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Since the battery is not protected and the flashlight does not cut off below a certain voltage, is there any cue as to when the battery is due to be charged? A noticeable dimming? Or do you take your chances on running the battery down too far and damaging it?

Other lights in this style are pretty dim at about 2.8 volts. This is a good voltage and you will definitely notice when it’s time to recharge… but in case you forget to turn it off, you will probably damage the battery.

Is the dimming noticeable in low mode as well? If it isn’t it will be quite easy to kill the cell…
M01 specs list low mode as being 8lm so even when it drops 50% it could be hard to see the difference due to eyesight accomodation.

I personally like the idea of 10180 light with internal charging but eagerly wait for good execution because as of now there is none.
Maybe Astrolux M01 enhanced…

There’s simply too many drawbacks:
- no low voltage protection
- low quality unprotected cell
- too high charging current (it would appear all brands use same driver and advertise 1h charge time which is essentially killing cell with ~2C charge current)
- no knurling on the head (being a twisty it would be desired)
- no tailstand/ugly tail attachment

IMHO M01 is the ugliest of this class of flashlights – mostly due to its tail design. Jetbeam/Niteye MINI – 1 looks better and cost ~$17. CooYoo Quantum SS/Mecarmy have best head design – ie. many axial grooves (more than Blackwater kite) and it looks very good as well. Both Cooyoo and Black Water Kite SS have better looking tail part than M01. Kite even have tritium slot but have ugly head – to me brand logo and font are simply hideous and are the reason alone not to buy. Kite is really bad name for a flashlight as well. Best tail design is present in titanium Coyoo/Mecarmy.

The only advantage M01 have is the Nichia LED but you could always change LED in other brand…
For me to even consider buying ugly M01 it would have to cost 10$.
I would really want something looking like DQG Spy (knurling) but with secondary optics. DQG Hobi Plus is close but lacks knurling and tail standing.

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altonx wrote:
Hobo wrote:
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Since the battery is not protected and the flashlight does not cut off below a certain voltage, is there any cue as to when the battery is due to be charged? A noticeable dimming? Or do you take your chances on running the battery down too far and damaging it?

Other lights in this style are pretty dim at about 2.8 volts. This is a good voltage and you will definitely notice when it’s time to recharge… but in case you forget to turn it off, you will probably damage the battery.

Is the dimming noticeable in low mode as well? If it isn’t it will be quite easy to kill the cell…
M01 specs list low mode as being 8lm so even when it drops 50% it could be hard to see the difference due to eyesight accomodation.

There was a report about some measurements/ observations in the TLF from member light-wolff about the CoYoo quantum Ti;
I believe all of this lights behave the same

http://www.taschenlampen-forum.de/threads/kurzreview-cooyoo-quantum-cr.43503/#post-582930

In summary:
On Low there is under 2,2V less then 1µA and under 2,0V current stops totally (< 0,1µA); Then the battery remains on 2,0V; That may be not so good for the battery life, but it´s not that dangerous;

On High there is a bit more current: 130µA on 2V, 65µA on 1,0V. That means that could exhaustive discharge the battery. But that should be a matter of days, not hours;

I´ve had one of these batteries which died, not in the light, I carried it in an battery container, I don´t know why this battery died but that´s not that loss;
You can get a replacement on GearBest for under 2$

http://www.gearbest.com/diy-parts-and-tools/pp_136125.html

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Im ready to buy this,is there a discount code?
The BG site is showing 19.99.

Thanks guys

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There is no code. The first 100 preorders were 15.99$, second 100 were 17.99$, …
Unfortunately, you’re a bit late. But it’s still not a bad price if you want one of these.

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Ok thank you….im still going to buy it…

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Hey chooma, see also this Jetbeam mini-1 for $17.15:
http://www.gearbest.com/led-flashlights/pp_279764.html
There’s also CooYoo Quantum SS deal for $21,59:
http://www.gearbest.com/led-flashlights/pp_228097.html
Both lights differ from M01 in external look and used LED (it’s XP-G2 so lower CRI but higher lumen output), but inside electronics seems to be identical.

