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JayWallis wrote:
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Dragons breath is just fanciful, I’d ignore that …

Is there a technical reason for this being fanciful?


Yes, because it serves no technical function that a solidly lit light can’t. It just does it in a more complicated way for the pure reason of looking pretty.

Now if the pulsation speed increased or decreased with battery voltage, then it would be functional, but it doesn’t, it always stays the same speed.

Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s neat and cool. There’s nothing wrong with that, but you have to admit that’s it’s not a functional thing, it’s strictly cosmetic.

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Sometimes the relentless questions and suggestions can not feel right. Specially when asked in several threads or repeated again and again.
There is a phase for things and if a station has passed it is not all that good if people keep coming back on things.
A good way to start is give some breathing space, ask once and just wait. Ask in the right place, not in several places, it feels very pushy if the same thing gets posted about here (station passed) in the GT or FW3A topic while there is a Narsil topic where one can ask it once and well in case of work people do there is simply only acceptance if the answer is not what you wanted when asking.
I would even go so far to say “if an answer to a question could not be acceptable, maybe just don’t ask it in the first place”
What LRU says but then said harsh, don’t like it, do it how you feel it must be done, stop or not even start bugging in such cases.
I know what I am talking about here, it was one of the reasons to start these BLF specials myself in the way I thought would be good.

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JasonWW wrote:

The Q8 is finished, the GT probably won’t even have a lighted switch, so I don’t even know why I’m bringing this up. Wait, it’s all the posts from people confused by it. I’m just trying to help. Maybe the next blf light in the far future can have an option to leave the switch light on all the time and have that be default. Then you can choose in the menu if you want it always off, always on or locator features enable.

Am I missing something here? Q8 with current version of Narsil already have it, switch light on as default, can set to make it off (I did it to mine), have option to change setting for locator led, battery level indicator led and indicator led.

Advanced Configuration UI Operation
Activated from Battery Check mode by doing a press&hold for at least 1.2 seconds. The light blinks twice quickly, and once slowly. 3 settings summarized below, and operates the same as the main configuration UI.

1. Locator LED feature 1=disable, 2=enable
2. Battery level Indicator LED Only 1=disable, 2=enable
3. Indicator LED Enable 1=disable, 2=enable

May be better to make it off as default, less people will notice and make noise about it.

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Mine arrived an hour ago. Tracking # I received the Friday before the Holiday was worthless on any tracking site. It arrived with a bowed out box inside a bag, but the foam and bubble protected it fine. After the going thru the checklist, dropped in the waiting 30Q’s, and fired it up with a double tap. My coworker thought aliens were beaming her up, with all that light bouncing off our white walls. Cool
The unit came in clean, free of grit and well lubed. Ran it thru ramping and switch light on and off, and all functions as it should. Compared it to my L6 w/CW, and it seems I’m going to have to get used to the NW. All my other lights and vehicles are outfitted with cooler 5500K+ LEDs.

Thank you to all the developers and programmers for your efforts, and for the delivery of final product that piqued my interest enough to join here.

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My first light arrived promptly but additional 3 lights from revised version are in limbo. The following is from FEDEX Tracking. Go figure … Davie

Label created
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Anticipated ship date:
Sat 9/30/2017
ROWLAND HEIGHTS, CA US
Scheduled delivery:
Pending
ORANGE, CA US
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Weight 1.1 lbs / 0.5 kgs
Total pieces 1
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seems they ran out of screws as they used 3 screws I have never seen

Reminds me of a Thomas Disch novel

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Wow. That’s about all I can say. My first Q8 arrived last night (not original batch AFAICT), and I can find nothing to complain about. Awesome light. Kudos to the entire team. If I could only own one flashlight (ah! the horror!) the Q8 would be it.

I don’t normally like lighted switches and parasitic drain. But the Q8 does it right.

My experience with Bistro and Biscotti had me drifting towards preferring simpler UIs. But, again, Narsil is just right. I intend to use it as a moonlight/turbo 2-mode light, but I can ramp if I really want to. It doesn’t get much simpler than that.

Wow. And, again, kudos. Thanks for all your hard work. This light is an unbelievable deal. I hope the ano can survive the constant fondling and drooling it seems to demand.

