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What did you mod today?

Recently there was a question as to if modding on BLF was dying off. I hope this thread will serve as proof that modding is alive and well.

Post your flashlight mods here, post your random other mods here. Post your big mods here, post your small mods here. If you don’t think it’s worth starting a new thread to show what you’ve done, post it here.

Discussions welcome and encouraged. Ask questions so you can do it too.

Let’s keep it alive just like the “What you got today” thread.

My Favorite Modded Lights: X6R, S8 , X2R , M6, SP03

Major Projects:  Illuminated Tailcap, TripleDown/TripleStack Driver

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I did a driver and emitter swap on my Courui D01 a long time ago, but today I finally added the tailcap lockout switch.

My Favorite Modded Lights: X6R, S8 , X2R , M6, SP03

Major Projects:  Illuminated Tailcap, TripleDown/TripleStack Driver

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I just modded a post of mine from 2 weeks ago in a group buy thread…
…just poking fun.

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viperbart wrote:
I just modded a post of mine from 2 weeks ago in a group buy thread…
…just poking fun.

I should’ve seen that coming…

My Favorite Modded Lights: X6R, S8 , X2R , M6, SP03

Major Projects:  Illuminated Tailcap, TripleDown/TripleStack Driver

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Hey PD, thanks for starting this thread. So many little things do not deserve a thread of their own, but this can be a repository for basic and quick mods for anyone looking for ideas.

I changed the XP-G2 in a TG06 to a 219C, could not stand the cold here in Illinois! Then, I took the pulled emitter and installed it in my best friends Guidesman to replace a really old XP something and gave him much more light! Now he wants me to order another XP-G2 for his other Guidesman 2*AA.

I also upgraded an Ultrafire C3-SS to an XP-G2 4C and really like the way it came out. It was a big step up from the XR-E that was in it.

I am actually having fun with the little project lights right now. Deciding what to do with a Supfire L3 and Uniquefire UF-2200.

EDC rotation:
Convoy S2+, 6*7135, XM-L2 3D, 10 degree TIR, PilotDog lighted tailcap.
Convoy S2+, H17F, XM-L2 4C, lighted tailcap
On The Road M3 5C
Olight S1A
Olight S1R

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Well, I put my BLF A6 back together. And it still worked. Not sure if that counts as a mod but I consider it a success. I also tried to open a few lights. Just to see what was in there. They still work.

I did some measuring on a headlamp I want to mod. I am still lost , but I am not giving up….

I have gotten stuff to do mods with. I have a table to mod on. I have the time to mod. My idea’s change every five seconds, no wait, every 10 seconds, um I mean they change every day. Yeah every day I change my mind.

List of lights I want to mod.

Rayfall HS1L headlamp. Emitter and driver.
Novatac Special Ops. Emitter and driver.
Novatac 120E. Emitter.

Also have some Idea’s I would like to make happen but don’t believe they have what I am looking for.

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chadvone wrote:
Well, I put my BLF A6 back together. And it still worked. Not sure if that counts as a mod but I consider it a success.

That counts. That’s where we all started.

My Favorite Modded Lights: X6R, S8 , X2R , M6, SP03

Major Projects:  Illuminated Tailcap, TripleDown/TripleStack Driver

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I bought quite a few parts for many mods I had planned to complete.. About 2 years ago... Well now I'm picking up the slack.

I took two old AA side switch clickies, threw away the plastic pill and 5mm led. 

Shaved down a copper pipe cap, soldered on a boost driver, xpg2, and a 20mm 10 degree Xml TIR. Nice little $6 mod for ~200lm with an AA.

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Got more work in on my portable flood lamp. Runs at about an amp at 60 volts. Decently bright, needs a handle.

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I cut some wood.

Lol - I cut some cheese.... Innocent

 

Oh - I also put a torch together using some old junk I had lying around (in nice containers).

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i received my boruit headlamps from gearbest black friday sale. might start a thread about them later on, if anyone’s interested.
one one of them i changed the xp-e to nichia 219a, changed one TIR-optic and put some frosted tape on both TIRs. On the other i put frosted tape on both sides of the main glass lens.

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Nice thread-subject pd68, indeed I do mods that I do not bother making a thread about, but have nice enough ideas to report somewhere.

I modded one of these AA zoomies yesterday with a 6-chip AK-47-C1 and dedomed XP-E2 Torch. It lights up but everything went wrong, total failure, bad output. What went mainly wrong is that I sanded down the 17mm AK-47-C1 driver to 15mm (3 chips stacked for 2100mA) but not enough, pressed it in anyway with a vice and lots of force and then the aluminium of the pill was stretched out so that the pill did not srew in the batterytube anymore. Then I sanded the threads of the pill down to compensate for that but it still did not screw in, then I forced it in, ugly, ugly, ugly. On top of that in the end the current appeared just 1.2A, even on an Efest IMR 14500, and the light was even dimmer than that. I have another one of these flashlights, will do a proper mod on that one and report, it is a nice host, with some work it can become a great EDC Smile

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After destroying the driver of a new xtar wk42 trying to change the LED and add a capacitor to reduce the effect of PWM, (the cap buzzed like crazy!!) * Insert ramble here * I tried a 4x nanjg that sucked and ended up putting in a LD-30 that ( insert more rambling and cussing here ) eventually worked! Big Smile

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Been under the weather lately, but I do have a Luckysun F3X on the way to the house. gonna see what I can do with the thing. the 1500 lumens it’s rated at seem very underpowered for 3 xml2’s. Who knows, may have a triple xhp-50 on my hands here soon!

