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I use the term slice because it’s a descriptive word, if you push cut the dome it will have more streaks and striations in the remaining surface. I slice it in a diagonal stroke, trying to make it all the way through the dome in one pass. I also like to use some silicone on the blade to make it slide through. I’ve learned to take a thin slice off the top and then a second and third so that when I’m at the desired level only a thin layer is being removed, this reduces possible upwards pull on the part of silicone left on the die phosphor and usually allows it to be clean with no crack to cause aberrations. Wink

Cutting a substrate sized square hole in a sheet of material the proper thickness not only holds the emitter in place but also allows a larger surface area for the blade than a washer can afford, I just happen to use a sheet of copper as it’s what was handy when I was setting out to do it the first time.

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Key to shaving is the right spacer and reflowing the led flat on the MCPCB, so you slice at the same height every time. Another tip: have spare leds at hand, I sliced many leds now but still screw up every second slice.

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Oh, by the way, the enabler comment had me rolling… for a completely different reference point but still. I fired a new Dr. over such a comment not all that long ago for calling my LVN wife my enabler, (among other things).

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Re-flowing the LED flat is the easiest part as you can afford to press down on the emitter using the dome since you’re going to slice it off anyway. Wink

A friend of mine got the 18 emitter Emisar and just HAD to have Samsungs swapped in, doing so was quite a chore as the Samsung dome didn’t fit under the singular TIR… had to slice the emitters in batches as they went on the board in order to have my copper shim fit. 18 slices, one board, that one was a pita but oh well, it all worked out in the end and my buddy was happy.

EDIT: Experience tip, cut your substrate hole in the corner of a sheet so you can clear things easier. Wink

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jon_slider wrote:
contactcr wrote:
secret bezel tip

what it the secret? shhh I wont tell…

enjoyed your photos.. they did not enlarge though.. you need to hone your inner CRX a little more

The secret is that I didn’t know there was a screw on bezel until CRX told me. The lines at the front are super smooth and one is for decoration. It’s pretty tight too I used pliers and mouse pad to break free. Btw, my pictures expand but you have to right click “open in new tab/window” to see full res.

hodor wrote:
I tried a shave the other day and failed Sad Any tips?

Here’s the secret sauce:

https://www.lowes.com/pd/Hillman-3-8-in-x-7-8-in-Stainless-Steel-Standard-SAE-Flat-Washer/1000119909
https://www.lowes.com/pd/Hillman-1-lb-0-325-in-x-Stainless-steel-Standard-SAE-Flat-Washer/1000363979

These are the last two washers I use to go over the LED and support the blade on the final cuts. I realize you are UK but just look at the specs of the washer and find a match near you. Like CRX said, multiple cuts with a straight razor blade. I have a dedicated slicing MCPCB or two with no solder on wire pads so the washer sits flat.

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That took quite some bravery to let everything unsolder contactcr, or recklessness, those two are always close. Good job!

What’s more reckless though, carrying around an XPG2 or reflowing this? What would my friends and family think if they knew I was using such an outdated emitter? The 371d reflow from a page or two back was pretty reckless too, my tolerance is increasing this could get ugly.

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contactcr wrote:
my pictures expand but you have to right click “open in new tab/window” to see full res.

I dont have a mouse, and no button to right click, just a trackpad on a mac.. sad me.. lol

but I figured out a 2 finger tap gives me a menu to open in new window, and Viola! Bob’s my Uncle.. Smile

and yes, thanks for channeling your inner CRX secret seam.. I see what you mean

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Any idea how to take the head of the 2015 EagTac D25A apart? I still have a small 219C board from KD left that needs a new home. Might fit.

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Any idea how to take the head of the 2015 EagTac D25A apart?

I believe the A model has the pill pressed in from below the glass, and glued. Basically, no, it does not come apart. the D model has a bezel that unscrews but not the A model.. afaik
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Too bad, but thank you!

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Thanks guys, all useful info. I’ve read most the tips in the past and tried to do the 3 slice technique but I guess my initial slice was too thick, resulted in me lifting it off. My blade was probably also not thin or sharp enough. Will get some razor blades and proper sized washers/spacers.

Do y’all slice with the blade parallel to the mcpcb or at an angle?

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After trying everything including massive heat with a blowtorch followed by brute force, I finally broke the brass pill of my 2015 D25A Ti in two pieces (this was 2 years ago) trying to separate it from the bezel. One of the very few lights that did not surrender.

