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I agree with FindThisHumerus, well, at least with his name smile

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I have a lot more puns where that came from!

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Lexel wrote:
I wish they would send engeneering samples for review before they start selling em

The 2 main issues, bad UI, breathing mode without proper LVP and the missing AMC7135 for low modes are the things I clearly found in my review could have been fixed

fixing problems after release makes a lot trouble and extra work


^ this.
Many here would have been happy to test samples and be helpful in making this a great light.

I didn’t know about a missing 7135.
Do you mean there can be a 7135 soldered on the driver board, or did they not incorporate a 7135 in the PCB design?

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Jerommel wrote:
Lexel wrote:
I wish they would send engeneering samples for review before they start selling em The 2 main issues, bad UI, breathing mode without proper LVP and the missing AMC7135 for low modes are the things I clearly found in my review could have been fixed fixing problems after release makes a lot trouble and extra work
^ this. Many here would have been happy to test samples and be helpful in making this a great light. I didn’t know about a missing 7135. Do you mean there can be a 7135 soldered on the driver board, or did they not incorporate a 7135 in the PCB design?

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Aha… Sad

I bet the MCU doesn’t even drive that channel, so that retrofitting them would not work either?

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What size is the driver?

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Jerommel wrote:
Aha… Sad

I bet the MCU doesn’t even drive that channel, so that retrofitting them would not work either?


I do not know yet.
I’ll try to solder them.

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What size is the driver?

21 mm
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Thanks!

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Qwertus wrote:
I do not know yet. I'll try to solder them.

I wouldn't waste your time. There's no way the presence of those chips would be auto-detected and used if present. Might be possible I suppose, but I'd be in the range of 98% it won't make a difference. You are giving a lot of credit to the writers/designers of the firmware, which, sorry to say, probably don't deserve a lot of credit for how the firmware works.

 

Interesting the pads are there though, if they truly are wired up to a MCU I/O pin, and the output wired in to the output of the FET. Also of interest would be to determine what MCU they are using..

Honestly for me, it's pretty much a waste of time - I'd rather do a driver replacement and get what I want.

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Tom E wrote:
Honestly for me, it’s pretty much a waste of time – I’d rather do a driver replacement and get what I want.

Sometimes the “cheap stuff” game we play here reminds me of a quote from WarGames:

“A strange game. The only winning move is not to play.”

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ToyKeeper wrote:
The S42 situation is unfortunate, but it’s a bit unreasonable to expect the entire customer service department to get up to speed on the situation in just a few days. Banggood is big, and does many other things. To get around that, there is now a dedicated support person for this specific problem, and that says a lot about how hard the company is trying to help. I mean, it’s okay to be mad about how things have turned out so far, but the support people aren’t responsible for that.

Well, we just followed the instructions we were told to do. I agree it seems rather crazy to expect them all to be aware, but Swi, told us to do exactly what we did – email cservice. After she learned it was impossible to actually work, now we are given a proper contact….. Hoping it will go smoother now, but we won’t now til we get some sort of intelligent reply – I’m emailing once again for the fourth time now…


Email sent to heyanqing@banggood.com


 


They all must not be aware of the problems, but their shop/support-system could be aware of it. It could be possible that there are informations for each supporter for each individual product. If there are layout-problems, every supporter can read it.
But it seems that they dont have such a edv-system.
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Anyone want to make a guess about how long the replacement tubes and USB cover might take?

I was asked in an email if I wanted the replacement tube held and sent with the USB cover so it leads me to believe that the tubes will take less time to create.

Did anyone get a similar question in their email responses?

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Yes, I got the same email.

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Hello.
I ordered my S42 on pre sale May 09 and it arrived today.
Meanwhile, I have also ordered Aspire 18350 batteries that arrived a few days ago.

As everyone knows now, the battery tube is too short, but I managed to put an Aspire 18350 battery in the light.
This obviously resulted in the positive end being pushed in a bit and the same occurred to the bottom of the battery.
(You have to sacrifice a bit to see the light ..)

Beyond this, the light works as advertised, but it gets fast hot in turbo.

I switched to mode 2 and the light had been on the table for a half hour. When I tried to turn on the light, it would not work through the four announced modes. It just flashed in a very low mode every time I pressed the switch. I had to loosen the end plug and put it back in place again.
Then the light came on in mode 1 and worked. Then switched to mode 2 that also worked ok.

Also the “dragon breath” and the lock out works fine.

However, i have reported back to BG that the length of the battery tube is too short so I hope they will send me an upgraded tube when this is done. (I do not want to destroy any more 18350´s.)
Likewise, the USB charge port cover is a joke. Hope they can come up with something better.
In addition, I have the 18650 tube in order – so we will se if that is long enough.
Thats all..

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My 18650 BLFa6 astrolux s41 tube does not work on the S42

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Well, I've modded driver replacements in Lumintops, SkilHunts, Manker, and hopefully soon NiteCores, so the cost doesn't matter much to me. If I were to buy the Manker E14 II, similar light, for over twice the price at $65, I'd still want to replace the driver. Usually the cheaper lights are mod friendlier.

I finally had some success cracking open the stubborn glued up threads on lights I have over the weekend: S41 bezel, NiteCore MH20 bezel, 3 of SolarStorm K2 tailcaps.

