Group Buy Now Live - BLF GT90 SBT-90.2 powered 5,000 Lumen, 1.8Mcd / 2600m Super Thrower

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As someone who bought several GT70’s I can tell you the printing varied (even the font size) and the feeling of the metal and anodizing varied. These factories are not super consistent.

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1: Good to hear they are arriving 2: This change tot he carrier is to improve current carrying since it needs to handle 30A vs the 3A-10A of the prior versions. 3: That is a very strange issue, All the others I have seen have been aligned the same as the GT70.

 

Would it be worth the hassle to contact nealsgadgets and request a replacement? This is definition a quality control issue. Other than this flaw, everything else about the light looks good.

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You can try to request one. The shipping boxes for these is not the best and a couple lights arrived damaged where that part of the light was severely dented requiring replacement. If you have a strap wrench, pliers and vice it’s not too hard to replace.

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This would be a lumintop issue, not a Neal issue as Neal would of got the light like this, he would of known about it.

You can contact lumintop and request a replacement but I think that while they might agree to this a more favorable outcome for both of you might be something along the lines of a free small light from them to make up for the mistake for example. This will be a lot less costly and simpler / easier for everyone.

I can’t speak for them though, just tossing out an idea that might work better then a flat replacement. Be aware that they are closed for the next few weeks, so realize it could take some time to get a reply and you might need to send another message in a few weeks.

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What's inside your boxes? Mine only came with some spare O-rings.. no manual, no nothing.

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Strange it should of come with a manual but that is about it besides the light itself/ Sure you checked under all the foam? You can download the manual from the GT70 thread, it uses the same firmware.

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Yep mine came with manual and spare oring.
My etching is off center as well, I didn’t
notice until you mentioned it. I’m ok with it.
At least it was double boxed, great choice.

What a beast, what a beam. I need a bigger yard. Thumbs Up

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Same here, content was all there and was double boxed.

 

hron61 wrote:
Yep mine came with manual and spare oring. My etching is off center as well, I didn't notice until you mentioned it. I'm ok with it. At least it was double boxed, great choice. What a beast, what a beam. I need a bigger yard. :THUMBS-UP:
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My GT90 has arrived

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Received mine today. Same text alignment but not that bothered. The VTC6 cells are charging very slowly and my new C4-12 charger and old C4 both think most cells have pretty high resistance. The button tops have a white plastic surround. Strangely the resistance seems to vary a lot from cell to cell 50, 200, 500, 800. The old charger measures my other VTC6 flat tops at around 20-30mOhm.

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ossifrage wrote:
Received mine today. Same text alignment but not that bothered. The VTC6 cells are charging very slowly and my new C4-12 charger and old C4 both think most cells have pretty high resistance. The button tops have a white plastic surround. Strangely the resistance seems to vary a lot from cell to cell 50, 200, 500, 800. The old charger measures my other VTC6 flat tops at around 20-30mOhm.

When did you get shipping notification and was it by DHL ? mines still in china with a message “Awaiting collection by recipient as requested” I received shipping notification from Neal on the 18th but its still stuck in china since with the same message…….. REALLY hope it’s not hijacked and just lazy scanners and its still on the way….

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ossifrage wrote:
Received mine today. Same text alignment but not that bothered. The VTC6 cells are charging very slowly and my new C4-12 charger and old C4 both think most cells have pretty high resistance. The button tops have a white plastic surround. Strangely the resistance seems to vary a lot from cell to cell 50, 200, 500, 800. The old charger measures my other VTC6 flat tops at around 20-30mOhm.

When did you get shipping notification and was it by DHL ? mines still in china with a message “Awaiting collection by recipient as requested” I received shipping notification from Neal on the 18th but its still stuck in china since with the same message…….. REALLY hope it’s not hijacked and just lazy scanners and its still on the way….

Mine was shipped via yunexpress who handed it off to some local carrier who then passed it on to my local mail service. It went via air to Amsterdam then I think on a truck/ships to Western Finland this morning and then onwards on a truck. Lots of quiet periods in the tracking. I got shipping notification on 16.1, the package was moving immediately and left via Hong Kong on 18.1.

With luck the batteries will be charged quicker than the shipment time.

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ossifrage wrote:
Received mine today. Same text alignment but not that bothered. The VTC6 cells are charging very slowly and my new C4-12 charger and old C4 both think most cells have pretty high resistance. The button tops have a white plastic surround. Strangely the resistance seems to vary a lot from cell to cell 50, 200, 500, 800. The old charger measures my other VTC6 flat tops at around 20-30mOhm.

I had the same, but taking the batteries out and putting them back in a few times worked for me. Ressistance was every time different and when under +- 80 I left them in…..Charged at around 1.5 ampere then.

At my light the led isn’t centered perfectly. Its well visible on a wall or ceiling shot. I believe for the throw it doesn’t make much different if i remember right? Anyone who can confirm this? Is it difficult to recenter the led for a handy unexperienced in modding me?

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Anyone else have a small ‘lump’-like deformity in the GT90 reflector? I don’t think it is doing much to the beam (maybe 1/500 of the area) but interested if it’s a one-off or common.

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This can happen on reflectors of this size. It is exponentially more difficult to make reflectors as the size goes up.

This was first noticed in the GT a few years ago and tested to have basically no effect on overall performance.

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Texas_Ace wrote:
This can happen on reflectors of this size. It is exponentially more difficult to make reflectors as the size goes up.

