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After lurking for at least two years...

I decided it was finally time to join the party! I discovered this forum via Reddit but I ditched Reddit permanently over a year ago and now BLF is my main flashlight forum.

In Collection:
Thrunite TN42 NW
Thrunite TN40S NW
Thrunite Catapult V6 NW (V1)
Sofirn SP36 BLF Edition (4000k Samsung emitters)
Zebralight sc700d
Zebralight SC64C LE
Emisar D4V2 CuZn (with 2700k e21a emitters and warm white button)

Pending:
Black D4V2 with XPL-HI emitters in 5000k (pending because it arrived defective and I am getting a replacement head)

I’m looking forward to posting pics of new lights and getting in on those movie discussions!

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Welcome! You have a nice collection, of those I have the SP36 BLF edition but I would not mind owning the others Smile

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Welcome to BLF!

You and I have a lot of overlap with our collections! Party

I thought I was reading my own list, but I sold my Catapult V6 and have only first gen D4 models.

I lusted after the TN42 and TN40S when they came out, and eventually found them both used in excellent condition. They’re among my very favorites, especially after swapping in replacement drivers by Lexel running Andúril.

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did the same lurking thing.
in the dark for years.

welcome to the Light.

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Welcome. to BLF! You have nice lights. I have Thrunite TN42 and 36UT, but not the 40S. I have Emisar D4V2 W2 and D18 W2, but so far, no Zebralight or Sofirn.

Have you seen the BLF GT94? Mega power thrower excitement.

Because I like big lights, my flashlightical views lean heavily toward both the extreme bright and the extreme heft.

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Welcome! You have a nice collection, of those I have the SP36 BLF edition but I would not mind owning the others

Thanks! I’m tempted to get another SP36 in 2700k or 4000k too but we’ll see. I don’t have anything bad to really say about any of the lights I’ve gotten so far. Zebralight could be cheaper I guess. But when you hold them in your hand you can feel the texture of your spent money! Big Smile

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Welcome. to BLF! You have nice lights. I have Thrunite TN42 and 36UT, but not the 40S.

Thanks! The TN40S is a beast. If you can find one I definitely recommend it. I love that the stepdown is temperature controlled because in the winter I can run it on turbo for quite a while if I choose. (Probably till I run out of battery but I have never tested it.)

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I have Emisar D4V2 W2 and D18 W2, but so far, no Zebralight or Sofirn.

I was thinking about the D18 but the emitters I wanted don’t seem to be offered right now.

Sofirn is a great bang-for-buck brand. My younger brother has one of their headlamps and one of their 18650 edc lights. I think if you have a hard-use case (shop work etc) that they really shine in that application. Wink The price is low enough not to get too sad if one gets ruined or lost, but they have good power and features. I hear Convoy is similarly placed but I haven’t gotten one yet.

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Have you seen the BLF GT94? Mega power thrower excitement.

Yea it looks like a BEAST but I decided to buy a few more lights for my EDC rotation first. Currently the SC64C LE is permanently in my pocket. That’s fine (great even) but I’d like to spice things up a bit with some different designs and features. The brass D4V2 is too heavy to carry imo.

Have you seen the Acebeam K75 (think that is their SBT90.2 model) I was debating whether or not that might be more practical than the GT94

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did the same lurking thing.
in the dark for years.

welcome to the Light.

After ditching Reddit i was in no hurry to get involved with another forum. But it looks like BLF is one of the good ones.

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goshdogit wrote:
Welcome to BLF!

You and I have a lot of overlap with our collections! Party

I thought I was reading my own list, but I sold my Catapult V6 and have only first gen D4 models.

I lusted after the TN42 and TN40S when they came out, and eventually found them both used in excellent condition. They’re among my very favorites, especially after swapping in replacement drivers by Lexel running Andúril.


Nice!

I got both the TN42 and TN40S on discount from Thrunite directly. I paid $113 for the TN42 and $140 for the TN40s. So not too bad. Have you done an emitter swap on the TN42? I often think that the host could handle something more robust. Anduril sounds kinda nice…I think Thrunite’s Medium and Low levels are too low on some of their lights. Is there a guide for the Anduril mod somewhere?

Did you replace your Catapult V6 with anything in particular? I like the size to performance ratio on that one. Medium on it is being a few hundred lumens too dim is my only real complaint.

