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That is one extreme mod A380. I also like the real rustic look of it. Nice work. Beer

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Looks like a really nice piece of junk. Big Smile
Nobody will ever think to steal it.

Cool job! Thumbs Up

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Nice job A380.
And once you start using it parts will become shiny again from wear, adding to the character!

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Thanks!

Djozz, it’s more heavy t’han before, so don’t think I’m going to use much more. Wink

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Success! Smile

I used a tough little knife, Buck Strider Mini, and worked around til the bezel was loose enough to remove. Filed down a 16mm Noctigon til it fit in place of the stock aluminum mcpcb, then used a 365nm UV light to locate a preferred XM-L2 tint in my bins… as it so turned out I removed one of the 4 XM-L2 U2’s that came in my Nitecore TM16 (it has XHP-35’s now)

Thinned the Noctigon a bit to match the stock thickness, leaving it a hair tall…. bezel and TIR went back in nicely and it now has a near perfect neutral tint, probably a 1D to make a guess at it (Nitecore doesn’t specify tint bin)

My mom’s pearl white Buick LaCrosse looks splendid in the light from this S1A now so I’m happy with it.

No scratches, no gap, looks stock but has the nicer tint. A win for sure. Thanks for clearing up the style of bezel for me, appreciate it. Big Smile

Beam before modification… the plant light is a Cree COB rated at 93CRI for comparison sakes…

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The solid copper S1A in Rose Gold PVA…after the mod…

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And the beam after the mod, much nicer color! The picture on the wall is a 16×20 canvas of my son when he was little.

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The ceiling tiles, for white balance perception, are white styrofoam. Wink

Dale, can you please tell the diameter of the LED plate? Or, if you can’t say that, can you tell me what diameter the flashlight take (14mm or 16 mm)?
Thank you in advance Wink

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I think it was a 14mm MCPCB, I’ll measure it here directly and let you know. Took a good bit of filing on a 16mm Noctigon. Had to thin the Noctigon down some too.

Measured, yes it’s 14mm.

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DB Custom wrote:
I think it was a 14mm MCPCB, I’ll measure it here directly and let you know. Took a good bit of filing on a 16mm Noctigon. Had to thin the Noctigon down some too.

Thank you Dale Wink I thought it would be 14mm too, but couldn’t be sure! These are only measurements for a future mod Wink
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EDIT: Thanks for the confirmation Dale Big Smile

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Manker U11 18650

NarsilM V1.0 3C1S

L6 Switch PCB

Blue LED

Moon

10K Very nice

Sorry for my poor english.

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Nice work Steel! Sweet pics too, thanks for sharing!

At least it has a chunk of heat sink that’s one piece, so maybe it did need a little tightening up, fairly easily corrected it looks like and now it’s a very sweet light, good job all around! Smile

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I modded the moon today.

Well, maybe not *the* moon, but moon levels, at least.

I added dynamic CPU underclocking and some idle modes to make low levels more efficient. The result is that moon mode runtime went up by about 3X or 4X.

What firmware did you make this change in?

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Steel that is beautiful. And I sold my U11 just 3 hours ago…

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Calling all cars! Or tinkerers. I have a gutted novatac Wichita that I want to become a Flashlight again. It needs the driver, led, reflector and lens. Wondering who has the time they can undertake this project for me in the USA. My screen name at aol is my address if you want pics of the light from me.

The tail switch is intact and I don’t expect you to work for free. I prefer to put a nw led. I would love to have a photo red in it. If you can put a triple in there with a secondary red led running a ramping driver, I’d be ecstatic!!! You can skip the alligator grips, Swarovski button, and tri-color gold lanyard. Pm me for suggestions

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aginthelaw wrote:

Forgive me pilotdog if I hijacked your thread

“What will you mod for me today” sounds close enough to the thread topic to me, I reckon your post suits here well Smile

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I only get to Amsterdam every 20 years otherwise I would’ve given you a shot at this

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mattlward wrote:
ToyKeeper wrote:
I modded the moon today.

