Sold out! - GBGB: BLF-348 - Classy and Small 1xAAA Stainless Steel light, with Nichia NVSW219B-V1 R9050

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hank wrote:
TK finds both the clip and the body stick well to magnets.

_ Is there no end to this learning? _

Not until you decide to stop. Most carbon steel alloys become non-martensitic at the point where quenching should be done when heat-tempering them. More accurate than judging temp by color.

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Via Deutsche Post.I love the invisible joins at the tail and bezel.Blue xxxxfire fit fine and e-fests are a push fit,but without scraping.Tint is a lovely neutral white.Thanks the,great choice.

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I bought six to get the tracking — and it’s not very informative:

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2015-11-09 03:29:00The item is ready for shipment 2015-11-08 12:47:00The item has left the originating country 2015-11-08 09:37:00The item has arrived in the transit airport 2015-11-07 20:00:00The item is received by the shipper in the originating country 2015-11-06 10:17:00The item is pre-advised 2015-11-06 02:16:00The Item is at the shippers warehouse

Well? How does it leave the “originating country” and yet still be “ready for shipment”?

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Just ordered it too. Hope i get it before Christmas.

hank , i ordered a pair of 18650 batteries on Oct 31, 2015 (sent with Sweden surface mail on Nov 03, 2015) and the only thing tracking says is :

Nov 05, 2015 08:35 am Item received for processing

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Got my lights today. Its a good bargain.You simply cannot do anything wrong with it…thanks!

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I’m also waiting for my 2
Do someone have a pic to compare the normal sf348 and the nichia beamshot?

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erik wrote:
Do someone have a pic to compare the normal sf348 and the nichia beamshot?

Post #410 in this thread has some. Unless you want a pic from more reliable source.. Wink

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I only had time to briefly try one out.

I was surprised by how white the beam was. On paper it was supposed to be a 5000K tint, what was delivered was a 5000 tint. Somehow I was just hoping for something warmer.

Notwithstanding my unrealistic expectations, the flashlight puts out a bright, clean smooth beam. Compared to my mellow Convoy S2+ 4C flashlight, the BLF 348 delivers a crisper, livelier light. And while I still prefer the tint of my S2+, color rendition is much more true-to-life on the BLF 348. (And I wonder whether the Muggle-population would notice these nuances of tint?)

The beam shape is perfect for this type of flashlight. Nice broad hotspot feathering into a fairly wide, bright spill. Some subtle artifacts show up while white wall hunting, but are not apparent in actual use. A layer of diffusion film picked up from here will help smooth out any inconsistencies and broaden the beam a little.

The host exudes sophistication. From its shiny stainless steel finish, stiletto shaped body, custom BLF lettering, blingy pocket clip, to its precisely engineered tail button; it is the embodiment of haute couture. Shaken, not stirred.

How much did this flashlight cost? I have to pinch myself to remind me of the actual purchase price. Smile

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Received mine today! Haven’t checked them all. Popped an eneloop in one and an efest in another. Very nice tint! I see now why people like nichia. Also after comparing to my blf a6 in 3d I see what people mean by green! It did get a little warm with the efest and I didn’t want to kill the poor thing right after receiving it so I shut it down. These are great! The finish is as good as everyone says. My friends and co workers won’t know where the tailcap is. Silly

EDIT: 24 day wait to U.S. Seems about normal. Good job Gearbest.

Excellent job _ the _! And thanks for all of your effort!

Dustin

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Just want to mention, my three BLF-engraved lights arrived and all of them are in perfect shape and simply the best EDC-lights to give away or to carry one self! These lights are simply perfect, i run them with 3.2 Volts LiFePO4 from Coolook, just the right power source! Perfect craftsmanship, very sturdy and simply the best tint i’ve seen in such a great value for the money light! Just want to say a BIG THANK YOU for organizing this great GB and also a BIG THANK YOU to GearBest, for delivering this in such an incredibly short time! Smile

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Although a have to say, i’m still waiting for my blue Convoy S2+, ordered August, 26th, shipped September 2nd, and still not arrived! |(

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Got mine today also.

