After the C01 with Yuji leds was sold out the C01 did not come back, Sofirn told us it was because Yuji did not have the leds anymore. I had asked if other high CRI 5mm leds could be sourced and although there was some progress in that, there were some problems so that still has not happened.
So now I asked Barry if Sofirn could make the C01 host available so that people can solder in their own 5mm leds, and I’m really glad that Sofirn is willing to do that.
To be clear, please understand that this thread is about the low-power C01 that fits oldschool 5mm leds, not about the C01 S that fits high power 3535 leds and has a TIR optic.
Next is the price. I tried 5 dollar, but after calculating the costs Barry told me that they could not do that. Labour is the major cost and that does not change for a host version, and not adding the 5mm led saves just 15 cents. The other factor is numbers: the production becomes cheaper if more is produced, and a host likely does not sell thousands. So Barry mentioned 6.5 dollar as the lowest selling price. I think that is still a fair price for a niche product.
What will you get?: a complete C01 with driver but without a led soldered into the driver board, and without potting. The small o-ring that waterproofs the front of the led in the head will be included. You can finish the light with any 5mm led, that can be soldered in with a common solder iron. I reckon that it will be an easy job but when the host is available I’m sure there will be some tricks posted. The resulting light should run at 25 mA, will be unpotted (but still extremely tough as I found out) but easy to mod again. There may be a mod to set the current differently but I’m no expert in that.
We did not discuss the colour yet, I suggested simply black is best, and perhaps a percentage unanodised.
A strong requirement from Sofirn is that there will be an interest list so that they see that the market for the host version is there, and they can estimate the number of hosts that will be produced. Sofirn has not been very precise with inventory in the past which caused problems, so they are more careful now not to produce too much.
So this thread is to estimate interest numbers for the C01 host (this is not a group buy thread that will give you a discount). Please post how many you would buy for 6.5 dollar each and assuming that the colour will be black. (you can mention that you would like unanodised too but I will not add that to the list, the information may or may not be used to get part of the production done without ano). I will maintain the list here below in the OP.
89 Kame Sennin
90 Kame Sennin
91 Kame Sennin
92 Kame Sennin
93 Kame Sennin
94 Kame Sennin
131 Slim Pickens
132 Slim Pickens