Old Lumens Flashlight Challenge 2019 - Final Results

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In some ways we are all idiots here so no need to feel special. Party

Love this quote Big Smile

Man, I should enter. Been wanting to scratch build a light for a while, have some ideas I want to try out. And crossing my fingers that it will spur someone to make a production version of it.

I need a rather small diameter e-switch driver with a nice u/I like narsilM or anduril. Anybody got ideas?

Driver building and writing code is beyond my skill set- I’m just a metal working guy.

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I need a rather small diameter e-switch driver with a nice u/I like narsilM or anduril. Anybody got ideas?

Could you be more specific? How small? Linear? FET? FET + X? Need aux LED pads?

For an off-the-shelf solution, MtnE has some 10mm (out of stock), 15mm (in stock), etc. Or there are more one-off options…

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mr_magoo wrote:
MRsDNF wrote:
In some ways we are all idiots here so no need to feel special. Party

Love this quote Big Smile

Man, I should enter. Been wanting to scratch build a light for a while, have some ideas I want to try out. And crossing my fingers that it will spur someone to make a production version of it.

I need a rather small diameter e-switch driver with a nice u/I like narsilM or anduril. Anybody got ideas?

Driver building and writing code is beyond my skill set- I’m just a metal working guy.


There are members here who design drivers and there are lots of designs available. What exactly are you looking for?

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mr_magoo wrote:
I need a rather small diameter e-switch driver with a nice u/I like narsilM or anduril. Anybody got ideas?

Could you be more specific? How small? Linear? FET? FET + X? Need aux LED pads?

For an off-the-shelf solution, MtnE has some 10mm (out of stock), 15mm (in stock), etc. Or there are more one-off options…

Dont get me wrong,I like the idea of aux leds in the switch boot, but would settle for something without. I like the ramping interface of anduril, but without the complexity of blinkies, etc…like a muggle u/I that has full brightness and an easy to use lockout.

12 would be ideal, but 14 mm would work I think. Body construction will be different than most tubular lights, hence the need for a smaller than normal driver. It is going to be a super tiny 18650 light with a tail e-switch run in a slightly different way. I’m fine with an fet+1, for a good stable, low moonlight but linear would be really nice for the option to run an osram white 1mm1 or 1mm2 near its max with any cell.

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In the spirit of being helpful – You know you ‘could’ be having this discussion in your own build thread so it can be judged accordingly

  • Documenting also the Failures & Obstacles: How did the builder solve the inevitable problems? Documenting the obstacles and using the power of the BLF community to solve them is seen as a plus!
  • New Driver Design or Custom Firmware is a plus: Especially when open source and shared in true BLF spirit.

It might be harder for the judges to remember this part of your build. Just a suggestion Wink

  

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Great to see so many new builders. Smile

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Osram Boost HX? L4P, do you have it already or do you expect to have it soon?!?

 


I have only a couple of samples for now.


Even that is a big news. Smile
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In the spirit of being helpful – You know you ‘could’ be having this discussion in your own build thread so it can be judged accordingly
  • Documenting also the Failures & Obstacles: How did the builder solve the inevitable problems? Documenting the obstacles and using the power of the BLF community to solve them is seen as a plus!
  • New Driver Design or Custom Firmware is a plus: Especially when open source and shared in true BLF spirit.

It might be harder for the judges to remember this part of your build. Just a suggestion Wink

Good points! Guess I’ll start one Wink
I don’t really care about winning, I just want to get off my butt and build something useful finally. I also wasn’t expecting such helpful input (I came from the ‘other’ forum) so getting help from such kind folks is nice motivation also.

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Entered!
http://budgetlightforum.com/node/70157

I’ve also never posted pictures here, so I’ve been reading all the how-tos.

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Done and dusted for another year.
The final two posts are from here.

http://budgetlightforum.com/comment/1590450#comment-1590450

 

djozz quotes, "it came with chinese lettering that is chinese to me".

