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
I have so many flashlights but as battery tech keeps improving I find myself still buying new ones. I was attracted to this because it runs on a rechargeable 18650 in a compact package at an affordable price ($59).
Having had the light for a couple of weeks I am impressed with its fit and finish, which is exceptional as one expects from Maratac.
The versatility is good, with several levels, including a moon and turbo phase. I doubt I will use the turbo much but I definitely use the moon phase which offers plenty of light for most things.
I like that you can tailstand it, which I find to be an essential feature. The light tends towards the cool side, and has more of a floody corona. I would prefer a smaller corona with a more visible hotspot, such as what I get with the brass AAA twisty from Maratac. Not sure what the throw is, still need to test it outdoors.
The UI is pretty simple and most of the time works just fine. In hand it is fairly chunky, but that's to be expected given the power source.
To sum up this is a good value flashlight with useful features. The 18650 cell offers plenty of power and/or longevity and now you can enjoy it in a compact, high-quality package at a reasonable price.
I love this flashlight. I also have the similar CC Reylight Quad Emitter Dawn Flashlight, and I thought that was an awesome light. But this one is so much better IMHO. It remembers its last light intensity setting when it is turned on. The turbo mode can be activated at anytime with a double click. No need to sequence through the four settings like the Quad Emitter. That feature has self defense ramifications. The lunar mode is engaged with a long press when the flashlight is off. For me, the best feature, as compared to the Quad Emitter, is that there is a 75 lumens setting on the Tri Flood, compared to the next highest setting from the lunar mode on the Quad Emitter which is 250 lumens. 75 lumens is plenty of light, and it conserves battery life. The Tri Flood has five light intensities compared to the Quad's four. It uses the more common 18650 battery compared to the Quad's 21700 battery. Get CC's single bay universal battery charger for charging the 18650 battery, as it has a two amp peak charging current available for fairly quick charging. I challenge anyone to be able to see the difference between the Quad's higher 3200 lumen turbo mode and the Tri Flood's 2500 lumen turbo mode. All those advantages, plus it costs almost half the price of the Quad. Change the software in the Quad to match the Tri and it would be a much better flashlight. It's only software...Ha Ha. And what is that "we know when you try to remove the pill" comment that is in all of CC's flashlight descriptions? What is the pill and why do I want to remove it? The Tri Flood and the Maratac Anodized Aluminum AAA Flashlight are my two favorite flashlights. The AAA light is on my keychain. The Tri Floods are in my cars, and would be transferred to my GHB when needed. The Quad Emitters that were in my cars, are back in my flashlight drawer. Awesome flashlights, CountyComm. Thanks.
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).