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Re: What's your latest flashlight?
Reply #3000 on: December 29, 2022, 08:01:22 PM
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Santa gave me an Olight Arkfeld.  I like the somewhat unusual form factor, deep clip, UI with 5 levels plus strobe, magnetic charger and a pretty strong green laser.  It also has a battery meter.  The only small ding I give it is that I'm concerned that it could activate in my pocket due to the button placement.  This has not actually happened because I lock out the UI when its in my pocket with a 2 second long press, so its not that big of a deal.  But really I think you need to lock it and unlock it with every use if you are doing pocket carry.  Overall I give it high marks .  Comes in a variety of colors.  The Olight Arkfeld is Powernoodle Approved.

https://www.olightstore.com/arkfeld-flat-flashlight.html

Arkfeld is a cracking light  :tu:

For what it's worth I've never had it come on whilst having it in my pocket for fitness walks, I'm pretty sure the switching ring would prevent most accidental activations. Refreshing to see someone willing to use lock out though!
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Re: What's your latest flashlight?
Reply #3001 on: December 29, 2022, 08:14:39 PM
I'm pretty sure the switching ring would prevent most accidental activations.

Yeah I just laid it on the table with the button/ring down, and could not activate it by pressing it into the table, so you are prolly right.   :cheers:


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Re: What's your latest flashlight?
Reply #3002 on: December 29, 2022, 09:38:15 PM
Just got it in this afternoon.  In it's 10180 form it has to be the cutest little light I've ever seen.  :D  First impressions are good, but I'm also a bit concerned by the battery life.  We shall see if it's a problem in real life (and for my uses).   I do find the illuminated switch an...odd (?) choice given the tiny cell capacity.  I will be using the 10440 tube for the moment though.  You can, of course, lock it out by giving the head a slight twist, but that gives you quite a faff of work to do in order to get your light on when you need it.

thanks a lot :) i'm looking forward to a "long term" review !
(for the self discharge of 10180 and 10440 batteries I wasn't event talking about "idle drain" due to to e-button, but about the "open circuit" self discharge, which also occurs in mechanical lockout, or in storage)


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Re: What's your latest flashlight?
Reply #3003 on: December 30, 2022, 10:17:43 AM
That backlight annoys me, I'm pretty sure there's a UI way to turn it off if you don't fancy hardware lockout.

I had a bit of a Google to see if there was a way, but came up blank.  :-\  if you find something then I'd be very happy to hear about it.  :salute:
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Re: What's your latest flashlight?
Reply #3004 on: December 31, 2022, 10:43:17 AM
I just got the Fenix as a GAW prize.

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Re: What's your latest flashlight?
Reply #3005 on: December 31, 2022, 12:26:54 PM
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Santa gave me an Olight Arkfeld.  I like the somewhat unusual form factor, deep clip, UI with 5 levels plus strobe, magnetic charger and a pretty strong green laser.  It also has a battery meter.  The only small ding I give it is that I'm concerned that it could activate in my pocket due to the button placement.  This has not actually happened because I lock out the UI when its in my pocket with a 2 second long press, so its not that big of a deal.  But really I think you need to lock it and unlock it with every use if you are doing pocket carry.  Overall I give it high marks .  Comes in a variety of colors.  The Olight Arkfeld is Powernoodle Approved.

https://www.olightstore.com/arkfeld-flat-flashlight.html

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Re: What's your latest flashlight?
Reply #3006 on: December 31, 2022, 11:46:56 PM
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Re: What's your latest flashlight?
Reply #3007 on: January 01, 2023, 09:26:30 PM
I had a bit of a Google to see if there was a way, but came up blank.  :-\  if you find something then I'd be very happy to hear about it.  :salute:

From a quick google this should work (tested on my Nano, which should be identical bar the reflector array):

The switch backlight is turned on by default when the flashlight is turned off. If you don't want to use this backlight, simply turn the flashlight on and off quickly. The status LED in this case will remain disabled until the next use (only under "RAMPING UI")

Can take a try or two to get the rhythm without turning turbo on, but does work. Hope that helps.
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Re: What's your latest flashlight?
Reply #3008 on: January 02, 2023, 02:14:42 AM
From a quick google this should work (tested on my Nano, which should be identical bar the reflector array):

The switch backlight is turned on by default when the flashlight is turned off. If you don't want to use this backlight, simply turn the flashlight on and off quickly. The status LED in this case will remain disabled until the next use (only under "RAMPING UI")

Can take a try or two to get the rhythm without turning turbo on, but does work. Hope that helps.

