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Old 03-18-2017, 08:19 PM   #1  
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PIC OF PROTO 2! looking good The Q8, a BLF premium edition SRK type monster flashlight BudgetLightForum.com

I've been following this thread religiously and have high expectations. I've bought a few previous BLF Special Edition lights that are in some way commissioned by the members. This one is going beyond anything that's been done before with respect to the design and quality control. This model of light is called an SRK-type (named after the SkyRay King series and clones). SRK clones never live up to expectations because China. This light will hold 4x18650 batteries, but will be able to run even if just one is installed... and makes in the neighborhood of 6000lm with the current favorite Samsung 30Q batteries.

The light is just a big bigger than a can of soda, and the pricepoint for this special edition has always been $40. Geek away my friends.
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Too big. WAY too big. I want something small enough to hang from my belt or stick in a pocket.

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They have their uses, but EDC is not one of them.

How about a killer EDC with a legit 1600lm for $20... the BLF A6 is as good as any name-brand production light you could name like Surefire or Streamlight.
BLF A6 XPL 1600Lumens 7/4modes EDC LED Flashlight 18650 Sale - Banggood.com

If you don't have any batteries or charger, the Samsung 30Q's are really the only way to go right now. Nitecore makes no-brainer chargers as well. Conveniently, BANGGOOD sells a "kit":
BLF A6 XPL 3D 7/4modes Flashlight + Nitecore UM20 + 2x18650 Sale - Banggood.com

You can buy the newer 2016 version of the charger on Amazon, but I'd still buy the batteries from Banggood... Samsung 30Q protected.
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2PCS INR18650-30Q 3000mah 20A Power Li-ion Battery for Samsung Sale - Banggood.com

If that's still "too big", you can buy a shorter body that takes 18350's... still get all the lumens, just shorter runtime. $2
BLF A6/Astrolux S1 Flashlight 18350 Body Extension Tube Sale - Banggood.com

Get your 18350 batteries from Amazon:
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The Nitecore charger above fits a wide range of batteries, inculding the 350's.

Pics of the 2 different bodies, and of one of mine with some other items for scale.
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I got this turd the other day. At 12 bucks for two lights,4 no na me 18650's, and two chargers. I had to buy some and find out.
They were advertising a 7W led but no description of the lens or reflector.



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The led looks like it has some old style lens, emits light in probably 179.9. The reflector is a semi-polished aluminum washer in a black anodized tube. Nice.The adjustable focus is some lame sliding assembly. If it got sand on it, it would probably jam up. Bottom line- for 6 bucks delivered, it's pretty sweet. Its bright for a single LED. Dual battery should be bright for a couple hours.
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I bought this headlamp a while ago. It is amazing. Lights up most of my backyard (about an acre) and is a godsend when working under a car, or doing anything at night.

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I bought this headlamp a while ago. It is amazing. Lights up most of my backyard (about an acre) and is a godsend when working under a car, or doing anything at night.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B01IT...MdL&ref=plSrch
That one is huge. I thought the free non-let HF one I got was too big. I think I'm going to make a simple LED on a CR2032 on the gobro headband I'll never use. That'll be perfect for working under the dash or car.
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I have two of the blf edition lights thanks to samnavy. I now daily the olight above. So small, I dont even know it is there. Magnetic tailcap charging ability, which means nearly endless lumens with a car charger. Reversed clip so that you can attach it to the bill of a hat for handsfree headlamp use. Has an incredible 900 lumen max mode (limited time) for surgery.
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I bought this headlamp a while ago. It is amazing. Lights up most of my backyard (about an acre) and is a godsend when working under a car, or doing anything at night.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B01IT...MdL&ref=plSrch

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In for more stuff to burn money on. I've lurked around candlepower and blf on occasion, although it's been a while. I've had a few single AA lights and like the form factor. I've had a hankering to try a 18650 light for a while. I've got a charger that should be up to the task. Might pull the trigger on one of those samnavy linked.
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I have this one:

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It uses 18650 batteries which are not cheap but last quite a long time. This flashlight is the only one you need to light up the entire trail at night. It is incredibly bright. I walk my dogs at night on trails and this thing has never failed.
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I have this one:

https://www.amazon.com/ThruNite-TN12-2016-White-Flashlight/dp/B01EWW907A/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1490186735&sr=8-1&keywords=thrunite+tn12

It uses 18650 batteries which are not cheap but last quite a long time. This flashlight is the only one you need to light up the entire trail at night. It is incredibly bright. I walk my dogs at night on trails and this thing has never failed.
I've been a fan of the Cree XML-T6 for years. I'm ready for a new one, i wonder if this is worth the price compared to some of the cheaper T6 led units.
I managed to acquire a few 10a 3800mah 18650's on the work budget. They last long enough to do what you need to do, but i'm not sure they're very nice to the diodes.
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I EDC an EagleTac D25LC2. It uses an 18650 as well. My favorite part is how sturdy the belt clip is. That's always the weak point for me, when I EDC at work.
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I really like lights this size for EDC.
I miss the old pen-lights 4-7s used to make.
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Added two more to my collection. Left to right: blf edition 18650, olight s1a baton, olight s1r baton turbo, and olight i3e eos. The s1a and i3e are new. The s1a was on an easter sale at battery junction. It will run off of one AA alkaline, lithium or nimh and also 14500 lithium ion with the highest output on the later. The i3e was an impulse buy to get me over the $50 hump and free shipping. It is impressive at 120 lumen on one AAA alkaline or nimh.
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Samnavy, what do you think of the BLF GT "Giga Thrower"? It looks like it'd be great for navigating back to shore after night fishing.
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The time has come... the light that started this thread is complete and should begin shipping shortly. I bought 2 and gave my extra codes to a buddy for 2 more. I bought the Samsung 30Q's and should see a legit 6000lumens on turbo.
Q8, PM with codes SEND OUT, the Q8 BLF premium edition SRK type monster flashlight | BudgetLightForum.com

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Samnavy, what do you think of the BLF GT "Giga Thrower"? It looks like it'd be great for navigating back to shore after night fishing.
I've been on the list for that since the beginning... already sent in my down-payment... should be just as impressive for what it does as the Q8.

I'll grab all my lights later and take a pic. I'm pretty set for capability, but it's the WOW factor that really gets me to buy. My EagleTac that's smaller than a chapstick and does 700lmn direct drive is a prime example. Plus, I'm a sucker for DIY stuff... and a forum going directly to a retailer with a set of specs and making it happen is pretty cool... that's why I love all the BLF Special Edition lights. The guys who work to make it happen don't settle for a marginal product. The hundreds of pages in the Q8 thread that go over every detail of the light... what was rejected and what the would/wouldn't settle for in the final design is commendable. These lights are built an order of magnitude above their $40 pricepoint for the group buy.
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I recently got sucked in to BLF for a couple weeks. Then I unsucked myself because honestly I don't need two flashlights.

yes, the BLF monsters are impressive.. I just have no use for them. A 200 lumen keychain light is great for me.
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Ok spoon-feed question time. I need a pocket flashlight. Lots of lumens, doesn't have to be tiny (my pockets are big) maybe like thick sharpie sized? 18650 battery. What do the geeks suggest? If I can buy it on Amazon that's even better.
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