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Re: Livarno, Romisen, C8, Small Sun cheap HID torches
Reply #120 on: April 04, 2015, 07:49:07 PM
I assume that LEDs like a PD of around 4.5V and 3 batteries can produce that, or maybe it's just for the round shape you can get with 3AAAs close to each other
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Re: Livarno, Romisen, C8, Small Sun cheap HID torches
Reply #121 on: April 04, 2015, 07:52:59 PM
Yeah, but I think these are aimed for the folks than buy and use alkalies. For rechargeable batteries users that's not the ideal combo.


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Re: Livarno, Romisen, C8, Small Sun cheap HID torches
Reply #122 on: April 04, 2015, 08:49:50 PM
I have one of those lanterns, and they are surprisingly bright and easy to use.
Great to have around the house.


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Re: Livarno, Romisen, C8, Small Sun cheap HID torches
Reply #123 on: May 16, 2015, 06:22:22 PM
I really like the lanterns mentioned previously and have gotten another 5, to give.

The battery life is very good - a couple of weeks with a few hours of use every night on rechargeables.

....on to new things.

I got this Stanley minitripod 1-95-393, as it was on offer in a shop I was visiting. 3.5 Euro. It was cute and cheap. (other colours are also available)



It is a keychain light that can be used as a regular torch or as a standing torch, on a tripod, and can throw, in that position, a beam at upwards, at 45 degrees and vertically. If you only pull out the front leg you can also make it throw a beam downwards.





The beam is OK but weak by today's standards as the torch uses an old fashion LED (possibly a 0.5W one). It runs on watch style batteries. There are some other similar models with 3 LEDs.



The beam has a very strong purplish tint in the middle and a funny shape.







Only one power setting and no zoom




OK for the money and the "look"
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Re: Livarno, Romisen, C8, Small Sun cheap HID torches
Reply #124 on: May 17, 2015, 10:43:57 AM
I remember seeing one of them at a B&Q (a big DIY store) and it was a heck of a lot more than 3.50 Euro!  If I remember correctly it's got a much bigger brother that's marketed at builders and the like.
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Re: Livarno, Romisen, C8, Small Sun cheap HID torches
Reply #125 on: May 17, 2015, 11:09:31 AM
 :pok: enki-ck ?

It is available for sale on amazon UK for £13.5 which is way too much. I do remember seeing them around here for around the same, which is why I never got one before... but for what I paid I am happy as the batteries probably cost as much.
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Re: Livarno, Romisen, C8, Small Sun cheap HID torches
Reply #126 on: May 20, 2015, 10:00:48 PM
What? :P

Do the legs serve as battery tubes? I see a potential problem there with bending or braking the contacts. :think:


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Re: Livarno, Romisen, C8, Small Sun cheap HID torches
Reply #127 on: May 21, 2015, 10:00:23 AM
I was getting worried   :D

No, the batteries are in the torche's head, behind the LED.
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Re: Livarno, Romisen, C8, Small Sun cheap HID torches
Reply #128 on: July 10, 2015, 09:32:24 PM
Olight S80 Baton, Cheap - $25 from SPAMCORP
With that you get a branded light, charger, included 26650(3.7V) 400mAh battery, Diffuser, hard case... really the actual light is just a bonus  :D




Looks good. Takes 5h to charge and the battery has to be a specific Olight one, in order for the charger to work.
Other 26650 batteries can be used, but not charged in the light. The olight battery was available for sale for about $11, so if you wanted to, you could have bough an extra one.

Tailstands!
Hidden Strobe
Orange peel reflector

Specs from Olight:
    750 lumens   180 lumens   10 lumens
    2 hrs                   8 hrs                80 hrs

XML Cree LED
No PWM was noticed

Included:









Charger port - the newer olight models come with a charging base




High


Medium


low


with the diffuser on




I decided to take some comparison shots with the SA22 as they are both easy to use, floody, same cost lights.



high


medium for the olight and 3rd stem for the Sa22


low for both


The Olight appears a bit brighter on high (Ceiling Reflection test), with a more white tint. But, it does run on LiIons

Overall a very good buy, for the price.
The included battery and charger make it easy to use for people without LiIon chargers or experience.

