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Is screwing with a McGizmo sacrilege ... ? FINISHED

… I like to think of it as bringing it up to date Innocent

I’ve had this McLux PD ti for a while and have been meaning to mod it because I hate the UI. In retrospect I probably should have looked for a clicky pack instead. There is a silver lining though.

I had kinda started on the mod but seeing jon_slider’s thread got me motivated to move it along a bit faster. Unfortunately I didn’t have all the parts I needed. Plus I’ve been quite busy at work lately so progress had been slow. I removed the driver, led + shelf, reflector to make way for the updated running gear.

Parts -

Mountain 17DD driver with e-switch D4 firmware
Some small mom switches
Nichia 219c triple + optic from Kaidomain
2020 size rgb colour fading leds similar to what’s in a Led4power rgb tail.
The rest will be custom made.

I originally ordered the rgb leds from china then realized in the now times it’ll take forever to be delivered. I found an Australian store that stocked them and ordered them as well. The first order from china has not been delivered yet.


A little explanation here. When the PD (inner tube) connects with the contact plate power is connected. When the PD is pressed it activates the mom switch. So this is very similar to ttere3’s cell side-switching only this is a non-battery crush version.

I also isolated the outer tube to 1. prevent flickering when installing a battery and 2. enable physical lockout

For the rgb leds I want to fit them in the head but instead of just showing out the front I wanted to have them visible from the side. Similar to what I did with a lighted tail on this light. I wasn’t happy with the first couple of prototypes.

I didn’t like the first couple ideas because I was worried about earthing, inconsistent spacing, difficulty in fitment, possibly having to glue it to the led pcb. So I thought maybe I could mount them under the led pcb. I lathed up a copper press fit pill and wrapped it with Kapton tape, copper tape, trimmed the tape then used the lathe to evenly space the rgb leds around the pill.

Pressed into the head and checked again

I’d already bored out some of the head with the lathe but this next step was a big one – point of no return. Except these holes in the head the rest of my modifications are fully reversible.

This has been a slow build especially because I don’t want to screw up this expensive light. More to come, the bulk of the work is done but I don’t know when i’ll finish it.

Edited by: pinkpanda3310 on 06/01/2020 - 05:53
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OMG, that is an Amazing mod “pinkpanda3310”. You have a gift of creativity and craftsmanship I think we all envy. Keep those pics coming Thumbs Up . BTW is that Titanium ?

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Very nice. Smile

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I didn’t like the first couple ideas because I was worried about earthing, inconsistent spacing, difficulty in fitment, possibly having to glue it to the led pcb. So I thought maybe I could mount them under the led pcb. I lathed up a copper press fit pill and wrapped it with Kapton tape, copper tape, trimmed the tape then used the lathe to evenly space the rgb leds around the pill.

Cool. Smile
Have you considered ordering a flex PCB from oshpark?
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Nice work Smile Thumbs Up

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Yes it’s titanium.

I didn’t even know about the oshpark flex pcb. Had I known I might’ve just made one anyway because of shipping times. But I know now so thank you Agro.

Thanks for comments guys Beer

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Very nice….. Thumbs Up Not sacrilege – but it will be better!
I’m gonna have to take the plunge soon, been waiting for the ‘right’‘ one…… but it just don’t seem to come along lol…. I am desperate for some aux action…..
D4V2 26650 but do I go power lumens, ie xpl hd, or tint sst20 4k almost 1/2 power…….or go for the 5k somewhere in between on lumens….. Facepalm

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I saw the thread title and worried that this was going to be some horrible, basic, overdriven quad with a focus on “all of the loomens!!”

Pleasantly surprised at the attention to detail, extremely nice work!

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WOW , awesome stuff Cool

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Nice PP, was just thinking big mods were becoming scarce here. Looking forward to the end result.

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PP, can you thread on your lathe ?

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I’m a huge Lunasol fan and this one is out of my league. I did swaped all emitters on mine to 90+CRI and bumped the current but this work is something else. CNC only.

