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After 2 hours at 250°C, I’ve still not reached a good color, maybe I’ll strip the ano with baking soda to see how it turns…

Warning: don’t do this (when the wife is) at home. Evil


Well, considering the fact that the first time she met me I was using the dishwasher to clean my 125cc carburetor…putting a flashlight in the oven isn’t really annoying for her ^^

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Back on April 30th I modified my then brand new Trustfire TR-J20 with 3 of the 9V MT-G2’s, used 35mm Illuminations Machines reflectors and 3 Trustfire 32650’s with 6000mAh and was seeing 13,500 lumens but it would heat up pretty good.

So today I decided to make a heat sink for it and rebuild it…


I decided to add another emitter and make it a quad, using the Ledil Minnie reflector… which is shorter. So I also cut an 8mm thick 78.9mm diameter spacer to sit on top of the emitter shelf (glued it in with Arctic Alumina Thermal Adhesive) and then I used the same adhesive to affix 4 Maxtoch 26mm copper mcpcb’s with 9V MT-G2s on em.

The filled head is now ready to take the heat from 4 MT-G2s and the light weighs in at 3.5 Lbs with no cells in the tube. Smile

I made an “X” out of copper sheet to solder the positive pads on the mcpcbs to, then soldered an 18 ga lead to the X for power. A longer 18 ga negative lead makes the rounds and is soldered to the negative leads at each stop. Smile

It was doing a bit over 12,000 lumens with the cells low, they’re on the charger now. I was hoping for 15,000 but don’t know if I’ll get it with that long negative lead, it’s bright though, for sure!

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Nice one Dale.

This is kind of a test to see if can post pics from imgur on my phone.

I sometimes hold this little light in my mouth so I cut the end flat and placed a rubber sleeve over it so I don’t grind my teeth.

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I don’t have specific emitter voltage from up top, but a tail reading of 22A is coming off the 3 cells, so is that up there in the 268 watt territory? I know the 9V MT-G2 can do a forward voltage up over 11V when pushed hard but I haven’t opened it back up to get top side readings.

The heat sink with thermal paste on it works beautifully, transferring heat all the way down to the battery tube. It takes a little while for the entire head to heat up, but it heats up pretty evenly, something it didn’t do in stock form. They had the lower head section (above the driver) open, empty, nothing but air, and all along that area is heavily finned on the outside. Filling that void with aluminum really makes use of those fins, and with plenty of heat being made it’s a necessary evil.

Can’t believe the 3.5 Lb weight, I didn’t put any copper in this one (save for the 4 MaxToch copper mcpcb’s)

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268w is up there. Depends on how much voltage droop you’re getting under load. Still, it’s big Power for 3 cells Crown

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I discovered that my original inside-the-spring 20ga wire bypass on the switch as broken so I did a through board bypass with 18ga wire by modifying the large switch and it’s housing to let the fat wire fit into the tail cap assembly.

Now, with freshly charged Trustfire 32650’s I’m seeing 14,628 lumens out the front. I’m going to have to call that success, being as how it’s a little more than 10,000 lumens more than the stock light was making with it’s 12 XM-L emitters. Wink

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That is a great flashlight, Dale! It must have been tough for you not to put tons of copper in it, even to the point that I like it now Love Silly Wink

From me not a mod, but an observation. My first triple build, back in 2013 was a Convoy S5 with Nichia 219A 4500K high CRI’s on a Illumination Supply triple non-DTP board (Noctigon triple DTP boards were not there yet) and a Qlite driver with 4 extra chips (there were no BLF developed FET-drivers). It is still my most used light, I use it attached to a small stand to illuminate things all the time, for hobby and photography, but also on trips it goes in my luggage. But it is never been mis-treated or anything. It is also one of two triples that I made without glass lens to protect the optic. And look at it now, scrathed, bended and cracked (still works fine though), I’m glad that all my later triples have glass lenses, to protect the optic from bending and scratching, it keeps the light more waterproof too.

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Thanks Jos, can you imagine how heavy it would have been with a 3” Copper heat sink? OMG! lol

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I “downgraded “ my Convpy L6 from :


XHP70 1C shaved dome
To :

XHP50 J4 5B

I don’t have any means of measuring Lumens or Lux, but to my eye the spot looks more intense.

