Preview: Pre-release sample of the new FLEXcandles Asgard!!

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Preview: Pre-release sample of the new FLEXcandles Asgard!!

This is a pre-release preview of the first flashlight from the new FLEX Candles company.   A new division of FastTech.com, FLEX Candles is their entry into manufacturing their own line of flashlights.  The first light, the "Asgard"  uses an existing host to showcase their new technology.  What is that new technology that sets FLEXcandles apart from the competition?  It is the ability to program and customise the torches output on the fly and to do it wirelessly via Bluetooth\ using your Android device and a custom app they have created themselves.  With the new FLEX torches, the user can have his light with exactly the modes he wants and in any number and order.  The FLEXcandles app can store a number of different profiles for any situation the user feels the need for.

Here is a list of features as advertized by FLEXcandles:

  • The world's first Bluetooth-enabled programmable high powered LED flashlight
  • Program your flashlight the way you want it. Make it single-mode, 3 modes, or even 30 modes.
  • No messy cord to bring around and lose. No connection port to rust and break. Everything is wireless.
  • Preset and store multiple profiles on your favorite smart device and wirelessly upload a profile to your Asgards in seconds
  • Setup "morse code" modes without prior morse code knowledge
  • Comes with preset modes. Usable out of the box.
  • Free complimentary Android and Windows configuration app
  • 1052 lumens at 100% output mode
  • 8mA non-PWM moonlight
  • Non-PWM at 12.5% output intervals, 125KHz PWM at other levels
  • LED driven by eight 380mA AMC7135 drivers

There will be changes made that are different from those stated on their site.  These changes have been made per my recommendation to them and should greatly improve an already excellent offering:

  • Ability to enable or disable mode memory.
  • BT mode has now been hidden at my recommendation.  In our samples, BT mode is right between the last and first modes in the profile mode order.  As I found it very annoying to encounter the unprogrammed blinking mode each time one cycles through the modes in the torch to get to another mode (say from medium mode back to low).  It has been already changed in the firmware to be hidden and accessible by half pressing the switch (reverse clicky) about 5-7 seconds after entering any mode.  You will be able to cycle through the modes without seeing the blinking BT mode.
  • Moonlight mode lowered to around 1 or 2mA since the current 5mA (not 8mA as originally advertised) was, IMO, far too bright.  PWM has been lowered to 31.25KHz in order to make this possible.  31.25KHz is still insanely high for PWM and will still result in completely unnoticable PWM with zero visable flicker.
  • Low voltage cutoff will be lowered to 2.75 to avoid early cutoff when using lower quality cells that can cause premature low-voltage stepdown.
  • All PWM modes will now work as I found a few modes that did not function correctly using the original firmware settings.
  • Ramping modes will not be available in the Asgard but will be available in their second release, the "Beowulf".
The Asgard is available for preorder right now for just $59.00 from Fasttech.com.

My Asgard arrived yesterday in a padded envelope along with another light I had ordered.  The head of the Asgard pre-release sample was wrapped in bubble sheet. 

Here we see the "FLEXcandles" logo and website URL laser etched onto the side of the light's battery tube.   The etching is clean and evenly etched into the torch.

On the opposite side we see the "Asgard" model name and the light's serial number. 

If the Asgard's body is looking familiar to you you're not imagining things.  For FLEXcandles' first release they chose to focus on the technology inside the light mroe than designing an entirely new torch.  They chose the Small Sun ZY-T08 as the host because of of it's solid, yet affordable design and excellent performance potential. 

In addition to the Asgard's 2*18650 parallel cell arrangement, they will be releasing optional battery tubes/bodies so you can also have the choice of running a single 26650 cell or 2*16340 cells.  Barring and further production delays these should be avilable as early as a few weeks.  They don't want to release them before they are ready though so hang tight and they will arrive once they are right.

Aside from the laser etching on the body and, of course, the internals, the Asgard is identical to the ZY-T08.  To many of us who already own a ZY-T08 this is a good thing.  it's one hell of a performer with superb throw for a budget minded light.  Properly driven and dedomed examples have hit over 130kcd for throw.  Massive potential here, folks!

Keeping in mind that these are prerelease samples and much was done at the very last minute to get them out to us reviewers in a timely fashion, I was still more than a little disheartened to find the reflector in mine severely fingered up and smeared with grease and finger oils.  Fine scratches were also all over the inside due to a half-@ssed attempt from the tech assembling my light to wipe some of it off.

