Review: DIY UltraFire 1xAA Flashlight with Clip Host Kit

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Review: DIY UltraFire 1xAA Flashlight with Clip Host Kit

 

Do it yourself UltraFire 1xAA Flashlight with Clip Host Kit $8.70

This is a do it yourself kit purchased from cnqualitygoods.

http://www.cnqualitygoods.com/goods.php?id=1503

I also ordered a 3C T6 XML emitter to go with it.  $7.90

http://www.cnqualitygoods.com/goods.php?id=1302

I ordered a standard 16mm driver a Nanjg 105C  $5.00

http://www.cnqualitygoods.com/goods.php?id=1554

Total cost is $21.60 with free shipping.

It took about three weeks to arrive.

Features:

1. Hard Anodized finish. 
2. Made from Aluminum alloy. 
3. Aluminum reflector (Orange Peel).
4. Single 14500 or AA depending on driver chosen.
5. Takes a standard sized 16mm emitter.
6. Takes a standard sized 17mm driver also driver ring included to fit 16mm driver.
7. Available with a reflector for an XPG or an XML/XRE.

This is a complete kit minus the emitter, driver and battery.

Comes with a reverse clicky, but cnqualitygoods has forward clickies available.

I chose an T6 XML 3C tint with a 2.8 amp driver flashed to a custom 5 mode.

Modes are .02 moonlight, .08 low, .6 medium, 1.4 high and 2.8 turbo.

Some Pictures :

Wires need to be attached to driver as pictured.

This is what  found in the package after I put the pill together.

 

The host has very nice anodizing.

The knurling was very nice with no flaws.

The threads were silky smooth and came pre-lubed.

The o-rings were all there and of very good quality.

The clicky switch is very lively, not to hard, not to easy just right in my opinion.

The beam was very nice with a decent amount of throw and excellent flood.

I am over all very impressed with the quality of the host.

If I had to complain about anything the clip could be a little stronger, but that is typical for this type of host.

I don't hesitate to give this kit 5 out 5 stars highly I recommend it.

I am already visualizing the duct tape over your mouth.

Edited by: sb56637 on 08/26/2014 - 17:06
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Excellent. Well done. I reckon this will motivate a lot of flashaholics to expand there bounderies. Thanks.

 

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Looks like the UniqueFire AA S-1 .

Sounds like you just made a badass EDC .

How's the beam profile ?

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jacktheclipper wrote:

Looks like the UniqueFire AA S-1 .

Sounds like you just made a badass EDC .

How's the beam profile ?

Here is a beam shot comparing it to the Famous Manafont/Ultrafire P-60 Drop in on the right.

It has way more flood than a P-60, but still throws perfect for an EDC. The really cool thing about it is with a bestinone 14500 you can gun it up to 2.8 amps for a few minutes before it gets to hot to hold than you can back it down to high at 1.4 amps and it's still super bright.

If you really want more throw you can order the XPG reflector version and put a neutral 4C XPG that cnqualitygoods sells in there with a 2.2 amp 5 mode and get more throw and still have the nice tint.

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jacktheclipper wrote:

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What an awesome light I can't put it down. This is the first light I have built for myself in about six months and the quality of this host far exceeds anything AA sized I have put my hands on. I am actually going to order another with the XPG reflector and build a 4C tint XPG 2.2 amp 5 mode 1.1amp high 2.2amp turbo and a .002 moonlight low. I can't say enough good thing about this host it's a must have for 14500 fans.

I have a couple requests to build some more for people. If anybody else wants one completed send me a PM and I will build some to sell.

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Nice review Smile

Is it safe to run 2.8A from a 14500?

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I wanted an EDC light

And I couldn't find one that seemed right

So E said he'd sell

Me a small XML

Powered flashlight that's ever so bright !

 

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fonzeka wrote:

Nice review Smile

Is it safe to run 2.8A from a 14500?

Yes very safe I am using an IMR from bestinone it belts out 2.8 amps with ease. It appears the 14500 IMRs are sold out at the moment.

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jacktheclipper wrote:

I wanted an EDC light

And I couldn't find one that seemed right

So E said he'd sell

Me a small XML

Powered flashlight that's ever so bright !

 

I'm telling you now , gentlemen

If for custom lights you have a yen

Then E1320

Has knowledge aplenty

And builds great lights time and again

 

 

I love you man

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E1320 wrote:

fonzeka wrote:

Nice review Smile

Is it safe to run 2.8A from a 14500?

Yes very safe I am using an IMR from bestinone it belts out 2.8 amps with ease. It appears the 14500 IMRs are sold out at the moment.

 

To clarify: 

The maximum rated safe discharge for an ICR 14500 is 1.5 amps.  The maximum rated safe discharge for an IMR 14500 is 5 amps.

