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The SC31 Pro looks very interesting.

Mine just shipped, fingers crossed it doesn’t take 3 months to get here Smile

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Will Sofirn consider to sell a diffuser for the SP36?

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Will Sofirn consider to sell a diffuser for the SP36?

Also interested in a diffuser for the SP36…

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I still think the Sofirn C8F with LH351D and 2700K/4000K/5000K/ would be a great flashlight with Anduril. The proprietary ramping is ok, but with Anduril this would really become my daily driver.

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SwissFlashy wrote:
I still think the Sofirn C8F with LH351D and 2700K/4000K/5000K/ would be a great flashlight with Anduril. The proprietary ramping is ok, but with Anduril this would really become my daily driver.

Easy mod - the C8F is an easy light to mod with a driver replacement - I've modded a few. Actually one I modded back in Nov 2018 with 351D's 4000K 90 CRI from MtnE. With spring bypasses, it draws 17.8 amps from a 40T, does 3310 lumens at 30 secs (calibrated), and 33 kcd.

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@Tom E Sounds great, could you tell me where to buy the Anduril driver?

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@Tom E Sounds great, could you tell me where to buy the Anduril driver?

I reflow them myself from OSHPark driver PCB's. Dunno if Lexel sells them or not, for the C8F.

This is a driver I used for one of the C8F's. It's a standard 17mm size:

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Sofirn C8F … with Anduril

That light has a side e-switch and a tail clicky, yes?

I’d recommend enabling the START_AT_MEMORIZED_LEVEL option for it, if you don’t mind losing the factory reset function. Because this makes the tail switch work as a momentary mode. The side switch still does everything else as usual, but it’ll save the last-ramped level and automatically start at that brightness whenever power is connected. So the tail switch then gives it a tactical-style momentary function.

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Nice! Darn, was wondering bout that. I did a couple pwr switch lights and didn't realize. A Nitenumen TK35 has a pwr switch as well - on that one, I made the LED wires long so can easily re-program smile

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ToyKeeper wrote:
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Sofirn C8F … with Anduril

That light has a side e-switch and a tail clicky, yes?

I’d recommend enabling the START_AT_MEMORIZED_LEVEL option for it, if you don’t mind losing the factory reset function. Because this makes the tail switch work as a momentary mode. The side switch still does everything else as usual, but it’ll save the last-ramped level and automatically start at that brightness whenever power is connected. So the tail switch then gives it a tactical-style momentary function.


The C8F also has a lit switch. If I can get the switch LEDs to work at all with the new driver, I was wondering: Is there a good (read: easy) way to turn off the blink Anduril does when power is connected?

If I could figure that out, it’d be reason to put Anduril on my L6, too. I may be getting a bit ahead of myself though, I haven’t touched C/C++ in about ten years and my flashing hardware doesn’t arrive until checks notes technically today, by 9PM…

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@Tom E Sounds great, could you tell me where to buy the Anduril driver?

I reflow them myself from OSHPark driver PCB’s. Dunno if Lexel sells them or not, for the C8F.
This is a driver I used for one of the C8F’s. It’s a standard 17mm size:

I wanted to note, on my 21700 version C8F, the driver is roughly 21mm (actual measured dimensions were ~20.8mm, and my “21mm” mountain driver came in around 21.4mm and would not have quite fit without filing).
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That's weird bout the 21 mm - I'll have to check. I don't have notes on all the C8F's I modded, but I commonly use 17, 20, 21, and 22 FET+1 OSHPark drivers.

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That light has a side e-switch and a tail clicky, yes?

I’d recommend enabling the START_AT_MEMORIZED_LEVEL option

Is there a good (read: easy) way to turn off the blink Anduril does when power is connected?

