[Available again! - BLF special edition light] new Sofirn AAA twisty high CRI 5mm LED

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^ Don’t worry, I do all communication with Barry as suggestions with the final decision for Sofirn. Which is good because I think they have some experienced engineers who have good ideas too.
I do emphasize that we at BLF too can have pretty good ideas every now and then Smile Barry’s remark that he prefers simple may just as well be his honest opinion instead of grumpiness.

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Interested.

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At that price I’d be in for 4 or 5

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honestly i couldn’t care less about the tailcap. I do not need an AAA to tailstand. For $6, there are sure lots of suggestions.

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Thanks djozz. I thought I’d bring it up to help clarify the expectations for the rest of the members in this thread, too.

And BLF definitely comes up with a lot of good ideas.

As another thought on the magnet question, I’d like to try pulling the spring out of my E01 (not sure if it’s soldered or just pressed in) and dropping a magnet underneath it to see if it is strong enough to attach the light to something through the aluminum, and make sure it doesn’t interfere with the spring compression.

Unfortunately, I don’t have any neodymium magnets on hand. Anybody else want to try?

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dealgrabber2002 wrote:
honestly i couldn’t care less about the tailcap. I do not need an AAA to tailstand. For $6, there are sure lots of suggestions.

I honestly also think the tailcap is not really important for a 6 dollar light, but because we may have the opportunity to take part in the design of it I think it is fun and worthwile hobbytime to spend a lot of thinking time on it and see if we can do it better than all other manufacturers who also do not take the time to think long about the tailcap of their 6 dollar lights.
And the best fun is if our tailcap design makes its way in other manufacturer’s designs Big Smile
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I just don’t want Sofirn to scrap this project due to so many suggestions.

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dealgrabber2002 wrote:
I just don’t want Sofirn to scrap this project due to so many suggestions.
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dealgrabber2002 wrote:
I just don’t want Sofirn to scrap this project due to so many suggestions.

They have bought the leds already Big Smile
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rost333 wrote:
Hi, I’m in for 2×3200k

I love low mode in ThruNite Ti3. Would it be possible to have 2 modes here?
One really low (like 0.04-0.06 lm) and the second one full beam?
Low mode can be very useful in tent/bedroom situation.

Definitely more important to my usage as well. Trits, Magnet, Tail stand…none I need, but a moonlight…definitely.

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I’m in for at least 4.

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Tixx wrote:
rost333 wrote:
Hi, I’m in for 2×3200k

I love low mode in ThruNite Ti3. Would it be possible to have 2 modes here?
One really low (like 0.04-0.06 lm) and the second one full beam?
Low mode can be very useful in tent/bedroom situation.

Definitely more important to my usage as well. Trits, Magnet, Tail stand…none I need, but a moonlight…definitely.


trithole, magnethole and tailstanding do not add costs and do not affect robustness, more than 1 mode requires a chip component on the driver which adds cost and is an extra component that can fail.
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djozz wrote:
Tixx wrote:
rost333 wrote:
Hi, I’m in for 2×3200k

I love low mode in ThruNite Ti3. Would it be possible to have 2 modes here?
One really low (like 0.04-0.06 lm) and the second one full beam?
Low mode can be very useful in tent/bedroom situation.

Definitely more important to my usage as well. Trits, Magnet, Tail stand…none I need, but a moonlight…definitely.


trithole, magnethole and tailstanding do not add costs and do not affect robustness, more than 1 mode requires a chip component on the driver which adds cost and is an extra component that can fail.

Extra cost+ extra point of failure places extra modes outside the scope of this light in my opinion. The goal is to have an extremely durable and reliable light, like the Fenix E01, but with a superior Yuji 5mm LED.

This is coming from someone who generally loves having multiple modes on a light.

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The most important tail feature to me is that it tailstands. There’s really no reason to make a light not tailstand. Anyone who has ever experienced a power outage knows just how handy tailstanding can be.