So yes, it's safe as long as you use an IMR cell.  Just make sure to not leave it running on high or heat could damage or destroy the light.  Not a light to set to high and then leave tailstanding on your desktop for an hour.

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That looks like my Aorkay K-106. Is it the same body? If so, why not just buy the K-106 for modding?
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Speedsix wrote:
That looks like my Aorkay K-106. Is it the same body? If so, why not just buy the K-106 for modding?

I had an Akoray 106 as well, the pill on the Akoray will not allow a 17mm driver to fit so the options are very limited. Also the quality on this light is far better than that of the Akoray. The coating, the threads, the knurling and the o-rings are all of a much higher quality.

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I think I'm going to "need" this light - will send PM.

QUESTION: It's clear that the difference between iCR and IMR 14500s is critical - particularly with this "Pocket Rocket" so would someone provide a couple of links to IMR 14500s (and maybe links to ICR 14500s for comparison)?  Thanks very much.

Regards, -Bob- (KumaBear)

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Thanks E1320, this is going on my list of items for my next CNQ order.

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Thanks very much E1320 for the review! This is an interesting option for the less technically inclined who are still interested in a custom flashlight. Classic flashlight body style there, one of my favorites.

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New here but found the site when looking for a budget light. Ordered two of these kits!!! I must have missed a code as I had to pay postage....
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I didn't get free shipping but thanks for the info as I ordered two kits...
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Thanks for the review E!  

 

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I ordered the exact components listed but just realized I may have messed up...

I want to use AA batteries should have I ordered a different driver??

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Dhbwa wrote:

I ordered the exact components listed but just realized I may have messed up...

I want to use AA batteries should have I ordered a different driver??

The Nanjg driver is rated from 2.8-6.0 volts so it won't work with an AA battery. I don't know of as any drivers that will push an XML hard enough with an AA battery perhaps you should consider switching to a 14500 IMR battery.

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E1320 wrote:

Dhbwa wrote:

I ordered the exact components listed but just realized I may have messed up...

I want to use AA batteries should have I ordered a different driver??

The Nanjg driver is rated from 2.8-60 volts so it won't work with an AA battery. I don't know of as any drivers that will push an XML hard enough with an AA battery perhaps you should consider switching to a 14500 IMR battery.

Did I read that right up to sixty volts?

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scaru wrote:

E1320 wrote:

Dhbwa wrote:

I ordered the exact components listed but just realized I may have messed up...

I want to use AA batteries should have I ordered a different driver??

The Nanjg driver is rated from 2.8-60 volts so it won't work with an AA battery. I don't know of as any drivers that will push an XML hard enough with an AA battery perhaps you should consider switching to a 14500 IMR battery.

Did I read that right up to sixty volts?

No it was a typo and I had to wait the full minute to fix it, sorry.

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Ok, ordered this stuff and now need help with the proper battery and charger...

Make, model and vendor help PLEASE!

Thanks. I'm a tinkerer but hit the order button too quick...

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How is the pill in terms of heat transfer (mass, threads)?

Would it be possible to get a closeup of the pill, with LED and driver installed? Smile

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Dimlux wrote:

How is the pill in terms of heat transfer (mass, threads)?

Would it be possible to get a closeup of the pill, with LED and driver installed? Smile

The pill is very light weight the walls are thin it's the only way you could make it to allow a 16mm star and 17mm driver to fit, but the threads are really nice.The pill gives great heat transfer because of the nice threads. Here some more pictures.

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E1320 wrote:

Dimlux wrote:

How is the pill in terms of heat transfer (mass, threads)?

Would it be possible to get a closeup of the pill, with LED and driver installed? Smile

The pill is very light weight the walls are thin it's the only way you could make it to allow a 16mm star and 17mm driver to fit, but the threads are really nice.The pill gives great heat transfer because of the nice threads. Here some more pictures.

Thanks. Now I have to order one. Silly

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How do you tell them to use a XP-G reflector instead of XR-E? The product you liked to says XP-E, but the pictures seem to be XR-E.

Are the threads square-cut? One of my favorite things about the AKOray K106 is the heavy duty square-cut threads.

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brted wrote:

How do you tell them to use a XP-G reflector instead of XR-E? The product you liked to says XP-E, but the pictures seem to be XR-E.

Are the threads square-cut? One of my favorite things about the AKOray K106 is the heavy duty square-cut threads.

There used to be a box you check off to pick an XPG or XRE/XML reflector I don't see it there anymore.

The threads are square cut, I think that's why the pill transfers heat so well.

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Thanks for the review, it looks awesome.

I love the look of this host! Is is available in 18650 form? I know there are some in 18650 but none look as god as this.

Also, E1320... how do you flash the driver to set your own modes???

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