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I envy y’all’s knowledge that allows you to “play” with these things. I was seeing the Pi Rasberry as a gift for ordering other things and had no clue what to do with it… oddly enough I got out of high school and started college in computer programming back in the day. lol (Cobol, keypunch, like that… 1980)

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I started with the very first Raspberry Pi when it came out, didn’t know what it was but was taken aback it was designed and manufactured in the UK. Back then I lived in London and I didn’t believe something that cheap could have any value when assembled in a high-cost country.

How wrong I was! That first Pi blew me away, it was my third entry into the linux world (only used Linux on x386 and newer as a child) and what a great one it was. Even though the whole concept was initially to educate younger children, it was immediately sold out and used by everyone.

Now I run entire home networks and automation with my collection of Raspberry Pis.

I haven’t kicked off any flashlight/light projects yet, but I’ll think about a few things now.

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On my to-do list would be

Raspberry Pi running some form of lux meter, other light measurement
Automation for lithium battery charge/discharging (including plotting/graph online)
OBDII Pi for automotive applications

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komeko wrote:
Well, the tube is glued, so I used heavy tools. The driver was a bit too big so I polished it a bit. The diode is XP-LHI 3A. MX4 paste. Of course, I set the thermal protection to over 70 degrees Celsius. The turbo withstands 90 seconds which I consider to be a great result, after which it gently goes down. The temperature after 6 minutes is 76 degrees, hot, but it does not bother me. I have the same set of Emisara D4.

I appreciate you taking the time to respond. I have never had my H03 apart. Dont really know what’s going on inside of it yet. But this may be a mod I’d like to copy. Thanks again for sharing.

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Raspberry Pis are absolute golden.

I currently have PiHole set up to block ads on certain websites on my phone mostly.

My very own high current Beryllium Copper springs Gen 3:
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Received and modded a new Raspberry Pie 3 B+ today. … I can not believe how much computing power you can get these days for a budget of 35 $US.

I got a 0W just waiting for me… company finally changed from their windoze-only vpn to one that’s also available for linux, and with the 0W I can just stickytape it to the back of a monitor, power it from the monitor’s usb socket, and with a bluetoof keyboard have the entire setup, well, like that.

HDMI to the monitor, bluetoof to the keyboard/trackpad, usb for power, built-in wifi to get to the outside world. What else does it need?

Best part, I got the 0W for either 5bux or 10bux at Microstore. Forgot which. Mightta been the 0 for 5bux, 0W for 10bux. Either way, it’s a steal.

MicroCenter has it for $5, but you can only buy one per day. If you buy 2 it’s $14.99 each. The salesman told me it was to avoid people buying it in bulk and reselling.

Only thing I see with Bluetooth is probably anyone could “discover” your 0W and control it with their device… Depends on how nefarious the neighbors are.

edit: Looking again the 0W has 2 microUSB ports so you should be able to just get a USB to microUSB dongle and run a wireless USB keyboard/mouse.

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USA wrote:
One really cool project for BLF folks would be 18650/battery discharging automation with a RPI including plotting. Or a more complex Luxmeter or other light measurement.

RPi (even Zero or ZeroW) would be pretty good for something like that. A year or so ago I built a lumen tube using a Wemos D1 Mini (ESP8266) running Arduino and a TSL2591 breakout board. Super small, USB powered, and feeds out results over WiFi via a built-in webserver. It makes runtime/output charts really easy.

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LouieAtienza wrote:
Only thing I see with Bluetooth is probably anyone could “discover” your 0W and control it with their device… Depends on how nefarious the neighbors are.
Nah, you’d have to pair the beasties first.

LouieAtienza wrote:
edit: Looking again the 0W has 2 microUSB ports so you should be able to just get a USB to microUSB dongle and run a wireless USB keyboard/mouse.
Yeah, I already got some Logitech critters that need the dongles, but wanted to avoid even that.

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Put some 3000k sst20’s from kaidomain in my D4. Just love this emitter.

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Sort of a mod… after the success of modding the light pods above, another friend asked if I could make a smaller single ATV light with a wider beam. Not wanting to dream up something from scratch, I put together two things I had laying around – some LED heatsink housings, and some 2” dia. round heatsink. Milled a recess to set the main body of the housing into the heatsink, and another recess to cut 1/2”-14 NPT threads that the housing base has. I don’t have a threadmill so I did this manually with a tap and 15” wrench. Not fun, but done. The “pill” only has a center hole for the wires, and I’m running the lights in parallel (partially because I shorted out and fried the Meanwell boost driver I had). So I had to open up the hole on the MCPCB and pill. The board is a triple XHP35.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/PuF2NyRqrGkMnGjTA
https://photos.app.goo.gl/Koo1qciMp7Ux5DMD7
https://photos.app.goo.gl/eBpCoTvcbP4Eh7sN6
https://photos.app.goo.gl/o5RAynZm4C9T7JfA9
https://photos.app.goo.gl/XsRBULhKjEi4NLMLA

Wanted to share some “beamshots” this is a more “floodier” light for me.

