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WARNING: Cometa – read/fix BEFORE inserting battery

UPDATE 10-05-2016

FOR THOSE THAT HAVEN’T MADE AN INSULATING WASHER FOR THE BOTTOM BRASS PILL IN ORDER TO AVOID SHORT CIRCUIT WITH LARGE POSITIVE CONTACT BATTERIES: PLEASE CONTACT BANGGOOD WITH PM, THEY WILL SEND YOU AN INSULATING DISK.

UPDATE 09-05-2016

Consolidating a few of the various fix posts so people don’t have to trudge back ~15 pages.

Banggood wrote:
Hello everyone
the COMETA has a problem for some big head battery,it may be shoring out.
so pls add a piece insulating trip like the picture. if your light is shorting up, pls tell me, we will deal with.



RobertB wrote:
Yup, easy peasy. Just cut circle out of a plastic milk jug and stuck it in. There is no doubt my 26650 would have shorted since the positive side of the cell protrudes out quite a bit.

you can use the 18650 adapter as a circle template. trace around it with a sharpie



Jeansy wrote:

I knocked this up real quick, hope it helps you?

YouTube vid

UPDATE 01-05-2016

1) From when i received the sample i never had a shortcircuit or malfunction, it is obvious that i would have say. I tested KeePPower 26650 5200 protected, LG HE2, Panasonic PF.
The problem as i read in the previous posts is the difference in the diameter of the positive pole: Efest have a wider + pole than KeePPower. So only with some battery the positive contact touch the brass pill creating a shortcircuit. Neal has find a solution with adopting a plastic washer on the pill. This will be included in the next batch.
I will remember that i have NEVER requested a 17 mm driver but a 22 one because of the dimension of the JAX Z1 pill in fact if this had been respected this problem never happen.

2) Some members report a possible short on the anodized cover with cables soldered on MCPCB. The anodized aluminum don’t conducts electricity (thanks to anodized threads a 1/4 turn on most flashlights permits lock out). The only reason why this cover can cause short is some sort of damage on anodization in some lights. I will ask Neal to make some type of insulation on next batch.

Members that had short circuit with melted springs or a light that doesn’t work please send me a PM i will try to find a solution.

Some specs not respected in production.

-In the OP of this thread i declare the use of 20 AWG cables. Now i see 24 on production one. I don’t understand why change a spec commonly agreed with manufacturer.

UPDATE 20-04-2016

I counted the COMETAs that need to be transfer to EU Warehouse: they are about 400 from CPFi and BLF.

Cyberescudo wrote:
There are 2 options:

1) The coupon for the COMETA is ready and the light can be purchased from the CN warehouse. There will be no problems with the customs because Neal will declare an amount to avoid custom inspection.The price is as agreed 40$.

2) For the avaibility of the COMETA in European stock is need :

A) waiting 10 days so that the stock can be transferred to EU warehouse
B) add 2 dollars for this option

Please EU members that want this option write your requirement here so that i can communicate the numbers of COMETA to be transferred.

As stated above the stock will be available in the EU warehouse in 10 days: once there Neal will send the new coupon.
Also 100 Keeppower 5200 mAh IMR will be transferred jointly.

UPDATE 06-04-2016

The COMETA will be ready before 15th April. Big Smile

Final Sample



For teardown see post #583

UPDATE 6-03-2016

I am glad to announce that the COMETA will have the same driver as the BLF X6v2 and the BISTRO UI designed by ToyKeeper!!

http://bazaar.launchpad.net/~toykeeper/flashlight-firmware/blf-x6v2/view...

UPDATE 23-01-2016

New Images:




NEW illuminated Tailcap (Thanks to Pilotdog68)

Update Price
The price will be 40 USD if we reach 500 units combining CPFItalia and BLF

CODE:408413 15% OFF for these batteries:
1) KeepPower 26650-5200 mAh protected http://www.banggood.com/it/Keeppower-ICR26650-5200mAh-3_7v-Protected-Rec...
2)KeepPower 26650 5200 mAh IMR http://www.banggood.com/it/1PCS-Keeppower-IMR26650-5200mAh-3_7V-Li-ion-E...
3)KeepPower 26650-4200 mAh IMR http://www.banggood.com/it/1pcs-Keeppower-IMR-26650-4200mAh-3_7V-Electronic-Cigarette-Battery-p-980791.html
4) Sony 18650 VTC5 http://www.banggood.com/1pcs-Sony-US18650VTC5-3_6V-2600mAh-30A-Rechargea...
5) LG 18650 HE2 (2 pieces) http://www.banggood.com/LG18650HE2-2500mAh-3_7v-30A-Rechargeable-Li-on-B...

