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@ecobalans, I am from Haarlem, born and grow up here, at my jonger ages I was in Apeldoorn for 3.5 years, was militair back than, thus no Limburg for me but I visit Roermond a lot, a good military mate of my l lives there.

Yes I got the buying flashlights bug already, before I had buying multimeters bug and believe me that was expensive bug.


Here a old picture of my multimeters, I did post this before here at BLF, but I don’t remember where.. (getting old I guess):


@Yokiamy, I also ordered couple of those Convoy LED switches, but I think I will keep soldering myself, have to up my SMD soldering skills little bit.


@klrman, I ordered enough for a year this month, the thing is, like everyone else I don’t need them all. Specially the Q8, I don’t need a L2 and L6 but I sure will buy one of those too. I EDC a S2+ on my belt at my work, I have one of those multi purpose pants with a lot pockets at work so I am also carrying a OTR M3 with me, specially because it has magnet, it is handy for me.


The lighted tail cap is also for my work, I do work with electricity and sometimes while my flashlight is on a shelf while I am diagnosing the lights go out and than I can find the flashlight a lot easier with lighted tail cap.
I like the desert tan S2+ but man it is hard to make the tail switch lighted, specially with the black button. I have tried with 6 green LED’s up till 600µA even than it wasn’t shining through the transparent gasket in the switch assembly. I hope one day Simon offers a desert tan back side with normal button assembly. I wish I still had my lathe, that way I could make the inner side of the metal button with another material.

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Yokiamy, it slowly builds and then the addiction starts 

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Welcome to BLF! Smile

Woaw! I’m jealous of your shop! So clean, well equipped and organized! Mine looks like a child playground and tends to get messy and dusty… lol LOL

Forget the S2+… once you have experienced the BLF A6 the S2 seems like an old school torch. The only plus is you can occasionally find them for less then $10. Be careful when you light up the Q8… you may be impressed. Evil

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@spawn

Are you sure you don’t have a DMM addiction ? Silly

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Hi patmurris, I clean my electronics “lab” after every project, and if a project is not finished I put the parts in a “Tupperware” like see through bins. I have been that root, not putting things away and it gets messy in a month or two. I have a BLF A6 and a Astrolux S1 so basically two of them, I also got three S2+‘s with XPL HI and smooth reflectors. I like the S2+ more because of its throw, it has little bit more distance, that’s why I use it, the BLF A6 is actually perfect if I didn’t carry a OTR M3 with S2+. So if I had to carry one single light that would be BLF A6. Yeah Q8 puts big Big Smile on my face!

@Yokiamy, no DMM addiction anymore, didn’t buy one for at least 3 years now Innocent

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Well, i have to temper my addiction a littlebit, bought too much lately, it’s getting out of hand.
Today i have received the Jaxman E2L host, which is really top quality, love the SS bezel. I will keep you posted when i assembled it.

Also received shipping notice of my GT Big Smile

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GT looks awesome to be honest, but it would be really dangerous here in Haarlem, I live close to Schiphol Airport, if I start to test (play) with a GT, police will come at my house to check me in I think Big Smile
Couple years ago they arrested a kid in Hoofddorp, he was playing with a powerful laser and aiming at the planes when they approach to land, which was utterly stupid of him but he was young didn’t know better.

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@klrman, I ordered enough for a year this month, the thing is, like everyone else I don't need them all. Specially the Q8, I don't need a L2 and L6 but I sure will buy one of those too. I EDC a S2+ on my belt at my work, I have one of those multi purpose pants with a lot pockets at work so I am also carrying a OTR M3 with me, specially because it has magnet, it is handy for me.

The lighted tail cap is also for my work, I do work with electricity and sometimes while my flashlight is on a shelf while I am diagnosing the lights go out and than I can find the flashlight a lot easier with lighted tail cap. I like the desert tan S2+ but man it is hard to make the tail switch lighted, specially with the black button. I have tried with 6 green LED's up till 600µA even than it wasn't shining through the transparent gasket in the switch assembly. I hope one day Simon offers a desert tan back side with normal button assembly. I wish I still had my lathe, that way I could make the inner side of the metal button with another material.

 

As I look at my collection, I don't need any of my flash lights really and am somewhat surprised I even bought most of them.  One of the benefits of joining this forum    Your DMM collection is amazing, wow.  I'm thinking about making a lighted tail cap for my L6 but I need to read some more info on how to's before I dig into it.

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Lighted tail cap is a nice addition, there is a long topic about it, with all ins and outs. You can order PCB’s and get useful information.

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 Good link, thank you SpAwN!

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Got two boards today from Simon with Biscotti driver on it, replaced the boards on two of my desert tan S2+ and what a difference, it is just like I wanted, I use group 2.
I was not happy with the old driver delivered from GB but if you do it like this it is still cheap. Paid €11,75 with coupon for the S2+ and paid €3,50 for each board with Biscotti on it.