Well, maybe not *the* moon, but moon levels, at least.

I added dynamic CPU underclocking and some idle modes to make low levels more efficient. The result is that moon mode runtime went up by about 3X or 4X.

What firmware did you make this change in?

That was in Anduril. I haven’t tried to apply the change to other FSM UIs, but it would probably be pretty trivial for most of them.

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Fairly simple mod today.

Modded a Sipik 98. Replaced the driver with a DrJones H17F. Replaced emitter with a dedomed SST40 on copper Noctigon.

I don’t have any Toluene so dedomed the emitter by slicing it with an x-acto knife while the LED was just below reflow temperature. The driver space in the pill fit a 20mm driver. Fortunately I had a brass 17mm—>20mm driver adaptor ring from Mountain Electronics on hand.

The light has a hollow pill. I didn’t build a heatsink to put under the pill, but I was very generous in applying Arctic Silver 5 to the edges. of the star.

Light works perfectly. It’s bulkier than my other zoomies, but also much brighter and throwier.

I’m undecided if I want to further mod this light. Additional mods I’m considering:

  • Shorten the light – easiest way is to reduce the length of the pill, back of the head, or the heat sink fins. There’s a lot of empty space in the pill that could be salvaged. Might be able to reduce the length of the light 1 cm.
  • mod tailcap to make it illuminated.
  • apply sideswitch mod like I did with the smaller Aleto N8 a few years ago. The sideswitch mod is fairly difficult, but applying it would allow me to take another cm off the length of the light and switch the UI to the D4 UI.
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I waved my magic Grizzly at a bar of aluminum and turned it’s heart into gold. Er, well, copper anyway. Wink

The copper pill is 35mm diameter and 35mm deep, with the top 10mm smooth and mated to the aluminum battery tube, the lower 25mm is threaded at 0.75mm thread pitch and has a driver bay cut in. This will be DBC-06. Wink

Dale

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DB Custom wrote:
I waved my magic Grizzly at a bar of aluminum and turned it’s heart into gold. Er, well, copper anyway. Wink

The copper pill is 35mm diameter and 35mm deep, with the top 10mm smooth and mated to the aluminum battery tube, the lower 25mm is threaded at 0.75mm thread pitch and has a driver bay cut in. This will be DBC-06. Wink

Nice job on that one. Looks like it should carry the heat well for whatever monster you create out of it…..lol

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Thanks robo, the tube is bored for a single 32650 due to it’s 6000mAh capacity. I have the reflector out of my Olight SR-90 Intimidator and am working out how to mount it, so I’m going for a thrower here… when I first got the Intimidator I had it doing 665Kcd in the big light with a de-domed XM-L2, so I’m hoping with the better emitters out today I can hit a mile. That’s the project goal anyway.

I’ve got a big 4 1/4” diameter chunk of 6061 in the chuck of the lathe and need to get back out there spinning it up…

Edit: Will try to remember to shoot a pic of this massive hunk of aluminum in the 5” jaws, before my hands get all oily and dirty. Wink

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Why not use a 40152 for it’s 11000mAh capacity? Big Smile

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Enderman wrote:
Why not use a 40152 for it’s 11000mAh capacity? Big Smile

Whoa, impressive!

What’s the skinny on these 40152’s? Best brand, where to get the good ones, ect.?

First I ever heard of them, how would you (Enderman) use them in / for a build? http://www.headwaybatteryandcable.com/products/20120301569.shtml

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It is a LiFePO4 battery so nominal voltage 3V instead of 3.7, that makes its use a bit special.

link to djozz tests 

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djozz wrote:
It is a LiFePO4 battery so nominal voltage 3V instead of 3.7, that makes its use a bit special.

Special, like using a boost driver to increase voltage?

