CLOSED! Group Buy: Starry Light SA-22 BLF Edition (NW emitter, better modes, faster PWM, BLF logo)

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Streamer wrote:

Any idea as to when the review will happen?

weeks, month, minutes.Tongue Out

Once again Streamer you got the truth Wink

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Yes, one for me!

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If review sample was sent out with DHL, he will probably have the light and do review next week, hopefully :D!

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I’m so not cutting my hair until GB happens, just to make sure that I can compete in this contest. If short hair is required, I can pre-competition trim it.

If this takes too long, you’ll all have to answer to my wife. Shocked

TODO List:

Acquire more parts.

Devise cheap way to make TIRs.

Rub some bacon on it.

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Jalben wrote:
I’m so not cutting my hair until GB happens, just to make sure that I can compete in this contest. If short hair is required, I can pre-competition trim it.

If this takes too long, you’ll all have to answer to my wife. Shocked


Wait until she is asleep, bzzzt, post her pics. The judges might accept proxies, only one way to find out.
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Ejected Filament wrote:
Jalben wrote:
I’m so not cutting my hair until GB happens, just to make sure that I can compete in this contest. If short hair is required, I can pre-competition trim it.

If this takes too long, you’ll all have to answer to my wife. Shocked


Wait until she is asleep, bzzzt, post her pics. The judges might accept proxies, only one way to find out.

As the judge, the posting of spousal pics is not a valid entry, however video of the ensuing murderous rage is :bigsmile:

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‘jacktheclipper’, lol for so many reasons…

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saypat wrote:
is it possible demand will exceed supply here? How would that work?

That’s a good question. I think the manufacturer can provide a larger batch (or two batches) if needed, but I’ll check it anyways.

Manufacturer would love to hear that, sell more, make more money…

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So jacktheclipper wins the haircut contest with his selfie, and as with the Starry light’s reported problems, his head does not seem to fit correctly to his body. haha

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I am interested in 2 pcs. (depending on type of driver and threading issue being resolved, waiting for your review of sample!)

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I’m in for 2. Smile

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Bort wrote:
raccoon city wrote:

zelee wrote:

Winner winner, chicken dinner!   Wink

I'm sorry, but i hate it, its terrible :(

 

 * First time I've agreed with Bort all year 

 

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Boaz wrote:

Bort wrote:
raccoon city wrote:

zelee wrote:

Winner winner, chicken dinner!   Wink

I’m sorry, but i hate it, its terrible Sad

 

 * First time I’ve agreed with Bort all year 

 

+1

 


i think your correct, on both counts :bigsmile:

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Interested, pending review…

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Just wondering if you got the light that was express shipped to you for yet and any chance of a mini review or thoughts?

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Yes, I got the light. Minimini review coming soon. Please be patient. Smile

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Looking forward to it, thanks.

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I`m in 1 pc. :bigsmile:

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For 23$?
I´m seriously in for 1pcs,

possible for 2-3 but I have to ask couple of guys what they need.

Thanks again! 8)

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I got the pre-production sample a couple of days ago, and have been using & testing it a lot.

This sample has still CW emitter, so I can't comment on the final tint yet. Modes and PWM changes are implemented in the new driver, but it doesn't have mode memory yet (= forgets in 2-3s, always starts on low)

My measurements confirm that the manufacturer has fully understood the mode and high PWM requirements:

Modes are 0.4 -> 4 -> 165 -> 592 lumens (OTF, after 30s) and the PWM is totally unnoticeable at 10kHz

=> Very good!

 

Threads are a hot issue, so I have been testing & investigating them as thoroughly as I can. However, I can't say a definitive yes or no:

The threads are smooth, well lubed, and of a seemingly good quality. It's not easy at all to get them misthreaded. They still work fine after being opened & closed more than 100 times (yes, I have been opening and closing them many many times to see how they really work).

On the other hand, some possibilities to misuse the threads exists:

1. The head can be seated the wrong way around with some force. This will cause excessive force to the threads and might lead into thread failure => User must be careful not to do this.

2. Head can be tightened too tight, causing the threads to "jump". I did this on purpose five times, yet didn't manage to cause any visible damage to the threads.

Here's a photo of the threads after >100 opening & closing actions, and being overtightened five times:

Another angle of the threads (tube seam visible):

 

As a personal conclusion, I would be 100% confident to use this light without any problems. But there is a chance of user error, which is never a good thing, and should be prevented in the future models.

 

Here's a photo showing the head reversing protection. See the wide and narrow slot in the head vs. wide and narrow shoulder in the body tube. Narrow shoulder is a bit damaged due to my head reversing tests:

 

Yet another possibility for user error is the battery insertion direction (and the confusing marks):

 

Plus and arrow means that the positive end goes in to that direction. See photo below:

 

Luckily, reversing the batteries doesn't cause any damage to the light, as the head has a reverse polarity protection ring around the positive pole.

 

All in all, I'm ok with the quality of the sample, and will continue with the GB.

[Threads might still be an issue if giving the light to someone, who doesn't know or care how to use the light..]


Just ask if there's something I forgot to mention, or if you want to get more information of anything.

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Looking good, I’m in for at least 1 then.

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very cool ! thank you for your thorough review

Would you mind keeping the wrong flashlight?
Best wish, May
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Have you opened the Head? How looks the pill? How looks the driver?

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Have you opened the Head? How looks the pill? How looks the driver?

Yes I have. The pill looks ok. It has a screw-in reflector and it's solid.

The bottom of the driver can be seen in the photo above. It's press fit with the brass retaining ring. Note that the driver contains also the battery connectors, so replacing it is not an option. Stripping electronics away and using it as contact plate would be doable. [But the GB driver is good -> no need to swap - at least I won't.. Wink ]

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it doesn’t have mode memory yet (= forgets in 2-3s, always starts on low)

I would love to have one that always starts in low.

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did you measure the runtime using fresh charged NIMH batteries?

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Aye, runtimes! How are they?

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How about working voltage?
How deep cells will be discharged?

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TexasToasted wrote:
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it doesn’t have mode memory yet (= forgets in 2-3s, always starts on low)

I would love to have one that always starts in low.

Same here. I might go for two.

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