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Mine arrived today one each. Quirky at first then used the charge port and about 12 min each light goes from red to green. After a few uses everything works fine. Screw head on all the way for high. Back it out till low. The body is very well built. I have to admit I did laugh when I first saw. I showed it to a number of people at a diner and I think they wanted it. Most were very impressed with the output. I quickly returned to pocket and added to keychain(s). Only time will tell but very impressive so far! Nichia tint has that rose hue as compared to the XP-G2 side by side wall check. Mine were labeled “test.”

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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.

What do other people think ?

Dave


I’m also having annoyances with the loose threads. When the light is off, I can get quite a bit of wiggle with the head, much more than my Olight i3S or Thrunite Ti3. If I tighten the head enough to get to low, the wiggle of the head could turn off the light. If I further tighten the head but still in low, the head wiggle doesn’t turn off the light. Fully tightened to high, there’s no head wiggle. I’ll have to get used to doing a “deep twist” so that I’m deep into the low mode and a bump to the head won’t turn off the light. That’s about the main disappointment I have with this light – the head threading.

My other reaction – this is my first 10180 flashlight, and it is so tiny. I had no idea just how small these lights are until I actually held one.

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EyeballFryer wrote:

My other reaction – this is my first 10180 flashlight, and it is so tiny. I had no idea just how small these lights are until I actually held one.

Hopefully you won’t be addiced like me !
Now you see why the 10180 lights are SO much fun.
I get a kick out of showing them as people are amazed at the light output from such a tiny light!
Don’t let loose threads on this light turn you off on the 10180 lights,
the other 10180 lights like CooYoo, Jetbeam, DQG, Blackwater, don’t act like the Astrolux when turning to low.

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

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Hopefully you won’t be addiced like me ! Now you see why the 10180 lights are SO much fun. I get a kick out of showing them as people are amazed at the light output from such a tiny light! Don’t let loose threads on this light turn you off on the 10180 lights, the other 10180 lights like CooYoo, Jetbeam, DQG, Blackwater, don’t act like the Astrolux when turning to low.

Right now, what’s holding me back from getting into 10180 flashlights is the lack of battery protection and lack of neutral white options. If they could solve that, my wishlist would grow even longer!

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EyeballFryer wrote:
mrtoolfool wrote:
Hopefully you won’t be addiced like me ! Now you see why the 10180 lights are SO much fun. I get a kick out of showing them as people are amazed at the light output from such a tiny light! Don’t let loose threads on this light turn you off on the 10180 lights, the other 10180 lights like CooYoo, Jetbeam, DQG, Blackwater, don’t act like the Astrolux when turning to low.

Right now, what’s holding me back from getting into 10180 flashlights is the lack of battery protection and lack of neutral white options. If they could solve that, my wishlist would grow even longer!

Well, OK……
I buy them for the FUN of it. I carry one with me in my “watch pocket” of my jeans. They have actually been washed a few times..OOPS

I haven’t had any battery issues but then again I usually am “topping” them off regularly.

As far as the battery protection, I don’t see a BIG problem as the batteries are fairly reasonably priced at just over a buck each. The same price as CR123 lithium.
Even if I ruin a few, it’s not big deal. I have some 10180 batteries that are at least 2 or 3 years old and still chugging along.

Now the tint is another thing. There are not a lot of choices in most of them but the DQG line.
I am not a TINT person and am happy with anything but WARM. The Cooler lights just SEEM brighter to me.
As long as they are white I’m good. Can’t stand the greenish tints. My Surefire Titan has a greenish tint and I hate it.

Anyway, enjoy showing off your mini-powerhouse !!!!

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

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mrtoolfool: what flashlight do you like more in your collection?
do you find jetbeam to have problems?

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erik wrote:
mrtoolfool: what flashlight do you like more in your collection? do you find jetbeam to have problems?

Erik,
The Jetbeam Mini-1 is a nice light, it seems to be well made. Honestly I haven’t carried any of those, just played around while testing them.
They make it in Stainless, brass, and titanium.
I’m sure you would be happy with any of the three.
I bought mine from ILLUMINATION SUPPLY.
Here are all three, they ship pretty quick. illuminationsupply.com

I carry either my extra Stainless Cooyoo or Aluminum Blackwater Kite. Sometimes if I really want to go small I’ll pull the DQG Spy out of the collection. LOL

The DQG lights do not have built in chargers like the others. That is why they are a bit smaller.

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

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I’m still waiting for mine, but for those who have received theirs how about a few pics? Maybe a couple of sample size pics against a credit card or DVD or something so we really get an idea of scale?

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There is no code. The first 100 preorders were 15.99$, second 100 were 17.99$, …

Missed that, too… but well, ordered – never too many nichias.

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thank you mrtoolfool

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erik wrote:
thank you mrtoolfool

You are more than welcome !

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

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Here is the Astrolux M01 next to a AA battery, CR123 battery, and the 10180 battery it uses. (Black one)

It’s a little hard to tell but the light is just about the same diameter as the AA battery, just a bit shorter.

