ALIVE: Astrolux S42 groupbuy: US$ 25.95

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My 40mm 18350 battery tube just arrived, by domestic (US) mail from City of Industry, CA. The threads are longer on both ends, solving both of my original battery problems (front threads too short to reach the driver board, rear threads too short to screws onto battery without damage). I was able to use an AW 16340 as well.

Presumably the USB port cover is coming next month.

So now it works reliably, but the design issues remain:

  • Horrible UI; including the inability to turn off directly from moonlight mode.
  • Uneven/non-useful spacing of brightness levels
  • Skin-singing heat in turbo mode
  • TIR optic assembly causes artifacts in beam

Still for the low pre-production price paid, I will rationalize a use for it.

 

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Spud wrote:
just received an email from bangingGood, offering a 16% coupon for Astrolux, only good for a month as consolation.

Mine says only good until the 20th… :ARROW-RIGHT: !!! Sick

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I think i’m gonna put a LD-2 driver in mine.
Not sure yet though..

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I did a quick ceiling bounce comparison between a S41 Nichia 219b and my S42 Nichia 219c with three different pairs of fully charged 18350s from three different brands – Enercig, Aspire and Efest.

The luxmeter says the S41 is consistently 25% brighter then the S42. That’s consistent with an outdoor run i did last night. There is a visible difference in output, and the tint is colder on the S42.

I was expecting the opposite!? Shocked
Any idea wether my light has a problem or else?

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korpzgrinda wrote:
Spud wrote:
just received an email from bangingGood, offering a 16% coupon for Astrolux, only good for a month as consolation.

Mine says only good until the 20th… :ARROW-RIGHT: !!! Sick

Doesn’t matter anyway, my code does not work and if it did, any astrolux i would want i can get 20% +/- with the coupons available from one of the boys.

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patmurris wrote:
I did a quick ceiling bounce comparison between a S41 Nichia 219b and my S42 Nichia 219c with three different pairs of fully charged 18350s from three different brands – Enercig, Aspire and Efest.

The luxmeter says the S41 is consistently 25% brighter then the S42. That’s consistent with an outdoor run i did last night. There is a visible difference in output, and the tint is colder on the S42.

I was expecting the opposite!? Shocked
Any idea wether my light has a problem or else?


Can’t remember the exact percentage. But my 41 is brighter than my 42 in a ceiling bounce test too.
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did anyone ever try to flash a new UI ???

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It doesn’t appear to use any of the MCUs BLF has code for. So, no, flashing a new UI isn’t likely.

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korpzgrinda wrote:
Spud wrote:
just received an email from bangingGood, offering a 16% coupon for Astrolux, only good for a month as consolation.

Mine says only good until the 20th… :ARROW-RIGHT: !!! Sick

I just received a reply email too, but no mention of a coupon.. Sad
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I got the coupon offer, but as it stands I will probably never buy another Astrolux, and probably never order from BG. And a measly 16% off coupon is worse than any other deal that gets offered here…

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I asked about it in my reply, they sent me a 15% coupon code.
…only applicable to a selection of lights….
Hmm…

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Jerommel wrote:
I asked about it in my reply, they sent me a 15% coupon code.
It’s a nice gesture i.m.o.
But not more than that.

A nice gesture that they know is no better than the typical.
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Pulsar wrote:
Jerommel wrote:
I asked about it in my reply, they sent me a 15% coupon code.
It’s a nice gesture i.m.o.
But not more than that.

A nice gesture that they know is no better than the typical.

Yeah, i edited my post..
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Im pretty p!$$3d with BG and astrolux right now. got $65 in lights sitting unused, and most members here just say suck it up. Memory isnt listed in the A01 so NMM should be acceptable for a $20 AAA twisty light that originally had no memory. They are/will eventually send a new battery tube and USB cover, so $#!tty UI should be acceptable.

Bunch of sheep following the wolves.