Original message:
Hello to everyone, i am Cyberescudo a member of CPFItalia Forum.
In collaboration with Banggood we have created a custom flashlight on Jax Z1 host with many upgrades including the FET + 7135 driver designed by BLF members.
The name of the flashlight will be COMETA (the italian traslation of comet )

If you want join the project you can go to:
http://www.cpfitaliaforum.it/phpbb/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=11696

Final specs:

  • XPL High Intensity, tint: 1A and 3B
  • Regulation of the beam: wide beam —> throw beam
  • Around 1300 lumens in turbo mode (1A tint)
  • Around 900 meters of throw (1A tint)
  • Noctigon Copper mcpcb
  • 22DDdriver +1 7135 driver(FET for higher performance in direct drive, 7135 to regulate lower levels )(Wight’s driver)
  • “Bistro” User interface: designed by Toykeeper
  • Highly programmable:
  • Choice of 1 to 8 regular modes from low to turbo
  • Thermal calibration
  • Muggle mode / simple mode
  • Mode order. Low to high, or high to low
  • Hidden modes (Tactical / police strobe, Battery check / beacon mode, Biking flasher )
  • Battery decimal voltage indication
  • Memory can be activated or deactivated
  • Moon level can be activated or deactivated
  • Protection against over discharge
  • 18650 or 26650 compatible
  • K9 Lens with double AR treatment
  • Laser engraving: CPF Italia, COMETA, 2016
  • Anodization HAIII
  • Double gold plated springs (performance comparable to Spring Bypass)
  • Lighted Tailcap
  • Price: 40 USD for 500 units

Review of the Light: http://www.cpfitaliaforum.it/phpbb/viewtopic.php?f=23&t=11027

Discussion thread: http://www.cpfitaliaforum.it/phpbb/viewtopic.php?f=23&t=11028

Every member interested can reply in this thread with:
MEMBER NAME TINT CW or NW

The updated list will be in the first message of the threads, with all the updates regarding the final version of the light.
Members in list will receive Private message (PM) with the coupon code for purchasing the light at low price on Bangood!

At CPFItalia the list is of 302 units at this moment

INTEREST LIST

1 Charga CW
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3 baldo21 CW
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5 koyotee NW
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305 DOHC20

List of the personalizations, technical and aesthetic:

LED

XP-L HIGH INTENSITY CW and NW available Available 1A CW and 3B NW bin tint (possibility to have a BIN with lower color temperature)

MCPCB

MCPCB in copper Noctigon XP20 with Direct Thermal Path.

Thermoconductive paste

Application of a layer of a quality termoconductive paste between pill and the MCPCB.

Cables

Certified cables connect drvier to the MCPCB
Given the high current, 20 AWG cable were chosed.

Driver

Driver 22mm FET + 7135.

Springs

2 gold plated springs: one long and flexible (to adapt different to cells with different lenght), one thick and strong (to ensure optimal current flow).
This solution was used in the manker T01 and looks like it is capable to perform as well as a “sping bypass”

Edited by: Cyberescudo on 05/10/2016 - 05:59
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nice done , copper and nice driver,the driver will be able to handle 2x batteries ?

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nofearek9 wrote:
the driver will be able to handle 2x batteries ?

The voltage range is 2,8-4,35 V. Wink

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Nice project, that will give a stock performance that matches a well modded light Smile  How attractive it is will depend on the price..

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very nice!

wonder what the final price will be

Would you mind keeping the wrong flashlight?
Best wish, May
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Very Nice!  Smile

The price will be the deciding factor  Wink

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It’s ToyKeeper’s blf-a6 firmware using an attiny13, correct?
Any chance it’s her bistro firmware on an attiny25 or 45? Love

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Halo… wrote:
It’s ToyKeeper’s blf-a6 firmware using an attiny13, correct?

Yes Smile

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Might as well call it BLF edition with that driver. Members of this forum worked very hard for it and I did not see any mention of them in your review.

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DanielM wrote:
Might as well call it BLF edition with that driver. Members of this forum worked very hard for it and I did not see any mention of them in your review.

The members of CPFItaliaForum know clearly that the driver is made by BLF members.
Is written clearly in technical specifications.
We have simply adopted the best driver for this flashlight and we are very thankful to everybody that have spent their time in processing this wonderful driver Smile

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Still we/the guys from CPI Italia don’t know the price, but currently 180 flashlights are booked ! Big Smile

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Aaagh...the cat is out of the bag! Innocent Our sample should be here next week Sealed. Estimated cost will be $45. The goal is to reach 500 units combined.

Cyberesudo has worked very hard on this over at CPFi. The light is officially named the CPFi Comet (English translation)

While we have no official affiliation between BLF and CPFi, they do in fact support us in our group buys so the least we can do is support them. Afterall, we all have the same problem. LOL

Once the sample gets here (one of only two), and it should essentially be a final sample sans engraving (but not 100% sure), I will post a review, as will JM, Kronos, etc. etc. From what I have seen so far...this thing is going to be a winner. Savings over stock unit, BLF driver, and XPL Hi...all in a quality zoom with at least 200kcd

If interested please post so Cyberescudo can start a list here for BLF members.

