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Good Old Times ?

I was away from this sight for few years and I saved so much money during that time! Unfortunately, Wurkkos is on the mission to make me poor Smile

One of the thing I am doing now is to look at my 10 year old posting and try to find the older lights and the sellers/manufacturers. Many of them are just gone! Remember the 1st AAA LED? Or the 1st 3AA Luxeon based Legend? Or DQG Tiny in AAA or DQG Tiny in 18650? And who can ever forget the other forum which is NOT BE NAMED?

I see that Hank is still around and still very respected after a decade of being in business. But Ric from CNQualityGoods is gone (DQG). Fasttech, gearbest, banggood are still around. Is Meritline still there?

Anybody else reminiscing about decades of being flashaholics and how you ended up at that other forum before making this as your home?

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Nice subject!

Although I don’t have the experience of “decades of being flashaholic” (just half of a decade) I would like to make my contribution.

It may sound weird but I’m missing the good old Skyray King(s). More than four years ago this was my very first “high power” light (with about 2000 ugly lumens out of 7 fake XM-L) but after some modding I squeezed about 7000 real Cree XM-L2 lumens out. It also got a piggybacked BLF A6 driver and later a TA driver board with my own firmware which I’m using on most of my lights with momentary switches. I still use this light from time to time, it’s pretty handy and I like its lumen/weight ratio.

Recently I got sentimental and thought about modifying another King with XHP50.2 LEDs but I couldn’t find any offer with a reasonable (=cheap) price tag Crying .

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Oh, is my Skyray 7LED from GearBest fake too? That was purchased in 2016 for measly $20

By the way, I paid close to $60 for my first Luxeon direct driven 3AA Legend (based upon Brinkman host) from Hawaii. More than triple digit number of lights purchased after that but never paid that kind of money for any of them. But I always admired all those McGizmo lights and drooled when saw the pictures.

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I have been reminiscing about a decade on this site. Never went for the other site as budget means something Big Smile (Granted for what I have spent over the years I could have probably been fine with a couple of “good” lights. Where is the fun in that?) Happy that so many came from that other site and brought serious knowledge to this site without making it into another version of the other one!
Good old times? Well it was pretty cool to get over 600 lumen OTF with some of the P60 hosts. My little TrustFire R5 was a great little light. My first C8s were pretty cool for the day. However, the good times were really yet to come. Between technology improvements and the collaboration with this forum and manufacturers the lights we have today are just so much better as a whole that I have no desire to see anything I had in the day come back. Convoy, Sofirn, Wurkkos, are simply making fantastic lights today. Sure some premium brands may actually make better but not even close in the value equation and this still is the BUDGET light forum! Hats off to SB and all the wonderful people who make up this community and the manufacturers that work with us! These are the good old times and while I may indeed back off again as I have went way over my budget;-), I look forward to what will be coming up in the future!

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sontakke wrote:
Oh, is my Skyray 7LED from GearBest fake too? That was purchased in 2016 for measly $20

This one? Big Smile

That’s the one I was talking about. Claimed 8400 lumen with the famous XML T6.

But mine is a very nice flashlight now …

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Wasn’t into flashlights, I was part of the laser community back then instead.

The laser community is full of bitter, easily-annoyed people who have an extremely dangerous hobby that attracts people who are ignorant of (or who simply ignore) safety precautions.

So almost every thread goes like this:

Anon 1: helo everyone how I buy maximum sterngth lazer? I am 14 yars old and wan lazer for show my frands

Anon 2: OMG WHAT ARE YOU DOING YOU WILL BLIND SOMEONE OMG BAN THIS PERSON NOOOOOOW

That’s how “we” say “hi” over there.

I’m much happier here.

               

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That’s the one! “SkyRay Cree XML T6 8400Lm Compact LED Flashlight – Black”
Until you told me, I was quite happy with it! Of course, I have rarely used it as I find it NOT exactly suitable as general purpose light except showing to others just for fun.
I had no idea those XML were all fake.

