What does this hobby “make” you buy?

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What does this hobby “make” you buy?

So… apart from flaslights, batteries and chargers, which are the essential things for the hobby to ‘see the light’, what tools, devices, accessories do you buy or have you bought throughout the way?

I see myself as a modder and as a reviewer (if these are acceptable categories within the flashaholism Glasses ), so I’ve bought some stuff for both kind of activities (although I don’t excell in any of them Big Smile ).

Without entering into much specificities, these are some things I’ve bought since I started being on BLF Cash

- Multimeter (2)
- Clampmeter
- Luxmeter
- Caliper
- USB Tester

- Soldering iron (3)
- Helping hands + mini vise
- Soldering accessories (extra tips, tip cleaner, flux, solder paste, wire, solder wick, thermal paste, desoldering tools)
- Files
- “Dremmel” tool + Set of tips
- Drills
- Hacksaw
- Gloves
- Tweezers (2 sets)
- UV Glue
- Leather + thread + needles
- Copper and brass rods

- Tripod (3)
- Fill lights (3)
- “Coloured background sheets”
- LED Lightbox
- Macro lenses for smarphone
- Plastic boxes for storage

How about you? What did the hobby made you buy? Evil Cash

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Here’s the shortlist:
Integrating device (x3 sphere, box and tube+time setting up, etc)
AC/DC clamp meter
Data logging luxmeter
Digital calipers
Various other tools and accessories (rotary tool bits, drill bits, etc)
Soldering station+accessories, solder, soldering tips
Battery charger (x2)
Many li-ion batteries (18650, 18500, 21700)
Many Nimh A AAA rechargeable
USB tester (x2)
USB cables
USB PD wall chargers (x3 or 4?)
Resistors
Switches
LEDs
Raw materials (copper, aluminum, heat sinks, etc)

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Actually I always tell myself that I don’t buy this stuff for flashlights and that I use it for many other things as well. Usually this works quite good. Smile

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I’ve been into electronics since I was a kid, so I already had a lot of tools, but nothing related to SMD work.

Reflow Hotplate
Weller Soldering Station, my old iron had to be retired.
Good tweezers
Flush cutters
Solder paste
Liquid and paste flux
Magnetic helping hands

I think that about sums up stuff bought specifically for flashlights.

edit… Oh yea, chargers. Forgot about chargers. Thanks wle!
2nd edit… Opple, Texas Ace Lumen Tube

Why did we start this thread?

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lights
charger
usb power thingy
DC current clamp meter {though can use for other things}

i am an electrical engineer so had most tools already

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MB, no hotplate and hot-air station yet? I know a lighter or a frying pan and a soldering iron will do many things, but where’s the fun in that?

For the more exotic stuff, I got myself liquid tape. Keeping it in the fridge, it’s still good after some years. Can be removed easily. Love this stuff. Sure, UV glue, Kapton-tape, the Opple and many other things have been added to my household.

Spitzbube.

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Amazon Prime.

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Wait until Ali Express has a Prime equivalent.

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Born in a family of pencil pushers I remember there was always a lot of DIY going on. And when the kids got their own place, the first things that were bought were tools. So my latest addiction did not expand my collectio of tools except:

Set of adjustable reamers
Soldering station
Clampmeter
Luxmeter
USB Tester

And of course I needed chargers, (spare) parts and lots of LED’s.
But that is to be expected, and nothing special. Like buying gas for your car.

You are a flashaholic if you are forced to come out of the closet, to make room for more flashlights.

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luxmeter
better soldering iron, lots of associated tools (tweezers, vise, helping hands, etc.)
some raw materials (copper sheet, copper rod), and snips to cut the sheet
Opple
storage for my lights and equipment
a fold-up desk to work at
hotplate
hot air station
power supply
work light with magnification
dremel

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Photo diodes, lux meter, plastic drain pipe, diffusion sheets, a new digatil oscilloscope, data logger, a shorter FL macro lens – And way too many batteries and chargers.
All the Best,
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Here are some items I needed for modding that I didn’t have before:

  • A good soldering station with multiple tips
  • Helping hands with a magnifier
  • Nice tweezers
  • Electronics soldering flux
  • Solder paste
  • A customized needle nose pliers for retaining rings
  • Thermal paste
  • A small mirror to use as a flat surface for sanding

I’d rather use my flashlight around the house than turn on the lights.

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Unheard wrote:
MB, no hotplate and hot-air station yet? I know a lighter or a frying pan and a soldering iron will do many things, but where’s the fun in that?

Ahah, nop, not yet Silly
I’m still using the soldering iron or my electric stove to do those things (reflows, etc), I’m running out of space at home to store all the things I mentioned above Big Smile

The liquid tape seems fun! Never heard of it before, but I gotta try it Thumbs Up

I’m liking the thread, more different things to learn about Wink

To those thinking that “it’s just flashlights” we’re proving they’re wrong Big Smile Grad

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What have i bought for this hobby? Too much stuff i don’t need impulsively and multiples of a same/similar item. …sorry did you want an actual list?

- too much
-stuff i don’t need
-impulsively
-multiples of a same/similar item
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Big Smile

I guess this opened a can of worms Evil

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Oddly enough, about a dozen craft hole punches of various sizes (to punch out perfect-sized discs of either dc-fix or Zircon 802-804 to apply to my lenses to make my lights floodier or to eliminate green tint.)

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Already had the first 2/3 of OP original list from working on electronics and HO slot cars but did add the following for flashlight work;

Hot Air Station
Solder paste
Clamp meter
Light tube
Lux meter

And of course lot of batteries and too many chargers.
Had lots of fun and scored some Hellacious deals because of the mighty BLF and for that I am Happy.
Bought wayyy to many duplicates just because of better tint or diff body color but broke that habit.

Got to ask yourself these ?‘s
“Does it do anything exceptionally different from what you already own?”
“Is it brighter by a factor of 10x vs what you have now?” If so, how long does it hold this newfound glory?
and finally,
“What makes me think it won’t just sit on the shelf with the other “Latest and Greatest” that I got sucked into? Smile

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Those are some good questions Muto!!!

I’m starting to replace LEDs in older flashlights rather than just building new ones.

I’d rather use my flashlight around the house than turn on the lights.

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My biggest splurge so far is the Asensetek Lighting Passport spectrophotometer. To be fair I was also doing major lighting projects in three very different homes and needing to assess both ambient light and all sorts of products like GU-10 bulbs, tape lighting, etc. But it sure is nice for flashlights.

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Tool box(es)

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Storage boxes of all kinds.

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Forgot to add an IR thermometer to the list above Big Smile

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A spectrophotometer was the largest single purchase. But also recently a Brymen BM867s and precision current shunts to do accurate current and efficiency measurements, also these probes , they’re fucking amazing.
I still need to equip myself with proper reflowing tools. My hotplate is just a small copper plate heated by a soldering iron (but it’s temp controlled so quite nice actually), and an infrared reflow tool made with a car cigarette lighter Big Smile .

I don’t want to think about how much I spent in components/PCBs for driver development Facepalm

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More batteries than 99% of the population owns, and about a dozen chargers. Not to mention, giving up hundreds of hours of my time.