"Must know information" for the average flashlight user? (Wurkkos FC11 Specifically)

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"Must know information" for the average flashlight user? (Wurkkos FC11 Specifically)

So I bought both my parents and my sister each a Wurkkos FC11.
Well, I told them about it and they were interested, and they all gave me money to order them each one.
Im not that nice lol.

My mother has now had me order two more as gifts for my brother and his girlfriend.

I want to make sure they stay safe and get the most out of their new lights.
What are some “must know” facts and information I should make sure they are aware of?
What kind of information do you usually impart on family and friends when gifting them lights like this?
Im a bit nervous just handing them over and leaving them to it.
I doubt any of them will read the manual..
Thanks in advance.

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Don’t just go clicking the button randomly.

Don’t point it in people’s eyes.

Loosen the tailcap for long-term storage.

Don’t leave it on the charger for days at a time.

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Store long term at half charge(ish) for longer battery longevity (they can get many more years of life this way).

Don’t point at other humans even if they are a block away.

Don’t look at the LED when its on.

Don’t give the light to kids to play with.

Do have fun with it, its incredibly useful in many situations.

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They should always try the light before charging to be sure it still is above the LVP level. Batteries that go below this level may become dangerous when charging.

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Let them know that lithium-ion batteries shouldn’t be treated like alkalines that they’re used to……don’t let them run to depletion (the light should stop this but they still need to be aware, and when the low-voltage blinks or the button turns red or whatever, they need to stop and recharge asap).

They need to be charged with attention…stick around and keep an eye on it if at all possible rather than letting it go while they sleep or run errands. It’s just smarter.

You should open them up and set the temperature calibration and high temp limit for them before you give the lights to them. First thing to do with any anduril light, but that’ll make sure they receive them with basics covered. Maybe set the upper temp limit a bit lower until they’re ready to handle the heat or potential oopses responsibly. Alternatively (or in conjunction) you could dumb down the upper ramp limit a little bit.

Show them how they can choose stepped or ramped light settings.

Show them the easy clicks to lockout but also encourage them to do a mechanical lockout by unscrewing head-or-tail a quarter turn before tucking the lights into a pack or whatever…and to do that if the light won’t be used for awhile (if they don’t want to remove the battery instead).

Remind them to clean off the threads once or twice a year (and maybe regrease them if they want, with a o-ring safe lube). Also to clean off the ends of the battery as a habit every time they swap or charge, and wipe the ends of the springs and battery tube from time to time. Basic clean electrical connection stuff.

A lot of people are used to lights that load only with the head removed, so if that’s their thing, fine, but remind them about battery polarity and not to jab things into the driver board. I try to get people to focus on using the tailcap instead so it’s the one place they use for both cell swaps and lockout.

And no orifices even with consent.

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That last sentence got me scratching my head?

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pennzy wrote:
That last sentence got me scratching my head?

With a crenulated bezel, I hope…

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Correllux wrote:
pennzy wrote:
That last sentence got me scratching my head?

With a crenulated bezel, I hope…


Like many medications our flashlights should be understood to be external use only.

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pennzy wrote:
That last sentence got me scratching my head?

 

For EXTERNAL use only.

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Didn’t know that needs to be said. Big Smile

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Good stuff.
Thanks guys.

Correllux wrote:
And no orifices even with consent.

Im not sure what you think my brother and his gf are gonna be doing with their flashlights lmao!
Is it because the FC11 is ‘ribbed’? lolol

Correllux wrote:
You should open them up and set the temperature calibration and high temp limit for them before you give the lights to them. First thing to do with any anduril light, but that’ll make sure they receive them with basics covered. Maybe set the upper temp limit a bit lower until they’re ready to handle the heat or potential oopses responsibly. Alternatively (or in conjunction) you could dumb down the upper ramp limit a little bit.

I dont think thats an option with this light. Its not running Anduril.

Some stuff I was thinking of making sure they know:

-The basic stuff already explained in the manual, like how to choose between stepped and ramping.

-Make them aware that the light output can very easily burn things, as well as the light itself can get phsically hot.

-Understand what turbo is and when to / when not to us it.
(Not fully sure of this myself really. Maybe I could use some tips here)

-How to prevent accidental activation in a purse. ie: electronic and mechanical lock out.

-Not to shine it in peoples faces or their dogs face.

-Knowing when to charge it, and not to leave it unattended when charging.

-Not leaving it in the vehicle during winter??
(I have some questions and concerns myself about winter usage)

-I was gonna cover some basic Lithium Ion Cell safety.
Like not allowing the cell to short circiut and what exactly that means and why.
Basically, dont even take the cell out. There no real need to.

-Dont let the girlfriends nieces and nephews play around with it. (kids)

…Thats all I can think of right now.

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Before gifting lights with charging I always measure the battery voltage after the indicator light turns green to be sure it is not overcharging.

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CRC wrote:
I dont think thats an option with this light. Its not running Anduril.

Yeah…whoops. I own the darn thing, you’d think I’d be aware of this. lol. I do like the Sofirn Narsil-ish firmware, though…actually almost like it better than Anduril and it’s sure a lot easier for non-aholics to figure out.

As to the other point… Beer

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Thank you for support on Wurkkos FC11 Crown

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Do not put it in microwave oven!

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Buy all your flashlights in a dollar store .

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In addition to everything else.
Read the manual that comes with the light. More than once if necessary.