2% (1 vote)
9% (5 votes)
11% (6 votes)
40% (22 votes)
9% (5 votes)
Flashy Mike
7% (4 votes)
2% (1 vote)
16% (9 votes)
4% (2 votes)
Total votes: 55

2nd. Annual BLF Scratch Made Light Contest is CLOSED - WINNERS results have been posted in the OP!

Well, the moment is upon us!

Here is the list of Winners:



1 DenBarrettSAR
2 Ervin Anastasi
3 Rufusbduck
4 FmC
5 southland
6 Alpg88
7 nickelflipper
8 mhemling33
9 firehopper
10 HBomb



1 Bucket
3 RaceR86


I will be contacting all of you over the course of the next several days, to let you know how to redeem your prizes. With the holiday, I think it will be sometime next week, before I hear back from all of the dealers involved, so please be patient.


I just want to thank all of you who took the plunge and made build threads here. They have been the highlight of my days for quite some time and I appreciate all of the labor and thought put into them. You are ALL WINNERS in my book!!

Thanks also, to the judges and to all of the sponsors. Last, but not least is the members here who helped support the contestants during their builds.



Photos of finished builds now shown in Post #1


2nd. Annual BLF Scratch Made Light Contest

IS Now Officially Open

Hello everyone,

First things first, I need to do a little advertising. As you already know, all of the prizes this year are coming from Dealers who are well known in this forum. Here they are:

My PayPal address: oldlumens (insert the @ sign here) gmail.com

My YouTube Flashlight Video Channel

The BLF Modding Links Thread 



[26-MAR-2014] CPF discussion threads temporarily closed

Hi everyone,

At least for the time being, threads discussing CPF moderation issues and policies will be considered a controversial and divisive subject. I have taken the three main problem threads offline.

My intention is not to quell freedom of speech, but rather to extinguish the flames that have been raging here, which have resulted in hurt feelings, insults, and arguments between users that are normally a lot more amicable. These heated discussions haven’t achieved anything productive or enjoyable, and additionally have created a moderation nightmare for me.

My apologies to any who were offended in the arguments, and sorry for not stepping in sooner to put an end to the fighting.

Budget Light Forum ...where Frugal meets with Flashlight!

The BLF DIY Forum First Annual Scratch made light contest - CONTEST IS DONE - WINNERS are Announced! in the OP

The Contest is Done! I will have the winners results in a few days. Once the judges all contact me, I will tabulate the results and let you all know.

Here are the Winners in the 2013 DIY Contest:


Rufusbduck for Single Emitter Hand Made


relic38 for Multiple Emitter Hand Made

MRsDNF for Single Emitter Machine Made

vestureofblood for Multiple Emitter Machine Made

Rufusbduck is also the Overall Contest Winner. Best in Contest!


Here is what the contestants win:

Rufusbduck walks away with $100 USD

relic38, vestureofblood and MrsDNF each get $50 USD


There's more - I can't tell you how hard it was for the judges to choose winners, so for the rest of you guys? You are all winners and it was so close that you need to be rewarded too.



DBCstm - $25 Gift Certificate from LightsCastle + $15 Gift Certificate from Illumination Supply


RaceR86 - $25 Gift Certificate from LightsCastle + $10 Gift Certificate from Illumination Supply

FmC - $25 Gift Certificate from LightsCastle

JA7 - $25 Gift Certificate from LightsCastle

dave_ - $25 Gift Certificate from LightsCastle

texaspyro - $25 Gift Certificate from LightsCastle

ruffles - $15 Gift Certificate from Illumination Supply

nickelflipper - $10 Gift Certificate from Illumination Supply

Pulsar - $10 Gift Certificate from Illumination Supply

Hopback - $10 Gift Certificate from Illumination Supply


Contestants - I will PM you in a day or two and let you know how to redeem your prizes.


I sincerely want to thank the contestants for making their builds. I know sometimes it's hard to reach out and try something new and also it can be hard to be in the limelight sometimes, for risk of failure. None of you failed. You all exceeded any expectations with the fabulous builds and the great threads you made. I am deeply indebted to you all for making this such a great contest!

To the sponsors, (both BLF members and sellers), I thank you for giving me the ability to give prizes out to our contestants.


The the rest of the forum, I thank you for supporting our contestants during the competition.


I think that about sums up how I feel.Smile


The BLF DIY Forum First Annual Scratch made light contest

Contest EntrySign up here, to enter the contest. When you post that you want to enter, make sure you state if you are entering in the Machine Made category or the Hand Made category. You can enter only one of the two. Entries will be accepted until 06/08/2013 at Midnight UTC.


EDITED 6/7/13:  The Contest begins on Midnight UTC 06/08/2013 and runs until Midnight UTC 06/30/2013 07/15/2013 (hope that helps).  Do not start your build before the contest starts.

Here is a World Map of Time Zones showing the current time, with UTC time at the bottom of the chart.

Here is a UTC converter which may help.




Contest rules are described below. (This is an honors system contest, please honor the rules so we can all have a fun and honest contest).

My PayPal address: oldlumens (insert the @ sign here) gmail.com

My YouTube Flashlight Video Channel

The BLF Modding Links Thread 



Tutorial: Rewrapping a battery

Rewrapping a battery


The above battery cannot be used anymore, it will short and might explode.
The wrapping will sometimes break, luckily it is a fairly simple operation to fix it.

My website with reviews of many chargers and batteries (More than 1000): https://lygte-info.dk/

[05-FEB-2013] How to deal with trolls

Hi everyone,

From time to time, a few rogue users find their way to BLF. They are not the typical users here who are generally friendly and helpful but from time to time have a bad day. Rather, they are malicious people who come to the forum with the sole intent of causing trouble. In Internet lingo, they are known as "trolls". So, how to handle trolls? Two simple points:

Please do NOT respond to them in any way, either publicly or by private message.

