Fraz Labs Mechanical Flashlights (formerly QTC Non-Battery Crush)

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KITROBASKIN

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Sorry it's been so long since we've posted - we have been diligently working on expanding our at-home shop, which takes time out of everything else for us. We will restock soon, and will answer any questions you have. Thanks so much for your patience!!
Great to hear from speck again!
Perhaps we have gotten used to not hearing from you all in a while, and are more comfortable with it because sometimes when you DO come back, we get rewarded with some groovy flashlights for offer; maybe even some 'rubber meets the road' supercool photos/videos.

Should we give up on a single cell 26650 (that can handle protected cells) less weight anodized aluminum (no beryllium copper {BeCu+4} please) model that incorporates some of the elegant solutions you all have been cooking up? How about one in our hands at the dawn of 2022? Can the design challenges be met with what you know now? Tell me where to send a deposit.
 

knucklegary

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Kitro, would you object to 21700 size in 7075?
I'd be down for one in bare metal unplated, or clear ano just to stop oxidation
 

KITROBASKIN

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That is a nice tool, but I have 26650's already and want to use them, hoping the 26650 batteries' capacity will increase with time. You make a good point though. Anodization is a must for me. 7075 is not really necessary but totally understand its allure.
 

djj

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I am loving my 18350 slimmie and the low levels especially. It goes lower than any other light I have and is easily adjustable in the very low range. This is something I have wanted for many years.

I'm using a cr123 primary and hoping that the low levels won't sag the cell voltage below the led forward voltage as the cell depletes, allowing it to be sucked completely dry. Can someone tell me if that makes sense?
 

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I’ve been following your company for almost a year on Reddit and was hoping you guys would make a Nichia 219b sw45k run. The B35A would also be amazing.
 

speckacuda

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Great to hear from speck again!
Perhaps we have gotten used to not hearing from you all in a while, and are more comfortable with it because sometimes when you DO come back, we get rewarded with some groovy flashlights for offer; maybe even some 'rubber meets the road' supercool photos/videos.

Should we give up on a single cell 26650 (that can handle protected cells) less weight anodized aluminum (no beryllium copper {BeCu+4} please) model that incorporates some of the elegant solutions you all have been cooking up? How about one in our hands at the dawn of 2022? Can the design challenges be met with what you know now? Tell me where to send a deposit.

Fraz has been busy trying to slim down and modify the Lumenite (it's amazing how much engineering it takes to lose a bit of mass/width) while I get the shop hammered out and run existing parts. The Big Nugget (26350/26650 cell user) was one of my favorites, and we will bring it back as soon as the Lumenite is done (hoping for the end of 2021 or beginning of 2022 for the release). One of the downfalls of only having two people is the time it takes to get it all done, but having machines at our house instead of two hours away from it helps a ton.

I am loving my 18350 slimmie and the low levels especially. It goes lower than any other light I have and is easily adjustable in the very low range. This is something I have wanted for many years.

I'm using a cr123 primary and hoping that the low levels won't sag the cell voltage below the led forward voltage as the cell depletes, allowing it to be sucked completely dry. Can someone tell me if that makes sense?
So glad you're loving the new Nugget! We have no experience with using primary CR123, but I know someone here had mentioned it (I think it was BigBurly?).

I’ve been following your company for almost a year on Reddit and was hoping you guys would make a Nichia 219b sw45k run. The B35A would also be amazing.
Welcome to the party! The best thing about our flashlights is that any emitter will work in the thing, as long as it's on a 16mm MCPCB. I'm getting a list together of LED's to order, but the supply chain is a little wacky at the moment so I might be limited on what I can get in a timely manner. Both those have been added to the list, so we'll see how the mail gremlins work out for us!!

We've been crazy busy, but you know I can't resist a good photo for y'all (especially since it's almost Halloween, one of the best candy holidays in my book). Here's one I set up last year in an effort to scare someone. Sadly, Fraz is my only coworker, so it didn't work...

creepylathe.jpg
 

KITROBASKIN

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Always always exciting to hear from speckacuda, and very much appreciate the possibility of a 26650 and a slimmer slim 18650 in early 2022!
The humorous halloween shot is fun.
Just wondering if perhaps Fraz Labs might become a limited outlet for additional emitter purchases as an option when buying a flashlight (or in my case 2 flashlights).
 
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