This was first noticed in the GT a few years ago and tested to have basically no effect on overall performance.

Thanks, appreciate the perspective.

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What type of driver does this use (not firmware)? Apologies if this has been discussed already.

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So uhhhh, my package that was supposedly “shipped” has now updated on DHL to “Returned to shipper” so who do I contact to figure out where the crap my package is since it was sitting as “Awaiting collection by recipient as requested” for days on end before changing to “Returned to shipper” without ever leaving Hong Kong…..

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Slim Pickens wrote:
What type of driver does this use (not firmware)? Apologies if this has been discussed already.

It is basically the same driver as the GT70 just designed for 3V instead of 12V. So 2 channel FET based driver.

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So uhhhh, my package that was supposedly “shipped” has now updated on DHL to “Returned to shipper” so who do I contact to figure out where the crap my package is since it was sitting as “Awaiting collection by recipient as requested” for days on end before changing to “Returned to shipper” without ever leaving Hong Kong…..

Most likely that would be an issue with the address.

Once Neal gets it I am guessing he will either correct it and send it back out or contact you for more information.

Keep in mind that things are basically at a standstill in China right now, the New year celebration and then the virus outbreak has truly shut the country down.

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Souichirou wrote:
So uhhhh, my package that was supposedly “shipped” has now updated on DHL to “Returned to shipper” so who do I contact to figure out where the crap my package is since it was sitting as “Awaiting collection by recipient as requested” for days on end before changing to “Returned to shipper” without ever leaving Hong Kong…..

Most likely that would be an issue with the address.

Once Neal gets it I am guessing he will either correct it and send it back out or contact you for more information.

Keep in mind that things are basically at a standstill in China right now, the New year celebration and then the virus outbreak has truly shut the country down.

I understand that things are hectic with celebration as well as the virus thing, but the address shouldn’t be an issue as I’ve ordered from him multiple times in the past via the same address.

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Souichirou wrote:
So uhhhh, my package that was supposedly “shipped” has now updated on DHL to “Returned to shipper” so who do I contact to figure out where the crap my package is since it was sitting as “Awaiting collection by recipient as requested” for days on end before changing to “Returned to shipper” without ever leaving Hong Kong…..

Most likely that would be an issue with the address.

Once Neal gets it I am guessing he will either correct it and send it back out or contact you for more information.

Keep in mind that things are basically at a standstill in China right now, the New year celebration and then the virus outbreak has truly shut the country down.

I understand that things are hectic with celebration as well as the virus thing, but the address shouldn’t be an issue as I’ve ordered from him multiple times in the past via the same address.

I am not saying that is the problem, but it is a possible problem. There are dozens of reasons it could be sent back, this is just the most common. Something like a damaged label, or the printer running low on toner and the label not being able to be scanned properly are other possible reasons. Impossible to know until it gets back to Neal.

Also keep in mind that Neal himself does not actually ship the packages, he just provides the shipping information to an exporter that then takes care of getting the packages out of the country (aka, a company that is “close” to the country leadership and thus doesn’t have miles of red tape or flat out not allowed to do many things).

Don’t worry, you will get the light, the only question is when. At this point I would expect delays.

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Texas_Ace wrote:

I am not saying that is the problem, but it is a possible problem. There are dozens of reasons it could be sent back, this is just the most common. Something like a damaged label, or the printer running low on toner and the label not being able to be scanned properly are other possible reasons. Impossible to know until it gets back to Neal.

Also keep in mind that Neal himself does not actually ship the packages, he just provides the shipping information to an exporter that then takes care of getting the packages out of the country (aka, a company that is “close” to the country leadership and thus doesn’t have miles of red tape or flat out not allowed to do many things).

Don’t worry, you will get the light, the only question is when. At this point I would expect delays.

True enough, It’s just my mind goes to the worst possible outcome when the “plan” deviates from its course ever slightly but then again it could be my OCD going into overdrive.

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Yeah, don’t worry about it, you will get your light at some point, it just might take some time.

My rule of thumb is I don’t even check tracking or think about orders from china for a month after ordering. Really reduces the stress levels.

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Souichirou wrote:
So uhhhh, my package that was supposedly “shipped” has now updated on DHL to “Returned to shipper” so who do I contact to figure out where the crap my package is since it was sitting as “Awaiting collection by recipient as requested” for days on end before changing to “Returned to shipper” without ever leaving Hong Kong…..

My tracking updated to the same status as yours, but I wasn’t sure what it meant either. Not a long-time forum member but have read enough to not be overly concerned at this time. I know I’ll get it eventually due to the many different circumstances in China now.

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Hi Ace,

I have a GT90 that is acting a bit strange. When power is connected it turns on. Not full power but on fairly bright. Most of the time the switch has no effect. When it does the switch being pressed actually cuts it off if you hold it down. I took the top of the head off and disconnected the wires etc too look for shorts and don’t see any. I’m thinking it may be a problem with the driver because I get continuity from the outer rim of the board to the LED – wire pads. The drivers I’m used to working with don’t do that, but is that normal for this board?

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No, it should act like the GT70 driver, it is the GT70 driver adjusted to work with 3V.

That is very strange, sounds like a short on the driver. I would look the driver over careful for a short.

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Also as an update to the thread, I have not gotten any official updates but I know that the China government has prevented people from going back to work for a bit longer due to the virus, so I expect more delays.

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I think I just ordered one.. looks confirmed

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