Should we have yet another GB for BLF-348?

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I would like to buy a load of this light but not in its current configuration.

I would prefer a 3-mode, or even just a 2-mode switch will be great.

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i got some of them and they are great built i think my most used light … i would buy more if they come again

and i would buy even more if they come with more options like high med low

but they are really great as they are now

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There won’t be any changes, sorry! The light will be exactly the same than in earlier GBs.

If enough people are interested in more complex light (more modes, maybe different tints), a separate GB can be arranged.

Honestly, that’d be the perfect light for me (219, 1-mode… yes!!), except I’d strongly prefer AA. Not terribly interested in 10440-based lights. Just personal preference…

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wle wrote:
ok, would rather add hi, med and low to ‘on and off’.

why is it so difficult for a 1xAAA to have brightness modes?
none of them seem to have it
or if they do it is only too-high and too-low..

is it something about the 1.5V source, that makes it hard to do?

Probably uses a simple boost converter. It’s tricky enough to maintain a constant current at one level, let alone modulate it to high/low/strobe/etc. There’s just not enough real-estate on the driver to accommodate that.

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jl1 wrote:
More minimalist simplistic designs like this for the city dwellers please. A 1x AA/14500 version of this will be great. Keep the minimal diameter, the simple stainless steel cylinder, the NW LED, maybe recessed stainless steel switch-cap for tail-stand and you got a winner. Why doesn’t it exist yet?

Sorcerer! You read my mind!

I’m not a fan of AAA/10440… at all. Keep the ’348 but make it AA/14500, and I’m there!

And 1-mode for me, thanks.

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Talking about stainless AA lights, I’ve got one of these:
https://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/free-shipping-LED-Flashlight-Torch-Cree-R3-286-Lumens-1-Mode-Stainless-steel-multipurpose-14500-1/623556_1915435644.html

At about 100 grams with battery it weels a bit weighty. It’s got a 12mm driver & led.
The pill has a shelf for the emitter.

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While I love the 348, honestly how much cheaper could a GB really get them? They go on sale for $5-6 which is a very fair price IMHO. Sure cheaper is better but if it is only a buck off I think there are better options for a GB even though I would buy a few of these.

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tek-0 wrote:
Talking about stainless AA lights, I’ve got one of these:
https://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/free-shipping-LED-Flashlight-Torch-Cree-R3-286-Lumens-1-Mode-Stainless-steel-multipurpose-14500-1/623556_1915435644.html

At about 100 grams with battery it weels a bit weighty. It’s got a 12mm driver & led.
The pill has a shelf for the emitter.

Very nice.
Sold out though… Sad
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New member here, been lurking for a long time….

I do not have a SF-348 or BLF-348 but I would definitely be interested!

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I think you can still buy the Singfire 348?

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everydaysurvivalgear wrote:
I think you can still buy the Singfire 348?

Yep:
http://www.gearbest.com/led-flashlights/pp_131992.html

It’s apparently with the warm white XP-E.

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Texas_Ace wrote:
While I love the 348, honestly how much cheaper could a GB really get them? They go on sale for $5-6 which is a very fair price IMHO. Sure cheaper is better but if it is only a buck off I think there are better options for a GB even though I would buy a few of these.

I think the purpose of this GB is to guarantee production of more – not to get a good price. They are currently sold out and the manufacturer may not be interested in making more unless there is a guaranteed demand.

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I think it is a great idea after looking up what it is. I’d buy a bunch of them.

For those like me who do not know what they are…. here ya’ go. BLF-348 Search link

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AA plz!

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I’d buy a few more. The only change I’d want is a keychain hole. There are plenty of other multi-mode lights and the clean simplicity with good CRI is what makes this one so appealing Smile

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juaquin wrote:
Texas_Ace wrote:
While I love the 348, honestly how much cheaper could a GB really get them? They go on sale for $5-6 which is a very fair price IMHO. Sure cheaper is better but if it is only a buck off I think there are better options for a GB even though I would buy a few of these.

I think the purpose of this GB is to guarantee production of more – not to get a good price. They are currently sold out and the manufacturer may not be interested in making more unless there is a guaranteed demand.

Interesting, I thought they were still available last I checked (well the singfire version anyways).

