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HexBright is a stylish, rugged, high-power compact light you can use as-is or reprogram however you want using open-source code.
3,156 backers pledged $259,293 to help bring this project to life.

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    1. Creator Richard NL on February 17

      Landon, I think you may have missed a few updates/comments/e-mails. Prime backers were offered a Flex upgrade a long time ago.[1] I'm not sure about the exact details for the Flex+Prime combo level though.[2] That said, I'd hope some sort of discount could still be arranged for you. At this time, though, the Flex is sold out at the website and at several retailers.[3] There's still some stock elsewhere.[4] No word as of yet as to whether any new runs will be made, or whether there will be a new-and-improved version launching.

      [1] https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/527051507/hexbright-an-open-source-light/comments…
      [2] https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/527051507/hexbright-an-open-source-light/comments…
      [3] hexbright.com / amazon.com, ifixit.com, touchofmodern,com, thinkgeek.com, grandst.com
      [4] adafruit.com, macfixit.com.au, makershed.com - and pre-owned at e-bay.com , it pops up from time to time.

    2. Creator Landon Bradshaw on February 17

      My Hexbright has been a great flashlight and I like to keep it charged up and handy ... other flashlights may float around the house as needed but I keep this one in it's reliable spot as it's my "go to" light for pretty much any task ...

      But I keep wondering what happened with the extra money that I paid for the PRIME that got chopped for lack of interest ($90 backer level, PRIME+FLEX) ... I know it's been years but maybe a discount on buying a second FLEX? (I like the idea of head mounting one for biking)

    3. Creator bill rae on November 7

      Hey Christian, its been 3 years since this started. I enjoy my light and was wondering whats up with everything. It would be cool for a short 3 year retrospect. Also any plans for anything else for hexbright or Christian

    4. Creator Richard NL on June 10, 2014

      Christian.. just saw a tweet pass by mentioning this URL: www touchofmodern com/sales/hexbright

      $89.99 / choice of color / Version 3

      I haven't seen anything from you about a new version / color options making a comeback. What's up? :)

    5. Creator Richard NL on May 29, 2014

      ThinkGeek has a special on the HexBright Flex (and other items) - only $55.99: http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/19bc/

    6. Creator Damien Good on February 28, 2014

      Got my Hexbright upgraded. Also noticed that the LED module is an excellent heat sink. I had to turn my adjustable soldering iron to max, in order to get the wires off.

      Still debating which of the two lenses to use, Currently on the ultra clear one for now.

      One additional step I took, was the addition of thermal compound, to help with transferring the heat away from the upgraded LED module.

      Of all of the LED flashlights, the Hexbright flex is my favorite.

    7. Creator Richard Woodley on February 23, 2014

      Any thought to making a upgrade package for Canada and International where price for the parts and shipping could make a deal that works for you and us? Still love the light and haven't seen anything else like it!

    8. Creator Neil on February 15, 2014

      Oh yeah... Also dropped in the super clear lens. Not sure how I feel about this. It makes it brighter and produced a larger bright area but you can also see the square shape of the LED module. It's kinda crazy. Brighter but square... Not sure if I like it.

    9. Creator Neil on February 15, 2014

      Ok, updated with the new XM-L2!!!! My soldering skills leave much to be desired. I think my soldering iron may not get hot enough. The LED backing plate is a FANTASTIC heat sink and dissipated the heat from the soldering iron making it so I could not easily get the old solder off. I had to brute force it for the most part but finally got the old wires off.

      Somewhat the same story doing the resoldering... It's ugly but together.

      As for the light itself... Not too much of a gain over the standard XM-L. I've got two HexBrights and side by side if I look at them long enough I think I can convince myself there is a difference...

      So is it worth $14.95? Absolutely. All the cool kids have XM-L2 lights. You want to be cool don't you?

    10. Creator scott olszewski on February 11, 2014

      Anyone have any thoughts on a headband type attachment for the Flex? Where I might buy one similar to the Maglite one? Love the light!
      Thanks!

    11. Creator Neil on February 10, 2014

      Excellent! The XM-L2 looks pretty nice... Which bin is this one? Still U2?

