Making a 12-Up out of Mini-Mags and Nichias. It's Finished and BEAM SHOTS are up now!!

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I need to sign up for some kind of 'driver boot camp' with an angry drill sergeant and everything. If I could force myself to stick with it I could figure it out, but I read something like that and my eyes glaze over and I drool a little and I get a headache, and I have to move on to something else before there's any permanent damage...

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I get that look all the time comfychair, when I try to explain my new lights or the mods I’m making to my family. LOL My wife walks out of the room hoping I’m so into the talk of lights I won’t notice she’s gone. Wink

[bad of me I know, but sometimes it works to get her to move on so I can concentrate]

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so help me if this ever goes up for sale in the marketplace… ill trade both my kidneys and my right arm for this one!

Would you mind keeping the wrong flashlight?
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Nice looking bunch of parts you've got going one there Justin. Don't know how you plan on reflowing all those emitters but if I may I'll share my own very brief experience with you. I haven't done this but a few times, but it's been a great success. I got some solder paste from Lowes, over in the plumbing dept, called Solder-It. It was like $4.00. I have a 1/8" thick stainless steel plate that's 6" in diameter that I got for our induction glass stove-top for when we're canning. Our canning pot has a recess in the bottom that won't let the induction burner stay on so the plate fills that recess and keeps continuous contact on the glass top for excellent heat control via the pot switch. So I warmed up the plate, put solder paste on the copper stars using a needle to spread it out then laid the emitter on top of the paste. Did this with 4 stars at once. Laid em on the warmed plate then turned the heat up to medium and watched closely. The flux flowed, the solder melted, the emitters sat down on the star boards and I pushed the plate over to the cold neighboring contact surface and shut the heat down. Gave it about 10-20 seconds then moved the stars to an aluminum heat sink to cool down. The boards are pristine, no blackening of any kind and the emitters are centered very nicely. All done in one shot. Had to remove the stars from the plate pretty quick as it stays hot for a very long time. Done this way, all 12 can be reflowed in about 5 minutes. Just a thought.

 

Thanks, LEDs are already done (photo in the OP). I just use my soldering iron. I've gotten fairly good at it.

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This is gonna be sick! Have you figured how you're going to test it without 14500s?
Well, I am going to see who wants to send me four fully charged 14500 IMR's for testing and then I can send them back when the test is done. It's either that or I use 12 Eneloops!

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my eyes glaze over and I drool a little and I get a headache, and I have to move on to something else before there's any permanent damage...

LOL, that's about my permanent state with this mod. I don't know how I talked myself into it.

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so help me if this ever goes up for sale in the marketplace... ill trade both my kidneys and my right arm for this one!
COOL! Then you can make a replacement arm with LEDs in the fingertips and the power pack inside the arm!Laughing

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I think it’s me not the subject matter ‘cause I’ve learned to recognize that look and break off an explanation. Some things are just not meant for public consumption and I guess Duck chatter is among them. My appologies for headaches, loss of sleep, etc.

Justin, I just acquired 8 brand new 14650 cells and may have a matched set of 4 × 14500’s. I’ll check in 2hrs when I get home for a brief stint.

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I think it's me not the subject matter 'cause I've learned to recognize that look and break off an explanation. Some things are just not meant for public consumption and I guess Duck chatter is among them. My appologies for headaches, loss of sleep, etc. p. Justin, I just acquired 8 brand new 14650 cells and may have a matched set of 4 x 14500's. I'll check in 2hrs when I get home for a brief stint.

Keep Quackin bud, we hain't got no problem wid it.Wink

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Rufusbduck wrote:
I think it’s me not the subject matter ‘cause I’ve learned to recognize that look and break off an explanation. Some things are just not meant for public consumption and I guess Duck chatter is among them. My appologies for headaches, loss of sleep, etc. p. Justin, I just acquired 8 brand new 14650 cells and may have a matched set of 4 × 14500’s. I’ll check in 2hrs when I get home for a brief stint.

Keep Quackin bud, we hain’t got no problem wid it.Wink


That’s a relief since I can’t see anyone’s eyes over the Internet.

Have you made up your mind about the wiring?