After taking pics of the damage and mess, I cleaned the reflector with warm water and mild soap.  The result is below.  Not too bad considering the horrible shape it had been in.  Jasmine has informed Teemu, Foy and me that they will be sending us new reflectors for our lights along with updated driver programmed with some firmware updates based on the feedback I'd given them about things I saw in the light and it's programming.  Please don't expect production examples to look like our beta samples.

It turns out that they were waiting on the centering ring for the reflectors to arrive before they shipped the lights out to us.  When they came in the tech disassembled the light to install the centering ring and fingered up the reflectors badly.  He (or she) needs a kick in his or her respective @ss and a lesson on keeping one's greasy, lunch eating fingers off the inside of the reflectors.  They were shipped out without any last minute inspection and Jasmine was mortified and very embarrassed to see what her team sent out in her absence that day.  To her credit, she actually encouraged us to show what we received, warts and all, but promises they will not happen in production examples.

With the reflector removed you can see the "external" BT antenna in the head of the Asgard.  The other end of the antenna wire is attached to the driver directly.  The antenna is sandwiched between the head and reflector.

With the pill removed we can see the very large pill containing the heart of FLEXcandles new technology. 

Pumping out the actual photons is a Cree XM-L2 1C emitter on a 25mm MCPCB.  There is thermal grease under the MCPCB.  The pill itself threads into the head from behind and has lots of threading for great thermal transfer away from the pill and into the head.

With the press-fit battery contact board separated  from the back of the pill we can see the driver.  You will notice the special thermal foam holding the driver firmly in place to both help manage any heat produced but to also cushion the driver from any impact or vibration damage.

here we see the actual driver that works all the magic.  output is provided by 8 AMC7135 chips producing 380mA each to the XM-L2 emitter.  The side you see here has 7 of the chips.  The eighth is on the other side. 

A look at the opposite side reveals the 8th 7135 chip along with the MCU and the Bluetooth antenna. THe grey wire is the wire to the thermosensor.  Red & black go directly to the LED.

The only cosmetic difference between the Asgard and the ZY-T08 host it borrows, aside from the etching, is the green GITD switch boot on the Asgard.  The first thing I noticed about the Asgard is that the machining is much better than that of my original T08.  In the pic below you can see the stainless steel tailcaps compared.  Notice the cleanly machined and polished tail of the Asgard compared to the one of the T08.  The T08's tail is covered in machining swirls from when it was milled out of the SS billet. 


The main body/batterytube on the T08 was always an example of budget minded machining.  Swirl marks and milling grooves can be seen in the T08 but are almost non-existent in the Asgard.  While there are a few very hard to see milling marks in the Asgard, the T08 body has many easily seen milling marks.  I had difficulty getting a pic that really showed the marks in both but those below still give a good idea of the difference in them and show that the Asgard is better made than the T08. 


Another difference is in the anodizing.  The anodizing on both is clean and evenly applied but on the original T08 is a bit shinier than that on the Asgard.  While still on the shiny side, the Asgard is definitely less glossy and more of a satin finish.

With the hardware looked at, let's take a look at the FLEXcandles programming app.  Available only for Android devices at the moment, it does allow for very easy programming on the fly.  This is still a beta version I have and again, FLEXcandles has already made changes to it based on my input and observations.  THe updated version will be available in a day or two and as soon as I get it I will update this preview with added info on it.  For now let's take a closer look at what it does have.

Once you have paired the software with your FLEXcandle light, the MAC address of the torch will show at the top of the app in the status window.  As other FLEXcandle lights are paired, you can choose which torch you want to program by hitting the drop-down arrow next to the MAC address.  To connect with the flashlight simply press the "Connect" button.

If your flashlight is not in programming mode you will get the error below.  For those of you who mentioned the possibility of flashlight-jacking, never fear.  it is impossible to hijack a FLEXcandlelight wirelessly.  The light must be in a special pairing mode which can only be done by the torch owner via the physical tail switch.  When not in pairing mode it is impossible to connect to the light from any app.

Pressing the "Bluetooth settings" button in the app will take you to your BT settings in Android.  After setting the torch in BT mode byclicking through the modes to get to it, the torch will flash 3 times repeatedly with a pause in between the 3 blinks.  It will remainn in this programming mode until you switch out of it.  Searching for available devices to pair with in your Android device will show the torch.  To pair with it you will be asked to enter the PIN for the light.  Enter "1234" and the light will pair with your device.  Once paired you will see it listed in your "Paired Devices" listing as seen below.