Yes. Enable the START_AT_MEMORIZED_LEVEL option. Smile

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Not sure if this has been mentioned but would Sofirn be willing to make the SP70 with the SBT90.2? They could name it the SP90.2 :D, It already preforms great with the XHP70.2 and I bet it would be amazing with the SBT90.2. Just a thought. Its rated throw is 687m, could it reach 1000+ meters using the SBT90.2? Just thinking out loud Big Smile

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It would require changing the gaskets (SBT90.2 is considerably bigger), the reflector hole and the driver. SP70 uses an orange peel reflector and so far I did not see a smooth reflector version except for some prototypes. I don’t know how much more kcds were measured compared to the OP reflector. Moreover, I have some doubts that 2x 26650 in series will deliver sufficient continuous currents of way more than 18A. Sofirn would need to change it to 2x 26650/21700 in parallel anyway as it’s a 3V LED. 

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The large body might seem likea good fit for a large LED but it’d probably double the price of the SP70, right? Those SBT’s are dang expensive!

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About $ 42-46 per each, if I recall correctly. SBT90-R (the red version) is even more expensive with around $ 57 per each.

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ToyKeeper wrote:
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ToyKeeper wrote:
That light has a side e-switch and a tail clicky, yes?

I’d recommend enabling the START_AT_MEMORIZED_LEVEL option

Is there a good (read: easy) way to turn off the blink Anduril does when power is connected?

Yes. Enable the START_AT_MEMORIZED_LEVEL option. Smile


I should’ve clarified – I want the tail switches as lockouts, so I don’t want the main functionality of START_AT_MEMORIZED_LEVEL. But for my lights with lit side switches, I also don’t want the power-on flash (since the switch lights up anyway).
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It would require changing the gaskets (SBT90.2 is considerably bigger), the reflector hole and the driver. SP70 uses an orange peel reflector and so far I did not see a smooth reflector version except for some prototypes. I don’t know how much more kcds were measured compared to the OP reflector. Moreover, I have some doubts that 2× 26650 in series will deliver sufficient continuous currents of way more than 18A. Sofirn would need to change it to 2× 26650/21700 in parallel anyway as it’s a 3V LED

A few issues. It would need a high-power buck driver. I’m not aware of anything that high power except maybe on some larger-diameter (soda-can) lights maybe? But 2×26650 in series would only be asked for around 10A total with a buck driver, way easier than direct-driving XHP70.2 hard. More pressing is the reflector, which Sofirn never really got fine-tuned to our satisfaction to begin with. There were also serious issues with trying to get a SMO reflector out of them, let alone getting them to focus that right either. Those issues alone would add cost, and then the SBT90.2 itself would tack on $45-ish, so we’d be seeing a $100 light minimum by my guess. Easier would be to throw a shorty tube on there, ream the reflector hole out, and let it be another generic SBT90.2 light.

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More pressing is the reflector, which Sofirn never really got fine-tuned to our satisfaction to begin with. There were also serious issues with trying to get a SMO reflector out of them, let alone getting them to focus that right either.

Just a side note. The SMO reflector showed only a tiny increase in throw over the very light OP reflector, but it looked ugly doing it. The OP is the better choice.

I agree with all the rest. That form factor of 26650 in series just does not lend itself very well to a high powered 3 volt light.

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JasonWW wrote:
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More pressing is the reflector, which Sofirn never really got fine-tuned to our satisfaction to begin with. There were also serious issues with trying to get a SMO reflector out of them, let alone getting them to focus that right either.

Just a side note. The SMO reflector showed only a tiny increase in throw over the very light OP reflector, but it looked ugly doing it. The OP is the better choice.

I agree with all the rest. That form factor of 26650 in series just does not lend itself very well to a 3 volt light.


Yeah, my recollection was that, based on other reflectors of similar diameter, they never even got the focus right. XHP70.2 donut-holes aside.

Well, I’m finally getting around to driver-swapping mine soon. I tore the old driver out in a fit of rage at the UI a long time ago. In particular, I really wanted to be able to go off > moonlight > ramp up, and I just couldn’t. My C8F is doing the same thing, and getting the same treatment here shortly (driver swap).

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Scallywag wrote:
Is there a good (read: easy) way to turn off the blink Anduril does when power is connected?

I should’ve clarified – I want the tail switches as lockouts, so I don’t want the main functionality of START_AT_MEMORIZED_LEVEL. But for my lights with lit side switches, I also don’t want the power-on flash (since the switch lights up anyway).

