FastTech SolarStorm SC01/02/03 lights

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i just recieved my set of these, and all came with the XM-L2 emitters, but different tints. I noticed though the start is different than usual stars, it has three wires connected. a + , -, and a N.
Have anyone modded these yet with regular starts like a copper noctigon ?

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Could neutral be a way to pull heat from the mcpcb?  I've talked about doing that, except soldering it to the inside wall of the head, and I might finally give that a shot now that I've figured out how to electroplate copper onto aluminum.

The low mode should be lower.

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leaftye wrote:

Could neutral be a way to pull heat from the mcpcb?  I’ve talked about doing that, except soldering it to the inside wall of the head, and I might finally give that a shot now that I’ve figured out how to electroplate copper onto aluminum.

I haven’t torn it down far enoigh yet to see what the N-wire is form or tried a regular star yet.

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3rd wire is main ground for driver.

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Can you mod these to change the driver and/or emitter?

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cpfdaniel wrote:
Can you mod these to change the driver and/or emitter?
Emitter sure (swap out the aluminum star with a sinkpad or noctigon…driver, were workin’ on it Wink
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Serifus wrote:
3rd wire is main ground for driver.

 

How does that work when there's thermal compound under the mcpcb that electrically isolates it?  I can see when it's soldered to the body like in your light, but using the star seems backwards.  Even if the star is held down with screws, it's not guaranteed that the screw will make electrical contact, especially when there's dielectric under the heads of the screws.

The low mode should be lower.

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I got an sc03 and it has not worked properly since I received it. The power button only sometimes turns it on, sometimes it just flashes when I press. Sometimes it works but just turns off after 20 or 30 seconds. I am getting a replacement sent but does anyone have any idea how I might revive it?

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WarHawk-AVG wrote:
cpfdaniel wrote:
Can you mod these to change the driver and/or emitter?
Emitter sure (swap out the aluminum star with a sinkpad or noctigon…driver, were workin’ on it Wink

Than that’s all good, they look like great hosts with the Olight styling. The electronic switch might be a problem.

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After using it only a few times (less than 10 minutes of total use), my SC01 has started to flake out on me, flashing and turning itself off.  I need to find something to pop out the pill assembly without destroying the driver.  If I can do so, I may as well do a driver swap.

 

Also, in case anybody cares, the TIR optic that fits in the Convoy S2+ fits really well in the SC01, as long as you reuse the lens and replace just the reflector.

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After using it only a few times (less than 10 minutes of total use), my SC01 has started to flake out on me, flashing and turning itself off.  I need to find something to pop out the pill assembly without destroying the driver.  If I can do so, I may as well do a driver swap.

 

Also, in case anybody cares, the TIR optic that fits in the Convoy S2+ fits really well in the SC01, as long as you reuse the lens and replace just the reflector.

I had my SC01 apart to swap the emitter once. ( i removed the emiter first then pushed the driver out from the front)

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DenBarrettSAR wrote:
I had my SC01 apart to swap the emitter once. ( i removed the emiter first then pushed the driver out from the front)

 

Thanks, it was much easier than I expected.  I just used the biggest socket that fit in the battery tube and gave it a couple light taps with a mallet.  Now to troubleshoot the flakiness.

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Has anyone replaced the lens on their SC01 yet? I gifted mine to a friend, but the lens has broken and I want to order a replacement for him... I don't have the light available to measure... Anybody know the diameter so I can order spares?


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

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has anyone done mods to these lights. i really like my sc03 but want a bit more output

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keltex78 wrote:

Has anyone replaced the lens on their SC01 yet? I gifted mine to a friend, but the lens has broken and I want to order a replacement for him... I don't have the light available to measure... Anybody know the diameter so I can order spares?

 

I don't have a caliper, but I'm measuring about 22mm x 2mm with a ruler.

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how it handled a low/drained battery?