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that’s a very good price, BG is more expensive, and yes, Biscotti is very nice, more modes and a lower low (still not low enough) without blink and regulated, this driver rules!
And you can even stack 7135’s for more output

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Hmmm stacking Crazy I have 2 scrap boards with 8× 7135 on each after this upgrade, but my S2+ has XPL-Hi and if I check the specs it only can handle 3A, I have to read on that one, but I am not sure if it’s worth it, the gain is probably not visible.

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XPL HI is able to handle higher currents, see TA’s tests !

http://budgetlightforum.com/node/52227

I got an X6 driver in my C8 XPLHI, no problemo.

i’ve stacked a driver as well, but later on changed it for a DD driver, here’s some info for stacking

http://budgetlightforum.com/node/56219

Succes!

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Great, thanks for the links, specially the TA’s test is very useful. Wel then I got something to do tonight or tomorrow Crazy

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Remember, it will get hot!
The mass of the S2+ will not handle heat as well as a C8/L2/L6

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Yes it does get hot Wink


Just finished the mod, and I found out I am getting old Tired had some trouble with shaky hands, last time I soldered tiny things was on a PS2 years ago.


I lost the 0.1% after adding 4 more 7135’s. So I am on group 10 now (1%, 10%, 35% and 100%). I can understand loosing 0.1%, I didn’t check the topic about Biscotti but I guess it is configured to a certain current draw.


The S2+ has 12× 7135’s now, before I started I tested the output simple way by just bouncing the light from ceiling to my Lux meter and it was 109 lux after the mod it jumped to 156 lux, so there is definitely a gain.


Some pictures, salvaging the 7135’s:


Finished the mod, with sloppy soldering job:

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Nice work!

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I see a dutch modding spree! Smile

For a couple of years it felt a bit lonely here, perhaps in secret there was flashlight modding going on, but at least not many dutch people posted about it.

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Maybe not geographically, but the Dutch are definitely here.

SpAwN: Welcome, I’m recently joined, like you, and I found a wealth of information here. I have no doubt you’ll spend way too many lots of hours here. Big Smile

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Thanks Yokiamy.

djozz, I like to play around with electronics, but I didn’t do anything last 4 years, we bought a house and I was mainly busy with the house itself. At the beginning setup my hobby room like my old room but expand it because it had more space. All my equipment was just sitting there and being pretty. I am glad to pick up a new hobby, reading a lot on the forums, I see a lot useful stuff from you, thanks for that Smile
Can,t wait till I got the new metal button I ordered, I want lighted tail cap on my desert tan. I might try something today see if it works.

Hi Alienon2wheels, yes I do spend a lot of hours here along with a lot of money Facepalm

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And I got a black metal lighted tail cap, there was alcohol involved with it, and it wasn’t me consuming it Ughh

I was sure I had some clear 3mm fiber laying around but I couldn’t find it, so for testings sake I used a clear 3mm led and I whis I never sold my lathe I missed it a lot today Sad


Drilled a 3mm hole in the button, since it is aluminium I had to cool it with alcohol, but since the vice on Proxxon bench drill can’t be locked and I need one hand for the injector with alcohol in it and other hand for the drill to push it down, I couldn’t hold the button and because of that the hole wasn’t in the center of the button. But next time I will use my Proxxon milling machine, that one has better options to clamp the button down.
Anyways whats done is done, it was for testing purposes anyways.


Drilled one 3mm hole through the button and drilled another 3.8mm till half way, this way I could push 3mm till it was locked and than prepared the led, again this led is not to light up it is just for letting the light through. I didn’t have anything else to test with:


I already had a 6× 0805 green LED tail switch board from yesterday, so I dialed the potentiometer till it was 150µA, then I had the issue with next memory thing on the drivers so added a 1kOhm resistor at the driver side, after adding the bleeder I checked the current at tail cap and it was 169µA. The result is fine, I wish the hole was in the center, but next time I will make sure it will be, I will order some 3mm clear fiber.

I will message Simon to ask if he sells black buttons. I like the black button with light in, but I want the hole in the center.

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I have got a spare black for you, do you happen to have a retaining ring for me?

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Retaining ring? What size do you need, to be sure (je bedoelt toch een borg ring?)
There is a lot different retaining rings.

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Yes I got the buying flashlights bug already, before I had buying multimeters bug and believe me that was expensive bug.

Here a old picture of my multimeters, I did post this before here at BLF, but I don’t remember where.. (getting old I guess):

WHOA!! Sick

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Nice job with the metal switch SpAwN! I’ve always wanted to add a lighted switch to a red/blue/green Convoy S2+, but didn’t think it would be bright enough. This certainly is a way to resolve that.

Have you thought about just filling the hole with clear silicone caulk?

I’d rather use my flashlight around the house than turn on the lights.

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Thanks NeutralFan, clear silicone could work too, I wanted diffused effect with plexiglas but didn’t have any plexiglas rod at home so I came up with the 3mm led. But I will be ordering some rods soon, first I have to check how big the hole can be so I can use largest possible rod in there. Ordered some metal buttons here when these arrive I will be experimenting more. But next time I will be using a milling machine with a divider head, to make sure the hole is in the center.

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Nice to see other Dutch people here :).

Klarus Mi7
Fenix E12
Sofirn SF10
Convoy S2+

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Ook welkom Big Smile

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