Under $10, 1x AA/ AAA/ 10440/ 14500 flashlight reference

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freeme wrote:

Is KD Buckle V6 easy for emitter swap? Any review so far?

Sounds like jerm03 has one based on this thread.  Maybe he will chime in.

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What LED does it come with? KD listing says XR-E.

It comes with a CW XP-E Gen1 emitter. I’ve just ordered some 5a3 XP-E2s from LCK to put in these lights. The reflector basically uses the dome to center the LED, and it’s just big enough to clear the emitters I’ve mentioned. With the XP-E though it has a really nice spot.

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freeme wrote:

Is KD Buckle V6 easy for emitter swap? Any review so far?

Yes and no. The LED shelf is wonderful (perfectly flat and almost a mirror finish) and is a perfect fit for 10mm Sinkpads (though at boost driver current levels this isn’t necessary). The reflector is where the challenge comes in. Refer to my last post for more details.

I’ll try and take some pics of this light and some others that I just received later this evening.

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10mm Sinkpads

I know about the 10mm square Sinkpads; I’m assuming this refers to 10mm round boards fitting the Hugsby? Where can those be bought? Any that fit the Luxeon Rebel?

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I have one, and am favorably impressed. However, I don’t do anything like emitter swaps. I would not even know how to begin. Sorry.
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Thank you jerm03.  Have you ever compared the output to the Tis?

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10mm Sinkpads

I know about the 10mm square Sinkpads; I’m assuming this refers to 10mm round boards fitting the Hugsby? Where can those be bought? Any that fit the Luxeon Rebel?

I was referring to the KD V6.

You can find the boards here.” http://www.mtnelectronics.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=63_65...

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ImA4Wheelr wrote:

Thank you jerm03.  Have you ever compared the output to the Tis?

I did in response to your question. I think the output is approximately equal. The Ti beam is not as tight so the KD Buckle has a slightly longer throw, but not enough to make a difference.
Jerry

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Ooh. Please post pictures of modding the buckle light.

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Ooh. Please post pictures of modding the buckle light.

+1 Smile

I got one that i had planned to mod, but i have totally failed in opening it Sad so any tips on how to get it open would be appreciated.

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What about the Hugsby XP-1? My Bad, its not under $10!

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Mmm, interesting, where does one find a Hugsby XP-2 for under $10!?

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Mmm, the under $10 part is definitely a typo… Smile

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shrick wrote:
Mmm, interesting, where does one find a Hugsby XP-2 for under $10!?

well actually the XP-2 costs less than the XP-1 4.50$ vs 4.54$ on Aliexp.

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Mmm, interesting, where does one find a Hugsby XP-2 for under $10!?

well actually the XP-2 costs less than the XP-1 4.50$ vs 4.54$ on Aliexp.

Nice, I pull back my words! Thanks for the info.

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There’s old info on older versions of the buckle light here: http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/showthread.php?187171-Closet-buckle-...

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My standard query (grin) — what’s the diameter of the drivers in any of these lights?
I’m always looking for pills that will take the BLF “SK68” 15mm drivers for AA lights — to use with 1AA or with Frankenstein’s Modder 3xAA combining cheap battery tubes

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JaredM wrote:
freeme wrote:

Is KD Buckle V6 easy for emitter swap? Any review so far?

Yes and no. The LED shelf is wonderful (perfectly flat and almost a mirror finish) and is a perfect fit for 10mm Sinkpads (though at boost driver current levels this isn’t necessary). The reflector is where the challenge comes in. Refer to my last post for more details.

I’ll try and take some pics of this light and some others that I just received later this evening.

Please tell me how to open it.

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cajampa wrote:
JaredM wrote:
freeme wrote:

Is KD Buckle V6 easy for emitter swap? Any review so far?

Yes and no. The LED shelf is wonderful (perfectly flat and almost a mirror finish) and is a perfect fit for 10mm Sinkpads (though at boost driver current levels this isn’t necessary). The reflector is where the challenge comes in. Refer to my last post for more details.

I’ll try and take some pics of this light and some others that I just received later this evening.

Please tell me how to open it.

My KD Buckle V6 had some threadlocker on the front part where it seperates from the head. If you look at your light, you should see two grooves in the knurling. The rearmost groove is where you unscrew it to add a battery. The front one is where the head comes off. The “middle” section between them is the “pill”, it has the emitter and the driver. I guess the only way to remove the driver is to take a skinny punch from the front of the pill, through the wire holes, after you desolder the emitter.

If your front section does not twist off from the middle pill section, try heating it up with a soldering iron for a couple of minutes and using a pair of gloves to twist it apart then. The threadlocker was red on mine, so it should not be too strong anyway. The reflector screws out like a Convoy S2 pill.

I really like the KD Buckle V6, a very nice light for the price. They are out of black currently, but the other colors are good too and the anodizing is very well done.

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Thanks ReManG Smile

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Hi

Couldn’t resist,I had to order this one http://www.dx.com/p/cree-q5-3-mode-310lm-white-1-led-waterproof-flashlig...

Somehow it reminds me of the Smurfs,so cute.Btw has anyone modded these lamps?

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There is some information: http://budgetlightforum.com/node/7011 (Since it is rather old, most of the pictures don’t show anymore)

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Antenne wrote:
There is some information: http://budgetlightforum.com/node/7011 (Since it is rather old, most of the pictures don’t show anymore)

Thanks for the link.

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I don’t have anything to say other than “thank you to all for your contributions in this thread!” I now have a bunch of new “toys” to consider ordering. Smile

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UltraFire AT-007 From fasttech
hollow pill or solid pill?

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ImA4Wheelr wrote:

My Hugby XP-11 and XP-12 arrived.  Quality is on par with the XP-1/2 lights.  Nice anodized finish on body and OP finish on the reflector and apparently AR coated lens.  Threads are decent, have a decent fit, and are smooth enough to be considered acceptable.  There were aluminum shavings in the threads that I brushed out with an old tooth brush.  O-rings fit very nice and give the feel that light may be water tight.  Emitter appears to by XP-E2, but I couldn’t open the head by hand to verify.

Compared to the XP-1/2, the XP-11/12 have:

  • a much brighter beams across the board.  Smaller, more intense hot spot.  Much brighter spill.  Beam diameter is the same diameter.  The AA XP-11 is much brighter than the 2AAA XP-2.  The 2AA XP-12 is much brighter than the AA XP-11.
  • a more neutral tint.  XP-1/2 beam is slightly purple tinted in a side by side comparison to both the XP-11/12.  The XP-11/12’s have a very slight yellow tint in the corona.
  • single mode too.
  • No clip.  Cry

Two more great Hugsby bargains.  No beam shots, been raining for days here.  I just noticed the tail caps appear glossier in the below pics.  In real life the cap caps are slightly more glossy, but not as much as the below pics indicate.  The difference may be due to handling as I recall having some lube residue from the threads on my fingers.

13mm driver.

Thanks man. Nice review. How many lumens you estimate high mode to be at (aa and 2aa)? Looks like a perfect gift to non flashaholics! Might need to stock a few Smile

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^ Wish I could give you some numbers, but I'm real bad at estimating lumens.  I need to make a measuring sphere or something.

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Ah its ok man. Np. I’m still for the lookout for a good AA/2AA flashlight for non flashaholics as gifters.

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^ I hear you.  The AAA and 2AAA are no-brainers for gifts.  The AA and 2AA, however, are just candidates for consideration.  They need modes and a clip. 

Seems like all the energy goes to either AAA's or 18650's.  Please update us on your search if you find something good.  Other than C3's, I can't think of anything better at the moment. 

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