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An Unfair Giveaway (updates at end of post)

Life’s not fair and neither is this giveaway.
I get lights every now and then and they add up. I have fun with them for a bit but then fall back into my old EDC favorites.
Could sell them and buy more lights but I’m hoping that giving them away will not only brighten someone else’s day but help me focus on what’s important to me.
It’s not like I don’t have others, these are just some that really need to get used and there just aren’t enough hours of darkness in a day.

How to win a light:
Post a link (instructions below) to an unedited post from no earlier than 2016* and prior to this post where you mention that you’re saving up for a light and just don’t have the money for one at the moment.
Your post doesn’t have to be about these specific lights.
Post the link in this thread and your light selection.
First posts get priority on light selection.
One light per BLF forum member.
Member must have more than 1 post.
No entries via PM, must post here to avoid confusion.
PM your name & address after posting link to comment in this thread.

Lights:
#1 – Emisar D1 with lanyard ring (not installed) – Illumenated
#2 – Emisar D4 with Solarforce clip and shorty tube. DavidEF
#3 – On The Road M3 shipped
#4 – Astrolux S42 with additional tube valueseeker

New light added from anonymous BLF member!
#5 – Wowtac A3

These are used, 2 of them used more than the rest, one used not at all. (OK, it’s the S42, would be a fine light for someone who’s not obsessed with UI)
They pretty much only include what you see pictured, I’ll dig around for any other stuff associated with them, no promises

Shipping is for US only please, via USPS. For other countries I challenge those light hoarders to do some spring cleaning and send some lights to your fellow citizens!

I was inspired to give these away by other flashoholics who’ve given me lights in the past. Quentin, Pete, Mike D, Shelby, etc..

  • Will expand date range if thee are no takers.
    • If there are no qualifying posts we’ll try something else.

When you post in a thread there is a number at the top right of your comment box that is a hyperlink to your post. Copy that link and post in this thread.
Here’s a demo: http://budgetlightforum.com/comment/1302512#comment-1302512
That is the link that comes from clicking on Raccoon City’s comment #12 in the Slim Jim thread. The link leads right to that comment.

********************************UPDATES********************************

04/03/18 – A generous member has asked me to include a Wowtac A3 in the giveaway!
04/04/18 – Expanding the date range to include 2017.
04/13/18 – Wowtac A3 still available

Edited by: bansuri on 04/24/2018 - 22:05
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Lovely idea. I’m not in the U.S. or saving specifically for a light, so I don’t qualify, but I appreciate what you’re doing here!

Beam me up!

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Damn what a wholesome offer here! I don’t qualify as I got too many lights but good luck to all those that needs one of these!

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Interesting idea for a giveaway! To be clear, it’s only open to US residents, right?

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I’m not in either, but I appreciate your GAW too. Thanks!

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http://budgetlightforum.com/comment/1302569#comment-1302569

That Emisar D4 looks awesome, and I would be honored to receive it.

 

EDIT:  On second thought, I'm not hurting financially so pick someone else that is.

Sorry for the confusion!   :-)

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FlashIight wrote:
Interesting idea for a giveaway! To be clear, it’s only open to US residents, right?

Yes, sorry if that wasn’t clear. I want to keep it as simple as possible.

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If I am saving to pay my CC bill for the lights I JUST bought (too many of)… would that qualify? Silly

1/2 the lights I did buy are gifts to be given to several good friends and family, and glad to see you “pay it forward” here to forum members who can use them.

Good form Bansuri! Hat

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Couple quick things:
HUUUUUGE shoutout to Raccoon City for pointing out my editing mistake, “prior to this post” got left out and he humorously pointed out this loophole!

Also thanks for the kind words. I couldn’t find a way to search for likely recipients and reluctantly posted this publicly. Wanted to avoid being a virtue signaler or trying to score any points.
I’ve been on the receiving end of generosity plenty of times.
Getting unused lights into eager flashoholics hands is a better way to honor a light than have it sitting in a drawer.

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Very nice giveaway bansuri.

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Lol, I was contemplating and finally could not affort the Acebeam X80. Does that count?

No, I usually can affort the hobby (and I’m not in the USA) so I’m not in.

Thanks for the very nice giveaway! Smile

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I think all this contest is going to do is piss off everyone outside the US and the rules are so specific there will be no winners!
Hitting the sack, may have to change the scope of the giveaway to make it happen.

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raccoon city wrote:
On second thought, I’m not hurting financially so pick someone else that is.

I’m worried that even though this is BudgetLightForums the folks that come here will skip a meal or two to help pay for the lights and wouldn’t post their financial woes in public.
I’m an idiot.
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bansuri wrote:
raccoon city wrote:
On second thought, I’m not hurting financially so pick someone else that is.

I’m worried that even though this is BudgetLightForums the folks that come here will skip a meal or two to help pay for the lights and wouldn’t post their financial woes in public.
I’m an idiot.

