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I had a Gearbest package go from China to LA to NY, then it took a tour of Europe and ended up in Istanbul. Then back to NY, then to me in Michigan. I wish I’d done a screen shot of the tracking. If it hadn’t been so funny, I would have been pissed. It took around 7 weeks to finally arrive.

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Did you check the driver?

Not yet. Last night I tried pulling out the driver but the wires that go up to the LED MCPCB were too short to allow it to come out very far, so I stopped there. Thinking I may need to Disassemble the top end of the light in order to free up enough slack to get a good look at the driver.

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Dale you have to let me know how your nautical Q8 is once you manage to get it dockside.

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I have received the Q8.

When in max brightness mode, after 3 seconds it blinks 3 times and goes to lower brightness. Same thing happens at lower brightness until it gets three more lower brightness mode.

Maybe it is related to battery? This did not happen at full charge. But this is now happening with 3.4Volt charge. Batteries are 4 button top 18650-30Q


3.4V is practically dead. Like 85% down.

When you put a heavy load on the batteries like going to max output the 3.4V sags down to below 3v triggering the low voltage protection.


I get it. But does not this have thermal protection? To reach 3.4v level I set max brightness and waited.
After it reached 3.4volt the surface became too hot to even touch for 1 second. But it did not throttle.

I like it this way but maybe this is harmful. So is not there any kind of protection? Like thermal or timer?

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It comes set to a 3 minute default step down time.
You can configure this to a different amount of time (more or less) before it steps down or configure it to step down at a set temperature.
I think that that is correct.
I have left both of mine on the default 3 minute step down as that seems about right to me.

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Welp, It has made it to the USA! Now lets see how fast it can make it to my front door on the edge of the planet. Smile

2017-10-12 06:31 COMPTON, CA 90220,

Arrived Shipping Partner Facility, USPS Awaiting Item, Your item arrived at a shipping partner facility at 6:31 am on October 12, 2017 in COMPTON, CA 90220. This does not indicate receipt by the USPS or the actual mailing date.

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The Miller wrote:
I think it is awesome, had to do work the other day blink blink blink lower blink blink blink lower blink blink blink lower blink blink blink lower I ramped it up a little and had light more then enough to see for the duration of the work at least half an hour It is so good to be able to put lumens out at steady rate sometimes, I hate lights that keep on blinking and detest my Olights that just go off and won’t turn on.

So the Q8 can run 30min or longer in LVP?
Have we runtime graphs somewhere?

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Its good to hear the glowing reports from those that have received a good light and some that have received a not so good light but still happy enough and the positive responses on Narcil as a user interface goes along way in making the project worth while to those involved in all the hard work (no I’m not one of those). It in some small way backs up what the developers and testers have also been saying about the light. Thanks guys and girls. Smile

 

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when i put my tracking number (lwxxxxxxxxxcn) in fedex, it says invalid.
2 letters/9 numbers/2 letters

700th-some order # (2nd batch).

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First off, I wanted to say thanks for all the work involved, and I think this is a good light for the price. The main features of the driver’s customizability, ramping plus instant modes to full power are great. I’d say the biggest negative is the bright switch light which has to be covered at night, its not necessary to actually turn the light on, just uncover it to guide you around the dark house at night when you wake…

Now speaking of the switch… This thread is so huge, and I’m not sure if this has been an ongoing issue, but I am having problems with 2 of the lights I gifted. The switch apparently sunk into the light and is now almost not pressable…has anyone had this problem and/or are there solutions? You CAN press the switch by pressing harder and at an angle now, which is unreliable and makes press and hold function non workable, it seems it has just sunken into the light, I hope to get to opening it soon in hopes of looking at the assembly. Mine has not yet sunk inwards, but it makes me worried about pressing and holding it… The problem is these are gifts and I’m not the best with disassembly and repair…is it worth it to try if there is an easy solution or just write Banggood about the faulty lights?

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B42, The Miller will be on this in a heartbeat. Don’t contact Banggood.