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Yeah DQG Tiny is very hard to find, a few of them still around but hard to find.

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The technology improved but things are different. I also miss some of the posters from back then, Match, Foy, Dchomak and many more.

I also missed many threads about how modern drivers work, back when i was learning it was tail switches and linear drivers.

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Ha, those Skyrays do still exist! Found them at aliexpress, they simply don’t name it “Skyray” anymore.
Still using XML T6, and outputting ten thousends of chinese lumens.
Perhaps I’ll choose a golden one this time …

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32621303808.html
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32787218355.html

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Dreaming_ wrote:
Wasn’t into flashlights, I was part of the laser community back then instead.

The laser community is full of bitter, easily-annoyed people who have an extremely dangerous hobby that attracts people who are ignorant of (or who simply ignore) safety precautions.

So almost every thread goes like this:

Anon 1: helo everyone how I buy maximum sterngth lazer? I am 14 yars old and wan lazer for show my frands

Anon 2: OMG WHAT ARE YOU DOING YOU WILL BLIND SOMEONE OMG BAN THIS PERSON NOOOOOOW

That’s how “we” say “hi” over there.

I’m much happier here.

LOL yea, I had my share of those conversations. Even when the green pointers first came out but you could “hack” them beyond 5mw so they had a nice visible beam at night, there’d always be some kid running up to me “OMG I NEED THAT!!”. Not “I want..” “NEED!!!”. I stopped when ppl shining lasers at planes and such started making the news. Just not worth it. (I never, ever, did anything like that)

Came here to get the BLF GT/GiggleMonster. I’m even scared to use that.

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AZJ Ditto for me. I never posted there but some amazing things to learn. The knuckleheads around here used to flash planes and there were reports of dummies flashing choppers from Fort Bragg. Very unhealthy

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I’d kick a puppy for an M43.

Praise be in the name of Biff Turtleburg.

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azj wrote:
Came here to get the BLF GT/GiggleMonster. I’m even scared to use that.

I bought a manker mk35 II (sbt 90.2) and then a weltool W4 and they were basically like socially-acceptable mega-lasers, so I set my Sanwus and so on upon a shelf, and I never looked back.

               

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Bart Fox wrote:
I’d kick a puppy for an M43.

Maybe

"Everywhere I go, there I am"

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toddcshoe wrote:
Bart Fox wrote:
I’d kick a puppy for an M43.

Maybe


Hello good morning sir, wat is this you are linking

               

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Why thank you, beautiful stranger.

Praise be in the name of Biff Turtleburg.

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Relatively new flashaholic here. Thanks for the awesome thread! This is a tread to read through.

What was Hank doing 10 years ago? Did he have another brand before Noctigon/Emisar?

That SkyRay 7 LED light sure looks an awful lot like Q8. Did SkyRay become Thorfire and then Sofirn?

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I think everyone had a version of Q8, some called it something else.

Praise be in the name of Biff Turtleburg.

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12~13 years ago all my info on flashlights came from a Brazilian forum (maybe some from another American forum), and one thing I remember is that a LOT of people loved the p60 standard, and scoffed at proprietary formats. How things change…

PS: I do miss Solarforce and regret not getting more products from them, and while more hosts would be nice, getting a clip for my L2T is on top of my bucket list.

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Had to goggle it for the dates, but I got my first “real” flashlights, a pair of Quark 2AA-Xes (at least I think that’s what they were called) back in 2013-2014 or so.

But I did like the River Rock (Target house brand) lights, the 1×AA and 2×C beasties.

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I bought my first LED flashlight in November 2007.

Even though I did research, the flashlight wasn't all that great.

It was a Rayovac 2AA 80 lumen flashlight.

At the time, I thought it was pretty bright.  :FACEPALM:

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EDIT:

The worst part was the clip.

Any time you removed the clip or put it back on, it scratched up the anodization on the flashlight.

Granted, I don't think the clip was made to be removable.

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tactical_grizzly wrote:
Relatively new flashaholic here. Thanks for the awesome thread! This is a tread to read through.

