Lowe's Lux Pro MAX 2D LXII flashlight Video tear down, + photos and Mod to MT-G2/6xAA NiMHs - Beam Shots are up!

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Lowe's Lux Pro MAX 2D LXII flashlight Video tear down, + photos and Mod to MT-G2/6xAA NiMHs - Beam Shots are up!

Here is a video tear down of the $12.97 at Lowe's right now, Lux Pro MAX 2D LXII flashlight. 

Along with the video are some photos and then a quick mod.

Mod components are;

MT-G2 on 20mm Noctigon

Q-lite 3040mA driver with zener mod ( 3mode - L/M/H)

6xAA Battery holder

 

qaa

qab

Tail Cap

 

qac

Body

 

qad

Switch from Bat end

swaz

From front end

 

 

qae

qaf

 qaza

led side of pill

 

qazb

Driver side of pill

 

qazc

Driver

 

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MOD

 

zab

MT-G2 on Noctigon, Q-lite Driver

6aab

6xAA battery holder, series

 

zaa

Qlite with a 20mm blank board for the contact plate

zac

 

 

zad

Driver in place

 

zaf

LED in place - it's 22ga teflon coated wire

 

zag

Reflector opened up. The reflector can't be opened up to go over the die substrate, because the led end of the reflector is smaller around than the die substrate square. Also, it would change the stack height too much.  I also sanded down the back of the reflector, to make the seat thinner.

zah

 

 

zaqa

Finished. It was very simple to do and if you use two 26650, it's even easier, cause you only need the 26650 sleeve instead of making a holder.

One spring it for the Li-ions and the other is for the 6xAA holder. The shortened spring was a cut down out of a Maglite D.

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Beam Shots

The beam shots will be of the Stock light, the 1D mod and the MT-G2 mod. The stock light and the 1D light will be mouseover photos. Stock will be Mouse Out and 1D will be Mouse Over.

 

m1

mt1

The photos above are at 1/125 of a second shutter speed, to show more of what the hot spot is.

 

 

 

m2

mt2

These three were done at 1/25 of a second shutter speed.

 

 

 

 

m3

mt3

The three photos above are at 1 second shutter speed

 

 

 

 

 

m4

mt4

These last photos are at 2 seconds shutter speed.

 

The MT-G2 pulls a little less than 3 amps with 6xAA and it pulls 3020mA with my Sony 26650

I do not understand the 1D. I put one of the led4power drivers in it and it will barely do 3 amps on high. I have double checked everything and can't find a problem. I also cannot get any turbo. I thought it was supposed to have turbo, but maybe I just need to go read again. My Sony cell will do 10 amps flat out, so it's not the cell. I just don't get it, but it's not impressive like it should be.

 

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Edited by: Old-Lumens on 11/23/2014 - 20:41
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Great mod! I like how these assembled lights targeted for the “average consumer” are easy to mod.

Does it handle the heat well at 3A?

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It does pretty good. Better than I thought. No matter what, with an MT-G2 it will get hot fast, but the pill and the section it screws into are fairly thick, so there is quite a bit of mass there.

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Very nice mod. Have you completed any run time tests with it? I gave up trying to run an MTG-2 with 8 Eneloops and the cheap five amp driver. It kept blowing drivers up.

 

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Nice tear down vid.
By now you just have in stock most any part to mod any light. Smile
How about some beam shots of the modded light compared to the unmodded one?

Edit:
Good news for modders. When I did my tear down, I noticed and forgot to check. The plastic reflector that comes with this light, shaped for an XP-G2 is the same width and height as the aluminum XM-L reflector in the C8’s.
The XM-L shape is optimized for the the larger XM-L and therefore should be a closer match for the MT-G2.

Also the glass lens for the C8 is a perfect fit.
It doesn’t look like it from this pic but the height is the same. This reflector and lens will drop right in.

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^ Very excellent discoveries and report dchomak.  Thank you.

O-L,

As always, you make some of the best tear down and mod threads.  All kinds of good info in your words and pictures.  Love all the power options your light has.  That 6AA holder you made here is already coming in handy.

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dchomak wrote:
Nice tear down vid. By now you just have in stock most any part to mod any light. Smile How about some beam shots of the modded light compared to the unmodded one? Edit: Good news for modders. When I did my tear down, I noticed and forgot to check. The plastic reflector that comes with this light, shaped for an XP-G2 is the same width and height as the aluminum XM-L reflector in the C8's. The XM-L shape is optimized for the the larger XM-L and therefore should be a closer match for the MT-G2. !  Also the glass lens for the C8 is a perfect fit.  This reflector and lens will drop right in. !
Yep, when I measured and found it was 41-42mm, I just about knew C8 would work. I just don't have any C8 stuff as I hate those lights, LOL. I will do beam shots tonight. It has been raining, so I held off.

