Recently I had hinted at a light in the works that i had been holding out for, saving up for, and selling some lights for. Well, it arrived yesterday! I wont make this long, and I'll hold back no info - TomE & I had come to an agreement for him to put together a BLF GT that he had, in 3 volt... you can see where i am going with this?
an SFT40 LED!
Yes! Thats right, i am dubbing it the BLF GT40.
I Don't Know if it is humanly possible for me to express how excited i have been about this project! Not only did Mr. TomE graciously offer to setup a GT, a light that i have wanted for a couple years since i saw Matt Smith's videos on it back in 2019. BUT, he had offered to install one of my absolute favorite throwing LED's in it.
The reason why this is such a big deal to me is that not only did it require him to work his electrode wranglin' magic to get the amperage right in a 3volt converted BLF GT as to not blow the emitter, but he also spent time adjusting and focusing the reflector for what i would consider a perfect beam. This is incredible. There has been work done to this light that would have either taken me months to complete or i would not even be able to do.
Needless to say i am very grateful, and i dont mean to make this into a praising session, but he did great work. I could not be happier.
I am making a video to show this thing off and some specifics, because i dont think my meager typing will suffice, but nonetheless, here are some details:
-converted 12v light to 3v (i think)
-Extended LED lead wires to lessen output amperage
-Running (8) BAK 3050mah 6.1amp 18650's
-*CDR ~ 10.6amps running (8) batteries charged 4.19v (running it at Max Amps, not completely on purpose though)
-* Output = 2390 lumen @ start, 2290 Lumen @ 30seconds !
-*Throw = 1803 kcd @ 5 meters (2686 meters !)
*Means TomE measured this
So, that is all i have for now, anyone who owns a GT knows what these things look like, but im excited right now since receiving this yesterday so here are some pics.
BEFORE you beat me up, i dont have any beam shots yet! I wanted to get this thread going, and i havent been able to drive anywhere worthwhile to take photos. My normal beam shot spot, where the "furthest trees are 300m away", yea, that does nothing for this light. it looks like Daylight at 300m. i have places to shoot the beam shots i just need to get there. they are coming!
Packaged really nicely!
GT to go with the mini
My only big lights! this one is King now.
I mean, the hotspot is really well centered!
Look how small in that huge reflector
the beam @ 6 feet, dont mind the shoes
BAK 3050mah 6.1amp 18650's
Its home for now :) the only place it'll fit