Yes. In anduril.c, look in setup() for the part where it says “blink at power-on”, and then comment out that part. Here’s a direct link to setup() in the latest code. I hope it makes sense.

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I don’t recall seeing this anywhere but let me float an idea. How about a AA sized C01S. It could be called the C02S and would be an excellent replacement for the now far outdated infinity ultra! Man I would definitely buy a few. Especially if you could make it work as an omnivore with AAA as well in a pinch.

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Actually, I wonder if anyone would fancy a light-weight 14500/AA headlamp. Vapcell offered some high capacity 14500 cells, if I recall correctly. Certainly, this would not be a high performance headlamp but something with around 300 lumens. Sofirn’s SP31 V2.0 uses a rather good CC driver but it may not work with AA batteries. I am just thinking/dreaming…


 



  • AA/14500 tube

  • as lightweight as possible (see Skilhunt/Zebralight headlamps for reference)

  • as short as possible, using pogo pins instead of springs

  • well-regulated boostdriver

  • Andúril UI (once the SP10S Andúril driver gets finished)

  • clear narrow beam TIR optic (SST20 4.000K 95CRI) + detachable diffusor lens to place in front of the TIR optic (see Skilhunt H03F for reference below)

  • AUX LED (SST20-DR or XP-E2 R/DR)

  • excellent maching / knurling (hommage to Charles BridgTec) Wink



 

I would enjoy Sofirn AA / 14500 headlamp – low- med- high very simple UI, short and as lightweight as possible and with a decent head strap along the lines of the ACEBeam H40 head strap, the ACEBeam head strap is top notch.
And colors.
That would get my money.

Paul-

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Paul321 wrote:
I would enjoy Sofirn AA / 14500 headlamp – low- med- high very simple UI, short and as lightweight as possible and with a decent head strap along the lines of the ACEBeam H40 head strap, the ACEBeam head strap is top notch. And colors. That would get my money.

I’d be all over this too – something similar to the H40 but in traditional angled light format so it would work better for handheld use. Sub-lumen moonlight is a must-have for any headlamp I buy though.

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I’d be all over this too – something similar to the H40 but in traditional angled light format so it would work better for handheld use. Sub-lumen moonlight is a must-have for any headlamp I buy though.

Good idea like moon-light or even fire fly. Also no blinking modes.

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On checking Sofirn flashlights that use AA/14500 battery, I notice that only the SP10S (LH351D) is still available.

The SP10v2.0 (XP-G2), which is an update to the SP10B; or the tail-button SF14v2.0 (update of the SF14, which use XP-G2) doesn’t seem to be listed anymore — are these XP-G2 AA/14500 flashlights or tail-button-operated AA/14500 flashlights now undergoing a revamp or just plain discontinued?

When someone asks me looking for a tail-button operated AA/14500 flashlight, I used to suggest the SF14v2.0 (along with the Lumintop Tool AA). The Thorfire TG06S is very similar to the SF14/SF14v2.0, but seems to be hard to find now too, so that only leaves the Tool AA 2.0 as the currently-available (budget-priced and acceptably good quality) option for tail-button operated AA/14500 flashlight.

So, would there be any development from Sofirn for an updated tail-button operated (AA/14500) flashlight?

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d_t_a wrote:
So, would there be any development from Sofirn for an updated tail-button operated (AA/14500) flashlight?

Yes please!

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hodor][quote=d_t_a wrote:
So, would there be any development from Sofirn for an updated tail-button operated (AA/14500) flashlight?

Also interested in this. The Tool AA needs more competitors in its class.

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I would like a tail button operated too.

Also would like a nice 90 angle flashlight headlamp that use AA.

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d_t_a wrote:
So, would there be any development from Sofirn for an updated tail-button operated (AA/14500) flashlight?

This, with good tints and no PWM.

One of my favorite flashlights is the recently discontinued L11C. I have a 3-mode neutral white with Nichia 219 and a modded 2700K with SST-20. They are fantastic pocket lights.

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One of my favourites also. I have the 4-mode 219C. It’s so slim and has perfect mode spacing. I don’t use it as much as I should due to all the reported durability/reliability issues (might only be for the L10/L10C but can’t remember).

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