Switching back to the FLEXcandles app, you will now see the serial number of the driver lsited at the botom of the app along with the battery voltage of the torch and it's temperature.  You can switch between Farenheit and Celcius by touching the temperature reading in the app. 

Slide the screen to the left or click on "Modes" in the blue bar at the top to go to the modes screen.

Once there you will see a list of the Profiles you have created.  here we see one I created called "single mode thrower".  To switch between other profiles you've created, touch the drop-down arrow to the right of the profile name showing. 

Let's create a new mode profile, shall we?  Begin by clicking the menu button on your Android device.  It will bring up the menu at the bottom of the screen as seen below.

Click on "New Profile" and you will see the screen below.  The first thing you are asked is to give the profile a name. Press just above the blue line and the keyboard will come up.  Type in the profile name.  I named mine "program sample" (not very imaginative but sue me). Once the name is entered press the "Create" button.

You will see your new profile shown in the modes screen.  The next thing to do is add a mode to your new profile.  Press on "New Mode" in the top-right corner.

The "Mode Steps" screen comes up.  Type in a name for your mode, or not, your chouce.  I named mine with the cheeky moniker of "mode 1". Wink

Once named, click the "Add Step" button.

You will now be able to choose both output level and the length of time it is lit.  By default the mode and time is set to 100% and "forever".

Sliding the upper bar to the right of 100% will set the light from it's lowest output.    All selections to the right of 100% use PWM.  The PWM in production samples will be a very fast 31.28 KHz.   Right now the lowest mode is 5mA but at my request it is being lowered further to about 1mA or so.  At 5mA the output is still very bright IMO and needed to be much lower  They have reprogrammed the app to go even lower and now, to Jasmine's eyes, moon mode is visually only 30% of the output at 5mA and should be quite acceptable now.  Moving it further to the right will increase the output level a notch at a time up to 9.4% (263mA PWM).

Moving the lower slider bar to the right will decrease the amount of time the light is displayed.  If you wish for the light to blink for something like SOS, add a step for each blink you want to show.  I believe you can add 5 or 6 morse code characters per mode.

Movinng the top slider to the left of 100% will decrease output in non-PWM outputs in 12.5% increments.  In this example I set it to 50% output for 1.5 seconds.

Once you have as few or as many steps you desire in a particular mode, click the "Save" button at the top of the screen.

You will be returned to the profile screen with the current prifile and modes contained.  To add additional modes repeat the steps above.

Once you are ready, make sure the torch is in program mode and press the "Send Profile to Asgard" button at the bottom.  If all is good your light will have its new profile in a second or less.

If the program fails to write to the torch you will see the write failure message below.  To correct this, take the light out of program mode and then back in.  Reconnect with the app then try the "Send to asgard" button once again.  it should work fine now.

Here is another profile I had sent to my Asgard. 

 

And another just for fun.  The light can only store one profile at a time but switching between them is very easy.

A quick preliminary test of my Asgardin my IS reveals 720 OTF lumens at 100% output.  By comparison, my original production run ZY-T08 only does 635 OTF lumens.  I will take some Lux and throw figures tomorrow

 

Meanwhile here is a beamshot.  The tree line is 100yds out.  It's raining out and my house is surrounded by street lights.  For those who wonder why I don't do many outdoor beamshots, this might help you understand. Wink

This concludes my preview for the time being until I get a couple kinks worked out on my end with the light.  I am working with Fasttech to determine if a particular issue I'm having is a common issue or a unique issue pertaining to my sample only.  I will update as I get more info. 

My thoughts about the light and technology as a whole...

I fully agree with Relic38 and I thought of this earlier today while playing with the programming earlier but forgot to mention it here until now.  The best part of this is the ability to get exactly the modes you want. The biggest complaint among the flashlight communities is the inability to find a light with the exact perfect modes to suit out individual tastes.  Some love flashy modes like strobe and SOS while others simplu abhor them.  Some like mode memory while others don't, Some prefer a light to start in low mode while other prefer to start in high mode.  Some like a light to start in low mode when used indoors but prefer starting in high mode when outdoors.  One person might like only one or two modes while another wants to have over a dozen at their finger tips.