The main issue I saw, was that it does not have anything to stop it from rolling, so if you put it down make sure that it is not pushed  :D
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Re: Livarno, Romisen, C8, Small Sun cheap HID torches
Reply #129 on: July 10, 2015, 09:48:02 PM
I got a couple more SK68, SPAMCORP edition, in Camouflage

XP-E Cree LED
3 modes, low, high, strobe

Next mode memory..











compared with some other similar models
(see previous posts)


(All on LiIons)

both have similar beams


high and low


with the UltraOk


The ultraOK has a warmer tint and is noticeably brighter

With the Ultrafire



Similar...


Good, shiny, thick anodising
Better quality than the Ultrafire
"Branded"
Very smooth operation, good, smooth threads.
Not very noticeable PWM on low

Overall a good product, though You just buy it for the look - TACTICAL !!!
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Re: Livarno, Romisen, C8, Small Sun cheap HID torches
Reply #130 on: July 10, 2015, 10:59:17 PM
Olight S80 Baton, Cheap - $25 from SPAMCORP
With that you get a branded light, charger, included 26650(3.7V) 400mAh battery, Diffuser, hard case... really the actual light is just a bonus  :D

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Looks good. Takes 5h to charge and the battery has to be a specific Olight one, in order for the charger to work.
Other 26650 batteries can be used, but not charged in the light. The olight battery was available for sale for about $11, so if you wanted to, you could have bough an extra one.

Tailstands!
Hidden Strobe
Orange peel reflector

Specs from Olight:
    750 lumens   180 lumens   10 lumens
    2 hrs                   8 hrs                80 hrs

XML Cree LED
No PWM was noticed

Included:
(Image removed from quote.)

(Image removed from quote.)

(Image removed from quote.)

(Image removed from quote.)

(Image removed from quote.)
Charger port - the newer olight models come with a charging base


(Image removed from quote.)

High
(Image removed from quote.)

Medium
(Image removed from quote.)

low
(Image removed from quote.)

with the diffuser on
(Image removed from quote.)
(Image removed from quote.)


I decided to take some comparison shots with the SA22 as they are both easy to use, floody, same cost lights.

(Image removed from quote.)

high
(Image removed from quote.)

medium for the olight and 3rd stem for the Sa22
(Image removed from quote.)

low for both
(Image removed from quote.)

The Olight appears a bit brighter on high (Ceiling Reflection test), with a more white tint. But, it does run on LiIons

Overall a very good buy, for the price.
The included battery and charger make it easy to use for people without LiIon chargers or experience.

The main issue I saw, was that it does not have anything to stop it from rolling, so if you put it down make sure that it is not pushed  :D

$25 is a flipping steal mate!
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Re: Livarno, Romisen, C8, Small Sun cheap HID torches
Reply #131 on: July 10, 2015, 11:12:27 PM
I did post a link at the time... I think they have run out of stock, currently, but they may get them back....
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Re: Livarno, Romisen, C8, Small Sun cheap HID torches
Reply #132 on: July 17, 2015, 08:03:16 PM
It took me ages to find this thread.... so eventually I had to go through all dks'  posts (and lemme tell you, he spams a lot [and he spams with lots of pictures, too]), through lots of pictures... through lots of hairy men pictures... to finally arrive here, post a pic of my clone and forget about it.

But those lights are quite nice for their price.





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Re: Livarno, Romisen, C8, Small Sun cheap HID torches
Reply #133 on: July 17, 2015, 08:41:50 PM
There is a link here through my signature  :D

Really, only enki and Gareth read this..... :facepalm:

Good to have some new readers  :salute:

Nice light ; they are classics.

