Looking for a specific Sipik 18650

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Looking for a specific Sipik 18650

Had a great Sipik 18650 SK98-5W 1600LM CREE XML-T6, but the threading on the cap locked up and I can’t open the battery cap. I’ve tried to find this model everywhere but no luck. Can anyone help me?

The only think I can find is a Sipik SK98 with 1000 Lumens. The one I had was 1600.

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Also, how can I upload photos?

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No way they’d even be close to 1000lm, let alone 1600. ’98s have a “hollow pill”, ie, the LED’s board doesn’t sit on a solid shelf but just a small ledge, and the LED would cook itself to death in a hurry if pushed hard.

Anyhoo, most ’98s are commodity items nowadays. Some are good, others are crap. Some have nice smooth movement, others break away suddenly then almost rattle around loosely. It’s a crap-shoot, emphasis on “crap”.

On the other hand, if you get a decent one, you can mod the living Hell out of it. Change the LED, get a decent driver, fill the gap for better thermal contact, etc. Ask Barkuti, as he gets off on this sort of thing. LOL

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You could introduce yourself first. Might help

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Not a ’98, but Morpilot makes a really nice zoomie.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075M9DXJF

light + multitool, 20bux with 30% off coupon.

Damn, that’s even cheaper’n what I got it for…

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Jabar18 wrote:

Also, how can I upload photos?

http://budgetlightforum.com/node/56178

 
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Wellp, if going SK98 the authentic UltraFire SK98 is the only one I dare to recommend (standalone for sale at FastTech; coupon: BLF). It's nearly an 0K flashlight as it comes with the exception of the pogo style tail switch, of poor quality and which the manufacturer seems to change nearly as often as lasses change their crotch napkins. You will need to swap it sooner or later.

As it comes the UltraFire SK98 is hollowy but has a wide and thick ledge, so cooling is decent. Nothing to write home about, but some minor modifications can fix a few quirks.

 

 

I use a heavily modified sleeper SK98 but, to be honest, it'll take a lot of work if you really want to go high power as I did. Mine runs a shaved CRI90+ 6V XHP50A at 4A, and the first time I tried it with the new driver in stock configuration (2.8+A at the emitter) the stock switch died in about a minute and half of use during a 10 - 15 minute walk. Takes the heat well, but I had to machine, solder and thermal glue some copper discs inside its pill. And of course the pogo switch spring with brass cap assembly will need a bypass.

There may be more cost effective alternatives to SK98s.

By the way, 1600 lumens?  My SK98 may do 1200 out the front in flood, so go figure.