FastTech SolarStorm SC01/02/03 lights

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I disassembled mine, tightened everything (circuit board was sticking out by a half mm), assmbled and it worked for a week before it died again. There’s one solution – throw it away and stay away from Solarstorms, they’re very unreliable.

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Yup. I guess that’s the best thing to do.
I was just tempted by the size & the look.
For $5 more, I could get a Eagle Eye X6 SE which is fantastic compared to this piece of shxx.
This is the most expensive torch I’ve ever bought……$15 for just 2-3 min of light LOLLL

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After hearing all of the driver failures others are having with these lights i must have gotten 3 lucky ones that still work great. At least now i will be prepared for them to go dead. Silly

That Canadian flashlight guy & Lantern Guru -Den / DBSARlight

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I’ve been carrying an SC01 CW since April and it hasn’t missed a beat, and I’m addicted to clicking the side switch often as a nervous habit. Annoys the women-folk to no end. I have never run it for an extended period on high, though. I seem to most use the long-press low to aid aging eyes, but is nice to have 500 lumens in such a small package when I need to see what’s in the woods. I ordered some a couple weeks ago for gifts and a NW for myself. Didn’t see all the issues people are having until now but when you can get three of them and a very good 14500 for the price of an Olight S15, it’s worth a gamble.

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Out of curiousity I installed 18650 cell in my faulty SC02. And it worked, my light fixed itself after over a month of doing nothing…

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Interesting, was it a different battery?

Just found out that from off a long click switches the light on in a lowlow mode, another click to off…no need to go over the high mode to off.
Thought that this feature is unknown to others as well so I wanted to write it down…

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The same 18650 cell. Another low mode is not a secret for a while.

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Does the SC01 only work with a 14500 or can AA nimh be used?
Thanks,
Jerry

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jerm03 wrote:
Does the SC01 only work with a 14500 or can AA nimh be used? Thanks, Jerry

AA can be used, fhe light worked great on Nimh while it lasted.


Keepin’ the “B” in BLF

Don wrote:
It sounds like the XM LEDs won’t really be suitable for flashlight use. Pity…

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My SC01 and SC03 are both dead, and these look very un-moddable because of the e-switch mount and tight space for a driver piggyback option. They have been added to my shelf of shame (unmoddables, or too difficult to mod for now)...

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i just got my sc03 from banggood.

I bought the NW 3C tint and was expecting an XM-L LED but it seems that they ship the NW version with XM-L2 now.
The size is really nice, I bought it to use with CR123A primaries, but after reading this thread I hope the flashlight lasts for a while.

The light is definitive NW. I made a pic with the Nitecore P12 2015 CW in the middle and Fenix PD35 2014 CW on the right. The one on the left is the sc03.

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My SC01 came out really nice after a driver and LED upgrade, see post #27 here: http://budgetlightforum.com/node/30782.

If anyone has a dead SC01 or SC03 and would like to get rid of it, I'll take a couple of them for $12 shipped each, as long as they are in excellent condition. Both my SC01 and SC03 died (post #220 above), but this upgrade makes it into a very nice light Wink.

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Bump - repeating my offer. If you have a dead or working SC01 or SC03, or even a SC02 and want to get rid of it, I'll take it for $12 shipped if in good to exc. condition.

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I was looking to buy two of those for presents but then I read some negatives arround PWM and reliablity of the driver.

Banggood is now offering CW/NW options and they are specified as “Solarstorm SC02 2014 new”.

Anyone has an idea about what was actualy changed in this new version ? Any chances that the issues were fixed ?

Thanks

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I have 2x of the SC02 and SC03, and you’ll get ‘em when you pry them out of my cold, dead hands. Wink

But seriously, I really like mine. Drop them all the time (not on purpose!), work fine last a long time. I think I bought mine when this thread first came out.

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