If a new production run was done I would like to see some new LED’s offered, such as 219C’s and XP-G3’s.

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I missed the chance to buy one for $5.50 and I'm now slowly looking to buy a few for christmas gifts, to make sure they arrive on time. Yes from me.

Just for a moment... Okay I may stay a little longer

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If this light can go out of stock for the 3rd consecutive GB and still has high demand, why not just go balls to the wall mass production of 10k+ units and drive the price down to under $5, meanwhile get companies to buy them in bulk with company engraving for internal door gifts and lucky draws to make it more viable.

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jl1 wrote:
If this light can go out of stock for the 3rd consecutive GB and still has high demand, why not just go balls to the wall mass production of 10k+ units and drive the price down to under $5, meanwhile get companies to buy them in bulk with company engraving for internal door gifts and lucky draws to make it more viable.

This really makes perfect sense. Why not just blow the doors off and PRODUCE this thing? Cash

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I’d love to pick up one or more of these. I really like the Nichia tint and CRI, and a small edc that doesn’t chew holes in my clothing would be awesome. I like single mode personally, and I’ll second the interest in a AA version as well.

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RocketSurgeon wrote:
I’d love to pick up one or more of these. I really like the Nichia tint and CRI, and a small edc that doesn’t chew holes in my clothing would be awesome. I like single mode personally, and I’ll second the interest in a AA version as well.

Yep, seconded.

While it won’t be nearly as small as a ’348 or even an AA version of same, what was on my to-do list was a modded minimag (2×AA) with 800mA boost driver and ’219 emitter. An aspheric is some great flood, but the limited output of the ’219 spread across that big of an area leaves intensity very wanting, so a nice TIR would fit the bill instead.

While minimag shorties are kinda funny-looking (they definitely looked “chopped off” given the location of the knurling), a smaller version of that would be ideal. An AA version of the ’348 sounded perfect to me. Twisty or clicky, don’t care.

So hey, if anyone’s going to come out with a 1×AA 1-mode ’219 flashlight, definitely let me know! Christmas is a-coming!

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For everyone who wants it with moonlight, keyring hole, and different modes, its already been made. http://www.banggood.com/Astrolux-A01-Nichia-219B-102LM-AAA-Mini-Waterproof-Keychain-EDC-LED-Flashlight-p-1026854.html

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Lick wrote:
For everyone who wants it with moonlight, keyring hole, and different modes, its already been made. http://www.banggood.com/Astrolux-A01-Nichia-219B-102LM-AAA-Mini-Waterproof-Keychain-EDC-LED-Flashlight-p-1026854.html

It used to be in a different price range, but presently it’s only USD 8:- (60% off), so it certainly could be an option.

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Nah, IMHO the A01 is a totally different light (I own both), MUCH warmer tint LED, Twisty head mode selector (I HATE that!).
The neutral rosy tint of the original BLF 348 Nichia LED is just PERFECT, it´s the best light I own in terms of CRI and color, even among all the Nichia lights I have. The Astrolux S41 Nichia comes close, but not 100%, and the A01 LEd is just too warm for my taste, it´s almost yellow…

I´d take another original BLF 348 when it gets EXACTLY the same LED again. But the light would be perfect for me with the following changes:
- a little more grippable surface (the stainless steel body is just too slippy)
- 2 Mode driver (switch): keep the nice reverse clicky switch, but add one 10% mode selectable by short click

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Kusie wrote:

- a little more grippable surface (the stainless steel body is just too slippy)
But that would ruin the design though…
I like it because it’s just a pretty piece of stainless steel pipe.
(I prefer them without the brand on them).
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2 Mode driver (switch): keep the nice reverse clicky switch, but add one 10% mode selectable by short click
Yes, that would be nice.
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Kusie wrote:
Nah, IMHO the A01 is a totally different light (I own both), MUCH warmer tint LED, Twisty head mode selector (I HATE that!).
The neutral rosy tint of the original BLF 348 Nichia LED is just PERFECT, it´s the best light I own in terms of CRI and color, even among all the Nichia lights I have. The Astrolux S41 Nichia comes close, but not 100%, and the A01 LEd is just too warm for my taste, it´s almost yellow…

I´d take another original BLF 348 when it gets EXACTLY the same LED again. But the light would be perfect for me with the following changes:
- a little more grippable surface (the stainless steel body is just too slippy)
- 2 Mode driver (switch): keep the nice reverse clicky switch, but add one 10% mode selectable by short click

K.

