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    Quote Originally Posted by TigWorld View Post
    Got a problem with my X2. Light is stuck permanently on in high mode. Switch no longer works/cycles. Teardown has revealed no dry solders and switch is working. Anyone experienced this and fixed it? Possibly the driver board is cactus.
    I've got into same trouble after resoldering broken led wires to the driver circuit. No visible damage anywhere. Switch is working as using long press turns light into flashing mode as it should, but no way to change the other modes or turn the light off.
    Can you check with long press at your side?

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    Guys, I said "switch is working". eg. when unsoldered from the pcb it works. Switch is dual pole momentary with a very simple mechanical design using a convex disc. Mechanically it should be incredibly reliable. I am also getting the 7.4v signal on the switching side, which the switch switches through to the microcontroller to change modes (but mode change and on/off does not occur).

    ledoman - a long press does not switch to flashing mode.

    Battery monitoring still works, ie. leds will light/turn off depending on battery voltage, including slashing lowest led when battery almost flat.

    Leds do not pulse when stuck on (shining light on fast moving object like spinning bike wheel does not produce stobing effect like when in low power modes), so leds are in direct drive

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    Hmm, do we have the same circuit? I've seen three so far. Mine is black T shaped, but I've also seen two different green ones with coil.

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    Both of you can post photos of the circuit boards, uC might be dead

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    I've got driver described in this thread.
    There is no real reason uC to become dead as I've only resolder all four wires from the leds. If I could I would check capacitors with proper multimeter. Unfortunately I don't have the one to measure capacitance.

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    The cheap one that could do it is about $30 at FT. Might be worth trying if the circuit is in direct drive.

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    My driver board is HX-1289A6 - seems similar to the one in the above thread.


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    So you have the original X2 driver Another idea to think about is to measure the voltage across the led1 and led2. If it is in direct drive you should read battery voltage under its load meaning that uC is probably OK and other components are fried/gone.

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    Yup, that's the one, even gaps L1+ and L2- are the same. Well, as much as memory serves me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MK96 View Post
    ..measure the voltage across the led1 and led2...
    I get 3V across each LED and 6V in total across both.

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    And how much across V+/V- on input at the same time?

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    7.3V at V+/V-.

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    So 1.3V voltage drop over the circuit to the leds. Huh, I'm not into electronics and don't have a clue. I can only guess it's not direct drive. Will measure my one at evening and report it back.

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    Yes it is not in a direct drive. It seems to me as a fried/stuck uC. I would also try to connect/disconnect the two wires/leads for a short time from the switch to simulate the switch function and to be sure the switch is 100% OK. I know you wrote it is but since you measured some voltage across the switch wires ...

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    I've measured my driver. Vcc is 7.3V and voltage across leds is 6.35V. I must say I have XM-L2 so I might have leds with different Vf. AFAIK, XM-L2 has higher Vf.

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    Has anyone fabricated any helmet mount for solarstorm?
    I have nothing suitable for Giro Aeon, so i just strapped flashlight to it. Little bit ugly, and part of lamp is blocked.
    Today an idea has visited my head - find a 3d printer and make a custom mount for my helmet and solarstorm.

    Edit: it seems that there is no 3d print services in our town
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    Cant you use any of the helmet mounts that have a handlebar like round section that you can attach the light as if it was on a handlebar?

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    I want a light and low profile mount, so it will not move my helmet on a bumps. Don't want it stick out above my head .
    Also, Aeon is a pretty bad helmet for mounting any handlebar mounts. All holes is quite narrow.
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    Here is my "mount"


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    Does anyone have luck charging the stock battery with a hobby charger? I set it to LiIo which terminates at 8.2V. A completely drained battery gets to 8.2V in 20 minutes, like 500mah. I use Accucel 6, 1 amp charge.

    With the stock charger, who stops the charge? The charger or a board on the battery?

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    I'm charging bike light's batteries with mentioned charger for long time.

    First, you'll have to put it into "LiPo" mode, not "LiIo". The latter is for early generations of cells with 4.1V limit, and also can be used for extended longevity of modern ones, to prolong service life - but at the cost of available capacity reduction.

    Incredibly fast charge time of your battery probably means inferior quality of pack: low capacity, significant internal resistance or/and poor cabling...

