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Been having some fun with the 85 – a lot more can be done. I’m only using bout 3500 bytes out of 8192 available. Limiting factor is I/O ports, and PWM limited to 2 I/O ports. Thinking of adding a slave MCU where there’s room (SRK, etc.) simply to get more I/O ports and PWM output capability…

Except that the 84 is bigger in sizes, are there any reasons people don’t consider 84?

Think someone did do work with the 84 a while back, not sure. No flashlight board designs available I’m aware of – I don’t know Eagle. Would be interesting to look at, but if we go the 84 route, could also go the PIC route – think better MCU’s, more pins, not sure though. We also have some published PIC source code, but not sure if in C – I’d hate to go back to ASM.
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It took about 7 hours of frantic paced modeling, even with the parallel version as a reference model, but I finished the 3S version of my AA holder design. What can I say… I tend to draw in wireframe line by line so it takes me a while. (parallel version in post #258) The center rod just acts as a stop to help with insertion of the cells and will be made from tool steel “drill rod” for rigidity. The design concept was to make a holder by sandwiching thinly machined components together.

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chadvone wrote:
Wow that Sugru stuff sounds great.

Firelight2 do you have any photos of it in use?? Build thread ??

I used some sugru on my B158 build to hide beam ring artefacts..

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It’s a really nice material to work with, but it takes a bit of practice to get it perfect Wink

Overkill is just about enough!

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Posted these results over here as well, post #4: http://budgetlightforum.com/comment/909908

Last night I re-tested/recorded the fully modded BLF SD10 (Lumintop) with a FET+1 driver. I took off the protection circuit from a TrustFire 32650 and got incredible results with it! All measurements done with a clamp meter at the tail w/heavy gauge wire loop:

TF 32650 @4.09v: 6.67A

SAM 30Q #2 @4.21v: 6.60A

SAM 30Q #4 @4.20v: 6.53A

EFEST 26650 4000 #4 @4.22v: 7.03A

BASEN 26650 4500 #1 @4.22v: 6.82A

BASEN 26650 4500 #3 @4.22v: 6.93A

BASEN 26650 4500 #4 @4.22v: 6.89A

TF 32650 @4.22v: 7.58A

 

The "unprotected" TrustFire 32650 must have incredible IMR power to beat those other cells, and it beat them significantly.

 With the stock XM-L2 U2 3C on a 20 mm Noctigon, and the unprotected TF 32650 @4.22v, I got:

lumens: 1734 @start, 1578 @30 secs, 43 kcd (415 meters)

 

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Sounds like I need to find reason to use one of those 32650 cells..

Are there any other single-32650 lights out there? I sold my SD10. Maybe I’m due for a Mag-mod

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TrustFire TR-A9 (where available - FastTech says in stock if you believe them ) and Lumintop SD10 (obsolete now, maybe still available somewhere). Both have issues with heat mgt, poor pill designs unfortunately, TR-A9 could be worse.

Ahhh - or have Dale make a 32650 size tube replacement for a Convoy L2 or L6, or a EE/Manker/BLF X6 smile

 

These #'s from the unprotected (ripped off) TF 32650 are pretty sic. Richard sells them already unprotected - wondering if my 32650 is "golden" or from a "golden batch" - love to see if repeatable with one from Richard.

I'll be testing my 32650 with a FET based XP-G2 light I got around - simply holding the cell to the driver spring, but want to see if I can get a good bump on XP-G2's as well - that would be the ultimate use for it. Also think'n if the BOSS1 could be adapted to 32650's - might need creative mill/lathe work of course... Dale? smile

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chadvone wrote:
Wow that Sugru stuff sounds great.

Firelight2 do you have any photos of it in use?? Build thread ??

I’m taking pictures as I go. I might make a build thread when I finish if the light looks ok. Right now it looks pretty beat up.

Last night I replaced the black Sugru with grey Sugru. As expected, just mixing black and white Sugru gave a neutral grey. It does not match the bronze-grey coloration of the anodizing on the light. I’m undecided if I want to buy colored Sugru and give it another shot.

Colored Sugru costs $18 a pack at the local hardware store (includes 1 packet of each of the primary colors plus black and white). $18 for one attempt with only a half-hour mixing and application time for the project sounds rather expensive.

