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GIVEAWAY and tiny review of Thorfire VG-15

I didn’t ask for a Thorfire VG-15, but I got sent one anyways. There have already been a few good reviews with lots of pictures, so I will keep mine much shorter than my usual review format.

Pros:

  • Attractive appearance
  • Quality Ano
  • Quality Clip
  • SS Bezel
  • Smooth Threads
  • Mode order Moon-Low-Med-High, hidden strobe (double-click while in moon to access strobe)

Cons:

  • On-time memory with long-ish set time
  • If you want strobe, it can be hard to activate
  • My sample had a decent divot missing from the aluminum on the edge of the tailcap (covered with ano, so not too noticeable)
  • Tint isn’t terrible, but is definitely cool white (I prefer Neutral)
  • Low, Med, and High modes are all a little too close together

Verdict:
A good host that is slightly let down by it’s internals, but still a good flashlight overall.

Feel free to ask questions below if there is something you would like to know.

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Giveaway
I am giving away the light and everything that came with it (original box, extra parts, holster)

I am very short on money at the moment, so unfortunately I can not afford to offer free international shipping. So Shipping is free for CONUS, and for international buyers I will pay $5 towards shipping. If the winner is international, he is responsible for paying the rest of his/her shipping. If they decline, I will redraw a new winner.

Rules:

  • You must have joined BLF by 8/1/15
  • You must have at least 20 posts by the time the winner is announced
  • You may comment or ask questions about the VG15 as many times as you like, but 1 Giveaway “ticket” per user
  • I will keep a list of participants in the OP
  • I will draw a winner using random.org 1 week from today on 9/3/15
  • Posting “I’m in” DOES NOT enter you in the drawing

To Enter:
Comment with one or more of the following:

  1. Your favorite light that you own and why it is your favorite (and a picture of it if possible)
  2. The light you are drooling over the most and why you want to buy it so bad (and a picture of it if possible)
  3. A feature or spec that you wish manufacturers like Thorfire would include or not include on their future products

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Final List of Giveaway participants (Read rules above)
1. Wrathbringer27
2. mattlward
3. jescereal
4. Power911
5. TFS Jake
6. Joat
7. locusto03
8. 264
9. Sirius9
10. tatasal
11. DBSAR
12. MountainKing
13. chuckhov
14. Rolz
15. raccoon city
16. Henk4U2
17. eltorito
18. Abqjohnny
19. tru3s1lv3r
20. Boaz
21. Manx
22. Nightbird95
23. keltex78
24. brad
25. Gunga
26. Jubeldum
27. Pregulla
28. gerald_clark
29. WillyD
30. ahirshy
31. jfong
32. MG
33. Backpacker Light
34. Southland
35. tedh35
36. H-Man
37. xelario
38. Halo…
39. MauiSon
40. NikolaS
41. GottaZoom
42. kst
43. siata94

My Favorite Modded Lights: X6R, S8 , X2R , M6, SP03

Major Projects:  Illuminated Tailcap, TripleDown/TripleStack Driver

Edited by: pilotdog68 on 09/04/2015 - 10:47
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Hmm let’s go with #2… I love my K40M just cause of its really nice tint. The overall out is phenomenal and it’s get really really low which I really dig Smile

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Im not in, just ask the real specs on this light

 

Edit: thanks for the links, a bit high at 29.95 though

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breinrules wrote:

Im not in, just ask the real specs on this light


What specs are you wanting to know?
I’d be glad to answer, but chances are that the answer is also in one of these two longer reviews:

http://budgetlightforum.com/node/41425

http://budgetlightforum.com/node/41359

My Favorite Modded Lights: X6R, S8 , X2R , M6, SP03

Major Projects:  Illuminated Tailcap, TripleDown/TripleStack Driver

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EDC rotation:
FW1A, LH351D 4000k (second favorite)
FW3A, LH351D 3500k
FW3A, SST20 FD2 4000k
FW3A, Nichia 4000k sw40 r9080 (favorite light!)
FW3A, Cree XP-L Hi 5A3
Emisar D4V2, SST20 4000k
S2+, XM-L2 T6 4C

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1. The light I absolutely am in love with is the BLF-X6, just like mattlward. When I first saw it in photos, I thought it looked ridiculous. Curiosity struck me, and I got one off of banggood when they were still in stock. MAN is this light perfect in looks. I can’t tell much of a difference in the spacings after low, but still, I absolutely adore this light.

