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Yep that worked
I ripped it a bit but all ok.
Thanks All.
Ooops, looks like I should have read to the end before posting the above. Big Smile

Did rotating the switch fix it??

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Yep that worked I ripped it a bit but all ok. Thanks All.
Ooops, looks like I should have read to the end before posting the above. Big Smile Did rotating the switch fix it??

 

Yes been playing with it for half hour  <img src= " />

Did slightly rip the cover, but its never looked smiled face, just smiley mouth.

Could not get the retaining ring out either.

But it works.

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@ fluke

If you pulled the rubber cover out completely you should be able to take a small flathead screwdriver & slowly pry the retaining ring up by going around it from the inside & gently lifting as you go until it loosens & comes out.

Glad it’s working.

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@ fluke If you pulled the rubber cover out completely you should be able to take a small flathead screwdriver & slowly pry the retaining ring up by going around it from the inside & gently lifting as you go until it loosens & comes out. Glad it's working.

 

Tried prying, but gave up. 

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Tried prying, but gave up.
Ok, I understand. Thanks for the reply. Beer

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fluke wrote:

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@ fluke If you pulled the rubber cover out completely you should be able to take a small flathead screwdriver & slowly pry the retaining ring up by going around it from the inside & gently lifting as you go until it loosens & comes out. Glad it’s working.

 


Tried prying, but gave up. 


You can also use a flat blade screw driver and try twisting around the bottom edge like this.

This way your only lifting. If you pry or lever the screwdriver your pushing down on the opposite side of the ring which defeats the purpose.

You’ll probably have to go in a circle or back and forth opposite sides lifting just a small amount each time.

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/\ … Yeah, that is what I was trying to say. Facepalm

But Jasons picture & explanation detail it much better. Thumbs Up

Especially with that cool red screwdriver!! Silly

Where can I get one of those Jason?? Innocent

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teacher wrote:
/\ … Yeah, that is what I was trying to say. Facepalm

But Jasons picture & explanation detail it much better. Thumbs Up

Especially with that cool red screwdriver!! Silly

Where can I get one of those Jason?? Innocent

You might try diving in Crystal Lake.

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teacher wrote:
/\ … Yeah, that is what I was trying to say. Facepalm

But Jasons picture & explanation detail it much better. Thumbs Up

Especially with that cool red screwdriver!! Silly

Where can I get one of those Jason?? Innocent

You might try diving in Crystal Lake.
Directions please… I am topping off the scuba tanks as I write. Wink

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Oh…. that Crystal Lake. Shocked
Nope, no thanks… chinooker will have to take that one himself. Big Smile
Plus… I do not need an instructor. Especially not that one. Wink

I had something more like this ‘Crystal Lake’ near Ouray, Colorado in mind. Thumbs Up
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My GT mini registers clicks only when pressed hard and about half the time. Tried rotating the rubber and it didn’t really help. Banggood refunded me a few months back so you can tick my name off the list. Is there anyway to fix it or do I have to replace the switch?

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There’s no easy way to replace the switch since it’s an unusual design and soldered to the driver. You can try, though.

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I managed to get mine working well again by letting the light run very hot a few times and then clicking the switch many times. No guarantees though…

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Well right now there’s no led in it. I was planning to put a white flat in there but then thought what would be the point if the switch stops working. Is there any place I can buy a new driver?

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Well right now there’s no led in it. I was planning to put a white flat in there but then thought what would be the point if the switch stops working. Is there any place I can buy a new driver?

Nealsgadgets. It is not listed but if you ask Neal he may get you one.
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Anyone have throw numbers and/or beamshots with a dome on XP-L or even XM-L2? Looking for a further throwing “walk around” light (and willing to sacrifice throw to loose the pensil beam it has now with the SST-20).

The form factor is ideal [to me] for camping / hunting / hiking in heavily wooded area but the tight spot and minimal spill make it not good for that. I’d rather it be a usable light than a shelved mini thrower.

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@TrueRMS, I’d recommend putting in an LH351D in for much more flood.

