- Sep 14, 2010
2022 was the worst year ever! Looking forward to 2023. 2nd baby Nam Nguyen is due mid February. Hope to release DriverVNX4 1st quarter of 2023 ;-)
Buck/boost? VNX4 UI can be put on Buck or boost drivers.
That would make the lights so much more efficient and the output regulation allow the lights to be tools rather than just toys. After using Olights and Fireflies recent lights with the LUME1 driver, there's no going back to direct drive or 7135 drivers. Loneocean's LUME1 driver is buck/boost + FET with super high efficiency. That is true but the goal of my lights are EXTREME Peak performance. 7135 chips actually causes UI to glitch sometimes with my extreme builds. Simple FET drivers are the the most reliable. Take Scylla for example with 6 FET chips handling anything thrown at it without overheating. Factory buck drivers driving Multi SBT90.2 or 70.2 lights out there tend have one weakness and that is low Turbo runtime. Several minutes only in a very large light in most cases. The Driver have to step down way before the host is hot just to protect itself. For a powerful light I think the main goal should be to only step down heat to protect the LEDs/User and not having the driver being the weakest link. However if you have a need for buck/boost driver I can build it for you also.
Activity here is not the same as before. Editing abilities have also been removed. I love CPF but something is different.I think you should but really I am only one person. We do have many visitors on CPF.
Got that right.
Don’t you think the flashlight market is different as well? The nature of technology (and everything else really) is to continuously evolve. Of course we need a much bigger hit now for the same high. I am actually OK with that Once in a while I just slow down and enjoy the more simple things in life. Makes me feels some type of way to pick up one of my older lights with a SST90 or MCE LED. I feel I enjoy them just as much as the most recent cutting edge.
Can’t help wondering how many flashlight manufacturers looked at your mods, then adjusted their product to compete with you. I doubt that they do at all. I am irrelevant. I am not saying that to be humble or anything but times has changed and the tech has marched on.
Many of us remember when there was so much activity in your section; people gushing about throw numbers and output (even when the difference visually was really not that much), How some batteries would yield more lumens and such… You were responsible for a major chunk of CPF views at the time. It was memorable times...I wont ever forget. Since the death of my Father, Sky Lumen Cofounder, birth of my first son, and the rapid health degradation of my Mother I have not been innovating. Sky Lumen Nguyen successor project got stalled indefinitely. DriverVNX4 never got released...
Seems like you were very fashionable, you were a focus for camaraderie, but now maybe some folks went the way of shallow social media, maybe some got what they wanted and stopped buying. Stock flashlights have become serious performers, don’t you think? Oh yah. Stock flashlights are doing crazy things alright. There are always room to push the edge a bit further but it does cost so much more for just a bit more gain.
You are a pioneer/leader and the flashlight world is better because of you, and the assistance of your fine parents. To be honest I am still in many ways injured from their passing...I will need sometime to pass before I can start to innovate again.
Thank you! I did plan to drop involvement here at CPF if there are not enough interest. We will see how things play out in the coming days.^ Well said. Just wanna chime in with a word or two. I may be fairly new here, but I purchase from you, and enjoy checking your section here on CPF often. We would miss ya if you go dark ☹