APEX 5T6 BIKE LIGHT

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APEX 5T6 BIKE LIGHT

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I’ve already made this for my TrustFire TR-3T6 flashlight and it works now with any bike battery pack (8,4 V) .
It’s a patent that you can use for any flashlight in the market and make it a strong bike light with minimum cost
For Apex 5t6 I had to make different battery pack (4,2V) and of course a new plate with heavy duty holder
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I had to make an aluminum plate with a friend of mine with lathe-bearing.
The difficult part was to found a solution for power contacts especially for (+) , so I use a big spring and it was perfect for the job without scratching the driver .
You have to be very careful with insulation between spring (+) and plate (-)
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waterproof battery case from PVC pipe with two new 18650 parallel holders

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Waterproof in line switch from DX
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If you want it only for bike use and handlebar you can use this kind of switches (more expensive)


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Everything ready.
Total cost for plate, waterproof switch, and battery holders, 25 euros
I will soon upload a video with my new bike light – but you already know almost everything about APEX from others reviews and the amount of light it can give.
You can always use low and mid mode for a city ride and high if you want to get crazy Smile

Thanks Jim

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Cool, but I hope that’s not destined to be used on the public roads. Blinding on coming cars has to be a bit of dumb idea tbh.

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Well it is mounted on a mountain bike....

Very well done, jlogres - I'm interested in where you got your clamp mount? Can you post up some night shots later?

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BetweenRides wrote:

Well it is mounted on a mountain bike….


Well obviously that solves that then. Funny how I don’t live near a mountain at all yet I see in the region of 50+ mountain bikes used every day. In fact there’s one by my front door and that’s never so much as seen a mountain.
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that is impressive Smile must be nice in the forrest

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Now that is impressive jlogres!

Good thing as you mentioned it’s got low and medium modes for urban riding. Wink

Now if only there is a way to stop those idiot drivers who rather dangerously neglect to acknowledge cyclists when turning/pulling over…..

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That’s why I said low and mid mode for public roads and high if you want to get crazy – in city with all this lights you don’t want a light to see but to be seen so even in low is more than enough and there is no way to blind people with low mode.
But I believe that you don’t need to buy or build such a strong light for city use , a strobe led with 5 euros is more than enough.

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BetweenRides wrote:

Well it is mounted on a mountain bike….

Very well done, jlogres – I’m interested in where you got your clamp mount? Can you post up some night shots later?

Thanks
I took it from an old 10$ bike light I had and I was lucky because the quality is very good and strong and also it has a screw to take it of the old light and screw it to the plate.
I will soon upload some night shots or video soon

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Nice!
I’m going to start a very similar project, my 5t6 was delivered just today. Now I have to find a switch for the handlebar, I want to find a handlebar mount for 2 switches, to install an on/off switch in series with a temporary NC switch to change the modes. Obviously I need only one, but for the off road ride I like to practice, it’s better to have a dedicated switch only ,to change modes. I don’t like when I accidentally switch off the light when I only wanted to change the mode.

Now I have to pay some beers to a lathe operator friend, and find the switch, and some kind of clamp made with gun mounts

Nice job, lets see those beamshots or videos, I didn’t have time to check my light today, I’m waiting for the night…

Mooooooo

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What a terrific mod. Very creative and should light up those trails no problems.

 

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Two better photos of the plate
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very nice.. i always want to do this to one of my lights.. maybe with Trustfire TR-J18 Big Smile
thanks for the tip.. Beer
how do you keep the spring to stay on the plate?

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DayLighter wrote:
very nice.. i always want to do this to one of my lights.. maybe with Trustfire TR-J18 Big Smile thanks for the tip.. Beer how do you keep the spring to stay on the plate?

Thanks DayLighter.
I am waiting for your project Smile
I heated the spring and manage to stuck it on a RC servo plate I had , or else I was going to glue them together.
And after I glue and screw it with the aluminum plate.

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Great project !

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what we need now is some beam shots.. preferably somewhere nice and dark place Wink

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I thought that 2×18650 parallel holders didn’t exist. Where did you get them?

