Nostalgic for the SK68.

5 posts / 0 new
Last post
heyho
heyho's picture
Offline
Last seen: 1 week 18 hours ago
Joined: 02/25/2012 - 12:27
Posts: 175
Location: Cathedral city, UK.
Nostalgic for the SK68.

I used to buy these by the dozen, and give them away to colleagues etc… Used to be great particularly with the extension tube mod.

I think I stopped buying them when they started appearing with non Cree emitters.

Any love left for these little classics? Any recommendation of where I might get something close to the early models, and are the extension tube donors still out there?

bikenber73
bikenber73's picture
Offline
Last seen: 6 hours 1 min ago
Joined: 11/12/2011 - 15:09
Posts: 2157
Location: Maryland USA

The donors were those ‘Police’ lights correct?

I still have two original ones left in my tool box. Beat to hell but still work!
The Ultra OK ones weren’t bad if I remember correctly

heyho
heyho's picture
Offline
Last seen: 1 week 18 hours ago
Joined: 02/25/2012 - 12:27
Posts: 175
Location: Cathedral city, UK.

That’s correct.

I’ve just seen that Fasttech still list the SK68, at $3.40, whereas I can get 5 pieces from a UK based ebay seller for 10GPB, which equates to $2.74 each!

MascaratumB
MascaratumB's picture
Offline
Last seen: 3 hours 16 min ago
Joined: 10/29/2016 - 12:12
Posts: 6772
Location: Portugal

If you search in AliExpress for “sipik”, you’ll find some models that seem to be “original” versions from that light.
But…there are millions of them that are not the “real” ones!

Ex: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32621103875.html

Robin Dobbie
Offline
Last seen: 1 week 22 hours ago
Joined: 04/30/2019 - 12:49
Posts: 1144
Location: Texas

Anyone try the sipik ones to see if they have hollow pills? Pretty much everything else has blue emitters, hollow pills, switches with the lightest plating jobs so they don’t last. They’re a victim of race-to-the-bottom economics. As many will tell you, they aren’t what they used to be, not that they were ever “good.” That said, the one I have still works after a switch replacement and I still love it.

I bought a couple more a year or two later after I got my first one for free in a tobacco company giveaway. I think I got them either for a dollar or 50 cents after a coupon. The new ones were very different. Notably, the tubes were too big and the cells rattle, lights were much dimmer, but slightly less blue(maybe 8000K rather than the 10000K of the first one).

Later I got more coups and tried some SK-98s. Basically the same thing, but with 5mm emitters and 18650 compatibility. Still blue as hell, switches don’t last, but at least they’re bright. I still use them as worklights, but I have to be careful as, like the 68s, there’s no low-voltage protection. They’ll happily drain your cells to oblivion.