With the FLEX technology it is ridiculously easy to get exactly what you want in mode and memory programming.  If you like the host and the LED, the modes suddenly become the easiest thing to satisfy your wants in a good torch.  That said, once the novelty of programming your light wears off and the light is setup exactly how you want it, the odds are likely to rarely use the programability for a long time, if ever.  Is it worth the extra cost for this ability?  Unless you like useless blinky modes found in your average 5-mode torch and love the too bright lows and horrible spacing of most offerings, it is well worth the extra cost to get a light with the exact mode configuration you want.  I know people who spend hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars searching for the perfect light that works exactly how they want it.  Now they can stop looking.

Is the Asgard the perfect light for everyone?  No.  In spite of the robust programming it still sits inside a host that may or may not offer what the buyer wants.  Some might want a compact and floody light they can stuff into their pants pocket.  Others might like multi-emitter monsters that can light up a football field from 200 yards.  So what can a person do?  Why, they can wait for the next models to be released from FLEX Candles, of course.  Rumor has it there are at least 2 more models in the works and they will have original hosts designed by and especially for FLEX Candles.  The next will likely be a compact EDC model and the third just might be a multi-emitter monster.  After that, who knows?

In the mean time, the Asgard will have a few accessories available in a few weeks including the previously mentioned body tubes to accommodate a single 26650 cell or another for just 2*16340/CR123A cells.  Versatility really is the name of the game here and I am thrilled to have been a part of the release of such a revolutionary technology in a market that has become stale.  

Long live the Asgard!  Long live FLEX!!

 -Johnny

 

 

 

 

 

Edited by: JohnnyMac on 05/19/2013 - 03:28
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Thank you - it looks really good. I like the many pictures and it's good to see the bluetooth software is working fine Smile

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Thanks for all the info, looking good so far.

Lol at this pic though, I hope the production samples don’t arrive like this. That amount of thermal ‘foam’ stuffed in there will probably insulate heat more than anything else

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Nice and Very through review..thanks.

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Nice, I think I will be ordering mine soon. I like that it’s not just a T08 host, but a much cleaner looking T08 host. It was that change seals it for me.
The Bluetooth interface is nice, probably would not get used much after good settings are established though.

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JohnnyMac wrote:

With the reflector removed you can see the thermal sensor in the head of the Asgard.  The other end of the sensor wire  is attached to the driver directly.  The sensor is sandwiched between the head and reflector.


Sorry, just have mention a little error.
That is a bluetooth antenna not a thermal sensor. The antenna on the pcb must have not been adequate.


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I was thinking the same thing, antenna. BT is very low power, and it probably didn’t want to go through all that aluminum. It has a better chance up near the glass.

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Johnny thanks for the review,this type of technology is a game changer  and should give us what we have been wanting for a long time.I personally am not too crazy about the host,however this "Beowulf"has my attention.The never satisfied with stock flashlights side of me was just thinking...oooooo,I can stack more 7135's on that board!Yikes somebody stop me!

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DARCANGEL wrote:

Johnny thanks for the review,this type of technology is a game changer  and should give us what we have been wanting for a long time.I personally am not too crazy about the host,however this "Beowulf"has my attention.The never satisfied with stock flashlights side of me was just thinking...oooooo,I can stack more 7135's on that board!Yikes somebody stop me!

LOL!  you aren't the only one thinking that! Wink :bigsmile:
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relic38 wrote:
I was thinking the same thing, antenna. BT is very low power, and it probably didn’t want to go through all that aluminum. It has a better chance up near the glass.

From earlier posts, that (Bluetooth) was also why they had to go with a plastic reflector… the aluminum reflector blocked the signal. They probably put the antenna where they did (between the aluminum head and the plastic reflector) because that was the only “window” that they had.

Hmm. Since this light uses PWM, I wonder if that (or harmonics) causes any problems with the BT signals?

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JohnnyMac wrote:

With the reflector removed you can see the thermal sensor in the head of the Asgard.  The other end of the sensor wire  is attached to the driver directly.  The sensor is sandwiched between the head and reflector.