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KawiBoy1428 wrote:
djozz wrote:
It is a LiFePO4 battery so nominal voltage 3V instead of 3.7, that makes its use a bit special.

Special, like using a boost driver to increase voltage?

Could be needed, or use two in series with buck driver.

Or for a modern led like 219C, XP-L2 or Luxeon V, a LiFePO4 cell together with a lineair or direct driver will form a very efficient flashlight, although the led will not quite be driven to the max.

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“I used to think that top environmental problems were biodiversity loss, ecosystem collapse and climate change. I thought that thirty years of good science could address these problems. I was wrong. The top environmental problems are selfishness, greed and apathy, and to deal with these we need a cultural and spiritual transformation. And we scientists don’t know how to do that.”   (Gus Speth)

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Whoa, impressive!

What’s the skinny on these 40152’s? Best brand, where to get the good ones, ect.?

First I ever heard of them, how would you (Enderman) use them in / for a build? http://www.headwaybatteryandcable.com/products/20120301569.shtml


You can get them here and they are the good ones:
http://www.batteryspace.com/LiFePO4-40152SE-Cell-3.2V-15-Ah-150ASurge-Ra...
http://www.a123rc.com/goods-1558-High+Power+Lifepo4+40152+cells.html
Otherwise you would need to get them from aliexpress, and that would require a minimum order quantity, complicated shipping and import papers, etc etc etc.

djozz wrote:
It is a LiFePO4 battery so nominal voltage 3V instead of 3.7, that makes its use a bit special.

3.2v actually, but yeah you would need a boost driver for most LEDs.
For me, even with a 1s flashlight I would like a boost driver because I thoroughly hate direct drive.

I think it would be pretty crazy if someone built a flashlight to use these massive batteries though Big Smile

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I modded a Utorch UT01 with a new led, eventually it will be a lantern. (mod thread in progress)

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It’s been a while since I started to think about this, but as I am not a chemist, I took a while to perceive that I had at home all I needed!
So, today I decided to mod the Sofirn SF10 host!

Materials used: 1 glass; caustic soda; cold water; latex gloves; tweezers; goggles; plastic tape!

Before and after Cool I like it more now Blushing

Inspiration:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpB4y42sKrw (Thanks djozz !!!)
http://budgetlightforum.com/node/487

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wow nice work MascaratumB

can you tell us more how u did it Smile

Edit: typo Big Smile

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Nicolicous wrote:
wow nice work MascaratumB

can you tell use more how u did it Smile

Sure;) I followed djozz video in some things, so the process was quite simple, despite the precautions that must be taken.
In detail:
1 – I took everything out of the flashlight (internals, o-rings, clip)

2 – I put black adhesive tape on the threads to avoid water from entering, BUT during the process I ended up taking the tape out because this particular host can be ALL stripped, inside and outside, as there are no ways to make ‘shorts’, and the threads don’t allow physical lock-out. They are not anodized.

3 – I put some “pearls” of caustic soda (I had a bottle of drain cleaner, to clean the kitchen or WC pipes) inside a glass and added some water. I mixed it up smoothly (already with gloves and googles, to avoid skin contact).

4 – Then I started to put the flashlight parts inside the glass and checking how they were! I often cleaned them with flowing water to check the state, and re-inserted them on the glass. I also used an old tooth brush with the solution in the glass to “polish” the knurling in some points. ALWAYS WITH GLOVES Wink

5 – When the parts were all “de-anodized” I washed them with flowing water and dried them with kitchen paper. After this, I lubricated the threads again and put everything back on its place Wink

I took few photos as I was with gloves and with caustic soda on the hands so… Big Smile
Here they are :

Hope this helps, but feel free to place any doubt Wink

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DB Custom said: "Hide your billfold, cut up your credit cards... you're a perfect candidate for full blown flashaholism and will soon need dedicated flashlight cabinets. [...] Have fun! Modding is next... :P" 

 

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