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Still waiting for the S42 to arrive… Sad

Disheartening posts about the LEDs and of course the driver… Tired

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My replacement items accualy show up on the order list. No pictures or names but it cant be anything else.

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I might have missed something – what’s wrong with the LED’s? I got the 219C’s…just waiting on a battery to come in so I can try it out.

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Just got this light and none of my unprotected flat top Keeppower and Efest 18350 batteries worked. The Keeppower got damaged, scratches the wrapper on the side and dented tail cap.
Also, got a BLF A6 18650 battery tube and none of the unprotected flat top 18650 batteries works: 25R, HE2, HG2, Q30, VTC6 and BD.
Bad USB cover pops out easily, poorly designed.

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Just found that my first Email sent to heyanqing@banggood.com was reject by them due to “content”. It had a hyperlink to page showing this thread. Guessing that was thr cause. Postmaster notification ended up in my spam folder which further delayed my re-send without the hyperlink. Hopefully it goes through now.

Have had same experience as other BLF members with regular CS, with 2 emails now. Almost seems like they don’t read or understand content details since seems like robot-type auto responses which are designed to slow whole process down. Not surprising, I guess. Will still continue to buy from Banggood. Know this is an Astrolux problem and am surprised since I have the steel S41 with long tube and was very impressed.

Just hope this is now handled by Banggood with no further emails from me.

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Well , it seems i was lucky then .

Sent email @ cservice and got reply within 24 hours if i would accept the correct tube and usb cover .

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How come the manker version has more lumens?

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Wrathbringer27 wrote:
How come the manker version has more lumens?

Because manufacturers are not able to properly measure stuff in the first place, those numbers must be regarded as ballpark figures . I never find the output that is specified.
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I’m getting lower output too , 23% lower output on my s42 (in comparison with the e14 ii) .

It could be a higher resistance fet or pwm controlled turbo mode , i don’t know .

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Manker is famous for using double springs, and overall quality is better in the Mankers, so better electronics, wires, etc. I don't have a E14 II to compare but not surprising. Of course the E14 II can run on higher amps/heat with all that copper vs. thin aluminum of the S42. S42 turbo gets super hot super quick.

In this case, you do actually get something better for more money, but still big differential of $65 vs. $25...

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I just received mine yesterday and as others have said, it has multiple issues.
The USB cover does not fit properly.
The battery tube is too short.
I tried the smallest battery I had, a protected 16340, and dented the negative end.
What is with this UI? I had to loosen the tailcap to turn it off.
This being said, I love the look and the size of the light.

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Holy cow this ui makes the light unusable! I don’t even care about the other problems. I wanted to carry it today, but the idea of blasting off 2000 lumens in the office to turn the light off is a no-go.

Plus the lockout is worthless. Had it in my pocket for like 3 minutes and it unlocked itself. Which means the potential to get into turbo in the pocket is a reality.

Just what I want is to be in a meeting and notice a burning sensation in my leg and rip out a burning hot 2000 lumen light in a room full of people.

I’ve never had a light get out of lockout that easy. Even my nightcore tip takes a long combination of time and leaning awkwardly against something to get it out of lockout. I literally put it in my pocket, grabbed a drink, sat down to get a better look and it was unlocked. At that point I’m just a short click and a long click from being in turbo.

So they can make any tube or cover they want… The light is worthless.

I can’t let anyone else use it because of the UI and I can’t really carry it at work, and I’m not comfortable putting it in my pocket without a physical lockout.
Can’t use it in a vehicle, or any tight spaces.

Sheesh.

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The enormous error in the UI is that on all modes the light is turned off by a long press, except in the lowest mode, then a long press means TURBO. So you can not turn the light off in the lowest mode unless you go via the next mode. To make it worse, the light comes on in the lowest mode, so the first mode you enter when switching the light on will not let you switch it off again Facepalm

So they let a software-nerd make the UI and did not check the result. Oh well, they let a flatworm measure the battery tube and never tried fitting a battery. And we let them sell a bucketload of flashlights and never waited for the review first Facepalm

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My switch must be super sensitive or something. I can’t get it to turn off unless I’m in turbo.