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Second the motion on the LH351D, they trend towards a larger hot spot that looks clean, artifact free, and work great in a light like this! I like the 70 CRI W6 at 5000 K, it’s a soft white high powered emitter that never fails to impress me even ( or especially) in the lowest modes.

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I actually just got done doing exactly that, went with a W6. It’s better, will definitely be more usable but still not what I was hoping for…

If I could get the same beam shape (albeit a lot less reach) as my FT03 that’d make it perfect. It’s [the FT03] hot spot to spill ratio is just perfect for the heavily wooded areas I frequently camp in but it’s to large to take on minimal backpacking trips and I don’t need quite that much lux 99% of the time.

I wish there was any 5050 led with a better tint (xm-L2 or SST-40 or 3v XHP50.2) and without the yellow corona and/or power ralated tint shift! Still, it’s WAY better for my needs than the CW sst-20 it had (back when I was going for pure performance / numbers)

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Well, since you already have the floodiest 3535 3V LED, the other option would be to replace the smooth reflector with an OP reflector.

Problem being that we don’t have any measurements for the reflector.

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Second the motion on the LH351D…

Getlemen, I gotta say thanks to both of you for the recommendation yesterday! I wasn’t very impressed with it at 5m in my basement, sure it was better than the SST-20 but I didn’t think it’d be what I wanted IRL but when I took it out to the woods last night man did it change my mind. This is the light I needed for my use!

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Glad we could help. Smile

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How do you remove the driver?

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How do you remove the driver?

Carefully. It’s glued in, so you need to remove the mcpcb and then tap it out with a tool through the 2 wire holes. There is a chance you could press down and break a component on the driver damaging it.

I have not removed this particular driver, but I have removed similar glued drivers from Lumintop and other brands. Maybe someone that has removed this specific one can chime in and give more exact instructions.

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TrueRMS wrote:
Anyone have throw numbers and/or beamshots with a dome on XP-L or even XM-L2? Looking for a further throwing “walk around” light (and willing to sacrifice throw to loose the pensil beam it has now with the SST-20).

The form factor is ideal [to me] for camping / hunting / hiking in heavily wooded area but the tight spot and minimal spill make it not good for that. I’d rather it be a usable light than a shelved mini thrower.

First, does it have to be a mini? It’s kinda ruining what makes it “special”.

The C8’s about the same size, and easier to mod. Lotta other lights, too.

Second, stick-on diffusion film would give you what you want, and be 100% reversible by simply peeling it off.

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Th558 wrote:
How do you remove the driver?

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First, does it have to be a mini? It’s kinda ruining what makes it “special”.

The C8’s about the same size, and easier to mod. Lotta other lights, too.

Second, stick-on diffusion film would give you what you want, and be 100% reversible by simply peeling it off.

If I’m ruining a product I own by making it better suited for my needs so be it.

I like the C8, I have 2, it doesn’t provide the beam I was after. The GT mini has better proportions for my hand (shorter, more comfy to cary), it doesn’t force me to hold it like a tactical light because of the side button, also because of the side button it runs Anduril giving me a infinite ramping interface and battery check and more fun modes for around the campfire (which it can also simulate lol) and IMO looks better then any C8.

Your second point is a good option I hadn’t considered on such a light (I have DC-fix on several smaller lights) and would probably work just as well but I had previously built the light just for numbers using a CW SST-20 (like way over 6000k) and needed to do an led swap to make it usable at all again and the end result was just perfect for me so I doubt I’ll be making any more changes on it now.

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Yeah, I prefer the GT Mini in general.

Better overall design, better heat dissapation, better stock spring setup(BeCu driver and dual steel on the tailcap), and more throw at the same power level.

The only thing I would change would be to make it into a super thrower with an SST-20 5000k 70CRI, or a balanced thrower with an LH351D 90CRI.

My very own high current Beryllium Copper springs Gen 3:
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Where’s the best place to get dogfarts these days? I could be tempted to mod a balanced thrower.

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