Must use unprotected cells for this light to operate like the Samsung 30Q
Battery length less than 66mm too
The programming is not user adjustable
This light features copyrighted code distributed under the terms of the GPLv3.
Changes in Andúril: Commit log (instead of a changelog):
UI Diagram from ToyKeeper:http://toykeeper.net/torches/fsm/anduril-ui.png
Stable firmware from:
Bazaar Launchpad resp. http://tiny.cc/TKAndurilNewest HEX from: http://toykeeper.net/torches/fsm/
Andúril is part of a bigger framework called FSM. You can choose from different user interfaces.http://budgetlightforum.com/node/56105
The source code used on the product, or otherwise have access and modify the code.
A Youtube Video with a Andúril walk through: How to use and set up ToyKeeper's Andúril flashlight firmware from Tech-test
Since my target lengthy review for the 14500 series light was evidently not up to standards here, I'll keep this one brief.
Highs: -TANK LIKE build quality
-Good knurling on exposed surfaces, which the light is based on doesn't have
-Afterburner accessory is pretty neat
-Nice, low pressure soft touch switch
Lows: -OMG the mode Spacing is horrible!
-I expected more output with the LED set up
-i shouldn't have to program a light to get it to work correctly
Bottom Line: If you've wanted to get a beefed up version of the Lumintop light this is based on, this is your light. The light itself has a decent throw, great spill as well as a good Corona. However, do not expect this to be a Searchlight- it doesn't have the lens to do so Ultimately, this light will be sent to Wayne at Skylumen dot com to mod the LEDs and the UI. After Wayne is done working his magic, I'll post the HUGE difference he can make with his build quality.
For someone who ISN'T a Flashoholic like me, this light is really pretty good in it's stuck form!
The touchy button is an issue. Now I unscrew the light housing 1/8th of a turn when not using -- fairly unannoying fix.
But it's also not a very affirmative button. There's no satisfying click, it's a little wiggly and the action can feel a bit finicky.
The only other knock I have, which is a CountyComm flashlight issue in general: medium and high beam are too close in intensity. For simplicity sake, I'd prefer just low and high. I too often find myself cycling through the three modes to know which mode I'm in.
I do love moon mode, and turbo mode is truly awesome! It's a very wide beam, but the width is great for all other brightness levels. I do wish turbo was easier to get to. If the light is disabled, I have to turn the light housing, press the button once and then double-click for turbo mode. That's a lot to ask in an emergency.
I'm happy with the size/weight. It's got a fat, stubby feel. I hold it like a cigar which leaves my thumb free for quick level changes. The glow-in-the-dark reflector is nice if it's dropped in the dark. Runtime seems pretty good. I keep a spare batt in a CountyComm delrin locker. I do wish the light was black! This purple-grey is hard to get behind.
Build quality is fine. The tail cap spring unsoldered itself (I've never run turbo longer than a few seconds) but until I fix it the battery keeps it in place.
NOTE: If you're buying batteries (CountyComm was out) you'll need the flat-top, not button-top version).
I love almost everything about this light except for the switch. It engages too easily while I carried it wearing jeans. Probably would be better wearing something a little looser like cargo/BDU style outdoor pants or something that has it's own smaller pocket.
It would be fantastic if they could come up with a switch, like a more traditional clicky switch, that can be swapped out for the current one for those of us who already own one.
Mine arrived today, very quickly as I'm accustomed to all CC merchandise. Installed the 18650 Samsung cell I purchased here and fully charged. As I screwed the lens end shut it flashed once as it got close to being completely closed. Pressed the button for two seconds and the 2 lumen light came on. Double pressed and the turbo light (woah it's bright!) came on. Then held the button and the unit would not shut off. So I unscrewed the lens and it went off after it was detached. Wait 30 seconds, reinserted the battery and pressed the button. Nothing. I wrote to CC and the next day Mike wrote back to me and explained that sometimes the rear cap can be unscrewed slightly by the user (me) and by ensuring the rear cap is tightened down it should resolve the issue. AND OF COURSE IT DID!
Not only is the light extremely well made including the tension of the clip but the thought process that went into the button pressing is well engineered. The long press which places the light in low lumen mode is so welcome if I wish to use it in a restaurant for old eye menu reading. The double press which places the light in turbo mode is also very convenient. The last mode the light is left in (with the exception of the lowest "Secret Moon Mode") when turned off becomes the default mode when the light is activated with one press.
Thank you CC for your constant development and offering of excellent products and the help of Mike to resolve user error like myself.