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I think hot pink is the best color. First, who steals a hot pink flashlight…

That’s what I said for ages, usually about my Barbie Pink WK50. Nice satiny finish, looked like it was made from grandma candy.

First……you made me look up Barbie Pink WK50……yeessh

Second…..I rather not mess with grandma candy…..

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First……you made me look up Barbie Pink WK50……yeessh

What? Ain’t that bad. Only GB calls it “plum”. Eh, whatever.

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The revolution has begun. Nobody borrows my pink powertools or flashlights. Cool

And yes, Maglites rocks! (with a lot of mods of course)

Long live the side switch (Join the resistance!)

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I had a pink TI 84 back in college. It was great cause everybody has a black Ti 84 and I could always tell mine apart. Then someone stole it Sad

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I had a pink TI 84 back in college. It was great cause everybody has a black Ti 84 and I could always tell mine apart. Then someone stole it Sad

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Spartan wrote:
I think hot pink is the best color. First, who steals a hot pink flashlight…second, there is no confusing hot pink in a drawer.

Unless of course one kinda hot pink fashionista…. Sick

My flashlights are toys. If i were to buy one just for emergencies, red anodizing would be my first choice…and a simple UI.


No joke, back when I had my work notebook/agenda, I only wrote on it with two Bic pens I’d found abandoned inside library books – one purple, one bubblegum pink. They NEVER went missing from my pen cup, unlike the blues and blacks. Even leaving them on top of my otherwise empty desk yided no “yoinks”.

We here say it in jest, but it’s a legitimate life hack Big Smile

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Prove me wrong (meme) :



Wrong. QTC is example of a ramping UI that involves neither clicking nor waiting.
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elbakan1 wrote:

I just bought a Surefire Fury Tactical (1500 real lumens) for 139.95.
Is that expensive?.

Cheers.


Yes, it is.
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Wrong. QTC is example of a ramping UI that involves neither clicking nor waiting.

You are right but ramp up and down several times in a raw and report back if you have lower brightness immediately. I remember QTC experiments done here and I remember that you had to wait for the QTC material to recover from compression before having lower brightness. Silly
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Just checked. As far as I can tell, it ramps down immediately. Maybe because construction of the light that I tried (CRX mod) prevents overcompression.
QTC is very finicky around firefly mode but othat than this – the only feature I miss in QTC lights is battery check.

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You know that in the first place it was a joke about the more and more popular anduril/narsil ramping UI that involve a switch to work, but if you are considering QTC and rotary, you are right and i’m wrong.
Those UI are brillant in themselves for mimicking/imulating a QTC/rotary, its admirable but sometimes the fact that you have to wait for, then pass and miss the “right” brightness you need : click-hold “oops too much”, click-hold “oops too low”, click-hold…makes it less straight-forward than an UI like Bistro. Too much choice in brightness settings. Then you will say that anduril can be configured with stepped ramping. Darn, ToyKeeper is good at making my joke irrelevant.
But again it was just a joke about smooth ramping UI using a switch.
Well forget it.

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elbakan1 wrote:
d) HDS makes the ugliest flashlights there are.

This is untrue because no HDS lights are in mokuti. Mokuti is the ugliest thing you could possibly do to a flashlight.
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argi wrote:
The revolution has begun. Nobody borrows my pink powertools or flashlights. Cool

And yes, Maglites rocks! (with a lot of mods of course)

Does this mean when shot by one, you call it love taps?

“Yo m*********** ize gonna lav tap ya with ma pink Glock” Davie

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Tally-ho wrote:
Prove me wrong (meme) :

!https://i.imgur.com/YmO4TF6.jpg!


elbakan1][quote=BurningPlayd0h][quote=elbakan1 wrote:
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Surefire is overpriced.

Surefire is costly, not even expensive, let alone overpriced.


There are other US brands doing to same or better for cheaper. For the same price you can get something that is blows them away IMO.

PFlexPro, Malkoff, Elzetta, HDS and others I’m sure I’m forgetting.

a) PFlexPro is closed because they have a big order and don’t give a damn about the retail biz.
b) Malkoff is a parts supplier turned manufacturer. Very expensive. More than Surefire.
c) Elzetta is more expensive than Surefire too.
d) HDS makes the ugliest flashlights there are. WAY more expensive than Surefire.

I just bought a Surefire Fury Tactical (1500 real lumens) for 139.95.
Is that expensive?.

Cheers.

a) The years their retail side has been open and the immediate response to emails says otherwise. Everyone’s gotta eat and I’m sure the current contract is a great one. This also says nothing about their products for the price.
b) “Very expensive. More than Surefire.” …and a proportionally better product. You get what you pay for and diminishing returns is the name of the game, especially for niche products.
c) Ditto b)
d) Good thing aesthetics are subjective and literally the last consideration for SHTF gear. Again, ditto point b)

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Do people actually get excited by, and buy this stuff? Calling this a “new” flashlight should be illegal.