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That black thing on the driver (end of the video) is probably reverse polarity diode…

 

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I have been Banned from buying anything until after Christmas by my Wife.
She claims that I am to hard to buy for………………..
But I did get a call from her while she was at Lowe’s asking for the details on the light.
She did pick up 2 for me and they had the XP-G2 emitter.

So now the wait begins for Christmas, much like ordering a light from China Smile

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1d

Cut down for one Li-ion 26650 or 18650. led4power driver with turbo. XP-G2 with the dome shaved off and on a Copper mcpcb.

 

Beam shots tonight of a stock light, the MT-G2 light and the 1D light.

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Justin,
Great job on the video and other information on this light Smile
I like the idea of the MT-G2 using the two 26650 batteries.

What is the story on the reducer tube to make the 26650 batteries fit????

Thanks

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Stittville Ed wrote:
Justin, Great job on the video and other information on this light Smile I like the idea of the MT-G2 using the two 26650 batteries. What is the story on the reducer tube to make the 26650 batteries fit???? Thanks

Keeney Mfg. Co. 12-in Plastic Straight Coupling  just cut to fit and use an O ring or two around it, for less play.

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Stittville Ed wrote:
Justin, Great job on the video and other information on this light Smile I like the idea of the MT-G2 using the two 26650 batteries. What is the story on the reducer tube to make the 26650 batteries fit???? Thanks

Keeney Mfg. Co. 12-in Plastic Straight Coupling  just cut to fit and use an O ring or two around it, for less play.

Thanks for the info and for some strange reason I think that I have something like that in stock.

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Oh my, that shorty looks great.

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Do yall think it’s possible to use blf20dd-z in this application?

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Beam shots are in the OP now. Stock light, 1D light, MT-G2 light

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I’m waiting for you to mod a Taco Bell burrito with an MTG2 … Party

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Brrrrrrpppp! 

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I am posting to say that I went to Lowes today, got the light. It is different. The driver is different, and the driver retaining ring does not unscrew; it is a press fit job (that I managed to mangle trying to “unscrew”)

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^ Hmm, is that one of the older XP-G (Not the newer XP-G2) model?  The pill looks different then both models though.

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When I revisited my store this morning, I finally located the original display of these lights. Remember up until now they came thru with an XP-G. This new deal has the XP-G2. Here is a pic of both versions and the bar codes on each package is identical. That means both will ring up at 12.97, but what we all want is the newer XP-G2. Just make sure the one you grab is the right one.

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I did stop at Lowe’s today and near the checkout cash registers they had the older XP-G lights for the higher price but on the big display with the signs that say Christmas Gifts For Under $…. they had the newer XP-G2 lights for the lower price.

So you have to look before you buy with both being available.

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Yes it appears I didn’t pay close attention!

And I knew OL had said xp-g2.. Wondered why different

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wdkingery wrote:
Yes it appears I didn’t pay close attention!

And I knew OL had said xp-g2.. Wondered why different

Take them back for a refund or a exchange.

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My local Lowes only had out the XP-G (which I bought one of) version till yesterday when they put out a display of 50 of the XP-G2’s of which I promptly bought 4 and will be returning the XP-G version.

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Excellent review and mod OL…if anyone can make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear you can sir.

Any pics on the 1D mod (walkthru)?

Awesome…simply awesome!

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Would 26700 king kongs fit in this light?

What high drain batteries will fit if not?
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wdkingery wrote:
Would 26700 king kongs fit in this light? What high drain batteries will fit if not?
With two cells? If you do the MT-G2 way and use 2 Li-ions, they have to be unprotected cells. A shorter spring is needed for protected cells. I still use my Sony flat top cells, which are discontinued, but high drain 18650 could be used too, with the proper sleeve. The spring has to be shortened to keep from damaging cells from excessive spring pressure.

EDITED: to correct my comments.

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Let me ask you,

Which 2 26650’s would you buy from Richard to run an mt-g2 in DD with the 20mm fet driver with zener mod in this light?

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I will correct my statemrnt. Protected will fit, with a short spring.

The D cells are standard D cells. 34.2 × 61.5.  You could drop yours in, but the spring is very stiff. I would suspect you will damage the end of the cell. With a very weak spring, it might be ok. I had to shorten the spring. I shortened it so protected cells will barely fit in and unprotected still touch the spring. Just try your cells and see how much room is left. It's the best way to know for sure. I suspect they will be tall enough that they will be going into the tail cap a hair and that would definitely need a shorter spring.

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