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How about now.


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You could try removing the s from https which is the secure part which maybe failed…

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Etex wrote:
How about now.

Nope, But post below srs2000 posted you I see..

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Sorry, guess I need to pic diff links, next time.

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Etex wrote:
Sorry, guess I need to pic diff links, next time.

I can see them fine.

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Etex wrote:
Sorry, guess I need to pic diff links, next time.

I can see them fine.


I never had a problem seeing them.

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Etex wrote:
Sorry, guess I need to pic diff links, next time.

No problems here either.
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feralcomprehension, oh drat indeed, will go behind PC and update op later.

Nil, great find, ordered, got more of those type of nuts coming in then Q8s ordered Wink

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Of course you are all too kind.
We knew a 100% problem free sutuatiot would be extremely difficult, but it is a lot more then expected, glad people with a real issue keep so nice and help out not only by being friendly it also with pics!

Nice beamshots Etex!
Cool that daylight as comparison.

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Thanks shirnask, is it me with my untrainedeyes or do these solderings look not all that good?

Joey Adams wrote:
There are a lot of less than thrilled folks in this thread saw master. For each person chiming in on their third light there are dozens more s o l at the current time. I don’t think anyone thinks less of you because you were upset.

Yes, and I want to thank those who have waited with their second or more ordering till the pre order counter was above 500 to have more people receive one from the first batch!

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WaylonJennings wrote:
I just came in from a long double fisted walk with my two new Q8’s and my Thrunite TN30vn35. The Thrunite is my favorite popcan light. The Q8 has about the same lumen, lux and tint. And at less than 1/4 the cost and and an amazing UI, I have a new favorite. The Thrunite is a great light, but at $40 the Q8 is the best value out there.

Thanks Q8 team, you designed a great light!

Oh boy, so not only are weabout to render their TN42 obsolete, their TN30 is set aside…. Dang they must really starting to get annoyed by now
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rayman007 wrote:
My button tops were in the charger so tried the flat top 30q and it Works hehe. Seems the pressure from the springs is enough to press the plastic down a bit?

You better run the set down, and then measure voltage on each of them, there is a big chance not all are making contact, meaning you could end up with empty and full cells in the same tube, not ideal to say it mildly Smile

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Well this morning I posted that my 2 x Q8“s had been sat in Hong Kong for 10 days waiting to “fly away” Sad
So I was more than a little surprised that when I got home from work earlier my wife said “there are 2 packages here for you” Smile
Lo & behold my 2 x Q8“s must have actually “flown away” from Hong Kong several days ago as they were here Thumbs Up

Proof of the unreliableshiiping and tracking info, order and forget really is best.

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leroycp wrote:
2nd one arrived. Works great. (add for future production: same sharp edges 4th fin above both switch and opposite side adapter hole. I mention because I did cut myself yesterday. Probably should bevel the edge. I carved edge with knife and sharpied it. Ergonomics)

Auch, when using a new knife it only feels like a bond is formed when it has drawn a little of my blood (my wife does not understand this but it is how I experience it Wink ) but a flashlight shouldn’t draw blood Sad
Anyone has this too? And please check the mentioned area.

And finally, OP updated with:
TWEAK

On some Q8 lights there can be a sandblasting powder residue under the tailpcb and in the screwholes for the tail pcb mounting screws.

On some Q8 lights there can be some sort of glue residue in the screwholes for the tail pcb mounting screws.

No worries it is not conductive, but that does mean there can be bump in output achieved when removing and cleaning it. The screws are very tight, USE A MATCHING SCREWDRIVER AND RUBBER BAND BETWEEN SCREW AND SCREWDRIVER TO AVOID STRIPPING!
Thorfire will clean better during the rest of the production.

CHECK

hank wrote:
Added note for QA/QC inspections — check that the bare metal end of the battery tube is polished smooth, no rough spots on the face or edges, because that surface has to make contact with the trace around the edge of the driver board.

Question: is the lubricant being applied to the threads electrically conductive?

Answer. yes some lube is very likely required, please add your favorite flavor. Good point about tube, please use file and/or sandpaper to smoothen things out if too rough for your liking.