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Nice work Khas, the spot does indeed look more intense and defined. Cool! Smile

I just got through messing around with an old 3D MagLite that I’d modded before. I put a press fit copper heat sink in the top of the battery tube quite a while back with a COB on it. Using 3 26650’s to drive it from a Zener modified 7 mode driver the COB didn’ t like level 7 and would go blue very quickly. The tint was warmer than I like anyway, so today I pulled the COB and put 3 XP-L HI on the big copper sink, wired in series to run the 3 big cells. I used a Ledil Laila 50mm triple optic, kind of a bugger getting everything lined up but the beam profile looks nice so I’ll take it. 4400 lumens out the front. Smile

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Not a flashlight but LED light none the less.

Made some bayonet bulbs out of some T10 (194). Cant buy the Warm White tint I wanted in that BA9s base so I made some. 8× 5730 SMDs 12V DC in WW.

Will be City lights inside the European spec headlights in my 1983 VW Jetta. Oh, the ’68 bus will get a pair too.

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PhilipSmith wrote:
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Interesting. And what part did you modify?

You are a flashaholic if you are forced to come out of the closet, to make room for more flashlights.

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Henk4U2 wrote:
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Interesting. And what part did you modify?

Isn't it obvious?

Today, PhilipSmith modified the concept of this thread to SPAM a Tank007 photo.  :D

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Eight out of nine posts from PhilipSmith are Tank spam and the other one is only two words that have nothing to do with the thread topic.

hmmmm, what did I mod today, nothing flashlight related just put together a holder for welding glass to go on the front of my camera lens for long exposure photos Cool

Cheers David

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Did my first mod last night. E bay cheap zoomie with lattice brite.

Put in a xp-g2, 3d tint with qlite driver.

Now brighter than a lenser p7.2 for less than half the price. Pleased with the result, will try my hand at something bigger at some point.

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Mstevens113 wrote:
Did my first mod last night. E bay cheap zoomie with lattice brite.

Put in a xp-g2, 3d tint with qlite driver.

Now brighter than a lenser p7.2 for less than half the price. Pleased with the result, will try my hand at something bigger at some point.


That sounds like a great start of a healthy modding career! Smile
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Yep, sounds like you’re hooked Mstevens113 Big Smile nice.

I got some 26350 cells yesterday. I modded a supfire L5 with an LD-2 driver and xhp70. Haven’t finished yet, I screwed up the switch retaining ring trying to remove it. Also you might note the led is off centre, I did this intentionally to reduce the donut hole.

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A few days ago I modified my Ultrafire LZZ F13, I put in a XHP35 HI with a suitable driver; a whole other world! Very satisfied.

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At such low current maybe a nimh with a boost driver or liion with a buck driver would be more efficient?

Ideally you are very right. Smile
In practice, the BLF-A6 driver is what I had and it does the job, there’s not many stock drivers that have a low mode as low as 16mA/3lumen. If there’s a buck driver for single li-ion cells out there that have that nice low mode I’m highly interested Smile . NiMh batteries will not do it either because whatever the efficiency of the system, for runtime (the light should last for the two weeks camping trip next week) there’s no better option than a high capacity 18650 battery.

The next item on my DIY driver wish list is an Attiny conversion for the ax2002 buck driver boards. HQ’s boost boards fill that other side already. That would give us an inexpensive 1A boost and 1A buck driver both with programmable modes.

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Installed a17mm MTN FET driver in my Manker E14 and used the BLF A6 driver in my Trustfire mini 02 triple XP-L.

I also modified an Xtar MC1 Plus with a voltage indicator and changed the sliding internal current switch to an external clicky so i can control whether it does the 500mA or 1A charge rate.
Normally this charger only charges cells longer than 53mm with the higher current setting.

I find this useful if i want to charge a 16340 or 18350 IMR cell a bit quicker.

