Texas Avenger 30mm & 46mm PCB's + lighted tailcap kits

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Texas Avenger 30mm & 46mm PCB's + lighted tailcap kits

Due to low interest and the large amount of time hand building these items takes I do not plan to make any more of these Drivers by hand. I do have some raw parts left for you to build your own items though!

See this thread for all the details on the hardware Texas Avenger Driver series – Triple channel + Bistro or Narsil + Clicky or E-switch – The Ultimate open source driver!

All prices are + shipping, generally $2.80 per package in the USA. Shipping is a flat $2.80 for up to 4oz, then $4 for up to 8oz and finally $5 for up to 1lb. Basically for most people it will be $2.80 shipping in the USA.

For international shipping it is sadly much more expensive. I can send it via regular mail without tracking but be aware, there are positively no guaranties with this method and I do not like shipping like this due to that. This option runs about $3 to most countries. With tracking it is generally about $13 to most countries. Contact me for an exact quote.

Texas Avenger blank PCB’s, cheaper then buying them from oshpark

7 – 30mm Texas Avenger LDO PCB’s for the L6 / S70 or other lights
- $3 each

2 – 46mm Texas Avenger PCB’s for Skyray kings & Q8 among other lights
- $3 each

8 – 46mm Texas Avenger Multi-cell LDO PCB’s for Skyray kings & Q8 among other lights. This allows you to run in a 2S or 4S cell setup for driving XHP LED’s or the LED’s in series.
- $3 each

8 – Skyray kind multi-cell tailcap PCB with optional fuses, this works with the above driver to setup the light for 2s or 4s operation along with the possibility of using a tailcap clicky switch among other things.

I also have some of PD68’s Illuminated tailcap kits for sale (with his permission).

These are the raw parts kits for building the lighted tailcaps. I ordered enough parts to build 100 of them but have only built 25 or so. Thus I have a few to sell lol.

I am sold out of the PCB’s, plus you need to get the right sized PCB’s for your tailcap anyways (I generally use the 5.1/5.3 combo). So these will need to be ordered separately from oshpark. The details are all in the above thread.

These kits come with:

1288 switch
50k (or I have a few 100k) pot
Spring
Header pins
4.7K resistors for the LED’s
LED’s in the color of your choice

Choices are Red, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple (does not work very well), White and Orange.

- $3 each

Lighted tailcap pictures:


I also have a few FET+1 Skyray king 46mm Drivers with custom copper contact plate and temp sensor left as well
- $12 each

FET+1 SRK V2 Driver:


Convoy S2+ “Tactical Combat” ring. I got requests for these from some local cops and they work quite nicely actually. It allows you to have a “cigar hold” on a Convoy s2+. To install it simply presses down over the back of the light and the tailcap screw down “into it”.

It is a tight fit to ensure it doesn’t come loose so expect a bit or resistance when pressing it on. Also it will only go one way, the tailcap is slightly larger then the body, so test fit it to the tailcap first in order to see which side needs to face the tailcap.

1 – Black
1 – Gray

Can also custom make them in most other colors including White, yellow, neon Green, dark Green, White, Blue, Red, glow in the dark, Opaque, Gold, and several other colors.

$4 each


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Ok, this post is where I will maintain an interest list for future batches.

So if I am sold out of what you were wanting, be sure to post what you are looking for! This will help me figure out what drivers and how many to make in the next batch.

Prices are going to be between $15-$20 for these depending on how many and what size they are.

17mm I think I have cut the time down enough to make $15-16 doable, the larger drivers will need to be a bit more unless there is a larger demand for them then I figured.

I am still in the first batch of these and after these are sold I can reevaluate things to see what kind of price points are viable long term.

Takes a LOT of time to make these. Even in batches it is 30-40 minutes per driver from start to finish.

Interest list in future batches:

30mm LDO L6 driver:
maukka – 1
Tjhosan – 1

Zener modded 17mm driver:
vinte77 – 1

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All the best for the sale TA. You have put a lot of effort into these items. Thumbs Up

 

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You should take a few pictures. A big group of populated pcbs all matching in a row always gets my heart pumping Love

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pilotdog68 wrote:
You should take a few pictures. A big group of populated pcbs all matching in a row always gets my heart pumping Love

Indeed, I knew I had forgotten something lol.

Adding some pretty pictures to the OP for people to gaze upon.

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Texas_Ace wrote:
5 – 17mm Tripledown Drivers – These are what the Texas Avengers are based on, they don’t have the bleeder resistor, R3, R4, R5, C2. Basically they work fine for single LED lights but can freak out with multi-LED setups in some cases. They will have the same firmware installed as the TA drivers.

What do you mean by “can freak out with multi-LED setups”? I want to use 17mm Tripledown Drivers on my triple led flashlight, what problems should I expect using this driver?