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Iam not trying to play down what members did to make this light work, but you can’t tell me the paper work that was sent with the light is easy to understand. You take one look at it and think holy blank this isn’t easy to understand. (quote=Lazy-R-us]
Lund1660 wrote:
Iam not trying to change firmware. I would like to turn thermal protection off in the stock ramping mode. I been holding it for 8 seconds seems to 2 short blinks and one long. Then it does some more blinking that iam not sure what it’s doing. Iam trying to go to setting number three.it would be so much easier if setting three was three blinks.
OK, Good you are already most of the way there. I was confused by the blink pattern as well – Tom set it up so that there are 2 blinks to focus attention, then a number of blinks to show what setting you are configuring. What helps me is to think or say “Con-Fig” or “Men-Ue” when those first two blinks happen. Then you count off to the appropriate setting.

So- click on, eight second click and hold.
“Con-Fig” 1 – ramping mode (click once to disable, click twice to enable)
“Con-Fig” 2 – set moonlight level (click between one and seven times to set your fav moonlight level)
“Con-Fig” 3 – set stepdown (click once to disable, twice for temp, three times for timed)

  • If you select temp stepdown, the LED’s turn on to max and the light starts to heat up, let it warm up to your level of comfort, then click.
  • If you select timed stepdown, click once for 60 seconds, twice for 90 sec, three times for two mins, four times for three mins, five clicks for five mins, six clicks for seven mins.

“Con-Fig” 4 – blinky mode (click once to disable, twice for one strobe, three times for all strobes)
Light will blink four times to indicate config session is done and turn off.
At any point in the config session, click and hold will exit the session (blinking four times to let you know).

Lund1660 wrote:
It seems its overly complicated, the way the instructions are laid out on the paper are more confusing than they need to be.

The best and worst part of a community collaborative project is that if you think something should be done differently – you have the power to do so. No fair claiming that “Someone” should make it better. Dig in – learn to use it, document it in a way that makes sense to you, then post it. If it works better for enough people, it will get adopted as the new standard.[/quote]
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I’ll have one Q8 from the second batch here at Friday , i changed the springs board with one from TA in my first Q8 , so i have still the untouched board to compare springs etc , if anyone is interested .

Btw , banggood’s priority mail worked well , 2/10 shipped and has schedulded delivery for 13/10 . Pretty good for 1.7$ Smile

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Tally-ho wrote:
I asked to be put on the list for one unit, then asked for a 2nd at the end. Ordered a 3rd one after receiving the first one.
I received the 2nd and 3rd one today. Shipped Oct/02/2017 & Oct/03/2017…that was fast.
Both are absoletely flawless and are working fine just like the first one.

Again, thanks a lot to the BLF team for this exceptional flashlight.

Well mine was shipped 28 Sept and according to tracking the latest update is Leaving The Shenzhen Operations Center. 2017-10-01 00:44

2 weeks to go nowhere according to that.

I give up on ordering from China after this one.

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Calmaja wrote:
JasonWW wrote:

The Q8 is finished, the GT probably won’t even have a lighted switch, so I don’t even know why I’m bringing this up. Wait, it’s all the posts from people confused by it. I’m just trying to help. Maybe the next blf light in the far future can have an option to leave the switch light on all the time and have that be default. Then you can choose in the menu if you want it always off, always on or locator features enable.

Am I missing something here? Q8 with current version of Narsil already have it, switch light on as default, can set to make it off (I did it to mine), have option to change setting for locator led, battery level indicator led and indicator led.

Advanced Configuration UI Operation
Activated from Battery Check mode by doing a press&hold for at least 1.2 seconds. The light blinks twice quickly, and once slowly. 3 settings summarized below, and operates the same as the main configuration UI.

1. Locator LED feature 1=disable, 2=enable
2. Battery level Indicator LED Only 1=disable, 2=enable
3. Indicator LED Enable 1=disable, 2=enable

May be better to make it off as default, less people will notice and make noise about it.


There is no option to make the light stay on all the time.

The problem with off as default is you can’t tell when power is connected or if it’s mechanically locked out. It can also be hard to find in the dark. Hard to find the button as well.

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illumenated, is that app the one by Fernando?