I looked up the specs, I didn’t know it had 5000k. I love my 4500k, but that is a significant difference. I’ll take the modes over this though, if it had the modes I’d love it just as much or more!

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Lick wrote:
Kusie wrote:
Nah, IMHO the A01 is a totally different light (I own both), MUCH warmer tint LED, Twisty head mode selector (I HATE that!).
The neutral rosy tint of the original BLF 348 Nichia LED is just PERFECT, it´s the best light I own in terms of CRI and color, even among all the Nichia lights I have. The Astrolux S41 Nichia comes close, but not 100%, and the A01 LEd is just too warm for my taste, it´s almost yellow…

I´d take another original BLF 348 when it gets EXACTLY the same LED again. But the light would be perfect for me with the following changes:
- a little more grippable surface (the stainless steel body is just too slippy)
- 2 Mode driver (switch): keep the nice reverse clicky switch, but add one 10% mode selectable by short click

K.

I looked up the specs, I didn’t know it had 5000k. I love my 4500k, but that is a significant difference. I’ll take the modes over this though, if it had the modes I’d love it just as much or more!

Must say though, as a gift to ‘normal people’ (lol) just one mode is perhaps better, because they want light to see something and it’s either on or off, simple and functional.
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Kusie wrote:
Nah, IMHO the A01 is a totally different light (I own both), MUCH warmer tint LED, Twisty head mode selector (I HATE that!).

If this A01 was a 1-mode critter (twisty, after all!), I’d buy the whole rainbow of ‘em. Yeah, even for an AAA light. Big Smile

I love the sealed-back design. Aside from the front glass, that’s only 1 weak point now, and that’s where the head screws onto the tube. One less point of water ingress…

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Jerommel wrote:
Must say though, as a gift to ‘normal people’ (lol) just one mode is perhaps better, because they want light to see something and it’s either on or off, simple and functional.

For a keychain light? Absolutely!

For EDC, sure, get a jack-of-all-trades (and master of none) flashlight what all kinds of modes, no worries. For a simple keychain light? On/off is usually plenty. If you want moonlight in the middle of the night, by the time you flip through all the other modes, you’re already night-blind.

I have so many “special-purpose” lights that are 1-mode only. The most high-rel lights are 1-mode only. 7135-based lights have parallellism in their favor (no µC to go mental on you), and simple resistored-DD lights are even simpler at the expense of current-regulation (ie, light drops off as the cell is discharged).

I only use “modes” when I’ve got other lights to back me up. That light I can afford to be a JOAT as far as brightness, but the beam is still the exact same across all modes.

That’s why for most “normal people”, I’ll recommend a zoomie, even though I generally dislike ‘em (except if the moveble head were welded into a permaflood position). But for muggles, yeah, zoomies give ‘em that range from flood to batsignal, dim to bright.

But for those who can’t handle even that, who view those with disdain, who want a simple on/off just like their plastic-tube glass-bulb 2×D drugstore special, hey, give ‘em what they want.

I know someone who doesn’t seem to remember that lights can have modes, and who’ll leave the light on whatever mode it was last in, and doesn’t/can’t figure that it can be changed brighter/dimmer. People like that, they’ll be disgruntled that the damned light is so dim and good for $#%$#%&! (Nevermind that it’s stuck in moonlight mode.)

Let’s face it. We’re not normal people. Big Smile

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Lick wrote:
For everyone who wants it with moonlight, keyring hole, and different modes, its already been made. http://www.banggood.com/Astrolux-A01-Nichia-219B-102LM-AAA-Mini-Waterproof-Keychain-EDC-LED-Flashlight-p-1026854.html

The grey one’s not bad but the other colors don’t do anything for me. It also just doesn’t have the same sexiness that the BLF 348 has. But it does have the modes and the lanyard hole. The other drawback for me is that it is a twisty, I prefer a clicky, forward if possible.

BTW: For those of you Cu freaks, they do have a copper version as well.

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