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Kinda forlorn here since I don’t have the time to do any modding, as we are moving to a new home, and all my parts and tools are put away.

I just replaced the reflector on my original first-ever high-power LED flashlight purchased, an original UltraFire 501b, with an EZ-900 XR-E R2 emitter. I swapped the P60 OP reflector with a spare SMO I had handy. I had forgotten what kind of beam this light would make in this configuration. It was slightly ringy, but not as bad as I had expected. Now, it has a very intense and rather well-defined hotspot, making it a surprisingly good thrower. I may eventually add a fourth 7135 to the driver, pushing it just a little bit harder… Crown


Keepin’ the “B” in BLF

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It sounds like the XM LEDs won’t really be suitable for flashlight use. Pity…

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I put an xpg2 into a DST with a 2S, 5A buck driver, finally. Just need to bypass the tail spring to wrap it up. Also prepped a Jacob A60 to receive a dedomed xpg2 because I may have fried the previous one… whoops. Silly

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I wish people would quit bringing up DST’s. Sad Unless they have one to sell , lol

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Dusty wrote:
I wish people would quit bringing up DST’s. Sad Unless they have one to sell , lol

How much cash do you have? Hat

I have one that I offered to sell a while ago, and still might sell. The biggest issue is the shipping will add $10-15 probably. (and I did a few “mods” to it and made it a little ugly Sick ) lol

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

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pilotdog68 wrote:
Dusty wrote:
I wish people would quit bringing up DST’s. Sad Unless they have one to sell , lol

How much cash do you have? Hat

Haha, it has to come to that! I just kick myself for not realizing the potential of those lights. I know I’ll come across one at a garage sale, some day. Beer

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Those at pads look like they could be fun. Nice build!

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Convoy S2+, 6*7135, XM-L2 3D, 10 degree TIR, PilotDog lighted tailcap.
Convoy S2+, H17F, XM-L2 4C, lighted tailcap
Zebralight SC52w-L2
Olight S1A
Olight S1R

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Removed a rubber grip sleeve from a budget light and applied it to my new Zebralight SC63w.

The SC63w is a nice light. Very bright for an unmodded light of its size. Unfortunately, it completely lacks knurling and squirts out of the hand like a greased pig. Grip sleeve doesn’t look pretty, but it solves the problem.

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Zebralight SC63w, now with added grip sleeve.

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looks like it came off the handle of a BOSS1

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Firelight2 wrote:
Removed a rubber grip sleeve from a budget light and applied it to my new Zebralight SC63w.

The SC63w is a nice light. Very bright for an unmodded light of its size. Unfortunately, it completely lacks knurling and squirts out of the hand like a greased pig. Grip sleeve doesn’t look pretty, but it solves the problem.

How about a beamshot?

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NOT flashlight related: This RC car has a motor with a plastic pinion (the gear tooth that attaches to the shaft of the motor) . The pinion started slipping after a while and eventually slipped all the time so the car sucked. Grrrr. Crazy glue worked for a couple charges but not more. I also have a V911 helicopter which I bought two spare, main rotor motors for. The V911 motor is about 1 1/2 times the size of the car motor, but, it has a metal pinion, so I thought it best to risk destroying the car than to wait a couple months for a new car motor that will likely give the same trouble again… So, I cut off bits and pieces of the motor compartment and eventually shoo glued in the new motor! It works and is more powerful than before!! (buuut, the motor isn’t placed perfectly right so there is a little more friction than should be. I’ll see what a heat gun will accomplish later Wink ) Sorry, no pics yet.

My gratitude to those who are willing and able to help others (in whatever way you can)! Being human is more than just existing for yourself. Smile

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today I stacked some chips for the ready. Removed 2 7135’s from Convoy S2+.
Installed Qlite into S3 for Heather. Going to work on my second grip ring for C8

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Finished my first mod. Put in a RGB emmitter and controller from Mountain Electronics in a MECO Cree T6. Now I have requests for four more from friends. Who knew. Thank you to the forum for the G700 tip off that started me down the road of modding flashlights.