On that note, I want to mention an unintentional “feature” of the E01, the head is the perfect size to use a lip balm cap as a diffuser. I’d love to be able to do the same with this light.

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defloyd77 wrote:
The most important tail feature to me is that it tailstands. There’s really no reason to make a light not tailstand. Anyone who has ever experienced a power outage knows just how handy tailstanding can be.

On that note, I want to mention an unintentional “feature” of the E01, the head is the perfect size to use a lip balm cap as a diffuser. I’d love to be able to do the same with this light.


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TheShadowGuy wrote:
djozz wrote:
Tixx wrote:
rost333 wrote:
Hi, I’m in for 2×3200k

I love low mode in ThruNite Ti3. Would it be possible to have 2 modes here?
One really low (like 0.04-0.06 lm) and the second one full beam?
Low mode can be very useful in tent/bedroom situation.

Definitely more important to my usage as well. Trits, Magnet, Tail stand…none I need, but a moonlight…definitely.


trithole, magnethole and tailstanding do not add costs and do not affect robustness, more than 1 mode requires a chip component on the driver which adds cost and is an extra component that can fail.

Extra cost+ extra point of failure places extra modes outside the scope of this light in my opinion. The goal is to have an extremely durable and reliable light, like the Fenix E01, but with a superior Yuji 5mm LED.

This is coming from someone who generally loves having multiple modes on a light.

True. No need to overcomplicate. An extremely durable and reliable light is what we are trying to get here, as I understand.
If Sofirn would be interested they can launch later/same time another version/model with 2-3 modes.
KISS is definitely a good idea Wink

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May be crazy but my favorite UI is tighten to turn off. To me it is more secure. Two of my AAAs have this and great for one-handed operation. It may be more expensive as it is on pricier lights.
Very excited about this project.

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List is updated through post 582 (Nguyen).

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Total count is now 456.

goshdogit wrote:
I’m already on the list for three warm ones. Please put me down for three cool ones, too.

Very nice. Updated.

finnegans wrote:
In for one of each color temp -

I already have you listed for 2 of each color temp from post 198.

Let me know which is your current desired quantity. Thanks.

litenutz wrote:
Please add 2×5600k Sofirn $6.

Just to clarify, you requested 3×3200k in post 277, so I’m reading your interest as 3×3200K and 2×5600K. Is that correct?

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Looking good!

2 for me, 3200K please

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Venice wrote:
May be crazy but my favorite UI is tighten to turn off. To me it is more secure. Two of my AAAs have this and great for one-handed operation. It may be more expensive as it is on pricier lights. Very excited about this project.

The only light I’m familiar with to have tighten off is the Mag Solitaire, so I’m not too familiar with the differing mechanisms used in such twisties, but the Mag has extra parts twist on switches don’t have. Twist on switches are much simpler and reliable.

I don’t want to speak for other users, but I don’t want to see this design deriving too far from the tried and true Arc AAA, Fenix E0/E01, Peak Matterhorn, etc.

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defloyd77 wrote:
Venice wrote:
May be crazy but my favorite UI is tighten to turn off. To me it is more secure. Two of my AAAs have this and great for one-handed operation. It may be more expensive as it is on pricier lights. Very excited about this project.

The only light I’m familiar with to have tighten off is the Mag Solitaire, so I’m not too familiar with the differing mechanisms used in such twisties, but the Mag has extra parts twist on switches don’t have. Twist on switches are much simpler and reliable.

I don’t want to speak for other users, but I don’t want to see this design deriving too far from the tried and true Arc AAA, Fenix E0/E01, Peak Matterhorn, etc.

Got it. Did not know that and agree with you.
My 2 were a Tain Ottavino and Vollsion SP 11. Just like that UI.
Also have an E01 and like it alot.