Sorry, just have mention a little error. That is a bluetooth antenna not a thermal sensor. The antenna on the pcb must have not been adequate.
Really?? WOw!  Good to know.  Knowing that it had a thermal monitor I just assumed that this is what it was especially after seeing the BT antenna inside on the driver itself.  I will update accordingly. Wink
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It’s not clear from the review if the emitter is even on when connected via BT. I’m guessing it is not, in which case it would not interfere. The power fluctuation would be an issue I would think, which is why I’d venture the guess of emitter off while communicating. Maybe not though, maybe its fine with it. Not sure what the point of a temperature readout would be if you could not read it out while the light is on…

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Johnny sollie for asking but is THIS your "review" of the Asgard, or is it really only a PREVIEW and you're gonna deliver a full fledged REVIEW Wink

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a few thoughts.

1. I really really really really cant wait for my founder edition to get here now. This looks awesome.

2. I hope they decide to offer that contact board and the host as a kit, along with convincing someone to make a sinkpad esque 25mm board. As well as offering the alternative body tubes as stand alone items. Many zy – t08 owners would appreciate these various parts.

3. Have you asked what effect chip stacking will have (if any)?

4. Will we have the option of nw and ww emitters like the convoy and roche lights in due time? I feel that this would literally blow the name brand manufacturers out of the water, especially considering the starting price point.

5. Is there a possibility of the driver module being sold as another component? And if so, what are its vitals? I already know about the connectivity limitations (a/r lenses and alu reflectors) but they are easily over come by any modder – simply remove lense and reflector for the programming stage, as you say, once you hit on your various perfect profiles, its unlikely you’ll be programming every 5 minutes. On the other hand, who wouldn’t pass up the opportunity to modify some of their existing larger hosts with this technology?

Good preview johnnymac, I’m as excited about this as you obviously are and wish fasttech all the success in the world, again, I cant wait for mine to arrive now.

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If I may give a hint: the ability to turn on and turn off the light in a “graduated”, that is not all together, but with a ascent (0% – 100%) in two seconds (or programmable), which is useful when you turn in complete darkness to get used to the eyes, especially in enclosed spaces. It could be a “ramping mode”.

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Wow that’s a fast review! Only one day to get this amount of words and pictures. You must have spent the whole day since you got the Asgard on typing this. A couple of typos but no difference to the quality of this preview review.

Yeah, I kinda agree that after programming to the right modes, it’s quite likely that we would not be programming it for a long time, unless it’s to show friends or family what the programming could do. But nevertheless this is revolutionary.

Some questions though – hopefully the questions help Smile

1. PWM 31.25kHz or 31.28kHz? Noticed two values at 2 different places in your preview.

2. To connect via Bluetooth to the Android app, does the Asgard need to have batteries in? (I suppose so, but asking to confirm)

3. Turning on the flashlight through the app – have you tried?

4. For the modes, there can have multiple steps – how many steps can one mode have?
4.1 For the “profile memory”, is one step considered as one “memory”?
4.2 It is advertised as 30 modes, can it have more than 30 modes?

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cool stuff. thx

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Great review indeed John. 

I know I've had my doubts on whether the bluetooth was anything more than a gimmicky feature, after seeing it all housed in the light alonside the fact it seems to be integrated as part of the driver itself, I'm coming around to the idea of it's potential value. The driver does actually look like a well thought out module (if still a little untidy) especially after having seen the PilotPTK modules.

As it stands right now, from my point of view is that the driver and it's technology is worth far more than the 'driver in a light' package. If fasttech want to add value to the package they will have to develop their own unique host with a bit of it's own prestige that can grow alongside the Flex family of lights.

I'm guessing customers are going to want the driver with it's bluetooth flexibility to integrate into their own designs, and with the added ability to stack 7315's makes it very 'Flex'ible indeed.

I hope Fasttech has patented the technology otherwise they'll be the guineapigs until the bigger lions further up the food chain take it away. And I really do hope that Fasttech have a change of heart and offer to sell the driver/software package as is because that's where the bread and butter is at and essentially we're not going to want to spend the extra dollars on a budget host that we may not want or need. 

Thanks for sharing Johnny, it's highly appreciated

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Thank you for the preview, Johnny! This is a very exciting development. I would love to see this technology in some other hosts.

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Seriously, assguard? I would buy one just because of the name. The ultimate in personal security.
Nice write up Johnny, thanks for the effort. Makes me wish I didn’t just go back to the iPhone.

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Patent? In China? That is effective. Smile
Best would be a patent in US, UK, and Canada. This covers enough market to make it international. Expensive though, but I do hope they consider something. They have one year from public disclosure.

