RaceR`s BLING 14500 P60 light. Started out as a crappy 4.70$ light.

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RaceR`s BLING 14500 P60 light. Started out as a crappy 4.70$ light.

I started this mod some time back and did not take any pictures while modding it.
I have another one of these on order, and might take more pictures then.

I started out with one of these.
I whooping price of 4.70$.

I have to say, that is one crappy light in terms of light output! But I think it looks really good, and it sits nicely in the hand.

Screw off the front bezel. Then the convex lens can be taken out from the front, its press fit. After that you can screw out the pill.

I bored out the head with a 20mm drill I had mounted in the lathe. I did not go deep. I might have only used the tip of it to make more room for the drop-in and to make a good contact point for the P60 to the body.
I also used a lathe to open up the edge of the head just a little. Then I used a lathe to shorten the reflector a little. I also removed a little on the outside to make it fit perfectly inside the head. This type of mod might be possible to do with a dremel if you work more on the head, but I just modified both just a little bit.

Stock reflector on the left side. Modified on the right.

A P60 drop-in with the “slightly customized reflector now fits perfectly. As you can see, its flush with the edge.

DX had a glass lens that fits perfectly. This will set you back another 1,86$ for a 10-pack!

As you might have seen, my flashlight is not black. While waiting for the lens to arrive, which only took 8 days (a new HK shipping record for me), I used a Dremel and polished the shit out of the light. After I had removed the paint with some caustic soda that is. I used several hours on it to get it really shiny! This was my first time doing some “extreme” polishing work. Its time consuming.

I used a drop-in with a shiny XM-L. It suits the shiny light. 8)

Im pushing out around 2.8a on a fully charged battery with the pictured drop-in. Combined with XM-L2 that makes the wow-factor quite large in this nice little BLING light.
I have had no issues with the tailcap. It seems to handle up towards 3A.

Comparied with other P60 flashlights it looks really nice!

If you are interested in my 3xAA P60 light. There is a short and simple mod thread here.
Thanks for reading. Hope you enjoyed my mod. Smile

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Edited by: RaceR86 on 03/26/2013 - 15:49
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Not being much into p60 lights, but this is a very nice host, and I think this14500  host is a very suitable size for p60 drop-ins.  Thanks for sharing.

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Polshinghas made the difference between a bland light and a really cool looking bling light Wink

let there b rock (i mean light)

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Nicely done; I really like the "bling!"

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I wonder if the bezel would screw on without shortening the reflector. Maybe use a ring/washer to close the gap?

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Thanks for feedback guys. Im really happy with how it turned out.
I think the polishing really did it for this light.

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I wonder if the bezel would screw on without shortening the reflector. Maybe use a ring/washer to close the gap?

A ring/washer could close the gap, but would probably not look that good.
Maybe I could have drilled deeper and it would not have made it necessary to shorten the reflector. But I played it safe. It was so easy to just take of 1-2mm off it with a lathe.
Once I had made the P60 fit inside the head (without making it shorter) I could screw on the bezel, but then there was no room for a lens. So I shortened it.
I might experiment more once I get another one. See if I can keep the reflector more stock. Only make it thinner in the head, but not shorter.
This mod might be possible to do with some file work to the reflector (on the side, not on the front). Drilling a bit deeper than I did. And opening up the front of the flashlight with a dremel or something.

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What a terrific mod. I love the small form lights that fit AA batteries or 14500. Very creative. Hows the blisters after all the polishing?

 

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Very creative! Wink

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Looks great.  After you polished the shit out of it, it's now one of a kind.

Don't care what people say about P60 lights.  I love/addicted/hoard them.

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Great mod, it sure look sexy amongst them Silly

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Thanks for the nice feedback guys!

MRsDNF wrote:

Hows the blisters after all the polishing?

No blisters. I let my dremel do most of the work.
Sat out in the sunshine, music on the ears, googles on my face, and the sound of the dremel in the background. To avoid getting bored/tired with the job I divided the polishing work between three days. I did get a a decent amount of polishing compound in my face though. Smile
I could have been easily done in one-two stints, but I did it in the more “chillaxed way”

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Ah, so that is where all the nice weather has gone: way north from here. It's been cold and windy for weeks in a row here.

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djozz wrote:

Ah, so that is where all the nice weather has gone: way north from here. It’s been cold and windy for weeks in a row here.

I have no idea what has gone right with the weather lately.

I live outside one of the “rainy” places in Norway. Bergen city.Its know for lots of rain and lots of clouds.
Well, not lately! And not in the near future either!

Seing a weather forecast like that is extremly rare on this time of the year.
Its extremely rare here in general! Big Smile

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I spent two summer months outside Bergen in 1960. Was nine years old and do not recall all that bad weather you tell us about. Wink

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Wow, RaceR, that´s very nice. I really love to see mods of cheap lights!
I bet that body feels quite smooth, right?

Now you just need to get your dremel again and engrave “RaceR” to the middle part ^^

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Lennart wrote:
I spent two summer months outside Bergen in 1960. Was nine years old and do not recall all that bad weather you tell us about. Wink

Bergen is known to be the rain-city of Norway. Ask any Norwegian which city have most rain. They will probably all say Bergen.

