Help with a repair in NORTHEASTERN UNITED STATES?

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Help with a repair in NORTHEASTERN UNITED STATES?

Hello all

I purchased a light from a member on here a couple of years ago. It was one of Old Lumens builds. It has stopped working and I am not very good at modding or tearing down and putting back together. Is there anyone that might be able to help me out. trying to see if anyone is interested first and then we can talk how much to do it. I have a link below to the light in question.

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http://budgetlightforum.com/node/38428

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This needs to be fixed mutts. I dont think there would be much wrong with it. Hopefully someone in your area will see this and put there hand up.

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I am not opposed to sending it to someone that is a mainstay here either…

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does it have a # on it 1-5 Vinh had Old Lumen make 5 host for him—could be one of those

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This light was a one-off, I remember when Justin built it.

I could probably do it for you, heck I’ve got all Justin’s gear right here anyway. Smile

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Bugger, that’s a nice looking light!

Def have it repaired…

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With custom builds like this it can often be a contact issue given all the mods done to the various parts. If you’re hoping to keeping it local then flag the title “for NY please”. Shipping will be medium flat rate at best.

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Anyone closer to NEW YORK STATE that would be interested in trying to fix this?

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Heck, why not stuff it in a flat rate priority box and send it off to texas, priority flat rate does not care where you send it. unless you want to see it worked on…

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That will most likely be what I do… I was thinking it would be quicker if someone closer was able to do it

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If it has a number 1-5 on it —that means Vinh built it—he would most likely fix it for nothing and send it back free

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No number… but it might have faded off over the past 2 years…

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mutts13 wrote:
No number… but it might have faded off over the past 2 years…

My guess is that it is not Vinhs work. If he engraved it like he does all his other lights it would never fade!

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Definitely not engraved….

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I’m in NY but this might be out of my league.

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If I were you, I’d take Dale up on his offer. Turning down Dale’s offer to fix a light would be like turning down $1,000,000…just doesn’t happen, lol Cash

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If I were you, I’d take Dale up on his offer. Turning down Dale’s offer to fix a light would be like turning down $1,000,000…just doesn’t happen, lol Cash

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really USPS flat rate NY to TX should only take 3 days after ship date.

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If I were you, I’d take Dale up on his offer. Turning down Dale’s offer to fix a light would be like turning down $1,000,000…just doesn’t happen, lol Cash
+3…Keep it simple!

He will do the job right and it is senseless to worry about 2 or 3 day travel each way! Now if you were sending it to China that is a different story! lol!

I get stuff from Calif. and Washington state in 3 days,,sometimes 2 days and that is first class mail! I live in Suburban Philly. Big Smile

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+4 …… What they all said. Thumbs Up

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+5 , Dale knew Old Lumens well and I am sure he picked up at least a few hints over the years from Justin to boot.

Dale also has most of the parts and modding stuff Old Lumens had in the end , so more than likely has parts to match the original ones in this light.

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I sent him a PM to see if he is still interested. Thanks for all your help ! Looking forward to get this light working again…

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Responded to the email.

If you can give me some idea of what was going on with it when it quit working, any problems you were having with it at the time or anything like that, it might help find the issue more quickly. I’ll need the entire light, to rule out a broken solder joint in the battery carrier or anything like that. I know how Justin went about building it, probably something relatively simple wrong with it now, will just have to go in and see. Wink

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Not really Sure… I have a cottage that I take that light as well one that 18sixfifty made as my 2 go to lights. It was working last summer while I was there. I hadn’t used it in a while and over the Winter I went to use it at home and it wouldn’t work. I did have an issue with the power button. Every once in a while I had to press it a couple times for it to come on but it wasn’t a normal thing…

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mutts13 wrote:
I did have an issue with the power button. Every once in a while I had to press it a couple times for it to come on but it wasn’t a normal thing…
Ah-haaa, a “possible” clue. Thumbs Up .. Big Smile

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That’s right teacher, it could well be that it has issues with Authority. Silly

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mutts, your light came this morning on the brown truck.

And, your light is now fixed. I need to address a couple of things again later this afternoon but it’s working…

23.6 lumens
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Edit: On freshly charged LG HE-4 button tops I show 5064.6 lumens

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Wait a minute! What was wrong with it? What did you fix?

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I fixed what was wrong with it. lol

I figured that in a build like this the most likely candidate for something going wrong was in some of the soldering that had to take place. Justin changed the battery carrier and how the cells interact with the driver contact board, and it was here that the problem was… one of the copper discs that Justin had soldered to the outer ground ring had broken loose. And one of the brass locator pins for the tail pcb where you remove cells had also come out.

Seems that Justin only soldered the copper disc at the very edge, didn’t glue it to the board. So I repaired it by gluing it down with JB Weld and re-soldering the ground contact. Also added solder bumps to the discs so they’d contact the negative end of the cell solidly.

Put the locator back in and soldered the two of em to be sure they were staying, and it works fine. I have 4 cells in it with the tail cap snugged down in order to press the copper disc in place and am allowing the JB Weld to finish curing. This evening I’ll make sure the solder is good at the ground ring and re-enforce it as needed.

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Nice work Dale and its good to see the mateship at work here. Thumbs Up

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Not sure if this was wanted, but I, uh, bumped it.

The converted tail pcb with it’s solder wick bypassed springs seemed to not be pressed into the ground contacts inside the body by the tail cap, so I was looking at what would be a good way to ensure this would happen when the tail cap was screwed down, and also could it be done to improve current. Justin cut the traces on the top of the pcb and made it 2S2P in configuration, tying the two cells together with 20ga Teflon wire. So, I looked through the kit I bought from Justin and found some 14 Ga wire. Cut a couple of these and soldered them in beside the Teflon wires to do 2 things, both carry more current and also be thick enough with the silicone sheath’s to assist the tail cap in pressing down firmly enough to assure ground.

This worked to the extent of bumping output from 5064.6 lumens to 6285.9 lumens, this on freshly charged LG HE-4 button tops.

I’m going to highly recommend gluing the body to the head to keep from doing damage to the driver board and it’s 2 copper discs. I have it screwed together quite snugly, but it’d be best to glue it.

Dale

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