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mortuus wrote:
can we please stick to the fw3a talk only ? … lost in all off-topic talk …

On the one hand, you’re totally right. On the other hand, this happens every year during CNY and it’s kind of unavoidable. That’s almost over though.

Neal is back to work and sending feedback to Lumintop, but I don’t know if they’re around to receive messages yet or do anything about it.

In other news, maukka sent me a nice pic of the FW3A next to a high-end HDS light. It’s the rotary model, I think. The HDS on the left is a 1×16340 light, while the FW3A on the right is a 1×18650 light:

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Looks great!

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It really does. I don’t know if this has already been asked, but is the clip reversible?

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No it’s not

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ToyKeeper wrote:

In other news, maukka sent me a nice pic of the FW3A next to a high-end HDS light. It’s the rotary model, I think.

HDS on left is 1×16340 – FW3A on right is 1×18650


The FW3A is impressive indeed!! Thumbs Up

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Cereal_killer wrote:
No it’s not

Thanks. Too bad, but not a huge deal.
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I don’t know if it still matters at this stage, but put me down for another one. This brings me to a total of 2 FW3A (one of each tint).

Really excited, can’t wait for it to launch!

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I am not so active at the moment so I am wondering. Do I get a notification as soon as I can by one or do I have to check the tread on a regular basis?
People who asked for a light will get a PM with all the purchase details when the time comes.
@ Spiderlight… Jason is correct. Just be sure you have email notification for PM’s activated. Then you will get an email notification when you receive a PM. Thumbs Up

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I’m #1619 on the list, and I’d like to increase my allocation from one unit to two, please – one of each emitter.

I know, I know….but resistance is futile. Facepalm

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cabfrank wrote:
I don’t know if this has already been asked, but is the clip reversible?

Cereal_killer wrote:
No it’s not

I was also hoping this was the case so it would clip on a cap.
Can the clip be modded to fit? What are the o.d. thread measurements of the front and rear?
Are there other clips that might fit?

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Since it is so beautifully small, I was hoping to be able to clip it to a cap also, but apparently it won’t work with this one.

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Don’t give up just yet, I know some of the fw3a team were pushing lumintop to not glue anything, including the tail cap, which would mean it would come apart…

Lumintop has said they’ll be gluing it but hopefully the pushback will prevent that. We’ll learn what they did when the lights arrive.

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So are you saying if it isn’t glued the clip would be reversible?

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It looks as though the front/rear thread o.d. is the probably the same, but if they did glue the tailcap that would permanently secure the clip and it could not be removed even if the user did not want it? I’d rather have the option to carry it in my pocket w/o the clip or be able to reverse it for a cap.

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cabfrank wrote:
Cereal_killer wrote:
No it’s not
Thanks. Too bad, but not a huge deal.

Have we a thread about how to do DIY clips?

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Coscar wrote:
cabfrank wrote:
I don’t know if this has already been asked, but is the clip reversible?
Cereal_killer wrote:
No it’s not
I was also hoping this was the case so it would clip on a cap. Can the clip be modded to fit? What are the o.d. thread measurements of the front and rear? Are there other clips that might fit?

Clip dimensions from FW3A Proto 1:
Inner diameter: 23.1 mm
Outer diameter: 26.1 mm
Material: 0.8 mm
Length from bend inside to contact tube: 42.5 mm

I would like a back and forth clip, like on newer olights. It can’t be so hard to bend one

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I’d like to get in line for one of these, with the XPL Hi emitters and clear 10507 lense.

I really like my D4, but am unlikely to ever learn to flash it with Anduril, so buying this seems like a good alternative.

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It will only come with the frosted optic, but if you want to buy a clear one, they are cheap, and easy to replace.

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Will I be able to order the clear lense at the same time as the light? It would be quite a waste to pay $5 for shipping a $1 part separately.

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funkychateau wrote:
Will I be able to order the clear lense at the same time as the light? It would be quite a waste to pay $5 for shipping a $1 part separately.

Buy the clear and other lenses from MTN Electronics. His shipping for a small part like that will be less than $5, his shipping prices are very honest. Pick up some extra batteries while you are at it.
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You will have to buy the optic separately. MTN is one place, and there is another mentioned earlier in this thread. I think it might be LED Supply. It is a few pages ago.

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You can also polish the frosted one. I have to go to work, and don’t have time to search, but this is also mentioned earlier in the thread.

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No, the clip is not reversible. Not really, anyway. But it might be removable if the tail isn’t glued.

This is as close as it gets to being reversible:

It does not fit at the head end, and even if it did, inserting the clip between the head parts would interfere with the light’s operation.

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Makes sense. I thought the light might not work that way.

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ToyKeeper wrote:
No, the clip is not reversible. Not really, anyway. But it might be removable if the tail isn’t glued.

This is as close as it gets to being reversible:

It does not fit at the head end, and even if it did, inserting the clip between the head parts would interfere with the light’s operation.

But we can bent it to a deep carry clip Wink

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Thx TK Beer

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As a scientist, guys are killing me with the bastardisation of the periodic table Crying Glasses LOL

If something’s an element, I propose it’s given its elemental symbol, if it’s anything else, then capital abbreviations:

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FW3BA = Bakelite
FW3Be = Beryllium
FW3BeCu = Beryllium copper
FW3BF = Buckyfiber
FW3Bi = Bismuth
FW3BR = Brass
FW3BZ = Bronze
FW3Cu = Copper
FW3CA = Catalin
FW3CA = Carbide
FW3CC = Cool Colors (choice of: green, red, blue, purple, orange, black, & gray)
FW3CE = Ceramic
FW3CF = Carbon Fiber
FW3CG = Clear Glass
FW3Co = Cobalt
FW3CR = Crystal
FW3Cr = Chromium
FW3D = Damascus
FW3Au = Gold
FW3Fe = Cast Iron
FW3Pb = Lead
FW3LX = Lexan
FW3M = Mokume
FW3Mg = Magnesium
FW3N = Naked
FW3Os = Osmium
FW3Pt = Platinum
FW3P la = Plaskon
FW3PSk = PlaySkool (kids version help's identify future flasholics & modders.)
FW3S = Stainless
FW3Ag = Sterling Silver
FW3ST = Stellite
FW3Ti = Titanium
FW3Tim = Timascus (Titanium Damascus)
FW3W = Tungsten
FW3U D = Uranium – Depleted
FW3W = Wood
FW3XXX = @Cheap fake/knockoff copy of FW3A. Key word, ‘cheap’. Use as loaner lighll

Please …… Do Not “Quote” this looooong post. . Thank you. Thumbs Up

I propose FW3DI = Diamond (okok, yes I know I’m breaking my own rule about elements…)
Or, for the budget version,
FW3MO = moissanite

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Given the volume of posts I’ve read where you dropped your lights I would like to add a shockproof variant.
So I present you the Vibram version: FW3VB

And there is an FW3TROJ for people who have a tendency to drop/loose their lights in awkward places.

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rubber version

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joechina wrote:
I would like a back and forth clip, like on newer olights.

I liked the idea of those at first, but now I avoid them. Clipped one way, it ends up with a lot of extra material sticking out. This is really uncomfortable when the clip is pointing toward skin, like when clipped onto a waistband. Clipped the other way, it’s significantly weaker, holds things at an odd angle, lacks friction, and the light itself acts as a lever to pull on the clip’s weakest point.

Olight in particular tends to use this style of clip on lights where it makes no sense. Clipped one way, it works, aside from the extra fold sticking out… but clipped the other way, half the light is sticking out above the clip. It’s the opposite of deep carry. I don’t think anyone at Olight thought this one through:

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