Upgrading My First Flashlight - Need Help

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Zebretta
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Upgrading My First Flashlight - Need Help

Hello My Fellow Luminati,

I’ve got a drawer full of these budget XML-T6 (supposedly) flashlights that I’d like to put maybe XP-G2 emitters in (or whatever you think is best because I don’t know) My favorite tint is around 5000k

So here are some shots of the driver in one of them front and back.
What driver boards can I use and what emitters would be best?
Thanks!

Driver Board front side – widest measurement = 20.24mm

Driver Board rear side

Edited by: Zebretta on 03/20/2017 - 10:08
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This light has like no heatsinking at all, get a better host to mod.

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That light reminds me of one I modded a while back:
http://budgetlightforum.com/node/43456
How does the zoom mechanism work? If it’s the odd design with the threaded pill that moves the LED while the lens remains stationary, then you are out of luck. The heat sinking on those is dreadful. You could swap out with a better LED, but any sort power improvement (much less, any hot-rodding) would not be viable.

A nice SK98 is a much better option; add a good 20mm driver like the Nanjg 105e:
http://www.kaidomain.com/p/S023811.Nanjg-105E-AMC7135-x-8-MCU-3040mAh-4-...
…and a decent xp-g2 on a Noctigon makes a decent pocket zoomie compared to those moving-pill lights.


Keepin’ the “B” in BLF

Don wrote:
It sounds like the XM LEDs won’t really be suitable for flashlight use. Pity…

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Ok. Thanks keltex. I just had these and thought I could slap a better emitter in them but if not….no biggie.

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Lexel wrote:
This light has like no heatsinking at all, get a better host to mod.

You know, I didn’t even realize it until you got me to look, but I have a number of these and SOME do have heat sinking. Not surprisingly, those also seem to have true Cree emitters. The one I took apart in the photos happens to be one of the cheaper knock offs.

So as with most ebay items, you have the real deal, then you have the vast array of cheap knockoffs.
So as I went back through my collection of these budget lights, some were heavier, better made, had true heatsinking and real CREE leds, and others are obviously the cheap imitations with non of the above.