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jladdsmith

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More flashlight talk as these things evolve-
« on: January 04, 2021, 10:40:31 PM »
Today I received a BLF GT NANO (Budget Light Forums)-designed thrower built by Lumintop ((China)) and sold by Illumn.com Stateside.

I am very impressed with what they did and kinda need to pass this along.

Osram W1 emitter in a keychain-sized light that throws a legitimate 250 yards as tested by me just tonight.

I am a flashlight nerd and this shocks me. 

It is the size of a kid's thumb, yet the machining is as good as anything 5x it's size. 

I collect a lot of lights and this is my first "thrower", but it's based off of the BLF GT and it's just crazy how they scaled it down to this. 

If your birthday is within the next year or so, I think you probably deserve it, but buy an Emisar D4V2 first.


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Re: More flashlight talk as these things evolve-
« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2021, 11:15:12 AM »
How much would that set a fella back?

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Re: More flashlight talk as these things evolve-
« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2021, 05:50:22 PM »
Sup Grump. 

The tiny one from Illumn is $40, and I have a $10 off promo code that I can't locate right now, but let me know if you decide to order and I can track it down for you.  https://www.illumn.com/flashlights/lumintop-gt-nano-osram-kw-clsnm1-tg-450-lumens-10180-edc-pocket-thrower-cool-white.html  Seriously go watch some youtube videos on either of these lights and you'll see what I'm talking about.  The Nano is mind-bendindly impressive outside at distance.  Holding it between two fingers and running it on turbo out to 300 yards just doesn't compute. 

Honestly though if you were to do one or the other, I would highly recommend going with the Emisar D4v2 with the XPL-HI emitter in Neutral White and the Samsung 30Q 18650 battery.  This one starts out at $45.  I went all out and bought every accessory you can get for it including the 18500 and 18350 tubes and it came out to about $80 which is still a tremendous value for what you get.  If you hand this thing to someone who isn't familiar with them it's first shocking how much light can come out of something so small and it could actually be dangerous.  With the XPL-HI emitter, it will literally burn paper.  These are a kind of boutique light- designed and manufactured (or at least assembled custom) by one dude in China named Hank Wang.  It's pretty much the darling of the flashlight junkie world.  Hank will put whichever driver, custom solder whichever emitter (or combination of 4 different emitters), whichever optics, lenses, etc that you request.  There's so many options but you just can't go wrong with the XPL-Hi and a Samsung 30Q battery.  They come directly from his shop in China and mine took five weeks to arrive.  He has since made the option available to process through DHL for shipping and it is well worth it to pay whatever upcharge to just get it in a week or so and have better tracking and all that than the standard shipping.  He has a US warehouse but you're limited to whatever they have already put together.  There's also some dude shipping out of Hawaii that might charge a little more, but you're for sure to get it.  Another dude in Colorado has them.   You know what- there's an FAQ on reddit about it that may help you more.  I'll just go grab that and paste below.  One other thing that I'll say is that they are smaller even than they look in the pics from Hank's site.  It's barely bigger than the battery.  His pics are taken in his hands from a little Chinaman lol.  Seriously, youtube this.  Note that the D4V2 is the smallest one with the 18650 battery.  The D4SV2 is still small, is much more of a thrower than the D4V2 and has much more runtime especially on turbo due to it's larger battery and more thermal mass.  They get super hot in the hand to the point that you can't even hold them, to restate how much current is going through these drivers to the emitters.  Or if you want a super thrower that's compact like the D4V2 look at his KR1 model, but they are currently sold out world wide pretty much.  Oh yeah and don't get the Titanium version.  It's too heavy and doesn't do a good job with heat dissipation.  Ok I can't find the FAQ - just watch a bunch of videos and try not to get a chub thinking about it.  https://intl-outdoor.com/



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Re: More flashlight talk as these things evolve-
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2021, 07:49:35 AM »
Thanks for the info. Really enjoying the great tech at lower price points.