Harbor Freight Gordon 15 LED Flashlight

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Harbor Freight Gordon 15 LED Flashlight

Hey guys, Do you have ant input on this light? I bought last one on shelf. I do not want to open unless I plan on keeping it. But before that I need info of quality, etc… Otherwise, I will return it. Please advise. Thanks.

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cannot find the exact thing

i have the 95 led model, from a yard sale, it is junk

send a link and the price

i would be surprised if it is a. good or b. good for the money

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wle wrote:
cannot find the exact thing

i have the 95 led model, from a yard sale, it is junk

send a link and the price

i would be surprised if it is a. good or b. good for the money

wle

Cool. Same size as my Maglite 3 d cell 625 lumen light.

Here’s link of it.

https://www.kvm.tools/product/gordon-94524-12-in-15-led-3-d-flashlight/

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wle wrote:
it is junk
So right. Opened it. Dead on arrival right out of package. Goes back to Harbor Freight.
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Thanks for this thread!

I can’t advise about the 15x LED but this reminded me that I have the same flashlight in a single emitter version that Harbor Freight sold many years ago, It’s also the 3x C battery configuration and looks exactly like the 15x LED one you have, except the head looks slightly different. It’s long discontinued and was replaced by the 15x LED version, which apparently is now also discontinued. (it’s not showing on the website) I did see the 15x LED in the store a while back and wondered about it too (can’t remember how much it cost) and that was the last time I thought about my single LED version.

I liked the light greenish color shiny aluminum body and rubber hand grip, I always thought it was such a great flashlight, it was very bright with a far reaching spot beam. But this was before I began getting deep into lights about 7 years ago…

It was chucked in a box and long forgotten many years ago. As soon as I read your post and remembered having it I immediately went and dug it out, hoping I didn’t leave batteries in it! (which luckily I didn’t) I unscrewed the head and much to my surprise it has a standard 20mm star mcpcb! It has “LUMILEDS” printed on the board, (Philips/Rebel/Luxeon?) It sits on an aluminum pill that is threaded into the body tube. But trying it tonight and seeing its weak bluish beam it’s hard to believe I actually thought it was great!

It’s DD, 0.00 ohms between the (+) emitter lead and the contact board in the bottom of the pill, and the (-) emitter pad is soldered directly to the pill. There’s a spring between the contact board and switch.

Just for kicks, since the 3S cells = 4.5v (3.6v with NiMH) I began thinking about a simple emitter upgrade, using an XM-L2 led/mcpcb that I removed from another light. Also maybe bypass the contact board spring or just remove it and wire the board directly to the switch. It has a deep SMO reflector (which appears to be plastic) but has a ringy beam, so maybe some DC-Fix would be the ticket.

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Some NiMH cells I was looking at for it:
https://www.batteryjunction.com/onenicsi35ma.html
https://www.amazon.com/Cards-Tenergy-Discharge-Rechargeable-Batteries/dp...
https://www.batteryjunction.com/tenergy-nimh-c-5000-premium.html

 

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The pic on the right seems to indicate a generic craptastic “bead” commodity LED. Maybe 3W or so, tops.

I thought I would get one of those in my old RiverRock (Target house-brand) 2×C, but I was amazed it was an actual honest to B’harni XR-E.

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You probably don’t want to push too much power with a plastic reflector, so still keeping 4.5V from alkaleaks might work fine. I’d use a generic 7135-based driver. Dunno what size driver you might fit in there, but personally I prefer regulation across most of the battery-life, vs a constant decline and inconsistent light levels.

Hell, from FT you can get a 20mm star with 1 or 2 7135s on it, no separate driver needed! 700mA is pretty decent, and won’t cook/melt/char the reflector.

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Oh yeah, pick an LED with as low a Vf as possible to maximise runtime.

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Lightbringer wrote:
You probably don’t want to push too much power with a plastic reflector, so still keeping 4.5V from alkaleaks might work fine.
Do the 1.2v NiMH have more current than alkaleaks?

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Lightbringer wrote:
I’d use a generic 7135-based driver. Dunno what size driver you might fit in there, but personally I prefer regulation across most of the battery-life, vs a constant decline and inconsistent light levels.
Yeah that makes more sense, how about one of these with the 1.2v NiMH ?

The contact board is 23mm, so these should work (I guess solder the edge to the pill in a couple spots for retainment and grounding)

(1050mA) https://www.fasttech.com/products/1612/10017778/3647302
(1400mA) https://www.fasttech.com/p/3647303

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Hell, from FT you can get a 20mm star with 1 or 2 7135s on it, no separate driver needed! 700mA is pretty decent, and won’t cook/melt/char the reflector.
Real interesting, the fasttech star, never heard of that…

Is it this one? https://www.fasttech.com/product/1133803-universal-star-base-plates-with...

 

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Beam0, The exact reason i bought light was the blueish silver color of barrel. The last one on pegs. No wonder why it does not work AKA DOA. It goes back first thing tomorrow before I head into office.

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mmalive wrote:
Beam0, The exact reason i bought light was the blueish silver color of barrel. The last one on pegs. No wonder why it does not work AKA DOA. It goes back first thing tomorrow before I head into office.
Did you get a good deal on it? Have you checked to see what the problem might be?

But really it probably isn’t worth messing around with unless it was less than $10. It’s pretty amazing what you can get these days for $15-$20. I bought mine long ago before I knew what a real flashlight was, I wouldn’t buy one now knowing what I know but it’ll be kind fun to try and mod mine since I have it.

You could trade it in for one of these if you don’t already have one! (real handy for working on flashlights) https://www.harborfreight.com/jumbo-helping-hands-with-led-lights-65779....

Also this is a great thread lube, 1 tube will last nearly forever: https://www.harborfreight.com/85-gram-super-lube-grease-cartridge-93744....