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You and me gotta talk. Wink

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Really great

I will take the purple lightend tailcap

Regards Xandre

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Really want to try out one of the full featured 17mm with SIR800DP MOSFET’s. This would broaden the feature set of my Ti Quad that I EDC and give me a more accurate voltage monitor arrangement. I’m currently using the A6 firmware due to the instabilities in Bistro with a Quad.

If I could buy one from you to try out, that would be helpful. Then I’d know how many boards and components to attach myself to. Wink

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Really good prices for the populated TA17 drivers. Can confirm, it takes quite a while to hand build them Wink

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kzrm316 wrote:
What do you mean by “can freak out with multi-LED setups”? I want to use 17mm Tripledown Drivers on my triple led flashlight, what problems should I expect using this driver?

The tripledown (which is was the best design and components available at the time for the record) does not have the latest components (as it lists in the quote). These components were added to the drivers to deal with large voltage spikes that happen with high currents. These voltage spikes can cause the MCU to freak out and do strange things.

Generally I find it will simply shut down with triple setups when it tries to engage the FET although other odd things happen as well like going into programming mode among other things. You never know what will happen with voltage spikes like that.

I have tripledowns in lots of single emitter lights with the only issue being a small flash when changing modes in some cases. In all the triple builds I have tried though they freak out.

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Xandre wrote:
Really great

I will take the purple lightend tailcap

Regards Xandre

PM incoming.

DB Custom wrote:
Really want to try out one of the full featured 17mm with SIR800DP MOSFET’s. This would broaden the feature set of my Ti Quad that I EDC and give me a more accurate voltage monitor arrangement. I’m currently using the A6 firmware due to the instabilities in Bistro with a Quad.

If I could buy one from you to try out, that would be helpful. Then I’d know how many boards and components to attach myself to. Wink

I have actually been putting together a little goodie bag for you to try out, I was gonna wait until I got another item done to send it out but not sure when the parts for it will be in. Got orders out everywhere and I don’t even remember half of them until they show up lol.

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It was an early issue with Bistro, getting Turbo to run reliably. There were issues with the components used on the driver that caused the MCU to shift down to moon or low when trying to go into Turbo, even on a single emitter set-up. The release came out with the lights working, for the most part, but shifting to a triple flared up the issue again.

I use A6 firmware in my Quad’s because of this, as much as I’d prefer Bistro it’s just finicky to get everything working right with correct timings.

The Texas Avenger series promises to correct this, Del scoped out the issues and proper components were sourced, added, removed, relocated, tweaked, hammered and shellacqued. Wink

I wish soft start were still in play as I liked that feature, it was an instant giveaway that Bistro was in progress…

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finges wrote:
Really good prices for the populated TA17 drivers. Can confirm, it takes quite a while to hand build them Wink

Thanks!

Yeah, when you build them for yourself you don’t really notice the time it takes but when I started actually timing the process I was quite surprised to find it was taking over an hour for each driver at first.

By building them in batches and buying/making some jigs plus some experience I have cut the time down to 30-40 minutes now. So basically I am making just over minium wage on these lol.

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DB Custom wrote:
It was an early issue with Bistro, getting Turbo to run reliably. There were issues with the components used on the driver that caused the MCU to shift down to moon or low when trying to go into Turbo, even on a single emitter set-up. The release came out with the lights working, for the most part, but shifting to a triple flared up the issue again.

I use A6 firmware in my Quad’s because of this, as much as I’d prefer Bistro it’s just finicky to get everything working right with correct timings.

The Texas Avenger series promises to correct this, Del scoped out the issues and proper components were sourced, added, removed, relocated, tweaked, hammered and shellacqued. Wink

I wish soft start were still in play as I liked that feature, it was an instant giveaway that Bistro was in progress…

Indeed, I have had no such issues with the Texas Avenger drivers even with triple XP-G3 lights (of which I plan to sell a few soon) running 16+ amps. The new components list by DEL truly make the drivers rock solid stable in my testing.

I also like the soft start, This is one of the features I want to add back into it if/when TK ever has time to implement the compacted code. It is simply out of space right now.

With the space gains she mentioned possible soft start, 31 mode groups, a larger ramp table and a few more fun strobe modes should all fit.

Although for those like yourself another possibility is to use a tiny85 instead of the 25 and then you will have plenty of room for everything you could dream of.

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I suppose I could release a version of the firmware with less mode groups and soft start enabled. Hmm, something to think about.

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I really love the 7 mode with reversing into hidden modes. Might would play with some crazy strobes on occasion but my memory makes it difficult to do that kind of thing, so a very elaborate firmware table is lost on me. I’ll set it and forget it.

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I’ll take one 17mm TA with sir 800 FET and one SRK driver.

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MountainMan wrote:
I’ll take one 17mm TA with sir 800 FET and one SRK driver.

PM Sent.

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All the best for the sale TA. You have put a lot of effort into these items. Thumbs Up

Thanks, I am happy with how they have turned out so far. They could have never happened without the help of lots of others here.

