FastTech SolarStorm SC01/02/03 lights

226 posts / 0 new
Last post
DayLighter
DayLighter's picture
Offline
Last seen: 4 years 6 months ago
Joined: 11/29/2012 - 01:22
Posts: 2829
Location: New York City

Psst .. Keith, open the driver and add 2 R300 parallel to the R500 for extra bump in lumens Wink

The only way to do a great work is to love what you do.

saypat
saypat's picture
Offline
Last seen: 14 hours 45 min ago
Joined: 07/13/2011 - 20:32
Posts: 3580
Location: Calif

Muto wrote:
DayLighter wrote:
I got 3 more SC03 from fasttech today, damn… they’re fast, received it after 9 days including weekend! Big Smile
I also got 2 of these Yupard mini 16340 lights although there’s nothing mini about them Silly
they’re 22mm taller than SC03 BUT it can out throw SC03 for about 1/3 of the price of SC03
definitely worth for the price I paid for them less than $6 :bigsmile:

comparison beam shot of the two lights SC03 in on the top and Yupard mini is on the bottom
 photo Yupardbeamshot_zpsa69080d8.jpg

I received the Yupard today and it has a purple colored beam, also didn’t realize the lens was plastic. It looked like it had a clear protective plastic cover on it, so I tried to remove the plastic….ehhhh…scratched the cheap plastic lens. Stole a glass one off another cheap light and now it looks better, but no where near as nice of tint as the 14500 model form the same seller.

But, like you said, for less than $6 I am happy.
It was my first aliexpress purchase, but will not be my last.
Thanks!
Keith

I like the beam on the 03, thanks for the picture!

blfdemigod
blfdemigod's picture
Offline
Last seen: 3 years 10 months ago
Joined: 10/03/2013 - 17:55
Posts: 520
Location: San Antonio, TX

DayLighter wrote:
Yupard mini is on the bottom  photo Yupardbeamshot_zpsa69080d8.jpg

DayLighter, that Yupard mini almost made me puke seeing that beamshot. Yuky purple, lol! But.... do you think its would be hard to mod with an XM-L2 and Qlite driver (can it fit?), at maybe 1A-1.5A? Also, how is the build quality, compared to the Solarstorm? It looks just as good as the Solarstorm to my eyes. Thanks for the pics

My collection 2 Small

Disclosure:

TexasToasted
TexasToasted's picture
Offline
Last seen: 57 min 32 sec ago
Joined: 10/25/2012 - 08:48
Posts: 1360
Location: Texas Gulf Coast
ryanferg wrote:
Werner wrote:
Lights with electronic switches have always a parasitic standby current, how high this is depends on the driver. Just think of that(or test it) if you want to use a light in a glove box for longer periods….

I got a parasitic draw of .03ma/30 muA. I really like this light. I remember someone once asked if there really was nothing between a sc52 and a sk68. This might be it!

Finally got mine yesterday. I guess 18 days to Texas isn’t terrible, I’ve seen far worse.
I checked mine and it draws 37.4uA when off. That means my AW IMR 16340 would be drained in about 1.7 years. :bigsmile:
No need to lock out the tailcap on this light. I think I need another one.

TexasToasted
TexasToasted's picture
Offline
Last seen: 57 min 32 sec ago
Joined: 10/25/2012 - 08:48
Posts: 1360
Location: Texas Gulf Coast
DayLighter wrote:
Psst .. Keith, open the driver and add 2 R300 parallel to the R500 for extra bump in lumens Wink

Just got mine and haven’t tried taking it apart yet. Any pointers? I assume the driver comes out through the front of the light?

Tom E
Tom E's picture
Offline
Last seen: 17 min 4 sec ago
Joined: 08/19/2012 - 08:23
Posts: 14916
Location: LI NY

Not sure if it was mentioned but this diffuser works with the SC01, SC03, and tube 18650 EDC's. It is tight though, need some stretching:

 https://www.fasttech.com/p/1347102

Tom E
Tom E's picture
Offline
Last seen: 17 min 4 sec ago
Joined: 08/19/2012 - 08:23
Posts: 14916
Location: LI NY

TexasToasted wrote:
DayLighter wrote:
Psst .. Keith, open the driver and add 2 R300 parallel to the R500 for extra bump in lumens ;)
Just got mine and haven't tried taking it apart yet. Any pointers? I assume the driver comes out through the front of the light?

Which light? The SC01 and SC03 I've had no luck, mentioned earlier... Didn't spend any more time on them though.

Werner
Werner's picture
Offline
Last seen: 2 years 2 months ago
Joined: 10/19/2012 - 15:00
Posts: 3679
Location: Germany

I just have seen this
http://www.cnqualitygoods.com/goods.php?id=2002
Palight 2014 ×4…?
Is palight and solarstorm the same?