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Thanks too to everyone who said, “Welcome” but who I didn’t respond to yet individually! Party

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Welcome to the BLF party CollectEverything! Party

I’d rather use my flashlight around the house than turn on the lights.

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Thanks for stopping by, CollectEverything!

I've heard that Reddit can be kinda toxic.

Luckily, BLF is usually non-toxic.  :-)

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Have you seen the Acebeam K75 (think that is their SBT90.2 model) I was debating whether or not that might be more practical than the GT94
 

My Acebeam K75 is more portable than the MF05/MT90 Plus. Bigger = more performance, smaller is more portability.

I like lots of small lights, lots of medium-size lights, and lots of very very big lights. It takes all sizes and shapes to make a collection.

Because I like big lights, my flashlightical views lean heavily toward both the extreme bright and the extreme heft.

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Welcome! I’m a “newbie” to the forum myself, though I’ve lurked in the past and lately have been guilty of reading through around a 40 page thread. (Yes, I’m sick)
I also have the Thrunite Catapult V6, very nice little thrower. Mine’s the 5000k version though, I don’t really like the warm beams on flashlights. I do have some warm beam lights, but they’re adjustable and used for paint correction purposes, not for fun. (Although I do have fun when I polish cars).

I just like shining my lights into the dark out of pure enjoyment and awe.
We've come far technologically and it's crazy to imagine what the future holds.

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CollectEverything wrote:
Have you seen the Acebeam K75 (think that is their SBT90.2 model) I was debating whether or not that might be more practical than the GT94

I’ve actually been toying with the idea lately of getting the Nitecore TM39. It doesn’t match the peak throw of the K75 BUT the modes are more sustainable than the Acebeam’s (the stepdown is not as harsh/fast) so the light is a bit more usable. Plus, it’s a lot more aesthetically pleasing, not as massive, more balanced and the UI takes the cake for me. Only thing holding me back on getting that light is that it’s been quite a while since they released it, and I fear I might get it and then a “GT” version will come out or a revision of it will come out anyway and then I’ll be really salty. Anybody know if there is a successor to the SBT90.2 or if a V3 is coming out any time soon? I’ve searched online but haven’t really found any info on this or on Nitecore possibly working on an updated version of the TM39. I think if they used 21700’s for their power supply instead of 18650’s, sure the light would be a bit chunkier and longer, but they’d increase performance/runtime SO MUCH that I think it’d be worth it. Idk, I’ll probably just pull the trigger anyway cuz I’m feeling the need to hold something POWERFUL, and the massive BLF lights aren’t it for me. I love performance but I also give a lot of importance to form factor and aesthetics.

I just like shining my lights into the dark out of pure enjoyment and awe.
We've come far technologically and it's crazy to imagine what the future holds.

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Have you done an emitter swap on the TN42?
Mine is still running the stock XHP35 HI. I have several other throwers but occasionally consider a swap for the TN42. Have you seen the TN42 V2 with the SBT90.2? It’s $300 but Amazon currently has a coupon for $69 off. Shocked

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Is there a guide for the Anduril mod somewhere?
I bought the drivers from Lexel, a longtime BLF member with extensive driver building knowledge. He designed lots of different drivers for upgrading existing lights and contributed to driver design of production lights, too. Unfortunately he is MIA, and we’re all hoping he will come back to BLF sometime.

There may be other options, such as from Texas_Ace, another well-respected member. See this thread for more details.

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Did you replace your Catapult V6 with anything in particular?
I sold it because I have several other throwers of similar size with similar performance. I really like the size and look, but just didn’t end up using it. Sometimes I think about buying another one, but only if I could swap the driver to run Andúril. Big Smile
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If you’re looking for additions to your collection, perhaps you need a small or medium thrower with an OSRAM emitter.

The Convoy C8+ is an excellent choice and amazing value. Simon offers great customer service and Convoys are well-respected. Here’s a C8+ listing at the official Convoy store on AliExpress to get you started.

I went with the 4-mode driver because there is no visible PWM and no extra blinky modes, just four well-spaced modes. Simon even installed a forward-clicky switch for me at no extra charge. Thumbs Up

I have a few different OSRAM throwers with white emitters, but the colored versions look super fun.

