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new member - I have seen the light

Hi Everyone, I brought my first flashlight an Imalent DN70 only last week. I have since ordered the entire D series range!
Is this a normal symptom or do I need help? Facepalm

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Welcome to BLF, and yes, it’s pretty much the norm… just wait until you get into modding Sick

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Wait, did you say all the D series from Imalent?

Even I’m saying it’s a bit much.

Have they all shipped or not?

Modding is different though. You can buy as many components as you want. Smile

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Thanks folks, and yes they all been shipped except for a DN35 which i’m haggling a price over.
I might be a bit old in the tooth for modding nowadays, I can remember buying the first 5mm blue LED to hit the market in the 80’s.
I fed it 12 volts through a 1k resistor. What a bliss when it started to glow! With todays components I wouldn’t know where to start.. but i’m keen Big Smile

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It's good to have you here, Beanie!

Is your last name Weenie?

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Hi and welcome to the idiots forum. Hopeless Idiots in the way we react to every new release.

Must have. Must have. (It’s great and never ending).

Make sure you get the DN35. I have both.
All round “I” think the 35 is a better all rounder. but both are a lot better than a lot of others.
You’ll have to modify round the switches for nighttime.
Some apply a blob of epoxy around. above/below the sw to feel better when you can’t see them..
some apply a rubber block on top of sw with adhesive
to raise it slightly.
Both work. Using the proper adhesives.
They a great light.
Another one is the Astrolux S41 (4 x Nichia 249B) with long tube. Used on 4 or sometimes 5 of 7 settings they perfect walkabouts without burning you.
Have fun.

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racoon city, thanks, nope its not weenie its weanie. spelling is everything Wink

Macka, thanks. The DN35 is on its way now also, i’m gonna need me a suitcase for all these flashlights.
I’m starting to eye off the MS18 but gawd its expensive down under, i’m not sure which kidney to move on. Decisions decisions..
I hear you about the switches, i’ve been toying with the DN70 and my strike rate in the dark finding the switches is poor.
Definately going to need some modding. The Astrolux S41 sounds good i’ll check it out.

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So I know you’ve all seen this before but i’m sharing the excitement. The mailman delivered a DT35 today, wrapped! can’t wait for nightfall to check it out.
The switches on this seem like they might be easier to find than the tiny DN70’s. Still 4 other’s in the mail system yet to arrive. I’m so easily led Facepalm
First impressions are it’s a nice sturdy piece of gear, I switched on the strobe at max lumens and near had a fit – I need to find my senses.

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Welcome, Beanie.

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welcome to the illumin naughty. we are all bringers of light here. i hope you get a warm welcome!
Show us that DX80!

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Thanks Rusty & Perpetual

The DX80 is still enroute and will likely arrive early next week. I’m happy for the DX80 to arrive last after i’ve found my senses again.
I can already tell this hobby is going to get out of hand hehe

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hi and welcome to BLF!

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I was in recovery, but a couple weeks ago I fell off the wagon. A dozen lights are incoming… Beer

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Thank you all ^ Smile

Rexlion thats quite a trigger finger you have there Beer

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I fell off the wagon too! I swore no more flashlights and then I lost my EDC Jetbeam-1 MK and now i’ve ordered 2 new lights and want more.

Wait, I ordered 3 lights.

My wife is going to kill me.

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P10pablo 3 is an odd number you’ll need one more (don’t tell the wife) i’m snooping around for an EDC as I write.
So many choices it boggles my mind!

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umm.. so I added to the stable Big Smile

1 x LUMINTOP FW3A XPL HI 2800LM 6500k
1 x Astrolux S41 4x Nichia 219B
1 x Sofirn SP36 6000LM

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It has begun Evil Big Smile

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Welcome to the forum!

About 2½ years ago I became addicted to flashlights too, and I bought about 30 within the period of a year. I wanted to have as many lumens as possible, and among my acquisitions were both the Imalent DX80 and the Acebeam X80. Even though I found the two aforementioned lights extremely impressive, I realised that I didn’t get on with cold white tints, and I sold most of my lights again. After that I lost interest until the Emisar D4S came out, and now I’m hooked on small lights. Another recent purchase was the FW3A, and now I’m eyeing a number of lights including the Fireflies E07, Astrolux FT03 and GT micro (if I can find it at a decent price in a neutral white tint).

