What's a good cheap drop-in?

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What's a good cheap drop-in?

Hey guys,

I’m wondering what drop-in to get for my P60. I know the three mode MF dropin is good, but is this like the “get a solarforce, everything else is crap” thing, or are there good drop-ins for cheaper?

I’m leaning towards this one.

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Well, that depends. If you just want it bright and cheap, order either the one from MF or KD. If you want something good, better get one from Erik:

http://budgetlightforum.com/node/3016

You can choose tint.. MF and KD are probably very cool white, maybe even a little blue.. I dont like that color. Smile

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So you would say that the MF and KD drop-ins are the same brightness?

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Well, the KD one claims to be U2 while the MF might be driven harder.. so I guess they are about the same. But the KD is an OP reflector and the MF is SMO. So the KD will have a larger but less intense hot spot than the one from MF.

But you can build your own for 16-18$ (and some patience and a soldering iron) with almost any tint you like.

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The 5 mode KD drop in has less PWN in the lower modes and still pulls over 3 amps on high as well as having a nicer tint U2 bin compared to the T6 on the Manafont that sometimes has a green tint. The Manafont drop in while delivering a knockout punch on high over 4 amps has terrible PWN on medium and low if you are sensitive to it. I honestly owned 6 of the Manafont drop ins when I first started this crazy hobby I have since sold them all.

I am already visualizing the duct tape over your mouth.

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I have read that several dropins are like that.

All of mine are upscale.

I bet that some of the cheap ones are $10 or less and will put out whatever your 18650 can, like 3-4 amps.

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The 5 mode KD drop in has less PWN in the lower modes and still pulls over 3 amps on high as well as having a nicer tint U2 bin compared to the T6 on the Manafont that sometimes has a green tint. The Manafont drop in while delivering a knockout punch on high over 4 amps has terrible PWN on medium and low if you are sensitive to it. I honestly owned 6 of the Manafont drop ins when I first started this crazy hobby I have since sold them all.

So KD drop-in it is, yes? I’m okay with flashy modes and the U2 seems more efficient than a T6.

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....but in my limited experience, it is rare to find both in one package.

Because I don't trust cheap ones .... I gave 'em all away, and went with good ones.

Nice to see E1320 weigh in on this.

I own 2 of his drop ins, have 2 more of his drop ins on the way, plus a complete light he has modified with another one!

My other 3 drop ins are Customlites, by Nailbender. Very nice, but spendier!

YMMV.

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