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First led swap

I finally did it. I got a 40watt Weller iron a few days back. It comes with this really fat tip that could be used as a screw driver I need to find a pencil tip. I started on my daughters toy that had a couple loose wires got it back going. That got my spirits up. I went to Walmart got some rosin solder, pointed tweezers, needle nose pliers. Presicion screw drivers all for about $9-10.

First attempt I took it apart except for the driver. I have a fet driver I ordered. But the driver didn’t come out easily and I’m OK with the stock driver I didn’t want to break it I guess idk. Well first attempt with the fat tip it looked like it was damaging the led pad. And assembled ligjt didn’t turn on. Figured I got to much heat on the pad. Resoldered the positive pad and it came on the wire didn’t look like it was down very well now it is. Probably not the best looking solder job. The mcpcb was gooped in thermal paste so I reused what was there. Ill get some and probably rebuilt this light in the future. I wanted one light that gets decent run time.

Definitly will be doing more things in the future. I’ll still leave the advanced stuff to the experts on here. But I believe I can switch drivers and LEDs out myself now or at least try.

Now I have to attempt a spring bypass successfully and I’ll be in business. Want a smaller tip this giant one is going to melt parts and be a problem.

Stock was cw xpl hi v2, new xpl hi v3 5000k. Beam looks good, tint looks good. I’m happy just wanted to share it. I figured I’d ruin the ligjt but I wanted to try it anyway. Someone can always fix it if I destroy it. Thanks for listening to my rant just excited.

Edited by: Speed4goal on 03/19/2017 - 23:14
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Congrats on the swap.

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no no… i still rmember my excitement when i soldered my first wires onto the new emitter on pad i ordered… its an unqualified RUSH, i know.

i cant wait to flow my own emitters, i have been putting that off for too long…

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Congrats…….now you gonna have not only the flashlight bug , but the modding bug seems to bite hard too. Big Smile

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Thanks everyone, its a fairly simple light to take apart. It is a eagle eye x6. I thought I had mentioned it above got carried away I guess. I carry it everyday as my edc. Wanted a better tint. Sometimes I carry a hotrod light. But I work with dust, dirt, mud, sand. I need something durable and can easily change the lens out when it gets all scratched up.

The strange thing was the stock led looked damaged kind of. The light has never been disassembled in anyway besides changing a battery for greasing the threads. Its due for a lens change now. The outer edges are like cracked like the layers are coming apart. Granted the led has seen several thousand hours of use. Being used as a lamp and such for about a year. But never had more then 3.5 amp driver that comes with it. Compared to the new led it looks really rough. Really wasn’t expecting that. Since its never seen really high tempatures or anything. Usually when used as a lamp its like .5 amp or something. High is 1.8 turbo 3.5 for 3 mins. I’ll keep it for parts but don’t think it’ll ever be reused unless had to for some whatever reason. Or maybe give to a friend later down the line

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sedstar wrote:
no no… i still rmember my excitement when i soldered my first wires onto the new emitter on pad i ordered… its an unqualified RUSH, i know.

i cant wait to flow my own emitters, i have been putting that off for too long…

Baby steps, can’t even imagine reflowing right now. But with all those xpg emitters you have its reasonable to practice if they get destroyed didn’t cost much. I’ll get there one day

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robo819 wrote:
Congrats…….now you gonna have not only the flashlight bug , but the modding bug seems to bite hard too. Big Smile

Ya it does, I still need to get a few basic tools for it. And probably stick to host and easy stuff for awhile. Get a feel for the whole thing. I think it would have been better going if it wasn’t a 6mm tip. Smaller conical tip is next.

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Well done Speed4Goal. Its all down hill from now on in. Not only that it just gets more frustrating. Silly
Time to stock up on lots of different components. Thumbs Up

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nice!
magic, two loose bits,a looseroll of solder, heat and it is not loose again and works!

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and a couple months after his first reflow? we’ll sweet talk him into his first scratch build, heh heh heh….

come on man, just take one more hit… i promise, it wont hurt… it’ll feel good… wont even cost you anything… here, take a few free bare emitters…

Bwah-hah hah HAHHHHHHHH!

bum-bum-ba-dum…another one bites the dust…

okay, but seriously? heres how it works…

you send us your paycheck? we send you WHOLE LIGHTS FOR IT. thats fair, right?

you bought a soldering iron? cool… send us the weekly paycheck, that never changes… we now send you lights and emitters on stars and pads… and thats fair, you get more for your paycheck. its cool…

you start reflowing and modding? we still get the entire paycheck, but… we send you a BIG BOX OF PARTS that makes way more lights! your making out! just trust us…

and you get to hang out with the cool kids, dont forget that!

With enough black coffee and cigarettes? all things are possible…

I am currently still shipping… REAL GENUINE CREE xp-g emitters, the classic… brace yourself? as low as 20 cents apiece!! Check out the SALES THREAD, everyone is happy… then PM me

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if you are into reloading? this is my site… I inherited the remains of what was once arguably the best reloading site on the internet… its the “BLF” of reloading sites…

http://reloadbench.freeforums.net/

if you think night vision would be cool? It IS… this site i am a member of, and its basically the “BLF” of home made scratch-built digital night vision. They are at the leading forefront of advanced DIY for digital night vision, and thats gun mounted or handheld… builds rival and exceed commercial offerings…

http://nightvisionforumuk.com/

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Lol thanks everyone. Big boxes of parts would work for sure. Don’t know about the paycheck thing though.

I know its simple for most of you and will be for me soon. Just glad it worked and everything centered back right.

Need to get some wire, centering rings etc little at a time

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If you reflow LEDs use more heat and heat up the whole star.

Small gas burners and heat guns work very well, the best is to put some metal plate under the star to get a slower temperature change
Or on the stove

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Need to get some wire, centering rings etc little at a time
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yeah, just keep telling yourself, just a few more little things.. here and there…

snicker

its… a healthy addiction… like working out is addictive but a healthy addiction? same thing, you will get addicted to exercising your brain instead of your biceps.

then you CAN live without it? but, why? its healhy and good for you.

With enough black coffee and cigarettes? all things are possible…

I am currently still shipping… REAL GENUINE CREE xp-g emitters, the classic… brace yourself? as low as 20 cents apiece!! Check out the SALES THREAD, everyone is happy… then PM me

SALES THREAD:
http://budgetlightforum.com/node/52528

if you are into reloading? this is my site… I inherited the remains of what was once arguably the best reloading site on the internet… its the “BLF” of reloading sites…

http://reloadbench.freeforums.net/

if you think night vision would be cool? It IS… this site i am a member of, and its basically the “BLF” of home made scratch-built digital night vision. They are at the leading forefront of advanced DIY for digital night vision, and thats gun mounted or handheld… builds rival and exceed commercial offerings…

http://nightvisionforumuk.com/