      If I remember correctly we're limited to 1.8a due to heat issues. If that is correct according to this:

      http://flashlightwiki.com/Cree#XM-L

      We should be around 700 lumens (if it's still the U2 bin).

      Next we need to shove a MT-G2 in there....

    12. Creator Richard NL on February 10, 2014

      > [HBbot][YT] New LED in People on Feb10@06:44 - http://www.youtube.com/watch… - 2mins 1sec
      > We have a new CREE XM-L2 available for sale to upgrade your HexBright FLEX light output.

      ( And some surplus early lenses - oh, and you can now buy the HexBright Flex at thinkgeek, too :D )

    13. Creator Christian Carlberg on January 13, 2014

      @Galen, yeah, I need to put parts up for sale after i do house cleaning.And thank you!
      @Neil, yea, I should look in to that. It is pretty easy to de-solder the current board.

    14. Creator Neil on January 13, 2014

      Out of curiosity.... any advances in LED modules that would give a brighter light or longer run time at current output? I poked around the Cree module page but didn't see one that looks like an improvement... Even if it takes some soldering it may be a fun project.

    15. Creator Galen Rosenberg on January 13, 2014

      @Christian - any more thought about selling those extra parts? I'd love to have some spares.
      BTW, we may have clashed on methods but you have made one amazing piece of kit and you deserve credit for it. My light sees daily use.

    16. Creator Jeff Lester on December 11, 2013

      Hi Christian,
      Just wanted to say thanks. This project is exactly what I think kickstarter should be. Someone with an idea and a prototype, trying to start a small business. Seems like most projects now are a company that's already building something and just wants to use kickstarter for advertising and pre-sales. Good job :)

    17. Creator Christian Carlberg on November 24, 2013

      Thanks Richard! I have been busy with personal, non-HexBright issues and have wanted to put up an update for weeks now essentially letting you guys know what extra stuff I have. I have been cleaning house and have some extra shells and a bunch of lenses. I will probably out something up after the holidays.

    18. Creator Richard NL on November 24, 2013

      Christian and the HexBright project are the subject of a 6-page feature in the December issue of Nuts & Volts; http://www.nutsvolts.com/index.php…

      "I was very close to cancelling my Kickstarter project with a quarter of a million dollars on the line."

      "Crowd-funded projects are not just about managing a project. It is about managing the crowd too."

      "I cannot express the feeling I had as my backers received their HexBright FLEX torches and started emailing me to say "Wow! Worth the wait!" and "Great job!" [...] I realized this was not just because I made a great light. It was also because I stayed in communication with my backers"

      If you are not a subscriber, you can get a 3-month complimentary subscription (no payment details required) and access to the current issue through http://nutsvolts.texterity.com/nutsvolts . If you enjoy reading N&V, please do subscribe in full :)

    19. Creator Jonathan on October 28, 2013

      On each of the Kickstarter projects I back I keep in mind I am a backer, not a customer. I really appreciate the ones that give me insight to the technical challenges, the start-up processes and problems, and the human responses of attention with intention to make it happen. Thank you.

    20. Creator Ulrich Specht on October 8, 2013

      Thats the best Hexbright story i heard so far, you made my day .oO(flashlight + washing machine... could be me) ;-)
      I would try the same, but my two Flexes are still on their way to germany. At least i hope so. Last message from Christian was 4 weeks ago. I hope german customs dont hold them for to long. :)

    21. Creator T Kap on October 6, 2013

      Hi. Just wanted to let you know that my HexBright survived a wash in the washing machine (hot water / high load though not really many clothes). It must have been in one of my pants pockets. Las far as I could tell inside compartment is completely dry. Did get a small scruff on the outside from the spinning cycle LOL. Works good as new!! Glad I heard it before I put it in the dryer:)

    22. Creator Christian Carlberg on October 4, 2013

      @Mike S.- I will not tolerate your personal attacks. I have no control over this forum but I have reported you.

    23. Creator Christian Carlberg on October 4, 2013

      @Whitney- your advice sounds good. This is has been a full time job jammed in to my spare time, so I appreciate pointers.

    24. Creator Whitney Battestilli on October 3, 2013

      @Mike.S Have you gotten your refund yet so that you can go away and be done with this horrible experience? Please, please go away.

