3-6 D Cell Maglite mod for a beginner

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3-6 D Cell Maglite mod for a beginner

Hello everyone.  I own two D cell maglites.  One is three cell and I am unsure of the age of it and the other is a 5 cell that is 20 years old and I have owned it from my mid teen years.  Now I am visually impaired and can not see well enough to solder with the tools and magnification that I currently have.  I am not saying that I am going to mod the lights, but rather looking for info just in case I want the project. 

     I read up a bit from my time of CPF about the ROP mod.  Is that still a useful mod in this day and age of bright LEDs?  What is a nice beginner project for a Maglite?  This is a budget forum, so what is an inexpensive mod for a maglite?  What about running the lite on D cell batteries vs. using something like PVC pipe and 18650 cells for example?  I am unsure of a goal yet, maybe a bright/pure flood light, however I am just trying to learn and also find a cheap project.

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Volumes could be, and have, been written on this...  Here's my quick answer for you:

Buy a fusion 36 drop-in from ebay (@$26).  It's as simple as changing the light bulb.  It will give you a tremendous lumen output gain over stock and be very floody.

Any other mod will either be more expensive or more labor intensive (or both).

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Thanks for this, I will look into the Fusion 36.  Smile  This is a great forum.

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With the Fusion dropin I have, it works better with more than 4 cells. Problem is that a 5D is a bulky object. It still works well with a 3D, but is significantly brighter on a 5D.

 

The numbers from my light tests are always to be found here.

https://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=0ApkFM37n_QnRdDU5MDNzOURjYllmZHI...

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That makes sense to me, more voltage = brighter output.  Yeah a 5 D cell mag would be bulky but if I get the drop-in for the light it would only be an as needed light more or less, not something I would use everyday.

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My first Maglite mod was a homebuilt drop-in similar to the Fusion. It had 36 5mm superbright (at the time) LEDs, all driven at the proper levels. It put out a lot of light but was VERY floody with little throw. From the beamshots I have seen here, the Fusion dropin performs a bit better, but if you wan't a throwy light, don't expect much from that mod.


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Don wrote:
It sounds like the XM LEDs won’t really be suitable for flashlight use. Pity…

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My goal with the Mag mod is a wall of light with no real hotspot.  It seems that the Fusion 36 is my ticket.  I will wait for more money and order one and try it.  I do not plan to carry a Maglite, but rather have it as a light when needed and also for the fun of having another light.  Smile

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