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Were to buy HD 2010?

Hi guys, I decided to get the so popular HD2010
Just not sure were to get it from, could someone advise please, is the one you get ok, good quality? What is the better quality ones, Fandyfire or Ultrafire? I now that the Fasttech ones are bad (underdriven).
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I’ve had 2 good Ultrafire black ones from Tmart. But that was months ago.

Tmart currently have some discount coupons here somewhere.

I’ve just ordered the perfect one from Lightmalls.

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Also worth noting the comment about the Fandyfire at fasttech :

“Output Warning: this light has an exceptionally low current draw (about 800mA on high). While this extends battery life (runtime per charge), the LED in the light is not driven to its full potential. In other words, you may find the flashlight somewhat dim compared to similar Cree XM-L lights.”

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I just received mine from light castle… I am not happy at all with it. Not very bright & beam not well defined.

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TMART certainly was ok as SunCoaster said, but can't vouch for them at the current time. I've bought 2 myself, and at least 2-4 others recommended to friends - all were good, shipped from US warehouse. These low power versions out there is a bit scary, but it's a great light to modify, not the easiest, but well worth the results.

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Get the Fanfyfire from Lightscastle, better than the Tangsfire from T-mart. Larger hotspot and nicer beam. Build quality is great on both. Both were bought around December.

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I ordered the TangsFire one from Tmart this morning. I already have the other one they list; it’s good but direct drive is a problem with 26650 cell, and the emitter wasn’t perfectly centered (spacer problem). I took a chance on the TangsFire one, and as long as the emitter is centered and producing a good beam, the driver issue I can fix.

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Dale wrote:
I just received mine from light castle… I am not happy at all with it. Not very bright & beam not well defined.

Dale, what type of tail current does the light have? Also, these lights have a floating reflector. Typically, the bezel has to be carefully screwed on to keep the reflector base perfectly centered to the LED. If not, the light will loose it’s otherwise perfect hotspot and make it look like a mess. Unfortunately every time the bezel is removed and replaced, you’d have to go through this ordeal. I’m sure from the factory, the assembler didn’t care about this.

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Looking to buy another HD 2010.
Anyone know current best price? ( and output—but my TMart version has been great)

The TMart $6 off $30 coupon is expired

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Yeah, a certain someone’s copper pills has me shopping around for one too Smile

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Tangsfire HD2010 from tmart (black) has the good East-92 driver. I got 5.3A with a 26650. I ordered two more in grey.

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1200 or 3600 lumen version ?

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I took a chance on the Grey Ultrafire HD2010 with XML2 from willbuying.com

Hopefully it’s a good one.

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LinusHofmann wrote:
I took a chance on the Grey Ultrafire HD2010 with XML2 from "willbuying.com":http://www.willbuying.com/ultrafire-hd2010-cree-xml2-led-1200lm-5-mode-f... Hopefully it's a good one.

Oh boy - these are the guys who are still claiming/selling  XM-L2 U3's, but they test at T6 level output -- I did the tests...

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Tom E wrote:

LinusHofmann wrote:
I took a chance on the Grey Ultrafire HD2010 with XML2 from willbuying.com Hopefully it’s a good one.

Oh boy – these are the guys who are still claiming/selling  XM-L2 U3’s, but they test at T6 level output — I did the tests…

So you’re saying the light will probably be made of cardboard…hehe Silly
Will report what I get here anyway.

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Well, probably would have been better off getting the FF one from FastTech for under $30, or TMART's. Unless you got a discount, $36 listed at WillBuying is one of the higher prices around.

 WillBuying has just been lying continuously about it and after I published the test results, no reaction - still listing them as U3's.... ugh.

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borked wrote:
1200 or 3600 lumen version ?

I don’t even pay attention to Chinese lumen claims. 3600lm? That must be the triple emitter model. Triple emitter+one cell= meh.
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So skip the triple emitter version ?
Wouldn’t it be higher driven/have better heat sinking etc ?

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So skip the triple emitter version ? Wouldn’t it be higher driven/have better heat sinking etc ?

Neither, if I remember correctly the pill and reflector on the triple is a drop-in style. Very poor thermal path and not worth it.

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Tom E wrote:

Well, probably would have been better off getting the FF one from FastTech for under $30, or TMART’s. Unless you got a discount, $36 listed at WillBuying is one of the higher prices around.

 WillBuying has just been lying continuously about it and after I published the test results, no reaction – still listing them as U3’s…. ugh.