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Re: Livarno, Romisen, C8, Small Sun cheap HID torches
Reply #134 on: July 17, 2015, 09:28:38 PM
I also have 2 SK68 torches (black and red), but I'm planning to get few of those camo ones from SPAMCORP...


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Re: Livarno, Romisen, C8, Small Sun cheap HID torches
Reply #135 on: July 17, 2015, 09:34:47 PM
Another regular reader  :D

The camouflage ones are nice. Use the BLF coupon gbblf to get a discount, if they are not on offer...
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Re: Livarno, Romisen, C8, Small Sun cheap HID torches
Reply #136 on: July 17, 2015, 09:39:03 PM
There is a link here through my signature  :D

Really, only enki and Gareth read this..... :facepalm:


I don't even see any signature unless you mean your badges which, true, I don't read or check  :ahhh


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Re: Livarno, Romisen, C8, Small Sun cheap HID torches
Reply #137 on: July 17, 2015, 09:45:23 PM
Maybe you have selected the option not to show signatures.
There are a few MTO links under my posts, in the signature area.
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Re: Livarno, Romisen, C8, Small Sun cheap HID torches
Reply #138 on: July 17, 2015, 09:47:41 PM
Maybe you have selected the option not to show signatures.



Ohhh, since there's such an option, I've probably done so, indeed  :facepalm: I like stuff as simple as possible usually  :cheers:

Anyway, if I'd seen the signature, I wouldn't have had the pleasure to browse all the hairy men pics :dd:


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Reply #139 on: July 17, 2015, 09:51:42 PM
Good to know you like hairy men....  :2tu:
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Re: Livarno, Romisen, C8, Small Sun cheap HID torches
Reply #140 on: July 17, 2015, 10:12:36 PM
I'm a regular reader, although I don't post much...
I like these cheap LED flashlights, and I bought quite a few in the last year:
Convoy C8, Convoy S2+, couple of SK68's and some Nitecore and Xtar chargers along with different size Li Ion batteries.
I do own some more expensive torches, like Surefire, but I lately almost exclusively edc Convoy S2+ and I'm very satisfied with it.


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Re: Livarno, Romisen, C8, Small Sun cheap HID torches
Reply #141 on: July 17, 2015, 10:16:32 PM
I have some branded lights too, but I just use whichever is closer to me.
The cheap ones seem to work just as good as the branded ones  :D
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Re: Livarno, Romisen, C8, Small Sun cheap HID torches
Reply #142 on: July 17, 2015, 10:23:26 PM
No thanks, hehe. some people have hair on all the wrong places sigh


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Re: Livarno, Romisen, C8, Small Sun cheap HID torches
Reply #143 on: July 17, 2015, 10:24:16 PM
freaking phone and double posts
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Re: Livarno, Romisen, C8, Small Sun cheap HID torches
Reply #144 on: July 17, 2015, 10:26:41 PM
You do not have to tell me twice  :rofl:
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Re: Livarno, Romisen, C8, Small Sun cheap HID torches
Reply #145 on: July 17, 2015, 10:37:58 PM
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Reply #146 on: July 17, 2015, 10:39:26 PM
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Re: Livarno, Romisen, C8, Small Sun cheap HID torches
Reply #147 on: December 05, 2015, 05:45:40 PM
OK, so after some time I got some lights to give as stocking fillers, though I may keep some for myself.

1st the Nitecore tube, for about $6. There are several proper reviews of them around the forum, by the way.

I got a black, a blue and a pink one.

Specifications:
Max Output   
45 lumens
Max Beam Distance   
24 m
Max Beam Intensity   
150 cd
Max Run time   
48 h 0 m / 2 d
    
LED   
High performance LED ???
Battery   
Rechargeable Li-ion
Beam color   
White light
Length   
56.5 mm / 2.22 in
    
Head Size   
21 mm / 0.83 in
Weight   
9.6 g / 0.34 oz




You have the option of 1Lm, 45 Lm and through a "secret" menu the option for various setting between these, something that does not seem too useful/clever.