                      "My man mousehole needs one too"

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Can I bump this just to keep the interest level up… I have entered, I will be documenting and presenting my process here, but the actual start is likely a month away still.

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Can I bump this just to keep the interest level up… I have entered, I will be documenting and presenting my process here, but the actual start is likely a month away still.

Yes please! Bump away.

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Ouch. Please watch what your bumping. Silly

 

djozz quotes, "it came with chinese lettering that is chinese to me".

                      "My man mousehole needs one too"

old4570 said "I'm not an expert , so don't suffer from any such technical restrictions".

Old-Lumens. Highly admired and cherished member of Budget Light Forum. 11.5.2011 - 20.12.16. RIP.

 

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Ouch. Please watch what your bumping. Silly

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Another bump!!
A safe one Big Smile

I just realized that we have a contest for modded lights Wink
Sweet!

“Any” type of mod will do?

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“Any” type of mod will do?


The way I read it yes. Please help spread the word about this category. I think a lot of people have missed it Smile

  

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MascaratumB wrote:

“Any” type of mod will do?


The way I read it yes. Please help spread the word about this category. I think a lot of people have missed it Smile

Sure will do!! Wink

And if I get some things to mod in time, I may enter myself even with a not very elaborated but substantial mod!!

Time is not much, but…let’s see!

BTW, maybe the title should maintain the “OL” reference for those familiar with it?

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BTW, maybe the title should maintain the “OL” reference for those familiar with it?

You mean those that are familiar with the old thread title?

I’m hoping the new appearance will get people to take a second look. There’s been some changes. For example – the modified category doesn’t even need a dedicated build thread anymore. If there is a build thread all the better but not compulsory.

  

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For me writing about the build is the hardest part

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I’m in the modified light category, but in reality the light is and will remain stock, I’m only building the driver.

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I like Ck building drivers. Its something I’m not good at but admire his skills. And others of course. Smile

 

djozz quotes, "it came with chinese lettering that is chinese to me".

                      "My man mousehole needs one too"

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Old-Lumens. Highly admired and cherished member of Budget Light Forum. 11.5.2011 - 20.12.16. RIP.

 

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My build begins here Smile

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Great to see more members entering Thumbs Up

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For me writing about the build is the hardest part

Me too! Big Smile

It is a bit of a pain documenting the build but even just getting the basics of it over to the viewers goes a long way Thumbs Up

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I plan to enter, in the Hand Made category.

Do I post the link to my build thread here?

http://budgetlightforum.com/node/70300

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I’m in: http://budgetlightforum.com/node/70303
Hopefully I’d come out with an idea sooner. Thinking to make this opportunity to one of those projects I left behind.

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Just read this:
This years Old Lumens BLF Contest runs from 17/09/19 to 29/02/20 (UTC)

Facepalm

Lost two three months already Tired

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ceruleanXLII wrote:
I plan to enter, in the Hand Made category.

Do I post the link to my build thread here?

http://budgetlightforum.com/node/70300

Perfect Thumbs Up

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I’m in with the New Modified Light Category.
I want to thank everyone here for all the help and encouragement.
Also those who opened this new category, this made it possible for those who are time restricted to enter.

Good Luck to everyone and enjoy all the chatter ! I’m looking fwd to the Builds and Mods.
And if you are considering jumping in, Just Do It, you will have good company.

http://budgetlightforum.com/node/70299

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Yes , ceruleanXLII
Welcome to BLF ! We are happy to see you join the competition. Good Luck and Enjoy.

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CNCman wrote:
I'm in with the New Modified Light Category. I want to thank everyone here for all the help and encouragement. Also those who opened this new category, this made it possible for those who are time restricted to enter.

Good Luck to everyone and enjoy all the chatter ! I'm looking fwd to the Builds and Mods.

And if you are considering jumping in, Just Do It, you will have good company.

 

Thank you too!

With continued support from members, sponsors, sb56637, organizers and contestants we will keep this tradition alive Thumbs Up

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