FW3A, a TLF/BLF EDC flashlight - SST-20 available, coupon codes public

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Btw, about firmware version, recently bought FW3A form AliExpress Lumintop official store. It comes to me with very old version of anduril – no version check, no manual memory, etc… But with stupid bunny and warning notice, so it’s a “very new batch”.

Slightly disappointed…

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Love the diffuser, but the shipping is way too high compare to the product price.

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Anyone interested in a diffuser or two?
Printing some for a few people, thought I’d see if maybe anyone else wants some and doesn’t have a printer around.

Price is $1.50 each, plus whatever shipping costs to mail a 4×4×2 box from 54140 to your zip code.

I have these colors available,

plus a clear-ish that I have to properly dry before printing again:

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i’d just use a piece cut from a plastic milk jug, maybe color with a sharpie

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That was a very cool diffuser. Thanks for making them available.

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Anyone thinking of grabbing the CountyComm/Maratac version?

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Kindle wrote:
Anyone thinking of grabbing the CountyComm/Maratac version?

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I like the host design but pretty much nothing else about this light. No Anduril, bad mode spacing, only available in cool white… yuck.
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mbp wrote:

I like the host design but pretty much nothing else about this light. No Anduril, bad mode spacing, only available in cool white... yuck.

Yup, the original appeals to me much more than this new version.

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mbp wrote:
I like the host design but pretty much nothing else about this light. No Anduril, bad mode spacing, only available in cool white… yuck.

I felt this way too. Swapped in some LH351D 5000K and a FW3A driver. All better Big Smile

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mbp wrote:
I like the host design but pretty much nothing else about this light. No Anduril, bad mode spacing, only available in cool white… yuck.

That is pretty much my feeling but whenever they finally drop-in price I might grab one as a host to mod.

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Can anyone tell me where I can get spare ar coated lens?

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Can the FW3A driver act as a drop-in or is there some fiddling necessary to get it to fit and work as intended? I really like that host.

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Garik F wrote:
Can anyone tell me where I can get spare ar coated lens?

You could try contacting Lumintop or one of the vendors that sells the FW3A. Alternately, flashlightlens.com has amazing lenses in a variety of sizes.

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uselessuser wrote:
Can the FW3A driver act as a drop-in or is there some fiddling necessary to get it to fit and work as intended? I really like that host.

Drops right in with zero modification Thumbs Up

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Can the FW3A driver act as a drop-in or is there some fiddling necessary to get it to fit and work as intended? I really like that host.

I’m not sure what you’re asking here. The fw3a driver is designed specifically to only fit the fw3a type of light. The body of the fw3a is only designed to work with that one driver design. You’re not going to be able to install a different driver inside an fw3a host or be able to use the fw3a driver in a different host. Those parts are specifically designed to work together.

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JasonWW wrote:
uselessuser wrote:
Can the FW3A driver act as a drop-in or is there some fiddling necessary to get it to fit and work as intended? I really like that host.
I’m not sure what you’re asking here. The fw3a driver is designed specifically to only fit the fw3a type of light. The body of the fw3a is only designed to work with that one driver design. You’re not going to be able to install a different driver inside an fw3a host or be able to use the fw3a driver in a different host. Those parts are specifically designed to work together.

It’s referring to the below quoted post:

Kindle wrote:
Anyone thinking of grabbing the CountyComm/Maratac version?

Shouldn’t be any issues there.

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Yup, I indeed failed to quote the post by Kindle. Sorry for the confusion, and thanks for clearing it up as well as the answers!

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Garik F wrote:
Can anyone tell me where I can get spare ar coated lens?

You could try contacting Lumintop or one of the vendors that sells the FW3A. Alternately, flashlightlens.com has amazing lenses in a variety of sizes.

Thank you for your answer! Checked flashlightlens.com, seems that they don’t have right size for FW3A, so the lumintop is the only option. I have sapphire glass from AliExpress, but it’s without ar coating.

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Neal’s Gadgets has sapphire. Communication is terrible but has been okay if you are persistent and patient.

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ToyKeeper wrote:
The post-launch changes have often been pretty disappointing. Even at launch though, the quality consistency wasn’t very high.

… and the derivatives have generally been even more disappointing. Like, the FW21 for example… appears to have been scaled up without modifying the proportions to be appropriate for the new battery type. So several parts of it are designed badly and make no sense. Mine can’t even turn on while using the battery it was designed for.

Would have been nice to go with a company which could maintain higher and more consistent quality, and put proper consideration into related products, even if it meant a higher price. By the time I joined the project though, it was already too late for that.

So I’m glad I have a few good FW3A lights and a FW1A, but it’s unlikely that I’ll ever get any more… and it’s not something I can recommend in 2020.


I bought one of the launch units from Nealsgadgets way back in April 2019. I use the light regularly and am still very happy with it.

I remember writing some initial feedback when I first got it but after all this time I forgot most of them. The color temp I had wanted was not available so I went with the warmer 7A. I see there is now a 219C 4000k which is perfect but it is $$$! I can’t remember what CRI the 7A is but I wish a 90+ was available at launch.

Bummer to hear I could not buy “the same” light any more… should have bought a second one as a backup!

So thanks again for all of your hard work.

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Neal’s Gadgets has sapphire. Communication is terrible but has been okay if you are persistent and patient.

Neal stops shipping in Russia a few years ago, and with drop shipping price of the glass will be incredibly high Sad

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so a 14500 variant is releasing soon..

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mortuus wrote:
so a 14500 variant is releasing soon..

Saw that, hopefully they make it a single emitter not triple.

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BOO5TED wrote:
mortuus wrote:
so a 14500 variant is releasing soon..

Saw that, hopefully they make it a single emitter not triple.

looks to be triple.

...where Frugal meets with Flashlight!

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Sorry. Where is this info?

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Gunga wrote:
Sorry. Where is this info?

Appears to be from IG. This was shared on reddit
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Thanks. Does not look like a good use of the 14500 form factor.

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Garik F wrote:
Can anyone tell me where I can get spare ar coated lens?

So if someone wants to know – I have contacted Lumintop via AliExpress and they send me this glass for 6$

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I bought my FW3A in November 2019 with SST20s and I EDCed it for a while but, believe or not, I put it away. I read something in a post that rekindled my interest and even ran a few tests. I was messing around with it in my 'box', after calibrating it, measured turbo, repeat turbo and max ramp.  It looked like this and I'm wondering what causes the pattern circled in red... specifically the half-way point of the peak.

Thank you!

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Nachtfeuerzeug wrote:
I’m wondering what causes the pattern circled in red… specifically the half-way point of the peak.

Thermal regulation.

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