Installing a Metal Pushbutton Switch into a "D" Maglite stock switch hole.

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Installing a Metal Pushbutton Switch into a "D" Maglite stock switch hole.

It's a video on how to install a Metal Pushbutton Switch (from ebay), into a Maglite "D".   Just a different idea...  The switch has a ring around the button, that lights up when the light is turned on. I believe they have red, white, green, blue and yellow rings available.

 

 

When I wire it, I will include that in this post.

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I still have to finish the rest of the build and the cosmetics.

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So what color will it be? Smile I really like the idea of this. 

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Great vid, and thanks for the link to the part.  I like that they have both a mechanical and momentary version available, and that they ship from California.

 

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Nice find. Hopefully they will work with taskled drivers. If someone uses one please let us know how it works out.

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scaru wrote:

So what color will it be? Smile I really like the idea of this. 

Uhhhhhhh,  Blue?

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Great vid, and thanks for the link to the part.  I like that they have both a mechanical and momentary version available, and that they ship from California.

 

I wish there was a version with a higher amp rating, but so far, that's all I find, that is Not Momentary. Lots of Momentary switches around, not many latching, that will fit. There are the radio shack ones, but they are plastic and I think they look horrible. I've used one before, but I didn't care for it. This is the first test with this style, so time will tell. Since it's made in China, I don't know how long it will last, but I plan to go right ahead and put 4+ amps through it, in the spirit of maniac modding.Tongue Out

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I was looking at similar switches on digikey yesterday for a ZY-T13 mod.  That's going to look great, Justin!

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That's a cool idea, I like it!  Too bad you already assembled the cut down host...it would have been a lot easier to assemble/solder the switch later on.

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I bet these switches (momentary) would work with a custom driver firmware for softbuttons..

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Old-Lumens wrote:

scaru wrote:

So what color will it be? Smile I really like the idea of this. 

Uhhhhhhh,  Blue?

I mean the color it lights up in. Big Smile Or is that what you meant? I guess that makes sense...

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Nice video. You might want some type of latch or press fit for the plastic holder halves instead of JB weld so that the switch can be accessed later if the nut comes loose or if it needs an upgrade?

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Match wrote:

That's a cool idea, I like it!  Too bad you already assembled the cut down host...it would have been a lot easier to assemble/solder the switch later on.

I said that to myself, as I made the cut down. "get it ready, test fit it, then go ahead and do the switch before it's together"..... That was a half hour before I finished the cut down and then I just put it together!  Then I looked at it, then I looked at the switch, then I swore several times... 

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Short term memory loss is a pain, but at least I can still get the switch together... the hard way...

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Old-Lumens wrote:

Match wrote:

That's a cool idea, I like it!  Too bad you already assembled the cut down host...it would have been a lot easier to assemble/solder the switch later on.

I said that to myself, as I made the cut down. "get it ready, test fit it, then go ahead and do the switch before it's together"..... That was a half hour before I finished the cut down and then I just put it together!  Then I looked at it, then I looked at the switch, then I swore several times... 

Old age sucks (some of us age faster than others, it's all the bad things we did when we were young), I can't wait for everyone else to get there, LOL.

Short term memory loss is a pain, but at least I can still get the switch together... the hard way...

Heh...yup.  The only reason I mentioned it was because I did the same darn thing on a previous build.

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Looks like the same switch I put on the Elephant Dragon not long ago?
http://budgetlightforum.com/node/13502

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No need to recycle stock mag switch parts, it comes with a hex nut,
you can screw the nut from inside & lock the switch on the hole.
Still need a battery + connection plate thou, if not using mag switch parts.

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ma_sha1 wrote:
Looks like the same switch I put on the Elephant Dragon not long ago? "http://budgetlightforum.com/node/13502":http://budgetlightforum.com/node/13502 !http://img824.imageshack.us/img824/76/dscf2615h.jpg! . . No need to recycle stock mag switch parts, it comes with a hex nut, you can screw the nut from inside & lock the switch on the hole. Still need a battery + connection plate thou, if not using mag switch parts.
Yes, I saw that. I've had a couple of these switches for several months, saving it for the cooler weather, when my builds started back up. I used the locking nut, but I used the switch parts, because I wanted to maintain the stock positive terminal for the batteries. That and to enclose the switch and wires, just my way is all.

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How did you get the negative up to the led/driver?

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Gtamazing wrote:
How did you get the negative up to the led/driver?
That was a while ago, but usually, with a Maglite, I ground right thru the body to the heat sink and get ground that way. I just drill and tap for an allen head screw.

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