Selfbuilt's Flashlight Reviews: the new and improved flashlightreviews.ca

selfbuilt

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Hi all,
I have done a full revamp of my flashlight review listing site, www.flashlightreviews.ca. :party:

You will still find full lists of all my CPF reviews on the site, but in a much more clearly organized fashion. There is also a lot of new background content, especially under the FAQ and Methods tabs (which have similarly been re-organized for clarity).

I've also started putting a prominent link right on the main page for my most recent review.

One interesting new feature is the custom Google search (top right-hand corner), which searches CPF specifically. I've customized the search result placement box on my site, so it all comes up at the top of the main page box for each given page. To close the search result box, just hit the "x" beside the search input field at the top right-hand corner of the page.

Let me know what you think of the new site! :wave:

UPDATE March 25, 2017: Sorry I haven't been around for a long time - my work life got pretty crazy last year, will likely get even worse in the short-term. Between that and my whisky reviewing hobby (http://whiskyanalysis.com/), I have had NO time to even test any of the flashlights I have on hand. I have since informed all the makers who have asked that I am no longer taking lights for the foreseeable future. I do hope to post at least a cursory analysis of the lights on hand, but not sure when I will find the time. :sigh:
 
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sidecross

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Re: Selfbuilt's Flashlight Reviews: the new and improved flaslightreviews.ca

It looks very good, you are a very valuable resource.

You helped me so much that I used your donation link and was happy to help with a small donation. :thumbsup:
 

AnotherA

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Re: Selfbuilt's Flashlight Reviews: the new and improved flaslightreviews.ca

Your reviews have helped me out immensely. Thank you!
 

ZRXBILL

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Re: Selfbuilt's Flashlight Reviews: the new and improved flaslightreviews.ca

Wow, I guess you can always get better. Thanks for all your hard work.
 

Swede74

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Very nice revamp:twothumbs Your site leaves very little to be desired for the flashlight enthusiast, but if I may offer a suggestion that might appeal to the general public, or anyone who is looking to buy a flashlight and has already decided how much they are willing to spend: perhaps you could offer the option of viewing your reviews organized by price?

On a completely unrelated note: I thought cats were experts at nimbly stepping out of your way when you're about to step on them in the dark.

Finally, I'd like to chime in with previous posters and thank you again for all the valuable information you have contributed to the flashlight community, and for all your hard work.
 

cyclesport

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Re: Selfbuilt's Flashlight Reviews: the new and improved flaslightreviews.ca

Great looking Site! My thanks as well for all your hard work and attention to detail...you are the gold standard sir! Just thinking out loud but perhaps you could add an "upcoming flashlight review" teaser to let us know what newly released lights are in the pipeline for a near future review?
 

selfbuilt

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Re: Selfbuilt's Flashlight Reviews: the new and improved flaslightreviews.ca

Thanks for the support everyone. :grouphug:

You helped me so much that I used your donation link and was happy to help with a small donation. :thumbsup:
Thanks, I appreciate that. I don't accept any sort of sponsorship/advertising, and fund all my reviews out of my own pocket. The battery costs (not to mention the frequent custom/duty fees, photo server fees, website fees, etc.) can really add up quickly, so the donations to my battery fund are always greatly appreciated. :)

Very nice revamp:twothumbs Your site leaves very little to be desired for the flashlight enthusiast, but if I may offer a suggestion that might appeal to the general public, or anyone who is looking to buy a flashlight and has already decided how much they are willing to spend: perhaps you could offer the option of viewing your reviews organized by price?
Hmmm, interesting idea. One of the challenges there is that prices frequently drop over time, and all models have a limited commercial lifespan (so would require a lot of updates, etc.). I'll give it some thought ... maybe some sort of price indicator could work.

On a completely unrelated note: I thought cats were experts at nimbly stepping out of your way when you're about to step on them in the dark.
Really? I always thought they seem to go out of their way to try and trip me (especially on the stairs). :rolleyes: Seriously though, sleeping cats can be a road hazard en route the bathroom at night ... :whistle:

Just thinking out loud but perhaps you could add an "upcoming flashlight review" teaser to let us know what newly released lights are in the pipeline for a near future review?
I try to avoid doing that, to save myself from all the inevitable queries that would follow (i.e., so when will be ready?, can you tell what the throw is like?, what's the beam tint like?, etc.). As it as, the manufacturers frequently request updates on my testing/review status ... as you can imagine, there's almost always a few weeks lag time from receipt to full review.

More practically, there can often be delays due to problems that I uncover. This can require some back-and-forth with the manufacturer, and may even require new samples to be shipped out and re-tested. So I prefer not to "tease" unless I know for sure a review is imminent (i.e., I'm just putting the finishing touches on it).

Thank you. Great reviews. It's hard to improve upon perfection.
Mrs selfbuilt might disagree with you there :laughing: ... but I appreciate the sentiment!
 

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Great website, professional revamp, congrats! And thanks!

So I prefer not to "tease" unless I know for sure a review is imminent.
No kidding. If you could share such kind of "imminent info", we'd love to know!! :huh:
 

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:rock::rock:

You are a god among men.
 

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Long time lurker but I had to peek out from behind the flashlight to say thanks and great job! I've been helped often by your work!:twothumbs
 

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Re: Selfbuilt's Flashlight Reviews: the new and improved flaslightreviews.ca

Congratulations to the improved site. It's great & very helpful! :twothumbs

Thanks a lot for your time & effort as always. :thanks:
 

subwoofer

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Re: Selfbuilt's Flashlight Reviews: the new and improved flaslightreviews.ca

Great work!

I like to try and improve what I do and to try to raise the bar that you originally set. Now you have raised it again!

With a full time challenging job, a full time challenging Mrs Subwoofer (don't tell her I said that), and 'life', it is often hard for me to find time for the reviews.

How do you find the time? (glad you do)
 

selfbuilt

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Re: Selfbuilt's Flashlight Reviews: the new and improved flaslightreviews.ca

Thanks everyone - I appreciate all the positive support. :wave:

Absolutely perfect
With a full time challenging job, a full time challenging Mrs Subwoofer (don't tell her I said that), and 'life', it is often hard for me to find time for the reviews.
Actually, I keep thinking of things I would like to add or improve - especially in making the site more interactive, and a greater resource. The question is really one of time (or more specifically, diminishing returns for the amount of time required). In a zero-sum world, the more time I spend on the site is less time I spend on reviews ... :whistle:

But bit-by-bit, I hope to keep adding useful new features to the site. I will post any updates here. :)
 

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Re: Selfbuilt's Flashlight Reviews: the new and improved flaslightreviews.ca

+

selfbuilt, CPF is a better place because of you ~
:thumbsup:


...your new site looks great & we all owe you a huge thanks!
 

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Re: Selfbuilt's Flashlight Reviews: the new and improved flaslightreviews.ca

The site looks great. Added to Favorites. So many of my flashlights were purchased due to your reviews and you haven't let me down yet..*s*
 
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