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Greetings from San Antonio

Hey guys. My trusty Fenix TK35 has finally died after a decade of use so I figured I'd get a new light. After buying not just one but eleven flashlights this past week to replace it, I've come to the realization that I'm an addict.

So I figured I'd join the group. laughing

 

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Welcome.

XM-L T6 version?

Dang, I loved that light.

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Rusty Joe wrote:
XM-L T6 version?

 

Yup! 

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We're very glad to have you here, X Ray!

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Howdy X-RAy. Welcome and you’re hooked

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Lot’s of Texas flashaholics – gotta stock up before the winter blackouts

I’m also a Texan.

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X Ray wrote:

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XM-L T6 version?

 


Yup! I wonder if I can get it fixed under warranty. I believe it’s lifetime. 

You know you can find some non-sold versions on Amazon, right?

https://amzn.to/3CJyrBw

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Welcome, X-Ray!

I’m curious… how did your Fenix TK35 “die”? Do you mean the emitter is totally shot? Or is it some other malfunction?

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Welcome, X-Ray! I'm curious... how did your Fenix TK35 "die"? Do you mean the emitter is totally shot? Or is it some other malfunction?

The light turns on but the output is extremely low, equivalent to a small Lumintop light (FW1A, FW3A, FW4A, etc) ramped all the way down to the lowest setting. 

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xevious wrote:
Do you mean the emitter is totally shot?

Definitely not the emitter. Just ran 4 volts directly to it and it's nice and bright. Must be an issue with the driver circuit. 

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Welcome!

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Rusty Joe wrote:
You know you can find some non-sold versions on Amazon, right?

I didn't realize that. A little too late to turn back at this point. I've already ordered a few small Lumintop lights, some garbage lights from Amazon, an Imalent R60C, then went a little overboard and ordered an Imalent MS18. I think I have all scenarios covered. 

TK35 xm-l t6  T2 xhp70  FW1A xp-l hi  FW4A xp-l hi  FW21 X9L sbt90  FW21 Pro xhp50.2  MS03W xhp70.2  R60C sst-70  MS08 xhp70.2  MS18W xhp70.2

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...and you’re hooked

I am. I was at 11 lights yesterday. I'm at 14 today. Is there a 12 step program I can sign up for? 

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X Ray wrote:

djmcconn wrote:
…and you’re hooked

I am. I was at 11 lights yesterday. I’m at 14 today. Is there a 12 step program I can sign up for? 

You just need to have self discipline like me. I haven’t bought a single flashlight in 9 days and will not be buying any in the foreseeable future. This time I really mean it.

I feel sorry for people who don't have a hobby or interest to escape to.

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X Ray wrote:

djmcconn wrote:
...and you’re hooked

I am. I was at 11 lights yesterday. I'm at 14 today. Is there a 12 step program I can sign up for? 

You just need to have self discipline like me. I haven't bought a single flashlight in 9 days and will not be buying any in the foreseeable future. This time I really mean it.

 

Obviously I got a little carried away, but I think I'm done. Purchased a Lumintop FW1A and two FW4A's (different color temps) to see if I wanted a little throw light (like the Fenix TK35) or something floody with more output. I think I like the FW4A a little better. But then the R60C just completely out classed both of them in every way imaginable other than size. There's too big of a gap in performance so I ordered three FW21 Pro's (one for myself, two as gifts) to have a tiny light that is a little closer in output to the R60C. And then for a large, brute force light, I just decided to go with the king of the flooders and ordered the MS18. The 6 cheap Amazon lights are all trash unfortunately and will most likely be given away or will be test beds for modification. 

So for a tiny, any jacket or pants pocket EDC light = FW21 Pro  

For the largest pop-can light that I can fit in my back jean's pocket = R60C

And for a large "On A Mission" type light = MS18

Everything is covered. 

TK35 xm-l t6  T2 xhp70  FW1A xp-l hi  FW4A xp-l hi  FW21 X9L sbt90  FW21 Pro xhp50.2  MS03W xhp70.2  R60C sst-70  MS08 xhp70.2  MS18W xhp70.2

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X Ray wrote:

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X Ray wrote:

djmcconn wrote:
…and you’re hooked

I am. I was at 11 lights yesterday. I’m at 14 today. Is there a 12 step program I can sign up for? 


You just need to have self discipline like me. I haven’t bought a single flashlight in 9 days and will not be buying any in the foreseeable future. This time I really mean it.

 


Obviously I got a little carried away, but I think I’m done. Purchased a Lumintop FW1A and two FW4A’s (different color temps) to see if I wanted a little throw light (like the Fenix TK35) or something floody with more output. I think I like the FW4A a little better. But then the R60C just completely out classed both of them in every way imaginable other than size. There’s too big of a gap in performance so I ordered three FW21 Pro’s (one for myself, two as gifts) to have a tiny light that is a little closer in output to the R60C. And then for a large, brute force light, I just decided to go with the king of the flooders and ordered the MS18. The 6 cheap Amazon lights are all trash unfortunately and will most likely be given away or will be test beds for modification. 


So for a tiny, any jacket or pants pocket EDC light = FW21 Pro  


For the largest pop-can light that I can fit in my back jean’s pocket = R60C


And for a large “On A Mission” type light = MS18


Everything is covered. 

Oh oh… you don’t have a jacket pocket light. Have you seen the Astrolux EC03?

Evil of me I know but I just couldn’t help it.

I feel sorry for people who don't have a hobby or interest to escape to.

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X Ray wrote:

Notmyrealname wrote:
X Ray wrote:

djmcconn wrote:
…and you’re hooked

I am. I was at 11 lights yesterday. I’m at 14 today. Is there a 12 step program I can sign up for? 


You just need to have self discipline like me. I haven’t bought a single flashlight in 9 days and will not be buying any in the foreseeable future. This time I really mean it.

 


Obviously I got a little carried away, but I think I’m done. Purchased a Lumintop FW1A and two FW4A’s (different color temps) to see if I wanted a little throw light (like the Fenix TK35) or something floody with more output. I think I like the FW4A a little better. But then the R60C just completely out classed both of them in every way imaginable other than size. There’s too big of a gap in performance so I ordered three FW21 Pro’s (one for myself, two as gifts) to have a tiny light that is a little closer in output to the R60C. And then for a large, brute force light, I just decided to go with the king of the flooders and ordered the MS18. The 6 cheap Amazon lights are all trash unfortunately and will most likely be given away or will be test beds for modification. 


So for a tiny, any jacket or pants pocket EDC light = FW21 Pro  


For the largest pop-can light that I can fit in my back jean’s pocket = R60C


And for a large “On A Mission” type light = MS18


Everything is covered. 

Oh oh… you don’t have a jacket pocket light. Have you seen the Astrolux EC03?

Evil of me I know, but I just couldn’t help it.

I feel sorry for people who don't have a hobby or interest to escape to.

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Notmyrealname wrote:

Oh oh... you don't have a jacket pocket light. Have you seen the Astrolux EC03? Evil of me I know, but I just couldn't help it.

LOL! That will be the FW21 Pro. If it's too big or heavy for a jacket pocket, then the FW4A will take it's place in that situation. 

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We're very glad to have you here, X Ray!

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Could I know what the girl's name is?
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Welcome neighbor!

 

Thanks!

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