 

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mmalive wrote:
Beam0, The exact reason i bought light was the blueish silver color of barrel. The last one on pegs. No wonder why it does not work AKA DOA. It goes back first thing tomorrow before I head into office.
Did you get a good deal on it? Have you checked to see what the problem might be?

But really it probably isn’t worth messing around with unless it was less than $10. It’s pretty amazing what you can get these days for $15-$20. I bought mine long ago before I knew what a real flashlight was, I wouldn’t buy one now knowing what I know but it’ll be kind fun to try and mod mine since I have it.

You could trade it in for one of these if you don’t already have one! (real handy for working on flashlights) https://www.harborfreight.com/jumbo-helping-hands-with-led-lights-65779....

Also this is a great thread lube, 1 tube will last nearly forever: https://www.harborfreight.com/85-gram-super-lube-grease-cartridge-93744....

I paid $12.89 out the door. The light would not even turn on with brand new Energizers. DOA right out of sealed package. The reason I bought it was color of light, use as defensive tool if needed. None of it matters considering thing does not start up.

BTW, I do have the HF lube. Will go and buy another one. With the 20% coupon.

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mmalive wrote:
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mmalive wrote:
Beam0, The exact reason i bought light was the blueish silver color of barrel. The last one on pegs. No wonder why it does not work AKA DOA. It goes back first thing tomorrow before I head into office.
Did you get a good deal on it? Have you checked to see what the problem might be?

But really it probably isn’t worth messing around with unless it was less than $10. It’s pretty amazing what you can get these days for $15-$20. I bought mine long ago before I knew what a real flashlight was, I wouldn’t buy one now knowing what I know but it’ll be kind fun to try and mod mine since I have it.

You could trade it in for one of these if you don’t already have one! (real handy for working on flashlights) https://www.harborfreight.com/jumbo-helping-hands-with-led-lights-65779....

Also this is a great thread lube, 1 tube will last nearly forever: https://www.harborfreight.com/85-gram-super-lube-grease-cartridge-93744....

I paid $12.89 out the door. The light would not even turn on with brand new Energizers. DOA right out of sealed package. The reason I bought it was color of light, use as defensive tool if needed. None of it matters considering thing does not start up.

BTW, I do have the HF lube. Will go and buy another one. With the 20% coupon.

Yeah get a refund and for a defensive tool you can put it towards the X-110

 

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beam0 wrote:
The contact board is 23mm, so these should work (I guess solder the edge to the pill in a couple spots for retainment and grounding)

Not 20mm vs a 23mm hole. You couldn’t put enough solder on there to keep the battery-holder from just pushing it right through the hole anyway.

beam0 wrote:
Real interesting, the fasttech star, never heard of that…

Is it this one? https://www.fasttech.com/product/1133803-universal-star-base-plates-with...

Yeh. Stick a 2nd 7135 at the 6 o’clock position.

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Lightbringer wrote:
beam0 wrote:
The contact board is 23mm, so these should work (I guess solder the edge to the pill in a couple spots for retainment and grounding)

Not 20mm vs a 23mm hole. You couldn’t put enough solder on there to keep the battery-holder from just pushing it right through the hole anyway.

beam0 wrote:
Real interesting, the fasttech star, never heard of that…

Is it this one? https://www.fasttech.com/product/1133803-universal-star-base-plates-with...

Yeh. Stick a 2nd 7135 at the 6 o’clock position.

OK yeah don’t know what I was thinking Facepalm I de-soldered it now, he contact board is actually nearly 24mm and the shelf is about 1mm wide, and only 2.3mm of room under the shelf.

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So it looks like the star with 7135 is the best way to go, not sure what kind of emitter it would use though it looks like the emitter wires get attached outside (not through the emitter base)

Maybe it would be easier to use this one, already has an emitter (warm white!):
It doesn’t say it can expand to 700mA but there’s the place to add a 7135 at 6:00, the question was asked (by two BLF members) in the discussion, but no one answered.

Not sure what kind of LED that is either.

https://www.fasttech.com/products/1609/10001864/1134701-generic-1w-led-e...

“Everything you can expect from a cheap generic emitter and an AMC7135 driver. I was surprised by the tint, very nice (if you like neutral/warm tints)”

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Or I could use something like these and just fit the 1050mA or 1400mA driver:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Copper-Marine-Table-M5-M6M8M10-M48-Seal-Flat-Wa...

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/30Pcs-DIN7603-M4-M5-M6-M8-M10-M12-M14-M1...

 

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beam0 wrote:
mmalive wrote:
beam0 wrote:
mmalive wrote:
Beam0, The exact reason i bought light was the blueish silver color of barrel. The last one on pegs. No wonder why it does not work AKA DOA. It goes back first thing tomorrow before I head into office.
Did you get a good deal on it? Have you checked to see what the problem might be?

But really it probably isn’t worth messing around with unless it was less than $10. It’s pretty amazing what you can get these days for $15-$20. I bought mine long ago before I knew what a real flashlight was, I wouldn’t buy one now knowing what I know but it’ll be kind fun to try and mod mine since I have it.

You could trade it in for one of these if you don’t already have one! (real handy for working on flashlights) https://www.harborfreight.com/jumbo-helping-hands-with-led-lights-65779....

Also this is a great thread lube, 1 tube will last nearly forever: https://www.harborfreight.com/85-gram-super-lube-grease-cartridge-93744....

I paid $12.89 out the door. The light would not even turn on with brand new Energizers. DOA right out of sealed package. The reason I bought it was color of light, use as defensive tool if needed. None of it matters considering thing does not start up.

BTW, I do have the HF lube. Will go and buy another one. With the 20% coupon.

Yeah get a refund and for a defensive tool you can put it towards the X-110
So true.