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  1. chaosdsm

    UVC or "deep UV" flashlights?

    Not sure what it is, haven't had time to try & lookup what I have just yet. This one is actually a rock my mom brought with us when we moved from California to Florida :laughing: IIRC, it has both mica and milky quartz, not sure what else might be mixed in there. Filters I have are both...
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    UVC or "deep UV" flashlights?

    Whatever you go with, I suggest adding UV filters to them... For minerals I use Convoy S2+ with Nichia 365nm (18650) and a Tattu U3S (26650) which is advertised as 365nm but doesn't work well without a UV filter added, too much visible light spill. I have a supposed "UVC" light (not LED) but...
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    Incoming - What do you have coming in the mail??

    Just got: Fenix BC30 Bike Light from Fenix Store four water resistant 2x 18650 battery cases Should arrive any day: Convoy L6 (N2-3A 5000k) from GearBest Smooth Reflector for L6 + clear gasket from Mountain Electronics
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    What weapon light are you using on your AR15?

    Armytek Dobermann Pro with "white" XP-L HI emitter. Set on "Tactical" 2-mode (turbo & strobe) setting for outdoor use.
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    my Nitecore glass lense fell off is that normal ?

    Before purchase, I though there would at least be an o-ring between the lens & reflector, especially since my reflector for the SRT-7 already has a grove in the top into which an o-ring can easily sit.... I already put extra o-rings on tail end of the battery tube, just got to figure out what...
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    my Nitecore glass lense fell off is that normal ?

    Its held in place by the bezel... NOTE: if it's like my Nitecore SRT-7, it'll have a thin flat clear plastic washer that goes between the bezel & the glass.
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    Is the Flashlight Industry that big?

    Yes, a smart light (with modes changeable by app or PC/Mac) would be incredible! VERY true. There's a great number of uses for civilians, law enforcement, & military. 2 of the most common uses of IR are: 1> as a separate illumination source for night vision equipment - photo/video cameras (me...
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    Is the Flashlight Industry that big?

    In order of importance to me (many others will probably have a different order for these things) 1> A quality product 2> Multiple operation modes 3> Good output at Max/Turbo without being to large 4> handles/dissipates heat well 5> good battery life. 6> no PWM 7> good overall value for what you...
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    Is the Flashlight Industry that big?

    Easily... In 2004 Maglite began construction on an $80 million, 700,000 square foot manufacturing facility (30 acres) in Ontario California. This facility produces about 100,000 Maglite's every day, or about 25,000,000 per year. If you walk into just about any big box store in the US & you'll...
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    has anyone here bought from Gearbest

    Bought an Opus BT-C3100 V2.2 charger from them 4 weeks ago, got it 8 days later, but I chose the faster shipping option (7-10 days) instead of the standard 2-3 week shipping option.
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    Outbid with 3 seconds to go.

    It happens, no big deal... I always bid the maximum that I'm willing to pay, if someone wants to pay more than my max bid to get it, well, good for them.
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    is there a good cheap source of cr123a

    Without knowing what country you're in, we cannot recommend anything with any accuracy. I believe that Amazon ships to almost all countries. But your best bet is to let us know what country you're in, then someone can probably recommend an in-country site that you could buy from with very...
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    Incoming - What do you have coming in the mail??

    No lights, no batteries, no chargers... just something to help me finish my first custom light build :D X-Tronic Model 4040 2-in-1 digital work station with variable temp 500W hot air gun & variable temp 60W soldering iron :) Just hope it arrives before next weekend!
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    Near future of flashlights

    Actually, I do share your view, no doubt about it, there are some significant obstacles to overcome, and all new technologies carry a significantly inflated price tag. But I also know how to look beyond the "right now" factor. Just look at HighDef LCD TV's, the first 42" 1080p LCD's cost...
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    Near future of flashlights

    RE: Solar / wind power, if you already have the equipment installed, there's no added cost to charge your fuel cells ;) you don't pay for the sunlight or the wind... And you don't add the cost of something you paid for 2, 3, 5 years ago into your calculations. Sure you'll eventually have to...
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    Near future of flashlights

    Being almost brand new to market, they are both niche & expensive, but they've already dropped in price since I first saw them. The Brunton Fuel Cell's can be purchased for less than $10 each from other vendors (originally about $29 each) & the home charging station for $199 (originally about...
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    Near future of flashlights

    Yes, when Panasonic couldn't get the 4,000mAh batteries to market in 2013 (not 2014 as I was thinking), they released the 3,600mAh batteries instead. Here's the original 2009 release about the 4,000mAh batteries: http://news.panasonic.com/press/news/official.data/data.dir/en091225-3/en091225-3.html
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    Near future of flashlights

    Lithium based batteries are pretty much up against a brick ceiling in energy density. Panasonic has supposedly been working on a new chemistry to advance 18650's up to the 4000mAh capacity level... it was supposed to be ready by 1st quarter 2014.... but still vaporware. RE: Fuel Cells: Fuel...
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    Near future of flashlights

    The only problem I have with current tech is low runtimes, especially with the smaller battery lights - 1x AAA, 1x AA, 1x 123A. So what I hope for, definitely within 20 years, but hopefully much sooner is: A> 150 lumen per Watt on average LED's, & better than 200 lumen per Watt efficiency...
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