I normally see and like your reviews! Actually yesterday I was looking at both Thrunite T1 videos
Normally I seek complementary information about lights, some are technical, others are “user perspective”, some explore small details that make me wanna buy or not buy a certain light! I see no wrong seeing different channels and reviewers, as long as we know what we are looking for and cross information :+1:
The other circumstances behind the scenes, I’ll stay out of them
But, all hail AKB and ASF, our fellow members that have some of the best and most entertaining flashlight reviews on YT :partying_face:
FLASHAHOLICS all the way.No boring specs reading.Beam shots comparison is my most important things,also coca cola can for size comparison.Thats it.The theme song is just at another level from another reviewers.That just my 2cents.
And also to others blf members,with technical knowledges such as tk,maukka,hkj and others.
I’m only interested to reviews with measured graph and data, not just manufacturer’s spec and subjective comments.
- Selfbuilt [CPF], unfortunately not much update for years. My favourite reviewer for years until Maukka started his first review
- Maukka. For flashlight, currently he’s the best (he fulfilled my specific data interest such as CRI, beam pattern, and runtime)
- Zeroair. Best all rounder, especially if you want to recommend a flashlight to your non flashaholic friends
HKJ. The only robot reviewer in the community. All impressions wrapped in extremely simple closing: “I like it” or “I don’t like it”. VERY useful for flashlight and gadget related items such as batteries and chargers.
That’s fair, before I found BLF I used to go to CPF and sometimes I still go there, but it is basically too much for me and I feel like I get lost in the details. It definitely does not help me with whatever are the fundamentals of my current buying methodology now.
When I got my Thrunite TN306 and my Olight S30R Baton ii I was deep in the graphs. I knew for a fact those were the only two lights i’d ever buy again and I wanted to see charts and analysis . I have now switched to being obsessed about UI and pocket placement and as long as a light has 500 lumen I think i’m ok.
Too bad there isn’t a reviewing duo out there. Formal and informal, to play off of each other with the details and commentary. I’d kinda like to see both in one place.
No one is going to mention maukka or zeroair? By far my two favorites - maukka for the extremely thorough analyses, and zeroair because he basically reviews every single light well. I could use his website as a catalogue.
Zeroair. Best all rounder, especially if you want to recommend a flashlight to your non flashaholic friends
Huge thanks to both of you for reading, and for your very kind comments!
I agree with a lot of the above “favorites” - there are a host of quality reviewers out there today!
I don't watch video reviews. There are definitely some reviewers that stand out on this forum. But mostly I'm willing to give a shot to anyone's review, and if it's not great I just won't finish reading it.
The following are features I look for:
Beamshots with good comparisons
Lumen measurement - at least a comparison to other well-known lights, I know not everyone has calibrated lumen-toobs
Size comparison pictures to other well-known lights (just measurements is okay)
Honest critique of what you consider flaws, or would want changed/improved. If you don't dislike anything about the light I don't trust you, sorry.
I get that you might be getting lights for free, and afraid if you're negative about something then it could be the last light you get. So, get creative. Talk about what you'd "like to see next time" or wait on posting and see if you can get to where you can post the review with a line like "I've addressed these issues with [manufacturer] and they say a fix is forthcoming" or whatever. But if you tell me a HMLMH mode-order, next-mode-memory light is the perfect enthusiast light I'm never gonna read anything else you write.
Awareness of currently popular features and lights. No, you don't have to compare everything you review to a D4v2/KR4/FW3A - but a single-emitter 18650 tube light probably deserves to show up in some pictures with an S2+ or FW1A or something the average BLFer is familiar with. But if it's a quad with no aux lights and costs twice as much as a KR4/D4v2, maybe touch on that (especially elaborating on if you can figure out any sort of reason why that may be)
Things I don't care about but have never minded scrolling past:
Descriptions or assessment of the packaging
Comparisons to uncommon lights. Sure, put it in a photo with a Nitecore GP3 CRI - I don't know what that is, but it won't bother me unless that's all you've got
Things you lose points with me for posting:
White wall hunting pictures without a reference light in the same photo (or otherwise noted consistent manual camera settings across photos)
A lazy text-review with no pictures and a nearly simultaneous "WTS" thread for the light you received for free in exchange for your honest review (I actually saw this with a recent Wurkkos light...)
Things you get bonus points for:
Assessing how mod-able the light is
Actual pictures of disassembly
Recommendations/Instructions for disassembly/mods
Seriously, there have been times I've had a mod idea come up in my head and have NO way to tell if the host is within my skills/tools to work with other than asking and hoping a modder on here has one and tried opening it already or is willing to for science