I finally did it. I got a 40watt Weller iron a few days back. It comes with this really fat tip that could be used as a screw driver I need to find a pencil tip. I started on my daughters toy that had a couple loose wires got it back going. That got my spirits up. I went to Walmart got some rosin solder, pointed tweezers, needle nose pliers. Presicion screw drivers all for about $9-10.
First attempt I took it apart except for the driver. I have a fet driver I ordered. But the driver didn’t come out easily and I’m OK with the stock driver I didn’t want to break it I guess idk. Well first attempt with the fat tip it looked like it was damaging the led pad. And assembled ligjt didn’t turn on. Figured I got to much heat on the pad. Resoldered the positive pad and it came on the wire didn’t look like it was down very well now it is. Probably not the best looking solder job. The mcpcb was gooped in thermal paste so I reused what was there. Ill get some and probably rebuilt this light in the future. I wanted one light that gets decent run time.
Definitly will be doing more things in the future. I’ll still leave the advanced stuff to the experts on here. But I believe I can switch drivers and LEDs out myself now or at least try.
Now I have to attempt a spring bypass successfully and I’ll be in business. Want a smaller tip this giant one is going to melt parts and be a problem.
Stock was cw xpl hi v2, new xpl hi v3 5000k. Beam looks good, tint looks good. I’m happy just wanted to share it. I figured I’d ruin the ligjt but I wanted to try it anyway. Someone can always fix it if I destroy it. Thanks for listening to my rant just excited.