Tom E
Tom E's picture
Offline
Last seen: 17 min 4 sec ago
Joined: 08/19/2012 - 08:23
Posts: 14916
Location: LI NY

There was a thread on the Palight X4 (http://budgetlightforum.com/node/29890) - this was mentioned. Body style is a little different, not much. RIC sells the Solar Storm version as well: http://www.cnqualitygoods.com/goods.php?id=2016

raccoon city
raccoon city's picture
Offline
Last seen: 10 hours 21 min ago
Joined: 10/06/2010 - 02:35
Posts: 17277
Location: रॅकून सिटी Palm Desert CA USA
Tom E
Tom E's picture
Offline
Last seen: 17 min 4 sec ago
Joined: 08/19/2012 - 08:23
Posts: 14916
Location: LI NY

No doubt FT is the best deal around on all 3 new models. But if you want a 3C tint though, RIC has it, though you got to pay bout $9 more , plus shipping.

Buwuve
Buwuve's picture
Offline
Last seen: 4 years 6 months ago
Joined: 02/11/2011 - 14:49
Posts: 1975
Location: Germany

No, NW (XM-L2 T6 3C) is also available from Banggood. At the moment they have a promotioncoupon and the prices are better as the FT prices:
You can choose CW (XM-L2 U2 1A) and NW (XM-L2 T6 C3). 
I bought one of the SC02 with NW.

SC01, 1*AA(14500)    coupon:bgf164    $14.19

SC02, 1*18650   coupon:bgf170    $14.9

SC03 1*CR123A (16340) coupon:bgf171   $14.19

Light up the darkness.

Tom E
Tom E's picture
Offline
Last seen: 17 min 4 sec ago
Joined: 08/19/2012 - 08:23
Posts: 14916
Location: LI NY

Oh, cool! Forgot bout BG..

TomasVarnik
Offline
Last seen: 6 months 2 days ago
Joined: 04/11/2013 - 08:32
Posts: 141
Location: Argentina

I will not buy another flashlight no matter how pretty it is, I will not.
On the other hand, it’s true that I need more AAs, and this SC01 looks great, but I won’t buy it. I will not.

Damn, this thread… I just bought it. :bigsmile:

phantom23
phantom23's picture
Offline
Last seen: 1 month 3 weeks ago
Joined: 09/26/2011 - 17:39
Posts: 879

I just bought neutral SC02 with no good reason (because I already have small 18650 light – Nitecore EC2).

unknown00101
Offline
Last seen: 3 days 15 hours ago
Joined: 08/16/2013 - 11:53
Posts: 4344
Location: USA

phantom23 wrote:
I just bought neutral SC02 with no good reason (because I already have small 18650 light – Nitecore EC2).

one of us, one of us. Smile
phantom23
phantom23's picture
Offline
Last seen: 1 month 3 weeks ago
Joined: 09/26/2011 - 17:39
Posts: 879

It’s not the first time – I have about 15 flashlights. I use 3 regularly.

WarHawk-AVG
WarHawk-AVG's picture
Offline
Last seen: 1 year 5 months ago
Joined: 01/04/2014 - 06:47
Posts: 5071
Location: H-Town

Got mine in…from BG payed $19.99

Also got a shipment from FT…had 5 of these in them
https://www.fasttech.com/p/1574902

For poops and giggles I took my Ganzo multi-tool (also from FT) and unscrewed the front bezel ring, dropped the reflector and lens and o-ring, held it next to the TIR in the housing, wouldn’t you know it almost EXACTLY the same size…gently folded back little tabs holding the plastic TIR insert, dropped the TIR out, lined up the square in the bottom of the holder on the emitter square on the star (which I am going to be reflowing to a 16mm copper sinkpad shortly), then using a small screwdriver tool that is hollow in the end pushed it down where the reflector was sitting and centering it on the XM-L2 on the star, then dropped in the plastic insert TIR and clicked it in the holder, put in the o-ring and then the lens (it was about 1/32” too short, so the lens made it exactly the same size. Tightened down the bezel ring…and voila…instant dropin TIR.

Almost no hotspot, nice wide flood and still very bright even though you loose some light in a TIR.

Just wanted to give you guys a heads up on what seems to be an almost perfect drop in TIR for the SC01.

Just walked around in the back yard, tons of flood and still good out to about 40-50 yards with a 14500, a AA is a little bit dimmer but just like the SK68 the boost mode is always less bright as the linear regulator mode.

