How much of a premium would you pay for brass or copper

18 posts / 0 new
Last post
zoulas
zoulas's picture
Offline
Last seen: 5 hours 57 min ago
Joined: 06/01/2020 - 08:35
Posts: 2125
How much of a premium would you pay for brass or copper

As you know some lights come in brass and/or copper to complement the basic aluminum version. These naturally cost more. How much more would you be willing to pay over the basic aluminum version? Would you even consider brass or copper for extra money?

For me, I would like to pay as little as possible but I think 50% more is very reasonable.

So if a light in aluminum cost $50, I would pay $75 for a brass or copper version.

ChrisGarrett
ChrisGarrett's picture
Offline
Last seen: 4 hours 6 min ago
Joined: 02/12/2014 - 22:03
Posts: 1056
Location: Miami, Florida

I have an Olight iT5 in copper that was bundled with their pistol light and their i3 UV, for a good deal, but I generally don’t do copper or brass.

A 30%-50% premium seems reasonable, however.

Chris

RamBull
Offline
Last seen: 2 days 4 hours ago
Joined: 06/13/2021 - 13:20
Posts: 119

No limit depending what and who makes them. For example the E70 with Getician is almost $50-75 more compared to aluminum. I also got custom copper/brass/titanium from Mr. Tube for my D4v2 and D4Sv2 with custom body, bezel, clip and tail cap for a good chunk of cash.

TermsakC
TermsakC's picture
Offline
Last seen: 2 hours 56 min ago
Joined: 06/05/2021 - 22:47
Posts: 388
Location: Singapore

Copper flashlight is usually more expensive than its brass counterpart. On Banggood, brass flashlights in several models are readily available at about 50% more than those made of aluminum.

I prefer copper flashlights although they tend to be rather expensive for me. Don’t know why not more copper flashlights are produced, since there seems to be a high demand.

In my opinion, the price of a brass flashlight and a copper flashlight should come down to just 20% and 30% of an aluminum flashlight respectively.

mattlward
mattlward's picture
Online
Last seen: 6 min ago
Joined: 06/19/2015 - 09:20
Posts: 3297
Location: Illinois, USA
RamBull wrote:
No limit depending what and who makes them. For example the E70 with Getician is almost $50-75 more compared to aluminum. I also got custom copper/brass/titanium from Mr. Tube for my D4v2 and D4Sv2 with custom body, bezel, clip and tail cap for a good chunk of cash.

Who is Mr. Tube?

EDC rotation:
KR4, SST-20 FA3 4000k (favorite!)
FW3A, Nichia 4000k sw40 r9080 (second favorite)
FW1A, LH351D 3500k (third favorite)
FW1A, XP-L Hi 3A
FW3A, LH351D 3500k
FW3A, SST20 FD2 4000k
FW3A, Cree XP-L Hi 5A3
Emisar D4V2, SST20 4000k
Emisar D4V2, brass E21A 3500k (night light of choice)

Venice
Offline
Last seen: 1 day 2 hours ago
Joined: 07/02/2017 - 15:19
Posts: 230
Location: South Gulf Coast Florida

Just going by my experience with Peak Solutions, the regular Eiger lights are (in round numbers): Aluminum – $50, Brass – $65, Stainless – $70 and Copper – $95.
Also not sure but copper and brass may be available in different levels of quality (purity?).
I have owned all of these and really like the different metals available.
Titanium is a different matter altogether.

RamBull
Offline
Last seen: 2 days 4 hours ago
Joined: 06/13/2021 - 13:20
Posts: 119

A Thai craftsman who specializes is custom flashlight tubes. He’s designing me a custom tube, bezel, tail cap and clips.

mattlward
mattlward's picture
Online
Last seen: 6 min ago
Joined: 06/19/2015 - 09:20
Posts: 3297
Location: Illinois, USA

Any contact info for him?

I love copper for an EDC, except for the weight. I would likely spend 35 to 50 percent more for an EDC. But, it better have great emitters, a good clip and a good UI. I would love a full copper FW1A, instead of my copper FW3A’s. Not sure I would want my KR4 to be copper, it is massive already with just a copper mid-section.