    As for included charger - normally, it's responsibility of charger to stop the charge at correct SOC, while protection PCB in battery is just a safety device designed to prevent damage/fire in case of charger's failure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NazZaR View Post
    I have nothing suitable for Giro Aeon, so i just strapped flashlight to it. Little bit ugly, and part of lamp is blocked.
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    The Aeon vent design is a gem for direct mounting. Just mount the Solarstorm directly on the bridge circled in red. Run a small o-ring under the bridge and up to the rear hook of the o-ring mount. For perfect beam angle, shape a pencil eraser or a block of rubber to a triangular wedge. Fit it between the front part of the vent bridge and the front hook of the o-ring mount.

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    Quote Originally Posted by -Archie- View Post
    I'm charging bike light's batteries with mentioned charger for long time.

    First, you'll have to put it into "LiPo" mode, not "LiIo". The latter is for early generations of cells with 4.1V limit, and also can be used for extended longevity of modern ones, to prolong service life - but at the cost of available capacity reduction.

    Incredibly fast charge time of your battery probably means inferior quality of pack: low capacity, significant internal resistance or/and poor cabling...

    As for included charger - normally, it's responsibility of charger to stop the charge at correct SOC, while protection PCB in battery is just a safety device designed to prevent damage/fire in case of charger's failure.
    Thats a lot. Do you know if something is balancing the cells? An internal PCB can do that, but I got a sense so far that this is not a great pack, so assume it is simply unbalanced.

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    Correct, there's no balancing functionality in such packs. But if you need it, you can easily add balance leads yourself.

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    Tried LiPo program.
    1100mah went in. Isn't it about a third of the actual capacity? Rest Voltage is 5.8V after charge. Now its on the original charger. I guess I will have to do a discharge test to see the capacity.

    Maybe the pack has huge internal resistance.

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    I wonder if I should get a SolarStorm X3, I got a X2 already btw.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CrozCountry View Post
    Tried LiPo program.
    1100mah went in. Isn't it about a third of the actual capacity? Rest Voltage is 5.8V after charge. Now its on the original charger. I guess I will have to do a discharge test to see the capacity.

    Maybe the pack has huge internal resistance.
    Your cell could be about that capacity even they are balanced what I suppose they aren't. Time to buy a proper cell pack.

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    Some tests and observations

    As most people on the thread already noted, good little light, weak battery. If I get more it will be light head alone and some quality battery separatelly.
    The light has a round bright narrow spot in the middle. Not smooth transition like other lights. Gets hot in the stand, not hot when moving.

    Run time test with original battery on medium:
    • 44m: Two power LEDs
    • 1:30: One power LED (6.87V)
    • 1:45: Power LED flashes (5.6V)
    • 1:55: Shut down (5.77V)

    So you get 1:45 run time on medium. High makes the times significantly shorter and is probably useless for me.

    Battery capacity:
    Charge 1140mAh
    Discharge: 1130mAh

    This is abysmal capacity for two 18650 in parallel (2P). It means that each cell is less than 600mAh, less than a Chinese no name 14500 cell, which is half the size. Two quality Panasonic cells will give you three times more capacity and run time than those four. Four Panasonics will give you 6 times. Then high power is probably an option. I was expecting around 1500-2000mAh, not 1130.

    But at this price, I got a charger, which surprisingly works very well.

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    Wow, my worst cells were about 700mAh. Anyway one should get a light head for $18 and a charger from some choices here:

    Hobbyking DC-4S Balance Charger & Cell Checker 30w 2s~4s

    IMAX B6 Charger/Discharger 1-6 Cells (COPY)

    iMAX C-403 Super Simple Balance Charger (Genuine)

    HobbyKing ECO6 50W 5A Balancer/Charger w/ accessories

    Then we are on a max budget like $37 and some battery from Mr. Lee or Pannovo case and protected brand name cells which add another ~$30-40. We end up with a good balance charger, let's say acceptable light head and a 6 times more run time on high. It is about twice the amount of the original SS X2 set but more advantages win in this case.

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    Am I smoking mountains of crack, or is it really $14 on fleabay right now... head only?

    Dang... I already have a MS battery and charger... and my NR light is acting up, randomly cutting out (although the battery cells are good). Mega tempted... even though I know this is far from perfect.

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    BTW, I have some good quality Panasonic cells, and a charge regulator PCB coming soon. How bad an idea is it to homebrew a 2x18650 battery to drive this thing? I like the idea of a small light battery.