I assumed it was an error in their instructions.

But I fuddled and fiddled and can’t get it to turn off unless I’m in turbo.

Maybe I’m not getting the best electrical connection or something that has the UI acting funny

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Got mine as well.
I put in my request for replacement tube and USB cover before it even got here.
USB cover falls out if you look at it cross-eyed.
Will definitely damage a KeePower 750MaH if you attempt to screw it down.
Battery tube legos with an existing latter model BLF A6.
18350 battery works fine with S42 tube on A6.
18650 tube from A6 works with the S42.
UI is slow and stupid.
I’m not sure I would ever use the glass breaker attachment, although it sure would ruin someones day if they got thumped in the head with it. If the laws in your locality preclude crenelated ‘tacticool’ heads, this may be a loophole you could argue.

I’m hoping that someone will either figure out how to reprogram the existing driver, or create a replacement driver that will take any of ToyKeepers or Tom E’s Narsil and still use the recharge port.

It feels great in hand and it is a beautiful little light, as long as you don’t try to use it.

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I got mine to work with an unprotected 18650, and the UI does suck. It’s such a cool little light, so it’s a real shame.

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The lockout/unlock being a long hold seems to be counter to the purpose. In a pocket or bag, a long press is exactly what could happen, which you want to guard against.

Facepalm

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There is actually a spare 18350 inside, under the S42. This Manker holster also fastens on your belt with Velcro, and adjusts to fit the 18650 tube configuration.

(Tho you can’t have a battery in the bottom then!) LOL

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I got mine today, and gosh darnit, the dang cell dont want to fit!

At least I was expecting it. I took one of my older 18350s that just happened to be the shortest, and it didnt take much effort to get it screwed back together. pushed the bottom in a hair. I dont like to do that, but way better than some of my ecigs did to cells before.

My bezel was not glued… What would be awesome was if they made a driver that did away with the USB charging, and instead used the USB to program the driver. Would be cool to open an app and set what button presses did what. Set short presses, long presses, double clicks, triple clicks, short click long click…. you get the idea. I probably will never actually charge it with the USB.

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Got the xpg3 and the 219c versions today. I have to say I’m actually pretty happy with them. I was really thinking they were going to be as bad as some of the stuff I’ve read but that’s not the case. I ordered 4 of the buttontop windyfire IMRs from MTN.

First I thought great these are never going to fit, should have gotten the flats. But that’s what I have running in them now. Simple nondestructive fix was to pop out the cap spring and put one small neomag on the bottom of the battery. The magnets fit quite well in the negative recess where the spring was. Although on the the one i did add a small bit of Al foil to shim it up in the recess. The 219c certainly is more neutral than the CW xpg3, but to my eyes the 219c seems brighter. Can’t wait till dark to try them outdoors.

Not thrilled with the UI but I do like the lockout feature. The flimsy rubber cover seems to stay in place pretty well if you don’t mess with it and press it in well. But pretty blown away by the output of these things for their size. It reminds me quite a bit of the impression i got when I first got my Noctogon 43s.

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Banggood wrote:

Update:


 


Dear friends,


 


We already asked one colleague to deal with S42 technical problems specifically, any technical problems, please send E-mail to heyanqing@banggood.com directly from now on, sorry again for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding!


 


Best Regards,


Swi 

I sent two emails to that stated email address and no reply back, wow, just wow.

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ion reality if they change the UI from long press off to be short press off it would be much better. still not makes the UI good and great but at least you can turn on and off the light in every mode and intuitive as it is now its insane top say the least

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Got my two 219c today. They work with Aspire flat top 18350 without modification. No damage to battery either. Twist the tail cap to turn off when in moon light mode and it’s not that bad. Gets hot fast. Just need the updated cover and it’ll be worth the $25 bucks.