The light will go from low to high, but, it will not stop at high and instead it will start from low again.
A 3rd, 10 Lm, fixed mode, would have been more useful, but less gadgety.

There is an instant turbo mode, from off, if you keep the button pressed,which is just the 45Lm mode, faster/tactical.

It comes with two different sized key rings

It is small, not minuscule, but small.

Here is a comparison picture with a classic



and another one



and one with the definitive SAK



It is light but it does not feel flimsy

The packaging does not say much about charging, but it has the usual USB charging port most phones and tablets have nowadays, microusb, so charging it will be easy.

You connect it, a blue light comes on, and when it goes off it is charged.



The charging port is covered with a rubber cover.

Inside the light you see the battery, which remind me of LiPo batteries used in RC cars/toys, rather than of a LiIon battery.



The wires are also visible



The beam is floody and at small distances it has a weird shape



However, it is bright enough

Compared with the Ultrafire A3 (on high), which produces around 100Lm



on Low there is a difference



but on high not so much



Also compared with another, floody, light




A good buy, which has the backing of a proper company.
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Re: Livarno, Romisen, C8, Small Sun cheap HID torches
Reply #148 on: December 05, 2015, 05:55:34 PM
2nd, something cheaper, $0.70.
I am sure replacing the battery will cost more..

It comes in carious colours, and you need to keep the switch pressed for it to give out light (shown here next to a proper SAK  :P  :D )



Compared with the nitecore above (low)



again (high)



Less bright, but decent. It seems to give out about 20Lm.

and compared with a "police" AA light



A classic keychain light, a lot more useful in reality than a fancy multi mode lumen monster

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Re: Livarno, Romisen, C8, Small Sun cheap HID torches
Reply #149 on: January 15, 2016, 09:01:22 PM
BLF Special edition, A6 XPL

Specifications
Product name:   BLF A6 CREE XPL Non-anodized EDC LED Flashlight
Brand:   BLF
Model:   A6
Emitter Brand   CREE
Emitter Type:   XPL
Circuit Driver: A17DD-L FET+1 Driver
Light Tint:   3D (5000K), 1A (6500K), 5A(4000K)
Material:   Non-anodized
Mode:   Group 1:Moon-Low-Med1-Med2-High1-High2-Turbo(Short press<0.5s)
Group 2: Low,Med,High,Turbo (Short press<0.5s)
+
Moon-Turbo-Tactical Strobe-Battcheck-Bike Flasher (Medium press 0.5s-1.5s)
 
Battery Configurations:   1 x 18650 battery (not included)
Switch Type:   clicky
Switch Location:   tail of the flashlight
Impact Resistant   1 meter
Max Output:   1600lumens (max) (use 18650 protected power battery)
Working Voltage:   2.8-4.35v
Lens:   Toughened ultra-clear mineral glass
with anti-reflective coating
Reflector:   Orange Peel Reflector
Carrying Clip   included
Waterproof:   IPX-8 waterproof 2 meters
Color:   Silver
Weight:   80g without battery
Size:   120mm x 24mm(length x body diameter)

A good looking torch



Special driver, limited edition with branding on the pill. XPL emitter.



Feels solid and is well finished.



compared with another 18650, small light





came with some accessories



Solid clip



OP reflector



Compared with the Olight S80 on full
The A6 is definitely brighter



It is also brighter than the SA22

Not as bright as the TR 3T6



Clever modes, reasonably easy to use

Battery level mode  :)

Bright but not for long.

The light goes off max after less than a minute.

Even so, it gets hot quickly.

In summary, the main problem with it is that it gets hot quickly and switches to minimum.

I was replacing a socket at nigh in dark room, and after about 5 minutes (including the automatic stepdown) it got so hot it went to minimum, leaving me basically in the dark.

The light is definitely bright but it gets too hot very quickly even in cold weather and uses up power fastly. (Panasonic unprotected, 3400mAh)

It should work better as a bike light, with the wind providing additional cooling.

PWM is not noticeable and the battery check mode is a good addition.
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