Brand new to BLF and I need some advice. Fasttech seems to have great prices. However, they are based in Hong Kong according to their contact page (I'm in the US). If they sell genuine stuff, it seems pretty good. They take Paypal, so it seems hard to see them scamming financial info ...
BTW, you have some great info for people like me that are getting into this!!
I am getting into this because my black diamond headlamp just isn't enough. I run a little over 6 miles on 4 work day mornings every week. Since I am big (AKA Clydesdale), and have a few injuries, it takes a while and I have to start before 5 am.
I *really* don't want to trip again and have to do another knee surgery!! Obviously, getting more lumens on the path is a must.
EMS commonly refers to the inferior, so-called "express shipping service" offered by China Post. It is sometimes called EMS China.
Due to its slow delivery speed, beginning October 20th, 2012 FastTech no longer offers EMS as a shipping option. Instead, FastTech offers Speedpost Global Express operated by Hong Kong Post, which actually delivers in 3 to 6 working days 98% of the time.
Yeah I've ordered a couple times from them... still waiting. But I'm very pleased with their customer service and attempts to make their site better by listening to us and adding new products that we want.
re. your Light meter. I would use it not as hard as fast true measurements, but as you get more lights you can do side be side comparisons. more info on this (threadthread)
I'll say that for a headlamp a Zebralight is very nice. good spill - spread of light
The unit I linked to has one Cree XML T6 LED and 2 18650s in a battery pack on the back side of the headband. I am a bit doubtful, but I bought before I found BLF.
I also saw some Amazon lights w/3 of the Cree XML T6 lights inset into a single head unit. I was thinking about running one of those w/a cord down to a battery pack in my runners belt. However, the comments on Amazon made me shy away because of the talk about the short run times of the ultrafire batteries in the packs. After more investigation, I am thinking that a couple of King Kong 28650 batteries in series (I think I have that right) would be a much better pack than 6 (2S3P) ultrafire "3000" mah batteries.
I like your idea of starting a new thread to get recommendations for the headlamp. If I have time to be on the net tomorrow, that will be my priority.
I also need to see what the "1600 lumen" headlamp's battery compartment is. I am expecting unprotected, 65mm cells, but I should wait to order replacement batteries since the lamp should be here on Friday.
Welcome to the forum. I first bought from fastech a month ago and the order took only a few days more than ups from east coast to west coast, about 3 times as fast as Io, Kd or Dx. If you ask here about headlamps you’ll get lots of help/feedback. Good luck.
BTW, I should mention that my run time requirement is at least an hour on summer days.
On winter days, I probably move at the same pace as the Clydesdale horses on your TV. World class speedwalkers are probably twice as fast as me running :-(. I will probably need about 2 hours of run time.
My understanding is that internal battery resistance goes up as the temperature goes down. Would it be smart to insulate my battery pack for the winter or will the pack produce enough heat to compensate for the 10-20F outside temperature?
I know these are kind of crazy questions, but you guys have amazing knowledge!!
In the U.S., you can’t beat TMart if they ship from the U.S. warehouse, I get items in 5 Days. BUT FastTech has alot of very cool items that can not be had from TMart. Other options are VERY long wait times from other China retailers. FastTech is MUCH faster for those hard to find parts, etc.