I tried an SFT40 in one and the beam pattern was not compatible
There are only a few emitters that play well with those optics, but y'all have found several that look incredible and really make me want to try to branch out a bit for myself - those 519a's look good, I'm a sucker for anything in the 3500-4000 range!!
Since Lumenite II can fit 18650, 21700, and 26650 batteries, would it be possible to have a longer body and accommodate 26800 batteries as well?
Went through earlier threads and came across pocket clips, lanyard holes, and carry concerns. Lumenite II is also quite thick in the body for lanyards. Can something like below be machined:
We are limited by our current machines and the time it takes to manufacture anything at this moment, so simplicity (and assembly, and shipping) is key for now. Even a lanyard hole would require two more machining operations. We are trying to scale up as quickly as possible, but I'm sure it's been noticed that we don't have drops as often as we did last year - we lost access to the shop we were renting in Jonesboro sometime around September 2022, so we are literally making every part of every light in our garage on our Tormach 770M and a Benchturn 7000 lathe. I know I sound like I'm on repeat, but we are currently doing the best we can with what we have at the moment.
That being said, things should pick up very soon on the machining front!!
Well used QTC. I do not find it to be magnetic but the bearing surface on the engine seems to attract what looks like a magnet in the piston?
Yes, and that's something I've forgotten to mention to those who've gone in search of other QTC - there's a magnet in every single piston we've ever put into every light since the original Qzark. For optimal performance, magnetic "smart rubber" or any other QTC variant is recommended, as this keeps it in place with time. However, any smart rubber pill will work.
does the brass piston look like it would need replacement over time? There are spare pistons on the Fraz website that looks like that. Sans the magnet.
Hoping it would only be the QTC that would need replacing in the long run.
My dad has used the same flashlight since Christmas 2019 with the same QTC pill. Every day since, at least twice a day, he's used it to feed cows for around a hour, turning it on and off multiple times. His piston is virtually the same as it was when I machined the thing, except for the half-circle where the battery tube makes contact. The trench is no deeper than it was after the first week, same with the groove in the battery tube. I'm not saying it's NOT possible to wear one out, but I would love to shake the hand of the person who managed that feat of strength. I do have extra pistons listed on the site for those of use who may have lost one to the vacuum cleaner (or the cat), but the chance of wearing one out would be really slim I believe. The QTC, or 'smart rubber', is something we are trying to search out (a really good one, which is shockingly hard to find) and list on the site - coming soon, I guess?
Also, we dodged the tornado that hit Little Rock on the 31st of March (by a couple miles, hallelujah!!) but things are still crazy here - please be patient on the mail system here if you're sending or expecting a light.