      @Christian It would be great to throw a public domain declaration in the header of the demo source files. It would only take 10 minutes and might save somebody some headache someday. We've certainly snagged bits of them various things. I've personally used a few lines in up_n_down. I know that Dave and I have been good about licensing everything in the hexbright library with a BSD-ish license. Lack of the of clear licensing of the demo code potentially threatens the community at some point.

    25. Creator Mike.S on October 3, 2013

      @Trogdor. If you haven't noticed, nothing has been open sourced, not the software (no license), not the hardware, not the electronics, not the optics. I'll avoid generalizations and be specific. Christian is a liar and a thief.

    26. Creator Trogdor on October 3, 2013

      @Mike.S

      You don't need to be a dick with the rash generalizations. Just sayin'

    27. Creator Christian Carlberg on October 2, 2013

      @magestik- if you feel scammed please send your HexBright FLEX back to me for a refund. Thank you very much for backing this project!!

    28. Creator Mike.S on October 2, 2013

      @magestik, face it, you've been scammed. Christian lied about the whole open source thing in order to get your money, so he could start a business.

    29. Creator Richard NL on September 24, 2013

      @Galen Rosenberg: The front-most area is flat. However, since I'm not entirely sure which aspect you're asking about, have some close-ups:
      http://imgur.com/a/tpzeS

    30. Creator Galen Rosenberg on September 24, 2013

      @Christian: Couldn't tell from the video - are the 'teeth' on the crenelated rings flat or are they edged? Gonna buy two anyway but was curious about it.

      I second the 'lens for sale' idea, I'd buy a spare or two.

    31. Creator Vincent Vazzo on September 16, 2013

      Any chance you'll offer the new lens from v2 as a separate sale (assuming it can function as a drop-in replacement)?

      I'm sure in the future I'll order more HexBrights (they make great gifts: I've already bought two off the site just for gifting), but for now my HexBright needs are covered!

      But I think I'd pay for an improved lens.

    32. Creator Christian Carlberg on September 10, 2013

      Hi Christophe!
      For now, go here for the basic outside shell info-
      http://community.hexbright.com/c/Bodies
      -Christian

    33. Creator magestik on September 10, 2013

      Hey Christian, are you going to release the hardware schematics ?

    34. Creator Christian Carlberg on September 3, 2013

      Yes James, I have been asking the $90 PRIME + FLEX group for quite awhile. If you check your email spam folder you should see an email from me months ago asking for additional funds. Thanks, Christian

    35. Creator James Cuddihy on September 3, 2013

      Has anyone else who ordered one of each been asked to send extra money to get their second Flex? I have been asking about my second Flex every now and then, and got the following reply from Christian today.

      The Kickstarter project was a loss so I am selling V2 to pull myself out of the hole.
      I am asking the PRIME + FLEX pledge group for an extra $15 USD to help cover the PRIME upgrade. But if you donate $20 USD I will send you a black V2 instead of the kickstarter unit.

    36. Creator drsuperfly on August 14, 2013

      I recently decided to try uploading programs to my Hexbright flashlight and have encountered several issues. I installed Arduino and drivers. I tried to upload the hexbright4.ino but apparently my computer wasn't recognizing the device. On Arduion I went to Tools>Serial Port to make sure it was connected. "Serial Port" was greyed out. After some research I found that I had to update the drivers manually and was able to get the "Serial Port" menu option to work. "Com3" was the only option available in that menu. That led me to believe that my computer was now able to communicate with the Hexbright.

      In Arduino I tried to upload hexbright4.ino again. It compiled but I got this error message, "avrdude: stk500_getsync(): not in sync: resp=0x00" After more research apparently there is still some issue with the drivers. When I go into Device manager and try to update the drivers it says they are all up to date. I'm running Windows 7. How can I get the new .ino to upload onto the Hexbright?

    37. Creator Al Calavicci on August 9, 2013

      thank you Christian for the quick response. will mail back today so you can determine why my flashlight malfunctioned.

    38. Creator Al Calavicci on August 9, 2013

      I am very very sad. Like I said last month I use my flashlight almost every week for something. Today it stopped turning on. When I push the button the red light (back button led) always flashes, but the light doesn't turn on. Sometimes it does turn on. But I have to push it another 20x times for it turn off. (while the red light keeps flashing) When I plug my USB charger in I don't get a green flashing light.