It's the simple things that we take for granted that cost us the most

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Halo... wrote:
It's ToyKeeper's blf-a6 firmware using an attiny13, correct? Any chance it's her bistro firmware on an attiny25 or 45? :love:

Actually I don't think all the issues have been worked out w/bistro on the 25, but haven't heard any new news for a while.

Sounds like an awesome group buy though, great job on getting it together. I really like my JAX Z1 at 216 kcd and ~1300 lumens (resistor mod on stock driver, de-domed XM-L2 U4 1C).

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$45 shipped would be attractive

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Perhaps it's the angle of the pic in OP, but does the lens still have that sexy AR coating like a stock Z1? Or is it a different coating?

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Looks like Neal has had another run of the A6 drivers made, this time in Black. Maybe that means a new manufacturer with better quality control than before?

Is the Z1 a slide-to-zoom light? I never paid attention before.

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No, it is a rotating zoom. The UI is not TK's Bistro. It is just like the A6.

$45 shipped is where we are going. CPFi already has 170 on the list. 330 at BLF should be a piece of cake. Wink

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unknown00101 wrote:

Perhaps it’s the angle of the pic in OP, but does the lens still have that sexy AR coating like a stock Z1? Or is it a different coating?

Double AR coating.

Now at CPFItalia we have 184 on the list. Smile

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I' m in - throw me on the list for 1x 1A!

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Interested in 2x CW “1A”

Thank You

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While we have no official affiliation between BLF and CPFi, they do in fact support us in our group buys so the least we can do is support them. Afterall, we all have the same problem.

This sound perfect Big Smile

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bugsy36 wrote:

Aaagh...the cat is out of the bag! Innocent Our sample should be here next week Sealed. Estimated cost will be $45. The goal is to reach 500 units combined.

Cyberesudo has worked very hard on this over at CPFi. The light is officially named the CPFi Comet (English translation)

While we have no official affiliation between BLF and CPFi, they do in fact support us in our group buys so the least we can do is support them. Afterall, we all have the same problem. LOL

Once the sample gets here (one of only two), and it should essentially be a final sample sans engraving (but not 100% sure), I will post a review, as will JM, Kronos, etc. etc. From what I have seen so far...this thing is going to be a winner. Savings over stock unit, BLF driver, and XPL Hi...all in a quality zoom with at least 200kcd

If interested please post so Cyberescudo can start a list here for BLF members.

I'm in Smile

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Hi,
How does this compare to the Convoy L2 in terms of light throw…

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Looks like a nice light! Can anyone tell me how this would compare to a similarly equipped (LED, Driver) UF-1504?

I was looking at the 1504 host last night thinking I should build myself one (I don’t have any zoomie’s larger than AA/14500).

I remember a time, when I searched for lights to fit my needs. Now I search for needs to fit my lights.

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In for one!

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

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I have updated the first post. 0:)

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Put me down for one nw please.

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Ugh, $45 is a good price, which means it is very tempting. Did I say ugh? Between this group buy, and others I suspect are coming, maybe I need another job for 2016.

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Itinifni wrote:
Looks like a nice light! Can anyone tell me how this would compare to a similarly equipped (LED, Driver) UF-1504? I was looking at the 1504 host last night thinking I should build myself one (I don't have any zoomie's larger than AA/14500).

UF 1504, DD, XPL Hi around 350kcd

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unknown00101 wrote:

Itinifni wrote:
Looks like a nice light! Can anyone tell me how this would compare to a similarly equipped (LED, Driver) UF-1504? I was looking at the 1504 host last night thinking I should build myself one (I don’t have any zoomie’s larger than AA/14500).

UF 1504, DD, XPL Hi around 350kcd

Thanks, I think I’ll stick with building the 1504, it’s more fun when something can go wrong.

This still looks like a great “out of the box” performer!

I remember a time, when I searched for lights to fit my needs. Now I search for needs to fit my lights.

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Itinifni wrote:
Looks like a nice light! Can anyone tell me how this would compare to a similarly equipped (LED, Driver) UF-1504? I was looking at the 1504 host last night thinking I should build myself one (I don't have any zoomie's larger than AA/14500).

Without the actual sample, I honestly do not know. We will know much more when we get the sample in our hands. Cyberscudo may know (their thread is over t35 pgs long last time I looked)

cabfrank wrote:
Ugh, $45 is a good price, which means it is very tempting. Did I say ugh? Between this group buy, and others I suspect are coming, maybe I need another job for 2016.

Exactly. It is discounted from the regular price plus has all of the upgrades. Let's just say that I think of it as "Comfy" cheap...in other words cheaper than building one ourselves Wink

It's the simple things that we take for granted that cost us the most

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