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TA, I’m in need of several of the 17mm version with your variant on Bistro. What I need is the full featured set up for use in a quad light. I don’t care about you building it, throw all the bits in a ziploc and mail em, I can build them myself no problemo. Can we do this? I’d use an L6 driver the same way, just set it up in the MCU and throw all the bits in a bag, I’ll take care of the rest. I need to get a top binned XHP-70 so I can mod the clear L6 for my son-in-law, he has need of a big boss light at work. (Actually, this one needs a ramping firmware, if you can do that, if not I can flash the MCU with my own.)

Holler at me and we’ll figure it out, Thanks! Big Smile

No particular hurry, sometime in the next hour is fine. (just messin with ya, need the light for my son-in-law for Christmas, the other’s are not pressing)

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DB Custom wrote:
I really love the 7 mode with reversing into hidden modes. Might would play with some crazy strobes on occasion but my memory makes it difficult to do that kind of thing, so a very elaborate firmware table is lost on me. I’ll set it and forget it.

This is kind of the idea, lots and lots of options but most will set it how they want it and never touch it again. The idea is to have those options for everyone.

I do have a version of the firmware with 14 mode groups, a larger ramp table and soft start (I think) enabled. I will have to check into that again. I might add it to the release as an option if people want it. Basically it doesn’t have any of the mode groups after 14 IIRC and has soft start enabled.

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DB Custom wrote:
TA, I’m in need of several of the 17mm version with your variant on Bistro. What I need is the full featured set up for use in a quad light. I don’t care about you building it, throw all the bits in a ziploc and mail em, I can build them myself no problemo. Can we do this? I’d use an L6 driver the same way, just set it up in the MCU and throw all the bits in a bag, I’ll take care of the rest. I need to get a top binned XHP-70 so I can mod the clear L6 for my son-in-law, he has need of a big boss light at work. (Actually, this one needs a ramping firmware, if you can do that, if not I can flash the MCU with my own.)

Holler at me and we’ll figure it out, Thanks! Big Smile

No particular hurry, sometime in the next hour is fine. (just messin with ya, need the light for my son-in-law for Christmas, the other’s are not pressing)

Well, I should have a goodie bag of stuff headed your way shortly Party

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Has anyone bought a tailcap yet? With how often I get requests, I would have expected those to fly off the shelf

edit: Oops, I see now that most are marked as ‘sold out’ I just didn’t remember seeing comments about them in this thread… so nevermind!

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Has anyone bought a tailcap yet? With how often I get requests, I would have expected those to fly off the shelf

edit: Oops, I see now that most are marked as ‘sold out’ I just didn’t remember seeing comments about them in this thread… so nevermind!

I sold 2 or 3 of them, all the sales so far have been through PM pretty much so this thread doesn’t get bumped much.

I have not had any further requests so I have not seen a reason to order more parts for them or the drivers.

I think people expect to be able to just buy the tailcap and don’t realize they need the matching driver to go with them in order for it to work properly.

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I am interested in a couple of 17MM e-switch versions with Narsil firmware. I’d rather nor try to build them myself as I don’t see those tiny parts so well any more.

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I am interested in a couple of 17MM e-switch versions with Narsil firmware. I’d rather nor try to build them myself as I don’t see those tiny parts so well any more.

I ran out of 7135’s and don’t see myself ordering more of them at this point.

Due to the very low demand for these and the very high effort involved with making them I don’t think I will be making another batch.

I do have some left over PCB’s and other parts I could sell so you don’t have to wait on oshpark though. I would have to check how many.

Now I do have a LOT of lighted tailcap parts, switches, springs, LED’s, Pots ect. If anyone wants a lighted tailcap “kit” let me know. The one thing I don’t have many of are the PCB’s.

Put simply it is not worth the time involved with building these at this point. Which is fine, I never intended to make money off this project anyways.

As far as seeing the parts, I see a lot of people complain about this, do people try to assemble the drivers without a magnifier?

I have the older version of this without the lights and it makes it easy to see what you are doing. Just get yourself a pair of fine time tweezers:

http://www.harborfreight.com/magnifier-head-strap-with-lights-38896.html

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I have a green convoy s2+ that woyld be cool with a green lighted tailcap. Do you have any available?

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I have a green convoy s2+ that woyld be cool with a green lighted tailcap. Do you have any available?

Due to the low interest and high amount of work involved with building these things by hand I do not think I will be making any more complete drivers or tailcaps to sell. It is simply not worth the time.

That said I do have some parts left over and will be selling “kits” to build your own tailcaps along with a few other items.

I have everything but the PCB’s here to build some green tailcaps. The PCB’s can be ordered from oshpark in the size you need.

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Do you still have any of the TA driver “parts kits” to sell? I’m thinking about buying boards from Osh Park and a “parts kit” from you for building a D01 driver. Does it take the same parts list as the others?

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I don’t have anymore complete kits, I am out of MCU’s, diodes and real low on FET’s, lots of resistors though. Most likely you will have to order the parts separately anyways. Use arrow with the free shipping and the cost works out well.

I do have some lighted tailcaps parts kits left though, lots of those.