My LF HO-9 Went...

Paul5M

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:poof: after I accidentally dropped my WE Sniper about 3 feet on a carpeted floor:rant:
I'll order some more LF LAs, test them in my SF G3, and see what will happen :thinking:
 

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I would email Mark at Lumens Factory and get a warranty. It should not go out that easy.
Paul5M said:
:poof: after I accidentally dropped my WE Sniper about 3 feet on a carpeted floor:rant:
I'll order some more LF LAs, test them in my SF G3, and see what will happen :thinking:
 

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3 lamps (2 by WE & 1 by LF) died in a period of four months, about 16 hours of total runtime. 2 of them died after dropped on carpeted floor.
What do you think? Is it normal or am I unlucky?
 

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what are your setups and what cells are you using? A tad high voltage maybe? Still, 16 hours is not bad by any means, but could be a little better.
 

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hmmmm..... I've fumbled and dropped my maxfire 2xRCR123>HO-9 setup several times, but never while the bulb was running. Is still working fine...

I think any time you are dealing with bulbs, it's kind of a lottery. Sometimes they pop, sometimes not.

LF bulbs seem to be designed to run really close to the edge to get really white efficient output, which is great for light, but while running, shock damage is probably more likely. This is the case with many tactical lamps.
 

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Paul5M,

Well, if your lamp is running and you have dropped it, it will have a chance of blowing.

Considering the filament is burning near it's melting point and that you have used it for sometime, the filament is thinner then when it was new and the shock resistence will be lowered.

Also, the design of the flashlight affects the shock resistence of the lamp.

Our lamps are used by RICO's flashlights and you can see on their videos that even after a full mag of 7.62 on an AK-47 on full auto will not affect the lamp at all. The shock from the recoils of the gun is much more then the drop obviously.

The offer mentioned on the PM still stands, but if you have any other suggestions that will otherwise make you a happy man. Then I will be more then happy to hear it, just sent me a PM.

Mark
 
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Hi Mark,
Thanks for your offering :)
I'll do some more tests on my G3 to see if I can duplicate the problem.
 

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Paul5M said:
Are you serious? :huh:
16 hours for 3 LAs, average 5 1/3 hours per LA.

Sorry I misread I thought you were getting 16 hours per lamp:ohgeez:
 

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Paul, maybe it is time to bring back shag pile carpet? You have had some bad luck, hope it stops.
 

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Hallis said:
Stop dropping your flashlight ;) :p
Unfortunately, Wolf Eyes bodies can't be equipped with a lanyard. A while back, I posted what I thought was a solution: Take a wrist strap from a Fuji FinePix digicam and squash its nylon loop between the tailcap and the body. but the nylon frayed and broke within 2 months.

I used to wrap my Wolf Eyes lights in 3M friction tape, but the tape would leave a black residue on my hands in warmer months.

Come on, Wolf Eyes--give us a lanyard ring!
 

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Paul5M said:
3 lamps (2 by WE & 1 by LF) died in a period of four months, about 16 hours of total runtime. 2 of them died after dropped on carpeted floor.
What do you think? Is it normal or am I unlucky?
I'd call that unlucky. The Sniper is a very light light(sic), so I don't see its weight being an issue.
My LF lamps haven't been through much rough treatment(though two have survived a few drops), but a couple of my 9V WE D26 LAs have.
The one in my work light has been dropped dozens of times(once took a hit so hard it slightly warped the M2 bezel on my light), and doubtless has a few dozen hours of use, too.
'Course the only bulb I've EVER had go out was in a TL3, which took a waist high drop onto tile covered concrete while on, so maybe I'm just really lucky.

I agree with the need for some kind of lanyard attachment on the Wolf-Eyes lights. I've got one rigged up on my M90 that works well, though it will slide down the body if I don't watch it. With models like the Sniper with small tailcaps it wouldn't work, though that new tailcap that comes on the E2A(?) looks like it would.
 
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