I really like this drop-in

19 posts / 0 new
Last post
trooplewis
trooplewis's picture
Offline
Last seen: 1 month 1 day ago
Joined: 03/26/2011 - 15:35
Posts: 2613
Location: San Diego
I really like this drop-in

It just makes more sense to me in terms of runtime, I just ordered 2 more.

-XP-G, R5 320 Lumens.  Yeah, maybe.....

-Tight hotspot with the smooth reflector, pretty throwy.

-Runs on .8 to 4.2A

-Pulls less than 1A on high with a CR123

-$13 from Solarforce-Sales

-3 modes, no ^%$# blinkies

-IT'S LABELED with voltage, modes, etc

http://solarforce-sales.com/product_detail.php?t=RB&s=10&id=113

 

Rats, finally sold my 2010 509hp Mustang...now I can buy more lights!

Sold the red one too! Now guess what I drive, doing my penance for 500 hp commuters...

http://dreammustang.com/

http://i884.photobucket.com/albums/ac47/Ha

Edited by: trooplewis on 05/14/2011 - 19:12
old4570
Offline
Last seen: 4 days 3 min ago
Joined: 09/06/2010 - 02:44
Posts: 3369
Location: Land of Oz

If I didnt have so many XP-G R5 drop ins already ...  I would buy one ... 

 Always remember , the easiest thing in the world to do , is to expel hot air from your lungs and through some vocal chords ..
The resulting sound may , or may not be worth listening too ….

 

soytnly
Offline
Last seen: 3 years 3 months ago
Joined: 02/16/2011 - 13:20
Posts: 825
Location: Minnesota, USA

Yep, we do think alike, that's about my favorite drop in.  I have one more on the way...I think it offers a great combination of brightness, throw/spill, efficiency.  I'm sure I'll end up with more...I've been tempted by the manafont R5 for a few bucks less, but the 5 mode format kills it for me.

Dave

trooplewis
trooplewis's picture
Offline
Last seen: 1 month 1 day ago
Joined: 03/26/2011 - 15:35
Posts: 2613
Location: San Diego

Yes, it is almost emotionally relieving to not have to think about "powering through" the 2 useless and sometimes embarassing blinky modes when you want to get from Medium back to High.

Rats, finally sold my 2010 509hp Mustang...now I can buy more lights!

Sold the red one too! Now guess what I drive, doing my penance for 500 hp commuters...

http://dreammustang.com/

http://i884.photobucket.com/albums/ac47/Ha

trooplewis
trooplewis's picture
Offline
Last seen: 1 month 1 day ago
Joined: 03/26/2011 - 15:35
Posts: 2613
Location: San Diego

I'm using it in my CR123 powered mini-P60, so that was measured with a 3v and also a 3.7v rechargeable.

 

Be-Seen, I just checked it with an 18650 and it pulls 1.4A with that battery (Hi-Max 2600)

Rats, finally sold my 2010 509hp Mustang...now I can buy more lights!

Sold the red one too! Now guess what I drive, doing my penance for 500 hp commuters...

http://dreammustang.com/

http://i884.photobucket.com/albums/ac47/Ha

handy
Offline
Last seen: 6 years 2 weeks ago
Joined: 01/09/2011 - 06:30
Posts: 23
Location: Indonesia

I like it in my L2R body, great throw for R5, also check out those new OP reflector for XP-G drop-in available, they give nice smooth beam pattern in OP setting.

The SMO reflector has a tight hotspot but also slightly doughnut effect there, hotspot edge seems brighter than the center.

It's my favourite drop-in for my daily duty, mostly the OP I used Big Smile 

hansheng
Offline
Last seen: 7 years 4 months ago
Joined: 04/12/2011 - 03:01
Posts: 44
Location: singapore

i just brought one too Big Smile

HID45
HID45's picture
Offline
Last seen: 5 years 6 months ago
Joined: 04/13/2011 - 03:45
Posts: 291
Location: Finland
I have one coming, glad to hear its good item. Gonna gift it along with L2r. After I discovered the world of Atmel re-programming, theres no coming back for me to ready-made dropins. I just love the lower than moonlight of 4sevens low too much...

καὶ τὸ φῶς ἐν τῇ σκοτίᾳ φαίνει καὶ ἡ σκοτία αὐτὸ οὐ κατέλαβεν

Dsoto87
Offline
Last seen: 7 years 9 months ago
Joined: 03/24/2011 - 22:20
Posts: 61
Location: US

Ive had one of these but dont know where I went wrong. It only works on lithium ions. On 2 alkaline AAs its dim even on the highest setting. Low is like a moonlight mode. On 2 NiMhs its even lower. There is practically no low mode. You can barely tell the emitter is even being powered.

