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Every now and then a non flashlight related post finds it’s way into this thread… Here is another.

I got a Mavic 2 pro as my first drone last year but it’s a bit of a hassle getting out to fly it as I live in an apartment. It’s also a little too expensive to learn how to fly a drone with, already crashed it once into a tree, so I tried simulator software but my old laptop couldn’t handle the graphics. Instead of upgrading the laptop I went and got myself one of those real cheapo mini drones just to learn how to control a drone from my couch. Man have I crashed it! Durable little sucker, props and prop guards flying everywhere, just stick ‘em back on and it’s ready for more abuse. However, running around after it in my apartment is annoying. I have goggles for my Mavic 2 so I want to fly with goggles indoor too. What to do? I want to stick a little camera on it but these little suckers fly really bad when weight is added, I already tried a larger battery.

It weights in at at 52.5 grams with the battery.

I bought a cheap little camera, I also bought some compatible cheapo goggles that has detachable screen.

So I had to shed about 4 grams of this thing… I hacked it up pretty good, removing useless joke camera and wifi transmitter it came with, a LED and a whole bunch of the plastic frame:

I soldered on cables with connections to the battery poles on the main board and taped down the camera and tx board. Antenna is sticking out in the front, might move it later as it’s in frame but it’ll do for now. And whatta ya know, it ended up 0.3 of a gram lighter:

So it’s ready to go and get all bashed up again! I just hope the camera holds up, I don’t care much about the drone itself, it’s has long since passed what I expected of it and I have a few more lined up to take it’s place. The camera I can move to the next drone in line when this one has had enough. I did get a spare camera too, just in case.

Test flight tomorrow, can’t do it now as my girlfriend as asleep.

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Sounds like you are having fun! Nice hack. Thumbs Up

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1stein wrote:
mountainair26 wrote:
Nice MT-g2 build 1stein! did you open the reflector up at all to fit the big led, or it just worked out how you wanted it to?

Thank you! Yes, I’ve enlarged the emiter hole in the reflector to fit the LED. Furthermore I’ve put the special gasket to make the ref rest on it instead of the led, so the MT-G2 edges are secured. Everything took like one hour so it wasn’t very hard to achieve.


Nice mod..Please,which driver was used? And-is it for two 18350 or one 18650?

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djozz wrote:
And the tint is completely different now, as measured in the hotspot.

On lowest mode:
CCT=3530
Duv=-0.040
CRI=96.8
R9=89

On highest mode:
CCT=3700
Duv=-0.0059
CRI=96.0
R9=93

So great CRI, 3 percent points better than before slicing, and wonderfully rosy.

The output at max is now 560 lumen (with slightly depleted battery), of which most is in that hotspot.

Fantastic work, DJozz! I love it. I passed on the E10 because I just hate that really cold tint. That sliced Nichia really hits the sweet spot. Were you expecting this outcome or had you been able to calculate these expected values prior to the mod?
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Non-slip pads did not work for me, that is why I went for the custom tool, and indeed it needed an amount of force that I could never have applied with the pads.
And what a great tool idea, something that would come in handy with removing some Olight bezels as well (I tried in vain to use non-slip pads and got no joy).
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Mike C wrote:
Every now and then a non flashlight related post finds it’s way into this thread… Here is another.
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So it’s ready to go and get all bashed up again! I just hope the camera holds up, I don’t care much about the drone itself, it’s has long since passed what I expected of it and I have a few more lined up to take it’s place. The camera I can move to the next drone in line when this one has had enough. I did get a spare camera too, just in case.
Awesome work! I’d been wondering if anyone had come up with an “upgrade kit” for lesser drones. Looks like you’ve got the essentials of just that. Must be quite an asset in helping you to learn better drone navigation skills.
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djozz wrote:
Sounds like you are having fun! Nice hack. Thumbs Up

Yeah, there fun little things. I’m surprised how durable they are.

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[I’d been wondering if anyone had come up with an “upgrade kit” for lesser drones. Looks like you’ve got the essentials of just that. Must be quite an asset in helping you to learn better drone navigation skills.

Great for real beginners like me. I would not have wanted to treat a more expensive drone the way I’ve treated this one! The camera can rather easily be moved but to keep weight down on these real cheapo things they have to be hacked up pretty good.

I made another… same weight as the the other before cutting it up:

I cut this this one up even more and managed to lower overall weight with 1.2 grams.

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Nothing ground breaking but something new to entertain me Smile ...

It's been a while that I've done some emitter/driver swaps. This is a triple host swap. The main

reason for this is to get rid of the XH-P 50 doughnut hole beam in the L2, and the 6V Zener FET driver had to go

with it. I've also found that with 2x 26650s, this older LED is overdriven by the MTN 17mm. The solution is to use the

Guppydrv Rev. 2 group 12, at no more than 70% or lesser batteries. There are Carclo single emitter TIRs to fix the

doughnut and I have a number of S21As. I used a clear TIR, at first, but the beam is better with a 'sanded' TIR.

I want an SFT40 but until I order one, the next best thing I have in inventory is an SST40 for the L2. My MTN 20mm

Crescendo driver makes for a simple yet interesting thrower interface. Who wants anything but 100% in a thrower anyway? wink

The Utilitech 3C has a great reflector with very good throw, similar to the L2 and the XP-L HI won't be

too hot for the plastic reflector.

After the swaps:

This has been a great throwy host that just about handles it all. I've had it in the vehicle with Li AA primaries, and can be setup

for a 21700 or an 18650.