TIP: in the US, use the USPS.GOV web page for tracking, feed it the number you have.

The shipper tracking was still telling me the box was ready to be shipped, or else unavailable.

The USPS told me they’d just tried to deliver it and left me an IOU, since delivery required a signature.

What?

So I rushed out, checked my mailbox, found the IOU — and LO, the USPS delivery van was parked right in front of my house while the carrier finished that bag ful of mail.

Waited. Presented. Delivered. Got’em.

I’ve gotta fix that damn doorbell some day.

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Mine came in today! Even though everyone here’s been saying how nice they are, I really wasn’t expecting much for $8. I was wrong! This little guy is crazy nice. The machining is very clean and looks great. The little metal tail clicky’s got great action. The emitter is exactly what its supposed to be – tons of beautiful output. My only gripe is that its single-mode, but we knew that when we ordered it. Its crazy what a good deal this was! Thanks to everyone involved.

A few glamour shots:

I couldn’t resist lining it up with my other 1xAAA sized lights. It definitely doesn’t look out of place with those “nicer” lights. In fact its kinda crazy to think about how much cheaper this guy was than those others…

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Hei emarkd… Thanks for the pics… I liked them a lot… Especially the comparison one

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Mine came in today! Even though everyone here’s been saying how nice they are, I really wasn’t expecting much for $8. I was wrong! This little guy is crazy nice. The machining is very clean and looks great. The little metal tail clicky’s got great action. The emitter is exactly what its supposed to be – tons of beautiful output. My only gripe is that its single-mode, but we knew that when we ordered it. Its crazy what a good deal this was! Thanks to everyone involved.

This! Very elegant light. Except that I don’t mind the one mode and the switch is not adapted for mode switching anyway. My only minor grip is the clip that can accidentally slip when you pull out the light and remain in your pocket.

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Has anyone tried this for extended periods with a 10440 3.7V cell?

I’m using mine with one and it’s super bright. The longest I’ve had it on is about 5 minutes and it gets very warm but not super hot. Gearbest lists it as being able to handle 3.7V 10440 but I’d hate to fry it using one.

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Gebe wrote:
Has anyone tried this for extended periods with a 10440 3.7V cell?

I’m using mine with one and it’s super bright. The longest I’ve had it on is about 5 minutes and it gets very warm but not super hot. Gearbest lists it as being able to handle 3.7V 10440 but I’d hate to fry it using one.


Like written in the TLF, I would mod the light for a better heat-transfer from the Pill to the tube of the flashlight.
Sorry for not TLF Members, but I dont have an picture hoster to show the picture here in the BLF. And only Members are able to see it: http://www.taschenlampen-forum.de/taschenlampen-neuigkeiten/44740-blf-34...
You can see the Reflector, Pill and other parts of the flashlight.

The pill has a bit space to the surrounding flashlight tube.

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Gebe wrote:
Has anyone tried this for extended periods with a 10440 3.7V cell?

I’m using mine with one and it’s super bright. The longest I’ve had it on is about 5 minutes and it gets very warm but not super hot. Gearbest lists it as being able to handle 3.7V 10440 but I’d hate to fry it using one.

1st thing I did was pop in a fully charged efest 10440. Worked perfectly and the heat was very manageable. Your hands make for great heat sinks. Leaving it standing might get a bit hot.

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And possibly the best bargain I’ve ever been in on. Exterior finish is impeccable. Of 3 one had a slightly loose front retainer ring; push in with thumb and tighten, no problem. Liked the bubble-pack sleeve over it in the box, wish that were made a standard practice.

Clip is attached so firmly I don’t want to try to move it till I scratch it up elsewhere first. Fits over blue jean pocket seam (unlike many lights including the BLF A6) and has great retention. The problem is that it rubs the body tube when opening to insert/remove a cell so it will scratch in time unless you address that, and the scratch will be right over the engraving.

