The BLF DIY Forum First Annual Scratch made light contest - CONTEST IS DONE - WINNERS are Announced! in the OP

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I was thinking we should have a scratch built driver contest. I know there will be less contestants. We could have a small group decide what the driver format should be. have a few set rules of what the driver sshould include, such as 17mm, 3 modes, no pwm. Though if this actually happens, we should be more creative than that

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I was thinking we should have a scratch built driver contest. I know there will be less contestants. We could have a small group decide what the driver format should be. have a few set rules of what the driver sshould include, such as 17mm, 3 modes, no pwm. Though if this actually happens, we should be more creative than that

If that contest would be happening now, texaspyro would win because of his programmable morse mode Cool

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The time frame for the contest is less than generous, but the notice especially seems short, if it was initially announced on 5/29 and to begin on 6/8. If its an annual contest, the time frame need not be arbitrarily short, but I digress. The links to the participants threads would be easier to follow if they were attributed to each contestants name as they appear in the "list of contestants" post rather than being scattered in a following post. I do like the concept of BLF build contests and will be sure to give it a go for the next one!

Links have been changed.

First time I ever did one of these things, but I probably would have still put a time limit on it. If/when there is a next year's annual contest, I imagine it will be quite different and hopefully, someone else will host and run it. I hope that our Admin will now think about having a contest like this each year.  If I had to do it over, I would not have done it at this time of year. Maybe in late April or early May and I would possibly have posted a month ahead of time. I would probably also include a category for best modified factory light.

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Pulsar wrote:
I was thinking we should have a scratch built driver contest.

I have scratch built a driver for my scratch built light…

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BLF first annual scratch built 17mm 5a boost driver. must be 4 mode no blinky, no visible PWM, and fit in a standard p60/c8 pill

contest ends ASAP

 

winner will receive a lot of thank yous from many grateful BLF members Sealed

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Pulsar wrote:
I was thinking we should have a scratch built driver contest.
I have scratch built a driver for my scratch built light...
All that scratching might develop a nasty rash.Tongue Out Better try some flea powder.

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Maybe the next contest could be thematic. As in period pieces, i.e. a light Washington might have carried, or Jack the Ripper, or Kublai Khan, or Galahad, etc.

With all those scratches, maybe TP is making a Sumerian Special designed in cuneiform.

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So, how many are going to make the deadline of July 15? I’m cutting it close, but I think I can get something ready by them (it might be the biggest twisty light you’s ever seen though Big Smile ). I still have a fair amount of work to do, but the major body and head assembly work is behind me, WooHoo! Just little things like the driver, lens and bezel to figure out.

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i may not.... its a pretty simple setup im doing, but i have been slackin

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My plans are out the window. The drivers no good and I don’t have a lot to choose on. I will have to change my thinking on what this light will be.

 

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I’m staring at 20,000 lumens and thinking “I could use some more…”

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of slackers and procrastinators that ever modded a light! Geesh!

I never made a light before, but mine is done and gone. I then modded my custom Ti light with a new driver. Then I de-domed another custom light for better throw. Today I took another apart and swapped emitters, created a mule for up-close-and-personal illumination in 3A of XM-L2 T6 Neutral White. DBC_July 03, 2013_193206

And I don’t even do this kind of stuff! Y’all should be ashamed, kickin back and tinkering with 60 parts and such, pshaw! And what’s up with that anyway? I thought this was a flashlight forum, lasers? Really? Lazy way out with no reflectors or lenses to build for huh? Silly

Guess I’ll make another one cause we’ve got so much time left and I’ve got these left over parts and batteries…

In the meantime, can’t wait to see what y’all slap together and call a light lol

(of course y’all know that I’m blown away by what some o you guys are whipping up, out of this world!)

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You are living the life Dale. Now get back to reality and start earning a quid. Wink

 

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MRsDNF wrote:
My plans are out the window. The drivers no good and I don’t have a lot to choose on. I will have to change my thinking on what this light will be.

Direct drive. 8)

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I’m looking at 20,000 lumens and thinking I could use more.