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OMG, that is an Amazing mod “pinkpanda3310”. You have a gift of creativity and craftsmanship I think we all envy. Keep those pics coming Thumbs Up . BTW is that Titanium ?

Have to agree with CNCman here. You are an extraordinary talent pp. Beer

 

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id30209 wrote:
CNC only.

Not sure what that comment is referring to ..? Owning a CNC is a recurring dream for me Love Maybe one day…

Yes I can thread on my lathe CNCman. Are you going to suggest a threaded pill? Theoretically a good idea but I don’t want to make the pill for a third time. I’m happy with how firm the press fit is.

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id30209 wrote:
CNC only.

Not sure what that comment is referring to ..? Owning a CNC is a recurring dream for me Love Maybe one day…

Yes I can thread on my lathe CNCman. Are you going to suggest a threaded pill? Theoretically a good idea but I don’t want to make the pill for a third time. I’m happy with how firm the press fit is.

Thanks Moose Beer


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Hi PP
I was just checking on the lathe about threading, some lathes don’t have the gearing for threading. I didn’t think about a threaded pill, but was considering PM you about something else regarding machining Titanium. Big Smile
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Very cool modding pinkpanda3310! The RGB LED idea that you came up with is ingenious. Grad

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My dream too “ PP “ Big Smile
There are many CNC Routers for sale, but you need to research this for several months before buying one. It is possible to make some money on the side with one, but it will take time to learn many things. A rotary 4th axis will need to be added for flashlights and the table will need one corner cut out to allow for vertical milling for threading and boring. You will need software that is free for Hobbyist from AutoCad Fusion 360, and learn how to use it before buying. Art programs can be found free as well, and are needed to create “step” files for the Fusion 360 to read. Also its best to understand all the details of the CNC mechanical and electronics, as adjustments will be necessary from setup onward.
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This all sounds complicated and it is at first, but the more you learn, it gets easier. The rewards are definitely as big as your imagination applied to making things.
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You have done it know PP. Silly
That’s some awesome looking work, way to think outside the box.
Can’t wait to see how this turns out.

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Only now I see that the LEDs are RGB
I see only 2 traces on that makeshift PCB. How does it work?

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Very perceptive Agro. These leds are slightly bigger than your average single colour aux led. AFAIK some need 4 wire control (rgb and ground). These ones however have an onboard controller so only power is needed. There were 2 types of colour patterns that I found. One is a quick three colour change (rgb) and a bit of a flash then repeat. The ones i’m installing are a slow colour change like a lava lamp, exactly the same as L4P rgb switches. Also just like the L4P switches the 6 installed in this light will start in sync with each other but will quickly go out of sync.

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pinkpanda3310 wrote:
Very perceptive Agro. These leds are slightly bigger than your average single colour aux led. AFAIK some need 4 wire control (rgb and ground). These ones however have an onboard controller so only power is needed. There were 2 types of colour patterns that I found. One is a quick three colour change (rgb) and a bit of a flash then repeat. The ones i’m installing are a slow colour change like a lava lamp, exactly the same as L4P rgb switches. Also just like the L4P switches the 6 installed in this light will start in sync with each other but will quickly go out of sync.

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Thanks for the explanation. Smile
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As with everything else about this light my first attempt failed… Tired The lube I used didn’t actually make a good bond breaker. However cling wrap worked a lot better. I got some wrinkles in some of the windows and when I tried to clean the inside shelf with a Dremel I put marks on the inside of most of the windows Facepalm

I wired everything up and… IT WORKS… well sort of… I made a slight oversight with driving the aux leds, there’s no resistor so they are way too bright Facepalm So can anyone give me hints and tips on how to reduce the power? Negative side of the aux is just grounding through the host. Positive is connected to the main led + which is straight through to the battery +

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Put a resistor inline off the + contact…lead on the other end of the resistor

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Great! I was hoping it’d be nice and simple like that. Thanks KawiBoy Smile

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Great! I was hoping it’d be nice and simple like that. Thanks KawiBoy Smile
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How abot using transparent adhesive tape to prevent epoxy leaking? You could just leave it in place after epoxy sets.

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Wow.
Good thinking KB1428.

 

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