    Is that too much current for a 2 cell battery? Just saying, I would mostly run it on medium or low, although some DH and techy descent runs I would crank it up to high for 3-5 minutes.

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    Did anyone try tir optics with the X2 to produce a smoother beam without the bright hotspot in the middle?

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    No but with 880 clone in another thread. Works almost the same with SS X2.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pimpbot View Post
    ...Is that too much current for a 2 cell battery? Just saying, I would mostly run it on medium or low, although some DH and techy descent runs I would crank it up to high for 3-5 minutes.
    Shouldn't be with good cells. I use a 2S pack with Panasonic 3400mAh cells (unprotected) and a 2S battery holder with protection built in.

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    Guys just received my SolarStorm X3 from ebay, everything works fine with the light except that one of the battery LED's (the green ones on the back) stays always on and on a kind of low mode (as it if was broke or something)
    Here are some pics that explain better the situation:
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    http://i.imgur.com/1P6l3p4.jpg

    So is the LED that shows when the battery is at full charge, that LED is always on on a very low light even when the battery starts to discharge the other two LED work fine.

    My question is, could there be a way to fix this or this might just be a defective light?
    Also if the LED is always on even in that low light way is the battery going to suffer extra drain?

    Thank you, any help is apprecited.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seance765 View Post
    Guys just received my SolarStorm X3 from ebay, everything works fine with the light except that one of the battery LED's (the green ones on the back) stays always on and on a kind of low mode (as it if was broke or something)
    Here are some pics that explain better the situation:
    http://i.imgur.com/sBaq9rW.jpg
    http://i.imgur.com/j8z9j8L.jpg
    http://i.imgur.com/jcVkVbA.jpg
    http://i.imgur.com/1P6l3p4.jpg

    So is the LED that shows when the battery is at full charge, that LED is always on on a very low light even when the battery starts to discharge the other two LED work fine.

    My question is, could there be a way to fix this or this might just be a defective light?
    Also if the LED is always on even in that low light way is the battery going to suffer extra drain?

    Thank you, any help is apprecited.

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    I've read somewhere that these leds have a good drain. I am always disconnecting the head from batteries when not riding.
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    I got mine from FastTech, and based on Kir's reviews and photos,
    User review: Solarstorm X2, original version

    I think mine is a clone.

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    SolarStorm/FandyFire X2

    Quote Originally Posted by CrozCountry View Post
    I got mine from FastTech, and based on Kir's reviews and photos,
    User review: Solarstorm X2, original version

    I think mine is a clone.
    So fasttech and lightmalls are not official retealiers?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Seance765 View Post
    So fasttech and lightmalls are not official retealiers?
    I don't know, but it doesn't look the same wiring and the battery is junk, even compared with other Chinese no-name batts.

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    I got mine yesterday. I ordered the red one from phcmall on ebay. It was around $30. I havent really got a feel on the battery yet.The first charge went down fast , but it was the first charge. I dont have anything to measure the actual output. It is brighter than all three of my Niteriders(mininewt and trail rat(2)). I hope this battery works out, because the light is nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CrozCountry View Post
    I got mine from FastTech, and based on Kir's reviews and photos,
    User review: Solarstorm X2, original version

    I think mine is a clone.
    I wouldn't say it's a clone just the latest version. I don't know of any place that you can buy them and be guaranteed the original version which was a better quality.

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    Has anybody tried this battery case? PANNOVO B-C04 Water Resistant 4 x 18650 Battery Pack Case for Bike Lamp - Black - Free Shipping - DealExtreme

    The 2 battery pack I bought at Lightmalls are terrible... I think one has a life of ~ 20min at max intensity!

    I would like to buy one good battery pack, I have already a decent one that came with my aliexpress X2, and I'll keep the two lightmalls one just in case...