What was Hank doing 10 years ago? Did he have another brand before Noctigon/Emisar?

That SkyRay 7 LED light sure looks an awful lot like Q8. Did SkyRay become Thorfire and then Sofirn?


The Q8 was a BLF initiative after so many people had Sky Ray Kings that had terrible heatsink problems, structurally they were just fairly bad designs and everyone in China was copying that bad design. So we designed our own version that really showed what a sodacan light can be, and were lucky to convince Thorfire to make it, that was the BLF/Thorfire Q8. Then later the OEM manufacturer that made Thorfire flashlights started their own brand Sofirn and then Sofirn made (they asked our permission, that was thoughtful) their own versions of the Q8, and spin-offs like the Sofirn SP36.

Closer to the subject of this thread: I still have my Romisen RC-G2 which I still find a great form factor that was not repeated since, in the meantime it has a BLF-A6 derived direct driver and a dedomed Luminus SST-20 4000K 95CRI. Beautiful beam from the light OP reflector of the RC-G2.

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My first lithium-ion powered flashlight was purchased in September 2010.

I knew about BLF at the time, which is where I got the idea for the flashlight, but I didn't create an account until a month later.

This is the flashlight...

lumapower_mrv_se

The famous (at the time) LumaPower MRV SE from FocalPrice.

It was a great flashlight in 2010.

My family has one and still uses it today.

I have one as well, but I quit using it years ago.

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I haven’t been into lights very seriously until the last few years but I do remember having some Inova LED flashlights that I found at Walmart when I was younger. They were pretty nice but sadly I don’t have them any longer. I had some Surefires like a 6P LED, G2 LED, some others too, and remember getting really cheap P60 modules from dealextreme. I guess I missed the hype for the XML T6 that still seems to be the best emitter ever made since it’s still being advertised with so many of those cheap lights.

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Arc 1-AAA and Luxeon Legend 3AA was my start in the height of dot-com bubble aka 2000. The other NOT-TO-BE-NAMED forum was flying high.

I still have Romisen RC-G2 although its driver is injured and only puts out feeble light.

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CPF used to be “the place to be” for LED flashlights. There were so many great people actively posting there. I learned a lot. I was fortunate to jump on the NovaTac 120P bandwagon fairly early on, and also nabbed a Liteflux LFT2xt as they were being closed out. Those were fun days. But, we do have great people here. Education wise, I’ve learned far much more from the community here on BLF. And the tech improvements? It’s amazing how far we’ve come to this point. Now tint ramping and multi-channel lights are in play. We’ve got seriously capable makers like Emisar/Noctigon & Fireflies putting out lights we could have only dreamed about just 8 years ago.

I do wonder if these days will be reminisced about some years in the future, when things change again. When high economic stress is in play and raw materials are much more expensive, I expect modding will be enjoying a big boost—repurposing older lights with newer emitters, being far more economical than buying brand new lights.

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Bort wrote:
The technology improved but things are different. I also miss some of the posters from back then, Match, Foy, Dchomak and many more.

I also missed many threads about how modern drivers work, back when i was learning it was tail switches and linear drivers.


I have definitely seen the term “foybevel” a lot reading old threads.

As for the skyray kings, I modded a Supfire M6 with xhp50.2 to make probably 10k lumens.

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Scallywag wrote:
Bort wrote:
The technology improved but things are different. I also miss some of the posters from back then, Match, Foy, Dchomak and many more.

I also missed many threads about how modern drivers work, back when i was learning it was tail switches and linear drivers.


I have definitely seen the term “foybevel” a lot reading old threads.

As for the skyray kings, I modded a Supfire M6 with xhp50.2 to make probably 10k lumens.

https://budgetlightforum.com/comment/1524522#comment-1524522

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djozz wrote:
The Q8 was a BLF initiative

The Q8 is what got me really interested in modern flashlights and what they could do. Also fueled by the childhood memories of this beast of a flashlight that my grandma had with a fluorescent tube down one side. Flickered and took a second to come on.

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