Even Wikipedia agree:

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Bergen experiences plentiful rainfall, with annual precipitation measuring 2,250 mm (89 in) on average.22 This is because the city is surrounded by mountains that cause moist North Atlantic air to undergo orographic lift, which yields abundant rainfall. Rain fell every day between 29 October 2006 and 21 January 2007, 85 consecutive days.23 In Bergen, precipitation is plentiful and heavy rain can happen at any time of the year.

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Bergen: Umbrella city
It is no secret that Bergen has more than its fair share of rain. The rain in Bergen, as in many other places along the coast, is notoriously unpredictable. There is no specific rain season (although October-December is the wettest period, and April-June the driest) and no specific time of day. Watching the clouds helps, but clouds are not really a good indicator. Rain can come in any form, from “tropical” downpour to light drizzle.

Bergen’s rainy reputation should not keep you away from this unique city. Frequent rain keeps the streets clean and the city very green. The frequent changes in clouds covers the city in magical light. The moments of intense rain is quickly forgetten when the sun breaks through and the city glows and twinkles.

Be prepared for it: get an umbrella, wear water repallent shoes (boots not needed), a light water repallent jacket and a hat/cap for the light showers is also good. Experienced Bergen-people don’t leave home without an umbrella.

As I mentioned it as a bit better outside Bergen. As always, there will naturally be several days, weeks, or sometime months with decent/nice weather too. Smile

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MrCG wrote:
Wow, RaceR, that´s very nice. I really love to see mods of cheap lights!
I bet that body feels quite smooth, right?

Now you just need to get your dremel again and engrave “RaceR” to the middle part ^^

Smooth as a baby butt! Wink
I considered engraving my initials or something. But my handwriting sucks, so Ill just keep it clean looking. Dont want to ruin it. Wink

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I wouldn´t ruin it Silly

Go check dafont.com, look for a nice font, print it in correct size and use carbon paper to get the font to the lamp and egrave that.
I´ve used that technique to get a name on a big brush/comb for my ex gf. Worked very well.

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Thanks for the tip!
Ill look into it! Smile

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RaceR86 wrote:
I think the polishing really did it for this light.

The polishing makes it!

You saw where my questions was going . . would love to see if this could be almost as simple as a match mini. Especially if the host can take the mods instead of the drop-in.

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Racer should really announce a Giveaway cough

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GottaZoom wrote:
RaceR86 wrote:
I think the polishing really did it for this light.

The polishing makes it!

You saw where my questions was going . . would love to see if this could be almost as simple as a match mini. Especially if the host can take the mods instead of the drop-in.

Ill show you the problem if you want to assemble it with a stock P60 reflector.

You see the threads that hold the bezel. If you would open up the front of the head enough for a stock P60 reflector to fit inside. those bezel threads on the head would not have much behind them.

Now, if you use the stock reflector (pictured) I can screw on the bezel 97%. There is a tiny, tiny gap. So if the glass lens was glued onto the bezel from the front, the P60 reflector could remain stock. The bezel would hold it the P60 nicely in place. But I prefer to not glue anything. And I don’t like gaps, even if they are tiny.

MrCG wrote:
Racer should really announce a Giveaway cough

hehe.. Ill take that as a compliment.. Wink
Once I finished the mod I was thinking that the day I reach 1000 posts (it will probably come some time, I have been active here lately) I can make a giveaway. But most likely on a black one with some nice parts.. Wink
The polished 1. edition is mine. Not sure if I will bother polishing another to that type of finish.

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Looks great, you did an excellent job on it. Love it, makes me want to try one myself but I’m going to have to rent a storage building if I keep ordering lights. Wink

On the other hand, if it was a giveaway, and I won, well, that’d be different! lol

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What was the on stock led of this light?

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Straight from DX:

Emitter: LED
Number of Emitters: 1
Voltage Input:1.2~1.5V
Battery Configuration:1 x AA (not included)
Circuitry:No
Brightness:50lm
Runtime:10 hours
Number of Modes:1
Mode Arrangement:Steady on
Mode Memory:
Switch Type:Forward clicky
Switch Location:Tailcap
Lens:Plastic double convex lens
Reflector:No
Strap IncludedYes:
Others Features:20 meters lighting range; Water resistant

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Not sure what it was. Something really crappy.
I believe it looked just like a typical LED.

Usually, I keep most parts from flashlights. Just in case.. But that LED went into the thrash right away.

Edit:
Its a reverse clicky. Not forward clicky (like DX specs say)

Thanks for feedback Dale. Appreciated!

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I know his is old but hopefully some of your guys are sti checking in on it. I have some 14500’s I no longer have use for and I was considering this project and putting a UV drop in I have in it. I have a buddy who can turn the body for me no problem but I don’t know how he’ll feel about doing the reflector because it’s easier to damage. Would it be possible to sand down the front of the reflector instead of turning it on the lathe? I know it would be a lot more work but is it doable?

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Full size P60 droping, 17mm driver?

Very nice build!

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Looks fantastic!

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Cereal_killer wrote:
Would it be possible to sand down the front of the reflector instead of turning it on the lathe? I know it would be a lot more work but is it doable?

Possible, probably. I would not recommend it though.. The reflector should be narrower than stock too if I remember correctly.. It would be a lot of sanding..

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Love it!
Added to wishlist. Wink

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