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NeutralFan wrote:
Thanks for the great info djozz and MascaratumB! This will probably be my next mod, including the lighted switch.
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Convoy M3 XHP70.2. It was shipped out of BG’s USA warehouse, so I got it in five days from ordering.

Running a Shockli 26650 5500 mAh battery in it. Four brightness levels, no strobe or other blinky modes which is fine with me. It is very bright and seems to sustain turbo mode for about two minutes before stepping down one level. No problem for me, as the third level is plenty bright enough.

I really like the design, it could easily be a shelf queen in my eyes. It is beautifully machined and anodized.

I have one quality issue with it: the mode button is uneven. One side of the button is angled slopping down into the host. It feels weird under my thumb because of the tilted angle. I notified Banggood and sent a picture of it, so they can advise Convoy of the quality quirk.

I really like Convoy torches. I also have a C8+ and that is a super light for the price.

My Future's So Bright...well, my flashlights are anyways.

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Speaking of Convoy, Simon once again made me a happy customer.


First SST20 light I get, and also the first in 5000K. It throws like a BEAST with that smooth reflector, my old XM-L2 C8 – throwiest torch I had until now – barely compares. I seem to have been VERY lucky with the tint lottery too, no green shifts to be found. Only thing I did was remove the pocket clip, that model chews anything but jeans to pieces and there’s no side switch for me to point it towards.

(Yes, it’s running Biscotti. I know, I’m a broken record Big Smile )

Also received a pair of non-coated lenses for my C8. Switched out the chipped one that was in it (from a tumble years ago) right away.

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Once more an example how good Convoy is, that M2 rivals any of the tactical top brand lights out there IMO, with biscotti you can customise the UI to exactly your preference, and it is likely more robust than most A-brands because more simple and more servicable.

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djozz wrote:
Once more an example how good Convoy is, that M2 rivals any of the tactical top brand lights out there IMO, with biscotti you can customise the UI to exactly your preference, and it is likely more robust than most A-brands because more simple and more servicable.

I hear somewhere on reddit the M2 is not watertight due something with the o-ring and that the M1 is better. Can someone confirm/debunk this?

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Hmm, not good news, my M2 is from the first generation, so I can not help confirming.

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I just received my first M2 host from Simon on yesterday. I haven’t tested it yet (submersion) , and may not considering the risk to spotting the reflector, but the lens o-ring design is actually something I noticed immediately and didn’t have a bunch of confidence in. I’ll report back if I can’t help but test it somehow..

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Scored a 900mm parabolic mirror today. I pick it up next week.

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Scored a 900mm parabolic mirror today. I pick it up next week.

Details next week? And pics of course
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djozz wrote:
grin wrote:
Scored a 900mm parabolic mirror today. I pick it up next week.

Details next week? And pics of course
For sure I have 2 recoil lights in progress 1 with 8inch aluminium reflector, 1 with 11inch glass mirror. I probably should start a thread for them builds
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Just got this old brass triple red Peak. It is running a LR1 N which I am not familiar with.

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6’×4’×17mm free weight mat. Made of recycled rubber, this heavy mat turns our living room into a micro gym.

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Planning to purchase PICOWE portable power station to use an iPhone with Garmin 64 gpsmap as my main GPS, have a re-chargeable headlamp and Casio Pathfinder watch that I will need to keep charged for 5-7 days in the outdoors. I have been looking at a Picowe, Jackery and Enkeeo. If there are cheaper options out there that works just as well or better, I am all ears!
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Picowe is smth I consider the most right now.

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Received a Sofirn C8F today. Took five weeks for delivery from Banggood.

The Sofirn C8F is one of my favorite forms of torches. I gave my first one to my MIL, because she liked it so much. This new one is mine-all-mine LOL.

I’m done with purchasing knives and lights until I get back to work, which could be a few more months at best.

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No longer a “Budget” light but just (finally after a few episodes) received my Thrunite Ti. Originally bought it because it is titanium (as far as I know). I absolutely disliked the UI with next mode memory. I sent it to Vinh at Skyllumens for a complete rebuild. It is now fully programmable 3000k 95 CRI. It is absolutely what I wanted. It has a very low mode (not sure how low), a very high mode and everything in between.
Bliss for now.

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GTvn Mini with SST40

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OP reflector??

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Yep, Vinh said the smooth reflector has a noticeable ring and donut hole in the beam.