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ElginAgain wrote:
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ElginAgain good Did you check the driver?
Not yet. Last night I tried pulling out the driver but the wires that go up to the LED MCPCB were too short to allow it to come out very far, so I stopped there. Thinking I may need to Disassemble the top end of the light in order to free up enough slack to get a good look at the driver.

Ok, I just saw what you mean. In round 2 production, they seemed to have made the LED wires shorter, but I found the switch wires seem longer so, if you have to untwist the LED wires a little. The wires are very stiff, so might take some tinkering, but I can get full access to the driver, just that it can't come out as far as it used to.

Literally the 10 or so round #1 Q8's I worked all had the same length wires, so figure this was a round 2 change.

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B42 wrote:
Now speaking of the switch…

Hm
It would really be smart to take a look under the switch cover, there is a new cover with full lenght stuff in the box.

It seems you are the second with a cover sliding off issue, the first was a simple swap with the one provided

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RobertB wrote:
I had a Gearbest package go from China to LA to NY, then it took a tour of Europe and ended up in Istanbul. Then back to NY, then to me in Michigan. I wish I’d done a screen shot of the tracking. If it hadn’t been so funny, I would have been pissed. It took around 7 weeks to finally arrive.

Mine wasn’t that bad but this is how another package of mine traveled… It sat in Compton for 1-1/2 weeks before going to Georgia… I could have drove and picked it up in 1 day! It’s amazing how crazy shipping is. How do these companies stay in business with these kinds of inefficiencies!?

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mine finally got on the move from la today after sitting for 2 weeks
supposed to be here next Wednesday

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The Miller wrote:
B42 wrote:
Now speaking of the switch…

Hm
It would really be smart to take a look under the switch cover, there is a new cover with full lenght stuff in the box.

It seems you are the second with a cover sliding off issue, the first was a simple swap with the one provided

Well I dont currently have access to it, but I did see one of them and the cover does not appear to have moved at all. It seems the actual switch/actuator underneath the cover has partially fallen away from the external surface so that its not pressable through the cover directly, but at an angle, so now its only pressible with firmer pressure deeper inside the switch hole at an angle…the cover seems to be in place relatively normally still.

I should have access to look first hand at it soon. How do I best take the cover off to look at it when I can?

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Today I also received my Q8. It´s a great light. Thanks to the team. I realised the lighting was quite weak in my room Big Smile

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B42 wrote:
The Miller wrote:
B42 wrote:
Now speaking of the switch…

Hm
It would really be smart to take a look under the switch cover, there is a new cover with full lenght stuff in the box.

It seems you are the second with a cover sliding off issue, the first was a simple swap with the one provided

Well I dont currently have access to it, but I did see one of them and the cover does not appear to have moved at all. It seems the actual switch/actuator underneath the cover has partially fallen away from the external surface so that its not pressable through the cover directly, but at an angle, so now its only pressible with firmer pressure deeper inside the switch hole at an angle…the cover seems to be in place relatively normally still.

I should have access to look first hand at it soon. How do I best take the cover off to look at it when I can?


http://budgetlightforum.com/comment/1202949#comment-1202949

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nvanlaar wrote:
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Good… glad it worked out in your favor nvanlaar!! Wink

Where did you get that little folding chisel/pry bar in your pictures?? I sure do like the looks of it…..

I got it on GearBest. It’s a Fura. Supposedly m390 steel… It’s dogtag sized.


Thank you… I appreciate that info. I am gonna nab some of those… Wink

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doganygood to hear

B42 remove the ring around the switch to get access there

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I finally figured out that my 30 digit tracking number is a DHL eCommerce number, and tracking now indicates that my Q8 was “processed” this morning at the DHL eCommerce distribution facility in Compton, California. Others with a 30 digit tracking number may want to see if they can track their Q8 with DHL.