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The SC01 I purchased and gifted to a friend in June has died this month, only lasted for three months. The light was operated using NiMH cells only, no 14500s. When he brought it back to me, I tested using both known-good cells and a 14500 but it wouldn't function either way. I completely disassembled the light, which turned out to be much easier than expected.

  • Press the head of the light firmly against a rubber surface, (e.g., old inner tube, shoe sole, etc) and twist CCW to remove bezel.
  • Remove lens/reflector/o-ring
  • Press pill out of body; I used a couple of stacked sockets of the correct diameter to fit the battery tube, then used a large C-clamp to press the pill out through the head.

On removing the driver from the pill, I noted corrosion on the components. It looked similar to what you would see if liquid had entered the light, but it's been kept dry. I cleaned and checked the LED and solder joints, but the driver is definitely dead. I'm fairly disappointed with how long this light worked.

Second note, the lens is an odd 22mm diameter. The light had been dropped once before, and the lens had cracked. The lens size isn't common, and I was unable to find a replacement lens through normal sources. I could have purchased a flat glass watch crystal cut-to-size via an ebay auction I found, but it would have been over $6 after shipping. That's the only option I had found after a cursory search...


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

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flashlightlens has UCLp lens in that size, and close sizes as well. Just have to check the thickness, if it will work out. It's pricey but better than the stock for sure...

I haven't modded mine.. But think the driver can be replaced or piggybacked...

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Does anyone know where to get spare switch boots from for these? Specifically the SC02 (18650 one).

My SC02 seems to have lost its one, so I can’t turn it on anymore.

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my sc02 died over night…

used it not longer than 2 hours total.
pill is out – I will have a look when I get some time ( means baby and wife are sleeping when I don’t ;))

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Chicken Drumstick wrote:
Does anyone know where to get spare switch boots from for these? Specifically the SC02 (18650 one).

My SC02 seems to have lost its one, so I can’t turn it on anymore.

The switch boot from a Olight S10/15/20 can be made to fit and work.

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My SC02 NW from BG died as well. But I don’t think it’s the switch – after pressing for 7 seconds it turns on in strobe mode so switch itself it works. There’s something wrong with the driver.

EDIT. I disassembled it, tightened everything, assembled again and it works! I don’t know what was wrong, driver was 0,5mm our of the pill so I pressed it flat but I don’t know if that was a reason. But I can see beam isn’t perfect now, there’s slight donut hole. And now lowest mode turns on after 2 seconds, not 4!

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I have lost some hope in the sc series of lights. I was selling them for a while but i had too many returns. The driver died in a few from heat after they were ran for extended periods. When the light was off. The led would stay faintly lit. All the other bad ones had problems with the side switch. Bad design. The switch solder points are way too close to the pill. Sometimes the switch shorts out on the pill. And you have to press the button super hard to get the light on. It is too bad though because it was a neat little light.

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My SC02 broke down again, symptoms are identical – they only thing that works is a strobe mode after 7 seconds of holding the switch.

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So far the three i have been working great & used often. (SC01, 02, 03) i hope they stay working or the manufacturer fixed the issue people have been having as i like the design and form-factors of these. My SC01 with a Nichia 219 get used quite a bit and is my current Jacket EDC.

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Anyone tried to get a replacement from fastech/solar storm? It’s obviously a consistent manufacturer mistake…

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I got the money back and ordered a 1405 Instead Big Smile

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I got my SC02 last week. It worked the first time I tried, but now suddenly not working. I have no clue why it stops working after a week unused. Battery voltage still full.
What could be the problem ? Bad switch ?
From what I’ve read , it seems fixing this is a very delicate process.
This is the worst $15 I spent on a flashlight. Even my cheapest $2 worked for at least 3 weeks.

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Press and hold the switch for 7 seconds. Does it enter stobe mode?

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nope. the led stays dead.
Too bad I found this thread too late.
RMA will cost me more than half the price of SC02 alone.
This could only mean I just burnt my $15 for nothing.

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