Personally I’m waiting to see titanium M01, maybe it will have better tail design as other 10180 titanium counterparts.

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My units are shipped Party

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altonx wrote:

There’s simply too many drawbacks:
- no low voltage protection
- low quality unprotected cell
- too high charging current (it would appear all brands use same driver and advertise 1h charge time which is essentially killing cell with ~2C charge current)
- no knurling on the head (being a twisty it would be desired)
- no tailstand/ugly tail attachment

For me to even consider buying ugly M01 it would have to cost 10$.

So funny! We are hopeless. This is a terrible light with so many faults…but if it is only $10, I’m in!

How many lights have I bought like that, lol!

Why do I carry a flashlight?  Because half of every day is dark.

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Mine is shipped too! Big Smile

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IamMatt wrote:

So funny! We are hopeless. This is a terrible light with so many faults…but if it is only $10, I’m in!

How many lights have I bought like that, lol!

So true… Besides – I like the name Cool

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Yep, shipping notification here as well Big Smile

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Mine is on it’s way, too. With a couple of spare 10180’s in tow. Cool

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I was lucky to get in on the presale at 15.99 each. I bought 1 of each.
They are already shipped. I now wish I had ordered a couple each at that price.

I am in love with all the little 10180 lights.
Between all the choices in material (Aluminium, Stainless, Titanium, Copper, Brass, etc)
for the CooYoo line, the DQG line, the Jetbeam Mini-1 line, Blackwater Kite line
and all the other ones I can’t get enough.
I don’t have any of the CUSTOM 10180 lights yet as those are much more pricey than these latest versions. ( Yes Houston, I Have a PROBLEM)

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Holy Cow, I just realized after 2 years lurking around, this is my FIRST post.

Hi Guys and Gals nice to meet you……… Smile

I don’t always sit in the dark, but when I do, I’m usually playing with flashlights.

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Welcome MrTF. I think that calls for a group pic eh?

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Welcome MrTF. I think that calls for a group pic eh?

Thank you scrumpypaul. That’s quite a profile pic, only a face a mother could love….LOL

what is a “group pic” you are referring too?

I don’t always sit in the dark, but when I do, I’m usually playing with flashlights.

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Welcome MrTF. I think that calls for a group pic eh?

Thank you scrumpypaul. That’s quite a profile pic, only a face a mother could love….LOL

what is a “group pic” you are referring too?

A pic of all your 10180 torches together.

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mrtoolfool wrote:
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Welcome MrTF. I think that calls for a group pic eh?

Thank you scrumpypaul. That’s quite a profile pic, only a face a mother could love….LOL

what is a “group pic” you are referring too?

A pic of all your 10180 torches together.

Here are most of them, the shelf queens, other than a few loose ones to use and play around with.

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I don’t always sit in the dark, but when I do, I’m usually playing with flashlights.

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Wow. Excellent

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No different from >>>
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mrtoolfool wrote:
scrumpypaul wrote:
mrtoolfool wrote:
scrumpypaul wrote:
Welcome MrTF. I think that calls for a group pic eh?
Thank you scrumpypaul. That's quite a profile pic, only a face a mother could love....LOL what is a "group pic" you are referring too?
A pic of all your 10180 torches together.
Here are most of them, the shelf queens, other tan a few loose ones to use and play around with.  photo 20160229_173438_zps3ngn5uef.jpg

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Wow. Excellent

Thanks, Yep, as I said, I have a PROBLEM……LOL

These are all in a neat little wood case with glass front. I have a little display holder it sits on. It looks pretty neat.

I will have to move them all around to fit the two Astrolux lights when they arrive!

I just get a kick out of how bright these tiny lights are. People I show them to are always amazed they can throw out so much light.