Yeah you’re probably right, I was happy paying a bit more for the Ultrafire branding and an XML2 emitter but if the seller is dishonest about other items then that’s not very encouraging.
I hate my Fandyfire HD2010 that I bought a year ago from Lightscastle but it seems past experience counts for very little when buying these lights. The FastTech one is probably completely different again.
It’s a shame really, I find it a hard light to recommend because of all this uncertainty and $30 sounds like less of a good deal when you have to buy 2 or 3 to get one good one Silly

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LinusHofmann wrote:
borked wrote:
So skip the triple emitter version ? Wouldn't it be higher driven/have better heat sinking etc ?
Neither, if I remember correctly the pill and reflector on the triple is a drop-in style. Very poor thermal path and not worth it.

+1... I have a friend here who bought the Triple and it burned the driver out pretty quickly. It has no path for the heat to transfer into the body of the light. Even when it was working, it wasn't exceptionally bright. Looking for a cheap triple, get a TR-3T6 or a G36 if you can live with the toilet plunger design...

http://dx.com/p/fandyfire-g36-3-x-cree-xm-l-t6-2500lm-5-mode-memory-white-light-flashlight-black-2-x-18650-140969


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

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Ouchyfoot wrote:
Tangsfire HD2010 from tmart (black) has the good East-92 driver. I got 5.3A with a 26650. I ordered two more in grey.

Did you order the grey one’s from the US warehouse or Intl?
Want one with the 5a driver, and prefer grey.

Also looking for a coupon, the only one’s I can find have expired.

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All I have right now is black, and it’s good. I won’t know about the grey til they arrive.

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I ordered a black TangsFire on Oct. 31st, status is still 'Processing'. Tongue Out

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I got 2 gray and 2 black, and really prefer the look in black. All are or were good East 092 drivers. One is my original mod'ed HD2010 with 3 copper rounds in the pill, with a press fit brass ring and 4.5A Nanjg - XM-L2 U2/copper star with dome, AR lens -- outstanding. The latest one I bought from TMART in black has the VOB copper pill, de-domed at 4.9A and measures 5.0A on a Powerizer 26650, AR lens - outstanding throw w/de-domed XM-L2 U2 1A/Noctigon. Got a 5th one in black on the way from TMART, Int'l warehouse this time... The last two I paid $23 and change for one (coupon and pts), then $25 and change with the $6 off coupon.

I've modded several HD2010's for BLF'ers and recommended them to others and haven't heard of any problems, but most of them were from TMART. I get 190-210 kcd in throw out of them, de-domed, but my 5A version does this:

Using a Powerizer cell, measured 4.92A at the tail:

1,431 lumens @start, 1,397 at 30 secs, throw: 233kcd when measured at 5 meters

 

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Got one coming from FT – dunno where the order is though, I have shipping number but it hasn’t been scanned yet.

But this one is set for the copper pill and nanjg mod, so not too concerned about the factory driver.

Whats the best source for ar lens Tom?

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Gj wrote:

I ordered a black TangsFire on Oct. 31st, status is still ‘Processing’. Tongue Out

Ordered the same on the 30th, it shipped the 6th.

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For the AR lens, used to buy the flashlightlens.com UCL/p's but now am using the ones from FFL/CNQ (RIC) - seem pretty good.

Here's results from doing a timed run test with a fairly fresh Powerizer with the 5A copper pill:

- @2 mins, it feels gently warm, nice....

- @3 mins, maybe slightly warmer - wowww (I'm afraid I'll burn a hole thru the ceiling... It is so freak'n bright in here)

- @5 mins, not much warmer ??

- @6 mins, still just a comfy amount of warmth, and putting it directly into the light box without turning it off, it reads 1,238 lumens (this is after all the lumens/throw testing as well, same cell). Cell reads between 4.0 and 4.1v measured with the built-in battery check mode from my custom programmed driver

- after 8 min cool down, cell measures 3.97v, tailcap: 4.41A, lumens: 1,299 - 1,268

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Cheers.

Just got a couple from KD for my stl-v6 and wf606a and both are pretty good, same quality as the C8 ones from FT.

My current project until the HD2010 arrives is an xpg2 aspheric stl-v6, but not working out too good so hope this FT order arrives soon

Chris

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borked wrote:
Yeah, a certain someone's copper pills has me shopping around for one too :)

I'm going to need a few more.

The low mode should be lower.

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I have a black Tangsfire HD2010 with two grey on the way. I want to bake one of the grey ones to see what color it turns.

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