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Shone my 2 x Q8“s around my garden for half an hour last night whilst ramping them up & down then left them overnight with the side switches illuminated.
No problems with the side switch leds so far & boy is the tint from the main leds nice.
I have a genuine Ultra Fire SRK, 4 led configuration & genuine measured a little over 3000 lumens on start up.
This UF cost nearly $40 dollars (it is the one with the battery power display & built in USB charging, this one http://www.ultrafire.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=876&produc... & cost me $38 when I purchased it ) & the Q8“s literally blow it out of the water in terms of power, beam tint/pattern, UI & build quality for only a couple of dollars more Thumbs Up

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The Q8“S next to my 2 UF“s Wink

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The Q8“S next to my 2 UF“s Wink

Err – matched pairs, you’re not by any chance trying to breed them are you?
If so, can I put my name down for first choice from the BLF litter?

Beam me up!

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When I bought the one UF, end of last year I think, they were considered probably the best budget SRK style light available at the time (not counting Richards modded ones).
I then received another as a gift Smile
The idea was to give me an SRK style light, as I didn“t already have one, to play around with untill the Q8 appeared & my intention was to mod one.
However I never got round to modding it & now that I have the 2 x Q8“s don“t see the point Wink
Maybe I can breed them as I do still quite like the UF“s although they will now probably become “beater” lights since I have the Q8“s.
Maybe a sort of “Franken” SRK hybrid can be bred from them, a Q8UF or UFQ8 .
I will put them together tonight with soft lights, soft music & a glass of wine & see if anything comes of it Smile
You can have pick of the litter Thumbs Up

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I got my Q8s today

a few minor things that I have to criticize

1. driver screws should be flat head like laptop screws or the holes in the driver need to be countersunk same as the screws are

2. driver holes need to be drilled out for 3mm screws, I used 3.2mm drill

3. the threads of the driver and tail board were not clean, so I cut em again and a lot dirt came out, now the scres screw in with no resistance

4. Plese give your employees at Torfire the right screwdriver sizes and teach em not to ruin the screw heads
- one of my sample had exemplary screws without physical damage
- the other had the screw heads damaged, even the big one holding the reflector

5. the brass ring on both my samples were dirty with some black stuff, I cleaned em with steel wool now they are shiny

4. when the reflector is tightened on the MCPCB please check if the LEDs are centered or if its twisted a bit
- one came here with almost perfectly centered LEDs the other was twisted clockwise, but easily fixable
- not sure why the centering rings are bigger tan the LEDs there is some play

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Yes, all that is pretty much known now, accept for 5, about the brass ring being dirty - don't think I've noticed that in my samples. For 6, we know they aren't perfectly centered  but don't think I've seen blatant twisting in production Q8's.

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Lexel wrote:
I got my Q8s today

a few minor things that I have to criticize

1. driver screws should be flat head like laptop screws or the holes in the driver need to be countersunk same as the screws are

2. driver holes need to be drilled out for 3mm screws, I used 3.2mm drill

3. the threads of the driver and tail board were not clean, so I cut em again and a lot dirt came out, now the scres screw in with no resistance

4. Plese give your employees at Torfire the right screwdriver sizes and teach em not to ruin the screw heads
- one of my sample had exemplary screws without physical damage
- the other had the screw heads damaged, even the big one holding the reflector

5. the brass ring on both my samples were dirty with some black stuff, I cleaned em with steel wool now they are shiny

4. when the reflector is tightened on the MCPCB please check if the LEDs are centered or if its twisted a bit
- one came here with almost perfectly centered LEDs the other was twisted clockwise, but easily fixable
- not sure why the centering rings are bigger tan the LEDs there is some play


LOL, and apart from the minor critic…. how do you like them?

There’s two levels at which the Q8 can perform:

1) as a stock light out of the box. This is the toughest one: someone without solder iron and with two left hands should have a well performing flashlight without having to check, adjust, clean or even solder things. It is especially tough because Thorfire is not really a brand that makes lights like this, whenever I got a Thorfire light I had to check if everything was tight and a centered led was a bonus.

2) as a light with potential: all the structural features are well thought out and well made, but out of the box you may have to tweak stuff. But there’s nothing so wrong that it is not corrected with some minor modding skills. And with medium modding skills a lot of different mods can be done.

I think that the Q8 as it is now almost meets 1) but not quite, and I hope that number 500-2000 do meet it. But every Q8 reported thusfar meets 2) which was the initial drive for BLF to start the project. And I am very pleased that even level 1) is almost there Smile

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Lexel, you didn’t say anything about the top edge of the tube or lube, does that mean these two things were OK in yours?

And Djozz, it seems for the most people who have gotten theirs 1) is achieved Smile

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djozz wrote:

LOL, and apart from the minor critic…. how do you like them?

