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BLF UC4 charger has been put on hold. This has been a long running project, and we’re excited for the development.
That said, we know times being what they are can be stressful, and we wish all the developers the best!
CWF Arcadians have been treated by Copper Shed again! Available at Christmas (and gone already!)
Copper Shed has been doing a fantastic job treating these Arcadians. These copper and brass versions have a star pattern etched.
In other CWF news, the Arcadian Micro has been made in Mokume gane!
Deadwood Custom Works has been dabbling in wooden sleeves for the Tombstone. The first was the Ironwood Tombstone 3.0, and was sold via auction.
The Frelux S3 will have all the capabilities of the S2 e.g. multi-voltage capable + e-switch but will use AAA or 10440 cells. It’s an all new board again, but there’s already a working example that will undergo testing. Notice how cells are swapped on the S3 – one huge development of the Synergy series is a hinged head!
Hanko Machine Works (and Billy Dawson) produced a 2021 , and it looks to be still available now on Shutterfly. This is a 12 month calendar with a different HMW flashlight related photo for every month. Show your Hanko spirit!
Hanko Machine Works has been introducing some very nice new work lately. It seems there’s a new switch retaining piece, too. This new piece is a metal retaining ring around the button. Previously the retaining ring was delrin, and metal retaining rings were only available from secondary makers. It’s unclear (and unstated) if these will be available as a separate upgrade.
The Lume1 driver has gone to revision 2. While it’s unclear exactly what all the advancements are, but it does appear soldering those very tiny resistors for the auxiliary lights will be easier now. This is the best way to get auxiliary emitters on your Lumintop FW3 series lights!
Phongtep Supajinda has teased a bunch of new completely custom hosts. In the past these have been twisty bodies with Convoy drivers, and there’s no reason to think these are any different.
Reylight Pineapple Titanium is available on Amazon and Reylight’s site. The Pineapple is historically a brass light, then became available in copper, and finally we’re seeing these Titanium. Not only are these great AA/14500 options, but the emitters used by Rey are usually fantastic choices!
Texas Lumens has been sold! We don’t have any details at the moment, but look forward to knowing more.
Virence is becoming ERKX – Eurekatronix! Stay tuned here for news. This is another change that we have limited details on. Virence is purveyor of very specialty lights (occasionally) and most often high CRI emitters of unusual variety.
Acebeam announced the G10, billed as the “longest beam distance” handgun light. It’s not stated, but this is likely a LEP, based on the “white laser” terminology.
Acebeam has shown a new Camo finish on a few of their flashlights.
Picture Credit: Garreth Hoover
Astrolux WP1 is a LEP with a rotary switch! With 1km of throw and 480 lumens, this LEP uses a 21700 battery.
Another LEP by Astrolux is the WP2. Very similar to the WP1, but with more throw!
The Brinyte HL12 has a unique configuration with a removable head that can be attached as a “regular” flashlight setup, or attached on the side for a right angle setup.
Convoy may be produing an AAA flashlight with E21A 2000K!
Convoy L6 with GT 12V 4A 90 CRI LED. This LED was tested recently by an enthusiast and found to be a fantastic choice. The L6 is already a nice light, and a high CRI emitter will be great too! While not available yet on Amazon, other LED options are
Amphibious Arms has done some custom cerakote on the Fenix PD35 v2.0. Below is but one example of many.
Fireflies T1R is a pocket thrower with RGB Aux. Powered by an 1800mAh 22430 high power battery.
Firefies pogo programmer key will be available soon. This pogo key is compatible with USBASP, and only supports to reflash drivers on new Fireflies flashlights. It supports common USBASP and 10-Pin cable.
JETBeam has a couple of new LEP lights. First is the RRT-M2S LEP.
Next is the new JETBeam RRT-M1X.
Lumintop has announced a raw aluminum EDC18. The black anodized EDC18 is a side e-switch triple that has been a popular addition to the 18650 lineup.
Lumintop looks to be making a prototype 14500 FW3A!
Manker MC01 will be a most affordable flashlight, possibly $20 with a built in 2600mah 18650 battery.
Manker MC13, originally shipping with a Flat White emitter, has been made with a Luminus SBT90.2!
Manker U22III will be a nice thrower, and have PM1 version and SBT90.2 version.
Noctigon has already started shipping the K9.3. This dual channel light claims 7400 lumens and runs on a single 21700 cell.
Keith Amsden made a prototype hammock hanger for the Olight Obulb!
Some users have experienced issues regarding the Olight Warrior Mini accidental activation. Olight has responded, and will offer a solution! In essence, they will either accept a return for a full refund, or provide owners a silicone diffuser that also protects the tail switch, AND a free Obulb, for those that decide to keep it. The voluntary recall begins this week. The Warrior Mini has been discontinued and there are rumors of a Warrior Mini 2
The RovyVon A11 is a titanium flashlight with a highly finished anodizing. The three options are named Dawn in the Dark, Rainbow after the rain, and Blue Sky.
The specs are almost the same as the more affordable plain titanium Aurora A4x – CREE XP-G3 or Nichia LED for option, and 260mAh rechargeable battery, max output of 650 lumens or at least 90+ CRI with Nichia LED.
Another new RovyVon, the Rovyvon S2, is also now available! This is a spectacular set of options for a single light (with multiple emitters), and there are two versions.
Skilhunt released the E2A, an AA/14500 flashlight with a few emitter temperature options: Luminus SST20 (Cool White 6000K, Neutral White 5000K, High CRI 4000K 95CRI).
Thrunite has announced the Thrunite BSS W1, an inexpensive 16340 in an interesting green body!
XTAR shared a fun story about dive light longevity!
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