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    I would be VERY interested in a SS Barbolight, but I would kindly ask that you add a STRONG *carbon steel* pocket clip (similar to the Pelican 1910 / 1920 lights), otherwise I'll likely never carry it with me.

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    Default Re: You will love this NASA penlight

    Anyone take theirs apart yet? Would LOVE one of these with a 219C 2700K R9050 on it

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    Quote Originally Posted by grndslm View Post
    I would be VERY interested in a SS Barbolight, but I would kindly ask that you add a STRONG *carbon steel* pocket clip (similar to the Pelican 1910 / 1920 lights), otherwise I'll likely never carry it with me.
    I hate to say this, but the pocket clip would ruin the look of it being a replica of the original. Having said that, these do look very cool. I would have hoped for a light output that would be similar to the incandescent light but just with much longer run time.

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    Just got mine today (joy!), day after Christmas. Can't wait to mess with it. It's been so long, it's made me extra excited.

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    Quote Originally Posted by staticx57 View Post
    Anyone take theirs apart yet? Would LOVE one of these with a 219C 2700K R9050 on it
    I gotta say, this was my plan as well. But honestly this warm XP-L HI they're using is very good, so I'm not in a hurry to mod it anymore. That said, I did go ahead and try to disassemble it, just cause The two halves of the head unscrewed easily, no sign of glue. After that it looks like the entire light engine should screw out in one piece, making it a pretty easy mod. I was unable to get mine out though, but then its not easy to get a grip on that little thing either. Some channelocks or something may be required, but with risk of marring up the brass, I didn't attempt it.

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    R these going to be available post kickstarter?

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    just going to think out loud here... i wouldnt mind if in the future there was another light that is "inspired" by the NASA light. im digging mine but would prefer certain things to not be 100% accurate to the original. for instance, if there was a slight flare in the tail to aid in tailstanding; while also adding the needed heft to make the light more balanced. that would also add material in the tail area to screw on a pocket clip. with all that said, mine has been riding comfortable in my pocket since i got it on the 23rd. it sits in the pocket well without a clip. i also took mine for a dip the other night. got water in it which i was able to track down to the lens oring not being seated properly. i was able to get it apart and get things in proper order however. still not a fan of the optic change mid-project or the engraved "on/off" markings which signify nothing and adds confusion to operating the light.


    edit: just realized why the "on/off" engraving is so confusing. looking at pre-production runs it looks correct. something got off on the production run.
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    I am pretty happy with mine so far, but I haven't gotten to testing it much yet. Just some initial thoughts...

    @tab665: Yeah, the On/Off markings are interesting. With on/off tick marks, you would expect something on the head to align them to. Indeed, in googled pictures of the originals, there seems to be a little triangle engraved on the head (no such mark on mine). This is problematic I think to get exactly right in manufacturing, and what if the batteries you use are a little longer - wouldn't that throw the alignment off?

    Another thing, and maybe/probably I'm wrong, but in a way it might look more authentic. According to my amateur googling of original photos: the "OFF" mark looks in the right place compared to googled pictures, aligned with model number engraved to right. Functionally (I think), the "ON" mark should be less that a quarter turn or so _below_ the "OFF" mark, so you should see both in a photo showing the rest of the engraved text (model/serial/date) - let's call this the front. This is what you see in Javier's kickstarter "prototype" photos, as well as in googled photos of 1970+ flashlights. But in 1968-1969 flashlights I saw (like Armstrong's), the "ON" is missing, which means it must be in the back somewhere, just like ours (which is a quarter-turn _above_ the "OFF"). Well that's my theory, makes me feel better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tab665 View Post
    got water in it which i was able to track down to the lens oring not being seated properly.
    Is this something you can tell from just looking at it (vs taking it apart)? I guess it doesn't matter, as I don't imagine ever getting this one that wet.
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    Default Re: You will love this NASA penlight

    Are these still available?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bugblatter View Post
    Is this something you can tell from just looking at it (vs taking it apart)? I guess it doesn't matter, as I don't imagine ever getting this one that wet.
    sory for the late reply. yes, when examinig the lens o-ring i noticed it seems there was a section of it missing. Turns out it had just gotten bound up/ pinched and stuck behind the window instead of in front. it was a quick fix.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tab665 View Post
    sory for the late reply. yes, when examinig the lens o-ring i noticed it seems there was a section of it missing. Turns out it had just gotten bound up/ pinched and stuck behind the window instead of in front. it was a quick fix.
    Thanks, that's exactly what I was imagining when you mentioned it (mine looks ok).

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    Hello all,

    Well I would like to use this post to explain some of the issues you have found on the lights and of course to thank you once again your support.

    1. ON-OFF. On this light is "useless" and so was on the original. Some late productions had a mark on the head, but if you are familiar with this kind of construction, it is almost impossible to make make match the position of the marks with the engraving. Even the small tolerance of the battery length, the tolerance of light among different brands, or the deformation they will suffer when used, will be enough to get the mark our of the line. We copied the first series, with its good an bad things.

    2. Beam shape. At first we decided to use an acrylic lense and that way we were getting a quite floody beam. But that was not the most similar to the original one, although technically was a very good solution and more reliable than the glass one... we finally decided to switch to the sapphire glass + reflector solution, as aesthetically was way better looking, despite its price was 5 times higher and required another o-ring and some changes on design. That was the most floody we got and with the most intense orange peel we could got on the limited time we had. Overall most of the people was very happy with the change... but I understands those of you who were expecting other product. We can offer a refund, an acrylic lense or a discount if we release a new one (which I do hope we will).

    3. LED. Trust me, the XPL-HI is better than the Nichia, and its price is way higher. We wanted something ultra reliable, and using a 10 watt capable LED driven at 1 Watt resulted on extraordinary efficiency. They were not easy or cheap to get.

    4. Tab665. I want to publicly apologize for the water issue. They are suppose to be waterproof lights, and the thing with the o-ring is not acceptable. I will send you a replacement one if you want so.

    5. Are there more available? Yes, a few more. Contact me by PM, please.

    6. Will we make more? Yes. SS? Maybe. ? Clips? Who knows?

    Best regards,

    Javier

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    Barbarian, I tried to send you a PM, but it looks like your inbox is full. Can you PM me details on pricing for this light? I'm very interested.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dhunley1 View Post
    Barbarian, I tried to send you a PM, but it looks like your inbox is full. Can you PM me details on pricing for this light? I'm very interested.
    PM sent, Sir. And of course I have deleted some messages.

    Javier

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    Default Re: You will love this NASA penlight

    WOW I WANT ONE TOO!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BugoutBoys View Post
    WOW I WANT ONE TOO!!!!
    PM Sent!

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