What type of light would you like the next BLF Special Edition to be? As in developed by us over a year or so from scratch.... like it used to be

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What about something the size of the Ft03 with interchangeable heads…..one with a dedicated thrower led and the other with multiple leds for flood purposes.

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If it is a headlamp there should be UI to fit most. Say one multi-click, multi everything mode for guys who like to play with their flashlights and a simple click-on/off, hold to cycle mode for the rest of us. Call it advanced/simple or nerd/muggle Smile

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For a headlamp, I’d love to see something almost tube-shaped. Battery inside, driver and e-switch on one end, tailcap on the other end… and 2 to 8 small LEDs in a straight line along the side in very shallow reflectors. Perhaps E17A or E21A emitters. Floody, high-CRI, and a driver regulated to a moderate power level.

It’d probably be 18650, though 14500 might be feasible if the parts can fit on a smaller driver. Ideally it’d be designed to be pretty lightweight, and would come with a head strap which uses loops to fit two grooves near the ends of the light.

If there’s room for 4 / 6 / 8 LEDs, it could use two color temperatures and do tint ramping between.

Possibly also a T-shaped model with a throwy LED and larger reflector in the center, between two floody LEDs in shallow reflectors. Ramp between flood and throw in a manner similar to tint ramping.

That’s what I’d make, if it was up to me.

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ToyKeeper wrote:
For a headlamp, I’d love to see something almost tube-shaped. Battery inside, driver and e-switch on one end, tailcap on the other end… and 2 to 8 small LEDs in a straight line along the side in very shallow reflectors. Perhaps E17A or E21A emitters. Floody, high-CRI, and a driver regulated to a moderate power level.

It’d probably be 18650, though 14500 might be feasible if the parts can fit on a smaller driver. Ideally it’d be designed to be pretty lightweight, and would come with a head strap which uses loops to fit two grooves near the ends of the light.

If there’s room for 4 / 6 / 8 LEDs, it could use two color temperatures and do tint ramping between.

Possibly also a T-shaped model with a throwy LED and larger reflector in the center, between two floody LEDs in shallow reflectors. Ramp between flood and throw in a manner similar to tint ramping.

That’s what I’d make, if it was up to me.


What do you think about right-angle flashlights as headlamps?
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I’d love to see something like this with a super high CRI COB at a good warmish tint.

This thing has no throw at all, but the super flood is wonderful to work with.
It could up the PWM from 1.2K to above 5K (or 15K) to keep me happy.

I did a review here.
http://budgetlightforum.com/node/66852

Also something like the Streamlight HL-5X, but with 2× 21700 instead of 18650s. But with a better tint.

And a pocket semi floody, with a high (whatever that may be) that is sustained over a long period without step down. Good CRI and Tint. 21700 flavor.

For 2020, I swore I’d only buy 21700 lights with great tint.
I’m not doing so well so far….

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I would like to see a 26650 foldable worklight like the ones with COB but with Nichia optisolis, in aluminum for durability (no fear of bumps in a toolbox). Strong magnet (removable), tint ramping. USB charging with a port that could be used to power the worklight without battery.

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What about something like this?

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ToyKeeper wrote:
For a headlamp, I’d love to see something almost tube-shaped. Battery inside, driver and e-switch on one end, tailcap on the other end… and 2 to 8 small LEDs in a straight line along the side in very shallow reflectors. Perhaps E17A or E21A emitters. Floody, high-CRI, and a driver regulated to a moderate power level.

It’d probably be 18650, though 14500 might be feasible if the parts can fit on a smaller driver. Ideally it’d be designed to be pretty lightweight, and would come with a head strap which uses loops to fit two grooves near the ends of the light.

If there’s room for 4 / 6 / 8 LEDs, it could use two color temperatures and do tint ramping between.

Possibly also a T-shaped model with a throwy LED and larger reflector in the center, between two floody LEDs in shallow reflectors. Ramp between flood and throw in a manner similar to tint ramping.

That’s what I’d make, if it was up to me.


I was worried about my Boruit D10, which has a a reflector, though smaller than what you’d find on something like a Convoy S2. Between using an XM-L2 and just how small the reflector is, it’s a pretty good beam for anything but the closest work – and that could be solved with a pebbled TIR. I’m worried about swapping to XP-sized emitter, but I’m after some CRI.

I’m sorely tempted to get a D25S and mod it as well, and maybe try to tint-mix the two emitters. So, four or six emitters sounds nice – I think by the time we get to 8, it’s probably pretty pure flood, like some of the COB headlamps. My biggest concern with going floody on a headlamp is keeping it useful for walking on a trail at night. But, I’m sure BLF would find a nice balance.