Cheers baddy.  Gave it a go but if it's possible I can't manage it.  :D  Mine isn't a ramping UI though so I'm going to use that as an excuse for my failure.  ;)
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Re: What's your latest flashlight?
Reply #3009 on: January 10, 2023, 10:51:27 PM
So after a week or so I'm going to say that I'm perfectly happy with the Frog and it's cell capacity/draining.  "Real world" applications for me is once or twice a day at lower levels and not for much time, but I was still able to turn it on at full today. 
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Re: What's your latest flashlight?
Reply #3010 on: January 12, 2023, 09:20:07 PM
Being utterly disappointed with Lumintop D1 UI, I got myself an EDC18 (Anduril), in the only version left : copper.
But copper is REALLY heavy, and I don't like the blue accents much ..

1/ added glow gasket
2/ removed the bunny (thx to https://www.reddit.com/r/flashlight/comments/gujw5x/edc18_modbunny_delete/) but I had some trouble with it, started with 2500grit not to scratch the rubber boot, but had to go gown to 800 to really start remove the Bunny... so it has some scratches :(
3/ swapped the blue ring with the silver one from D1sanded down the blue metallic ring around the button (pics where taken before)

I still need to swap the emitter with 3*LH351D 2700K LEDs

Quite happy with the result :)

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Re: What's your latest flashlight?
Reply #3011 on: January 12, 2023, 10:59:36 PM
Thanks to what we suspect is a pocketary mishap with a toddler, I lost my beloved Perun Mini somewhere between my house and Costco....

So I've ordered the new version which, on the spec sheet, may well be absolutely everything I ever wanted in an EDC light.
It's somewhere in the post, so I imagine a review will be required of me once it's arrived!!


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Re: What's your latest flashlight?
Reply #3012 on: January 13, 2023, 09:19:09 AM
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Re: What's your latest flashlight?
Reply #3013 on: January 13, 2023, 09:35:24 AM
Being utterly disappointed with Lumintop D1 UI, I got myself an EDC18 (Anduril), in the only version left : copper.
But copper is REALLY heavy, and I don't like the blue accents much ..

1/ added glow gasket
2/ removed the bunny (thx to https://www.reddit.com/r/flashlight/comments/gujw5x/edc18_modbunny_delete/) but I had some trouble with it, started with 2500grit not to scratch the rubber boot, but had to go gown to 800 to really start remove the Bunny... so it has some scratches :(
3/ swapped the blue ring with the silver one from D1sanded down the blue metallic ring around the button (pics where taken before)

I still need to swap the emitter with 3*LH351D 2700K LEDs

Quite happy with the result :)

Now that looks nice! Love the glow gasket, great work  :tu:
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Re: What's your latest flashlight?
Reply #3014 on: January 13, 2023, 09:36:07 AM
Thanks to what we suspect is a pocketary mishap with a toddler, I lost my beloved Perun Mini somewhere between my house and Costco....

So I've ordered the new version which, on the spec sheet, may well be absolutely everything I ever wanted in an EDC light.
It's somewhere in the post, so I imagine a review will be required of me once it's arrived!!

I've had my Perun mini 2 for about a month now, great light and I think you'll really like it  :tu:
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Re: What's your latest flashlight?
Reply #3015 on: January 15, 2023, 05:38:21 PM
So after a week or so I'm going to say that I'm perfectly happy with the Frog and it's cell capacity/draining.  "Real world" applications for me is once or twice a day at lower levels and not for much time, but I was still able to turn it on at full today.

