X-0 Knight is LIVE on Kickstarter now!

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X-0 Knight is LIVE on Kickstarter now!

We're dropping something exciting on Kickstarter and we know you will love it!wink

 

WUBEN X-0 Knight

 

A bright, compact, unique and tough pocket flashlight that adapts to any lighting situation.

 

  • Up to 1,100 Lumens, Pocket Friendly, Magnetic Base...
  • So small & powerful that you can take it anywhere and light up anything.

 

surprised Learn more and order now: https://bit.ly/3OjeXJX

 

 

 

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Sounds like a wonderful right angle — I was interested in picking up the Wuben H5, but the larger brightness/battery and potential for a Samsung LH351D model could win me over.
One question, though — is the 18350 battery replaceable, and if so, how hard is it to do so? I wouldn’t want to buy a titanium light if it only had a built-in battery — lights with that sort of material should have easily replaceable batteries.

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WubenLight, can you post details of the UI and the LH351D (temperature, tint)?

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Why did Wuben decide to launch this light on a crowd-funding platform like Kickstarter instead of normal traditional manufacturing methods? You’re very well established for a long time now…doesn’t seem like Kickstarter would be necessary for your success in a new model.

Very attractive little light! Three things make me not want to purchase it, however. Non-removable battery – that is a deal killer. Some of us like or need to use our lights for longer periods of time and don’t want to (or cannot) stop to wait for recharging time. The pocket clip is poorly located – should be on one side so that the light may be laid down and aimed upwards (and that way it could also still be laid on its side). The base is much to narrow for stable tail standing – the conical taper looks very nice but reduces the footprint to about half of the diameter. On non-magnetic surfaces, surfaces that are a little bit rough or slanted…this light looks like it would be easy to topple since it is already a little top-heavy, but a wider base is always preferred. We have seen this with other lights recently where tail cap “ears” are reduced so much that the lights no longer tail stand very well except in the best scenario.

The green ti is a very nice looking finish! Unique!

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Marketing aside, I do think the flashlight looks great and the button mechanism looks well engineered.

I’m sure that the 18350 is replaceable via the top screws, would be nice if Wuben confirms

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Why did Wuben decide to launch this light on a crowd-funding platform like Kickstarter instead of normal traditional manufacturing methods? You’re very well established for a long time now…doesn’t seem like Kickstarter would be necessary for your success in a new model.

A Kickstarter campaign with this low of a pledge goal is purely for marketing purposes, once the project reaches several times its required pledge it becomes viral and millions of potencial buyer will recieve brand exposure, people who otherwise wouldn’t show any interest in a flashlight.

Most of the cases when the pledge goal is so low and gets funded so quickly it’s because of self-fund, basically they pay the KS fee in order to make the project look extremely successful and make staggering claims such as “3,000% funded in 24 hours!”. Also, KS offers the backers a guarantee where if the project doesn’t reach full funding they will issue refunds, so it would not be wise to set a real funding target.

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Interesting, will34, thanks. I did see that Jellop was prominently mentioned….waayyyy at the bottom of the page. lol. I didn’t know that…schemes…like this had infiltrated Kickstarter. Marketing will be the death of us all someday…put all that energy into better skills, imho. Smile

I’ve seen a bunch of fiascos on various crowd-funding platforms over the years…kinda loathe to support that avenue myself to be honest. Some great things have happened, though. ODM is so easy these days that if someone really has a good idea and can do the legwork, finding traditional funding isn’t terribly difficult, although that does kind of lock someone into a path, at least for awhile, where crowdfunding can enable one-off projects to happen and you may never hear from the originators again.

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I decided to check the comments to see if someone asked about that battery and found this:

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X-0 Knight is an EDC flashlight with a built-in rechargeable battery. You can replace the battery if you wish, but we do not advise you to do so. Your battery will last a long time as we use a high-quality WUBEN 18350 battery in the design. If you do want to replace it, please use rubber pads or other tools to open the tail cover and put the battery in correctly.

Thanks for asking.

Seems like the back plate is similar to a watch caseback, and is most likely screw-on (ring pliers, rubber, or watch wrenches should open it effectively). I do wonder what the specs of the battery is, or if it’s a flat or button-top.

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This looks really interesting. I’m thrilled by the inclusion of MAO. Glad that more manufacturers are starting to experiment with different anodizations and body colours.

Regarding titanium, I’m not sure how much sense it makes in such a small, yet bright light. Sure it is more durable than Al (and it looks really slick), but the thermal properties are way worse. Heat dissipation is always going to be an issue in this form factor, and Ti only compounds that. At 1.1k lumens, it will probably start stepping down after a few seconds.
That being said, more options are always nice and other people might prefer higher durability, especially in an edc! I’d be more interested in a copper version.

I do have a gripe with this passage:

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A Titanium body is a must. More lightweight, corrosion-resistant, rust-proof and has unmatched strength, making X-0 Knight a long-lasting tool that saves you tons of money from frequent replacement.

Ti has a higher density than Al, so unless the construction is thinner, I don’t see how it could be more lightweight.

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Interesting design. The H5 is also excellent, with the ability to rotate, and attachment options. I’ve had to create my own backpack mounting system. I only want 18650 lights, however, and with a red emitter. But good job!

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The spacing between Medium and High mode (150 vs 250 lumens) seems too narrow and will only lead to a small visual difference.
I’d suggest either increasing High a fair bit (~400 lumens would be a good option), or adding another mode between it and Turbo.

Also, is it just me or does it kind of look like a miniature washing machine with an extended base in some pictures?

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I backed the Ti green one. I will swap the LED for 519a.