    PS: I ride with 2 X2, one on the bar with the Hope mount + one on the helmet with a gopro mount ( PANNOVO G-102 Sports Camera Connection 1/4" Connecter Accessory for GOPRO Hero 2/3 Camera - Black - Free Shipping - DealExtreme ), it's perfect I prefer to ride after the dark now

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    I have the Pannovo case with Panasonic NCR18650B protected batteries. They are a super tight fit but work well. I've ridden about 2hr with my X2 on high and the battery indicators aren't on the last level yet. I charge the batteries separately most of the time in a Nitecore i4 charger but if I'm in a hurry I'll just plug it into the stock charger that came with the lights.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dan4jeepin View Post
    I have the Pannovo case with Panasonic NCR18650B protected batteries. They are a super tight fit but work well. I've ridden about 2hr with my X2 on high and the battery indicators aren't on the last level yet. I charge the batteries separately most of the time in a Nitecore i4 charger but if I'm in a hurry I'll just plug it into the stock charger that came with the lights.
    Do you have problems pulling the cells out due to the increased diameter?
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    Diameter is no problem at all and the batteries come right out. It's more the length because the protected batteries are so long. It's no big deal but you do have to put a good amount of force on the top to get it screwed down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dan4jeepin View Post
    Diameter is no problem at all and the batteries come right out. It's more the length because the protected batteries are so long. It's no big deal but you do have to put a good amount of force on the top to get it screwed down.
    Thanks for the comment on this.
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    My SolarStorm x3 arrived today. And guess what? Left led is dead. And top indicator led is dead too, just like some people here experienced above.

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    SolarStorm/FandyFire X2

    Contact seller

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    Quote Originally Posted by zaang View Post
    Contact seller
    already did.
    I've got dead SolarStorm x2 head laying around, friend of my, skilled electrician, willing to swap LEDs from SSx2 to SSx3.
    But still, i am waiting that the seller will send a replacement.
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    SolarStorm/FandyFire X2

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    My SolarStorm x3 arrived today. And guess what? Left led is dead. And top indicator led is dead too, just like some people here experienced above.

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    Sadly for us, seems that is a clone we own.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Seance765 View Post
    Sadly for us, seems that is a clone we own.
    That is a bit frustrating, because i bought it from the same seller i bought my SSx2 before, and it works flawelessly and holds charge good.
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    SolarStorm/FandyFire X2

    Quote Originally Posted by NazZaR View Post
    That is a bit frustrating, because i bought it from the same seller i bought my SSx2 before, and it works flawelessly and holds charge good.
    My SSx3 actually works fine, just compared it with some pics and ir turned out to be a clone.

    The easiest way to spot it is the screws on the back and front.


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    Quote Originally Posted by dan4jeepin View Post
    I have the Pannovo case with Panasonic NCR18650B protected batteries. They are a super tight fit but work well. I've ridden about 2hr with my X2 on high and the battery indicators aren't on the last level yet. I charge the batteries separately most of the time in a Nitecore i4 charger but if I'm in a hurry I'll just plug it into the stock charger that came with the lights.
    Great thanks for this answer! Exactly what I wanna do I'll go for it so

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seance765 View Post
    My SSx3 actually works fine, just compared it with some pics and ir turned out to be a clone.

    The easiest way to spot it is the screws on the back and front.
    How can you tell by the screws? Mine has something I can't really identify. It looks like Allen, but its so small even the 1.5mm Allen does not get into it. Not sure its Allen, may be something else like torqx or robertson.

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    SolarStorm/FandyFire X2

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    How can you tell by the screws? Mine has something I can't really identify. It looks like Allen, but its so small even the 1.5mm Allen does not get into it. Not sure its Allen, may be something else like torqx or robertson.
    Exactly those are the ones used by the genuine SS, clone use phillips screws on back and front. Also back plate of the genuine have small slots for the screws on the clone there are just holes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seance765 View Post
    Exactly those are the ones used by the genuine SS, clone use phillips screws on back and front. Also back plate of the genuine have small slots for the screws on the clone there are just holes.

    Pd: sorry of I can't make myself clear I do my best with english
    Thanks, perfectly clear. So how do I open it? What are those screws? Nothing I have fits in those screws and I have a huge toolbox. Is it 1mm Allen?

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    SolarStorm/FandyFire X2

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    Thanks, perfectly clear. So how do I open it? What are those screws? Nothing I have fits in those screws and I have a huge toolbox. Is it 1mm Allen?
    Can't help you there, don't know either.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Seance765 View Post
    Exactly those are the ones used by the genuine SS, clone use phillips screws on back and front. Also back plate of the genuine have small slots for the screws on the clone there are just holes.