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djozz, thermal expansion of brass is much larger than of titanium. I was planning to try a freezer Blushing

Edit: Or … cooler spray Grad

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djozz wrote:
After trying everything including massive heat with a blowtorch followed by brute force, I finally broke the brass pill of my 2015 D25A Ti in two pieces (this was 2 years ago) trying to separate it from the bezel. One of the very few lights that did not surrender.

Djozz, there is a cheap d25c ti on marktplaats in Amsterdam if you want a rematch.

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I dunno if this really classifies as a mod but I found that the clip I ordered recently fits neatly onto one of my lights

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After selling my modded Convoy H1 to a buddy, I modded up another one. This time in addition to the MCU swap (attiny412 with RampingIOS), I also changed out the single red switch LED for two green ones. Makes for a great headlamp.

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Geuzzz wrote:
djozz wrote:
After trying everything including massive heat with a blowtorch followed by brute force, I finally broke the brass pill of my 2015 D25A Ti in two pieces (this was 2 years ago) trying to separate it from the bezel. One of the very few lights that did not surrender.

Djozz, there is a cheap d25c ti on marktplaats in Amsterdam if you want a rematch.


verleidelijk…
But I have a D25C Ti still somewhere waiting for a nice mod, thanks for the heads-up
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Modded my FF E01 today. LH351D W6 swap and changed the pairs of pink/green led’s on the aux board to 4x red led’s.

Its became one of my favorite lights but sucked down batteries so quickly with the power hunger sst-40, plus while I didn’t mind the tint cri seemed especially low. Lux is up to 72kcd, the tint / cri is much more pleasing and it takes way longer to throttle back now and the beam, which is what made it one of my most used lights is still just as usable, albeit with a bit smaller and more well defined hot spot.

Here’s a family photo, not all of my anduril lights, just those with forward facing AUX leds

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The Fireflies E01 has aux leds?! Shocked

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Aligned , Drilled Tapped thermal pasted an screwed emitter into neck section

thats the thermal path sorted , now for the driver Crazy

Looks like a P4000 will drop in there perfectly

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Skylight wrote:
The Fireflies E01 has aux leds?! Shocked

It does when you install a lexel board for a D1 “indirect” setup*

*you do have to drill one hole in the head

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Looking Sharp Fat Controller!

Waiting for beamshots!

Just received the 3030 gaskets today, now wait for the 22mm 14× 7135 driver to put in my L21A
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I made some long overdue changes to my modding area. It has moved from taking up about 1/3 of the kitchen table to this adjustable height sit/stand desk! Still a lot of cleanup and organizing to do but it’s much nicer already than what I had.

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...It has moved from taking up about 1/3 of the kitchen table...

LOOOL I'm still fighting with my wife about kitchen table Smile Only i have 50% of the table...

WTB Titanium 4sevens Quarks & Jetbeam TCR1

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Cereal_killer wrote:
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The Fireflies E01 has aux leds?! Shocked

It does when you install a lexel board for a D1 “indirect” setup*

*you do have to drill one hole in the head

Thank you, I might try this when I get my FF E01.

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Skylight wrote:
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The Fireflies E01 has aux leds?! Shocked

It does when you install a lexel board for a D1 “indirect” setup*

*you do have to drill one hole in the head

Thank you, I might try this when I get my FF E01.

Just be sure you request he installs the LED’s facing up, typically on the indirect boards he would solder them at 90 degrees.

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Cereal_killer wrote:

Just be sure you request he installs the LED’s facing up, typically on the indirect boards he would solder them at 90 degrees.

Good to know, thanks. Did you change the firmware to the real Anduril or did you just connect the aux leds to the switch leds?

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They’re fully MCU controlled, I had flashed real anduril literally on day 1 of owning it lol.

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Yokiamy wrote:
Looking Sharp Fat Controller!

Waiting for beamshots!

Just received the 3030 gaskets today, now wait for the 22mm 14× 7135 driver to put in my L21A
Big Smile

I hate the waiting part! but those 14× 7135 seem to work ok i have one in my Jax only issue is they seem to cycle in strange order Low, High, Medium

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Hmm, we’ll see

It says Manta Ray…

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Popped a white flat 1 into a SF14v2 for experimentation, no bother focusing and still impressive..

Astrolux S1 XP-L HI, Sofirn SF14v2 SST-20-W, SF14v2 CSLNM1.TG

6ft hotspot comparison

Update! cell phone tested (lux meter app) with a charged & rested EBL 14500,
15kcd startup & 13.9kcd at 30 seconds. 1.5amps at the tail, measured via thick cables and fluke dmm

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