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

One for me pls :smiley: Thank you!

I love the look of this light. Is there any reason that a double-walled design was chosen instead of putting the driver board in the tail of the light? It seems like that would make the construction simpler and cheaper, as well as making it easy to make a version for an 18350 or 18500 cell, but I could be missing something obvious.

That’s a neat idea

You can’t place the driver in the tail because you still need two wires from the driver to the led in advanced drivers.

that makes sense… is the second wire for the thermal sensor?

I’ve been using Andúril since ToyKeeper released it back in September.

I’m running it on three Q8s, three Emisars, a modded EagleEye X6R, and a modded Meteor.

Andúril is, by far, my favorite flashlight UI. :heart_eyes:

The FW3A seems like an amazing flashlight for the price. I’m on the list for two.

For non-modders, the FW3A is worth getting just to experience Andúril! :partying_face:

Blink vote: ABD.

I’d like to disable ramp memory, and have it start at 150lm like the D4 after tailcap reset.

Dead simple muggle mode.

Some reasons:

  • The thermal sensor is built into the tiny85, so it needs to be as close to the emitters as possible.
  • It would need a double-walled design (or an extra wire) either way. The driver needs access to both BAT+ and BAT-, even when the LED power is switched off.
  • It’s kind of standard for flashlights to have the driver in the head end instead of the tail.

Ah, got it. Thanks for teaching me!

Not sure if I was added last time but I’m interested in one unit

N° … # 895

Please add me to the interested list.

I want one as well! Just went through 81 pages to be up to speed on the project!

Wow, 81 pages is a lot… it takes a while to read 2423 posts!

Also, I just realized that, despite being ~75% caught up, I’m still 122 pages behind on the BLF GT thread. :cry:

That “mark as read” button sure looks nice right now.

I am 240 POSTS back on the GT thread as I am posting:
I would say you can hit the button.

Many (hundreds) of those posts can easily be summed up in a few sentences. Turns out there are some shipping issues to certain countries. There is no clear information as to the cause and what the possible solutions are. There is lots of speculation and venting. In the meantime TA and the GT team are holding it together like the Queen’s Guard.

Yeah, it’s nutty over there. If you ever become a part of a group buy, make sure you limit yourself to a small section, like software development, etc… Don’t get in a position where you have to read every post.

It’s hard to believe The Miller was working 3 group buys at once. I think it got to be too much for him.

One group buy is becoming too much for me. :stuck_out_tongue:

I’m not sure who is currently running things on the FW3A GB. Can anyone list the Team Members in charge of the FW3A project?

All caught up. I’m glad the FW3A thread is easier to keep up with though. Let’s keep it that way.

I’ve been using the FW3A for several weeks now, and I really like it. The tail e-switch gives the ergonomics of a clicky tail switch but with extra functionality. The body’s slim waist makes it comfortable to hold and easier to clip onto things. Its lumen output spans five orders of magnitude for all occasions. The firmware/UI is how I like it, without really having to make any significant compromises. There are little things to improve in the next prototype, but overall I really don’t have much to complain about.

My other lights (especially 1x18650) have been lonely ever since the FW3A showed up. About the only other light I’ve used lately is a BLF Q8, and that’s because its diffuser works really well with candle mode. I’m hoping I can find a diffuser wand for the FW3A too.

Oh, um, we’ll probably make a team account at some point, and chown the thread. There just hasn’t been a huge need for it yet, since production is still probably months away. There are still several things which need to be done before then… off the top of my head:

  • Host design needs some updates and at least one more set of prototypes.
  • Some internals need adjustment, like the brand of 7135 chips.
  • Emitter type needs to be decided.
  • I should probably finish the firmware.
  • Lumintop is busy with other projects.
  • Figure out logistics for purchases and shipping and such.