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I have numbers of AAA lights  but most of them don't tailstand ...OR tailstand so poorly it's not worth talking about 

 

jetbeam Jet u

Eagletac D25AAA

olight i3

Eoslamp SP11-S

Lumintop  titanium tool

 

  Eagletac and the ti are clearly the best .rock solid tailstanders 

  

  The olight and theEOS lamp tailstand kind of average

and

 the Jetbeam Jet-U is a pretty tipsy  tailstander 

 

 The magnet on a litle light like this is very nice useful and cheap to accomplish .

 a trit on a 6$ light makes almost no sense and 99% of the people who will use this kind of light haven't ever seen  and most never heard of a trit . 

 My vote would be for a bigger magnet or a hole / magnet option

 

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defloyd77 wrote:
Venice wrote:
May be crazy but my favorite UI is tighten to turn off. To me it is more secure. Two of my AAAs have this and great for one-handed operation. It may be more expensive as it is on pricier lights. Very excited about this project.

The only light I’m familiar with to have tighten off is the Mag Solitaire, so I’m not too familiar with the differing mechanisms used in such twisties, but the Mag has extra parts twist on switches don’t have. Twist on switches are much simpler and reliable.


The Tain Ottavino has tighten off, it’s a twist only.
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DavidEF wrote:
…I don’t want an empty magnet hole on the outside of the tail of the light. First of all, it won’t really look good (empty)…

I’m not expecting a $6 to look good in the first place.
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Boaz wrote:

I have numbers of AAA lights  but most of them don’t tailstand …OR tailstand so poorly it’s not worth talking about 


 


jetbeam Jet u


Eagletac D25AAA


olight i3


Eoslamp SP11-S


Lumintop  titanium tool


 


  Eagletac and the ti are clearly the best .rock solid tailstanders 


  


  The olight and theEOS lamp tailstand kind of average


and


 the Jetbeam Jet-U is a pretty tipsy  tailstander 


 


 The magnet on a litle light like this is very nice useful and cheap to accomplish .


 a trit on a 6$ light makes almost no sense and 99% of the people who will use this kind of light haven’t ever seen  and most never heard of a trit . 


 My vote would be for a bigger magnet or a hole / magnet option


 

Let’s be real here, 99% of the people who will use these lights are people on flashlight forums.

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Eraursls1984 wrote:
defloyd77 wrote:
Venice wrote:
May be crazy but my favorite UI is tighten to turn off. To me it is more secure. Two of my AAAs have this and great for one-handed operation. It may be more expensive as it is on pricier lights. Very excited about this project.

The only light I’m familiar with to have tighten off is the Mag Solitaire, so I’m not too familiar with the differing mechanisms used in such twisties, but the Mag has extra parts twist on switches don’t have. Twist on switches are much simpler and reliable.


The Tain Ottavino has tighten off, it’s a twist only.

Correct. As does the SP 11. That is what I was trying to say.

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You can’t say that Sofirn does not have the dedication to this light. They went ahead with the drawing of the tail and sent me this render.

Mind that I brought the holes as an option that we are still discussing on, but they put them in the drawing anyway. This is good because now we have better material to base the decisions on. I see that they sticked to the slightly narrowed tail, I guess for their own aestetic reasons, but I estimate that tailstanding will still be good. I gave them the size of the trithole (6.4×1.7mm) but it seems somewhat large (or maybe not), have to check that.

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My personal opinion is that it looks rather good like this. If we go for no holes, the tail will look more slick even, but also with holes it looks good, and me I like the options for magnet and trit.

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Those look good to me!

I’m definitely adding clips to my order, now that they’re reversible. Being able to clip lights to my baseball cap is amazingly useful.

I’m very impressed by the way that Sofirn are engaging with us on this project. It’s cool to be even a small part of it Smile

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I’m pretty happy and impressed with that look and just how involved Sofirn is with this/us.

The magnet and tritium holes in the tail look like stylistic design choices rather than 2 empty, out of place holes.

GREAT job!

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