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Do people actually get excited by, and buy this stuff? Calling this a “new” flashlight should be illegal.


That’s embarrassingly garish, looks like it was painted with corrective liquid and aniline.

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Its gotta be unpopular for me to love that red, white and blue. Yup, couldn’t care less.

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I hate XP-L HI. Evil

Last week I went to dinner to a couple of friend’s home. Some dishes like a cassoulet taste better the day after making it (flavors maturation and diffusion) so you need to prepare it the day before inviting friends.
When served, this dish looked absolutely fantastic but when we started to eat it, it had a bad taste of rotten fish and rotten rice. All flavors and aromas were mutated, mutilated.
My friends were out of town for one week and left an old dish in the fridge that they didn’t throw before storing the fresh new cassoulet.

It’s totally fictional but those XP-L HI (and this one in particular (see TM-30-18 tests)) make me think of something like the above. Sure its most obvious and global visual aspect, the tint, looks good but most colors shades are mutated / shifted and also faded (unsaturated)…or “non existant” = desaturated and mutated to the point that 2 differents shades look the same.

Most of the time, a withered but not rotten apple has more taste than a freshly picked and not yet completely ripe apple. This withered apple is just like the SST-20 FB4. It might not be appealing for some people at first because of its sligltly greenish tint, but I will always prefer it because of its deeper, richer colors shades over the unpleasing colors rendition of an XP-L HI, despite its better tint.

Sometimes you need to go through your first impression against a bad tint, to let your eyes and brain get used to it and afterward, being able to more appreciate more subtile things like better colors rendition and richer shades.

I know, a bunch of people will never taste the deep dense aromas and flavors of an expresso made with freshly moulded grains, they can’t refrain to add a sugar to “balance” the first obvious bitter taste, but sugar masks everything more subtile. Just like a lot of people will never be able to appreciate the benefits of an SST-20 FB4. A pity Big Smile

Do I need to make more comparaison with wine’s aromas and flavors ?
Nope, I only see Tint addicts vs CRI addicts.
And then the lumens addicts : “WUT wine ?! I just need this bottle of strong booze to get drunk” gimme those 100 000 lumens.

(Sorry, maybe I’m a bit drunk)

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^^^ Nice analogy! I was thinking about noble rot dessert wine when reading your post… Cool

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Being drunk maybe a good state of mind to vent unpopular flashlight opinions Beer .
Btw, I agree with the opinion.

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Hey, I still like the XM-L (dunno ever having/trying/seeing an -L2) in 4C. Yeah, it’s above the BBL, but still to me looks more “natural” as far as general sunlight balance.

 

Addendum: that’s behind a TIR lens and not in a reflector (annoyingly fried-eggy).

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95% of us could get by just fine with a AAA light or two. We just like to overstate our actual flashlight uses and needs.

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I agree with you Tally-ho.

I went jogging in the woods in the dark a few days back and took a XPL hi 5D light with me. So hard to see colors and depth like they should, everything is washed out compared a good HiCri led.

5D is still a nice tint, but only for white wall hunting.

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Gurdygurds wrote:
95% of us could get by just fine with a AAA light or two. We just like to overstate our actual flashlight uses and needs.

Then I’m in the other 5%, the absolute smallest I can go for as a primary light is AA Silly

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Tally-ho wrote:
I hate XP-L HI. Evil

Last week I went to dinner to a couple of friend’s home. Some dishes like a cassoulet taste better the day after making it (flavors maturation and diffusion) so you need to prepare it the day before inviting friends.
When served, this dish looked absolutely fantastic but when we started to eat it, it had a bad taste of rotten fish and rotten rice. All flavors and aromas were mutated, mutilated.
My friends were out of town for one week and left an old dish in the fridge that they didn’t throw before storing the fresh new cassoulet.

It’s totally fictional but those XP-L HI (and this one in particular (see TM-30-18 tests)) make me think of something like the above. Sure its most obvious and global visual aspect, the tint, looks good but most colors shades are mutated / shifted and also faded (unsaturated)…or “non existant” = desaturated and mutated to the point that 2 differents shades look the same.

Most of the time, a withered but not rotten apple has more taste than a freshly picked and not yet completely ripe apple. This withered apple is just like the SST-20 FB4. It might not be appealing for some people at first because of its sligltly greenish tint, but I will always prefer it because of its deeper, richer colors shades over the unpleasing colors rendition of an XP-L HI, despite its better tint.

