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Poguche wrote:
I don’t mind short turbo modes that last a few seconds, I think they are a nice option to have.

Momentary turbo mode makes a lot of sense for camping and hiking and many other practical uses. I just don’t like it when a flashlight gets so hot on turbo and dims so much to cool down that it becomes dimmer after ramping down from turbo than it would have been had I set it to its brightest sustainable mode and left it there.

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- Throwers are largely pointless. I have a C8 and I enjoy fiddling with it, and it’s fun to use and show off with, but it was cheap, and I wanted a thrower among my repertoire of torches. To me, the expensive ones (BLF GT, Astrolux MF04S etc) are a complete waste of money. They have very, very few practical uses beyond the initial ‘wow’ factor.

Tend to agree with you here. Don’t get me wrong, I totally do understand the point of throwers, for people who need them. I just don’t have a huge need for them in my own life either. What’s the point of being able to shine a spotlight on something 1 km away when the human eye can’t even make out what it’s looking at that far away. 99% of my daily life takes place in the suburbs and even when I head out into the woods to go camping, I am usually in Eastern woodlands under trees these days, so there are no 1 km wide open areas to throw light across to begin with. A powerful searchlight just doesn’t seem that useful to me.
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Threadneedle wrote:
“High end” custom flashlights like Okluma, Hanko, Deadwood,and Oveready look amateurish and cheap compared to those from more mainstream manufacturers.

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Those look “amateurish and cheap” to you?

Go figure?

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ChrisGarrett wrote:
Threadneedle wrote:
“High end” custom flashlights like Okluma, Hanko, Deadwood,and Oveready look amateurish and cheap compared to those from more mainstream manufacturers.

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Those look “amateurish and cheap” to you?

Go figure?

Chris

My sensible side knows the effort that went into them, but at the same time they really do look like toys from the 90s to me too.

I can appreciate the effort and skill but yeah, not my style either.

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Threadneedle wrote:
...My sensible side knows the effort that went into them, but at the same time they really do look like toys from the 90s to me.

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......reminds me of an acid flashback from the Fillmore West in the '60s....
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Those look “amateurish and cheap” to you?

Maybe IRL they are immediately impressive, but certainly in the photo my first impression is they look like plastic toys, garish and glitzy.

Everyone has different tastes, of course, and certainly I am sure the workmanship and effort involved is impressive, but imagine that look in a car, for e.g. It would be laughed at as tasteless by everyone outside very specific niche interest groups.

Beam me up!

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I have never claimed to have normal eyes or vision.
Now for an unpopular opinion !

Daylight as terminology is near impossible to pin down, changing temperature, composition, and hue during the day, depending on time, geographic location and weather.

As panacea regarding goals for emitter preferences it proves to be as elusive and illusionary as the word beauty.

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The budget in budget light forum has no connection with what you think it should mean

Pentagon lives on a budget too! Party

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ZoomieFan wrote:
Blackbeard wrote:
The budget in budget light forum has no connection with what you think it should mean

Pentagon lives on a budget too! Party

Yep. It’s sort of like saying “I’m on a diet.” Uh, yeah, we’re all on a diet of one kind or another. What people fail to say is what they really mean, which is “I’m on a restricted diet.”

“Budget” in a title does imply a very controlled or reduced one. Generally, it’s better to say “low budget” if we’re talking about spending less. But of course, “LowBudgetLightForum” is a mouthful. Wink

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Tjohn wrote:
I have never claimed to have normal eyes or vision.
Now for an unpopular opinion !

Daylight as terminology is near impossible to pin down, changing temperature, composition, and hue during the day, depending on time, geographic location and weather.

As panacea regarding goals for emitter preferences it proves to be as elusive and illusionary as the word beauty.

That’s a good point…

Living in a pretty far north I think has colored my idea of what “sunlight” would look like. We get maybe 4 months a year where the sun actually sits high in the sky, for most of fall and all of winter it can be 1pm and look like evening outside especially because of standard time (constant DST NEEDS to happen Tired )

To me something like 4000-4500K looks a lot more like what I’m used to seeing as “daylight” for a lot of the year, and since its dark so often you come to see incandescent/warm lighting as natural too.

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If it has ramping how can I know what my runtime will be ?

 

 you'll get used to Convoys 3/5 driver that flashes on low mode.

 

Buy brand X "if your life depends on it " !!!

 

 

 

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#1: More than 500 lumens on a flooder is unnecessary for practical purposes.

#2: Ramping UI is nothing but a novelty that quickly becomes a hassle in practical situations. Besides, as Boaz said, how will I know my runtimes?

#3: Li-ion cells smaller than 18650 aren’t worth bothering with nowadays with their laughable capacity.

#4: Holding a light underhanded doesn’t cut it, way too many shadows in the way.

#5: Mules without lenses seem very unreliable.

#6: I’m never buying an American-manufactured torch again.

#7: Copper/brass patina to me equals not taking good care of your stuff, like dull leather shoes.

#8: Non-homemade hosts that aren’t made of aluminium or stainless steel are a waste of money.

#9: The faster-tempo first batch Biscotti drivers are my favourite. Mode select on the “correct” ones is painfully slow.

#10: Convoy is every bit as solid as Surefire and better than Streamlight. Even without potting. If I had a rifle or shotgun, I’d stick a Convoy to it in a heatbeat.

#11: I much prefer a rosier or incandescent-warm emitter than a “like daylight” one. I’m not a big fan of sunlight anyway.