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    That is interesting.
    My SSx2 has allen screws on front and rear. Rear ones is put in the slots. Also, front and rear plate has a glossy surface, and every other SSx2 that i have seen have a matte surface.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NazZaR View Post
    I've got dead SolarStorm x2 head laying around, friend of my, skilled electrician, willing to swap LEDs from SSx2 to SSx3.
    I guess, i am lucky - my friend said that led was not soldered well, so he did it as it should be done. But it was tough, he said .
    So, i will have two SSx3 heads when the replacement will arrive . Win.
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    At least you have a backup head if one goes dead

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    Quote Originally Posted by CrozCountry View Post
    How can you tell by the screws? Mine has something I can't really identify. It looks like Allen, but its so small even the 1.5mm Allen does not get into it. Not sure its Allen, may be something else like torqx or robertson.
    That's interesting! I've never seen Robertson in micro-sized screws, while Torx and Allen are common in such applications. The only case of non-standard head I'm aware of, is the iPhone's pentalobe screws; you may try that screwdriver...

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    iPhone Pentalobe screw is too small for that.
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    Where are those shots from?

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    Great comparison Seance765. Did you get these pictures from the manufacturer, or is something that put together?

    I had go back 10 pages to find the pictures that I took, but if Seance765 pictures are right, then lightmalls sent me a light with the original driver. I bought the lighthead only option for around $24.

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    Quote Originally Posted by varider View Post
    Great comparison Seance765. Did you get these pictures from the manufacturer, or is something that put together?

    I had go back 10 pages to find the pictures that I took, but if Seance765 pictures are right, then lightmalls sent me a light with the original driver. I bought the lighthead only option for around $24.
    Found them, didn't make them myself.

    It seems lightmall's are legit.


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    SS X2 shots are the ones made by me and were posted in this thread, that is why I am asking. LM is legit till the 1st batch sells out That would be common practice among DX,LM,FT,BG,WB,KD etc ... place here any budget seller you like.

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    Where are those shots from?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MK96 View Post
    SS X2 shots are the ones made by me and were posted in this thread, that is why I am asking. LM is legit till the 1st batch sells out That would be common practice among DX,LM,FT,BG,WB,KD etc ... place here any budget seller you like.
    Which are BG, WB, KD?


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    Banggood, Wallbuys, Kaidomain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MK96 View Post
    SS X2 shots are the ones made by me and were posted in this thread, that is why I am asking. LM is legit till the 1st batch sells out That would be common practice among DX,LM,FT,BG,WB,KD etc ... place here any budget seller you like.
    Holy cow, they used the pictures that I took as well. That kind of gives me the creeps for some reason. Remind me to tag my pictures next time.

    Is this your picture on this ebay listing?
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    Bingo! Yes, the red SS X2 shots are mine. Big brother watches us :-D I'll tag them next time also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NazZaR View Post
    iPhone Pentalobe screw is too small for that.
    I've meant the head type, not exact size used in iPhone. In my toolbox, pentalobe bits are sized 0.8, 1.2, 1.5 and 2.0 - and the latter looks significantly larger than Allen 1.5 reported to not fit into screw in question...

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    Now I really want to open mine

    So what screws did you guys have (that are not philips)? Allen? Torqx?

    I said robertson just because I cant really see something that small, so when you cant see, anything is possible

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    In one example I've seen myself (bought from FT), ordinary Allen screws were used. Can't recall exact size, though. Haven't heard about Torx used in these lights, while cheap clones reportedly use Philips.

    BTW, if your 1.5 hex doesn't fit, you may try smaller number. And to determine head's type, the magnifying glass may be useful...

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    Mine had torx, some small size like T6

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    Opened my SSx3, it has black circuit board, very well made and soldered.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NazZaR View Post
    Opened my SSx3, it has black circuit board, very well made and soldered.
    I just had the SS X3 recommended to me. What can you tell me about it? Beam pattern nice and floody? How's the thermal path from the LEDs? Are they on press-fit pills, the body of the light, or hanging in thin air? Any pics of the insides would be greatly appreciated!

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    Quote Originally Posted by garrybunk View Post
    I just had the SS X3 recommended to me. What can you tell me about it? Beam pattern nice and floody? How's the thermal path from the LEDs? Are they on press-fit pills, the body of the light, or hanging in thin air? Any pics of the insides would be greatly appreciated!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dan4jeepin View Post
    Diameter is no problem at all and the batteries come right out. It's more the length because the protected batteries are so long. It's no big deal but you do have to put a good amount of force on the top to get it screwed down.
    So is it better to use flat-top batteries with the case?, or do they have to be regular?
    I mean, will the case work with flat-top batteries?