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A Titanium body is a must. More lightweight, corrosion-resistant, rust-proof and has unmatched strength, making X-0 Knight a long-lasting tool that saves you tons of money from frequent replacement.
Actually I never managed to destroy a flashlight with aluminum casing. After all the titanium helps to keep the heat inside the light – which probably renders the turbo runtime close to zero.
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To keep a simple and sleek design, we’ve skipped all unnecessary components and designed this multi-functional button. It is not only a switch to turn on/off X-0 Knight, but also serves as a stress relief toy with its comfortable pressing feeling, not to mention it features an anti-dust & waterproof cover for the USB Type-C charging port.
I assume one of the two brass (?) buttons under the USB protection cover contacts a micro switch inside. There is a pretty big gap visible between cover and USB connector (and no rubber seal) so I wonder how the dust protection is expected to work.
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if you care about turbo titanium is definitely not a good choice.

Titanium is sexy, but does not really have functional benefits over aluminium in a light of this size

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At first glance it seems small. And it may be the shortest 18350 light. They’re only giving us two dimensions but it’s a three dimensional light. So the head itself is not really going to be any smaller than other 18350 right angle lights. And because the clip doesn’t rotate that adds to that third dimension that they’re not giving us. Who has a spare front pocket that they’re going to carry this in loose? It’s still kind of bulky for that. If you’re going to clip it in or on a pocket then the short length is not really a major advantage. The permanently mounted clip does not make it easy to clip onto clothing or other things on your body and get that light pointed forward. I edc two lights daily and I can access both of them year-round pretty much with both hands even with gloves on in the winter. I am in favor of right angle lights with a magnetic tail and that is what my secondary light is. Mine has a deep carry clip on the tail end that will rotate. So even though this is somewhat shorter than other 18350 lights I don’t think most people are going to find it more convenient to carry as an EDC on their person than other right angle lights. I’m not in favor of the LED color choices either. So how are you going to carry it? Edit. Now showing all three dimensions.

You can't compare the big flashlight in the sky to the little flashlight in your hand.

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I usually EDC bigger lights (18650).

During the summer I switched to a small CR123 light (less need for a light) and I really like the small size and profile.

As my light usually rides in the cargo pocket of my pants I have no issues with clip positions or overall girth.

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Definitely interesting design… Looking forward to video reviews… Thumbs Up

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Cool design, post it here once you have it for sale. Not joining KS for it though.

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atobe wrote:
Cool design, post it here once you have it for sale. Not joining KS for it though.

 

No problem! Thank you so much for your support!

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X-0 Knight is an EDC flashlight with a built-in rechargeable battery.

 

You can replace the battery if you wish, but we do not advise you to do so.

 

Your battery will last a long time as we use a high-quality WUBEN 18350 battery in the design. If you do want to replace it, please use rubber pads or other tools to open the tail cover and put the battery in correctly.

 

We'll be uploading a video of how to replace the battery soon. Stay tuned!

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Correllux wrote:
Why did Wuben decide to launch this light on a crowd-funding platform like Kickstarter instead of normal traditional manufacturing methods? You're very well established for a long time now...doesn't seem like Kickstarter would be necessary for your success in a new model. Very attractive little light!

 

Hi there,


One of our departments named Wuben Lab which is dedicated to the design and production of unconventional flashlights in the future. To have a better exploration of this, we really need to get more support and recognition. And that's why we choose Kickstarter at first.


And we appreciate all your support. Thanks a ton.

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WubenLight, can you post details of the UI and the LH351D (temperature, tint)?

Yes, we will attach the screenshot to show later.

We provide optional LEDs, OSRAM P9 LED ( 6000K-6500K) and LH351D (5000K).

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WubenLight wrote:
We’ll be uploading a video of how to replace the battery soon. Stay tuned!
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I’ve backed a white one based on one information I wish Wuben will respect: they will ask us if we want a P9 or a LH351D.

If only cool white will be available, I don’t want to back this project.

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LH351D only becomes available when the stretch goal of 50k is met. This is clearly stated in the description.

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Not only you are right, it’s now even worse, it’s now stated 100k…

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I’m 100% sure with was 50k before!

I do not like the P9 as well, but I like the light and I’ll swap the LED with what I prefer.

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MascaratumB wrote:
WubenLight wrote:
We’ll be uploading a video of how to replace the battery soon. Stay tuned!
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Well that looks easy enough, just not very convenient. Perhaps a normal tailcap that can be unscrewed by hand could be sold as an optional accessory?

Wuben Lab sounds interesting…you guys always make good products. I’ll keep an eye out for future projects!

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Very cool light.

Are the outputs constant current regulated?

I agree with others, mode spacing is not very good. The jump from 1 to 50 lumens is 50x increase, and from 150-250 lumens is less than 2x increase.

Something like 1, 10, 75, 250 would make way more sense.

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Interesting. Most of my right angled lights serve double duty as headlamps. This doesn’t appear to come with a headband and if it does, I’m curious how one would go about aiming it. Even clipped to a pack or shirt placket, changing the direction of the beam doesn’t appear to be an option.

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This looks extremely interesting! I love that the cell is replaceable but the light is kept compact. That's the point of this light really, a big tail cap with springs would kinda defeat the purpose imo.

 

Here's two questions I'd love to get answered by Wuben:

1) Is the bezel around the TIR optic glued? Or can it be unscrewed with enough force?

2) What is the user interface like? Is it one click for on, one for off? And if so, is there a lockout mode? I'd love to see either double click for on, or a lockout mode that requires three or four clicks to lock/unlock. 

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