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goshdogit wrote:
If you’re looking for additions to your collection, perhaps you need a small or medium thrower with an OSRAM emitter.

The Convoy C8+ is an excellent choice and amazing value. Simon offers great customer service and Convoys are well-respected. Here’s a C8+ listing at the official Convoy store on AliExpress to get you started.

I went with the 4-mode driver because there is no visible PWM and no extra blinky modes, just four well-spaced modes. Simon even installed a forward-clicky switch for me at no extra charge. Thumbs Up

I have a few different OSRAM throwers with white emitters, but the colored versions look super fun.

That body has to be one of the most bought/used/modded lights in existence. I’ve never had one myself but have seen it mentioned everywhere. Where did you sell your Catapult V6 btw? e-bay or here in the forum? Asking in case I ever wanna sell any of my lights.

I just like shining my lights into the dark out of pure enjoyment and awe.
We've come far technologically and it's crazy to imagine what the future holds.

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Neurotoxin wrote:
Where did you sell your Catapult V6 btw? e-bay or here in the forum? Asking in case I ever wanna sell any of my lights.
I just checked my history, and I’ve sold 27 lights and bought a dozen or more here on BLF without a problem. Thumbs Up

I’ve bought a handful of lights on r/flashlight without issue, but I’ve never listed any for sale there.

I buy and sell using PayPal, and have conducted both ‘goods & services’ and ‘friends & family’ transactions in each direction. It seems common to ask the buyer to pay the ~3% PayPal fee if they prefer a ‘goods & services’ transaction so they’re covered by PayPal’s ‘buyer protection’ program.

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Neurotoxin wrote:
Where did you sell your Catapult V6 btw? e-bay or here in the forum? Asking in case I ever wanna sell any of my lights.
I just checked my history, and I’ve sold 27 lights and bought a dozen or more here on BLF without a problem. Thumbs Up

I’ve bought a handful of lights on r/flashlight without issue, but I’ve never listed any for sale there.

I buy and sell using PayPal, and have conducted both ‘goods & services’ and ‘friends & family’ transactions in each direction. It seems common to ask the buyer to pay the ~3% PayPal fee if they prefer a ‘goods & services’ transaction so they’re covered by PayPal’s ‘buyer protection’ program.

Ooooh, thanks for the info bro, much appreciated.

I just like shining my lights into the dark out of pure enjoyment and awe.
We've come far technologically and it's crazy to imagine what the future holds.

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Have you seen the TN42 V2 with the SBT90.2?

Yep! I am on the Thrunite mailing list. It seems great in theory but I wasn’t happy about having to modify the battery carrier (even slightly) in order for it to take normal 21700s and the stepdown is so fast and so drastic on Turbo. I might just spend a bit more and get the one of the Gigathrowers later on, we’ll see.
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I bought the drivers from Lexel, a longtime BLF member with extensive driver building knowledge. He designed lots of different drivers for upgrading existing lights and contributed to driver design of production lights, too. Unfortunately he is MIA, and we’re all hoping he will come back to BLF sometime.

There may be other options, such as from Texas_Ace, another well-respected member. See this thread for more details.


That is too bad. Always sad when someone goes MIA that you knew online and you have no way of reaching out. Hopefully they are doing well.
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I sold it because I have several other throwers of similar size with similar performance.

Which is your favorite of those? Do you have the Noctigon K1?
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goshdogit wrote:
If you’re looking for additions to your collection, perhaps you need a small or medium thrower with an OSRAM emitter.

The Convoy C8+ is an excellent choice and amazing value. Simon offers great customer service and Convoys are well-respected. Here’s a C8+ listing at the official Convoy store on AliExpress to get you started.

I went with the 4-mode driver because there is no visible PWM and no extra blinky modes, just four well-spaced modes. Simon even installed a forward-clicky switch for me at no extra charge. Thumbs Up

I have a few different OSRAM throwers with white emitters, but the colored versions look super fun.


I’ve looked at the C8 a few times and haven’t picked on up mainly because I wasn’t sure if I’d reach for it over the Catapult V6. I do plan to get an Osram light eventually though and I definitely need a few Convoys for my collection. I dig that pineapple-grenade-looking M3 and people seem to love their S2+s.
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Beware that the S2+ lights are like an entry level drug and will multiply like rabbits in your house.

 

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