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Wow
Thanks Johnny, another interesting review.
Should I wait for the Beowulf ? Will it be a different body ?

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Sorry, didn’t mean to suggest China doesn’t have patents. I was making a reference to how having a patent doesn’t do much to stop rampant copying.
Having patents in your major markets is far more effectibe than the place of manufacture. Also, even with a patent, you need to expend considerable resources in court just to defend it when you need to. Not fun, except for patent lawyers Wink

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Great preview/review..

1. Could you post the size of the flex driver?

2. Like Gords asked. Are you able to find out what will happen if you stack a 7135 or a few on there?

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relic38 wrote:
Sorry, didn't mean to suggest China doesn't have patents. I was making a reference to how having a patent doesn't do much to stop rampant copying. Having patents in your major markets is far more effectibe than the place of manufacture. Also, even with a patent, you need to expend considerable resources in court just to defend it when you need to. Not fun, except for patent lawyers ;)
US patents don't mean much in China where they are not enforced.  Chinese patents in China do, I'm sure, mean quite a bit.  It will keep all the other Chinese cloners from stealing their idea.  In the meantime, I'm sure the owner of Fasttech has applied for patents in the US and elsewhere as well.  The man is no fool and, from what I've been told, is quite the legend in China.  Think of him as a Chinese Donald Trump, Mark Cuban, or Rupert Murdock.  I don't think he is a fool.
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Wow Thanks Johnny, another interesting review. Should I wait for the Beowulf ? Will it be a different body ?
The Beowulf will be a different body.  It won't be based of an existing light but will be designed and made exactly to their specifications.  I understand it will be an EDC type light.  If you want a good, versatile thrower then the Asgard shouldn't be passed over.  If you have zero need for a thrower then pass over the Asgard.  It's up to you but, like Pokemon, I'd wanna catch 'em all. Laughing
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Seriously, assguard? I would buy one just because of the name. The ultimate in personal security. Nice write up Johnny, thanks for the effort. Makes me wish I didn't just go back to the iPhone.
What are you, 9?  LOL!  :bigsmile:

Asgard, is the name of the realm where the gods of Norse Mythology live.  I think it's a pretty cool name for a light. Wink

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Wow that's a fast review! Only one day to get this amount of words and pictures. You must have spent the whole day since you got the Asgard on typing this. A couple of typos but no difference to the quality of this preview review. Yeah, I kinda agree that after programming to the right modes, it's quite likely that we would not be programming it for a long time, unless it's to show friends or family what the programming could do. But nevertheless this is revolutionary. Some questions though - hopefully the questions help Smile 1. PWM 31.25kHz or 31.28kHz? Noticed two values at 2 different places in your preview. 2. To connect via Bluetooth to the Android app, does the Asgard need to have batteries in? (I suppose so, but asking to confirm) 3. Turning on the flashlight through the app - have you tried? 4. For the modes, there can have multiple steps - how many steps can one mode have? 4.1 For the "profile memory", is one step considered as one "memory"? 4.2 It is advertised as 30 modes, can it have more than 30 modes?
I will answer what I can but will leave the others to Jasmine and her team of engineers that developed it.

1) I was told 31.25KHz.  The 31.28 is a typo I will correct.

2) It has to have batteries in it and can only be accessed when manually set into BT mode.  Not batteries, no electricity to run BT.

3) If you can turn the light on through the app they have not implemented it into the beta version I am using or I haven't found it yet.  I believe it is the former. 

4) That is one best for Jasmine to answer.

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Great preview/review..
2. Like Gords asked. Are you able to find out what will happen if you stack a 7135 or a few on there?
With 8 discreet non PWM levels of 12.5% would suggest that each AMC7135 is controlled individually by the microconttroller. Looking at the pcb picture looks to verify that. Adding extra chips would mess up the non PWM mode brightness levels, because those channels with the extra chips overweight their contribution to the overall brightness of the light.

In PWM mode there doesn’t seem to enough evidence on how they control that. If a single master PWM/FET combo is being used, then it could be no difference in mode brightness levels. If PWM is controlled by each channel, then brightness levels are still being messed up .

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it was specified earlier that it has 8 chips that are individually turned on for 8 brightness levels without pwm.
it was also discussed about finding which chip would be the last turned on for mx brightness and adding chips to that one for a turbo.

johnny, any chance you could discover which chip is the last one turned on for max brightness? i wouldnt think they would be randomly accessed, but you never know

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