2. The light I’m drooling over is the second edition of the BLF-X6 (of course). I’m super hyped for that group buy. It will be my first light with over 1000 lumens in output, and I’m super psyched about it!

3. I really wish Thorfire had neutral tint options to their lights.

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I’m curious on how well does the pocket clip worked especially on very soft workout gym pants. the tail seemed to stick out a lot

I guess I’ll join the giveaway to see how Big Smile

Your favorite light that you own and why it is your favorite (and a picture of it if possible)
-Grey Convoy C8 that I’ve swapped with blue tailcap. Mann it’s smexy

The light you are drooling over the most and why you want to buy it so bad (and a picture of it if possible)
-Possibly the Courui D01

A feature or spec that you wish manufacturers like Thorfire would include or not include on their future products
-Luxury class lights that include trits

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The clip is nice, it appears to be the same as is used on the Convoy S8. It holds strong, the only way i can see it coming off is if you were running and the light was bouncing around.

My Favorite Modded Lights: X6R, S8 , X2R , M6, SP03

Major Projects:  Illuminated Tailcap, TripleDown/TripleStack Driver

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1. Thrunite Ti3 I freaking love that light. My first nice flashlight!
3. Right angle heads! I’m looking for a headlamp right now and man it would be nice to have more right angle options.

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My favorite light:
Eagle Eye A6 with a EE X6 tube and clip, a MTN fet + 7135 driver and triple XPL’s, and somewhat modified ToyKeeper Cypreus2 firmware.
It’s my favorite because it’s a nice flat beam with almost no hot spot, I used to carry a zoomie for close up work and this as almost as good. On high it puts out a ridiculous amount of light.

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My favorite would have to be my humble grey Solarforce L2P.

It's the tailstanding, forward clicky version with lanyard ring.  This build has a Qlite 3A driver, XM-L2 5B1 80+ CRI emitter on Noctigon, OP reflector, and multi-coated AR lens from KD.  It's pretty basic, but I use this light all the time.  The anodizing is really tough, the knurling is on the aggressive end of the spectrum, and it puts out lots of neutral, high-CRI light.  I usually do brief bursts of light and almost never need to adjust brightness, so the forward clicky works very well with the Qlite (5 modes and ~0.5s off-time memory).

I really wish more manufacturers would offer the option of a forward clicky in their lights.  As it stands, most reverse clicky lights I own don't even have enough clearance in the tailcap to fit a forward clicky switch.  If someone offered forward clicky switches that were roughly the same height as their reverse clicky counterparts, I'd have switched most of mine over already.

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My favorite light for just getting around in the house in the dark is the Olight S15 Baton. The reason is it is very small. Has a wide range of output choices. When using the moonlight mode run time is very long. Not the best tint though. If I need a whole lot of light my favorite is Armytek’s Viking version 2.5. Long run time, bright, and durable. For evening walks I like my Armytek Partners very much. The single AA, and double AA versions. No single flashlight is all around best for me.

Now my dream flashlight is: http://www.eagletac.com/html/gx30a3d/index.html
No twisty mode change. Lots of output. Flood or throw.

Question about the Thorfire VG-15. Is the flashlight current controlled or does it have PWM?
Wish no manufactured flashlights would ever use PWM.

Good luck to all.

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My favorite light, currently: K60, it’s big it’s heavy it’s 5K lumens, at a job now so cant post images…
Feature: “infinite” dimming like crelant lights use but 3-4 modes and setting that is preserved even when battery is removed.

