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cheap chinese video light review

Discussion in 'Strobes & Lighting' started by vovanx, Feb 18, 2019.

  1. Addison Snyder

    Addison Snyder Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Gainesville, FL
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    Sweeet. I'll totally order one of these a year down the road (I sold the video light a few months ago, but bought a similar light with an equivalently-sized button).
     
  2. TravisD

    TravisD Assistant Instructor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Westminster, MD
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    Anyone have a broken "CH" type (I think) light that they might want to unload? I got mine today, and they work great, but I managed to burn one of the negative battery contacts off by putting in one battery backwards. No other harm, just that battery no longer will make contact. (The battery was unharmed). Basically I need the back half of the light. Alternately, anyone figured out how to disassemble the rear piece to get access to the negative contact board?


    Edit: Got the rear housing apart and the board out. Might be a simple repair if I can scrouge up a close-enough replacement spring and solder it in.

    Battery Contact.jpeg

    Edit 2: Think I got it fixed up. Found a suitable spring and was able to solder it into place without too much hassle. Did a test to make sure it was working by just using a single cell for a quick run, then did a few longer burns (with breaks to not make the light too hot) with all 4 cells. When I put them on the charger, they all indicated roughly the same state of charge. No sign that the replacement spring is getting hot or anything that would indicate a bad connection.
     
  3. jdevic

    jdevic Contributor

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Toronto
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    I just got one A15 from aliexpress and it contains a goodman handle and a 1 inch ball head. Is there a way to attach it to my Sea and Sea YS mount arm? I tried to look for adapters but the only option I could find was a separate cold shoe mount with ball head + ball clamp + the light with ball head. Is there any simple adapter I can use with my existing tray + YS arm?
     
  4. Barmaglot

    Barmaglot Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Israel
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  5. jdevic

    jdevic Contributor

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Toronto
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  6. TravisD

    TravisD Assistant Instructor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Westminster, MD
    700
    116
    Just a short note - the "Shenzen Brett" supplier send me a replacement spring board basically for the cost of shipping. The back cap of the light unscrews, and then 4 screws secure the spring terminal board.
     
  7. West Indiaman

    West Indiaman Registered

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Finland
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    I received my new A15 some weeks ago. Suprisingly it's somewhat shorter than my old A11. Other dimensions seem identical. The switch is also slightly different, the button protrudes maybe 0.5 mm more from the base and seems clickier. The driver no longer has a long press for standby mode, but I didn't really use that anyway.

    Works fine, the color temperature is clean white, unlike the A11 which was slightly yellow. Already ordered a second one.
     
  8. AdamSa

    AdamSa Registered

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Malta
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    33
    Has anyone ever used these lights and the XTAR D36? I'm interested to know how much better (if) the XTAR is.
     
  9. runsongas

    runsongas Contributor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: California - Bay Area
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    for video, these will be more raw lumens, xtar will have higher build quality
     
  10. AdamSa

    AdamSa Registered

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Malta
    53
    33
    Are you basing that on experience or by the specs provided by the manufacturer?
     

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