FastTech SolarStorm SC01/02/03 lights

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FastTech SolarStorm SC01/02/03 lights

Regarding the recent addition of several SolarStorm lights as discussed on Buwuve's FastTech thread:

Like mentioned elsewhere, I ordered the SolarStorm SC01 on Friday, March 27. When ordering, I paid the extra .30 for the upgrade to USPS tracked shipping. I received shipping notification and a working tracking number within 24 hours! The most recent tracking update was yesterday, 4/2/14, as having passed through the ISC in San Francisco! Less than a week to get to the US, not bad! This may be the fastest overseas shipment I've received yet! I'm looking forward to getting this light in to see how it performs from AA primaries as this might be a good option for non Li-Ion users as an EDC...

I'm really tempted to order the 16340 SC03 but I really don't need another 16340-sized light...

Feel free to use this thread to discuss these lights, and your orders...

 


Keepin’ the “B” in BLF

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

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I saw them yesterday on FT and ordered an SC01 and SC02. I really wanted the SC03 to complete the set but didn’t want to press my luck with the missus, and may buy it at a later date. $29.61 total for those two lights with the BLF discount—not a bad deal!

Today I just got my Roche F6 from FT. Another great deal and it arrived about two weeks from date of order.

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I don’t get nearly as fast service from Fasttech.
March 27- order placed.
March 31- received email with tracking number.
April 3- Tracking number finally works but shows “Information Received (This is not an acknowledgment of the physical receipt of the stated Registered Article)”
So, 7 days after placing the order, they still haven’t actually handed the package to Singapore Post.

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The status of the one I received today still shows as being in Los Angeles.

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i ordered the 18650 one today actually… i debated the cr123 size one, but i already have 2 lights that size

Would you mind keeping the wrong flashlight?
Best wish, May
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+1 on TexasToasted, I’m in the same situation. They recently become really slow with most orders.

I ordered SC01 but now I’m tempted with SC02 – still small with more light, longer runtime and brobably better throw. I hope low mode isn’t too bright – Palight’s (X4=SC01) reviews aren’t very optimistic about it.

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I ordered a couple of SC03s on Thu, March 27th. Delivered today, Thu, April 3rd.

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Good for you, mine (ordered March 27th, shipped 24h later) disappeared from tracking. It’s no longer “Information Received (This is not an acknowledgment of the physical receipt of the stated Registered Article)”. Fasttech retracted shipping info?

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I ordered 2 SC01 and 2 SC03 on Thu, March 27th, tracking information now is “Despatched to overseas”

On Wed, Apr 2, i ordered 2 SC02, and now i see “Packaging” in Fasttech.

I plan to do a review of the 3 when arrive, but i will publish in spanish in Forolinternas

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sanka wrote:
I ordered a couple of SC03s on Thu, March 27th. Delivered today, Thu, April 3rd.

Lucky you!
Singapore Post has not even received the package within a week.

Ordered the SC01 on 27th
shipped 24 hrs later

Status
02-04-2014 Information Received (This is not an acknowledgment of the physical receipt of the stated Registered Article)

Edit
04-04-2014 Received and dispatched

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And received it today! Leaving on vacation for the week so I can't do a full write-up review with pics but initial impressions are:

Small! Looks fantastic, nice SMO reflector, needs an OP though. On alkaline AA, not great, but useable. On 14500, much brighter, somewhere close to my modded F20, but throwier due to the SMO reflector. Clip is reversible for either head-up or head-down carry. Thread are square-cut, and both threads and o-rings are lubed. E-switch has a nice and definite click to switch modes. Moonlight is far too high. Light has PWM on all brightness modes but turbo. Click switch once to low/memory, twice for turbo. On low,press and hold for ramping. Once set, first click returns to set memory. Kind of pointless since this light would only be used on low and high.


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

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I dont know what is your F20…

Can you say how many lumens do you think whit 14500?

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nice looking lights, interested in the SC03. Hoping for a review here, thanks.

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Too bad about moonlight mode.  Thanks for breaking this out for discussion in a separate thread.  

The low mode should be lower.

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Ordered the SC01 and SC03 on March 27th, shipped the 29th, last update still in China on April 1st.

I have another FT order with cells that shipped March 25th via Malaysia and status updated today is still in Malaysia... ugh Frown

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Tom E wrote:

Ordered the SC01 and SC03 on March 27th, shipped the 29th, last update still in China on April 1st.

I have another FT order with cells that shipped March 25th via Malaysia and status updated today is still in Malaysia… ugh Frown

since the li-ion crackdown batteries always seem to take longer for me

Would you mind keeping the wrong flashlight?
Best wish, May
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I figured the cells will take long, so made sure the other items had no urgency in the same order. Have to check out those new LG 2500's - I strongly suspect they are the cell used in the Efest 2500's, and FT of course has them at a very good price.