I still think this is a nice giveaway, and find it kind of heroic to skip meals for a flashlight, I would report that Party
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I don’t think many people really struggle to save for a flashlight, what they do is put off buying what they see as a luxury they don’t really need until next month, then next month, etc.

I know I often make the mistake of not buying a $50 light I really want, but in the same month I might buy 3 $10 lights and a $20 light I don’t really want but can’t resist because they seem like irresistible bargains and not a big outlay. In retrospect I would have preferred the $50 light in the end and would have spent the same, or in many months actually less, especially since each collection from the post office costs another $2.

Beam me up!

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Zulumoose wrote:
I don’t think many people really struggle to save for a flashlight, what they do is put off buying what they see as a luxury they don’t really need until next month, then next month, etc.

I know I often make the mistake of not buying a $50 light I really want, but in the same month I might buy 3 $10 lights and a $20 light I don’t really want but can’t resist because they seem like irresistible bargains and not a big outlay. In retrospect I would have preferred the $50 light in the end and would have spent the same, or in many months actually less, especially since each collection from the post office costs another $2.

Agreed. I have a BLF Q8 that cost me almost $300. I kept putting if off for months because I thought it was too expensive. Bought lots of other lights but, not the Q8. If I had only not bought the other lights and got the Q8 I would have saved myself money.

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Great GAW by the way. Awfully nice concept. Hope you get those lights into some deserving hands.

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There are lots of posts around BLF where I mention that I can’t afford a particular light, even though I’d love to own it. I haven’t ever successfully “saved up” for a light, although I’ve had that intention a time or two. I don’t know if I qualify overall, though. I know your intention is for someone to get it that is sort of a beginner. I have lots of lights, just not very many nice ones. Most of the lights I own are either under $10 or were received in giveaways I’ve won in the past. Those lights you’re giving away are all lights that I’ve wanted and couldn’t afford in the past. So anyway, here’s my entry: http://budgetlightforum.com/comment/1299998#comment-1299998 and my light selection would be the Emisar D4.

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If these posts count, I’m in. Interested in any but the On the Road, I’d like to stick with 18650 cells atm. I guess 1st choice would be whatever has the most throw, or D1 since David put the D4 as first choice.

http://budgetlightforum.com/comment/1300867#comment-1300867

http://budgetlightforum.com/comment/1299535#comment-1299535

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Bansuri,

You have inspired me and I’m going to give some extra lights away to a few local people in my town who work hard for little money like my town manager to start: He’s always out at 2am checking on the water tower or something else he maintains for us 24/7. Every time I’ve called- he’s been there to help with whatever was needed. He gets paid little and he works hard— a lot at night-time. So he’s the perfect candidate for a C8 (which I have in the hand to give him).

If you still have them to give away, perhaps your contest might be expanded to include: “WHO does a BLF member know who can use one of these lights” — and qualify it as your gift to be re-gifted to someone they KNOW (in their own community) who could use it?

Just a thought (and my town manager is already covered thanks to your inspiration). Thumbs Up

Again… what a great idea!

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This might not qualify since it’s from 2 years ago but that’s how long I’ve been waiting to get a decent thrower haha. I was going to get one from GoingGear but I’m just too frugal and broke. Here’s the post and I’d love the D1 but would be grateful for any light. Or would be grateful to watch someone else win these. Either way this is a feel-good post so hope everyone enjoys watching someone benefit from OP’s generosity!

Thanks for being awesome, bansuri!

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DavidEF wrote:
There are lots of posts around BLF where I mention that I can’t afford a particular light, even though I’d love to own it. I haven’t ever successfully “saved up” for a light, although I’ve had that intention a time or two. I don’t know if I qualify overall, though. I know your intention is for someone to get it that is sort of a beginner. I have lots of lights, just not very many nice ones. Most of the lights I own are either under $10 or were received in giveaways I’ve won in the past. Those lights you’re giving away are all lights that I’ve wanted and couldn’t afford in the past. So anyway, here’s my entry: http://budgetlightforum.com/comment/1299998#comment-1299998 and my light selection would be the Emisar D4.

That’s it! PM me your name/address and I’ll get it out to you. There was another light added so let me know if the D4 is still your top pick.

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Very inspiring GAW bansuri.

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ValuseekeR wrote:
If these posts count, I’m in. Interested in any but the On the Road, I’d like to stick with 18650 cells atm. I guess 1st choice would be whatever has the most throw, or D1 since David put the D4 as first choice.

http://budgetlightforum.com/comment/1300867#comment-1300867

http://budgetlightforum.com/comment/1299535#comment-1299535

Oh man, here’s the part where I have to defer to an admin or someone smarter than me. It seems to me like your post suggests you have to hold off because you’d just spent your money on lights that were on their way. I think that describes most of us here! I’ll need to crowdsource or ask an admin to judge this one.
BTW, you like the H03? It’s so nice I can’t resist using it as a handheld light also. the beam from that TIR is just beautiful for extended use.

