Astrolux FT03 XHP50.2 Test

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Astrolux FT03 XHP50.2 Test

Hey folks i thought i would start a thread about the Astrolux FT03 modded with a XHP50.2 so you can check out the results.

I will upload beam shots on the weekend when i get access to better internet.

So my FT03 is using a 3v XHP50.2 on a 20mm MCPCB its a weird fit but it does work i managed to tuck the wires into the grooves so the reflector sits flat on the MCPCB.

My results where good i am not sure how they compare to others?

4200+ lumens on startup and settles but still drops of course 3900+ lumens after some time. I got 174kcd taken after an average of 3 attempts. You may get better candela reading than me seeing as the bigger MCPCB might have better focus.

Overall stock the light is a blast its so much fun and has more than enough power with the stock SST40 with the XHP50.2 it goes the extra mile its more than enough. Its great bought a smile to my face a light so small is so powerful and bright and still throws great. Such a laugh. The thing about this light its not really practical with the XHP50.2 running at like 15amps but its some what versatile being smallish and has an extremely usable beam pattern.
The FT03 has what the L6/S70 have but in smaller package the perfect beam pattern. I have many triples that i love but the are missing the versatility of being to able throw light to where it should be. You don’t really need so much light right in front of you this is where the FT03 comes into its own. You can really light a field up better than a 10000 lumen flooder can.

The video is me testing the light and i have beam shots in my yard at the end but the FT03 needs more space to see its true potential.

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outstanding test, thanks.

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I got nearly the same results.

I reflowed the 50.2 to the stock mcpcb. 18ga spring bypasses on single springs. Stock otherwise.

Using a sofirn 21700 I got 4645 startup and 4264 30 second lumens. A good deal lower with a liitokala 26650

Got 175kcd with mine.

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What Littokala cells did you try? I used the original blue 26650 Littokala cells for my test. I think my spring bypass is 20awg but i still have both springs.
I would reflow my LED but i want to keep this with the SST40 i just wanted to try the XHP50.2 in here. I might buy a second one if i have the funds.

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nice test and video, thanks for sharing

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everydaysurvivalgear wrote:
What Littokala cells did you try? I used the original blue 26650 Littokala cells for my test. I think my spring bypass is 20awg but i still have both springs. I would reflow my LED but i want to keep this with the SST40 i just wanted to try the XHP50.2 in here. I might buy a second one if i have the funds.

I ordered a spare mcpcb with SST40 from Mateminco for a few dollar, shipping was 10usd though.
(Actually i ordered a whole new driver as well)

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I Love my oem sst 40 6500k cw led astrolux ft03 it illuminated the entire side of Mt Scott at the Wichita wildlife refuge with a imren purple 4200 mah 26650 which is fairly new

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Yea same i love my stock FT03 i will end up buying Another one that is a XHP50.2 edition its ao much fun.

With the dedomed SST40 it throws great 340kcd and is so bright and most importantly its very competitively priced thus belongs on every BLF members to buy list.

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everydaysurvivalgear wrote:
What Littokala cells did you try? I used the original blue 26650 Littokala cells for my test. I think my spring bypass is 20awg but i still have both springs. I would reflow my LED but i want to keep this with the SST40 i just wanted to try the XHP50.2 in here. I might buy a second one if i have the funds.

Black liitokalas.

Yeah, I grabbed one of the mateminco branded lights to keep stock and messed with the ft03 I got first.

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Nice review Chris
Lovin my stock FT03
In search of a good 26650 too – Aus isn’t a happy hunting ground

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Nice review Chris Lovin my stock FT03 In search of a good 26650 too – Aus isn’t a happy hunting ground

https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/BEq2by4

These are quite decent. These are 10A and are what I bundle with the Astrolux FT03 in my online store. You don’t want to have a higher drain cell with the SST40

Texas Ace Lumen Tube calibrated with maukka lights

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Yokiamy wrote:
everydaysurvivalgear wrote:
What Littokala cells did you try? I used the original blue 26650 Littokala cells for my test. I think my spring bypass is 20awg but i still have both springs. I would reflow my LED but i want to keep this with the SST40 i just wanted to try the XHP50.2 in here. I might buy a second one if i have the funds.

I ordered a spare mcpcb with SST40 from Mateminco for a few dollar, shipping was 10usd though.
(Actually i ordered a whole new driver as well)


Did you just shoot Mateminco a message on AliExpress? I really need another centering ring (or two) and hopefully they can provide them…
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My favorite part is where every one calls me a liar for saying the XHP50.2 can’t do 4k lumens lol.

I will upload another beam shots only video in a few days. The beam profile on this setup is perfect even better than the L6 and S70. But i do prefer the L6/S70 because of the extra run time given on that format.

I want to buy another FT03 but i have to chose between buying a new set of pliers Channellocks made in the USA or one of these lights. Sigh!