Sometimes you need to go through your first impression against a bad tint, to let your eyes and brain get used to it and afterward, being able to more appreciate more subtile things like better colors rendition and richer shades.

I know, a bunch of people will never taste the deep dense aromas and flavors of an expresso made with freshly moulded grains, they can’t refrain to add a sugar to “balance” the first obvious bitter taste, but sugar masks everything more subtile. Just like a lot of people will never be able to appreciate the benefits of an SST-20 FB4. A pity Big Smile

Do I need to make more comparaison with wine’s aromas and flavors ?
Nope, I only see Tint addicts vs CRI addicts.
And then the lumens addicts : “WUT wine ?! I just need this bottle of strong booze to get drunk” gimme those 100 000 lumens.

(Sorry, maybe I’m a bit drunk)

Yeah the 3D X-PL HIs in my FW3A weren’t very green at all but compared to all the high-CRI lights I have they just made colors look strange. I don’t think them being cooler than most of the lights I have helped either. I never liked the old flourescent lighting that was missing a bunch of the natural spectrum either and that’s exactly what a lot of the average-CRI emitters remind me of (and they did even before running the CRI-snob gamut).

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Tally-ho wrote:
I hate XP-L HI. Evil

Last week I went to dinner to a couple of friend’s home. *Some dishes like a cassoulet taste better the day after making it *(flavors maturation and diffusion) so you need to prepare it the day before inviting friends.
When served, this dish looked absolutely fantastic but when we started to eat it, it had a bad taste of rotten fish and rotten rice. All flavors and aromas were mutated, mutilated.
My friends were out of town for one week and left an old dish in the fridge that they didn’t throw before storing the fresh new cassoulet.

It’s totally fictional but those XP-L HI (and this one in particular (see TM-30-18 tests)) make me think of something like the above. Sure its most obvious and global visual aspect, the tint, looks good but most colors shades are mutated / shifted and also faded (unsaturated)…or “non existant” = desaturated and mutated to the point that 2 differents shades look the same.

Most of the time, a withered but not rotten apple has more taste than a freshly picked and not yet completely ripe apple. This withered apple is just like the SST-20 FB4. It might not be appealing for some people at first because of its sligltly greenish tint, but I will always prefer it because of its deeper, richer colors shades over the unpleasing colors rendition of an XP-L HI, despite its better tint.

Sometimes you need to go through your first impression against a bad tint, to let your eyes and brain get used to it and afterward, being able to more appreciate more subtile things like better colors rendition and richer shades.

I know, a bunch of people will never taste the deep dense aromas and flavors of an expresso made with freshly moulded grains, they can’t refrain to add a sugar to “balance” the first obvious bitter taste, but sugar masks everything more subtile. Just like a lot of people will never be able to appreciate the benefits of an SST-20 FB4. A pity Big Smile

Do I need to make more comparaison with wine’s aromas and flavors ?
Nope, I only see Tint addicts vs CRI addicts.
And then the lumens addicts : “WUT wine ?! I just need this bottle of strong booze to get drunk” gimme those 100 000 lumens.

(Sorry, maybe I’m a bit drunk)


Location: France
Ah… Beer Wouldn’t have imagined someone from USA making that association. Wink

Btw, had a cassoulet last year and really enjoyed it! Smile

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Darn, ToyKeeper is good at making my joke irrelevant.


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Unpopular opinion: the FW3A has failed as my favourite EDC. I tried for a week and I’m back to my previous one.

1) although it is one of the smallest 18650 lights around, it still is rather large and heavy, it feels chunky in my jeans pocket, I’m often aware of its presence. My S1-mod, a 16340 light, just disappears in my pocket until I need it.

2) it engages itself easily, so for pocket carry it needs a lock-out at all times, I find unscrewing the head easiest. I use my EDC light multiple times a day, for my S1 (with BLF-A6 driver in 4-mode setting, and Luxeon V led) that implies: grab-click-ready (1 second) with one hand, for more brightness another fast half-click. The FW3A needs grab-fiddle with two hands-clickhold until brightness (at least 3 seconds).

3) I always end up mouth-carrying my EDC to free both hands. Effordlessly with the S1, jaw-tiring with the FW3A. And having a 16340 battery in my mouth feels a bit better too.

4) The modded S1 has proven to always work, and has a (compared to a Carclo triple light) throwy beam, on a Vapcell 16340 I get 1100 lumen at 30 seconds, and pretty steady too. In other words, it is a hard-to-beat flashlight.

5) I’m attached to the rainbow switch of the S1

So I’m back to the S1 and live with the limited battery life, but with daily use it is monitored well and I carry a spare battery in my work bag.

In the meantime I still like my FW3A (currently with FA3 high CRI SST-20 leds) with all its greatness very much and will buy a second one Facepalm

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