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bansuri wrote:
Oh man, here’s the part where I have to defer to an admin or someone smarter than me. It seems to me like your post suggests you have to hold off because you’d just spent your money on lights that were on their way. I think that describes most of us here! I’ll need to crowdsource or ask an admin to judge this one. BTW, you like the H03? It’s so nice I can’t resist using it as a handheld light also. the beam from that TIR is just beautiful for extended use.

No worries, you’re spot on in your analysis and you make the rules! I’m happy to see them go to more deserving homes. I do want to get a small thrower next (whenever the light fund recovers).
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H03 is still in the mail, hopefully soon. Everything I’ve picked up recently has been pretty great though, nothing to complain about. Smile

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Fri, 03/02/2018 - 17:05 #2662 cabfrank Online Last seen: 50 sec ago Joined: 11/19/2010 - 14:25 Posts: 2338 Location: healdsburg, california usa earth Like Zulumoose, I didn’t get the Emisar (yet) because I was planning on getting several of these, likely more. The new UI, and features thereof, are definitely an upgrade. I’m getting one, maybe two no matter what, but maybe a D4 will take the place of at least one, if the output difference is significant. Top edit delete quote reply Mark as SPAM 

 

Here is my post. Not sure if it qualifies, but I haven't bought an Emisar yet, as I've been saving for the FW3A. I surely would have one, or both otherwise. Either way, thanks for your generousity. 

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Zulumoose wrote:

I know I often make the mistake of not buying a $50 light I really want, but in the same month I might buy 3 $10 lights and a $20 light I don’t really want but can’t resist because they seem like irresistible bargains and not a big outlay. In retrospect I would have preferred the $50 light in the end and would have spent the same, or in many months actually less, especially since each collection from the post office costs another $2.

That piece of wisdom is so obviously true yet so difficult to implement! The only upside is that the multiple budget lights we wind up with are pretty darn good. Smile
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Fri, 03/02/2018 – 17:05 #2662 cabfrank Online Last seen: 50 sec ago Joined: 11/19/2010 – 14:25 Posts: 2338 Location: healdsburg, california usa earth Like Zulumoose, I didn’t get the Emisar (yet) because I was planning on getting several of these, likely more. The new UI, and features thereof, are definitely an upgrade. I’m getting one, maybe two no matter what, but maybe a D4 will take the place of at least one, if the output difference is significant. Top edit delete quote reply Mark as SPAM 


 


Here is my post. Not sure if it qualifies, but I haven’t bought an Emisar yet, as I’ve been saving for the FW3A. I surely would have one, or both otherwise. Either way, thanks for your generousity. 

Again, here’s that difficult part.
Humbly, it sort of looks like you’re holding off on an Emisar because you are going to buy several of the FW3A lights? (get it done already, list is up to 1063!)
That pretty much describes us all.

What I was hoping to convey, but didn’t, was that instead of just posting “free lights, first come first served” I could find a way to get these to folks who are unable to afford ANY light at the moment due to financial pressures. Not being able to afford one because you’re planning on buying three of another is a variable I hadn’t considered.

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No worries. I’m on the list for one FW3A as of now.

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Zappaman wrote:
Bansuri,

You have inspired me and I’m going to give some extra lights away to a few local people in my town who work hard for little money like my town manager to start: He’s always out at 2am checking on the water tower or something else he maintains for us 24/7. Every time I’ve called- he’s been there to help with whatever was needed. He gets paid little and he works hard— a lot at night-time. So he’s the perfect candidate for a C8 (which I have in the hand to give him).

If you still have them to give away, perhaps your contest might be expanded to include: “WHO does a BLF member know who can use one of these lights” — and qualify it as your gift to be re-gifted to someone they KNOW (in their own community) who could use it?

Zappaman,
If my trunk was filled with AA lights I’d give them all away to the people in my small town who walk at night. Some walk for pleasure, others walk to work or to visit friends, we have a Main Street with small businesses and restaurants and there are well-marked crosswalks that people completely ignore. Suddenly someone dressed like a ninja minus the mask steps out from between 2 minivans. I’m not joking. The idea of conspicuity is unknown in these parts. OK, there are some people who are visible thanks to a small light or reflectors, but they’re a minority.

These Li-ion battery powered lights are different, it’s difficult to even get the uninitiated to understand how they turn on or off. The battery voltage and safety conversation returns glazed eyes.
OTOH, despite the UI, the S42 might be acceptable to give to a muggle if the battery protection circuitry works as it’s supposed to. I haven’t used it more than a minute but will look into it.
Thanks!

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And… yes, I meant to those adults who know how to work with things of course (and my city manager is one of those guys with a shop full of toys and machining tools— so he qualifies). Wink

I don’t know the lights you are giving away and so now I see that they would need to be given to a “trainable” hand— good point of clarification. But we probably all know someone who can use a better light (for a friend or guy like my city manager) and so again… just a thought- wanting to help!

I am looking forward to giving Roy his light here tomorrow when he is driving by (we just wave you down here in my town of 300 or so people). He’ll get a kick out of it after he plays with it a while. AND… he WILL use it I’m sure- he’s that kind a’ guy!

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