I guess once you’re hooked that’s it – I definitely can’t seeing myself going without this obsessoin for an indefinite period of time! Not been able to get into modding though, as I’ve found that it’s something that my autistic brain can’t handle. So at least I’ve got time to focus on my other interests.

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Thanks Flying Luminosity it’s good to be here amongst a wealth of knowledge.
I’m still a rookie to the world of flashlights but they’ve certainly captured my interest. I expect to be super entertained sometime soon when they all arrive on my doorstep!

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This is where I say “I wasn’t even drunk buying!” But don’t get me started cause i’ll just start in again about my thoughts on what the perfect EDC light for dress slacks is, (spoiler, I suspect the Jetbeam-1 MK is the strong contender,) but then I went down this terrible rabbit hole of not liking my options which would have improved on the Jetbeam-1 MK traits. It lacks true moonlight, which I don’t need in daytime EDC, it also has a twisty interface which is great for not accidentally firing in pants pockets but not so much for going through settings, though the twist to change method isn’t terrible, so I should be quiet about that also. And the whole thing about small flashlights having small buttons you can’t find by touch is bewildering, though I get it is just a result of less surface area to work with.

Next thing I knew I started researching 16340 flashlights (too little energy, right?) and 18350 (great power, thick flashlights though,) and then I said &*^* it. I bought a Sofirn SP10S, cause it was a deal and addressed my wishlist and i figured worse came to worse it was a good cheapie to have till I “invested” in another light and could not possibly be worse than my Thorfire TG06S Which is bright, chews through batteries. steps down hard, has about 3/4 inch that sticks out of your pocket; and PWM, but all said isn’t a terrible torch Facepalm

I love flashlights, but this forum is terrible, it puts too many ideas in ones head about other flashlights. There needs to be a support group for buying flashlights.

Hi i’m Paul and I bought too many flashlights this week.

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G’day Paul, I had no need to understand batteries just recently and now I need to know all about them. This hobby is taking on a life of its own. I totally understand what recommendations can do ( please add 1 x Lumintop GT Mini to my inventory) I knew I wouldn’t last a day Facepalm but I really need to stop buying now or find myself a wife to stop me LOL Sofirn SP10S you say? excuse me i’ll be back in a minute hehe

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Beanie wrote:
G’day Paul, I had no need to understand batteries just recently and now I need to know all about them. This hobby is taking on a life of its own. I totally understand what recommendations can do ( please add 1 x Lumintop GT Mini to my inventory) I knew I wouldn’t last a day Facepalm but I really need to stop buying now or find myself a wife to stop me LOL Sofirn SP10S you say? excuse me i’ll be back in a minute hehe

Maybe hold off for a while purchasing that SP10S until you hear updates on the BLF edition
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@Beanie, instead of buying the S41, why not buy the S43:
http://budgetlightforum.com/node/63110

My very own high current Beryllium Copper springs Gen 3:
http://budgetlightforum.com/node/67401
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BlueSwordM I already pulled the trigger on the S41 and advice taken mitsuki08.
In other news the Imalent DT70 arrived today which should keep me out of trigger mode for a while. Oh boy it sure is dazzling bright and oh boy it sure gets hot at 16,000 lumens.
It’s charging as I type preparing for the night.

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so I have some knowledge to now impart to this forum, being with the Imalent DT70. I have watched many reviews pointing out the huge jump in lumen selection from 1000 straight to 8000 lumens with no middle ground to be had. Quite a jump indeed. The documentation also states this and has printed the lumens selections as follows: 80 – 1000 – 8000 – 16000.

I can vouch that my freshly purchased DT70 has now a 3000 lumens selection slotted in with the lumens selections as follows when I cycle throught it: 80 – 1000 – 3000 – 8000 – 16000, the instruction sheet included with it however neglects to make this distinction (probably old stock documentation). All in all i’m very happy with it and this extra 3000 selection is icing on the cake Smile

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Hello Beanie!