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Popped in a dedomed xpg2 with a BLF a6 driver into a Jacob A60. I’m getting about 80kcd so I’m probably seeing a lot of resistance from the unbypassed tailcap spring (the retaining ring was unreliably threaded and basically jammed in there when I got it) and maybe some other reasons.

Anyway, it has a fantastic beam profile now (not all ringy like a stock a60), with an okay tint. So I’m happy.

Also made a spacer/partial dummy cell out of copper and dowel rod for my DST so I can use unprotected 30Q’s.

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a real basic one put a xpl=hi and blf driver into roxane m6 26650
only draws 5.5a at the tailcap awesome throw type beam might revist with bypasses and heavier wire see if I can crank another amp ?

sorry all images down
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christopher1968 wrote:
Finished my first mod. Put in a RGB emmitter and controller from Mountain Electronics in a MECO Cree T6. Now I have requests for four more from friends. Who knew. Thank you to the forum for the G700 tip off that started me down the road of modding flashlights.

Welcome to BLF, Christopher! that sounds like a great mod that you did Smile

And it is good to hear that the ongoing G700 flashlight discussion on BLF makes Google direct people to here so they stop buying that overpriced crap. So here’s one for the search engine:

the G700 flashlight is a ripp off, overpriced crap!
the G700 flashlight is a ripp off, overpriced crap!
the G700 flashlight is a ripp off, overpriced crap!
the G700 flashlight is a ripp off, overpriced crap!
the G700 flashlight is a ripp off, overpriced crap! Big Smile

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“I used to think that top environmental problems were biodiversity loss, ecosystem collapse and climate change. I thought that thirty years of good science could address these problems. I was wrong. The top environmental problems are selfishness, greed and apathy, and to deal with these we need a cultural and spiritual transformation. And we scientists don’t know how to do that.”   (Gus Speth)

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Still having some spare QTC pills i decided to mod my Thrunite Ti4 Ti because the stock driver having no memory and always starting in low mode did not agree with my usage.

I stripped the driver bare and soldered the + wire through to a small copper disc to be filed for fine adjustment of the QTC which can be tricky to get right.
The head is stuffed with one of those thermal silicone cubes because i felt a bit lazy today.
Also added a trit and magnet in the tail.

Pocket Rocket.

I reckon output goes from -1 ramping up to well over 500 lumens with a twist of the head now Big Smile
I did leave it on the table on full tilt for a few minutes too long in testing and it got so hot that it melted the wrap on the efest 10440, i also learned it can be dropped fast from a height of about 1.2m…..

Also modded another Ti by swapping in a 3535 UV emitter, clip, ground off the keychain installed magnetic tail and ZWB2 UV filter.

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Dusty wrote:
pilotdog68 wrote:
Dusty wrote:
I wish people would quit bringing up DST’s. Sad Unless they have one to sell , lol

How much cash do you have? Hat

Haha, it has to come to that! I just kick myself for not realizing the potential of those lights. I know I’ll come across one at a garage sale, some day. Beer

Hey Dusty,

Your signature drove me crazy for awhile, trying to kill that bug on my screen :)!!

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I finally got around to modding a dead COAST G10. This was one of the “free” ones from COAST, that died, and I’d been wanting to get it working again.

Here’s the assembly:

The head:

I used one of the DX AK007 drivers. This is basically a pill-less head. The driver has kind of stiff wires which are soldered to the emitter PCB:

That emitter PCB was one I salvaged out of a cheap light (the ones with the plastic pills with the “tophat” LEDs), and I ground it down to fit. I then soldered the wires from the driver through the holes, then bent the wires over, so they became the “pads” for the Nichia 119 emitter, which I “reflowed” onto the pads using a hot air gun.

And, then, it lights :)!!

Here’s the white wall beamshot, not great, but the light is pretty bright:

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Here are some mods from the past week or so.

Surefire U2 XPH50

Low beam shot

High beam shot, No donut!

Surefire L1 bored body for 17670

Changed L1 from optic to reflector and torch XP-E for throw as requested

Custom glow ring

NovaTac 120T with XM-L2 U4 in copper

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This thread is really working, I see many mods passing by.

