DQG AA Ti Rebuilt

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DQG AA Ti Rebuilt

Got these today, my prizes from the scratchmade contest.

I played with the DQG AA for about five minutes before i started disassembling it Evil
The cool white tint version is pretty bad, not a nice tint at all but the light is good otherwise.

For those that have this light and wondering how to access the driver board, the bezel unscrews, the TIR and an o-ring pops out then you will be met by a threaded aluminium section in the head which also unscrews but is glued, you can see in the pictures below i have filed a notch in the top of it to preserve the threads and after some applied heat it comes out fairly easily, that is all that holds the combined driver/ LED board in place.

This mod involves a momentary tail switch, made with magnets and o-ring, a noctigon on top of the pill shelf ring and a 10mm FET driver below it.

XPL-HI on 15mm Noctigon
Narrow spot TIR optic
Enlarged GITD inner bezel detail
10mm FET driver mounted in brass washers, potted
Momentary magnetic tail switch
4A max current

Max – 720lm
cd – 7400
Throw – 172m

Not a bad little thrower after this work, relative to it’s size

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Edited by: CRX on 03/09/2017 - 06:26
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Looks great Stevi! Thumbs Up

Really… is there any flashlight in your collection that you haven’t moded (& not going to mod) ? Silly

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Nice mod again!

I’m not sure what happened to the tail. Stock it is a twisty, right? Did you remove the magnet and drill a hole in the cap, and work from there to make the switch? (somehow)

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evankouros wrote:
Looks great Stevi! Thumbs Up

Really… is there any flashlight in your collection that you haven’t moded (& not going to mod) ? Silly

No, warranties are valid for about ten minutes round here LOL

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djozz wrote:
Nice mod again!

I’m not sure what happened to the tail. Stock it is a twisty, right? Did you remove the magnet and drill a hole in the cap, and work from there to make the switch? (somehow)

Thanks mate, yeah it’s a twisty in stock form and has an 8mm x 2mm magnet in the tail so i drilled a hole, made a magnetic sandwich from 0.5 & 1mm magnets with an o-ring in the middle, covered that with a disc of copper tape with 1mm solid copper wire pressed in around the edge of the endcap and made a silicone foam doughnut stuck on with double sided tape in the middle for breaking contact when pressure is released.
It still works as a twisty too of course but i find momentary switches really useful.

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Wow, I’ve been looking at my DQG AA Stainless since January, Why? Because of that darn bezel and driver, I just wasn’t quit sure enough to get the torch and have at it, so decided to put it aside for awhile, glad I did now,
Your Ti version is just beautiful, I just might need to get the Ti as well especially now that you’ve solved my questions and seeing just how great your mod has turned out, I’m aiming for half that great, I hope.

Thank you CRX for sharing this, I followed your link from your plumbing department light build, what a light, which by the way I found some very interesting PEX brass fittings the other day at Home Depot that just might make some nice pills, they are brass plugs for PEX tubing, push them in the tube and hose clamp them, a 20mm Noctigon can sit on the flat of it and the diameter is near perfect so doesn’t look like a lot of work, so we shall see I hope.
Anyhow quit a Beautiful light, and thank you for the help..!

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Thanks mate, what were you planning on doing to the DQG AA? The ti version is great, very compact & lightweight. Got a link so I can see those fittings? Wink

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CRX wrote:
Thanks mate, what were you planning on doing to the DQG AA? The ti version is great, very compact & lightweight. Got a link so I can see those fittings? Wink

Your quit welcome, well I’ve been sitting on this light since the day it arrived, the tint was terrible so thought I’d just change the LED and see how it goes, well not so easy so I discovered and so it has sat since then until today when I was reading about your knuckle lights and saw a link over to here where I discovered how to get that driver out, man alive it still wasn’t all that easy to do even with the info, but my plans are to do basically just what you’ve done but on a stainless and a brass that I have, the brass has a decent tint but I want to change drivers and LEDs in both mostly because the lights themselves are very well machined and really worth fixing or I’d have given them away by now.
Yes those plugs I found at the lumber store here called Home Depot are very interesting and brass, the one that really got my attention is a 3/4 inch plug which would be 19.05mm and it’s fairly smooth and flat,
I set a 20mm noctigon on it and it looked like a near perfect fit, they also had it in a 1/2 inch or 12.7mm,
I just went into my parts room for lack of anything else to call it, and I still luckily had one still in the package so got the name and Googled it up so you can take a look,
sharkbite 3/4inch PEX Barb Plug

They do look promising to me, the size and length overall will fit in some lights that I had wished I had a pill for so this just might work, haven’t got around to trying it yet.
Bye the way your magnet switches are very cool,
I must have maybe 50-100 magnetic switches up to 26650 size,
I used to sell E Cig devices and before all the electronics came into play all there was as far a vape devices was straight mechanical device, basically a tube of various metals, like copper which are my favorites and with a 510 screw in connector on one end and a magnetic switch or spring switch on the other and a cell in between, some are rather complex, other’s are just two magnets with reversed polarity magnets that slide up and down on a rod, but I’ve been sitting on these tubes and switches for some time now and just thinking about what kind of light I’m going to make out of them, someday.. ha ha

Anyhow I got both DQG AA bezels off tonight so I will be at Mt. Electronics tomorrow picking up a couple drivers and mcpcb’s and then all is good to go thanks to you CRX.

Well it is very late here so I’m headed to bed,
Thanks Again CRX, I surely do appreciate your help. Been so long since I thought about those lights it must have took me two hours just to find them, ha ha, Thanks again..!!

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Cool, thanks, those magnetic mods sound interesting, would be good if you come up with a light or two out of them.

Installing a new driver in these is a little more involved, not too easy as there is just enough room on the shelf for the noctigon and TIR so the driver would need to be installed under the shelf like I did then, there’s the wires etc.

I take it these are still made with the integrated LED/ PCB board.
So ideally you would need a driver in a press fitted brass ring or such to fit in there. Being honest I can’t quite remember what I did exactly but remember it was some hassle getting it all in there, should have taken more pics Smile
The contact plate in the tail will need to come out too to make room for the cell being pushed further back but luckily that unscrews too.
Best way to figure it out is to take it all to bits, play around with it and you’ll see what’s what or if I’m making sense or not Big Smile

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Well crude, now I remember why I had all these e cig magnets sitting out, and switches, I flat out forgot what I was doing and it was talking with CRX about magnetic switches, wow, getting old or something.
I did sit down and put a threaded pill on the end of e cig tube with a magnetic switch and works just like a momentary, but goofed something on one and melted the spring, shorted it on the side of the tube I think.
I do have some really cool looking magnet switches that’s for sure.
Looking at the DQG AA where the magnet sits, like you did with drilling that out, these magnets look like washers and slide onto a rod with reverse polarity of course, so thinking of drilling and then get a few of those brass or copper caps the KD sells and put a rod into it with the magnets to slide on, then find a retainer to hold it all together maybe.
What I need to learn is re-threading, you can never hardly find a direct thread match, from lights to E Cig tubes like 20×1 is most common but then it’s all over the place in the e cig world of devices and in tube threading so would need to thread some sort of adapters, beats me, but sure glad I know why I had all these dumb magnets sitting around, thought I’d lost my mind and completely forgot about your awesome light here, sorry,
I should mail you a switch or two to see if you can make it work on something, but Scotland..? Wow, long was from here, I might as well be in China..