Edit. The other light, not so good. It seems like a dome on one of the LEDs is damaged and giving off a horrible purple tint. May have to reflow some new LEDs as I am not confident on warranty claims. I’ll file one anyway. 50% is not a good start for my first Astrolux purchase.

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to be very honest
iffn I had my druthers, I’d rather waited and let everyone else work this shit out
and it has changed my buying habits on new, untested models

I hope that Banggood/Astrolux realize that there are repercussions to releasing shoddy shit

butt, in retrospect, they already made their expected quota of money, so why give-a-shit?

the future is not here….yet

me guinea pig, money bag….no more!!

I’m not quick, butt I remember good.

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Update again,

 

We suggest you don't open the head optionally so as not to damage the lamp or other head accessories, by the way, if you have ordered 2 stainless steel material S42, but have not shipped, we will ship the newest to you, without any problems.

 

Please wait more patiently, we will reply your mails one by one and the factory need sometime to produce the new items, thank you for your understanding!

 

 

Best Regards,

Swi

 

Banggood wrote:

 

 

Update:

 

Dear friends,

 

We already asked one colleague to deal with S42 technical problems specifically, any technical problems, please send E-mail to heyanqing@banggood.com directly from now on, sorry again for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding!

 

Best Regards,

Swi 

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Link: https://www.banggood.com/Wholesale-Flashlight-c-1057.html?

 

Business inquiry

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After Sales Problems:

E-mail: cservice@banggood.com

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Well I asked for return number and address for mine, but having just read the T&C’s this morning (customer services yet to reply) I am not sure what to expect!

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8.1 TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, THE SERVICES PROVIDED BY BANGGOOD.COM ON OR THROUGH THE SITES ARE PROVIDED “AS IS”, “AS AVAILABLEAND “WITH ALL FAULTS”, AND BANGGOOD.COM HEREBY EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ANY AND ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, ANY WARRANTIES OF CONDITION, QUALITY, DURABILITY, PERFORMANCE, ACCURACY, RELIABILITY, MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. ALL SUCH WARRANTIES, REPRESENTATIONS, CONDITIONS, AND UNDERTAKINGS ARE HEREBY EXCLUDED.

Bought them as a gift, no good to me now as replacement parts needed to make them work are not available yet and will not arrive in time.

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http://imgur.com/TIAYNvb
http://imgur.com/zolJexG
S42 works with S41 and Solarforce tailcaps with 18350 Purple Efest.

S41 works with S42 tailcap and becomes a twisty.

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Finally got mine.

Looks a lovely little thing – nice and matte and dinky. Shame about the USB cover but the fix should resolve that. I may take a craft knife and shave the leading edge off it so it is flush with the tube and therefore less prone to getting caught and popping open. I agree with others that the switch sticks out too far – makes it look cheap somehow.

I haven’t been able to make it work yet. Tried an Efest 18350, a 16340 and also (using my Rainbow S41 18650 tube) an 18650 but nowt will make it shine. Put a nice big dent in the head of my 18650 though. Great……

Never mind, hope the new tube does the trick with my current batteries as I CBA to be having to buy new ones……

I do like the gunmetal-ish clip. The survival hammer? Hmmmmm, we’ll see. The lanyard has been made with lasses in mind. I don’t have anything like a large hand, not even medium really, but I struggle to get it onto my wrist.

Obviously haven’t even tried the almost universally disdained UI yet. Can’t wait for that particular joy.

SP

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I received my Nichia S42 yesterday and got it working by coiling a length of copper wire inside the tail cap to allow the battery tube to connect without screwing it all the way.

I do like the small size and light weight – compared to the copper S41, and spectacular turbo output.

However, the UI is killing this otherwise nice light. I can’t find anything good about it. It’s almost unusable!

Who designed that non sense!? Who approved it?! Did anyone test it? Facepalm

You can’t even rely on the lockout to carry it! Who on Earth managed to imagine a long press to unlock would be safe inside a pocket or a bag? Seriously?

@Banggood: now that the mechanical issues are being addressed, please let us know what you intend to do about the driver.

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Well kinda hard to do anything about the driver from BG side.

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