Here’s my control – back yard, some ambient street light, though still rather dark:
https://photos.app.goo.gl/yKw9TsZzeMy8P9jx5
And with the light on:
https://photos.app.goo.gl/mVbaCvAytffkQcJu7
The apartment building across the street is about 50ft. away:
https://photos.app.goo.gl/WLuNDjvbfDJBb2WF8
Shedding some light on the subject, literally:
https://photos.app.goo.gl/5Y3PD4AU3pM4CBEe7

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Couple of firsts for me today, been a while since that’s happened. Modded an Dereelight XSearcher for a buddy of mine with a White Flat. This was originally built up by Vinh with a de-domed XP-G2 and direct drive… it did some 460Kcd in that configuration. So I put a White Flat on a 16mm board (had issues with positive grounding) and built up a Qlite with Biscotti on it by stacking 7 350mA 7135’s. With a rested 30Q at 4.12V it pulls 4.82A and makes 775Kcd for 1.094 miles throw and this even on a 5M test! Wow! The White Flat is one serious little thrower, for sure!

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Yay! My shipment of bare 4000K and 5000K LH351D arrived from Mountain Electronics today.

This is the first time I’ve tried this emitter. Going to have to swap them into something this weekend to see how they perform. Cool

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I like the Samsungs in the D4S and E07. Wink

Edit: Actually my scratch built Ti/Cu Quad is where I really like the Samsungs, this is my EDC and the light I use more than any other.

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i worked on my utorch sf1 today, shell cooked for cool metalic Brown color and emitter swapped with luxeon v2 5000k thanks to bilakos10 alert this great deal. sorry for the bad photos.

original tint

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two emiters

new tint

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Today I modded a Fandyfire SP02 with a sliced XHP70.2. I bought this light about 2 years ago to be a lightweight and compact thrower. It has a 63mm head with a ~53mm active reflector diameter. I think it has the same reflector as the HD2010 and Mitko’s budget thrower light. I had a dedomed XPL V6 in it that did around 240kcd. Then I modded my Emisar D1S with a 2mm white flat that had around the same throw (and almost as many lumens) in a lighter more compact package, so I thought of other things I could do with the Fandyfire.

The quality of the machining and anodization of this light seems pretty good to me. It came with your standard pill with a pretty thin shelf. I had destroyed this pill in the process of making the light into a Fresnel thrower. I made the current new pill back when I was in the machine shop making my 7xC8 light. You have to get this reflector down pretty low to get good focus. The MCPCB is 20mm. I used folded up copper tape to make thin contact extensions, then I covered them with the thick plastic gaskets you can get from mtnelectronics. These came with XP sized holes so I enlarged with an exacto knife. The reflector hole fits just about perfectly around the XHP70.2 so no centering ring was needed. The driver is a 22mm FET from mtnelectronics with just basic FW. I want TK’s crescendo on it but that is not an option from mtnelectronics for FET-only drivers, so this will have to do until I overcome the energy barrier to start flashing FW again.


I can’t take the tail cap off easily on this light so I haven’t measured the current. With 2 charged 30Qs the output based on a ceiling bounce is about 3.8x the output of my EE X6 with dedomed SST40 at ~8A, so in the area of 6600 lumens. I measured 175kcd. The beam profile looks like the EE X6 with dedomed SST40, but with ~1.3x larger diameter. I had been wanting to do a single sliced XHP70.2 mod and I’m pleased with this outcome. It really is a potent combination of output and throw when combined with a good-sized reflector.

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Modded an Electro Lumens search and Rescue torch to bring it up to date.

 

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

                      "My man mousehole needs one too"

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Nice machine work, there Beer

Is it just the lighting, or is that tailcap a different metal?

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The tailcap is Brass.

 

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

                      "My man mousehole needs one too"

old4570 said "I'm not an expert , so don't suffer from any such technical restrictions".

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Nice Steve!

Honking light right there! What are the specs? I mean, if you updated it what emitter and driver did you go with?

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See here Dale – http://budgetlightforum.com/node/63831

It’s a level blf gt driver and xhp70.2 running 8 amps.

Another satisfying moment for ya Moose, job well done Beer Beer

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Thanks pp. The emitter is also dedomed.

 

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

                      "My man mousehole needs one too"

old4570 said "I'm not an expert , so don't suffer from any such technical restrictions".

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EasyB wrote:
Sliced XHP70.2 in fandyfire SP02.

