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$300 to spend at BandGood - looking for ideas

I scored one of the $150 off $300 coupons for Banggood, and I’m trying to decide what I want.
I’m limited by not knowing what I don’t know.

I’m not entirely positive what items are and are not valid for this coupon, so I’ll need to do a little trial and error.

Ideas I’ve had so far:
- Astrolux s41, a black BLF A6
- Start my Convoy collection with some S11 variants, S2+ body colors, an M3, etc
- SKYRC MC3000
- Maybe some more button top 30Q for the LT1

What would you be looking at to fill this $300 cart?

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MT09R.

Woot!

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Someone on another forum had recommended the SKYRC MC3000 charger as one of the tops. I ordered it then started reading the main thread on the subject and quickly cancelled my order. Avoid it IMO.

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Probably only works on full price items.

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blf gt, blf q8.

...where Frugal meets with Flashlight!

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mortuus wrote:
blf gt, blf q8.

Well, the GT is nice to have, some sort of showoff Big Smile but honestly, it is collecting dust at my shelf.
The Q8 is a good choice, or the SP36 with samsung emitters (the XPL2 are horrible with a yellow/greenish corona)
And ofcourse, the Convoy family, M2, S2+, C8+, L2, L6, etc. etc.
FW3a, reylight, thrunite, Lumintop Sd75, so much choice…

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roguesoul wrote:
Someone on another forum had recommended the SKYRC MC3000 charger as one of the tops. I ordered it then started reading the main thread on the subject and quickly cancelled my order. Avoid it IMO.

Huh? It’s the most accurate cylindrical cell analyzer on the market. What are you talking about?

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I’ve already got a few ‘decent’ lights from Toykeeper’s Sofirn loot boxes, and a few other older purchases.
- SP36 – no idea which version it it
- C8F
- SC31
- SP31
- SP32
- SP33
- BLF A6 bare
- Astrolux S1 in Red & Blue
- Sofirn SF11 & SF34 (on the slowboat from China)

I’m tempted by the Haikelite SC26, and the Astrolux FT04 is interesting, but not available yet.

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Buy ~$150 in lights, get ~$150 in batteries to go with them!

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JoeRodge wrote:
roguesoul wrote:
Someone on another forum had recommended the SKYRC MC3000 charger as one of the tops. I ordered it then started reading the main thread on the subject and quickly cancelled my order. Avoid it IMO.

Huh? It’s the most accurate cylindrical cell analyzer on the market. What are you talking about?

Cheap construction seems like the worst headache for me but..

1 No longer supported
2 Bluetooth issues
3 Plastic used for spring retention that breaks
4 Not Linux compatible

I personally use a hobby charger which is no longer produced, it’s single channel and doesn’t handle LiFePo but it’s been bomb proof.

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Hm… GT Mini…
- Any comparison of this and the C8F?

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Hello AmishBill.

Hello AmishBill.

Here is the charger I would recommend, the Miboxer C4-12 V2, with a much better 2 button UI:
https://tinyurl.com/y3kekzb3

Lights that I would recommend:

1. SP36 LH351D 90CRI with Anduril: https://tinyurl.com/y27p2pee

2. GT Mini: https://tinyurl.com/y2h4z4by

3. Convoy S2+ SST-20 4000k 95CRI: https://tinyurl.com/y6obpu9g

4. Sofirn C8F: https://tinyurl.com/yyqqdv3l

5. SP10S LH351D 90CRI: https://tinyurl.com/y2c46qrc

That’s about it for lights.

Modding supplies:
1. Solder paste: https://tinyurl.com/yy9atdde

2. Flux: https://tinyurl.com/y3exce2c

3. Soldering station: https://tinyurl.com/y6rlyhva

4. T12 tips: https://tinyurl.com/y3gxmqyl

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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BlueSwordM wrote:
Hello AmishBill.