Yep, that’s the one, Dale. Works like a charm.

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Bought it, filled in about 5 things I have on order, the 1st Q8 is listed as en-route and it even shows a pin-on-a-map for the last known location. I had to look up the FedEx numbers to get it tracking as the YT number seemed to be giving it problems. Pretty cool feature set, I’ll get notifications without having to look them up online so that’s neat too. Thanks for pointing it out. Wink

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My second batch Q8 is waiting … and waiting … and waiting … in Hongkong.
Paid priority shipping! Sad

Anzahl: xxxxxxxxx
Paketstatus: Im transit
Zielland: Deutschland
Herkunftsland: China
2017-09-30 12:00 Arrived In Hongkong, Waiting To Fly Away.
2017-09-29 21:30 Leaving The Shenzhen Operations Center.
2017-09-29 14:07 Shenzhen Operations Center Processing Package Information.
2017-09-29 09:36 Flyt Express’s sorting centre, Guangzhou, Item dispatched. PKG#:xxxxxxxx
2017-09-28 13:42 Flyt Express’s sorting centre, Guangzhou, Item in transit
2017-09-28 12:42 Flyt Express’s sorting centre, Guangzhou, Item received
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So I expected my two lights tomorrow…

I couldn’t hold back so I checked the tracking…

AND THEY BOTH ARRIVED TODAY!!! 8) Thumbs Up

But why am I stuck in a meeting for the next hour???

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Just got mine out of the mailbox and first inspection it looks perfect.

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Yeah Dale, the map feature is nice. The kids and I have been watching my Q8 drift across the country from California to Georgia for over a week on the map. It had a weird layover in Arizona for a few days and it’s been a mile from my house for three tortuous days lol.

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Hallelujah! It turns a rookie carrier didn’t know to put the package box key into my mailbox… Facepalm So my two lights and batteries were locked up all long weekend… Both lights are clean, no damage to anything, and all screws match and are not stripped or anything. Unit 1 works well. I think I drove my wife a little crazy – ramp up, ramp down, ramp up, ramp down, etc. Big Smile Charging batteries for unit 2. I’m sure it will be fine. Great work crew!! What a deal for $40!

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My Q8 arrived today, very nice light. Everything well lubed, all screws look perfect, and the holes in the driver are bigger now, the screws fit through. The button LEDs are equally bright. Thumbs Up
Somehow there was a little solder blob in the head, I just removed it. And the brass ring has some residue on it.
Now I have to wait for my VTC6 cells and mod the light.

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nvanlaar, that little folding wood chisel looks cool! Smile

Congrats on the grab, ya just gotta love it when a plan comes together! Silly

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FROM FEDEX WEBSITE……
Label created
Shipment information sent to FedEx

Anticipated ship date:
Fri 9/29/2017
ROWLAND HEIGHTS, CA US
Scheduled delivery:
Pending
NORTH CAROLINA, USA
Shipping label has been created. The status will be updated when shipment begins to travel.

THIS WAS 12 DAYS AGO…I DONT GET IT ??
DOES FEDEX actually even have my light, or is it still in china ??

ive got a dozen samsung 30qs sitting here from bangood, i ordered after my 3 lights
they have been here for weeks now collecting dust…sigh….

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+1 … I received the same when I tracked my order through FedEx.

Yes … very weird indeed. I sent Banggood a note and awaiting reply. I feel an explanation is in order. I do not mind waiting but this shipping info is unclear at best … Good Luck … Smile

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Unfortunately banggood will not have anything to do with thshipping once it is out of their hands. Fed ex smart post is usually very slow once the item is in their hands. They will always give priority to any items that they are carrying where the higher fees have been paid. Then, when there is room left in the trucks or whatever they are using to transport the parcels they then send the smart post items. They also choose, via algorithms, the cheapest possible route. That algorithm, unfortunately, doesn’t take into consideration annoyed customers.

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Mine arrived today.

Some pictures if anyone wants: https://imgur.com/a/8pJpr

Finish is perfect. No defects or blemishes.
Plenty of lube on the threads.
Switch LED is fine.
Screw heads and threads are perfect looking.
One of the screw holes at the tail isn’t flawless around the edge but it’s fine.
LEDs are centered.