    Also does anyone know tips to identify fake panasonic ncr18650b batteries?

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    Any version of 18650 cells will work. There are springs inside to compensate the lenght and buttons on the other side to make good contact.

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    My SSx3 circuit board.
    SolarStorm/FandyFire X2-2014-02-14-15.08.16.jpg

    My SSx2 circuit board.
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    Light spots, SSx3 is the upper one. Sorry for poor photos, don't know how to do better.
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    Regarding bolts on SSx2 - I used Nokia/SonyEricsson T-5 torx screwdriver.
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    So after seeing these shots and reading post #762 we can conclude it should be a clone One will never know. Thanks for the beamshots - X3 has brighter spot definitely good for mtbing. It has a boost driver but the wires to the leds are little thin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MK96 View Post
    So after seeing these shots and reading post #762 we can conclude it should be a clone One will never know. Thanks for the beamshots - X3 has brighter spot definitely good for mtbing. It has a boost driver but the wires to the leds are little thin.
    But both boards have much more components than a bad clones. It's soldering quality is also quite good.
    I guess that my flashlights is of some intermediate between originals and bad clones.

    Regarding beam spots - SSx3 is wider, and is a little bit warmer.
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    Yes, mine are clones either and do work perfect Soldering seems to be OK, there aren't big issues with that usually. Go ahead and use it if it works! It is really cheapo head.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NazZaR View Post
    Here is my "mount"
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    I have modified original handlebar mount with wire-cutters and small rasp, and installed it on my Giro Aeon. So far it sits very tight and does not move at all. Will test it this evening.
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    Though it was very hard to stretch rubber ring on mount. Don't know how I will do that everyday.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NazZaR View Post
    I have modified original handlebar mount with wire-cutters and small rasp, and installed it on my Giro Aeon.
    It now looks nearly the same as an eagle on Sheldon Brown's helmet!


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    Thanks NazZaR for those pics! So it appears the SS3 has decent thermal path from the LED's; seems to have something solid behind the emitters. Are they press fit pills or is it part of the body, or a aluminum plate? Any chance of pulling the front apart and showing us what it looks like from the front side?

    How is it at handling heat just sitting still? Have you tried checking how hot the body gets while on high? Does it get too hot too quick? Or is there enough mass that it takes quite awhile to get hot?

    And where did you purchase yours from? Link?

    EDIT - I'm seeing some of these X3's with phillips head screws and some with the Torx. Are the Phillips head a sign of a clone? NazZaR, did you replace your Torx with Phillips heads?

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    Uh oh! Looks like the SS X3 may be getting "Solar-Stormified"! Better get the originals from the 1st batch while you can! Just spotted this one over at DX.

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    Quote Originally Posted by garrybunk View Post
    Uh oh! Looks like the SS X3 may be getting "Solar-Stormified"! Better get the originals from the 1st batch while you can! Just spotted this one over at DX.

    -Garry
    This one has more cooling fins (on the top) and nicer mount. So there is a reason to get it, until solar storm clones its own clones and add those features

    And I am sure the battery has more than 1100mAh that I got, I just can't imagine 18650 with less than 600mAh

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    Quote Originally Posted by garrybunk View Post
    Thanks NazZaR for those pics! So it appears the SS3 has decent thermal path from the LED's; seems to have something solid behind the emitters. Are they press fit pills or is it part of the body, or a aluminum plate? Any chance of pulling the front apart and showing us what it looks like from the front side?

    How is it at handling heat just sitting still? Have you tried checking how hot the body gets while on high? Does it get too hot too quick? Or is there enough mass that it takes quite awhile to get hot?

    And where did you purchase yours from? Link?

    EDIT - I'm seeing some of these X3's with phillips head screws and some with the Torx. Are the Phillips head a sign of a clone? NazZaR, did you replace your Torx with Phillips heads?

    Thanks,
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    SolarStorm/FandyFire X2-2014-02-14-21.54.16-hdr.jpg

    It is on a single plate. I added some thermal compound on it's edges.

    Haven't tried to run it sitting still, don't see a point in that - i use this flashlight only during a rides. If it overheats during such a test and dies, it will be a shame. During a ride, it is just warm, not hot, so i guess, there is enough cooling provided if you are moving.
    I know that this winter, during a standing photoshoot, my SSx2, that was turned on, produced some steam when snow melted on it.