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CRX, your mods are the coolest IMO.
Simple, yet effective, useful and always well realized !
Your passion for epoxy glue, neodymium magnets and tidying everything up really reminds myself^^
I wish I had more free time (well I used to) to keep modding everything like you do.
I recently read why you got so much free time, so it helps to put things in perspective.
Keep modding, you give me ideas that I may have the time to realize one day Big Smile

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XP-G3’d my Lumintop Tool. Mounted on a 11mm copper sink pad with a little bit of MX4 for thermal compound. Just love it now. Does seem brighter and nicer tint then what came with the Tool.
Going to use the original xp-g2 from the Tool mount it on copper and use it to make a P60 @ 2.28 AMPs

My first flashlight mod in 3 years so I thought i’d start with working on my smallest lights. Seems my soldering has improved lol

Had to Trim the Plastic centring ring on the sides because they covered the wire pads


Stove in the background is my official new reflowing station LOL

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I modified a piece of Gr 2 Ti into a Skunk beacon Saturday. Wink

(tempting to leave it at that for curiosity sakes…)

Working on an upgrade to a Ti flashlight I built recently I was removing the large piles of Ti cuttings and placing them behind me. The Ti has a way of staying in one piece throughout the cut, sometimes going below the cutting insert and sometimes curling around and piling on top of it. Luckily I had dumped my catch box and only had a small amount of shavings in it, as some of the Grade 2 Commercially Pure Titanium stacked up on the cutting tool and caught on fire. I knocked it off the work piece and it fell into the box below, only to catch it’s contents on fire as well! My cutting oils and a gallon of WD-40 were right there, so the box had to be removed… singed the hair of my hand as the flames rose to about 2’ tall with the new ti cuttings catching fire but I got it out the door onto gravel where it could safely burn itself out. Moments later, flames still going and smoke drifting, I’ll be danged if a skunk didn’t walk right past the box and come into my shop! It totally ignored me (must be related to my wife), wandered back behind me towards the front door. I had no choice but to vacate.

I guess there were some copper cuttings in the box as well, the flames got low and the box burned away, leaving some small orange flames with a brilliant emerald green flame mixed among it. Beautiful really! Smile

Crazy stuff. I wasn’t even using oil or cutting fluid at the time so it was pure titanium overheating and catching on fire. Who knew? Silly

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How remiss of me, can at least show the finished light even without pics of the fire or the skunk, right? lol

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devdvr wrote:
XP-G3’d my Lumintop Tool. Mounted on a 11mm copper sink pad with a little bit of MX4 for thermal compound. Just love it now. Does seem brighter and nicer tint then what came with the Tool.
Going to use the original xp-g2 from the Tool mount it on copper and use it to make a P60 @ 2.28 AMPs

My first flashlight mod in 3 years so I thought i’d start with working on my smallest lights. Seems my soldering has improved lol

Had to Trim the Plastic centring ring on the sides because they covered the wire pads


Stove in the background is my official new reflowing station LOL
![IMG]http://i68.tinypic.com/mjyhk2.jpg[/IMG]!

You should get a 12mm fet from Mtn to stick in it. It’ll definitely be brighter then.

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Wow Dale, that sounds like a lucky escape! I’m glad you’re alright (and the house and your indifferent wife, don’t tell her about this or she might become less indifferent Wink )

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CRX wrote:
Installed a17mm MTN FET driver in my Manker E14 and used the BLF A6 driver in my Trustfire mini 02 triple XP-L.

I also modified an Xtar MC1 Plus with a voltage indicator and changed the sliding internal current switch to an external clicky so i can control whether it does the 500mA or 1A charge rate.
Normally this charger only charges cells longer than 53mm with the higher current setting.

I find this useful if i want to charge a 16340 or 18350 IMR cell a bit quicker.

!{width:80%}[img]http://i.imgur.com/dM2Utal.jpg[/img]!


CRX your MC1mod is off the hook!! Beer I would buy a few of these from ya!! Keep them coming!! Thumbs Up

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Modified my Olight i3s and Convoy s2+ with XPL’s but that s2+ mod might end up in “What did you BREAK today?” it turns out reflowing 3 LED’s at same time it is more difficult that i imagined when you don’t have proper equipment.

I changed the stock CW XP-G2 LED that was in the i3s with something a bit more warm, XPL V3 5A3 4000-4135k and it turned out to be very nice, it is my first 4000k flashlight and i know for sure that i will buy some more, seems like this little guy is goin to be on my car keys for a long time now.

Here are some pictures





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I wasn’t in the mood for lights today (I know blasphemy, right) but I did make up a thread stop for my lathe. I’ve got the basics of it, it just needs some refining.

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Cool!

I NEVER thread with that fast speed, always use the lowest my lathe will run. I suppose a stop would make a lot of difference, probably still would use a slower speed. (scared of a crash, mine has a 1HP motor, capable of seriously screwing stuff up!)

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