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Finally! Party

I found my first Q8 in the mailbox a couple hours ago! The wait has been so long i wasn’t expecting it before another month or two… and my BT 30Qs are not even charged!

On quick first inspection everything looks good. Second batch with small screws on the driver. Threads lubed, leds rather well centered – not perfect but i don’t care that much, screw heads look fine, no scratches or dings anywhere, reflector and lens clean, switch leds even, no bur in the battery tube… Good job TF and the Q8 team!

The only visible imperfection that someone pointed out earlier are some machining marks in the bezel gaps. You really have to look for them.

This is probably one of the best finished light i got from china at this price point.

More comments to come after sunset… Evil

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Nice!

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It's here!  Unpacked and initial inspection complete.  New screws, ano looks good, green button leds seem aligned and balance (unimportant to me personally but for info purposes), threads were lubed but really dirty so I cleaned and applied Super Lube and all is smooth now.  Good bit of debris (dust?) on the inside near the springs so used canned air to clean out.  All clean and shiny now.  

It's actually smaller than I thought it'd be.  Less like a Coke can and more like a Red Bull with a little bit fatter head.  Great size.

I was REALLY UNIMPRESSED with the output, however.  It barely lit up my fence less than 25 yards away UNTIL I realized it was 5:30pm and sun was still out.  I never professed to be a genius but that was definitely not one of my smarter moments..., but I was an excited flashaholic and couldn't wait until dark to light up my new toy. 

I couldn't be more pleased with the output without the aid of the sun and the tint is just perfect.  "So warm" as my daughter put it. This morning the Q8 in the fog looked like a beacon.  I love using a flashlight in the fog/mist.

Cheers to the team.  Great work.  

 

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My light arrived today and the first thing I noticed was the button looked to be off center and there wasn't any click on the button press. After looking closer I realized it wasn't off center but was actually slanted to the right at an angle. The light functioned, but it took a full press and there wasn't any feedback when it made contact. After picking at it with a fingernail I was able to get it aligned and working properly, but it's too easy to have it get stuck again if you press the button at an angle. The skinny button post is getting lodged in the corner of the boot. Maybe something to think about if there is a future revision, unless mine alone is the only one experiencing this problem.

 

Otherwise, everything else has checked out so far and am enjoying the light!

 

 

 

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Illumenated wrote:

It’s here!

I was REALLY UNIMPRESSED with the output, however.  It barely lit up my fence less than 25 yards away UNTIL I realized it was 5:30pm and sun was still out.  I never professed to be a genius but that was definitely not one of my smarter moments…, but I was an excited flashaholic and couldn’t wait until dark to light up my new toy. 

I couldn’t be more pleased with the output without the aid of the sun and the tint is just perfect.  “So warm” as my daughter put it. This morning the Q8 in the fog looked like a beacon.  I love using a flashlight in the fog/mist.


Cheers to the team.  Great work.  


 


Haha haha you had me good!

akovia strange
Maybe take a look under the switch cover?

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akovia wrote:
The skinny button post is getting lodged in the corner of the boot. Maybe something to think about if there is a future revision, unless mine alone is the only one experiencing this problem.
You’re the first one to report that so far, I think. If you can open the switch, it should be easy to see what is wrong. It looks like there’s either a major defect in the rubber switch boot or the switch itself is way off center. I think there’s a second switch boot in the box by the way.
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Yes I asked for a switch booth so people could adjust the feel of the clicks.
Hope it is just a simple swap in this case.

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the tint is just wonderful on these. If I didn’t know better I would think it was a high cri nichia 219c.

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After looking at it more closely, it seemed that the middle of the button was bulging up a bit. I nipped maybe a 1mm from the boot post that contacts the button and everything is laying flat now. This seemed to fix the problem as I can't recreate the slant anymore. Thanks for the tips!

 

By the way, the actual button looked to be centered just fine.

 

 

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akovia, good news! Thanks.

JIGHEADWORM big fan of this tint as well.
I don’t have real bright 219C lights to compare, all my high cri lights are not very bright.

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Who has button top batteries in stock in the US? I usually buy from liionwholesale but they are out of stock on a bunch of them. Not sure who else to trust for authentic cells.

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CircaM wrote:
Who has button top batteries in stock in the US? I usually buy from liionwholesale but they are out of stock on a bunch of them. Not sure who else to trust for authentic cells.

Mountain Electronics is extremely trustworthy. http://www.mtnelectronics.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=59_88...

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In the manual, whats the difference between #1 Locator led and #3 Indicator led and what does battery level Indicator do?

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In the manual, whats the difference between #1 Locator led and #3 Indicator led and what does battery level Indicator do?

- Locator led works when the light is off, to locator the switch button in the night.

- Battery level indicator works with 3 clicks and indicates the voltage of the batteries with flashes of the XP-L leds or switch leds when the battery indicator is on. Example: flash 3 times and then 6 times to indicate 3.6V.

- Indicator led option is for turn on previous actions for the switch leds or turn off completely so the switch it never lights up.

