FW3A, a TLF/BLF EDC flashlight - SST-20 available, coupon codes public

@luckyeights

You don’t have to mess with it all the time.

Once you make the adjustments for minor tolerance differences it will stay that way.

mess with the tail cap and head once. Should be all right after that.

All your other concerns are not accurate when you actually look at and understand the design. The head and tail tighten to the inner tube, not the body.

@luckyeights
If you are (roughtly) understanding the design which is known since the start of the project, why did you buy it ?
It’s like buying a two doors car while knowing that you are going to have passengers on the backsits everyday and complaining afterward that it is not practical and that the frontsits and doors mechanism are wearing off faster because it needs to be used more often.

At least it was not a hatchback!

/\ . +1000:+1: … Well said Tally-ho. :slight_smile:

Ain’t that the truth tatasal. :beer:

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It is not “if” you get it to work following the instructions. You will get it to work.

All due respect… the problem is not the FW3A, the problem is the man in your mirror…. you.

The light does not need redesigned according to your second guessing. The light is just fine as is.

So instead of moaning & groaning about the light, why don’t you just do what I & others have told you. Then yours light will work first time every time just like the rest of our lights do.

I have four (4) of them…. they all work first time every time. My four (4) are made exactly like yours, the only difference is you.

Complaining to Neal will not fix your lack of attention to this matter. Only you can “fix” that. Just do it & you will have a harmonious outcome that will beat complaining any day of the week…… :wink:

EDIT: Again… follow these simple instructions step hy step & your FW3A’s will work just fine.

Many of us have had to do this with our FW3A’s, it is no big deal. Really, it’s not.
I did it to three (3) of mine…… once. No further issues after that. It only takes about a minute or two.

I have 6 of these (actually gave 3 away but I’m still the one that takes care of any problems with all 6). Only two of them had the issues luckyeights described and both were fixed with the procedures described in the posts above. None of them have had any further problems. The key is just to not get frustrated while you get them set up right.

Zero experience with reflowing. Any sources for pre-populated MCPCBs ?

For some reason very few places stock the 90 CRI 5000k LH351D.

Mtn has the 4000k (which is reported to have a very bad green tint) and the 80 CRI 5000k already reflowed to triple boards.

No Idea why MTN won’t stock the one people seem to actually want.

led4power has them

No they don’t. It’s not in stock and the led4power guy says he won’t stock the 4000k one any more unless he finds a good tint bin. Obviously he should stock the 5000k 90 CRI one instead, but for some reason no one sells that one

@luckyeights
I feel your pain. But one criteria for the light was it could be easily modded and we are not experienced with that. Normally a light would be glued and foolproof. So when buying these lights we knew it would be a learning activity with loose nubbins and other parts. But it is a really nice light and I might buy a ti/cu version, especially if everything is glued down. Hang in there and you might find you like the FW3A. Best of luck.

Does anyone know if we’ll be able to buy individual parts eventually?

At the moment, I’d love to buy several copper shelfs? The Cu part in the Ti/Cu light. I’d love to swap them into my Al lights to get the best of heat/weight. I picked up an FW3C and love it for the most part. It is a tad heavy. No way am I breaking it apart for my EDC though.

Ideally, I’d get a few of them. Take the light apart, flash the latest firmware, do a proper layer of Arctic Silver, put them back together with the Cu sink, adding in Lexel’s aux lighting board. Now THAT’s a proper EDC. I have 4 FW3A’s that I want to do this with at the moment. A couple are gifts, two for myself.

I’m marginally concerned about galvanic action between the Cu and Al. Anyone know if that would be a problem here? With the HA, I’d think not.

Thanks, Larry

Edit: Doh! What’s the best quality bare MPCB out there for this light? Got a few 219Bs I want to populate them with. I guess the best ones compatible with Lexel’s aux board. I saw that the 2nd gen FW3As had problems with the aux board spacing.

Did nobody else spot the TK tail switches to the right of his thumb?

Good eye Klayking, I had not noticed those. :+1:

I did not, good catch!

Nice. Now what about the bunny!?

I saw them but I was keeping quiet.

@ lmcmann

I’m not gonna hold my breath, but like you suggested…. it would be great if the Cu ‘light engine’ section was sold as a stand alone part. I’d get some to spice up a few of my FW3A’s. . :wink: . :+1:

Spice ’em up like mud bugs!