once was, but with glasses I can usually see further than the FT03 can viably throw on most nights in my humid climate.

With that said, I’m very happy with the light and my only “criticism” is that I got exactly what I paid for; a budget light. The light is quite lightweight for its size, which is a benefit for carrying, but a negative in terms of heat sinking. However, it heats up no faster than the C8’s I’ve used and I’ve had no problems due to heat.

I do miss the nice thick body and square-cut threads that nicer lights have, though. Sofirn sells “budget” lights that have much nicer machining. Astrolux threads feel and sound pretty cheap, though the sound and feel certainly remind me to be extra-careful with them.

Anyway, if you’re happy with your C8, then skip this light. Still, I see no reason that the FT03 would be purchased for “show”; it’s not gorgeous, is not a marvel of craftsmanship, and doesn’t shoot a pencil beam for a mile. In its stock form, it throws a well-sized beam for a good distance and has plenty of spill for walking around with.

Oh, and NarsilM (you can also flash Anduril) is nice and I was somewhat surprised how much of a difference good firmware can make when compared with most factory firmware. For example, I hated ramping on Sofirn’s C8F 21700, but love it on the FT03. To my knowledge, stock C8’s don’t have anything quite as enjoyable to use.

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Oh, and NarsilM (you can also flash Anduril)

Got the hex for that? Big Smile
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To Pete7874, C8’s are 18650 and tail switch. The FT03 is side switch and 26650 so you get longer run times and a totally different feel when using it. Things like battery check, fully configurable thermal stepdown, etc…

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I hated ramping on Sofirn’s C8F 21700, but love it on the FT03

C8F used Sofirn’s ramping UI, FT03 uses tried and true NarsilM. Very different in feel and timings, etc…
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Oh, and NarsilM (you can also flash Anduril)
Got the hex for that? Big Smile

This should be the firmware for the FT03. Pretty sure they just copied my S43 Driver / Firmware when they made this light.

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Is that the Narsil or Anduril? I’ve still got stock firmware, but I know Zozz got Anduril working on it. I saw the post by TK about using the ROT66 firmware with PWM changes… might do that on the 6/2 ftw.

Thanks though Smile

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Yeah, that is the stock narsil firmware.

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I got my light today, but im confused, is this light really meant to take 21700 batteries ? because my samsung 40T seems too big it sticks out a bit and i dont wanna compress the springs or so ? and u only got a tube for 18650 battery, but no tube for 21700 ? My efest and liitoakala 26650 fits perfect, it seems its made for 26650 and even the manual mentions 26650 and no 21700 ?.

for the price its just as good as mf02 but way less bulky..

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I’d be wary of using a high drain 21700, especially if it compresses the spring by a lot.

Fully compressed copper alloy springs can act like a bypass, and push even more current to the SST-40.

So, yeah, I’d be careful with one.

My very own high current Beryllium Copper springs Gen 3:
http://budgetlightforum.com/node/67401
Liitokala Aliexpress Stores Battery Fraud: http://budgetlightforum.com/node/60547

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Safer to use with 26650 as 21700 length varies with models. Never never ftighten a tailcap by force if you already heard over-compress sound created the spring (on either end).

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yeah the plan was to use 26650 so thats what im gonna do Smile Great light and very nice it has ramping mode.

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I just noticed something weird about my light.

For the past few days, I’ve occasionally been hearing a ‘ping’ sound, and today I determined that it came from my FT03 after I had played around with it. I realised that it’s the same sound that I hear when I tap the lens with my fingernail, so I was wondering whether it’s the result of the glass contracting when the light cools down. That led me to turn on the light in turbo mode for a bit longer than usual to try and replicate the effect, and alas – after about 20-30 seconds on turbo it made the same pinging sound! I shook the light (gently) and noticed that the lens rattles, so I unscrewed the bezel – which was very easy to do – to check whether the o-ring between lens and the bezel is missing. At first I thought that was indeed the case, but then I noticed the silicone o-ring inside the bezel.

Now I’m wondering whether this happens to other owners of the FT03, or whether I am dealing with some kind of manufacturing defect?

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Hm i also hear some ping sound or how u call it ? But the light seems to function normal so idk whats up ??

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Hm i also hear some ping sound or how u call it ? But the light seems to function normal so idk whats up ??

I’ve not got a problem with the sound per se, but I’m wondering whether it could be due to some inaccuracies in the manufacturing process that might affect the light’s waterproofness.

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Flying Luminosity wrote:
I just noticed something weird about my light.

For the past few days, I’ve occasionally been hearing a ‘ping’ sound, and today I determined that it came from my FT03 after I had played around with it. I realised that it’s the same sound that I hear when I tap the lens with my fingernail, so I was wondering whether it’s the result of the glass contracting when the light cools down. That led me to turn on the light in turbo mode for a bit longer than usual to try and replicate the effect, and alas – after about 20-30 seconds on turbo it made the same pinging sound! I shook the light (gently) and noticed that the lens rattles, so I unscrewed the bezel – which was very easy to do – to check whether the o-ring between lens and the bezel is missing. At first I thought that was indeed the case, but then I noticed the silicone o-ring inside the bezel.

Now I’m wondering whether this happens to other owners of the FT03, or whether I am dealing with some kind of manufacturing defect?


Ping is normal expansion, but you say you have a loose lens? Maybe tighten up the bezel more, but the rattle is usually the plastic insulator by the driver spring..remove battery tube a check by shaking, if it rattles, hold it and shake again… see if something else is ratteling?

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They all do it. Thin lens.

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Ping is normal expansion, but you say you have a loose lens? Maybe tighten up the bezel more, but the rattle is usually the plastic insulator by the driver spring..remove battery tube a check by shaking, if it rattles, hold it and shake again… see if something else is ratteling?

Wow – I actually thought that I had already tightened the bezel to the max, but it turned out that I was able to give it another quarter turn or so, and now the rattling has become considerably less. It hasn’t disappeared completely, but in order to tighten the bezel even more I’d probably have to use the kind of grips that I’ve seen people use to remove the bezel from their BLF GT. But I guess it’s good enough now, especially after I’ve turned it on and off a few times, and I can no longer replicate the pinging sound of metal hitting glass (or vice versa)..

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The rattling comes from this white plastic ring:

https://zeroair.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/zeroair_reviews_astrolux_...

If you put two sheets of paper (gotta cut a “ring” out of it) under it then screw the retaining ring down again, the rattling completely stops.

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any other source or things file for 21700 to 26650 converter?

http://kaidomain.com/S028289-21700-to-26650-Battery-Converter

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sukanta wrote:
any other source or things file for 21700 to 26650 converter?


A piece of cardboard works fine for me.
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Really need another gasket; I got some generic ones from KaiDomain and sanded them down so they sorta fit, but still can’t get it centred again. Sigh.

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any other source or things file for 21700 to 26650 converter?

http://kaidomain.com/S028289-21700-to-26650-Battery-Converter

does 21700 even fit this light? i think they are too long tried with samsung 40t and vapcell neither i want try screw tailcap because battery sticks out too much, 26650 is the best to use anyways.

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I haven’t been checking recently, but just noticed that Banggood has entirely removed the button for the 5000K emitter, so it appears that 6500K and 5700K are the only options going forward. Those of us with 5000K’s should take care of our emitters as exact replacements may not be available.

They also have the light on sale for $29.99 through July 15, which is about the same price as most of us paid during the pre-order.

The Mateminco version on AliExpress still offers only the Cool White option and has a grayed out Neutral White button, so they are apparently not selling the 5700K tint.

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