All 3 switches felt gritty and took firm pressure to use. I’d rather have that than one that turns itself on inadvertently. Fat fingers may have a problem using these but I like the switch (and I generally dislike hate tail-clickys in pouch or pocket carry).

Tailcap threads feel a bit gritty too but for the price they are fine, clean and lube later. Alignment is finicky with the clip pressure but not bad. Seems solid enough and that’s what counts most to me in a light at this price.

A cross-room beamshot showed one was floody, no discernible hotspot and pretty even light distribution. Unexpected but welcome because it’s a good pattern, this is the one I’m keeping for that reason alone. The other two had decent hotspots semi-gradually going to some even spill. It’s a good pattern and balance IMHO, especially at this price.

I tried a 600mA Trustfire 10440, dropped right in and got fairly hot in a few minutes. It should be OK for general use as-is since we all understand to monitor the temp; not for general gifting set up that way though. Didn’t try an Efest yet.

I also did a 1 hour test with a nearly new cheap AAA alkie. It got warm but not hot at all and I didn’t see any difference in output or color after having tried the 10440 or after the hour’s burn-in. The AAA performance also makes this an excellent ‘gifter’ for noobs.

I’m not picky about beam color but this one is nice, perhaps a little on the warm side with AAA but not glaringly cold with 10440; another plus for gifting.

My only beef (and I knew this beforehand) is that there’s no keychain attachment possible, and that is an obvious use for such a small light as this. I like my Tank007 E09 better for that purpose so I’m not out anything, but others might want that possibility.

One reason I wanted this light was that I have an old Gerber multi-tool and a crescent wrench in a belt pouch where I once stashed first a MagLite Solitaire (a great fit but a wimpy light) then a Tank007 TK703 (a very tight fit but not a good light). This one slips right in as a perfect fit. I can pull out any of the 3 pieces and not snag the others, unlike the knurled Tank. The clip keeps the light where I want it with me being able to instantly bring it to hand. Very few if any other AAA format lights worth buying are this slender and this smooth. That could be a drawback with slick hands but there’s tons of more grippable lights to choose from so I don’t see that as an issue, but as a bonus. I swapped the Lithium primary from the Tank into this and I’m completely good-to-go once again.

Am I happy with these lights? No, I’m nearly ecstatic. You can’t touch the performance for twice the price, and you can’t get a better finished surface at any price so it’s an absolute joy to own. I like the exclusivity factor of special BLF lights like this one but TBH I hope it becomes a regular production light as long as the quality doesn’t drop away because this little light is simply too awesome to not be available to everyone. It’s an instant classic in every way, the epitome of a BLF-style AAA/10440 light.

And “the”, I owe you one for doing this GB. “Thank You” can’t begin to express how happy I am with the whole deal. It don’t get any better than this!

Phil

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SawMaster wrote:
And possibly the best bargain I’ve ever been in on. Exterior finish is impeccable. Of 3 one had a slightly loose front retainer ring; push in with thumb and tighten, no problem. Liked the bubble-pack sleeve over it in the box, wish that were made a standard practice.

Clip is attached so firmly I don’t want to try to move it till I scratch it up elsewhere first. Fits over blue jean pocket seam (unlike many lights including the BLF A6) and has great retention. The problem is that it rubs the body tube when opening to insert/remove a cell so it will scratch in time unless you address that, and the scratch will be right over the engraving.

All 3 switches felt gritty and took firm pressure to use. I’d rather have that than one that turns itself on inadvertently. Fat fingers may have a problem using these but I like the switch (and I generally dislike hate tail-clickys in pouch or pocket carry).

Tailcap threads feel a bit gritty too but for the price they are fine, clean and lube later. Alignment is finicky with the clip pressure but not bad. Seems solid enough and that’s what counts most to me in a light at this price.

A cross-room beamshot showed one was floody, no discernible hotspot and pretty even light distribution. Unexpected but welcome because it’s a good pattern, this is the one I’m keeping for that reason alone. The other two had decent hotspots semi-gradually going to some even spill. It’s a good pattern and balance IMHO, especially at this price.

