Interest collect for a new Sofirn design: tube style18650, magnetic ring control, USB-C charging, 500 lm max (AKA grandma light)

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Fully agree, anything simple that makes light goes for her. I guess this light is about what we would like to give her/him, and at the same time appreciate ourseves. If this light comes alive, it would likely be the one I most often grab for real duty.

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Ooooh a significant other light, yes please. Interested.

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Me too, I wished Sofirn was still interested.

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Maybe someday. Still interested.

Barry, are you listening?

Maybe Wurkkos can do better.

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In his “Story of SC31 Family” post, Barry makes reference to SC31B sales/profit not being up to snuff, which lead to its demise, and perhaps a reluctance to engage in further muggle-targeted projects constrained by a low price point.

Wurkkos is managed independently, and probably does pretty well with the FC11, so it may be more amenable to such a project. But, the FC11 is descended from the SC31, and aside from a few aspects, already fits most of the brief, so they might be able to make it work, but on the other hand, also question why a variation of what it already produces is necessary, or worthwhile.

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After a year of silence there is some progress in this project, and as JaredM and TheIntruder above recently suggested, with the help from Wurkkos. In their Christmas giveaway I suggested to develop a flashlight with magnetic ring, and they contacted me about it because they want to develop a 18350 light, and after a PM conversation they may continue in the spirit of this grandma light. It is very early, nothing is designed yet, but there are intentions Smile

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This is great news. Low parasitic drain hall sensors are a top priority imo.

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18350 light would be great with extension tube.

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That is great news! So looking forward to buying this!

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Thanks for the various comments about parasitic drain with Hall sensor (magnetic rotating ring) lights.
I checked mine and the batteries had all been sucked down to ten percent.

I’ll put the charged cells in a plastic case and rubber band that to the dive lights in the emergency cache

I still really like the simple rotating ring control for lending out. Just gotta watch the battery level closer.

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I'm in for  3 pcs

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In for 2!

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Djozz, maybe point wurkkos to this thread and notice all the longing for a compact rotary..
https://budgetlightforum.com/node/80356

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I did that already, and I hope that they will report any progress in this thread.

(and a happy newyear everyone, it is 2022 here now)

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I still look at my old Surefire U2 and wish there was something similar-ish made today with a modern LED and driver. It is funny though that I no longer really like tail switches at all. e-switch just has superior ergonomics. If only the U2 had had a off setting as one of the… 6? options on the ring.

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Ummmm folks..

Seeknite D236

Really looks like a good starting point. Anybody want to review one?

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JaredM wrote:
Ummmm folks..

Seeknite D236

Really looks like a good starting point. Anybody want to review one?

Holy crap! Excellent find! Too bad it’s sold out and I wish they didn’t have the strobe mode. Also wonder how the driver performs.

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If this moves forward I’m interested in 2

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Watching this one.
I’d buy two if it specs out right…

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I’ll buy at least one for sure if this works out. Rotating ring UIs are very fun and simple

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