Should we have yet another GB for BLF-348?

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Hi/lo has been discussed before. The consensus was that adding hi/low priced the light out of the price point. If you want a AAA light with hi/lo look at the Sofirn C01S.

I could see a new run of BLF 348s. They are just right for low-cost gifts.

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Waterproof, please

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I never got one so Yea I guess!

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I have some SW45K I just got, I know there are a lot of 348 clones out there. Are any of them any good aside from the LED? I’d like to get one with a decent driver and swap the LED to make my own BLF version.

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I have purchased about 50 of those lights .
Awesome light to give to friends and family .
I always load it up with a lithium primary .

I will buy more if they are like the originals , high CRI and one mode only .

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I would also like to get some more 348’s for gifts but only if they have the same quality 219b 4500k LED’s as before.

Caleb wrote:
Waterproof, please

This is the only change I would reasonably like to see as well, not a must but it would be nice and possibly doable at the price point. Basically just add some o-rings.

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Texas_Ace wrote:
I would also like to get some more 348’s for gifts but only if they have the same quality 219b 4500k LED’s as before.
Caleb wrote:
Waterproof, please

This is the only change I would reasonably like to see as well, not a must but it would be nice and possibly doable at the price point. Basically just add some o-rings.

Agreed, if not waterproof I would probably buy 1 for sentimental reasons. If made waterproof, I would buy a bunch.

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Yes, I learned of this well after the last remaining stock had been sold. I bought a regular Singfire 348 and it had a purplish cool white tint.

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it needs a keychain attachment thing, like some kind of side clip with hole

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Mine with a lovely Nichia LED went missing, would love another couple, my fav 10440 light

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kat wrote:
it needs a keychain attachment thing, like some kind of side clip with hole

Latest batch of the BLF-348 hat keychain hole with already attached keychain.
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Ok, I see the point. I’d buy some if on,y 1 mode like original. But nichia or nice led would be.. nice. Could this be a possibility? Making them again?

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angerdan wrote:
kat wrote:
it needs a keychain attachment thing, like some kind of side clip with hole
Latest batch of the BLF-348 hat keychain hole with already attached keychain.

You mean that 0.5mm hole near the switch? That’s no good…

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kat wrote:
angerdan wrote:
kat wrote:
it needs a keychain attachment thing, like some kind of side clip with hole
Latest batch of the BLF-348 hat keychain hole with already attached keychain.

You mean that 0.5mm hole near the switch? That’s no good…


Why is it no good?
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jacktheclipper wrote:
I will buy more if they are like the originals , high CRI and one mode only .

I may agree to arrange a new GB, but only if they are like the originals , high CRI and one mode only . Cool

Like someone mentioned, GB (the shop) is not what they used to be back then => If I would run a new GB, it wouldn’t be with GB.

All I can say now is that you got me interested. I’ll explore some options and come back after some time. Don’t hold your breath.

Quick answers to some of the questions:
1. Two modes => NO!
2. Waterproof => Probably not possible. Would be nice though. (A couple of my 348’s have been through washing machine: Worked fine after drying Big Smile )
3. Very bright => No. The original had a suitable amount of lumens (on AAA) so that it can be given to any non-flashaholic (child, your grandmother)
4. Better switch => Probably not. We asked for fwd clicky earlier and it was deemed as “no go”
5. Better clip => This would be very nice to have, but impossible with low price. Maybe as an optional addon for a couple of dollars more?

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Agro wrote:
kat wrote:
angerdan wrote:
kat wrote:
it needs a keychain attachment thing, like some kind of side clip with hole
Latest batch of the BLF-348 hat keychain hole with already attached keychain.

You mean that 0.5mm hole near the switch? That’s no good…


Why is it no good?

Because it’s too small, and rings that thin will bend very easily and you loose the light
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If this goes alive, I may be in for a couple of them Wink

This one has been lonely Silly

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I would be interested in a couple if there was another run.

My 348s are my most carried EDC lights, and I like to use them to try out new emitters.

I’ve bought a few (‘Soshine’ branded) from AliExpress but the supply seems to have dried up.

Edit: It looks like they might be available under the ‘Yupard’ brand:
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1586516762.html
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32696329322.html
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32604656394.html

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Definitely interested. I missed out on these.

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Count me in.
I would buy several units.
As long as the seller is not nealsgadgets.

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Simple and dim muggle lights are not my favourites…but I would nevertheless like to get one to see why people like it so much…

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I bought a total of 6 of the original blf version if I remember correctly. Only one still works. Five had switches fail within the first year.

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tekwyzrd wrote:
I bought a total of 6 of the original blf version if I remember correctly. Only one still works. Five had switches fail within the first year.

How much you used them? Any races?

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I bought something like 4 of ‘em but was wearing out one ‘cause the threads were hair-thin and soooo easy to strip. Change a cell, and you’re taking the light’s life in your hands. The one I had (others untouched and still in their boxes) was pretty much press-fit as far as the two halves.

As far as the ones in boxes, I lost ‘em, then found ‘em, then lost ‘em again… who knows where they are now. At least I don’t recall for sure. Am only going by that one sample as far as my assessment of the threads.

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Agro wrote:
Simple and dim muggle lights are not my favourites…but I would nevertheless like to get one to see why people like it so much…

I wouldn’t mind one. They look nice and if they can be modded might be decent. I wouldn’t pay more than $15 for one though and it must be able to use a li-ion and nimh. There are other better options out there for around $20 (E2A, etc.).

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I would get one if it was waterproof. Especially with that 219b.

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As far as I know, the most recent batch of known quality was organized by Killzone Flashlights. They were able to get a batch made with the 219B, but never restocked it after they sold out, maybe a year ago?

https://www.killzoneflashlights.com/collections/flashlights/products/kil...

If somebody wants to try to get this light available again independent of Gearbest, it seems like reaching out to Killzone would be a good option. On the downside, they are US based and unlikely able to offer similar pricing to what a big foreign discount retailer can, nor get the subsidized international shipping.

I could think of some alternative lights that would be interesting in a 219B variant, but I won’t derail the thread other than to note the popularity of the BLF-348 was its simplicity and the 219B emitter.

jasontheguitarist wrote:
I have some SW45K I just got, I know there are a lot of 348 clones out there. Are any of them any good aside from the LED? I’d like to get one with a decent driver and swap the LED to make my own BLF version.

The BLF-348 was itself a custom version of the Singfire SF-348. Presumably lights you are referring to are that version, but I don’t know if there might be some lower quality clones in distribution out there, too.

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