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    Hi all,
    I have done a full revamp of my flashlight review listing site, www.flashlightreviews.ca.

    You will still find full lists of all my CPF reviews on the site, but in a much more clearly organized fashion. There is also a lot of new background content, especially under the FAQ and Methods tabs (which have similarly been re-organized for clarity).

    I've also started putting a prominent link right on the main page for my most recent review.

    One interesting new feature is the custom Google search (top right-hand corner), which searches CPF specifically. I've customized the search result placement box on my site, so it all comes up at the top of the main page box for each given page. To close the search result box, just hit the "x" beside the search input field at the top right-hand corner of the page.

    Let me know what you think of the new site!

    UPDATE March 25, 2017: Sorry I haven't been around for a long time - my work life got pretty crazy last year, will likely get even worse in the short-term. Between that and my whisky reviewing hobby (http://whiskyanalysis.com/), I have had NO time to even test any of the flashlights I have on hand. I have since informed all the makers who have asked that I am no longer taking lights for the foreseeable future. I do hope to post at least a cursory analysis of the lights on hand, but not sure when I will find the time.
    Last edited by selfbuilt; 03-25-2017 at 10:57 AM.
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    Thank you. Great reviews. It's hard to improve upon perfection.

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    It looks very good, you are a very valuable resource.

    You helped me so much that I used your donation link and was happy to help with a small donation.

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    Your reviews have helped me out immensely. Thank you!

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    Wow, I guess you can always get better. Thanks for all your hard work.

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    Very nice revamp Your site leaves very little to be desired for the flashlight enthusiast, but if I may offer a suggestion that might appeal to the general public, or anyone who is looking to buy a flashlight and has already decided how much they are willing to spend: perhaps you could offer the option of viewing your reviews organized by price?

    On a completely unrelated note: I thought cats were experts at nimbly stepping out of your way when you're about to step on them in the dark.

    Finally, I'd like to chime in with previous posters and thank you again for all the valuable information you have contributed to the flashlight community, and for all your hard work.

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    Great looking Site! My thanks as well for all your hard work and attention to detail...you are the gold standard sir! Just thinking out loud but perhaps you could add an "upcoming flashlight review" teaser to let us know what newly released lights are in the pipeline for a near future review?

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    Thanks for the support everyone.

    Quote Originally Posted by sidecross View Post
    You helped me so much that I used your donation link and was happy to help with a small donation.
    Thanks, I appreciate that. I don't accept any sort of sponsorship/advertising, and fund all my reviews out of my own pocket. The battery costs (not to mention the frequent custom/duty fees, photo server fees, website fees, etc.) can really add up quickly, so the donations to my battery fund are always greatly appreciated.

    Quote Originally Posted by Swede74 View Post
    Very nice revamp Your site leaves very little to be desired for the flashlight enthusiast, but if I may offer a suggestion that might appeal to the general public, or anyone who is looking to buy a flashlight and has already decided how much they are willing to spend: perhaps you could offer the option of viewing your reviews organized by price?
    Hmmm, interesting idea. One of the challenges there is that prices frequently drop over time, and all models have a limited commercial lifespan (so would require a lot of updates, etc.). I'll give it some thought ... maybe some sort of price indicator could work.

    On a completely unrelated note: I thought cats were experts at nimbly stepping out of your way when you're about to step on them in the dark.
    Really? I always thought they seem to go out of their way to try and trip me (especially on the stairs). Seriously though, sleeping cats can be a road hazard en route the bathroom at night ...

    Quote Originally Posted by cyclesport View Post
    Just thinking out loud but perhaps you could add an "upcoming flashlight review" teaser to let us know what newly released lights are in the pipeline for a near future review?
    I try to avoid doing that, to save myself from all the inevitable queries that would follow (i.e., so when will be ready?, can you tell what the throw is like?, what's the beam tint like?, etc.). As it as, the manufacturers frequently request updates on my testing/review status ... as you can imagine, there's almost always a few weeks lag time from receipt to full review.

    More practically, there can often be delays due to problems that I uncover. This can require some back-and-forth with the manufacturer, and may even require new samples to be shipped out and re-tested. So I prefer not to "tease" unless I know for sure a review is imminent (i.e., I'm just putting the finishing touches on it).

    Quote Originally Posted by Lou Minescence View Post
    Thank you. Great reviews. It's hard to improve upon perfection.
    Mrs selfbuilt might disagree with you there ... but I appreciate the sentiment!
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    Great website, professional revamp, congrats! And thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by selfbuilt View Post
    So I prefer not to "tease" unless I know for sure a review is imminent.
    No kidding. If you could share such kind of "imminent info", we'd love to know!!

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    Nice.

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    You are a god among men.

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    Absolutely perfect
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    Long time lurker but I had to peek out from behind the flashlight to say thanks and great job! I've been helped often by your work!

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    Congratulations to the improved site. It's great & very helpful!