Uh, so anyway, the point I was getting at before I started rambling was, that sounds closely in line with what I want out of a headlamp.

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leestrong wrote:
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For a headlamp…

What do you think about right-angle flashlights as headlamps?

Meh, not really a fan.

They’re okay I guess, but I prefer to have the LEDs in the middle instead of hanging off the end.

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I’d like to see a 21700/SBT-90.2 pocket rocket. But done on a system like the MEOTE FM1 up sized to 21700 with SST20/XPL-HI/SST40 quad heads and XHP50.2/SBT90.2 single LED heads.

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Option 1: I am for a head tourch as well. Pure flood for close up work, maybe with a“turbo” option for a bit of wall of light. Singld cell – 18650. Since its for close up work, something with high CRI and good realistic colors. Multi emitter with high CRI. Either with no reflector, or one that shapes the beem to like 90° +/-. No intense spot. ToyKeeper mentioned E21A emitters. I heard those have good colors.

Option 2: Similar headtorch as one, but with some form of focusable reflector/lense setup. Maybe some form of zoomie. Or some new interedting form. Something good for close pure flood work, that can be switched and turned into focuse beam. Maybe a magnetic snap on attachment that turns the flood torch into a more focused one? Maybe there could be interchangable reflectors and filters for multi purpose head tourch

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I’d love to have a KR3 using the latest Andúril software, with 3 primary and 6 secondary LEDs, in 14500 flavor.

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Disappointing that none of the options include a balanced, versatile beam. Just pocket rocket or thrower. Really says a lot about how much this forum values actual utility of a light.

I’m seeing a lot of suggestions for an edc. SC64 with ramping. As support with ramping. Agree, an current BLF version of an every day light.

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Can’t believe we already found a manufacturer. Thanks, Manker Wink

just kidding, but it would be great if Manker would produce a light for us. as diffuse as the ideas look at the moment.

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Hugh Johnson wrote:
bmengineer wrote:
Disappointing that none of the options include a balanced, versatile beam. Just pocket rocket or thrower. Really says a lot about how much this forum values actual utility of a light.

I’m seeing a lot of suggestions for an edc. SC64 with ramping. As support with ramping. Agree, an current BLF version of an every day light.

There is the YLP Unicorn… I hear it’s pretty good. The main downsides are no moon mode, and the configuration can be pretty complex if you choose to edit the advanced settings. But the output adjustment is completely smooth, and from what I’ve heard, it has the best thermal regulation in the flashlight world.

I’ve been meaning to get one and make a FSM-based Unicorn UI, but I’ve been too busy with other things.

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A headlamp with automatic dimming based on a feedback photo sensor. Perceived light level is always the same close up or far away.

Dont make something slightly better than another light already on the market, go for something revolutionary.

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I did publish a concept a few months ago. cool

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I'm high-en the stakes. Want 3++ x XHP 70 and 3x18650. Or one with _flat_ 2x18650 battery case, with 2 or 3 XHP 70 head.
I also really hope that manufacturers will release something similar. Sloppy sketch: !{width:75%}https://i.imgur.com/Zkhsx45.jpg!
I would also like something like this but with 6 or 8 LEDs. Yh I know it's overkill but why not? :D
Yes, I agree, in addition to reflectors, TIR optics with many emitters and even a mule option will be interesting.

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Pip wrote:
A headlamp with automatic dimming based on a feedback photo sensor. Perceived light level is always the same close up or far away.

Isn’t that covered by a Surefire patent?

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I couldn’t find any information on a patent, the idea seems pretty obvious, although people have patented obvious ideas in the past. I know bushnell makes a headlight with that feature but it’s only 250 lumens. Who even needs to dim a 250 lumen headlight?

Looks like several companies make headlamps with that feature, but none of them are quality units.

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Headlamp 14500/AA ramping UI with sub lumen, Red aux leds.
Small Double switch Flashlight with unique features.

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ToyKeeper wrote:
For a headlamp, I’d love to see something almost tube-shaped. Battery inside, driver and e-switch on one end, tailcap on the other end… and 2 to 8 small LEDs in a straight line along the side in very shallow reflectors. Perhaps E17A or E21A emitters. Floody, high-CRI, and a driver regulated to a moderate power level.

It’d probably be 18650, though 14500 might be feasible if the parts can fit on a smaller driver. Ideally it’d be designed to be pretty lightweight, and would come with a head strap which uses loops to fit two grooves near the ends of the light.

If there’s room for 4 / 6 / 8 LEDs, it could use two color temperatures and do tint ramping between.