I don’t always sit in the dark, but when I do, I’m usually playing with flashlights.

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[quote=freeme]

No different from >>>
tongue-out


 

So, what are those? Rings ?
Is that your collection?

I don’t always sit in the dark, but when I do, I’m usually playing with flashlights.

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Well, I received my two Astrolux M01 lights today. I bought both the Nichia and the Cree since I got in on the 15.99 preorder deal.

First thoughts: Packaging looks nice. (not that that really matters), Lights look nice, shiny stainless.

I opened the battery compartment up and removed the small round battery cutoff disk and reassembled them.

Turning them on I immediately noticed that it is hard to keep it on the low setting. It likes to “bounce” from low to high or even off.
If you get it set (turned) JUST RIGHT it will stay on low till it is barely bumped or touched. Not good.

Both lights are the same and I know the reason for this.
LOOSE threads between the body and head.
There is an awful lot of slop on the threads you can feel it by wiggling the head while on the body with the light off.

If you are going to tighten the head down tight EVERY TIME and only use the HIGH output this would not be a big deal.

As far as the output, both lights are great. The Nichia, of course, having a nicer “true” color output compared to the “white” from the Cree.

Having compared this to other 10180 lights I have, I would have to pass on advising anyone to get one over the other brands available.
All because of the looseness in the threads between the head and the body.

It’s really to bad as this had the potential to be a nice light.
I’m just glad I got these for 15.99 each or I might have been even more disappointed.

What do other people think ?

Dave

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i used some telfon tape (plumbing equipment) to raise resistance on loose threads – will check the M01 when i get one

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M4D M4X wrote:
i used some telfon tape (plumbing equipment) to raise resistance on loose threads – will check the M01 when i get one

Not sure if that would work on this as it gets the negative power thru the threads.

I might try a bit thicker oring if I can find one to fit.

Also, I did not find any spare orings in the package, unless I missed them.

Dave

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you are totally right!

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Got my M01 today (Thanks Neal and Bang good). Thumbs Up

First impress… it is little to flicky in lowmode, otherwise a neat great small light. Love that rose tint of Nichia.

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i also got mine

the “pill” in the head was loose a bit and acted as written above

then i fastened it using tweezers and now it works fine!

btw: its on promo sale for 19,99 now! Wink
https://m4dm4x.com/2016/05/23/great-deals/

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M4D M4X wrote:
i also got mine

the “pill” in the head was loose a bit and acted as written above

then i fastened it using tweezers and now it works fine!

btw: its on promo sale for 19,99 now! Wink
https://m4dm4x.com/2016/05/23/great-deals/

I checked my two and they were a little loose also. One of them the “clicker switch” that makes contact with the center positive on the body actually just FELL OFF as I was trying to tighten the pill. After disassembling the whole head I see that they only soldered one side of the contact. There are two places to solder but only one was and evidently it was a cold joint as it fell apart.

I took the other one out and looked and it to is only soldered on one side.

I will try and resolder the bad one one and add solder to the other side of the other one.

Maybe this is the cause of the problem??? It certainly can’t be a good thing to be so loose as to fall off.

I don’t always sit in the dark, but when I do, I’m usually playing with flashlights.

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Only one side is soldered because the “switch plate” will move a bit when triggered. So this is intentionally.

Does yours work properly with both sides soldered?

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Hobo wrote:
Only one side is soldered because the “switch plate” will move a bit when triggered. So this is intentionally.

Does yours work properly with both sides soldered?

I have NOT soldered it back in place yet. Won’t have time till tomorrow.

OH, If only one side is supposed to be soldered, then I will only solder the one side!

OK, so I just looked at two other ones I own. A CooYoo and Kite……….You are INDEED CORRECT as only one side is soldered on those also.

So, I’ll only be soldering one side of the one that came loose!

Thanks !!!!

I don’t always sit in the dark, but when I do, I’m usually playing with flashlights.

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