BTW, A 10180 battery is the same diameter as a AAA battery.

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

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Guess what all you 10180 fans……

It looks like DQG just came out with a HOBI PLUS……. It has a built in charger. First of the DQG 10180 line to have that feature.

Available in Titanium and 3 choices of tint, it appears. I’ll bet brass won’t be to far behind.

A little pricey at 50.00 in my book, as far as the 10180 lights go, maybe because it’s titanium?

I’m resisting for NOW……but the “force” is strong and I may not be able to hold out forever.
Hopefully it will go on sale !

Here it is.

DQG Hobi Plus

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You can read more about Hobi plus here http://budgetlightforum.com/node/46324

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No word on the copper version yet?

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Some pics…

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Mine also arrived today Thumbs Up

Two pics for size comparison

Colour tint is quite nice; It´s more on the cooler side compared to the Astrolux A01 and even the Lumintop tool copper also with the Nichia 219B LED (here on the right side; on the left the M01)

EyeballFryer wrote:
That’s about the main disappointment I have with this light – the head threading.

That´s the only negative aspect of the M01; It seems all of them has this issue; There is no exact point where low starts; It goes on and out randomly by pressing or knockin on the head by a certain point; In the TLF someone called it “Disco Mode” Big Smile

But all in all It´s O.K. I can live with this issue

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High/low it’s all in the feel. All the way in for high slight turn out for low. Off; keep screwing till off no flicker. So far everyone I have shown likes very much. I am not a fan of onboard chargers but a definate positive with the MO1. I carry both versions and no problems. Nice little light!

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Flashlight arrived today – nice tint but unfortunately only one mode.
I tighten it all the way and it’s not enough to engage the micro switch in the head Sad

I have a CooYoo quantum and the audible click when going to high is something you can’t miss.

I tried to swap heads and bodies but the titanium of the CooYoo won’t match with the stainless of the Astrolux.

They both share loose threads and flickering behavior when turning on – you need to turn quite a bit to get stable output.
You also need to turn back more than “common” to make sure it’s not turning on in the pocket.

Waiting for Banggood to respond.

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I received one of each kind today.

I first tried the cree version and it was really hard to select the low mode without flickering. Also the o-ring was really sticky so turning wasn’t easy. After lubing the o-ring the mode selection worked much better.
The nichia version had much rattle because the pill was loose. After tightening it and lubing the o-ring it was still pretty flickery. But this was because the clicky pad wasn’t soldered flat to the pcb. There was some space between.
After fixing this I’m satisfied with both.

As expected the nichia is a bit dimmer. Even tough I’m not a cool white fan, I have to say I like it more than neutral/warm white in 10180 lights.

Edit: I will receive one of each kind again probably tomorrow. Let’s see what I have to fix there Big Smile

8) Lube Threads Everyday 8)

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jetbeam mini ordered on sale

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erik wrote:
jetbeam mini ordered on sale

Great, You’ll be happy.
Keep in mind, I’m not trying to knock the Astrolux, but it appears a couple people , including myself, have had to resolder the switch plate.
Also, a few people have also said they had to tighten the pill in the head on their units.
These items lend to the theory of poor quality control.

I have messed around a lot with my Astrolux lights and am still very unhappy with the looseness in the head that is part of the reason for the
way it acts so finicky trying to get into the low mode.

I also believe the switch plate is not as “strong” as the other brand lights and thus has less leeway between modes.

Those that don’t have other 10180 lights to compare too probably don’t notice the difference, but it is definitely there.

Have a great day.

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

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I got mine yesterday – whilst it does have a little play in the twist switching it isn’t enough to concern me. Thankfully it won’t need any tinkering to get it working like some people’s have. Because I wouldn’t have a clue….

Anyway, I’m not going to corrode/tarnish it like I did with my copper A01 (though I’ve seen some lovely acid-etching on the knife topic posts over the last few days – hmmm, could look goooood), but I will knock up a little suede and SS bead lanyard for it a bit later. I’ll stick up some pics once I’ve done it.

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Here you go.

And one with the gnarly old big brother…..

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that looks very nice scrumpypaul!

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Cheers Martin – I really like both of them.

SP

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How do you reaolder the switch plate? After a week it came loose already. Are the 10180 batteries protected?

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Eth90 wrote:
How do you reaolder the switch plate? After a week it came loose already. Are the 10180 batteries protected?

No protection on these little batteries.

Use needle nose tweezers to unscrew the module in the head – then it’s easier to re-solder the plate.

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Eth90 wrote:
How do you reaolder the switch plate? After a week it came loose already. Are the 10180 batteries protected?

i jumped into the mancave and made a short video…
(your questions are answered i hope ;))

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Thanks for the video. Gotta say I’m rather disappointed to see how basic the LED driving circuitry is… actually no driver at all, just a resistor for each level. I guess this explains how this light sells for so much less than similar lights like CooYoo but certainly not the best from an efficiency point of view.

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