Possibly also a T-shaped model with a throwy LED and larger reflector in the center, between two floody LEDs in shallow reflectors. Ramp between flood and throw in a manner similar to tint ramping.

That’s what I’d make, if it was up to me.

I like it Thumbs Up . Would heat be an issue with so many LEDs though?

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hodor wrote:
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headlamp … 2 to 8 small LEDs in a straight line along the side in very shallow reflectors.

I like it Thumbs Up . Would heat be an issue with so many LEDs though?

Oh, the number of LEDs isn’t for brightness… it’s more for the beam pattern and possibly for tint ramping. The idea would be to use a regulated driver with a sane power level, not a direct-drive FET. I’m not terribly fond of wearing pocket rockets on my head.

One model could tint ramp between warm and cool CCTs… and another model could “beam ramp” between flood and throw. But both would still need reasonable power levels instead of running extremely hot.

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T shaped headlamp with 2-8emitters and with tint ramping sounds great,
Adaptive and steering responsive for biking would be perfect

On another note, 2020 model should include a probe that will be scanning asymptomatic bypassers and check their tenperature, an perhaps even an Antiviral beam, that can incapacitate any novel pathogens within 6 feet .

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freeme wrote:

I did publish a concept a few months ago

Also an interesting option. I hope the project will work out and the fashion for flashlights of this shape will begin.

Sorry for my poor english.

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Pip wrote:
I couldn’t find any information on a patent, the idea seems pretty obvious, although people have patented obvious ideas in the past. I know bushnell makes a headlight with that feature but it’s only 250 lumens. Who even needs to dim a 250 lumen headlight?

Looks like several companies make headlamps with that feature, but none of them are quality units.


I was thinking of Surefire IntelliBeam, but that it’s patented is hearsay (different forum). Not going through their countless patents.

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I like their slogan A Flashlight That’s Smarter than You. Evil
That just shows what kind of people they are marketing to. Door kicking furious viagra salesmen.

I think Cadillacs have intelli beam as well. Which could be realated to Hella Intellibeam

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Im thinking a tint shifting multi emitter light like the Sofirn IF25.
Perhaps E21a based, the obvious firmware but most importantly, a proper efficient buck/boost driver or similar.

I really think if we were able to get 8 x E21a of say 4500k & 2700k with a decent 5A driver it would be something very special that EVERYONE would want at least one of. The rosy tint would be amazing, almost everyone could be happy with the CCT and the output would actually be decent. If we can get a highly efficient driver into it, it wouldnt need to be “THAT” big to sustain a couple of amps and turbo to 5, assuming we arent dumping the excess voltage out in heat like normal.

Ive reflowed different 219b 9080 emitters onto my IF25 and its an amazing concept i truly think people would enjoy having if they saw it in action. The driver is terrible though.

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I am waiting for a SBT90.2 behind a TIR lens like the MC13 and L17 use. A single 21700 cell easy carry with high output and incredible rang like 2000 meters Big Smile Could a flashlight like this be made or is the 90.2 just to much power to focus at a distance of 2000 meters in a smallish frame? I am really liking the small pocketable super flooders and throwers. I ordered the XT45 last week, which is my first 90.2 flashlight, and have plans to also get the MC13, L17, NI40, NSX4 and the X9L. I like the small hotrod lights. I have had my NSX3 for a while now using the 40T and Molicel which was great and then I got the 30T’s two days ago and the flashlight WOKE UP! It’s incredible how far flashlight technology has come since I joined BLF in 2017. How far can we push size power and range? I love this site but my wife hates it lol. The future looks bright Big Smile

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Majoroverkill wrote:
I am waiting for a SBT90.2 behind a TIR lens like the MC13 and L17 use. A single 21700 cell easy carry with high output and incredible rang like 2000 meters Big Smile Could a flashlight like this be made or is the 90.2 just to much power to focus at a distance of 2000 meters in a smallish frame? I am really liking the small pocketable super flooders and throwers. I ordered the XT45 last week, which is my first 90.2 flashlight, and have plans to also get the MC13, L17, NI40, NSX4 and the X9L. I like the small hotrod lights. I have had my NSX3 for a while now using the 40T and Molicel which was great and then I got the 30T’s two days ago and the flashlight WOKE UP! It’s incredible how far flashlight technology has come since I joined BLF in 2017. How far can we push size power and range? I love this site but my wife hates it lol. The future looks bright Big Smile

I mean, for brief periods of time, you can give it as much power as your cell will deliver. 30T probably does alright for short bursts. I’m not sure if the range would be better than CULNM1.TG/CULPM1.TG though, and those are at much more sustainable currents. It’s just pencil-beam vs. 5000 lumens.

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