 

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I’m waiting for the the successor of the FireFoxes 4 HID…perhaps an FF5?

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  1. - My favorite light? that’s difficult. Silly
    - As of right now it has to be my Olight S15 with two Eneloops, (extension tube) and a XM-L 4C tint & Stippled TIR mod. Its a beautiful tint, nice & floody, and best medium-mode run time ever of the 2-AA class.

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1. Not one favourite but many used lights.
EDU on rotation: Convoy S2+, Quark QP2L-X and Sunwayman C22C.

Headband frequent use: ZLH52 (mostly indoors)…I can see my Sunwayman getting more use as headlamp outdoor with the higher capacity 18650 cell though Smile

2. I’d take an uncoming ZL SC600. That is going to be great (I suppose)

3. No idea!

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“#2 – “The light you are drooling over the most and why you want to buy”

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M2X-UT Javelot!

Just waiting for Olight to come clean with us and provide this light with a Genuine XP-L HI (Domeless) emitter, rather than them just ‘De-Dome’ an Xp-L). – They used to De-Dome the XM-L2 for these and that was even worse!

The ‘Tint’ is Green with the De-Dome, and White with the Real Thing!

Thank you for the nice giveaway,
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At the moment my favourite light is the Convoy S2. It has been for quite a while. I use many other torches regularly but the S2 is one that is always there. It’s not perfect but it’s a nice compact torch. Hoping my A6 on the way becomes my new Favorite.

If I had to pick a torch that I would really like ot own it would be the Nitecore MH20. There may be better choices in that price range but it appeals in its size and it’s performance, size quality. Price is too high for me at the moment. I tend to buy budget torches.

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1a.  Your favorite light that you own:

Convoy S2+

1b)  Why it is your favorite?  (and a picture of it if possible)

I really like 18650 tube lights, and I am currently carrying my S2+.   Wink

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My wife has many shoes and I have even more lights. They have in common that you can only wear one pair at a time.

1/ Years ago I bought a SureFire Defender in a clearance. Put in a 18650 and a LED drop-in. Have it on me whenever I wear a jack or a coat.
Which in the Netherlands means: practically always. It has the weight, size and bezel a pocket-rocket just can’t offer.
2/ There are lots of “drool”-lights but they would probably end up standing next to the magnificent lights I already have (and hardly ever use).
Once in a while I contemplate upgrading my old SF into a SS fully loaded SF (SolarForce).
3/ UI like an AK47: menu 1 without strobe, menu 2 with strobe.

You are a flashaholic if you are forced to come out of the closet, to make room for more flashlights.

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My favourite flashlight is the dqg aaa because it always comes with me

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pilotdog68 wrote:
* Posting “I’m in” DOES NOT enter you in the drawing
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I love my s2+. Perfect for walking and taking a dog out.

I would love a big headed thrower someday.

I would love Thorfire to make a decent headlamp that’s cheap.

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Hopefully I’ll have the 20 posts before the drawing.

My favorite flashlight I own is my C8 with the mtg2 pushing out the most light I’ve ever seen from something so small!
I’m absolutely drooling over the Nitecore TM16. It just looks like aa wall of lumens coming out the front of that thing!
I really wish manufacturers like Thorfire would include more tint options. Sometimes I want a cool white, sometimes a neutral.

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One of my favorite lights is the B2s  N-light . Why? Cuz it's pretty ,shiny,well designed .... and obsolete ...IMHO the perfect light doesn't have to be small or made of some exotic metal .Stainless steel is nice as long as it isn't too  heavy .

 my question about the light is .. if you threw it out of a plane at 30 thousand feet ...and at the same time fired Archimedes out of a cannon from the same plane ...

 Which one would hit the ground first ?


 My suggestion to Thorfire is get rid of the unstable open tail design

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My favorite light?
A Yezl Y3, and I like it because it run with 8 C battery, so it is much longer than my amazing Maglite 4D moddet with a XR-E and run with 8 AA Nihm (with adaptors) :bigsmile:

My suggestion to Thorfire is to make some more affordable price. Sometimes they are too expensive (for my empty wallet).