Please DO contact me immediately.

It's that simple. Smile Trolls do what they do because they are immature and like to get a reaction out of people. They will never change their ways if somebody with good intentions tries to counsel them. And they will get even worse if other users fight with them or insult them back. So, please try to use self control, and do not respond in any way, shape, or form.

Additionally, I will no longer make public posts about the banning of trolls, because even such negative publicity is enough to encourage them to try harder. But rest assured, the banning of trolls only occurs in rare and extreme cases, and there will be not be a sudden rash of secretive bans happening here on BLF.

Thanks for reading! Have fun.

Budget Light Forum ...where Frugal meets with Flashlight!

[17-DEC-2012] Please read: (1) Controversial topics and (2) Use of the SPAM button

Hello everyone,

Thanks for reading this message. These are not new instructions, but rather a simple reminder for all of our users, both new and old.


Controversial Topics

In four words: Please avoid them completely.

I'm sure that most of you have seen the results recently of discussing the highly controversial subject of gun control. I understand that when a tragedy happens, everyone wants to talk about it. In fact, a tragedy in and of itself wouldn't really be considered a controversial topic, since I'm sure that everyone here views it as a sad and undesirable event. The problem is when users switch from expressing sympathy to expressing controversial viewpoints about important issues in society or government. And yes, there are many important issues in this world, but as I always say, a flashlight forum is not the appropriate medium for discussing them, to say nothing of actually changing them. The recent arguments about gun control are a perfect example of this. Both opponents and proponents of the issue have to admit that the discussion that was generated here on BLF really did nothing to change things on the world scene, and only generated an unpleasant argument and hurt feelings.

In view of this, if you have posted here on BLF about gun control or government policies or pros and cons of the gun policy in a certain country, please go back and edit the post to remove such comments


Use of the SPAM button

I've noticed that every time users forget the rules and discuss controversial topics or say something offensive, there are usually a view "SPAM" button clicks against the user. Please do not use the SPAM button against users who are violating other BLF rules not related to commercial SPAM posts. I am copying below the instructions about how to use the anti-SPAM system on BLF:

Please only mark posts as SPAM if they are at least one of the following:

  • Commercial in nature and completely irrelevant to the subject of flashlights
  • Posts by new users with a low post count in the wrong category or thread with the clear intent to post links or make favorable statements about shady companies 

Please do NOT mark posts as SPAM if:

  • You don't agree with the post
  • You don't like the poster
  • A normal user creates a post to sell a legitimate flashlight item for profit
  • The poster politely introduces a relevant flashlight company or product in the "Commercial Sellers' Spot" category.

If a user repeatedly violates other BLF rules aside from posting SPAM, such as being rude or discussing controversial topics, please contact me via private message, and I'll send a polite message to the user to remind him about the rules and ask him to change his ways. I've learned over the years here on BLF how to handle most issues in a way that doesn't make the user feel belittled or manipulated, so please don't try to handle non-SPAM issues with the SPAM button. Please remember that BLF is not Slashdot, and users are not to be marked down just because they have a different opinion or a weird personality.


Thanks in advance to all of our users for reading and carefully following these instructions, which will help contribute to a peaceful and fun environment here on BLF.

Have fun!

Budget Light Forum ...where Frugal meets with Flashlight!

[08-Mar-2012] New SPAM mitigation scheme in place

Hi everyone,

As you are all painfully aware, we've been under attack by spammers recently. First of all, my apologies for not taking measures sooner. For one thing, I was traveling for a few days and couldn't quickly intervene to delete the spammers and their posts. And secondly, I have been researching the available options for fighting spam.

Budget Light Forum ...where Frugal meets with Flashlight!

I'll buy XTAR 18700 2400mAh at price 12.50 USD/pair inc. shippment
7% (7 votes)
I'll buy XTAR 18700 2600mAh at price 13.50 USD/pair inc. shippment
47% (46 votes)
I'll buy both or several of same type (Tell how much and which)
10% (10 votes)
I'm not interested in this group-buy
36% (35 votes)
Total votes: 98

How To Build a Flashlight With Perfect Modes (picture heavy)

So, you want a flashlight with modes that are just right but can't find the one, no matter how hard you look? You are especially craving for a light that can be programmed with light levels ranging from hardly visible to full blast can't-see-anything-but-dark-spots-for-a-few-minutes when accidentally shone into your eyes? Onna stick In a P60-style host? Well, today's your lucky day.

Building It

First, you will need to organize a few parts. From left to right, the NANJG 101-AK pimped with a fourth AMC7135 (other µC-controlled driver PCBs might also work), an XP-G R5 and a P60-style reflector with brass pill from KD.

Pictures of some emitters

Just took some pictures of a couple of emitters, first out is the beloved Cree XR-E in the wild:



Now with 100% all natural asbestos!

Lack of time
32% (16 votes)
50% (25 votes)
16% (8 votes)
0% (0 votes)
2% (1 vote)
Total votes: 50
4% (2 votes)
2% (1 vote)
15% (8 votes)
Underwater Breathing
0% (0 votes)
Super Speed
2% (1 vote)
Night Vision
0% (0 votes)
Animal Language
2% (1 vote)
Mind Control
19% (10 votes)
11% (6 votes)
Time Control
45% (24 votes)
Total votes: 53
Heck no, are you out of your mind?
29% (13 votes)
No but kind of interested
33% (15 votes)
Knew it once, can probably remember some of it
20% (9 votes)
Still remember it at say 5 wpm level
11% (5 votes)
Can use it, 5-13 wpm
0% (0 votes)
Skillful, 13 wpm or more
2% (1 vote)
Proficient, 20+ wpm
4% (2 votes)
Total votes: 45