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2017-10-18 18:58 LAX-US, Arrive to destination airport
2017-10-13 04:27 UNITED STATES, EN ROUTE TO DHL ECOMMERCE DISTRIBUTION CENTER
2017-10-13 04:06 UNITED STATES, ELECTRONIC NOTIFICATION RECEIVED: YOUR ORDER HAS BEEN PROCESSED AND TRACKING WILL BE UPDATED SOON
2017-10-09 00:00 HK, 已到港
2017-10-08 18:01 Depart from Origin airport
2017-10-07 01:07 广州处理中心
2017-10-06 16:37 广州处理中心, 已扫描
2017-09-30 17:02 Flyt Express’s sorting centre, Item dispatched. PKG#:PKG04302338
2017-09-28 13:48 Flyt Express’s sorting centre, Item in transit
2017-09-28 12:48 Flyt Express’s sorting centre, Item received

Finally , on the move…….

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Ag76 wrote:
I finally figured out that my 30 digit tracking number is a DHL eCommerce number, and tracking now indicates that my Q8 was “processed” this morning at the DHL eCommerce distribution facility in Compton, California. Others with a 30 digit tracking number may want to see if they can track their Q8 with DHL.

Thanks Ag76. My info is the same as yours, processed in Compton, CA this morning. To be delivered by USPS.
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Could someone recommend a tripod lanyard screw for this? Can't seem to find a nice one.

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akovia wrote:

Could someone recommend a tripod lanyard screw for this? Can’t seem to find a nice one.


https://www.aliexpress.com/item/In-stock-New-1-4-Screw-For-DSLR-SLR-Camera-Strap-Tripod-Quick-Release-Plate-Mount/32659359889.html
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ohbreeeezy wrote:
akovia wrote:

Could someone recommend a tripod lanyard screw for this? Can’t seem to find a nice one.


https://www.aliexpress.com/item/In-stock-New-1-4-Screw-For-DSLR-SLR-Camera-Strap-Tripod-Quick-Release-Plate-Mount/32659359889.html

The one you linked I use a lot and is about as good as it gets, I’ve looked everywhere for something better and I can’t find it, so I’d suggest what you have there.

I also just got my Q8’s today and all I can say is WOW, what a beautiful light.
I could not find one flaw, not even a spec of dust in the reflector, not a sharp spot on the light anywhere, even has some thread lube on it, just beautiful and extremely nice machine work.
Thank you to all involved in making this happen, this light is just over the top.
I could not be anymore happy at all,
Thank You again Q8 Team you are tops ..!!

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CircaM wrote:
Who has button top batteries in stock in the US? I usually buy from liionwholesale but they are out of stock on a bunch of them. Not sure who else to trust for authentic cells.

Just got an email from Liion Wholesale has button top 30Q’s in stock today
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for Akovia:

Go to the top of the page
Choose “Search within thread”
enter the words “tripod socket” (without quotation marks)

That will give you a variety of possibilities several people have mentioned

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So my Q8 seems great.   No scratches, not dirt, led's fairly well aligned (not quite dead perfect, but ok).  The screws are nice quality with the possible exception of the LED board center screw that still doesn't look bad.  The indicator LED's are not quite even (mabe 2x different), but they work, and it's not an issue to me.  My battery tube initially located just short of perfect alignment, and after a little use it's already gone past perfect alignment, so that just proves it's not a reasonable thing to expect and isn't possible to deliver, at least not without a completely redesigned closure mechanism.  It definitely has the bump-on bump off feature.  Handy for slamming it down on the table to turn it off.  Not dependable for biking, but it's not uncommon from what I can tell.  

 

Otherwise, it works great.  I do have bistro-HD running on it (not the posted version, it doesn't work).  The light does seem to have switch bouncing (mostly simple fix), so I'm guessing my bench setups don't because of either the big OTSM cap they have (even when I'm not testing them for OTSM)  and/or maybe the lack of R1/R2 impacts C1 stability, not sure, but it bounces, and the bouncing finds every little race in the code real fast.  There's still some rare lockup so maybe it find that soon or maybe I won't.

 

 Nice light, well done.

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> tripod socket

Someone up there
EDIT: that was Nil, at http://budgetlightforum.com/comment/1190375#comment-1190375

recommended this one. I agree it looks better than the other choices.

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Photography-studio-accessories-1-4-D-rin...

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