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First ever build

Hi everyone,

I am looking to “compose” my first DIY flashlight.
What I would like to build is an 18650 powered thrower with, off course, as much power as possible.
At the same time I do not want to spend a lot of money on my first build.

My parts-list so far:

  • Convoy C8 black flashlight host
  • 7135*8 5-mode 2800mA 17mm Driver
  • 10W XML2 L2 20MM PCB Neutral White 4500K

I would like to hear your thoughts on these parts, please be kind since I am still a n00b at this… Wink

Regards,
Witte

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That’ll work. Where are you buying the parts?

If you want more throw you can use an XP-L HI.

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XPL-HI will get you more throw. And a FET driver will get you more ie power if you have the right cell

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Virisenox_ wrote:
That’ll work. Where are you buying the parts?

Not sure yet Smile

chadvone wrote:
XPL-HI will get you more throw. And a FET driver will get you more ie power if you have the right cell

Cool, I’ll look in to that Smile
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Welcome aboard, be forewarned… this is addictive!

In the States, a good place to buy is from a forum member mtnelectronics.com. Richard has been a member here for a while and started the store in part to help us get parts faster for building and modding flashlights.

The Convoy C8 with an FET (+1) driver running an XP-L HI is about the best you can do for the monies involved. Ridiculous really how cheap it comes out for what it does… typically under $30, depending on if you have to buy a cell and a charger of course. Richard has those as well and good prices across the board.

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Yeah, you got it. I’d agree with using the HI (vs HD) for a little less light but a bit more throw.

Unless you wanna push a dedomed/sliced XP-G2 pretty hard… Big Smile

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Welcome to BLF! Let us know how your build goes. Wink

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Thanks for the warm welcome Smile

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In the States, a good place to buy is from a forum member mtnelectronics.com. Richard has been a member here for a while and started the store in part to help us get parts faster for building and modding flashlights.

Since I live in The Netherlands, I have to find a place where to get these parts. If not I could always order them in China.
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It's nice to see you, Witte!

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Hi Witte, welcome.
Nice to see some else from the Netherlands Smile
Looking forward to your build.

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Welcome to BLF!!

I second what these guys have said, I have some C8’s with an XP-L HI & FET + 7135 Driver – 17mm – MTN-17DDm .

You will not be disappointed…. Wink

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So, all parts haven been ordered.
Let the waiting begin Wink

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The waiting is the hardest part Wink

Keep us posted on how it goes.

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Now the holidays are over I hope that all the packages arrive soon.

The first one arrived yesterday…

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Yeah… mine are still slowly trickling in. Thumbs Up

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any progress on your mod ?

I still new here, what makes me happy is that I can get most of the components easily !

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As said before, the waiting is the hardest part Smile

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moonswamp wrote:
any progress on your mod ?

I still new here, what makes me happy is that I can get most of the components easily !

Not yet, just got the host in the mail.
Still waiting for the other parts.

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do you have thermal paste? You should put that underneath the mcpcb(the copper plate the led sits on).

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polarweis wrote:
do you have thermal paste? You should put that underneath the mcpcb(the copper plate the led sits on).

I already read that somewhere, I have some thermal paste left from my pc Smile
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Witte wrote:
polarweis wrote:
do you have thermal paste? You should put that underneath the mcpcb(the copper plate the led sits on).
I already read that somewhere, I have some thermal paste left from my pc Smile

very good. not nice if you have all the parts and forget one thing Sick

Do you have a charger and battery already?

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I have some nice powerful jumper cables… Wink Highly recommend you getting some… lol

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polarweis wrote:
very good. not nice if you have all the parts and forget one thing Sick

Do you have a charger and battery already?

Yep, have been using 18650 for many years already.

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Just a small update, the LED got lost in the mail.
So I need to order a new one… the waiting continues Sad

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Hate it when that happens! My memory is bad enough that if the package takes too long to arrive I forget what it was for when it finally shows up!

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The frustrating part is that I got the wrong host, I ordered black but got Tan.
So I am waiting for the new host, and the LED is lost Sad
Now looking to buy an other one, hope that one arrives quickly.

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On a key part, like the LED, I will usually order two or three when I need one, so if I mess up somehow during the build I don’t have to do the waiting all over again.

These days, with so many multi emitter lights, I find myself buying 20, 30, even 50 emitters at a time!

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So, today was the day of the build.
Finally I received the LED so I was good to go.

The pictures below show some build-results. (Still need to take some beam shots)





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I actually like that tan/gold color a lot! I just built a clear anodized one and pretty happy with it so far…

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So, last week I managed to check out my new light.
The trees in the picture are, according to Google Earth, 180 meters away Smile