Awesome little light

Serifus
Offline
Last seen: 7 months 3 weeks ago
Joined: 06/22/2012 - 03:10
Posts: 395

I have to wonder if one of the xpg tripples will fit… and what sort of currents can be squeezed out of the driver.

koyotee
koyotee's picture
Offline
Last seen: 2 weeks 3 days ago
Joined: 11/22/2012 - 11:12
Posts: 1684
Location: Slovenia

WarHawk-AVG wrote:
Got mine in…from BG payed $19.99

Also got a shipment from FT…had 5 of these in them
https://www.fasttech.com/p/1574902

For poops and giggles I took my Ganzo multi-tool (also from FT) and unscrewed the front bezel ring, dropped the reflector and lens and o-ring, held it next to the TIR in the housing, wouldn’t you know it almost EXACTLY the same size…gently folded back little tabs holding the plastic TIR insert, dropped the TIR out, lined up the square in the bottom of the holder on the emitter square on the star (which I am going to be reflowing to a 16mm copper sinkpad shortly), then using a small screwdriver tool that is hollow in the end pushed it down where the reflector was sitting and centering it on the XM-L2 on the star, then dropped in the plastic insert TIR and clicked it in the holder, put in the o-ring and then the lens (it was about 1/32” too short, so the lens made it exactly the same size. Tightened down the bezel ring…and voila…instant dropin TIR.

Almost no hotspot, nice wide flood and still very bright even though you loose some light in a TIR.

Just wanted to give you guys a heads up on what seems to be an almost perfect drop in TIR for the SC01.

Just walked around in the back yard, tons of flood and still good out to about 40-50 yards with a 14500, a AA is a little bit dimmer but just like the SK68 the boost mode is always less bright as the linear regulator mode.

Awesome little light

Isn’t the light floody enough already? Smile

Finaly, proud owner of a Powerex Maha mh c-9000 for my Eneloops:)

WarHawk-AVG
WarHawk-AVG's picture
Offline
Last seen: 1 year 5 months ago
Joined: 01/04/2014 - 06:47
Posts: 5071
Location: H-Town

Yeah….I just did it to try it out

I kinda like it with the TIR, maybe because I didn’t use it but 4 minutes with the reflector…hmmm

spamman
Offline
Last seen: 5 years 8 months ago
Joined: 03/17/2014 - 08:14
Posts: 155
Location: Australia

Damn you all, have been watching this thread and holding back… I couldn’t take it any longer …. ordered the SC03…

roberta
Offline
Last seen: 3 years 10 months ago
Joined: 09/01/2013 - 20:38
Posts: 92
Location: Downunder

Good Day, Smile
.

Could someone that has the Solarstorm SC02, Please let me know if a Panasonic NCR18650B 3400mAh Protected battery will fit in it?
(Fasttech says that maximum battery length is 67mm, But can we trust what they say? Wink )
.
Otherwise Please let me know which battery You use in the Solarstorm SC02.
.
Thank You Very Much,
Roberta 0:)

Greetings from The Land Downunder

Serifus
Offline
Last seen: 7 months 3 weeks ago
Joined: 06/22/2012 - 03:10
Posts: 395

I have one on the way, ill get some pictures and measurements when it gets here.

roberta
Offline
Last seen: 3 years 10 months ago
Joined: 09/01/2013 - 20:38
Posts: 92
Location: Downunder

Serifus wrote:
I have one on the way, ill get some pictures and measurements when it gets here.

Good Day Serifus, Smile
.

Greatly Appreciated :exmark:
.

Thank You Very Much,
Roberta 0:)

Greetings from The Land Downunder

WarHawk-AVG
WarHawk-AVG's picture
Offline
Last seen: 1 year 5 months ago
Joined: 01/04/2014 - 06:47
Posts: 5071
Location: H-Town

Ok, has anyone successfully disassembled a SC01? What is up with the extra – wire? I got mine apart far enough to swap out the reflector for a TIR but couldn’t get the pill out (pressed in? because screwing it out ain’t happening)

Serifus
Offline
Last seen: 7 months 3 weeks ago
Joined: 06/22/2012 - 03:10
Posts: 395

Im going to hazzard a guess that the 3rd wire is a ground for the isolated central heat pad, ill see how far i can get one of mine apart when they get here.

WarHawk-AVG
WarHawk-AVG's picture
Offline
Last seen: 1 year 5 months ago
Joined: 01/04/2014 - 06:47
Posts: 5071
Location: H-Town

Serifus wrote:
Im going to hazzard a guess that the 3rd wire is a ground for the isolated central heat pad, ill see how far i can get one of mine apart when they get here.
The star is held down by two small hex screws…I didn’t try to remove mine
Serifus
Offline
Last seen: 7 months 3 weeks ago
Joined: 06/22/2012 - 03:10
Posts: 395

Well, my tracking updated and they should be here in the next few days.

Tom E
Tom E's picture
Offline
Last seen: 17 min 4 sec ago
Joined: 08/19/2012 - 08:23
Posts: 14916
Location: LI NY

Post #67 shows the exposed star with the 3 wires. Also, couldn't get mine apart - got the bezel off though.

Pages