Well you’ve already got me on horsepower. What are you going to do for afterburners? 8)

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of slackers and procrastinators that ever modded a light! Geesh!

I never made a light before, but mine is done and gone. I then modded my custom Ti light with a new driver. Then I de-domed another custom light for better throw. Today I took another apart and swapped emitters, created a mule for up-close-and-personal illumination in 3A of XM-L2 T6 Neutral White. DBC_July 03, 2013_193206

And I don’t even do this kind of stuff! Y’all should be ashamed, kickin back and tinkering with 60 parts and such, pshaw! And what’s up with that anyway? I thought this was a flashlight forum, lasers? Really? Lazy way out with no reflectors or lenses to build for huh? Silly

Guess I’ll make another one cause we’ve got so much time left and I’ve got these left over parts and batteries…

In the meantime, can’t wait to see what y’all slap together and call a light lol

(of course y’all know that I’m blown away by what some o you guys are whipping up, out of this world!)

Silly The laser is in addition to the flashlight. But you’re right, I whine too much. Must be the drugs, sex, and alcohol I’ve had to abstain from to get this done.

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Well you’ve already got me on horsepower.

The photon recoil when you switch it on is rather brutal… J)

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Rufusbduck suggestion about direct driving.
What sort off unrefined animal do you think I am. Yeah, ok I’m an unrefined Moose. But no direct drive where I live. I must have control off something. I don’t control anything else in my life so the control off the current is mine. All mine and no one can take that away from me. Oh the power.

 

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Do you have maybe a dozen or so 7135’s?

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Rufusbduck, I was out in the shed last night with that very idea off piggy backing chips again and again I failed miserably. I’m not sure whats going on with my meters. Both are measuring current low or every driver I have tested is dodgy, which points to my meters being wrong. I’m just going to get the light built and then worry about it. I’ve come to the conclusion that unless a miracle happens overnight I’m just a poor solderer full stop.

 

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MRsDNF wrote:
I've come to the conclusion that unless a miracle happens overnight I'm just a poor solderer full stop.

 

thats me! but i like to blame it on my cheap soldering iron that the rosin core seems to melt away my tips...

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I’m not good at soldering but I go by thus rule: if it doesn’t work, don’t keep doing it the same way hoping for better results. Reading helps but melting things is set. I cheat now and use a temp controlled iron with 5 different tips. I close my eyes, flip a coin, and spin the knob. Oh, and use flux.

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I need to get a decent soldering iron. I use flux too. My current soldering iron I got for like 4.99 at big lots, and it came with like 3 replacement tips. This last one refused to tin except for one tiny spot, and the flux seemed to eat that spot away. I keep meaning to get a new iron, but I always put it off. Now I have no tips I can actually solder with, so I mine as well get a new one. 

Before this one I had a pretty expensive butane soldering iron, but that also sucked. When it ran good it was awesome. But I constantly had to adjust the flame control... And not just turn the slider up or down. I constantly had to adjust the adjustment range. Like adjusting an adjustable lighter to have a 2' flame. Take it apart and move the selector ring a few teeth this way or that...

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I’m not good at soldering but I go by thus rule: if it doesn’t work, don’t keep doing it the same way hoping for better results. Reading helps but melting things is set. I cheat now and use a temp controlled iron with 5 different tips. I close my eyes, flip a coin, and spin the knob. Oh, and use flux.

I hear you and work on that principle all the time. I’m still trying but just cant crack it.

 

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BLF first annual scratch built 17mm 5a boost driver. must be 4 mode no blinky, no visible PWM, and fit in a standard p60/c8 pill

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Man, wouldnt that be awesome?

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a guy can dream, right? Silly

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Just a reminder, no pressure or anything like that.

It's now the 6th. of July.

The contest ends on the 15th.Wink

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Panic attack. :Sp

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07-07-2013 I wanted to let you all know that Illumination Supply has just become a Sponsor in this Contest. The pot gets larger and now there will be a couple (or more), gift certificates going out to "runners up".

 

I also posted this in the Sponsor post near the start of the thread.

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Mine is done and dusted. I need a holiday now.

 

djozz quotes, "it came with chinese lettering that is chinese to me".

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