Anyone know what might be the problem? I never loaded more than 4.2 volts into it (ie: two CR123s) so I have no clue why its doing this.

Langcjl
Langcjl's picture
Offline
Last seen: 1 year 6 months ago
Joined: 03/05/2011 - 05:36
Posts: 2162
Location: Wisconsin USA
Two cr123s would be 6V

Piers said " ....but who wants enough light, when you have the option for far too much "

E1320
E1320's picture
Offline
Last seen: 2 years 1 month ago
Joined: 03/30/2011 - 05:26
Posts: 3369
Location: New Hampshire

So I had this 5 mode XM-L drop in that I got from DX in a 504B that I was not using because of the stupid flashy modes plus it only pulls 1.4 amps on high. It had a NANJG 101-AK driver and I found a post showing how to convert it to 3 mode with no flashy BS. So I did the conversion and put it in one of my 501A mini P60 hosts. Results decent high not quite as bright as the Manafont drop in but I got a much lower low and a decent medium not to mention a huge improvement in run time.

http://www.dealextreme.com/p/cree-xml-t6-5-mode-6700k-450-lumen-smooth-a...

If you look at the picture on the chip on the bottom right you add a blob of solder to the bottom two right legs and you eliminate the flashy modes and get a nicely spaced three mode driver that is perfect for the 501A.

I am already visualizing the duct tape over your mouth.

Match
Match's picture
Offline
Last seen: 3 years 6 months ago
Joined: 11/14/2010 - 11:57
Posts: 1488
Location: South Carolina, USA

Agreed.  For a ready made drop-in, that solarforce 3 mode xpg is one of my favorites.  

Dsoto87
Offline
Last seen: 7 years 9 months ago
Joined: 03/24/2011 - 22:20
Posts: 61
Location: US

Langcjl wrote:
Two cr123s would be 6V

yes i know. i was giving an example of skmething i did not do

Piers
Offline
Last seen: 5 months 3 weeks ago
Joined: 01/18/2011 - 20:31
Posts: 896
Location: Bolton, UK

Dsoto87 wrote:
Anyone know what might be the problem? I never loaded more than 4.2 volts into it (ie: two CR123s) so I have no clue why its doing this.

 

As Langcjl pointed out 2 x CR123's would be 6v, if the driver really isn't rated that high then you've probably killed it.

 

So when you try to run it on 2 x AA it's probably trying to run it direct drive, 2.4v isn't enough.

Dsoto87
Offline
Last seen: 7 years 9 months ago
Joined: 03/24/2011 - 22:20
Posts: 61
Location: US

Ok I guess I worded it wrong. Let me try again

 

I did NOT run it higher than 4.2v (ONLY RAN WITH 1 18650, 2 AA alkalines, 2 NIMHS). I than gave an exmpale of somethign I DID NOT do which was put 2 CR123s.

 

To put it simply, I never ran it higher than the reccomended voltage range so I dont know why it wont run off 2 alkalines or 2 NiMhs

Dsoto87
Offline
Last seen: 7 years 9 months ago
Joined: 03/24/2011 - 22:20
Posts: 61
Location: US

Ok I guess I worded it wrong. Let me try again

 

I did NOT run it higher than 4.2v (ONLY RAN WITH 1 18650, 2 AA alkalines, 2 NIMHS). I than gave an exmpale of somethign I DID NOT do which was put 2 CR123s.

 

To put it simply, I never ran it higher than the reccomended voltage range so I dont know why it wont run off 2 alkalines or 2 NiMhs

trooplewis
trooplewis's picture
Offline
Last seen: 1 month 1 day ago
Joined: 03/26/2011 - 15:35
Posts: 2613
Location: San Diego

Have you taken it apart and checked the wiring?

If it has always done that, contact Solarforce and have them replace it.

Rats, finally sold my 2010 509hp Mustang...now I can buy more lights!

Sold the red one too! Now guess what I drive, doing my penance for 500 hp commuters...

http://dreammustang.com/

http://i884.photobucket.com/albums/ac47/Ha

atbglenn
atbglenn's picture
Offline
Last seen: 3 months 2 weeks ago
Joined: 07/29/2011 - 12:04
Posts: 5767
Location: Long Island, New York

I got the op version for my L2m. Running a single 880ma 16340 I get about 25 minutes on high before it turns off for a moment. I got some 1200ma 18350's on order. They should fit, right? 

Boycott Nike

gcbryan
Offline
Last seen: 4 months 1 day ago
Joined: 05/07/2010 - 20:42
Posts: 2541
Location: Seattle,WA

Haha...Dsoto87 I understood what you were saying from the beginning but it is funny (and interesting) to see how different people interpret the same thing Smile