    My SSx2 came from seller with torx screws, and SSx3 - with Philips, i haven't made any changes.

    I bought both my SolarStorms from seller Laptopartsupplier on ebay.
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    It is on a single plate. I added some thermal compound on it's edges.

    Haven't tried to run it sitting still, don't see a point in that - i use this flashlight only during a rides. If it overheats during such a test and dies, it will be a shame. During a ride, it is just warm, not hot, so i guess, there is enough cooling provided if you are moving.
    I know that this winter, during a standing photoshoot, my SSx2, that was turned on, produced some steam when snow melted on it.

    My SSx2 came from seller with torx screws, and SSx3 - with Philips, i haven't made any changes.

    I bought both my SolarStorms from seller Laptopartsupplier on ebay.
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    SSx2 runs already for half a year without problems.
    SSx3 was with me for only one ride to this point.
    Yep, same as my X3. Actually bought it from the same seller. Please avoid it.


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    I think, it doesn't matter this days, because it is almost impossible to find true original SolarStorm flashlight.
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    Hi guys,
    We made some photo with x2 and other bike lamps for test...

    (other info in the exif)

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    Thanks for more pics and info NazZaR. (Somehow I wasn't geting thread notification updates on this thread.)

    Anyway, I received my SolarStorm X3 already! Ordered Feb 18th, delivered today Feb 26th by ePacket delivery method. First impressions - nice, very nice. Keep in mind this is my first dedicated bike light, but I am used to buying Chinese budget lights from numerous vendors. I also don't have a power source yet (still waiting on DX to ship my Pannovo case). It does have Phillips head screws (none of the heads stripped or marred by the way) AND it has XM-L2's (like in the Ebay photo) even though the listing says XM-L U2's.

    Bought from seller Jingle-Shop. These SS X3's (head only) seem to go up for auction every week (seem to end on Mondays) - many go without bidders. The SS X2 B.I.N. for $16.99 is here. It's "head only" and shows XM-L2's in the photos, though the phillips head screws have me suspicious about being "genuine" (though the X3 has phillips heads too). Seller "marked as shipped" and provided me a tracking numbers within hours of ordering too.

    I am used to doing flashlight reviews (example here) and will try to do a similar one when I get time (no guarantees though). I will start a new dedicated "SolarStorm X3" thread when I do so (and perhaps post a link back here).

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    x2 Charger

    I have misplaced the charger for my Fasttech Solarstorm x2. Can someone with an x2 light please post a closeup pic of their charger and/or a description of what is written on it, i.e.: voltage etc? Thanks!

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    FastTech's site has closeups up the chargers showing specs.

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    There we go... Thanks!!

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    Which ebay seller has the threaded pill light?

    Hello! I have been looking everywhere for the SolarStorm x2 version that has the THREADED PILL like yours. Could you please tell me: Which ebay seller you bought yours from? AND the DATE that you bought it?
    Your help will be GREATLY appreciated!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by OPC View Post
    It's been 3 weeks since I emailed the Ebay vendor with the light that burned out after 5 minutes. I received the replacement light today and the quality, or at least the soldering seems a lot better than the old one. the circuit is less complicated too. the pills where screwed onto the heatsink body so I don't think I will have the issue of the lose pills/not dissipating heat properly. I also added a buttload of thermal grease just in case.

    My original post is #533 btw

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    Quote Originally Posted by WHEELIE4DAYS View Post
    Hello! I have been looking everywhere for the SolarStorm x2 version that has the THREADED PILL like yours. Could you please tell me: Which ebay seller you bought yours from? AND the DATE that you bought it?
    Such information is not 100%-reliable: the internals of Chinese lights can vary regardless from place you're ordering it from. As an example, please see the pictures of two [supposedly identical] lights from the same eBay seller:
    http://forum.biketime.ee/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=6393

    The article is not in English, but photos are self-explanatory, I believe...

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    Such information is not 100%-reliable: the internals of Chinese lights can vary regardless from place you're ordering it from.
    +1

    After 4 months of building adapters for the various Chinese lights to use the GoPro mount system, I have come to the conclusion that they build with whatever parts they have available at the time. The dimensions for cable size and type and the locations of where the mounting screw and cable enter the housing seem to be very freely changed. I have also repaired two dead MS lights that were the same model. Externally they were the same but they had different driver boards inside.

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