#12: Keychain lights work much better not attached to a keychain.

#13: A solid ring around the tailcap switch is better than the two divots.

#14: The Lumintop Tool AAA not tailstanding is perfectly fine.

#15: Belt holsters are more useful than pocket clips.

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Boaz wrote:

If it has ramping how can I know what my runtime will be ?

 

 you'll get used to Convoys 3/5 driver that flashes on low mode.

 

Buy brand X "if your life depends on it " !!!

 

 

 

 

Get used to that firmware with the flash on low? Man, people have said some things in this thread, but that... 

Mine also had an audible whine on low and medium modes. I didn't use it at all until I replaced the LED. 

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Nice collection of opinions Jack. Thumbs Up

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djozz wrote:
Nice collection of opinions Jack. Thumbs Up

Why thank you! Had to dig a bit to get all of these Big Smile

Also taking this as my opportunity to bump this thread. It’s a fun one to read through. And to top it off…

#16: M@glite is hot garbage. I’ve had not-inconsequential problems with every single one I have wasted money on – the least of which is the 2AA Mini Mags denting the negative ends of my Eneloops.

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strobe ready/rear mode switch type flashlight are supposedly a more practical design not just for practical tactical but EDC as well, proven by my buddies who carried Nitecores and Klarus’s, just bad switch design and pwm issues throw them off the appreciation list

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Side switches are so easy to screw up. My nitecore EC23 is impossible to carry. And my D4 was until I read a suggestion to lock out the head instead of the tail, now I carry it a lot (that and putting Luxeon V instead of green Nichias).

 

It helped a lot that my better half bought me my zebralight, or I might not have given side switches another chance. It's one of my most frequent carries and it's never activated accidentally. 

 

 

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I find this bad habit with the attachable clips absolutely horrible, please again more flashlights with screwed on clip or a clip which sits under the tailcap.
And these two comments I absolutely agree with!
The flashlight industry is at least 15 years behind of modern user interface technologies.
Most owners of a “tactical” flashlight have never and will never be in a “tactical” situation Smile

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Geuzzz wrote:
HDS lights are to big for EDC and ridiculous compared to their 16340 capacity.

Yep but I would eat fried grasshoppers to have an FW3A with the HDS EDC clicky firmware.
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The FW3A isn’t going to live up to the hype and the 2 year GB

It failed as soon as it stopped looking remotely like it was supposed to and became just another clone of what already exists.

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The claim stainless steel is too heavy annoys me.

The feel and look of my s41s just makes the weight worthwhile. Bring on more steel!

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Progress is overrated.

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Tally-ho wrote:
Geuzzz wrote:
HDS lights are to big for EDC and ridiculous compared to their 16340 capacity.
Yep but I would eat fried grasshoppers to have an FW3A with the HDS EDC clicky firmware.

A couple people here could probably make a flashable version of something similar if you ask really nicely, I know I’d be interested in it too.

Edit: Another submission to the thread… High CRI is almost meaningless below 4000K/if you want high CRI 5000K+ should be the target CCT. I haven’t seen a comparison that would dispute this yet at least.

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Edit: Another submission to the thread... High CRI is almost meaningless below 4000K/if you want high CRI 5000K+ should be the target CCT. I haven't seen a comparison that would dispute this yet at least.

Maybe it is for you, but not for me. Period, and no need to dispute. 

 

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Textured reflectors are worth the efficiency loss and reduced throw in all cases except a dedicated thrower for the reduction in artifacts and overall smoother beam profile.

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zak.wilson wrote:
Textured reflectors are worth the efficiency loss and reduced throw in all cases except a dedicated thrower for the reduction in artifacts and overall smoother beam profile.

Ow wow, that was the topic which lead me to BLF 3 years ago!
I remember a topic which said exactly the same, don’t know anymore which topic is was

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zak.wilson wrote:
Textured reflectors are worth the efficiency loss and reduced throw in all cases except a dedicated thrower for the reduction in artifacts and overall smoother beam profile.

Yeah I’ve seen a couple tests posted and the throw loss was VERY minimal, like max 3-4% IIRC. Textured all the way.

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BurningPlayd0h wrote:
zak.wilson wrote:
Textured reflectors are worth the efficiency loss and reduced throw in all cases except a dedicated thrower for the reduction in artifacts and overall smoother beam profile.

Yeah I’ve seen a couple tests posted and the throw loss was VERY minimal, like max 3-4% IIRC. Textured all the way.


I’ve had an OP reflector on my C8 since I got it, and the beam profile is excellent at any distance. Though I wish I knew what the M1’s beam on a smooth looks like.

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About using exotic colour leds in flashlights: any wavelength over 640nm will look virtually the same colour (own observation backed up by biological/physical knowledge), your eyes just get less and less sensitive to it so you are wasting efficiency.
(this is not about night vision stuff but illumination seen by human eyes)

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ChrisGarrett wrote:
Threadneedle wrote:
“High end” custom flashlights like Okluma, Hanko, Deadwood,and Oveready look amateurish and cheap compared to those from more mainstream manufacturers.

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Those look “amateurish and cheap” to you?

Go figure?

Chris

Yes.

I like Damascus, timascus, mokeme… but not for large parts. anything more than inlays and it starts to look like a plastic painted gas station find with a glossy finish.

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I like the Nichia 219c version of the D4S better than the SST-20 4000K 95 CRI version.

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