Building my first custom flashlight.

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So no work on the host today, but Ive started some thinking on what I want to build for my first true custom scratch built light, however I have a feeling its gonna require some pricy custom driver work. Thinking a rectangular light, with 2 emitter arrangments. 2 18650 cells, and a carrying handle that can clip on and off using a picantinny rail (also be weapon mountable). The 2 emitter arrangements Im thinking is something akin to a Emisar D4 head and a D1 head over and under with a 3 button setup. One button turns on the thrower and cycles it through modes/ramps. The bottom button same for the floody head, and between the 2 some kind of rocker switch for digital zoom? Blend the thrower and flood back and forth for a balanced beam I guess. Seems like the answer to everyones differnt wants? BTW I chose Emisar as examples because of their size/outputs. I feel like those 2 lights could be incorporated into one small size rectangular package with great output. Heat dissapation in the killer here though. Ive often looked at my D4 and considered machining a new host for it that lets it run too its full potential but then realize if Im going to size it up at all I may as well just get the D4S. I also have my old Streamlight LED Survivor from my firefighting days that has been through hell and back. Exploded the rechargable pack in it at one point due to heat but I got it cleaned out and using the AA backup pack its working again. Kinda want to do something with it one of these days to give it a new life.

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Heres my Survivor light, carried it for 4 years. Its truly a survivor, multiple Bravo calls, split the plastic lens bezel at one point so the reflector is full of artifacts now. The recharable nicad pack exploded when it snagged and fell off my turnout gear and laid in a burning space for about 2 hours before someone found it afterwards. Soaked it in rubbing alcohol to remove the battery residue and tossed in the backup AA pack and it still works. The plastic is only slightly warped, just enough to make it difficult to slide the pack in and out but its retired and stays home now anyways. Got issued a new one. Ive thought of making a new host for its guts but at the same time its a survivor just the way it is. As far as modding flashlights goes Ive also dedomed my Sofirn C8F, the original 18650 with side switch one. and I did manage to do my own spring bypasses on my BLF A6. Minor stuff but its a start!

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Heres a crude drawing of my idea, I’ll try to put it in cad one day but my CAD skills arent near whoever made the BLF Saber Cad. Maybe they want to give this a shot?

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Cool idea with the throw/flood mixing. Hope your idea comes to fruition.

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Once we get through some issues in the shop here I’ll start trying to order some stuff and see what I can do but Im going to need help with the driver/switch setup? As for the Custom host I machined I got it slotted and milled, ordered a P60 from Richard at mountian electronics as well as a Solarforce L2T host to go on my “tacticool” rifle. Once the dropin arrives I’ll post up the updated pictures and such. I think P60 may be my new favorite and will probably be the direction I take the prototype for this flood/throw idea.

Lurking flashaholic, Ive bought all my flashlights through lurking here, BLF A6, Sofirn C8F, Soforn Q8, Emisar D4, and a few not so budget lights but I mod them all the same! Been waiting for the FW3A to come out for years now.......

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Well my P60 dropin from Mntelectronics came in so I feel like I can finally show the finished product! It turned out to be quite hefty, moreso than a P60 light should be but feels good in the hand. Heat dissapation is quite good with all the mass too. So here it is all done!
https://i.imgur.com/fwPRx9P_d.jpg?maxwidth=640&shape=thumb&fidelity=medium
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oh of course the images didnt stick…. again not sure what im doing wrong here, Though I did the same thjng to make the others work by clicking all the way through to the image itself page and posting that URL

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Thank you BlueSwordM!

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This new machine shop I work in has been nice for doing side work, as well as never being boring day to day. Lots of helecopter parts and tooling and they dont mind me playing in the scrap bin either. Submiting some form one paperwork for my next project hehe.

Lurking flashaholic, Ive bought all my flashlights through lurking here, BLF A6, Sofirn C8F, Soforn Q8, Emisar D4, and a few not so budget lights but I mod them all the same! Been waiting for the FW3A to come out for years now.......

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So this dual head/emitter setup I have in mind, what would some driver options be for that? 2 seaprate drivers or is there one that could function the way I have in mind? And where would I source a reflector is Emisar D1 thrower size? Not really wanting to cannibalize mine for the guts on this idea although if I had the money to buy a D4 and D1 just for guts I would.

Lurking flashaholic, Ive bought all my flashlights through lurking here, BLF A6, Sofirn C8F, Soforn Q8, Emisar D4, and a few not so budget lights but I mod them all the same! Been waiting for the FW3A to come out for years now.......

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