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Buy a Set of knipex cresent pliers

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HKSJOSHUA_ wrote:
Buy a Set of knipex cresent pliers

I have a set of NWS pliers but i wanted one for electronics only so i don’t get grease every where. I found these Channellocks for a good price they seem decent? The Channellocks are also VDE rated.

The Knipex have dropped price a bit.

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Funtastic wrote:
Ragsy wrote:
Nice review Chris Lovin my stock FT03 In search of a good 26650 too – Aus isn’t a happy hunting ground

https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/BEq2by4

These are quite decent. These are 10A and are what I bundle with the Astrolux FT03 in my online store. You don’t want to have a higher drain cell with the SST40

Why don’t you want a high drain cell? Will it damage the led in some way? I’m currently running a 35a 26650.

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She’ll be right the SST40 is okay in this setup. I use the same Littokala cells as i do with the XHP50.2. Either that or my Samsung 25r.

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She’ll be right the SST40 is okay in this setup. I use the same Littokala cells as i do with the XHP50.2. Either that or my Samsung 25r.

I’m using an efest 50a continuous discharge 35a.this shouldn’t hurt the stock ft03 SST40? I love my ft03 and wouldn’t want to kill it to soon

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I stick to 10A max 26650 cells for the SST40 version. Some have reported 9+ Amps on Turbo which is too high the the SST40. There’s a chance you’ll shorten it’s life

Texas Ace Lumen Tube calibrated with maukka lights

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Yokiamy wrote:
everydaysurvivalgear wrote:
What Littokala cells did you try? I used the original blue 26650 Littokala cells for my test. I think my spring bypass is 20awg but i still have both springs. I would reflow my LED but i want to keep this with the SST40 i just wanted to try the XHP50.2 in here. I might buy a second one if i have the funds.

I ordered a spare mcpcb with SST40 from Mateminco for a few dollar, shipping was 10usd though.
(Actually i ordered a whole new driver as well)


I don’t see the availability of ordering a driver on their store site on aliexpress.
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Do you know what is the bin on the SST40, N4 or N5? And what is the bin of the 5700K XHP50.2 they use, J4 or K2?

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Kennyboy wrote:
everydaysurvivalgear wrote:
She’ll be right the SST40 is okay in this setup. I use the same Littokala cells as i do with the XHP50.2. Either that or my Samsung 25r.

I’m using an efest 50a continuous discharge 35a.this shouldn’t hurt the stock ft03 SST40? I love my ft03 and wouldn’t want to kill it to soon

Nah it will be fine! My Littokala cells are just as high drain i think. So far no one has killed a SST40 by over amperage unless it was on the test bench. A bunch of us have killed many by trying to dedome them or even slicing the domes far more dangerous.

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This is a beam shot only video. I am surprised how bright the S70 is with a resistor mod.

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I bought some 3v XHP50.2 from Aliexpress any one used this seller before? Seems legit the MCPCBs looks like the ones used at Fasttech?
XHP50.2

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I’ve been looking into them myself, probably from Cutter. Shame about the cold white on AE though. Planning on converting S11 to eswitch, just need to find appropriate driver….

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Hello guys, I am new to this forum. I am into flashlights for some time, so I decided to join this forum to learn something new, and to share my experiences with you..

Speaking of astrolux ft03,I have a question. I bought ft03 with sst40 and decided to dedome it using slicing method. I am not quite satisfied, I liked it more with the dome on. I want to reflow new led. I am in dilemma between sst40 and xhp50.2 . What do you suggest based on your experiences with these leds in this flashlight ?? Thanks in advance

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I got the xhp50 yesterday. It rocks. I can not believe the output and the throw.
Better throw than the Convoy L6 or the S70S
More PERCEIVED light than the Q8 or SP36

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@Nitewalker, for absolute throw, the new SST-40 5000k dedomed would be your best option.

My very own high current Beryllium Copper springs Gen 3:
http://budgetlightforum.com/node/67401
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scosgt and BlueSwordM thank you guys for sharing your experience and opinion Thumbs Up

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scosgt wrote:
I got the xhp50 yesterday. It rocks. I can not believe the output and the throw. Better throw than the Convoy L6 or the S70S More PERCEIVED light than the Q8 or SP36

but it doesnt hold up heat very well or ? atleast the l6 i can run turbo almost nonstop and its not that heavy when i touch the head… i think the ft03 is better have the sst40 version and u get better throw and less heat.

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scosgt wrote:
I got the xhp50 yesterday. It rocks. I can not believe the output and the throw. Better throw than the Convoy L6 or the S70S More PERCEIVED light than the Q8 or SP36

but it doesnt hold up heat very well or ? atleast the l6 i can run turbo almost nonstop and its not that heavy when i touch the head… i think the ft03 is better have the sst40 version and u get better throw and less heat.

Heat is not the issue. The major issue would be battery drainage the FT03 would last less than half the time of the L6 or S70 at max brightness.

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