EDC rotation:
KR4, SST-20 FA3 4000k (favorite!)
FW3A, Nichia 4000k sw40 r9080 (second favorite)
FW1A, LH351D 3500k (third favorite)
FW1A, XP-L Hi 3A
FW3A, LH351D 3500k
FW3A, SST20 FD2 4000k
FW3A, Cree XP-L Hi 5A3
Emisar D4V2, SST20 4000k
Emisar D4V2, brass E21A 3500k (night light of choice)

RamBull
Offline
Last seen: 2 days 4 hours ago
Joined: 06/13/2021 - 13:20
Posts: 119
zoulas
zoulas's picture
Offline
Last seen: 5 hours 57 min ago
Joined: 06/01/2020 - 08:35
Posts: 2125

MR Tube. Only in the USA would a company like that have a market.

Scallywag
Scallywag's picture
Offline
Last seen: 3 hours 11 min ago
Joined: 01/11/2018 - 22:23
Posts: 2283
Location: Ohio, United States

I’m not interested in copper flashlights. In my opinion, aluminum is a superior flashlight material – obviously certain parts of a flashlight ought to be copper, but the entire host does not.

wle
wle's picture
Offline
Last seen: 21 min 27 sec ago
Joined: 01/07/2015 - 13:49
Posts: 2727
Location: atlanta ga

nothing really

i have a copper Tool AAA but it was only $10 on wish.com

i would have also paid that for an aluminum one

i like it but i would not want anything bigger to be copper, it weighs too much and smells bad
brass, too

aluminum is completely better imho

wle

"You never have the wind with you - it's either against you, or you're having a good day."
    Daniel Behrman, "The Man Who Loved Bicycles".
It never gets easy, you just go faster.   
-Greg Lemond.
       ,ø¤º°`°º¤ø¸,ø¤º°`°º¤ø¸,ø¤º°`°º¤ø¸

Xyrium
Offline
Last seen: 13 hours 30 min ago
Joined: 10/31/2021 - 10:25
Posts: 27
Location: United States

I wouldn't pay for either, though titanium gets special attention from me.

id30209
id30209's picture
Offline
Last seen: 18 hours 5 min ago
Joined: 05/17/2018 - 12:20
Posts: 2111
Location: Croatia

 Rass and copper are not premium materials, titanium is. So that being said, 30% is my max i’d pay. 50% gor titanium. That was some kind of normal pricing until “corona crap” came in and many new members and flashlit enthusistas join the madness.

Of course manufacturers (chinese mostly) recognized it and started pumping prices…as am looking at it past 14-16 years

WTB Titanium 4sevens 2xAA tube

Henk4U2
Henk4U2's picture
Offline
Last seen: 2 hours 7 min ago
Joined: 02/13/2014 - 17:52
Posts: 4229
Location: The heart of the Netherlands (GMT+1)

Hard to say. I would not buy the same flashlights in alu as I buy in Cu or Ti. An alu flashlight has to be a serious tool, in Cu or Ti it is a gadget, a trinket, or as we say in NL “hebbeding”. I have a brass Lumintop Prince. Two non-alu lights are AA, rest is AAA.

You are a flashaholic if you are forced to come out of the closet, to make room for more flashlights.

Lightbringer
Lightbringer's picture
Offline
Last seen: 8 hours 3 min ago
Joined: 08/30/2016 - 14:12
Posts: 16184
Location: nyc

Nuttin’. Both oxidise and end up looking yucky. They can be coated, but the coating can peel and we’re back to yucky.

09 F9 11 02 9D 74 E3 5B D8 41 56 C5 63 56 88 C0

zoulas
zoulas's picture
Offline
Last seen: 5 hours 57 min ago
Joined: 06/01/2020 - 08:35
Posts: 2125
Henk4U2 wrote:
Hard to say. I would not buy the same flashlights in alu as I buy in Cu or Ti. An alu flashlight has to be a serious tool, in Cu or Ti it is a gadget, a trinket, or as we say in NL “hebbeding”. I have a brass Lumintop Prince. Two non-alu lights are AA, rest is AAA.

Agree, the copper/brass FT03 is a heavyweight. Not something you want to carry but still way cool.

jimF
Offline
Last seen: 1 month 1 week ago
Joined: 10/28/2018 - 23:26
Posts: 38
Location: Missouri

Used to like to get a few copper lights here and there, but ended up not too fond of the smell and residue they get. Now I get brass lights here and there. Like said above neither is a premium metal as compared to titanium which is apparently more expensive due to its difficulty to machine. I’ll pay more obviously for a brass option, but nothing like, say, Acebeam is asking for the Brass E70 compared to the Aluminium version…