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Im pretty p!$$3d with BG and astrolux right now. got $65 in lights sitting unused, and most members here just say suck it up. Memory isnt listed in the A01 so NMM should be acceptable for a $20 AAA twisty light that originally had no memory. They are/will eventually send a new battery tube and USB cover, so $#!tty UI should be acceptable.

Bunch of sheep following the wolves.

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Just got an email from bg. 2 unknown items just shipped.
I think its the tube and cover.

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Did your “order” also show a cost of $1 for each item? I’m assuming the random order that’s now in my account (with no description of the items, mind you) is probably the USB cover and tube.

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Sprinkles wrote:
Did your “order” also show a cost of $1 for each item? I’m assuming the random order that’s now in my account (with no description of the items, mind you) is probably the USB cover and tube.

Yup, thats what the invoice showed.

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chooma wrote:
Just got an email from bg. 2 unknown items just shipped. I think its the tube and cover.

The same here…

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same for me

PLEASE NOTE
i do not work in "reviews, deals and codes" for the time being
maybe M4D M4X will return one day, but until then:

THANK YOU FOR YEARS OF YOUR SUPPORT AND FRIENDLY CONTACTS!

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and for me

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If you don’t like it, file a Paypal dispute and get your money back. It’s a light that was rushed, not well-thought out and many people (myself included) thought it would be a success, especially for the money. Mine wasn’t. Mine came with the front cap loose and when I tightened it, I heard a crack. It broke the carcio lens and dedomed the leds. I got a refund and will probably not buy an Astrolux again. Too many other good lights out there.

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I think once you accept the replacement parts as a solution you can not file a PP dispute anymore..

yeah, it’s a bit like sheep following the wolves maybe…

Weird though, i’m still looking forward to a sweet GB deal for the S42S…

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I got the 16% off astrolux coupon as well, and my $2 ‘order’ shipped today. My S42 works functions turns on and does not damage cells with the 18650 tube. My A6 will take the stock 18350 tube so I guess that’s good.

I’m hoping one of the BLF brain trust either figures out how to reflash the existing driver or builds a driver that will accept Narsil or Biscotti.

Lazy-R-us

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Jerommel wrote:
Weird though, i’m still looking forward to a sweet GB deal for the S42S…

Stockholm syndrome?

( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stockholm_syndrome )

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Thx for info about the light. BG said they replace tube so waiting until i recieve that.

Hope it all will work out well in the end. But less output than S41 ?.

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RollerBoySE wrote:
Jerommel wrote:
Weird though, i’m still looking forward to a sweet GB deal for the S42S…

Stockholm syndrome?

( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stockholm_syndrome )


LOL Big Smile
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well, I am waiting for my 2buck chuck replacement parts to arrive
albeit with much less enthusiasm than I had for the original light

I have my Skilhunt H03 tailcap on mine right now and it’s working reliably
butt will not burn my fingers nor singe my mustache when held in my teeth

not exactly what I was expecting from the hype

think I’ll pass on this brand until they prove what they claim

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Jerommel wrote:
I think i’m gonna put a LD-2 driver in mine. Not sure yet though..

…either way, it’s a host including LEDs on PCB as far as i’m concerned…

Good news is you can put in any driver when you solder an adaptor ring on it (when it’s less than 21 mm diameter),
because there’s enough room to put a reverse clicky in there, as a side switch.

And i ordered a micro USB rechargeable 18650 to use the charging PCB in stead of the stock PCB.

I already took out the switch boot and its bronze colored bezel and put a plastic boot instead, which doesn’t stick out, it is flush with the body.

I’ll put up some picks soon, when the card reading issues of my camera are solved… Facepalm

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So far from reading this is my conclusion

S41 is brighter then s42 ?
S41 tint is better for the same emitter type(XPG vs XPG / Nichia vs Nicha)?

btw. The new revision is now live on banggood, for GB price i will order one. UI is still a problem but i am buying this and put a 18650 tube from S41. Life too short to run 16350 LOL

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