      How can I fix my flashlight? Did you give us any type of warranty? I am a huge fan!

    39. Creator Richard NL on August 5, 2013

      @Martin - Check put the upndown firmware - https://github.com/dhiltonp/hexbright/blob/master/programs/up_n_down/README.md . One of the nice things with it is that you can start up the light in any intensity you like depending on whether you're pointing it down (dim) or level (bright) and any intensities inbetween, as well as changing that intensity by holding the tailcap button. Even if it's not exactly what you need, it's probably a good place to start.

    40. Creator Richard NL on August 5, 2013

      @Shabihul - Christian has stated that it's not really fit as a bike light. However, others have mounted theirs to bikes, and I have used mine as an impromptu one (it's summer, it stays bright enough outside that I don't need it until it's quite late). I think the main concern is about the beam angle and if you do mount yours to a bike, you may have to check for a sweet spot between illumination far enough in front of you to see oncoming obstacles, while keeping from blinding oncoming traffic.

    41. Creator Shabihul Abdi on August 4, 2013

      Is it recommended putting the HexBright on a bike flashlight mount? If so, any recommendations for mounts?

    42. Creator Martin Hay on August 1, 2013

      Well, used the Hexbright in anger at the weekend. I went camping on my motorbike, and was effectively away from power for several days. Everyone was solidly impressed with the torch, both the build quality and brightness, and most of them were stupid enough to shine it in their eyes after I explicitly told them not to. And then they complained that they couldn't see.

      On Saturday night, the heavens opened, so we found some shelter and set into a bottle of whisky. With the Hexbright pointing at the roof we got a nice reflected floodlight that ran and ran and ran. Eventually it started to flash high/low, which was concerning, but it was just alerting us to the heat build-up. We switched it off for a while and it was fine after.

      Next day it had disabled high mode (battery low), but an hour plugged into the bike battery sorted that out. All in all a great lamp to take away.

      If I could level one criticism, it's a bit too bright to read in a tent. But I imagine 5 minutes of reprogramming would sort that out! I found my Mini Maglite yesterday and gave it to my 4-year-old son - I can't see me wanting to use it again.

    43. Creator Christian Carlberg on July 31, 2013

      Kudos to David Hilton and Pter Tesarik !

      http://blog.grandst.com/

    44. Creator Mike.S on July 23, 2013

      ...and still, not a single open source flashlight shipped.

    45. Creator Neil on July 23, 2013

      @Al,

      Check out here: https://github.com/hexbright/samples

      There are quite a few different things done with the programming. Once you get it set up it's pretty easy to upload new programs to the light. I know next to nothing about programming but I was able to customize one of the programs found on the github repository.

    46. Creator Al Calavicci on July 23, 2013

      I love my flashlight and gotten a lot of use out of it.
      But I have yet to see anyone program anything for it.
      Care to give us some examples of what has been programed for it and a easy how-to faq to program our flash lights with the new features?
      I was thinking at the start of the project it was going to be able to blink morse code SOS or fade in and out quickly. Care to show us how we can do that? thanks

    47. Creator Christian Carlberg on July 21, 2013

      Yup! That was about 13 years ago.
      If you want to see more of my stuff search You Tube for "Battlebot" along with "Minion", "Overkill", "Toecrusher" and my name. I had never seen that commercial, so thanks!!

    48. Creator Jeff Lester on July 20, 2013

      Hey Christian, Did you build a battle bot way back in the day?
      you look a lot like the guy from
      http://www.youtube.com/watch…
      about 10 seconds in.

    49. Creator Martin Hay on July 18, 2013

      Just thought I'd post to say I got my second torch today. It's in to charge just now. The only problem with it is that I can't tell the two apart. I'll need to put a cord on them or something.

      Camping next weekend - wonder which torch I'll bring. Not my Maglite, I imagine!

    50. Creator Richard NL on July 10, 2013

      @Mike - very cool :)

      @rest - HexBright Flex covered today by SparkFun Electronics; https://www.sparkfun.com/news/1196 ( The Flex is one of the projects on their curated page; http://www.kickstarter.com/pages/sparkfun ).

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