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leaftye wrote:

Too bad about moonlight mode.


It never supposed to have true “moonlight” mode, just chinese “low”. It confirms that SC01 is basically Palight X4 reviewed here:

http://budgetlightforum.com/node/29890

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got my SC03 today.. all I can say it.. OH WOW such an output for a such a small light, as soon as I turned the light ON, I decided to place an order with Fasttech for 4 more.. I know all my non flasholics friends would like to own one of this light.
anybody has the SC02 yet? I’m contemplating about getting it :~

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@Daylighter: Does yours have noticeable PWM?

I ordered one of each and I’m looking forward to having them. Someone said they may have low frequency PWM—hopefully that’s not the case. If I like the SC02 it will probably be my gift light for this year. Every year I give flashlights away an use them as stocking stuffers, and these look like maybe good contenders.

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Ordered the SC01 and SC03 and a few other goodies March 27. Fastech shipped my order April 7. Latest tracking info say’s “2014-04-09 00:00, Despatched to overseas (Country code: US)”

Hopefully I will have them in another week or two.

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DayLighter wrote:
got my SC03 today.. all I can say it.. OH WOW such an output for a such a small light, as soon as I turned the light ON, I decided to place an order with Fasttech for 4 more.. I know all my non flasholics friends would like to own one of this light. anybody has the SC02 yet? I’m contemplating about getting it :~

Were you running the sc03 off of a disposable cr123?

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DayLighter wrote:
got my SC03 today.. all I can say it.. OH WOW such an output for a such a small light, as soon as I turned the light ON, I decided to place an order with Fasttech for 4 more.. I know all my non flasholics friends would like to own one of this light. anybody has the SC02 yet? I’m contemplating about getting it :~

how’s the UI work? how low is the low? seems like a nice lil light for $15.

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I’m running it with efest IMR 16340 battery, the light it self is so small.. my pinkie finger is even longer than the light Big Smile
there’s 3 mode with this light LOW-HIGH – hidden strobe and low is as bright as my 3 watts MXDL light from Tmart.
it’s definitely worth it for $15 ( that’s why I ordered 4 more for gifts) Big Smile
shining it to the fan I can see PWM on LOW
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dammnit! Just got one of the AA/14500 from banggood for $19.99…arrrgh!

What size driver 15mm or 17mm for the AA?

Either they can price match or cancel the order…then I will go thru FT

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mine look like 15mm driver (?) I know it’s not 17mm for sure, can’t seem to reach the driver though as it’s only have 2 sections
the tail and the body, maybe I can get the driver out through the head.. but I think I’m going to savor it for few weeks before my other SC03 arrive from fasttech and then maybe I’ll take a look and see if I can get the driver out Big Smile
usually these kind of driver modable with resistor mod Wink
interestingly this light look a lot similar to the new Palight X4 ( maybe Solarstorm also make it for them too )
compare to Crelant V31A.. this light is definitely brighter and a lot cheaper and smaller than Crelant V31A Big Smile
um.. anybody wants to buy good condition Crelant V31A? Silly

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You’re killing me Daylighter. I’m so pumped for the flashlight to arrive now!

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the only other light is in this size and price range is Uniquefire UF-K21 it’s a nice light too ( I bought 4 of them ) but only has 1 mode, but this SC03 a lot nicer and brighter and better mode too Smile

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DayLighter wrote:
the only other light is in this size and price range is Uniquefire UF-K21 it’s a nice light too ( I bought 4 of them ) but only has 1 mode, but this SC03 a lot nicer and brighter and better mode too Smile

do you have the mini 01? thats my smallest and brightest light. which one is brighter?
the mini 01 is about 500 lumens

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DayLighter wrote:
I’m running it with efest IMR 16340 battery, the light it self is so small.. my pinkie finger is even longer than the light Big Smile there’s 3 mode with this light LOW-HIGH – hidden strobe and low is as bright as my 3 watts MXDL light from Tmart. it’s definitely worth it for $15 ( that’s why I ordered 4 more for gifts) Big Smile shining it to the fan I can see PWM on LOW

Since it has no memory for the modes, in the infinitely dimming mode, does it memorize the selected output level?
Getting a little impatient now. Ordered the SC01 2.5 weeks ago.

Would be a nice light for a GB.

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Ugh—my SC01, SC02 and SC03 are probably going straight into the “bag of shame” if the PWM is indeed that low. The high frequency PWM has no effect on me, but the low PWM is just too nauseating Sad

This has to be a new record for me: the infatuation is over before I even receive the product lol. At least I’m still occupied with some recent purchases like the E12, D25LC2, F6, T10S and HC50 Smile

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