I can’t take the tail cap off easily on this light so I haven’t measured the current. With 2 charged 30Qs the output based on a ceiling bounce is about 3.8x the output of my EE X6 with dedomed SST40 at ~8A, so in the area of 6600 lumens. I measured 175kcd. The beam profile looks like the EE X6 with dedomed SST40, but with ~1.3x larger diameter. I had been wanting to do a single sliced XHP70.2 mod and I’m pleased with this outcome. It really is a potent combination of output and throw when combined with a good-sized reflector.

I now have the light in shorty mode with 2×18350 Aspire 1100. The battery tube was not quite long enough, so I soldered some pieces of copper to the driver ground ring to effectively lengthen the compartment. Compared to 2× 30Qs it has about 87% of the output or around 5700 lumens. A nice light-weight and compact high-output thrower. Wink

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MRsDNF wrote:
Modded an Electro Lumens search and Rescue torch to bring it up to date.

!{width:80%}https://imagizer.imageshack.com/img924/3446/1isSIb.jpg!

Can we get an in-hand shot of this beast of a light? Cool

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Last week I put a FET + 7135 Driver – 15mm – MTN-15DDm , with Crescendo firmware, in my On The Road i3!

It improved the usability of the flashlight and also the luminous levels.
Maybe not the “throwiest” light in the category but for a 16340 flashlight with XPL-HI U6-1A, it reaches more than 200m in throw Cool

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Today I reworked my number 3 set of X6/X5 lights. The little copper X5 I put a White Flat in and it does 78.75Kcd pulling some 4.5A off an Efest 14500 cell. The X6 I had previously made a spacer for and built a triple with XP-L emitters, so today I pulled the 32mm Noctigon (reflowed onto the sink which was also reflowed into the copper pill) and used a T Pad with 3 SST-40’s. It’s making some 6200 lumens on an 30Q cell, at over 18A tail reading.

I like both, but the little X5 with White Flat is impressive!

I weighed a stock X6 with a cell in it at 6.16 oz, the X6 SS/Cu with a cell weighs a whopping 16.17 oz! After handling the SS/Cu triple the little stock light feels like it has no cell in it… lol

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Nice, Dale.

SST40 makes for such a good triple. They have the brighter N5 bin at KD with a lower Vf bin so it should pull even more current and be brighter. Unfortunately I just tested one and it performs identically to the N4 in output and voltage so no performance boost. Not sure if it is just wide tolerances or if they didn’t send me N5s.

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Easy B, I got the N5’s from KD… “High Power Luminus SST-40 (Voltage: VH) N5 BC White 6500K “

I not only used them in this triple but have built up a 7 emitter Supwildfire and will be doing another, this time with copper MCPCBs and a copper heat sink. Wink Also used them in a Q8 which makes more power than some folks here believe it possible to do. All I can do is read the meter, ya know?

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Figures you’d be up on the latest SST40s. Your N5s seem to perform pretty well, but I’m pretty confident my N5s are the same as N4s. I’ll ask BanL from KD and maybe order some more.

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I got 20 last time and have over-used them… the last project calling for the 40 requires 7 and I only have 6 left. Oops! lol

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This weekend I modded my white Emisar D4.

  • First I replaced the stock 5000K 3D XPL HI with 4000K 90-CRI LH351D from Mountain Electronics. I … wasn’t impressed. Yes, the output was high-CRI, but it didn’t seem any less green than the SST-20 95 CRI 4000K in one of my other D4. Also, as expected the output was noticeably more floody. But that meant I needed to turn the light up higher to illuminate things. I guess I just prefer a little more throw.
  • Then I replaced two of the 4000K LH351D with two 5000K 80-CRI LH351D also from Mountain. Still not impressed. Yes, color temp was a bit cooler, but everything was still green tinted… far more than my XPL HI lights.
  • Ended up swapping out all the LH351D for 95CRI 4000K SST-20. It’s still not as beautiful or bright as XPL HI in output, but the reds do pop more with the high CRI.
  • So far it looks like my favorite emitter for the D4 is still XPL HI. However, I haven’t tried an Oslon emitter yet. Maybe I should try that.

Also prettied up my white D4 by giving it a metal switch, green and pink aux bezel LEDs and Pobel’s modified Anduril firmware.

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I actually do believe you, now that I know KD has 6500K's that look like 5700K's - a fact I wasn't aware of before. Weird the bin is not actually for higher lumens, but lower temp? Strange but it works for me... smile

 

Interesting D4 mod after mod, Firelight2. The XPL HI V2 5D is still my favorite look'n beam, but pretty much all XPL HI's have a consistent looking beam. I'm lik'n Blue's 3500K SST-20's as well, but they are under the BBL.

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