Tried the tiny cell and, with very little use, found it to be dead after five days.  Never noticed it to have turned itself on in my pocket.  Oddly the red backlight on the switch has gone out and I don't know how (or when) it happened*.  :think:

*PS, yes, I have changed the cell and the switch light is still off.  :D
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Re: What's your latest flashlight?
Reply #3016 on: January 20, 2023, 09:09:42 PM
I've had my Perun mini 2 for about a month now, great light and I think you'll really like it  :tu:

Was looking at this light in the internet. You guys like it?
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Re: What's your latest flashlight?
Reply #3017 on: January 21, 2023, 04:01:56 AM
Was looking at this light in the internet. You guys like it?
I loved the Perun Mini... Still deciding on the PM2. Some definite advantages over the PM, but a couple of features are somewhat diminished, too....


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Re: What's your latest flashlight?
Reply #3018 on: January 21, 2023, 07:51:32 AM
Was looking at this light in the internet. You guys like it?

I like it, I've been a fan of this size headlamp/flaslight since I got the H1Nova back in 2016.
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Re: What's your latest flashlight?
Reply #3019 on: January 21, 2023, 07:51:50 AM
I loved the Perun Mini... Still deciding on the PM2. Some definite advantages over the PM, but a couple of features are somewhat diminished, too....

What features are giving you pause?
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Re: What's your latest flashlight?
Reply #3020 on: January 21, 2023, 10:35:59 PM
What features are giving you pause?
The PM2 pocket clip isn't as strong as the PM and it doesn't fit the velcro holder patch. The tail magnet is also WAY weaker than on the PM. The PM2's slash-cut knurling is also notably slippier compared to the pineapple grenade texture of the PM.


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Re: What's your latest flashlight?
Reply #3021 on: January 22, 2023, 12:13:37 AM
The PM2 pocket clip isn't as strong as the PM and it doesn't fit the velcro holder patch. The tail magnet is also WAY weaker than on the PM. The PM2's slash-cut knurling is also notably slippier compared to the pineapple grenade texture of the PM.

Huh I didn't know about the patch thing, how come it doesn't fit?

Is the strength thing because the clip freely rotates vs sitting in a cut groove to lock it in? I've not noticed any retention issues or it popping off the light so I'm not sure what else this could be.

I don't have anything with the pineapple knurling, but I think I'd rate the PM2's as good if not a bit better as the dash-style knurling that's on the Warrior 3S, Warrior Mini, Baton series.

If you're unsure, you can always pick up the original mini, since you already know you like it?
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Re: What's your latest flashlight?
Reply #3022 on: January 22, 2023, 02:08:21 AM
Huh I didn't know about the patch thing, how come it doesn't fit?
Is the strength thing because the clip freely rotates vs sitting in a cut groove to lock it in? I've not noticed any retention issues or it popping off the light so I'm not sure what else this could be.
I don't have anything with the pineapple knurling, but I think I'd rate the PM2's as good if not a bit better as the dash-style knurling that's on the Warrior 3S, Warrior Mini, Baton series.
If you're unsure, you can always pick up the original mini, since you already know you like it?

The new PM2 pocket clip is a mil or two wider, so doesn't fit inside the barrel pivot.
The initial upward leg of the clip is braced right up against the back of the head, so the clip strength is purely down to that first bend. It grips OK, but is notably easier to pull off the pocket edge than the PM... and since that's how I lost my last one in the first place, it's a point of concern for me.
The slash-cut is basically the same as the dash-cut, in that your fingers can hold the barrel really well longitudinally (great for longer torches), but if you're having to grip the light with any force, your fingers slide around the width of the tube and you can easily drop it. The grenade knurling worked very well in both directions.

I may well go get another PM eventually, but even at £45 the PM2 was an expense I didn't need at this time, so another PM1 at £65 would be a very stupid thing to do.
If I really can't get on with the PM2, I have plenty of other torches to pick from... Fenix's E18R or their HM50R v2 are both lovely EDC pieces that I like to swap in occasionally.
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