Here is the charger I would recommend, the Miboxer C4-12 V2, with a much better 2 button UI:
https://tinyurl.com/y3kekzb3

Lights that I would recommend:

1. SP36 LH351D 90CRI with Anduril: https://tinyurl.com/y27p2pee

2. GT Mini: https://tinyurl.com/y2h4z4by

3. Convoy S2+ SST-20 4000k 95CRI: https://tinyurl.com/y6obpu9g

4. Sofirn C8F: https://tinyurl.com/yyqqdv3l

5. SP10S LH351D 90CRI: https://tinyurl.com/y2c46qrc

That’s about it for lights.

Modding supplies:
1. Solder paste: https://tinyurl.com/yy9atdde

2. Flux: https://tinyurl.com/y3exce2c

3. Soldering station: https://tinyurl.com/y6rlyhva

4. T12 tips: https://tinyurl.com/y3gxmqyl

Good list so I fixed the links, dunno why long links always break…

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Thank you.

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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roguesoul wrote:
JoeRodge wrote:
roguesoul wrote:
Someone on another forum had recommended the SKYRC MC3000 charger as one of the tops. I ordered it then started reading the main thread on the subject and quickly cancelled my order. Avoid it IMO.

Huh? It’s the most accurate cylindrical cell analyzer on the market. What are you talking about?

Cheap construction seems like the worst headache for me but..

1 No longer supported
2 Bluetooth issues
3 Plastic used for spring retention that breaks
4 Not Linux compatible

I personally use a hobby charger which is no longer produced, it’s single channel and doesn’t handle LiFePo but it’s been bomb proof.


No 1 whats to support? It does every battery , bugs are sorted yonks ago.
No 2mine works on Bluetooth just fine
No 3 was sorted aaaages ago
No 4 what’s Linux when it at home?lol
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Lightbringer wrote:
MT09R.

Woot!

I assume you’re talking about this one: Haikelite MT09R 3x XHP70.2 25000LM
and not this one:Haikelite MT09R 3x XHP35 Hi 6500LM

Which makes me ask – which one came first? Was the original 6500lm and it was later updated to 25000lm, or did they for some reason make a neutered version of the original stupid-bright light?

Is there a review of one vs the other that I haven’t been able to find yet?

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Overall, I think I like the way you think.

BlueSwordM wrote:
Hello AmishBill.

Here is the charger I would recommend, the Miboxer C4-12 V2, with a much better 2 button UI: I already have a Zanflare C4, and I'm more interested in accurate diagnostic info than a high amperage fast charger.

Lights that I would recommend:

  1. SP36 LH351D 90CRI with Anduril: I already have a few SP36 lights. I have no idea which LEDs they have or what their CRI is.
  2. GT Mini: Yeah... this is on my short list. tongue-out I'm curious how it compares to my C8F.
  3. Convoy S2+ SST-20 4000k 95CRI: I have a number of S2 / S2+ variants in my cart. What can I say - I"m a sucker for colors.
  4. Sofirn C8F: Already have this on my shelf. cool
  5. SP10S LH351D 90CRI: I got an SP10A in a loot box. I can't say that I'm all that thrilled with this size light in a side button format. It's bigger than I want for a pocket light, and has limited capacity compared to 18650.

That’s about it for lights. Modding supplies:

I hadn't thought much of modding supplies. I have some basic tools from my ham radio hobby, but my irons are low wattage crap. A proper soldering station is appealing.

  1. Solder paste: https://tinyurl.com/yy9atdde
  2. Flux: https://tinyurl.com/y3exce2c
  3. Soldering station: The reviews on this one say it is an older version with fake firmware.
  4. T12 tips: https://tinyurl.com/y3gxmqyl[/quote]
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1. If you already have SP36s, don’t bother buying another light.
2. GT Mini. Much throwier vs the C8F. A completely different class of light.
3. Ok.
4. Ok.
5. Wait, you don’t like the size of it? I have no problem carrying it in my pocket whatsoever. My 2nd smallest light.

For modding supplies:

The soldering station: Oof, why would they be using a fake firmware? At least it can be updated rather easily, and doesn’t impact functionality.

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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amishbill wrote:
Lightbringer wrote:
MT09R.