    Thanks a lot for your time & effort as always.

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    Excellent work!!!
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    Great work!

    I like to try and improve what I do and to try to raise the bar that you originally set. Now you have raised it again!

    With a full time challenging job, a full time challenging Mrs Subwoofer (don't tell her I said that), and 'life', it is often hard for me to find time for the reviews.

    How do you find the time? (glad you do)
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    Thanks everyone - I appreciate all the positive support.

    Quote Originally Posted by tobrien View Post
    Absolutely perfect
    Quote Originally Posted by subwoofer View Post
    With a full time challenging job, a full time challenging Mrs Subwoofer (don't tell her I said that), and 'life', it is often hard for me to find time for the reviews.
    Actually, I keep thinking of things I would like to add or improve - especially in making the site more interactive, and a greater resource. The question is really one of time (or more specifically, diminishing returns for the amount of time required). In a zero-sum world, the more time I spend on the site is less time I spend on reviews ...

    But bit-by-bit, I hope to keep adding useful new features to the site. I will post any updates here.
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    selfbuilt, CPF is a better place because of you ~



    ...your new site looks great & we all owe you a huge thanks!

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    The site looks great. Added to Favorites. So many of my flashlights were purchased due to your reviews and you haven't let me down yet..*s*
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    Very nice! Thank you! I will donate!

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    very nice...very neat!

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    Thanks again everyone.

    As promised,I am continuing to update the pages. In particular, I've added a few more questions to my FAQ page: http://www.flashlightreviews.ca/support.html

    Right now, this is still providing more of an overview of my testing philosophy (as I do get many questions about this). The testing methodology page (http://www.flashlightreviews.ca/method.htm) is a good entry point for more details on what I do and why. Still plan to develop more content there, but it will take time.

    Cheers.
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    Oulala! I'm joining in on the very well deserved mass praise here. The new site looks absolutely great!
    Besides that: Thanks for all your hard work, and providing us with an independant and trustworthy source of both technical info as well as quality review. Other areas of electronics would only be so lucky in having a source of information like this.

    *hands award*

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    Hi all,

    I've just updated my site with a new page: Flashlight Recommendations

    The goal here isn't to supply specific recommendations, but to give you a range of good options to consider in each battery class, from among my recent reviews. I know the sheer volume of reviews can daunting for newcomers, so I thought it would be easier to provide some good entry points to decent lights this way. I plan to keep it regularly updated.

    P.S.: I had to update the CSS to get everything to fit on the header and footer bars, so if anything looks wonky in your browser, just hit your page refresh. If that doesn't sort it out, let me know - I've tried it on several platforms, and everything is displaying fine.
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    As promised, I am continuing to update background material on my www.flashlightreviews.ca site.

    In this case, some discussion in one of my review threads got me thinking of explaining the use of a cooling fan in my runtime testing. You will see a discussion of it on my Testing Methodology page, right after the Runtimes Explained section (direct link).

    I am also continuing to update the Recommendations page, as new reviews come out.
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    I love the "Some suggestions to consider, as of December 2012:" section. Wonder if it was there before? I was on your site before, but don't remember seeing it.

    Your reviews have helped all of us save soo much money. Every time I get a new light I know exactly what I am getting. Thank you!!

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    Selfbuilt,
    I love your summary / comparison tables. I can get a good idea of the beam from the lumens to lux ratings. And having multiple lights summaries side by side helps too. But sometimes there is a light near its class that wasn't added, or you reviewed one after you reviewed the light I'm looking at. It'd be nice to have a huge summary table with every light you've reviewed on it. Maybe even a filter feature to narrow down a few specifics? I know I'm asking even more from something already great, sorry... But I do find myself going back and forth from one review to another sometimes specifically to look at these summary/comparison stats.

    Thanks,
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    Quote Originally Posted by naiter View Post
    I love the "Some suggestions to consider, as of December 2012:" section. Wonder if it was there before? I was on your site before, but don't remember seeing it.
    No, it's a new section as of earlier this month.

    Quote Originally Posted by naiter View Post
    It'd be nice to have a huge summary table with every light you've reviewed on it. Maybe even a filter feature to narrow down a few specifics? I know I'm asking even more from something already great, sorry... But I do find myself going back and forth from one review to another sometimes specifically to look at these summary/comparison stats.
    I agree, it would be very useful to have the master table lists consolidated on the web, in a filterable way. But there's some technical (and programming) challenges to be able to implement it. Not least of which is the updated lightmeter used for the recent tables (I didn't go back and re-test all the old lights, for example). I'll give it some thought ...
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    Just updated my ANSI FL-1 standard page with some explanation of water resistance levels (scroll down toward the end of the page).

    This is based on some discussion in one of my recent threads - I thought I would explain how the ANSI FL-1 standard pass levels are more specific (and stringent) than the IPX rating levels they are based on.
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