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Wow this loo\ks familiar @MF

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Just in time to battle the Trustfire Z2 in the AA headlamp wars.

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I am already visualizing the duct tape over your mouth.

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has a design elements in common with spark lights and zebra lights

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Looks like a pretty nice lamp!

its probably a copy of a ZL? At least looks like a decent copy then.
Interesting to see yet another light like this, same ballpark as the Trustfire Z1?
Even though this looks a bit better IMHO

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Just the ticket! Next year a review and driver swap.

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Lightmalls shows the UF-V4 it takes a 14500 and says it's an XP-G.  Guess this light will work with that headstrap from KD?  I couldn't find a headstrap at Manafont.  I see Lightmalls also has the Trustfire Z2 as well.  From the beamshots on product pages it appears the UF-V4 puts out more flood (which I believe is more useful in a headlamp). 

Edit - Here's the link to the "Ultrafire Elastic Belt" at KD and the BLF post about it.  After re-reading that thread (in regards to the Trustfire Z1), I'm guessing I'd shoot for the Z2 and assume the reflector can be removed just like the Z1 for a beautifully even flood.  And now I remember why I didn't like the Z1 - 16340 cells!

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Somebody call the police! A skinny SC80 just t-boned a Spark!

This light is so ugly I almost HAVE to buy it. Needs a driver change, but it might be a fun project.

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I find it rather good looking tho. It has a few lines that could be tought better but still. Too bad the body does not match the lines of the otherwise superb headpiece. A 16430 version with a bit squarish body tube would be probably awesome aesthetically.

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Looks nice, and really Modable with a led Star easy to replace, and the driver might also be easy to change.

It is a pity it does not accept 14500 as is.

The design is a bit like a mix of two, but I don´t find it bad, and the threads are good looking.

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Arg, I read garrybunk's answer and it accepts 14500 according to Lightmails, I have just bought it from Manafont.

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looks like somebody smuggled the head out of the spark factory or maybe the factory that makes the spark lights are using none perfect spark heads and adding these bodies. good deal if that's the case because I'm pretty happy with my st6.

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mutant Spark ST5, the head looks identical right down to the removable bezel.  

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Ultrafire missed a trick there with the V4.   A 45 degree swivel head join and that would have been a sweet angle/straight convertible.

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I dunno, after how happy I am with the Z1, that light looks kinda bizarre. But nice that is uses an AA not a CR123

Rats, finally sold my 2010 509hp Mustang...now I can buy more lights!

Sold the red one too! Now guess what I drive, doing my penance for 500 hp commuters...

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The battery tube looks nice and thick.  It should be perfect for cleaning up on the lathe.

The whole thing looks like it would be easy to mod, as well.

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Very useful flashlight and price.  Ordered.  It is XP-G.  One of the cheapest XP-G lights around....i remember in early 2011 we could rarely get XP-G lights for 16 bucks.

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I may have to order that. An XP_G with an AA battery is a nice combination.

Any idea what kind of draw?

Rats, finally sold my 2010 509hp Mustang...now I can buy more lights!

Sold the red one too! Now guess what I drive, doing my penance for 500 hp commuters...

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Damn it!

 

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I agree that is a good price for an XP-G. I wish it had a clip and adjustable head angle though.

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Once I receive it, I will try to make a 18650 pack for the back of my head when recquiring longer runtimes, it should also help a bit with the bouncing problem these type of headlamps have with the Kaidomain elastic belt and similar ones.

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sb56637 wrote:

I agree that is a good price for an XP-G. I wish it had a clip and adjustable head angle though.

And a tail magnet. Or am I the only one who finds this feature incredibly useful?

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Lensman wrote:

sb56637 wrote:

I agree that is a good price for an XP-G. I wish it had a clip and adjustable head angle though.

And a tail magnet. Or am I the only one who finds this feature incredibly useful?

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I am not sure if there will be enough room on the inside even reducing the spring's length, It might be better to do it from the outisde, but will probably look worse:

 

And by the way a +1 for  Manafont, mine has been already shipped, not like DX where it takes ages for that.

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Mine just arrived. Puts out light even on a clinically dead AA I'd just pulled from my pager (Didn't have any other AAs around, these are really nasty lightweight alkies from the local pound (dollar) shop.) Produces much more gratifying amounts of light from a 14500 - my flame protected 14500's won't fit, they are too long.

 

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Don, what's the beam pattern like?  Floody?  Mostly throw?  How much difference between Hi and Lo? 

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Don wrote:

Mine just arrived. Puts out light even on a clinically dead AA I'd just pulled from my pager (Didn't have any other AAs around, these are really nasty lightweight alkies from the local pound (dollar) shop.) Produces much more gratifying amounts of light from a 14500 - my flame protected 14500's won't fit, they are too long.

Don, tell us something more, I am still waiting for it, I think it should be here next week.

How do you feel about the build and threads quality?

Will the protected flames fit reducing a bit the spring lenght?

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Pictures uploading now. You would almost have to remove the spring completely top get flame Trustfires into it. While doing the beamshots with an IMR cell it got hot enough to melt solder and a small brass nipple fell out. I'll try it with NiZn next, It would seem that my one didn't like 4.2V.

 

The beam

UF-V4 beamshot

 

The tailcap

Tailcap innards

 

Flame Trustfire in tube

Long 14500

 

Nasty alkie in the tube.

Standard cell

 

Anodised threads

Anodised Threads

 

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Nice Pics Don.

Did you see how to dissasemble the head?

Maybe from that part, it might be easiert to get some more room for the protected cells.

 

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yavi wrote:

Nice Pics Don.

Did you see how to dissasemble the head?

Maybe from that part, it might be easiert to get some more room for the protected cells.

 

 

There is a brass nipple about 3mm long soldered to the driver board to make contact with the + end. It might work without it, but mine doesn't appear to be 4.2V capable.

 

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From the smell from it, it's toast. Try an alike. No light.

Try a 14500. No light.

Now to find out how to remove the battery tube. For the moment I'd regard this as a 1.5V device - I'll ask Manafont if it is supposed to work with 4.2V.

Here's the little brass nipple that melted out. Note how generous the assistant has been with her hair. Next job, giving her a very good brushing.

Melted solder

 

Very shallow reflector

Reflector

 

Minus lens and reflector. It definitely is an XP-G.

The LED

 

Where the brass nipple used to be. Not a great shot as I didn't have enough hands to hold the light to illuminate the inside of the tube and hold the camera upside down.

+ Contact

 

Again - with the nipple

Deid

 

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yavi wrote:

Did you see how to dissasemble the head?

 

It's easy enough to get the head off - it is just pressed onto the body and is held in place by the two screws for the clip - one of them came undone with a T6 Torx driver and the other with a T7. The head appears to be mostly solid - the driver is in the battery tube. Now to find out how to dig it out. I've just emailed Manafont to see if it is supposed to be able to use a 14500.

 

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