Alternatively, I could try painting over everything except the switch button using my method with acrylic paints and super-glue. That would give me a much better color-match. But I’m not sure the paint would stick well. Sugru is a fairly hard rubber, but it’s still far more flexible than other surfaces. A little bending and flexing would cause my paint to break off.

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A crude mod today, a hanging hook for my BLF-A6 bare 18350, made from a piece of iron. This light gets beaten up against my keys all the time, the finish does not have to be or stay pretty.


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that’s pretty neat. How strong is it against deformation?

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pilotdog68 wrote:
that’s pretty neat. How strong is it against deformation?

I can probably hang on to it, and if not, the aluminium will go, the hook will not deform.
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How/from what exactly did you make it?

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djozz wrote:
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that’s pretty neat. How strong is it against deformation?

I can probably hang on to it, and if not, the aluminium will go, the hook will not deform.

Really? How’d you do it?

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It was a stiff iron pin from somewhere, chromed at first, but I heated it to orange colour with a blow torch to make the bends, then the chrome flaked off. Actually I think I could just as well have used a common nail.

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That is one neat mod djozz. So simple but to me so creative. Love it.

 

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djozz wrote:
I can probably hang on to it…

Would that make you a chandelier? 8-)

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Xhere did you get your ZWB2 filter ? I can only found one cheap source for 20mm ones on GB…

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Xhere did you get your ZWB2 filter ? I can only found one cheap source for 20mm ones on GB…

That’s the ones i use, i carefully grind them into shape with a diamond wheel to fit.

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I could use a 35mm, anyone know of one? I’ve got the Nichia NVSU333A in an X6 at ~ 3.6A.

Tonight I revisited my Jax X6 Hunter to fine tune focus from the MT-G2. Pulled the brass pill, removed the 20mm Noctigon and re-flowed 2 copper discs under a 25mm MaxToch mcpcb while mounting a new MT-G2. Using a tab off a large Omten switch, I extended the pads away from under the reflector. Now the reflector (having already been modifed with a square aperture to encompass the MT-G2 substrate) sits flat on the mcpcb and the hot spot is tight and clean. 11.5A at the tail from a pair of Basen 26650’s for 4571 lumens out the front. Smile

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I have bought a 30mm ZWB2 filter on Aliexpress (for a UV led test rig), but have not seen 35mm yet.

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djozz that is one crazy tailcap. Love it as psychedelic as it is. Smile

 

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MRsDNF wrote:
djozz that is one crazy tailcap. Love it as psychedelic as it is. :-)
Thanks! It is not going to stay on my daily EDC, a bit too intrusive. I need to figure out a dedicated psychedelic mod for it Big Smile
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Four color leds out the front?

 

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Four color leds out the front?

hmm, you make me think, I like the idea of a quad light with a random bunch of coloured leds and the simple intl-outdoor colour driver, how about one nice high CRI white led (that is the practical boring me), a 365nm UV with small ZWB2-filter in front of that sub-TIR, and a weak-driven PC-amber led for the cosy illumination, and a cyan led, just for the colour?
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nice Jos! love it! Now you’re making me want to build a crazy tailcap….. Silly

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I finally got around to building my triple S2+ using triple noctigon mcpcb and xpg2 LEDs I picked up a long time ago.

A few more springs bypassed…

And I put even more finishing touches on my MTG2, 2D Maglite… Getting the reflector low enough after widening required beveling the edge of the rebel pill. Focusing is not perfect, but not terrible. Really liking some 3000lumens in a beautiful blue Maglite.

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DB Custom wrote:
I could use a 35mm, anyone know of one? I’ve got the Nichia NVSU333A in an X6 at ~ 3.6A.

Tonight I revisited my Jax X6 Hunter to fine tune focus from the MT-G2. Pulled the brass pill, removed the 20mm Noctigon and re-flowed 2 copper discs under a 25mm MaxToch mcpcb while mounting a new MT-G2. Using a tab off a large Omten switch, I extended the pads away from under the reflector. Now the reflector (having already been modifed with a square aperture to encompass the MT-G2 substrate) sits flat on the mcpcb and the hot spot is tight and clean. 11.5A at the tail from a pair of Basen 26650’s for 4571 lumens out the front. Smile

Very impressive. Have you measured the candelas? Its got to be way up in the 150k++ range or higher?

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