I assume you’re talking about this one: Haikelite MT09R 3x XHP70.2 25000LM
and not this one:Haikelite MT09R 3x XHP35 Hi 6500LM

Dunno the “official spex” for each, as actual performance varies depending on the driver.

They both came out about the same time, ‘though I think the ’35 was first.

The ’35 is throwier at the expense of raw lumen output, vs the ’70 which is floodier at the expense of throw.

Think C8T vs C8A.

I got the ’35, and even compared to my Q8’s ceiling-bounce, it lights up the room way brighter. I can only imagine what the ’70 would be like.

I’ll let someone else get into details about the driver fiasco, the TA driver replacements, the absconding with funds by a dealer from one group-buy to pay for another, all that fun fun stuff. It’s the making of a good soap-opera.

Start here… http://budgetlightforum.com/node/58787 LOL

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My first ‘proper’ pocket light was an AA Inova X1. It lived in my pocket for a long time. Once I discovered nice AAA lights in the form of a Thrunight Ti3 I never looked back.

For my purposes, the AAA format is perfect. It tucks in next to my wallet so well I can’t tell it’s there. It weights nothing, has enough output to do what I need, enough runtime to not be annoying, and runs nicely on Eneloops. (OK, the Amazon version)

Specifically related to the SP10 – the one I have doesn’t thrill me. The side clicky on a small light feels awkward and I don’t trust it in my pocket. The high CRI of the one you linked to may prove useful if I wind up having to troubleshoot another door access system controller and wiring, but God Willing, I’ll not have to crawl around in ceilings ever again. Big Smile

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Banggood went down right after i got my 150$ coupon. Is the website down for anyone else?

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Number22Pencil wrote:
Banggood went down right after i got my 150$ coupon. Is the website down for anyone else?

It seems to be up for me.
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It's up.

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Number22Pencil wrote:
Banggood went down right after i got my 150$ coupon. Is the website down for anyone else?

They giveth with one hand & taketh with the other Big Smile
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Be careful buying cells from banggood. I ordered from from three “recommended” vendors and had to request refunds on all of them due to non genuine cells. They will rewrap crap sales or counterfeit all together and sell them. That’s why they’re so cheap.

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HallsquadSkatesAtNight wrote:
Be careful buying cells from banggood. I ordered from from three “recommended” vendors and had to request refunds on all of them due to non genuine cells. They will rewrap crap sales or counterfeit all together and sell them. That’s why they’re so cheap.

Sounds like Aliexpress; Banggood is known AFAIK to sell genuine cells.

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Yeah, does Banggood even have “recommended” vendors?

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I don’t think bangood or Gearbest are selling fakes, more like they’re not selling grade A.

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I’ve had good results buying flat-top cells from Banggood. They appear to be genuine (all the ones I bought were Samsung), and have held up well.

Not so good results from the after-market 30Q button-tops they sell. 33% I’ve bought have gone “bad” after little use. They suddenly develop very fast self-discharge, dropping as much as 0.1v per day. Small internal shorts? I’m not sure if they’re genuine or fake (the labels under the outer wrap appear to be Samsung), but they’re not good quality.

No idea why the flat-tops and button-tops are different quality. Perhaps whoever is applying their button-tops is using crap cells.

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Amishbill, I hope you don’t rule out the SkyRC MC3000 charger. As Nev posted, the teething issues were sorted out long ago. I bought mine in the fall of 2016, and it came from the first batch with the reinforced spring posts. It has charged hundreds of batteries since then, from AAA’s to 26650’s, and it has worked perfectly. I have most of the popular chargers from Miboxer, Maha, Opus, and Xtar, and all of them do a good job, and each has some nice features. But they are no MC3000. Yes, there is a learning curve, but the MC3000 can do almost anything you want any way you want, and with the greatest precision and accuracy. Read HKJ’s review, if you haven’t already done so. And have fun with your new toys.

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Weltool W3 is on BG.

I have an actual use for this and ordered the Acebeam W10 while it was on sale. I’ll have it later this week!

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