Dead SolarForce X3 - dropin replacement?

4 posts / 0 new
Last post
OrenHD
Offline
Last seen: 1 week 4 days ago
Joined: 11/30/2019 - 15:50
Posts: 2
Dead SolarForce X3 - dropin replacement?

Hi Guys,
I have several SolarForce X3 EDCs which after a few years banging on keychains and dropping on sidewalks stopped working.
Since SolarForce are no more Crying , is there a compatible dropin module i can use to revive them? I have no idea where to start looking (and i’m not gonna waste time trying to mod and solder these tiny modules since I don’t have the skill).
Such a shame these break, all my AA sized SolarForces still run strong with excellent build quality. Of course the bigger ones don’t get dropped with my keys all the time…

Lightbringer
Lightbringer's picture
Offline
Last seen: 8 hours 23 min ago
Joined: 08/30/2016 - 14:12
Posts: 9955
Location: nyc

Are any of them actually “drop-in”? I thought most AAA lights pretty much were press-fit and used other tricks to make them anything but drop-ins.

If you can get yours out, you might find (or ask here for diameters, etc.) a comparable AAA light whose UI, etc., you don’t hate, and do a transplant.

Otherwise, I saw an X3 on FleaBay for 24bux…

09 F9 11 02 9D 74 E3 5B D8 41 56 C5 63 56 88 C0

OrenHD
Offline
Last seen: 1 week 4 days ago
Joined: 11/30/2019 - 15:50
Posts: 2

That’s a good question. The reflector/lens assembly does separate easily, leaving the driver/led assembly pressed and/or glued to the copper pill and thread. I have no idea if there is any sort of standard for these parts or if these are all custom designed.
I really like their look and sturdy feel, would be perfect with a modern led.
For 24$ however, i’d rather buy 2 Sofirn C01s and still have change for breakfast…

desmondkun
desmondkun's picture
Offline
Last seen: 1 hour 32 min ago
Joined: 12/11/2016 - 14:51
Posts: 347
Location: Thailand

I have a dead X2. I can’t unscrew it’s pill out. I have never tried using heat, though.

Take care of your flashlight and your flashlight will take care of you.