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tru3s1lv3r wrote:
Been under the weather lately, but I do have a Luckysun F3X on the way to the house. gonna see what I can do with the thing. the 1500 lumens it’s rated at seem very underpowered for 3 xml2’s. Who knows, may have a triple xhp-50 on my hands here soon!

I’ve always thought the F3X was interesting. I’ll look forward to what you do with it.

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Major Projects:  Illuminated Tailcap, TripleDown/TripleStack Driver

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Just got done stacking a bleeder resistor for my B158 build. Not too bad for a cell-phone camera, eh?

My Favorite Modded Lights: X6R, S8 , X2R , M6, SP03

Major Projects:  Illuminated Tailcap, TripleDown/TripleStack Driver

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Had one of THESE from Kaidomain and had to drill the driver to get the head unscrewed. Some threadlock and time on a radiator heater, plus the two holes in the driver finally allowed me to get into it.

Used the 3B XML2 on aluminum and the 6×7135 3+5 mode driver leftovers from one of my triple hosts to mod this into a little 16340 flooder…

Actually a nice in your sweat pants pocket light, though who knows how long the switch will last at 2A. Fun spare parts build from what I thought would be a good host for $6.

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Modded my blue S2+ from XP-L HI to an XHP50 with an rather antique BLFDD-Z, with both sides populated and the big old FET. This driver has been in 4 different hosts before and works as good as when it was new, bought from Richard more than a year ago.

First problem was fitting the driver into the pill, it was impossible since the components are way too out. So I used a blank 17mm board to make a sandwich and used thermal adhesive to keep them together.

First we solder the XHP50 on noctigon directly to brass pill.

Making the sandwich

Negative contacts. Spring was removed and replaced by a bass pill to save space for the 2×18350s.

Driver in place

Using stock XM centering ring

The result? A flood monster that draws 5.2A on turbo and in close range puts all of my other tube lights to shame, including triple XP-L builds. The only exception is that I can only use turbo for 10 seconds tops, but totally worth it. Smile
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EDIT>>>

Came home and used a proper multimeter, charged 18350s to full and tested again… Got 6.71A off the tail! I guess that’s nearly 50watts if the cells dropped to 3.7V. Shocked I didn’t know the XHP50 pulled this much.

Ceiling bounce test:
Olight S10 max (rated 500lm): 27
BLF D80 turbo 3.8A: 59
Triple XP-L HI DD in copper sinner 9.2A: 135
XHP50 S2+ 6.7A: 152

This thing is really insane, and even if I only use it for 10 seconds the heat will actually come out after it’s been turn off.

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Weird how a 1 year old driver can be regarded as antique Smile

Nice mod and really good pictures, everything looks well done and I like the blue host for the XHP50.

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Well, what can i say.. WOW, this one should put to shame a lot flashlights for those 10 seconds of run time on turbo mode, what is the calculated output on turbo? 3000+ lumens maybe?

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today i had to mod/repair my dmm, since it wouldn’t measure high amps with the 10A setting.
when taking the dmm apart i saw that the traces on the pcb was broken, might have happened when i shorted a samsung 30Q instead of reading the voltage Oops

so i had to solder a thick wire to make up for the broken traces. afterwards my BLF A6 still was 4.95A on turbo, and my BLF D80 was still 2.7A on turbo as well, so i think the repair turned out well.

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my rechargeable flashlight suffered corrosion damage around the switched charging jack so I replaced it with a panel mount type wired to a tp4056 usb charging board.

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All I did was to take the XM-L CW out and installed an XM-L2 3C on Noctigon. Noticed an increase in output and a much better tint. I really like the form of this light, almost a tube light but not quite! This is in prep for changing the driver, maybe…

EDC rotation:
Convoy S2+, 6*7135, XM-L2 3D, 10 degree TIR, PilotDog lighted tailcap.
Convoy S2+, H17F, XM-L2 4C, lighted tailcap
On The Road M3 5C
Olight S1A
Olight S1R

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Great thread idea!  Saw a mini mag tail modification I hadn't seen before and thought I'd give it a try.  Essentially the tail threads are cut off and replaced with a press fit plug with a spring soldered to it.  This works as long as the light is modded Match style because the battery can be loaded or removed via the front of the battery tube.  Of course I had to do it micro style.

                                   

 

 

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I “finished” my B158 build today. I painted the pill top in flat black to cut down some reflections in the beam, and bypassed the tail spring. I have “finished” in quotations because it’s only finished for a couple weeks. Once my 20mm boards arrive from Oshpark, it will be the first recipient of my Rev4 lighted tailcap.

My Favorite Modded Lights: X6R, S8 , X2R , M6, SP03

Major Projects:  Illuminated Tailcap, TripleDown/TripleStack Driver

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I modded my Novatac switch for momentary-off. Super simple. Now I need a driver and LED for it…

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I took the driver out of my BLF A6 again, and put it into my Novatac Special ops

twist on button changes modes.

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