Kaidomain 14500/AA Host Pill Removal?

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Kaidomain 14500/AA Host Pill Removal?

I removed the retaining ring to take the pill out but it just won't move. It's quite snug in there and seems like it's pressed in or something? Anyone know how to remove it?

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I don’t have one to try and take apart, but that looks like a (built-in) shelf to me, not a pill. That’s how the M1, C8, L2, etc are now constructed. Wouldn’t surprise me if this was the same.

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Sorry pill would be easily removed. If it’s built-in than what you’re saying is it’s pressed in and gonna be difficult to take out? If it’s so hard to remove then who’s this host for I wonder?

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Not hard to remove, virtually impossible. It’s CNC’ed as part of the head… It’s all one piece.

It’s supposed to offer better thermal transfer than a pill. Unfortunately a bit more difficult to assemble. But many of us do it just fine. Can be awkward though.

  • Insert the driver up from the bottom.
  • Apply thermal paste to the top of the shelf.
  • Seat the MCPCB onto the shelf. Solder on the wires.
  • If there are screws, install them to hold the MCPCB in place.
  • Carefully install the driver retaining ring.
  • Be sure not to over twist the driver or it could rip the wires off the driver.
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That definitely appears to be one machined piece, no inserted pill.

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gchart wrote:
I don’t have one to try and take apart, but that looks like a (built-in) shelf to me, not a pill. That’s how the M1, C8, L2, etc are now constructed. …

+1

The head of that flashlight is disassembled just like that of the FW1A or BLF A6.
But if you want to remove the shelf it is very easy, with a bit or a lathe…

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I’m sure there are several YouTube videos that’ll show you how to work with the shelf. Here’s the first one I found:

https://youtu.be/K5vsjwZITpw

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Unloco wrote:
But if you want to remove the shelf it is very easy, with a bit or a lathe…
Hahaha
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Damm pressed in and no way to get the led in there. Man looks like this little guy gonna be a challenge! I think the factory presses it in first and then they make the threads for the body. Otherwise how they put in if the threads already there? Looks like I’m gonna have to do some big time custom modding this weekend! Big Smile

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The bezel unscrews. It’s just on there a little tight. If you got some small rubber strap wrenches they work good. If you don’t have any of those you can wrap both halves of the head in some good electrical tape or duct tape and a few pairs of not too aggressive channel locks will work, some leather scraps can be used in place of the tape. That will save you from having to clean off all the adhesive afterwards. It’ll come off and you can install the parts as mentioned above.

If your trying to get that thing with the four holes out of it thinking thats a pill. It won’t come out. You’ll give up or break something trying. Just get the bezel off and work from there.

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Ooops I spoke too soon. Yes you all are right. It's pressed in and it also unscrews! Yeah I used piece of rubber to unscrew it. I dunno how I missed it earlier as I tried to unscrew the bezel by hand. I just didn't twist hard enough I guess! Once again BLFer's to the rescue!smile Now the only thing is the wait for 15mm mcpcb's from Simonsealed Either that or just give err with a dremel and a 17mm. Thanks for the help everyone!smile

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You will be waiting a very long time for a 15mm or 17mm MCPCB. Though a 16mm fits just fine.

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toddcshoe wrote:
You will be waiting a very long time for a 15mm or 17mm MCPCB. Though a 16mm fits just fine.

I don’t think they do. The opening will fit a 16mm, but the ledge you see inside the head stops it from actually fitting properly.

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small file or sanpaper?

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Cythras wrote:
toddcshoe wrote:
You will be waiting a very long time for a 15mm or 17mm MCPCB. Though a 16mm fits just fine.

I don’t think they do. The opening will fit a 16mm, but the ledge you see inside the head stops it from actually fitting properly.


THIS!

I had to file a 16mm MCPCB from led4power to (maybe) below 15mm to make it fit due to the shelf’s interior edge!
15mm PCBs will need less filing!

BTW, as far as I remember, I used a small file and my Parkside rotary tool (dremmel?) with some filing bits! The MCPCB was tough Silly

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