If I am nitpicking there is a light fingerprint on the inside part of the lens but it’s not a concern. I can’t get the bezel off by hand so I’ll deal with that later.

I’m happy. Just waiting for dark.

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nodoubt wrote:

THIS WAS 12 DAYS AGO…I DONT GET IT ??
DOES FEDEX actually even have my light, or is it still in china ??

No. They don’t.

Use the YTxxxxxxxxxxxxxx tracking to see where your package is.

http://www.yuntrack.com/Track/Detail/

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Whew! My two Q8 lights are in hand. Mine appear very well put together. Clean and they look like they were assembled with care.

VTC6 cells are working nicely in one and the other is waiting for the GA cells to charge.

The UI is intuitive and I don’t think I have any need for modes. I gave up on studying the cheat sheet before I got the lights as I learn best through doing. As soon as I loaded it up with cells, I got it to work with no surprises. Tonight and this weekend will be further testing time for sure.

I’m really surprised by the small size. The first pics from TF made it look gigantic. Must have been held by a person with small hands. I love the size to power ratio. I’ve been enjoying the heck out of my Astrolux MF-01, but the head size is pretty dang big. The Q8 is much more comfortable in the hand (size-wise). It’s a bit more crisp around the edges, but it’ll probably aid when hands get wet, dirty or sweaty.

It’s so wonderful to finally have my lights in my possession! What a long, strange trip it’s been. Totally worth it (and then some)!

Thanks to The Miller and the Q8 team!

Now what am I gonna do with my time not checking the Q8 thread each and every day looking for updates? FW3A? Sounds like a plan!

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bistro-HD Q8 bugfix coming shortly.

 

So someone showed me the mcu pinouts for the Q8, but that left off the fact that the voltage divider resistors are not installed on the Q8.  Someone else downloaded the latest Q8 version of bistro HD shortly after I mentioned it in this thread, so just posting back here for the record, the posted version attempts to use the non-existant voltage divider for LVP.  This likely causes it not to work, certainly causes LVP not to work.  This will be fixed in the next version to be posted in the next few days probably, and will be tested on a real Q8.

 

I generally use the voltage divider if it's there, for-non OTSM firmwares, because it allows the same firmware to be used in 2S lights.  But of course if it's not there, it's not there.  It's just a config option change.  I'll probably post back in the Q8 modding thread when it's confirmed working.

 

 

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Got both of mine today. They are both almost flawless in finish and all electronics work correctly. I am very impressed at what $40 can do with a whole lot of BLF initiative, intelligence, and follow-thru. Kudos to the design team, especially The Miller for putting up with all of our input. BEST DOGGONE $40 LIGHT ON THE PLANET!

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Flintrock wrote:

bistro-HD Q8 bugfix coming shortly.


 


So someone showed me the mcu pinouts for the Q8, but that left off the fact that the voltage divider resistors are not installed on the Q8.  Someone else downloaded the latest Q8 version of bistro HD shortly after I mentioned it in this thread, so just posting back here for the record, the posted version attempts to use the non-existant voltage divider for LVP.  This likely causes it not to work, certainly causes LVP not to work.  This will be fixed in the next version to be posted in the next few days probably, and will be tested on a real Q8.


 


I generally use the voltage divider if it’s there, for-non OTSM firmwares, because it allows the same firmware to be used in 2S lights.  But of course if it’s not there, it’s not there.  It’s just a config option change.  I’ll probably post back in the Q8 modding thread when it’s confirmed working.


 


 

Flintrock, take a look at http://budgetlightforum.com/comment/1196899#comment-1196899

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It’s possible to config the led switch for …

No unfortunately… There’s sooo many variations, so many requests, etc…. source code …
Facepalm frownsmile

The human factor is fun, no? Smile

With bistro, for example, it took about 700 bytes to implement all the core functionality… and about 1300 bytes to add options for people who have different preferences. It seems like Narsil has pretty much the same difficulty, only on a bigger scale. Lots of code devoted to dealing with humanity, and relatively little code for driving the hardware.

People rarely agree about anything.

It can help to keep in mind that we’re all stuck together in a box with hundreds of flashlights.

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