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My Q8 came yesterday (from the second batch). This thing is smaller than I expected. The battery tube is about the same diameter as my Meteor M43. The ramping UI might be my favorite flashlight UI I’ve used. One thing that really impressed me is the throw. It’s noticeably farther than the Meteor’s, which is nice because I often find myself having to run back to the house to grab a thrower if I need to scare off coyotes that are just out of reach of the meteor.

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Just as an update, the package was never delivered to me though, the tracking number said ‘delivered’. I’ve just messaged banggood hoping for the best, but assume this will end up as a dispute. Sad {Shipping address is to a freight forwarder. Banggood left out my box number and printed the street part of the address twice. The freight forwarder didn’t receive the light, and have checked multiple times over the last two weeks. ). After a over a year of waiting, this happens. Grrrr..

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Well, I chose ‘registered shipping’ with insurance and even though I received a shipping notice and tracking number, it shows nothing at all. Today is 9 days after receiving info. (shipping is to Medley Fl.) Tired
Hi all, for those of you who’s lights have been shipped and haven’t been showing any information, my light was delivered in the US on the 21st. (might be here soon! Big Smile ) Only now, tracking information shows up because banggood left out the first two numbers from the tracking number. lol. The first numbers were ‘92’ if that helps anyone.

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Nasty eebowler, hope you sort it out

This is actually very interesting with so many orders we get a good idea how things are going.

How much would have been arrived by now? First lost package if I’m not mistaken.

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The only visible imperfection that someone pointed out earlier are some machining marks in the bezel gaps. You really have to look for them.

I now have all three of my Q8’s. Last two are perfect! I quoted the above, as I had not read it previously, but how is this for an insane coincidence:
My first Q8, if you really squint & look has a single machine mark on the bezel “valleys”. My second Q8 has two faint machining marks and Q8 #3? Three machining marks. This inadvertent barely visible Mark gave me an easy way to distinguish and tell them apart(important as I begin modding them. I have brass screws on order to replace in light 1, wire and new Springs from Mtn Electric to solve the “bump” disconnect in all three, and 1/4” D ring attachments for Lanyard use. My gratitude to the entire team for a job well done! Having been involved in projects that are done by volunteers, I think the “Talent pool” for the Q8 has done an incredibly professional job. The minor items that have been reported all seem to result from parts that were different than those originally specified or by changes made that were not approved or expected by the team. And yet I truly believe by the time the next 1500 lights have been delivered , those with issues will be significantly an inconsequential number(to those who have had problems please understand I do not mean to say your issues don’t matter-I am well aware of the disappointment when waiting a long time for a product you spent your hard earned money for and it does not perform as expected), I am saying I think the numbers will be relatively small.

I have participated in a number of BLF designed purchases, but this is my most loved to date. The NarsilM is by far my favorite UI to date( I have an Emisar D1, D4 and D4VN on order as it too uses NarsilM. I would love to give a shout out to each and every person involved, but because I would probably miss someone and inadvertently offend them instead I say “Thank You” for a job well done. To The Miller, I do wish to single you out because it takes someone with the patience of Job, the wisdom of Solomon and then some to work with the team on one hand, the customer base on another and the ability to read thousands of posts and getting all the right info to the right people, soothe the unhappy, accept those who are happy and yet you never complained. And we all still have Giggles and other lights still in the pipeline…all of the above could have been said with two words “THANK YOU!”

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I received my Q8 yesterday. I haven’t bought any high drain cells for it. I’m not even sure that I will. I had some Samsung laptop pulls charged up and they work well enough for me. I don’t have a light box, and it’s not a thrower, so absolute brightness just doesn’t matter to me. Wink

I gave the Q8 a quick glance over, but didn’t dig too much or take anything apart. My switch LEDs seem to be working fine. I’ll check again in a while and let you know if that changes. They are equal in brightness, and the green glow is very pretty. My reflector is well centered, and everything looks quite clean. I do have machining marks in all three grooves of the bezel. I may try to file and polish them out some time, but for now, I’m not worried. If all my attempts to grind/polish the grooves eventually fail, I’ll just grind the whole thing down to a FOY bezel. Silly

I do have an older SRK to test against. It was a modded 3-LED version with a Mountain Electronics AMC7135-based driver and always-on blue side switch LED. I won it from a CRX giveaway. He’s the one that made all the modifications. It has genuine XML emitters. The finish is glossier than the Q8. I like the look and feel of the Q8 anodizing better. The Q8 is a tiny bit shorter in length. The reflector of the modded 3X looks cloudy compared to the Q8 reflector, although it had always looked shiny enough to me before! The modded one has the battery tube with lanyard slots/holes on all four sides. I never noticed that being uncomfortable to me, until I held it in one hand with the Q8 in the other. My wife held them both as well, and she’s actually the one who mentioned that difference. She’s also the one who noticed the Q8 is a bit heavier. The rubber switch boot on the Q8 is a lot easier to find by feel and to use than the flush, smooth, hard button cap on the modded 3X. And, finally, the output of the Q8 completely blows away what this conservatively regulated SRK driver in the 3X can deliver.