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V11r mod to 519a

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Lep in 600mm lens at the moment without Wavien

No data at the moment,
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SFT40 in an EC01.. not a success :/

First the small screw preventing the mcpcb from rotating was in the way. Not a major issue though.

But I forgot to take the OP reflector into account, stupid… I don’t even know what to call this, except the word iris comes to mind.

Next up: try again, but then reflow the emitter to an Astrolux FT03 that I have lying around. But that’s for another day!

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I tinkered a bit with Convoy’s 12V 2,5A GT-FC40 driver. I changed it to 6V output and adjusted boost converters input limit to higher value. It was limited to 10A, but MP3431 boost converter should handle higher. I also changed bigger 1R5 valued inductor to it from broken Convoy driver. With 6,7 mOhm current sense resistor mine gives an output of 6,2A and draws 12A from battery. This with battery voltage of 4,1.

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Nice driver modding Haukkeli Thumbs Up

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VrestoTaylor wrote:
1stein wrote:
mountainair26 wrote:
Nice MT-g2 build 1stein! did you open the reflector up at all to fit the big led, or it just worked out how you wanted it to?

Thank you! Yes, I’ve enlarged the emiter hole in the reflector to fit the LED. Furthermore I’ve put the special gasket to make the ref rest on it instead of the led, so the MT-G2 edges are secured. Everything took like one hour so it wasn’t very hard to achieve.


Nice mod..Please,which driver was used? And-is it for two 18350 or one 18650?

One 21700 and boost driver from Simon.

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1stein wrote:
mountainair26 wrote:
Nice MT-g2 build 1stein! did you open the reflector up at all to fit the big led, or it just worked out how you wanted it to?

Thank you! Yes, I’ve enlarged the emiter hole in the reflector to fit the LED. Furthermore I’ve put the special gasket to make the ref rest on it instead of the led, so the MT-G2 edges are secured. Everything took like one hour so it wasn’t very hard to achieve.


ok,but its stock driver there?

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I haven’t done anything with my flashlights anymore for several months, but today I added aux leds to my edc FWAA. Due to the fact that attiny85 sits inside, there is only one color – ice blue, but I think that’s enough for me.
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I also finished a mod for a friend recently. He saw it at Vinh’s and wanted it too. 7x xhp50.2 5000k mule.
Apart from the auxes, I also added a blue GITD tape to the inner wall. I think it was a good idea.
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Chatika vas Paus wrote:
I added aux leds to my edc FWAA.
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Wow! outstanding work
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Chatika vas Paus wrote:
I haven’t done anything with my flashlights anymore for several months, but today I added aux leds to my edc FWAA. Due to the fact that attiny85 sits inside, there is only one color – ice blue, but I think that’s enough for me.

That is really neat…outstanding! Putting that on my list of I-should-probably-dos.

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chadvone wrote:
I took the driver out of my BLF A6 again, and put it into my Novatac Special ops

twist on button changes modes.


congrats on your mod

there are some inexpensive Novatacs on ebay atm.. if you need more.. LOL

I just modded one to 519a 4500k, and did the 250 click unlock, to make it programmable..
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really pleased with the beam quality, and output increased to 270 lumens..

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and did the 250 click unlock, to make it programmable.

250!? And some people complained about 20 clicks instead of 10 in Simon’s drivers.

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Just for fun to see what would happen and get some practical experience with flashlight modding; Convoy L2 with B35AM. Maybe a high CRI thrower.

I’m considering this a work in progress. Some practical limitations, such as no OP reflector available and unfortunately no 2 cell 6V driver (used the 20mm Convoy B35AM driver). The dedicated B35AM gasket is just too small for the reflector hole, so had to use a unknown gasket that was much thicker, but fits (possibly XP). Also the stock L2 tail button is not suitable for controlling it. Need to find a replacement for that. But I’m was pleasantly surprised by the beamshot. Was expecting something floodier, but it actually shoots out pretty straight. It throws further than the DM11 with B35AM. But up close there are rings that I would like to get rid off, just don’t know the cause.


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Looks like the lens AR coatings creating those rings

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@Verodin, I believe those rings could be reduced by a flatter, more shallow gasket. The emmitter just needs to be level with the base reflecting surface of the reflector. It really isn't that bad and the beam is nice. The color comes from the lens anti-reflective coating.

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Tue, 02/15/2022 - 00:15

 

Today, had to run to TSC for something else and they still have these. I'm glad I had it for parts but I wouldn't pay $12.99 for an optic.

 

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Nachtfeuerzeug wrote:

@Verodin, I believe those rings could be reduced by a flatter, more shallow gasket. The emmitter just needs to be level with the base reflecting surface of the reflector. It really isn’t that bad and the beam is nice. The color comes from the lens anti-reflective coating.


It’s mainly that white outer ring that’s distracting, the coating colour is barely visible. During real life use I mean, not white wall. I plan on using the original gasket, but with something around it with the same height to level them out. Then see what difference it makes (ring + beam). Also noticed some artefacts in the beam, but only over 5m distance. Darker center mainly, not a distraction outside, as long as you don’t point in at white snow.
After the initial post I went outside to play more with it. This will be a keeper apart from tweaking the stuff just described. The only real throwers I have are all cold white with low CRI. This one lights a small area, but the colours definitely pop more, it’s a clear difference, even without comparing directly.
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Aaand amber for the second FWAA. Here ice blue on low and amber on high. I used 1k for both.

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Chatika vas Paus wrote:
Aaand amber for the second FWAA. Here ice blue on low and amber on high. I used 1k for both.
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Does stock FWAA FW support Aux or or did you have to reflash?

On the light side.

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