Nice recovery, ohaya!

@CRX, the Ti has a 12mm lens, but I never saw a 12mm ZWB2 for sale: did you sand a bigger one smaller?

My mod for today: Thorfire TG06, XP-L Hi 3000K 80CRI on Noctigon soldered to pill, BLF A6 driver with 470Ohm bleeder over the C1 and spring replaced by an 1mm thick brass bit, lighted tailcap with three different blue tints, cyan/lightblue/deep blue (very attractive, does not show well on picture). The stock tail-parts were replaced by a small Omten on 16mm board (I re-used it from my X5, with the double spring, disengaged the tail-led), and Pilotdog68’s 6-led dumb lighted tailboard with 3× 5.6kOhm resistors. I used the stock tail retaining ring, but because the tail-assembly is just a bit shorter than stock, I had to put a 1.5mm thick brass washer under it to have it make contact with the body when the tailcap is screwed in.
On high (with dark purple Efest 14500) it puts out 700 lumen at start-up, 600 lumen after 30 seconds (20% less than my X5 with the same led, not really sure why). The led is not perfectly centered (can not adjust it, everything is fixed) but the beam is ok.

It is nice enough to become my EDC for a while Smile The tail leds are way too bright but I enjoy it too much to change that for the moment.

link to djozz tests 

“I used to think that top environmental problems were biodiversity loss, ecosystem collapse and climate change. I thought that thirty years of good science could address these problems. I was wrong. The top environmental problems are selfishness, greed and apathy, and to deal with these we need a cultural and spiritual transformation. And we scientists don’t know how to do that.”   (Gus Speth)

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nitroz wrote:
Here are some mods from the past week or so.

Surefire U2 XPH50

Low beam shot

High beam shot, No donut!

Surefire L1 bored body for 17670

Changed L1 from optic to reflector and torch XP-E for throw as requested

Custom glow ring

NovaTac 120T with XM-L2 U4 in copper

!https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/NZ0FOpel6bmIJUQs-PlkjYJgi0U3BWy0WYF_-E...!

nitroz,

Wait! Do I see an Ultra**** battery coming out of that L1?

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djozz wrote:
@CRX, the Ti has a 12mm lens, but I never saw a 12mm ZWB2 for sale: did you sand a bigger one smaller?

Yeah i posted more about what i did in your 2mm ZWB2 filter tested thread.

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Djozz those blues look very nice. Where did you find all those shades? Adding an LTC to my TG06 is on my to-do list. I hadn’t before because they draw was too much for a 14500 (in my mind) but the new “ring” boards should be perfect.

Today I did my first-ever “resistor mod” on my Thorfire S70. It jumped from 4amps to 9amps at the tail. It’s a real show-stopper now.

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

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I bought a bag with 100 0603 leds ‘blue mix’ from ebay. I had to try every led before use, it was some effort to sort out the ones with the right colour and brightness.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/100-X-SMD-LED-0603-BLAU-MIX-TURKIS-EISBLAU-STAHL...

link to djozz tests 

“I used to think that top environmental problems were biodiversity loss, ecosystem collapse and climate change. I thought that thirty years of good science could address these problems. I was wrong. The top environmental problems are selfishness, greed and apathy, and to deal with these we need a cultural and spiritual transformation. And we scientists don’t know how to do that.”   (Gus Speth)

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Hahaha Djozz… Click your link

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

Major Projects:  Illuminated Tailcap, TripleDown/TripleStack Driver

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pilotdog68 wrote:
Hahaha Djozz… Click your link

Lmao.

Nice pics btw… I really need to get a few of 6x boards. Much better than just 1 or 2 imo.

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ohaya wrote:

nitroz,

Wait! Do I see an Ultra**** battery coming out of that L1?

Lol! Only for fitment. Ultras are junk! I have had them forever and never use them. Smile

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Zebralight SC63w – now with a better grip sleeve (taken from a LuxPro LP290 2xAA light)
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Should someone save that as a quote?

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