"America has three cities, New York, San Francisco and New Orleans. Everywhere else is Cleveland."- Tennessee Williams

 

 

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Ah.

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Nice torch “ BOO5TED “ Thumbs Up
That is a good looking quality OP reflector Big Smile
Who Dat !

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Got this Nightraid flashlight kit 2 yrs ago and never put it on here. It came with 3 led pills and drivers in each one, White, Red, Green.
2 mounts, 2 chargers, tail cap with wired switch, and case.
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I got lucky with local fb group and scored lightly used Knipex crimping pliers and new in box automatic stripper for $25. No more stripping wire with knife!

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Our family has another rattlesnake!

My sister plans to kill it.

I hope she can do so without any humans getting hurt.

I'll keep you all posted.

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Okay, the rattler is dead.

My sister killed it with one strike of a shovel.

The snake was near my mom's bedroom window, so we took the screen out to get at the snake.

My sister basically had a three foot wall between her and the snake, so she played it pretty safe.

I don't plan on posting pics this time, but I am very glad the threat has been neutralized.  :THUMBS-UP:

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Aww, why? Just give him some crackers…

Never mind. He dead.

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vulpes wrote:
I got lucky with local fb group and scored lightly used Knipex crimping pliers and new in box automatic stripper for $25. No more stripping wire with knife!

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Hi “ vulpes “ Big Smile
I worked with a Machinist a few years back who was from Bosnia. Good family man and very popular. He bought 2 old oyster boats and fixed them up and made a good living with that side job. Thumbs Up
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People around here like making and fixing things themselves, be it a car repair or building a home (just no wires, electricity is regarded as dangerous black magic here). This may be the case in most of the places, but I’m always surprised with internet threads where someone who changed oil in their car is praised by hundreds (you get the idea). Well either that or being afraid to do as much as tighten a loose screw. Your guy was obviously an engineer, but since we have virtualy no waters to sail, or fishing industry, he is a very good example of this mentality that I really like.

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Received the Nitenumen TK35 CREE XM-L2, today. It is an 18650 cell light. Bought it on Amazon for $16.99. It has five brightness levels, strobe, and SOS.

It comes in a very nice box for this price point. It also comes with a 18650 3400 mAh Nitenumen branded cell, a micro USB charger cable, a lanyard, an extra charging port cover, and one extra o-ring. Oh, and a decent holster.

It’s a two button setup. A forward clicky on the tail end, and a mode button on the upper side of the host. The buttons feel good. The mode button partially lights up blue when the torch is on. To get to strobe, simply hold down the mode button for a second while the light is on.

The body is nicely anodized, and machined with no sharp edges or flaws. The diameter of the first three and a half inches of the body is what you would expect from an 18650 battery flashlight. Then it bulges up to about the diameter of a 26650 battery. Then it flares out more for a wide beam. The onboard charging port cover is not the easiest to open, because it is so small.

It will tail stand, but does wobble a bit due to the cutouts for the thumb to better access the clicky button. The head is crenelated, so you will know if the light is on when set down on the head. The lens is glass, but has a blotchy haze on the bottom side. I don’t like the look of it. Never seen anything like it on a flashlight.

Initial beam test in a dark room is ok. There is a medium hot spot, then it has ugly blotchy spill around that, then some ok looking flood from there.

I feel that the TK35 is longer than it needs to be. The blotchy haze on the under side of the lens is ugly. Overall, I’m not feeling it…I think I will return it.

My Future's So Bright...well, my flashlights are anyways.

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Appreciate all the little things in life!

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I don’t know how Amazon does it, but I got my Sofirn C8G today after ordering yesterday. Originally it said it would be delivered on May 4. Please, please, please! I beg for more vendors to have more great deals on Amazon.

The C8G is PERFECT! I mean everything lines up together; the “hot” symbol. The “Sofrin C8G” branding. The mode switch on the body. And, the thumb gap on the tail-end. Perfectly.

It works like the C8F in that you use the forward clicky button on the tail cap, to turn it on/off. You can leave the clicky button in the on position, and turn off the torch by holding down the mode button for about a second and a half. Turn the torch back on by a quick click of the mode button. EDIT: This works on Group 1 setting. A quick click of the mode button in Group 2 turns it on/off.

A thing of beauty, really. Can’t wait for the night to come. I might go for an extended walk tonight.

My Future's So Bright...well, my flashlights are anyways.

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