The battery thing is interesting, cause I started with 18650 and I remain pleased by the payload. I can go months on a 18650 charge with just daytime and occasional night time use. If I am doing a lot of night walking, I play around more with my light and I get a few weeks. So when I got my first 14500 I was shopping for a light for my wife and trying to figure out whether I was going to give her something cheap, or if I was going to splurge and buy her something nice. This was a great excuse to buy a $12 flashlight and to be certain I was impressed, even with the flaws. That’s the thing, I think a lot of us buy on a features to cost ratio, like you have this nice torch you want and it is $65 and you want all the features and quality, but you don’t want to spend the cash, but if you find that same feature set for $25 you’ll buy it.

So I had a flashlight moratorium, no more lights! I was pretty good about it till I lost one of my lights and not it seems i’m skunking around in the land of budget lights. Now i’ve bought 3 lights and they are the cost of one light i’ve been eyeing. So it isn’t that I am not willing to spend $65, just I wasn’t willing to spend it on one torch.

Back to batteries. I really like 14500 batteries and 14500 lights, I don’t really ever find need to put a AA in my light, but being able to has some weight and that 14500 in the right light will last me about two weeks of day time use with some occasional night use.

18350 I also like for the size and power, i’m very impressed.

I think 18650 and 14500 are the two mainstream batteries that you’ll find most strongly represented, though others might disagree? I guess I should also include CR123 (RCR123A) /16340 batteries.

Three years in i’ve finally gotten to a place where having some custom battery that only fits in a device or two no longer bothers me, as long as the device truly is serving me. I have a shelf of multi tools and knives. Depending on what i’m doing dictates what i’m carrying. I used to feel guilty about it, but flashlights are accessories, no different than carrying the right bag, or changing shoes. I guess the same goes for the batteries.

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G’day Paul, here’s the thing about batteries which causes me grief. I purchased a Sofirn SP36 and now am on the hunt for three optimal 18650 batteries to supply its 6000 lumen output. Sounds easy but it’s not so easy for me – too many variables short circuits my brain. For example, mAh, what capacity? then there’s protected or unprotected? a button top or flat top style? lets not forget high drain/low drain. Nup I can’t fathom it. The stage is set for me to make a wrong selection albeit they’re all 18650 batteries, and i’ll bet I choose the wrong one LOL I think i’ll plead for advice and spare myself a wrong purchase.

The Imalent DM21T arrived later today also, I wanted something like a panic-light with an easily found ON switch and super easy toggle between strobe and solid light that one could activate with their eyes closed. This seems to fit the bill. I’ve locked away my trigger finger for the time being I think I have enough flashlights enroute to muse over Beer

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Beanie wrote:
G’day Paul, here’s the thing about batteries which causes me grief. I purchased a Sofirn SP36 and now am on the hunt for three optimal 18650 batteries to supply its 6000 lumen output. Sounds easy but it’s not so easy for me – too many variables short circuits my brain. For example, mAh, what capacity? then there’s protected or unprotected? a button top or flat top style? lets not forget high drain/low drain. Nup I can’t fathom it. The stage is set for me to make a wrong selection albeit they’re all 18650 batteries, and i’ll bet I choose the wrong one LOL I think i’ll plead for advice and spare myself a wrong purchase.

The Imalent DM21T arrived later today also, I wanted something like a panic-light with an easily found ON switch and super easy toggle between strobe and solid light that one could activate with their eyes closed. This seems to fit the bill. I’ve locked away my trigger finger for the time being I think I have enough flashlights enroute to muse over Beer

Samsung 30Q and Sony VTC6 are always a good choice if you need lots of power. Don’t worry about protection, just make sure you know about the necessary safety guidelines (correct polarity, don’t let them run down too low, don’t charge unattended, etc.). The SP 36 needs button tops, like these ones: https://www.banggood.com/4PCS-Samsung-INR18650-30Q-3000mAh-Unprotected-B...

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