Now I see

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Matjazz wrote:
I thought that 2×18650 parallel holders didn’t exist. Where did you get them?

there’s a lot of those on ebay.. i think i saw them on fasttech too Smile

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Couldn’t find one in parallel Sad

Now I see

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DayLighter wrote:
Matjazz wrote:
I thought that 2×18650 parallel holders didn’t exist. Where did you get them?
there’s a lot of those on ebay.. i think i saw them on fasttech too Smile

I found them at aliexpress

http://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/Free-Shipping-Hold-Two18650-Cell...

They say now 50 pieces , but at November you could order one holder for 2.55 $.
The only problem with this one is that’s very difficult to fit protected 18650 – with my Panasonic 3100 protected there is no way to fit them (bigger than others).
So for this project I use my Samsung 2800 unprotected

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DayLighter wrote:
what we need now is some beam shots.. preferably somewhere nice and dark place Wink

You will have to wait for that , we have a very cold weather and snow here in Greece – like in all Europe – but I will try soon.
But you will see the same beam shots like others reviewers – it’s always the same APEX , maybe a video will be more interesting.

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Until my new APEX 5T6 BIKE LIGHT video is ready you can watch my older videos for two patents I’ve made , not for flashlights .
One is for making a waterproof-diving case for my small 808#16 HD camera with 1.5 euro.
I am using this camera with my hand made diving flashlight 3T6 2000 lumens

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLDlNEnlADU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HOs-kNny_hA

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Some beam shots near my house , sorry for the quality but I don’t have a tripod for the camera.

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First one – road with just road lights
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Second one – car lights
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That Apex bike light absolutely kills your car headlights. Very impressive

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Great work jlogres. It definitely would be useful in wide rural environments.

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whoaa.. gonna need to install some kind of top cover to kill the upper glare Wink
http://www.lightmalls.com/3u2-bike-light-uniquefire-uf-hd005-3-3u2-3xcre...

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Very impressive, I could do with one of those Smile

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DayLighter wrote:
whoaa.. gonna need to install some kind of top cover to kill the upper glare Wink http://www.lightmalls.com/3u2-bike-light-uniquefire-uf-hd005-3-3u2-3xcre...

Very good idea

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It’s an impressive light for sure, but check the EXIF info on those pics,

Car light:
Auto exposure, Aperture-priority AE, 1 sec, f/2.8, ISO 160

Bike Light:
Auto exposure, Aperture-priority AE, 1 sec, f/2.8, ISO 320

Checked using http://regex.info/exif.cgi

The bike pic will look a lot brighter when you double the ISO like that. It’s still bloody impressive, just not as impressive as it first looks from those pics.

Don’t be a chump, be a chimp!

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ChimpOnABike wrote:
It’s an impressive light for sure, but check the EXIF info on those pics,

Car light:
Auto exposure, Aperture-priority AE, 1 sec, f/2.8, ISO 160

Bike Light:
Auto exposure, Aperture-priority AE, 1 sec, f/2.8, ISO 320

Checked using http://regex.info/exif.cgi

The bike pic will look a lot brighter when you double the ISO like that. It’s still bloody impressive, just not as impressive as it first looks from those pics.

I took a lot of photos with different settings just to found a couple decent ones , its very difficult to take night photos without tripod.
As I said before it’s an APEX 5T6 and you can find a lot of beam shots for this flashlight everywhere – I am interesting to show you my patent not the flashlight and you can do it for any flashlight in the market .
Maybe I will do a better job with my video

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hi again jlogres
if the info is correct in the exif files of your pics, your camera has a “M” (manual) mode
for good comparisons, i recommend you to set it to the same values for all pics (in this case f2.8, 1 sec) and i suppose you can manually set the iso, so set it E.g. to 160 (the lower, the less noise you will have) it´s better to adjust the exposure with the shutter speed for these kind of pictures, in fact it will be a better shot with a closer diaphragm, some like f8 or so, but you need to raise the shutter speed to 8s, to compensate)
so, for future pictures, my recommendation is to leave the camera steady over something (like your car for example), adjust it in manual to a correct exposure, and release the shutter using either the timer, or the remote control included with it (if you didn’t loose it Smile )

Mooooooo

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