This is my third mod of this budget flashlight and let me tell you, this host has to be every modders dream. Side by side batteries, right size, good heatsinking, robust and pretty well made. This one came from Fasttech but other parts were purchased from Kaidomain, my new favorite one stop shop.
1. ZY-T08 – $24.09 (Fasttech)
2. 3x XPL-HI V2 4500K (20mm MCPCB) – $19.77 (Kaidomain)
3. MTN FET driver – $15,00 (Mountain Electronics)
4. 58mm AR coated lens – $3.46 (Kaidomain)
5. 3x Trit Vials (1.5mm x 6mm) – $21.63 (Fasttech)
6. 3× 25.5mm x 25mm reflectors – $9.39 (Kaidomain)
7. 22mm Brass Pill – $3.49 (Kaidomain)
8. Other supplies (copper, wires, springs, rubber boot, switch, sand paper…) – $15.00 (mostly local stores)
I also made around 30 different parts and managed to stuff them all in this little project of mine.
So it turned out to be a over hundred dollar flashlight, just in parts…
Was it worth it? I’ll let you be the judge…
1. Small Sun and most of the parts
2. Switch side pimping. Stock switch is to be replaced with reliable Omten.
3. Round ring extension on the tailcap is cut and base is sanded and polished.
4. Switch side parts are ready.
5. Copper plate soldered, spring bypasses done. There wont be any electrical resistance there.
6. Top side. One continues 18 AWG wire to conduct current to the body. Second continues wire goes from top of the spring directly to the switch.
7. Made a 5mm fiberglass plate. It is to be used as a reflector holder and a contact plate.
8. Three 25.5mm (width) x 25mm (depth) reflectors. It is going to be a tight fit.
9. Making holes for reflectors.
10. It came up nice.
11. Reflectors epoxied.
12. Top side. Touch of sand paper and some paint is all it needs for a perfect finish.
13. Pill parts. It is going to be assembled from three sections. These are parts for two of them.
14. Bottom part done (soldering).
15. Brazing the middle section. I’m going to use few aluminum parts mainly to save on the overall weight.
16. Cooking pot. Had to apply almost 400 C to melt brazing rods. It is a success.
17. Two sections of the pill almost done.
18. Top plate done, three part pill is at the finish line. Now it needs some minor tweaking to fit properly. I’ll come back to that.
19. Making the contact plate. Copper plate for battery contact, positive wires soldered trough the metal. On the other side (inside the flashlight head), brass pill is going to hold the driver and rest on a aluminum plate for better heatsinking.
20. Contact plate parts done.
21. Contact plate done.
22. A touch of arctic alumina epoxy to join the brass pill and aluminum plate is all there is left to do. So how do I connect the negative contact to driver with minimum electrical resistance? We’ll come back to that.
23. Pill parts done. Threaded, sanded to fit and polished.
24. Different angle.
25. Middle part bolted.
26. Top part bolted.
27. Pill finished. As you may have noticed, I had to made another top section. Brazing flat surfaces didn’t hold. It came apart during drilling.
28. Making custom centering rings. Had to sand them down (bottom 0.5mm, top 0.5mm) and reduce the width from 8mm to 6mm. Three XPL’s on 20mm MCPCB’s trimmed to fit are in the background.
29. Ground problem solved. 18 AWG wire brazed to the head of the flashlight. Other end of the wire is going to be soldered to the drivers pill.
30. Assembly day. Ain’t that a pretty sight. There’s still lot of work ahead.
31. Cut to fit MCPCB’s arranged. Reflectors are going to press them down. No gluing needed there. Tailor made centering rings are going to hold LED’s in their place.
32. Pill epoxied with Arctic Alumina, all contacts soldered. Pill holder is going to be lightly glued with plain silicone.
33. Finished ZY-T08 Triple. I even managed to polish the metal inside the cooling fins using a rope. Got a few blisters on my hands doing this but it was worth it.
34. You gotta love this sight. Three warm XPL-HI’s inside 25mm x 25mm OP reflectors surrounded with trit vials.
35. Please ignore scratched lens. I ruined them during the build process, new lens are on the way from Kaidomain. Pay attention to the blue circles around the reflectors. I don’t know how that happened but it sure looks beautiful and it doesn’t affect the beam at all.
36. Green trits in half-light.
I’ll make current measurements and post them later. I will also try to make beam shots for you to see what a beautiful beam this flashlight produces. There is a distinguished hot spot and a smooth transition to spill. So, is this thrower or flooder? Let me say, best of both worlds.
Did you like my ZY-T08 Triple? Please comment.