I tried a 600mA Trustfire 10440, dropped right in and got fairly hot in a few minutes. It should be OK for general use as-is since we all understand to monitor the temp; not for general gifting set up that way though. Didn’t try an Efest yet.

I also did a 1 hour test with a nearly new cheap AAA alkie. It got warm but not hot at all and I didn’t see any difference in output or color after having tried the 10440 or after the hour’s burn-in. The AAA performance also makes this an excellent ‘gifter’ for noobs.

I’m not picky about beam color but this one is nice, perhaps a little on the warm side with AAA but not glaringly cold with 10440; another plus for gifting.

My only beef (and I knew this beforehand) is that there’s no keychain attachment possible, and that is an obvious use for such a small light as this. I like my Tank007 E09 better for that purpose so I’m not out anything, but others might want that possibility.

One reason I wanted this light was that I have an old Gerber multi-tool and a crescent wrench in a belt pouch where I once stashed first a MagLite Solitaire (a great fit but a wimpy light) then a Tank007 TK703 (a very tight fit but not a good light). This one slips right in as a perfect fit. I can pull out any of the 3 pieces and not snag the others, unlike the knurled Tank. The clip keeps the light where I want it with me being able to instantly bring it to hand. Very few if any other AAA format lights worth buying are this slender and this smooth. That could be a drawback with slick hands but there’s tons of more grippable lights to choose from so I don’t see that as an issue, but as a bonus. I swapped the Lithium primary from the Tank into this and I’m completely good-to-go once again.

Am I happy with these lights? No, I’m nearly ecstatic. You can’t touch the performance for twice the price, and you can’t get a better finished surface at any price so it’s an absolute joy to own. I like the exclusivity factor of special BLF lights like this one but TBH I hope it becomes a regular production light as long as the quality doesn’t drop away because this little light is simply too awesome to not be available to everyone. It’s an instant classic in every way, the epitome of a BLF-style AAA/10440 light.

And “the”, I owe you one for doing this GB. “Thank You” can’t begin to express how happy I am with the whole deal. It don’t get any better than this!

Phil

There’s a small hole at the tailcap end. I think you could put a small split ring or maybe one of the lanyards with the strings through it?

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Got my light yesterday and i must admit the seamless design is beautiful Love
I should order more

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Thanks _ the _

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So glad I stopped in and spotted this before they’re gone. Crazy good deal!

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Cart won’t allow to delete tracking $1.99 so the real cost is $8.98, unless I’m doing something wrong.

 

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Gorgeous light, the only thing I could wish for is a moonlight mode.

Standard battery and a simple UI makes it a perfect giveaway.

Thanks for organizing the GB!

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Got mine today. Flawless. I’ll get some photos during the week

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…the only thing I could wish for is a moonlight mode.

Moonlight and high would have been perfect for me.

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Received mine and love them. It remains just sightly warm with an eneloop and doesn’t need much to figure out how to use it, perfect for gifts. Construction is excellent and it’s hard to see where the tailcap meets the body which means good machining.

I ordered 2 but wish it have been more, although people have mixed feelings when I gift them a flashlight, they give me this strange look :~ until I explain them why this is superior than their 2D incan in the kitchen drawer.

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I wanted better color rendition .

I bought four , and none of my examples have the beautiful tint and CRI from my other Nichia 219B emitters  .

 

 

They will still make great gifts .

 

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Bad news: mine is busted, it ran almost one cycle on NiMh and now, no light but 2A drain… Havent opened yet…

Good news: still got 4 of em to go.

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CheapThrills wrote:
Bad news: mine is busted, it ran almost one cycle on NiMh and now, no light but 2A drain… Havent opened yet…

Good news: still got 4 of em to go.

ugh, don’t say that. Sad I only ordered one and it’s not here yet.

Wishlist: UltraTac K18, Hobbyking Hakko 936

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