I was surprised to see the S41 has no proper holes for the two pegs of the optics, like the S42 has. There also was no glass lens - not sure If I once again bought too early before the Astrolux kinks were worked out.

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I got mine in the mail today. Doesn’t really work with my Keeppower protected 18350. I have the S41 18650 body tube though… how do I know which end I screw into the head?

Edit – I’m not sure if it even matters because my 18650 didn’t fit either way (Nitecore protected button top).

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FindThisHumerus wrote:
I got mine in the mail today. Doesn’t really work with my Keeppower protected 18350. I have the S41 18650 body tube though… how do I know which end I screw into the head?

Edit – I’m not sure if it even matters because my 18650 didn’t fit either way (Nitecore protected button top).


Try using a flat top unprotected. It works for me with 30q, he4 and hg2
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Box wrote:
FindThisHumerus wrote:
I got mine in the mail today. Doesn’t really work with my Keeppower protected 18350. I have the S41 18650 body tube though… how do I know which end I screw into the head?

Edit – I’m not sure if it even matters because my 18650 didn’t fit either way (Nitecore protected button top).


Try using a flat top unprotected. It works for me with 30q, he4 and hg2

Same here ………. Not sure but I dont think any protected 18650s will work.

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mudguts wrote:
My 18650 BLFa6 astrolux s41 tube does not work on the S42

I brought this light to use with the BLF 18650 tube.
Disappointed after read most comment for this light

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I got this light today. 18650 tube works with flat top 30q.

Not sure what 219c bin they used but it’s not that bright at all. My S41S with 219b has much higher output. UI is horrible.

Draws 9.8a on turbo.

USB cover won’t stay put.

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Coscar wrote:
Box wrote:
FindThisHumerus wrote:
I got mine in the mail today. Doesn’t really work with my Keeppower protected 18350. I have the S41 18650 body tube though… how do I know which end I screw into the head?

Edit – I’m not sure if it even matters because my 18650 didn’t fit either way (Nitecore protected button top).


Try using a flat top unprotected. It works for me with 30q, he4 and hg2

Same here ………. Not sure but I dont think any protected 18650s will work.


If it did fit I’m guessing it would just trip the protection circuit anyways
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No response to email sent to the heyanqing@banggood.com address.

Going to try again, if no answer in 12 hours will open paypal dispute I guess Tired

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My reply (from Mandy) came after a day or so. Very polite, will send the longer tube and silicone cap when they’re ready. I’m happy enough with that.

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scrumpypaul wrote:
My reply (from Mandy) came after a day or so. Very polite, will send the longer tube and silicone cap when they’re ready. I’m happy enough with that.

I got a response early this morning from Mandy as well as another one from Alysonhe. Time to reset the wait timer.

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Tom E wrote:

Well, I’ve modded driver replacements in Lumintops, SkilHunts, Manker, and hopefully soon NiteCores, so the cost doesn’t matter much to me. If I were to buy the Manker E14 II, similar light, for over twice the price at $65, I’d still want to replace the driver. Usually the cheaper lights are mod friendlier.


I finally had some success cracking open the stubborn glued up threads on lights I have over the weekend: S41 bezel, NiteCore MH20 bezel, 3 of SolarStorm K2 tailcaps.


I was surprised to see the S41 has no proper holes for the two pegs of the optics, like the S42 has. There also was no glass lens – not sure If I once again bought too early before the Astrolux kinks were worked out.

My s41 is not glued and has holes for optics and i think a glass lens.
But its “very” new… only a few months old.

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Lowtech wrote:
Tom E wrote:

Well, I've modded driver replacements in Lumintops, SkilHunts, Manker, and hopefully soon NiteCores, so the cost doesn't matter much to me. If I were to buy the Manker E14 II, similar light, for over twice the price at $65, I'd still want to replace the driver. Usually the cheaper lights are mod friendlier.

I finally had some success cracking open the stubborn glued up threads on lights I have over the weekend: S41 bezel, NiteCore MH20 bezel, 3 of SolarStorm K2 tailcaps.

I was surprised to see the S41 has no proper holes for the two pegs of the optics, like the S42 has. There also was no glass lens - not sure If I once again bought too early before the Astrolux kinks were worked out.

My s41 is not glued and has holes for optics and i think a glass lens. But its "very" new... only a few months old.

Yea, was afraid of that - too early on that one, as well as this one Facepalm

I did get the very nice polite email from Mandy, saying the tube and USB cover will be sent soon, but they are still working on the USB cover, so, should work out. I damaged the USB cover anyways, and even though I got a solution for the short tube, would be better to get a spring back on the driver and get rid of the washer in the tailcap..

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Yeah I had an email minutes after I posted here… which was a co-incidence.

Still waiting for answer on my request for new 18350 to replace the damaged one.

Seems like USB covers are not available yet.

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Support told me that usb covers are expected to be available next week. Then they are going to send me body tube and usb cover.

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Not happy with BG support, I had no response after emailing them so I logged a complaint with paypal, they then contacted me and said “they would send me a tube but cannot until I cancel the paypal dispute deal with it! “ I cancelled the dispute 3 emails later no response………….. not looking good as i cannot re open a eBay dispute. Not the best customer service.

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