What flashlight trends would you like to see in 2023?

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What flashlight trends would you like to see in 2023?

Personally i’m hoping for:

1) more 26800 flashlights and 2) boost drivers become the norm Big Smile

Edit: i almost forgot, 3) more 519A lights!! Party

Edited by: puglife2 on 01/06/2023 - 10:23
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More boost/buck drivers
New LEDs (better efficiency, output)
Active cooling in smaller, high output lights

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Fewer and fewer models of flashlight having a strobe mode.

Fewer and fewer models of flashlight having a built in, non-replaceable battery.

A greater focus on sustained brightness levels/runtimes rather than “Our light does 20,000 lumens!” (Sure it does…for 5 seconds. Not exactly useful to most people.)

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Fewer lights with those awful two way pocket clips.

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I hope we get more regulated drivers that also offer a FET mode for turbo.

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More constant frequency strobes instead of alternating frequency.

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My idea is extremely specific...

I'd like to see more budget compact 21700 throwers with a single SFT40 emitter.

Right now, Convoy owns the market, but I'd like to see other manufacturers try to compete with Convoy.

Convoy is pretty nice, but their UI is not ideal compared to some other brands.

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1) More budget lights and BLF community lights 2) Stop making poor copies of Anduril and just use Anduril. 3) Less copy and paste designs. 4) More Niche lights (RGBW, UV, Red lights, Cob lights), Work lights (Harbour folding cob led), Bike lights. there’s so few good options.

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Firmware update via USB C port.

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1. more warm. less blue.
2. less tactical. more practical.
3. more body colors. less black.

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I want cheaper LEPs.

 

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  • BLF UIs on Convoy lights.
  • More USB charging that’s built in the threads, instead of behind a flap
  • More 519A, and good ways to drive 6A to them. Buck, or boost if multi-emitter.
  • Better side switches that don’t activate accidentally
  • manufacturers respecting standby drain more

My perfect light for 2023 would be a ZL SC64 with 519A, 6A buck driver, and anduril. I know ZL won’t do it, so I challenge someone else to get close on the form factor.

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Larger switch buttons ala TS11, light that comes on with a shake, or a wiggle.

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More lights running on AA batteries – especially coming from Olight, lol.

Also less cold white emitters. Neutral white should be the standard option.

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For me, same as ever:

  • Smaller
  • Brighter
  • MUCH better CRI (PLEASE!!)
  • Regulated Runtime, it’s not just for breakfast anymore.
  • NO BLINKIES!! (not asking. stop that.)
  • TIRs, not Parabolas, please (being nice again).

And Muggle-compatible battery options, because I give away a lot of my experiments.

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Better UIs and customizable UIs.
And lower prices Cool

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I’d like to see lower power and plastic. Seriously.

Part of increasing lumens/watt numbers in emitters is that workable high levels can now be achieved with less heat.

Fiber-reinforced polymer is an incredibly light and durable material, just lacking in positive thermal properties.

Pelican/streamlight have made durable polymer lights for a while, especially in the specialty industrial lines. Give me an honest glass-reinforced nylon convoy s2 / s12 size light with emitter options and 500 lumens. And a corresponding lightweight headlamp.

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Efficient drivers
No blinkies
Less Androol
More mechanical switch lights, side or tail.

One of my most favorite lights ever is a Convoy BD06 that was given to me as a gift. It wasn’t perfect but I eventually got it that way. Stock it wasn’t that great but, with a bit of work it’s now bullet proof. Make a light like that. Make it right the first time and never leave anything on the table.

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  • Availability of custom/DIY drivers as pre-populated boards for those of us who don’t own reflow capabilities.
  • Manufacturers producing more efficient drivers as standard
  • Warm white lanterns, to get some sofirn competition going
  • More lower cost AA/AAA lights, the category has been stagnant for a while
  • More lights with fun/unusual LEDs: Phosphor converted colours, UVC,
  • “Super LEDs* (SFT, osram nm1, SBT90 etc) in warm CCT options
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Better QA/QC.

Not shipping lights until they’ve completed development, nor expecting paying customers to find bugs for you.

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More and better throwy floody combo lights,.

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I love how contradictory the “wants” are in this thread LOL Oops

  

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A minimum standard for quality control.

Getting a quad with one LED defective should not be acceptable.

A manufacturer offering you a discount or swap on BLF for publicity should not be considered compensation for bad quality control.

Really guys, let’s make it clear that we are willing to pay extra to get something that works.

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More colours from Maglite or even from Streamlight too.

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gravelmonkey wrote:
* More lower cost AA/AAA lights, the category has been stagnant for a while

+1

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zoulas wrote:
A minimum standard for quality control.

Getting a quad with one LED defective should not be acceptable.

A manufacturer offering you a discount or swap on BLF for publicity should not be considered compensation for bad quality control.

Really guys, let’s make it clear that we are willing to pay extra to get something that works.

I’d like to see that…but corners must be cut when building a product to a price point. Budget lights have gotten a lot better, but a budget light is budget for a reason.

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  • Anduril – or something like it – with out of band configuration via a config file. Could be USB, serial of some flavour – even if it uses a USB adapter – clever “use the LED as a photodiode” programming, I shudder to say … bluetooth, whatever.
  • 1xAA angle lights have seemingly shrank from the market at a time when I’d like some – and ideally in dual fuel
  • 4680 lights – kinda dumb but I’d like to see what the market can do with that kind of energy and power density
  • More reflector lights optimized for flood/hybrid beam. The concept of reflectors maximizing intensity has its roots in the origins of the flashlight – literally a turn-of-the-20th-century dim incandescent bulb powered by feeble carbon-zinc cells that could only flash the bulb for seconds at a time; concentrating that small amount of light was the only way to make it useful and was a formula that prevailed until LEDs starting getting capable ~20 years ago. Nowadays we have more lumens from a small LED than the average mains-powered incandescent bulb puts out and most of us need light for our immediate area, not lighting up a fence/treeline, sweeping fields, etc. Living in the city on ~⅛ acre and generally needing a flashlight to perform household tasks, walk dogs in the neighborhood, etc I only need to light up things more than 3m from me ~90% of the time, perhaps 10m away another ~10% of the time, and
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2 switch like sofirn – forward clicky tail switch with momentary on.

No charge port / power bank or on board charging (more simple and more reliable)

Use of generic batteries

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Efficient boost/buck drivers with a proper moonlight! I keep coming back to the blf a6 driver just because it has good max output and a very low moonlight. Even lots of linear drivers from convoy etc still have a lowest mode of several lumens. I built an s21a with a kaidomain p4000 buck driver and a 519a and it works well, but the lowest mode is slightly too high and it has some questionable mode memory.

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I would like to see a flashlight with 3 or 4 switches to press. Each with it’s own version of Anduril. Anduril 1 , 2 , 3 and 4 and maybe Turbo Anduril or a Warp Factor 1 switch

Not so much for me as I am a muggle who is happy with low, medium, high and off, but for the manic button pressers who think a lightning strike mode may someday save the planet.

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A 16340 version of the Wurkkos TS10!
A 16340 version of the Olight Warrior Mini!

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