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1. The favorite light that I own is my BTU Shocker “Nightbird95”. It is my favorite especially after I have modified it because it throws like hell while at the same time covers a larger and wider area with its beam. My avatar shows how it performs at 700 meters. No its not my farthest throwing flashlight but my farthest throwing light can’t cover much area at long distances (say over 1 km). Smile

2. The light I am drooling over the most is the Nitecore TM36 Lite because unlike most other ultra throwers (1 km and up range) its beam/ hot spot is much wider. I also like it more than the regular TM36 because its smaller, lighter and easier to carry around. However I don’t see myself buying this in the near future so I’ll just keep on drooling. Smile

3. A feature or spec that I wish manufacturers like Thorfire would include on their future products would be throw (lots of it) and flood (also lots of it) at the same time.

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Okay, so I’m in too!

1.Your favorite light that you own and why it is your favorite (and a picture of it if possible) Always changing: at the moment, it’s my Convoy S3 XP-G2 triple. 3x CW (I like cool tints!) XP-G2 emitters in the S3 host, using the 3A Qlite driver from Mtn with moonlight low enabled. Very nice to have a light that’s so low, but still impressively bright on high. This is my first light built with the Qlite driver, and I’ve found that I really do like having the low-low, and the lack of visible PWM/noise; the extra few mA of the higher-rated 7135s doesn’t hurt either! Sorry, no pics at this time; use your imagination. Another possible contender would be my old TrustFire F20 which has been my EDC for three years now. It’s been completely rebuilt including some recent work done a couple of weeks ago, now only the host is original. Started out as the base XR-E model, first mod was a reflector replacement and update to a XM-L U2 emitter purchased from the Jolly Green Dino several years ago. This reflector has an unusual very subdued texture that keep the throw of an SMO while still smoothing out the rings. Much later, replaced the reflector centering ring with the butterfly type. Kept in that configuration until the second go-around resulting in retaining the aftermarket reflector while replacing the emitter with an XM-L2, replacing the switch with one salvaged from another host, and replacing the original low-voltage-capable driver with a 101-AK to finally eliminate the blinkies and add regulation.

2.The light you are drooling over the most and why you want to buy it so bad (and a picture of it if possible) Always changing: At the moment, it’s the UltraFire 1504. I don’t really have a need, but really like ultra-long-range aspheric-type throwers. Either that or any large-diameter reflector based thrower. I have an older STL-V2 style clone, but would like something like the Courui-type with the larger reflector.

3.A feature or spec that you wish manufacturers like Thorfire would include or not include on their future products I don’t have any of the Thorfire lights to really comment, but one thing I see… The Thorfire lights with pocket clips seem to consistently have a section of larger-diameter grooves or fins directly below the clip. (This light is a good example.) This looks like it would interfere with comfortable pocket carry and easy draw. One of the reasons I prefer my F20 as an EDC is the smooth cylindrical body; it rides comfortably with nothing to snag on or wear through my pocket.


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 would like to see ThorFire and all light makers hide their “burst” mode, the Fenix HL30 does that so that you don’t have to cycle through it all the time, if you want the Turbo mode, you have to hold the switch down for a split second more to get it.

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264 wrote:

Question about the Thorfire VG-15. Is the flashlight current controlled or does it have PWM?
Wish no manufactured flashlights would ever use PWM.

In my short tests I didn’t notice PWM, so I checked with a camera just now. It indeed does use PWM.

My Favorite Modded Lights: X6R, S8 , X2R , M6, SP03

Major Projects:  Illuminated Tailcap, TripleDown/TripleStack Driver

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Halo… wrote:
pilotdog68 wrote:
* Posting “I’m in” DOES NOT enter you in the drawing
Beer

Thanks for the rootbeer!

My Favorite Modded Lights: X6R, S8 , X2R , M6, SP03

Major Projects:  Illuminated Tailcap, TripleDown/TripleStack Driver

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