Overall, I’m very happy with the Q8. I’m surprised at how much more I like it than the SRK. CRX is a master flashlight modder and builder. He made this SRK much, much better than it ever would have been. I appreciate all the work he put into it. But, the BLF Q8 is a huge upgrade, thanks to Thorfire and the Q8 Team. Thanks again guys!

P.S. Checking again just now: The switch LEDs are still looking good. I opened up the battery tube and the tail cap, and all the screws are pan head Phillips. I don’t see any flaws in the anodizing. It looks really good. The bottom of the tripod mount hole looks like it might have a tiny bit of swarf left in it, or the thread wasn’t cut clean at the very end/bottom. Whatever it is, it’s been anodized. It doesn’t look like it will ever be a problem, anyway. The battery tube doesn’t index with the head. But, I’d probably not have noticed that if it hadn’t already been brought up a couple times here. As far as I can tell, it’s a very well made light. Party

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An upgrade to the old bedside light Wink

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Crazyeddie wrote:
I have an Emisar D1, D4 and D4VN on order as it too uses NarsilM

So the D4Vn uses NarsilM? And not the D4 UI v2? Does he flash it onto the Vn versions?

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Crazyeddie wrote:

The NarsilM is by far my favorite UI to date( I have an Emisar D1, D4 and D4VN on order as it too uses NarsilM.

I am sorry, but the Emisar Lamps don’t use NarsilM.
- There are no normal MODES
- Tom derived the UI from an older version of Narsil and Toykeeper added things later
- so a few things are different
But they have still that nice ramping feature

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CRX wrote:
An upgrade to the old bedside light Wink
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Who has button top batteries in stock in the US? I usually buy from liionwholesale but they are out of stock on a bunch of them. Not sure who else to trust for authentic cells.

FYI the Samsung 30Qs are back in stock at Liion.

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Mine came today finally. This thing is a beast. Biggest light I own sadly but more than Ill ever actually need.

Thing is rediculously bright too.

No quality issues have been noticed yet.

Noticed yhe tripod mount hole on the bottom, Ill find a use for that :p. Think I have a handlebar mount for my bikes that can hold it!

Nice work to the team that made this light happen, hats off for the incredible efforts put in!

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FedEx has decided that my 1st Q8 needed a sleepover in Sweetwater, TX. Perhaps this will guarantee me a smooth mellow beam. Who knows?

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joechina wrote:
Crazyeddie wrote:

The NarsilM is by far my favorite UI to date( I have an Emisar D1, D4 and D4VN on order as it too uses NarsilM.

I am sorry, but the Emisar Lamps don’t use NarsilM.
- There are no normal MODES
- Tom derived the UI from an older version of Narsil and Toykeeper added things later
- so a few things are different
But they have still that nice ramping feature


The Emisar lights use a UI called RampingIOS.

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For the seriously anal retentive (I am not at liberty to disclose my source) you may want to take out the rear end board (oops, sort of back part) and use a little very fine emery paper on the drilled/threaded holes. There are little bitty pieces of metal sticking up from the threading process. A very short burnishing removes them. Theoretically that could maybe possibly improve current flow.

I have the same marks on the bezel as mentioned above. It rather looks like maybe a programmer started the retraction of the machining blade a bit too soon. It looks sort of like a wave function from something oscillating (stepping up). I don't really care.

My approach to simple tuning is probably going to be something like this. Clean any trash (there is very little) out of the grooves with my wife's toothbrush (that is confidential information). Remove the rear PCB, hone the tops of the threaded holes a bit, and apply Stabilant to all the conducting surfaces. I am thinking I might just add a bit of solder to the base of the springs before I apply the Stabilent. On top, the surfaces are in excellent condition and clean. Same approach as the rear. Catch the toothbrush when she is not using it and clean the threads. Knock off any irregularities on the top edge of the tube with the aforementioned very fine paper. Lubricant as yet not selected. Tungsten Disulfide in the Buckyball form is my lubricant of choice; but it is so messy. Clean and treat the contact surfaces on the tube and PCB with Stabilant. From what I can tell that should double the output. <img src= " />

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korpzgrinda wrote:
Crazyeddie wrote:
I have an Emisar D1, D4 and D4VN on order as it too uses NarsilM

So the D4Vn uses NarsilM? And not the D4 UI v2? Does he flash it onto the Vn versions?


The UI has the ramping, battery check, mode memory and lockout and is identified as “Emisar UI V2. Per Joechina this does not have the ability to program modes like NarsilM. I can only go by what Vinh says on the Sky Lumens website as I don’t physically have it yet. It looks like Vinh keeps the interface without changing. It still has the ramping that I love so much in my Q8’s. Thanks to those who have corrected my misconception.
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Got 2/5 today. Looks great, perform pretty darn well, though I guess I am jaded have an ETsx25L3.. I kinda thought the Q8 would be an order brighter.

But its a bad ass light for $40!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Can’t wait for the rest to arrive, mine are in there..

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