There’s two levels at which the Q8 can perform:

1) as a stock light out of the box. This is the toughest one: someone without solder iron and with two left hands should have a well performing flashlight without having to check, adjust, clean or even solder things. It is especially tough because Thorfire is not really a brand that makes lights like this, whenever I got a Thorfire light I had to check if everything was tight and a centered led was a bonus.

2) as a light with potential: all the structural features are well thought out and well made, but out of the box you may have to tweak stuff. But there’s nothing so wrong that it is not corrected with some minor modding skills. And with medium modding skills a lot of different mods can be done.

I think that the Q8 as it is now almost meets 1) but not quite, and I hope that number 500-2000 do meet it. But every Q8 reported thusfar meets 2) which was the initial drive for BLF to start the project. And I am very pleased that even level 1) is almost there Smile

The UI of narsil is great

The machining of the light and the design is great

Definately lots of lumens out of the box

for a non modder or non reviewer this light can be used as it is out of the box with good performance

just on some samples there are some points that can reduce the turbo current a bit
if the screw heads are damaged who cares they were tight
if a few % less throw from lightly uncentered LEDs who cares

I guess the M3 screws for the driver were a mistake when they machined the heads someone placed there a M3 thread instead M2.5, miscommunication?

I will do a full review with a lot pictures later today

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Lexel wrote:

I will do a full review with a lot pictures later today


Nice! Your reviews are merciless. Evil
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Well,

ive just been told that banggood wont ship my 30q’s to australia, Sad

Looks like im looking for another source. at least i still have time. my Q8 hasnt shipped yet.

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Were they the 30Q’s in the plastic box?

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bella-headlight wrote:

The Q8“S next to my 2 UF“s Wink

I am sorry for thread discrepancy.
That UF is cool Thumbs Up
Is it safe to purchase at the link destination?
Is DX better?
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Scorpia wrote:
Well, ive just been told that banggood wont ship my 30q's to australia, Sad Looks like im looking for another source. at least i still have time. my Q8 hasnt shipped yet. Scorpia
Scorpia, When did you order the batteries? I ordered 4 of the 30Q for US$18.69 shipped a few days ago, and it was literally shipped a day after.

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I had no problems purchasing from the link in my thread (fast delivery as well) & I know another member purchased a couple from that link with no problems Thumbs Up
Prices are cheaper than from DX as well I think.
I must admit though that although the UF“s are nice for what they are (genuine Cree leds as well not fake Latticebrights & just over 3000 lumens on start up measured in my light tube which seems fairly accurate) they are not a patch on the Q8“s Wink
The Q8“s totally blow them away in every respect Thumbs Up

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Smile Advertisment Smile
Everybody who likes the UI of the Q8 should look at this Lamp: FW3A

As the Q8 is a bit big for EDC and you know how compact a SK68 is?
This 18650 light is within millimetres the same size. Has a tail switch (not lighted), triple LED AND based on the same UI as the Q8. I expect a newer version of NarsilM

It is another Group Buy here on BLF, lamps should happen next year.

FW3A
http://budgetlightforum.com/node/54239

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TM have you had anything in the way of news from thorfire.

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bella-headlight wrote:
I had no problems purchasing from the link in my thread (fast delivery as well) & I know another member purchased a couple from that link with no problems Thumbs Up
Prices are cheaper than from DX as well I think.
I must admit though that although the UF“s are nice for what they are (genuine Cree leds as well not fake Latticebrights & just over 3000 lumens on start up measured in my light tube which seems fairly accurate) they are not a patch on the Q8“s Wink
The Q8“s totally blow them away in every respect Thumbs Up
Thank you for reply Smile
I do not seem to be able to purchase Q8 right now, I read the thread, but is the quality okay?
Because I want to get on the car, the size is best for UF and Q8.
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Scorpia wrote:
Well, ive just been told that banggood wont ship my 30q’s to australia, Sad Looks like im looking for another source. at least i still have time. my Q8 hasnt shipped yet. Scorpia
Scorpia, When did you order the batteries? I ordered 4 of the 30Q for US$18.69 shipped a few days ago, and it was literally shipped a day after.

 


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There should also be a tracking number somewhere on your order, copy paste that for example in 17track and voila, you got a more detailed status

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AlexGT wrote:
The Q8 is my first Narsil Driver flashlight, The Narsil firmware is really awesome, I love it!

Isn’t it, though?

There are several ways the Q8 goes beyond what big-name companies offer, but I think Tom’s firmware is probably the part which should embarrass them the most.

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