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Rufusbduck wrote:
I think it's me not the subject matter 'cause I've learned to recognize that look and break off an explanation. Some things are just not meant for public consumption and I guess Duck chatter is among them. My appologies for headaches, loss of sleep, etc. p. Justin, I just acquired 8 brand new 14650 cells and may have a matched set of 4 x 14500's. I'll check in 2hrs when I get home for a brief stint.

No, don't stop. I need to learn the driver stuff, but it's a steep cliff to climb and I can't find a good initial foothold. I don't know enough about it to know what I don't know... Cry

Reading will only get me so far, I guess what I need to do is start experimenting directly with the hardware on my own, I learn better that way. Maybe with some experience the reading will start to make sense.

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Well THANKS! Now I have goosebumps the size of Easter Eggs! Tongue Out

Can't wait to see this complete!!!  Nice work so far Justin!!

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As previously mentioned WOW. I cant help on the wiring at all. I do have a question though. How do you plan on stopping this light from rolling of the table and onto the floor?

Thin metal is nearly impossible to work with so I'm not sure which bit looks rough. If it was me doing this I would have lots of metal screwed up in a ball. Nice work buddy.

 

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Have you made up your mind about the wiring?

 

I think I really have no choice other than to go with each battery direct to one star. I just do not have the room for 18 wires in that center tube and 18 wires would leave more room for my constant errors. Wiring the first example cuts down 8 wires that would go out the side of the heads. I can manage the rest (I think).

It's the lesser of two evils, although I would rather do it the way in the second example.

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MRsDNF wrote:

I do have a question though. How do you plan on stopping this light from rolling of the table and onto the floor?

Actually, with the two metal plates, it sits well on the table and it would not roll on it's own, even on a slight angle.

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This thing is gonna be pretty bad ass. You ideas never cease to amaze me.

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Now you did it… now I’m thinking about reworking the Gadget. Yours is a much more elegant solution, and mine weighs a ton. Beautiful job so far!

Your wiring dilemma is the reason I outputted the tailcaps in parallel to an external switch. With one switch, the drivers don’t get ‘out of sync’ with modes and if one does when changing batteries, I just cycle the appropriate plug in and out.

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Justin, you are frightening me...AGAIN!!!  Embarassed

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04-01-13   The OP has been Updated... Again.

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Ok. I'm not following but still reading. No, I'm following but not following but reading. Gees this thread is confusing. I dont understand much but following looking and reading. Damn theres that following word again. Is there anything to follow here. I give up. Thanks OL for a confusing thread. I recall somewhere above that you were having a hard time as well. Ah, I feel better now. Were all confused.Cool

 

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Don wrote:
It sounds like the XM LEDs won’t really be suitable for flashlight use. Pity…

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Well, MRsDNF, they say "lead, follow or get the hell out the way", so at least you are following. I know what I am doing.UndecidedUndecidedSealed

All the heads are wired up and now they have to sit to let the Fujik dry. I can possibly get the bodies cut down and threaded tonight.

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You need to rewire it all… power and ground can’t flow through striped wires… it makes the electrons all dizzy as they go whizzing by. J)

BTW, I got in the Maglight module today. Many thanks. Hopefully it will fix my friend’s dead light.

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You need to rewire it all... power and ground can't flow through striped wires... it makes the electrons all dizzy as they go whizzing by. J) BTW, I got in the Maglight module today. Many thanks. Hopefully it will fix my friend's dead light.
I highly doubt the electrons will be any dizzier than I already am.

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Another fascinating project in the making! Thanks so much for the detailed explanation and meticulous photo tour. This one goes Frontpage and into the “Featured Mods” section.

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sb56637 - Thank You

 

The OP has been updated again. Bodies are cut down and the switch is ready.

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sb56637 wrote:
Another fascinating project in the making! Thanks so much for the detailed explanation and meticulous photo tour. This one goes Frontpage and into the "Featured Mods" section.

Sb's correct,  and I couldn't have said it any better.

O.L. YOU  are  AMAZING and an inspiration to our community !!

Thanks for sharing!!!

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sb56637 wrote:
Another fascinating project in the making! Thanks so much for the detailed explanation and meticulous photo tour. This one goes Frontpage and into the “Featured Mods” section.

Sb’s correct,  and I couldn’t have said it any better.

O.L. YOU  are  AMAZING and an inspiration to our community !!

Thanks for sharing!!!

Seconded!

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