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

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That is one sweet build. Definitely the best looking multiple flashlight body build I have ever seen. It looks like it is easy to handle with one hand too. All that high CRI light in the palm of your hand. Very cool.

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my goodness…

How bright is bright enough...

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Many congrats on finishing this one-of-a-kind masterpiece! One of your glamour photos (I’m talking about the ones you took of the flashlight :bigsmile: ) HAS to go on the frontpage teaser. Just tell me which one and I’ll put it up there. I like the shot of it in your hand for relative size comparison.

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Rufusbduck wrote:
Sorry, didn't mean to confuse things, just wanted to prevent a delay from using an inadequate cell. I had read that 8-10C was near the limit for good imr's and that efest cells were not as good as some others at very high current draws. They do seem very good for the price which is why I use them and my experience was that 3A was too much to ask from the efest 10440. Way better than protected TF 10440 but not as good as AW.

AW doesnt sell 10440 IMRs and the ICR ones cant even handle 2A:

http://dampfakkus.de/akkuvergleich.php?akku1=259&akku2=313&akku3=&akku4=...

So I wonder what cells you compared..

 

Efest IMR 14500 are almost on par with those from AW for a much cheaper price, so no worries.

 

Awesome build. Smile

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Many congrats on finishing this one-of-a-kind masterpiece! One of your glamour photos (I'm talking about the ones you took of the flashlight :bigsmile: ) HAS to go on the frontpage teaser. Just tell me which one and I'll put it up there. I like the shot of it in your hand for relative size comparison.
Use any one you like.Wink

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Hmm. Wow that is a lot of work! I guess if you like Nichia emitters, but surely you could get a fat 26650 host instead and shove a bunch of them in?

However, this approach would be fantastic for a super Flood to Throw light, since you really do need to seperate each emitter and have a seperate aspheric for each one.
As such, you could simply(?) make a mechanism for moving the aspherics back and forth, all tied together and use the latest bin XR-Es, and make a quite impressive light.
Same basic approach that Led Lenser took with their X-21, and it is still a uniquely powerful flood to throw years later.

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Erroneous assumption on my part. I only directly compared efest imr with Trustfire protected cells. I just assumed that if aw 10440’s were available that they would be capable of higher current draw. Moot point now.

Three Tanna leaves to give him life, nine to give him movement. But what if he eats the whole bag?

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Wow, Nichia 219 flood monster! I bet the wall of light this puts out is a thing of beauty with the twelve 219’s in there, would love to see some beam shots of this. I really like reading through these builds you do, lots of good info. Great job!

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Update- Unfortunately, this light is back at the center of my thoughts and concerns. I got the 14500 batteries and loaded them into the light. It turned on - before I turned on the switch - Oh, Well, time to tear it all apart and find out what the hell happened now. This light has been nothing but problems. I think it's one of those projects that are just a little out of my comfort (and knowledge), zone.  I'm grasping at straws now, since I cannot see why it is turning on when the switch is an open circuit. It has to mean that there is a short somewhere that is bypassing the circuit, but I do not know where.  And to top it all off, right now I am spending time with my favorite Chiropractor. "Spring cleaning" just about cleaned my clock, LOL.

I hope to work on it this week end if time permits.

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Sorry to hear about your spring cleaning woes. Hope all is well soon.

So, what’d it look like the little while it was on? Smile

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Sorry to hear about your spring cleaning woes. Hope all is well soon.

So, what’d it look like the little while it was on? Smile


Relentless. 8)

Sounds like a ground ring or solder touching some copper.

Back trouble sucks. I hope you feel better soon. I spent too much time at the mod table last week and got kinked myself.

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wow, the flashlight is awesome, and the reviews are great.

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BEAM SHOTS are up  in POST #1.

 

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Its a WOW light without argument. WOW. You are the king of Mag Light mods. Ingenuity, creativity and just orsmness. Thanks for the build.

I’m going to teleport my next build to you so that you can do all that driver stuff and teleport it back to me ready to fit. Now go and get that back off yours better so we can start. If you dont I will have to come around and whip you back into line. Cheers.

 

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Awesome light Justin.

I remember a time, when I searched for lights to fit my needs. Now I search for needs to fit my lights.

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Remarkable job Justin. I like the added copper rings at the tail. You put a ton of work into this light. Thanks for showing us.

Three Tanna leaves to give him life, nine to give him movement. But what if he eats the whole bag?

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You’re like the Picaso of torch modding, I love your work.

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Amazing beamshots, Old-Lumens!

Keep up the good work.   8)

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Well done Justin, well done! Can you imagine someone with dark adjusted eyes getting this full on in the face at 10 yds? What a defensive light for a woman that likes a med to large purse! Smile

Take a break, take some meds, take care of yourself. (I say as I head off to move heavy appliances, got room in the down-in-the-back club?)

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great light, 30 seconds is plenty enough to WOW!

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Just wanted to say this was awesome!

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that light is awesome… the buyer is going to love it im sure
edit: good work justin… and i dont think you ever answered if you were going to stick around after the completion of these last few wild mods….

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that light is awesome... the buyer is going to love it im sure edit: good work justin... and i dont think you ever answered if you were going to stick around after the completion of these last few wild mods....
I will be "around". I have the EA8 coming next week. I don't know if I will mod it or just sell it.

I have a few mods I would like to do, but lack of funds prohibit anything in the near future.

  • An SRK modded into a single reflector thrower
  • A 9-up XM-L, 3x1D (three 1D Mags together like this light was done) Maglite - Flamed
  • A rotating 90 degree to straight Mini-Maglite

Maybe Someday down the road, but I need a break anyhow. Just like anything else, it gets old after a while and I know I'm not the only one, as many here come and go.

I am going to play around with finishing off a few knife blanks to break the up the monotony.

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Pulsar wrote:
that light is awesome… the buyer is going to love it im sure edit: good work justin… and i dont think you ever answered if you were going to stick around after the completion of these last few wild mods….
I will be “around”. I have the EA8 coming next week. I don’t know if I will mod it or just sell it.

I have a few mods I would like to do, but lack of funds prohibit anything in the near future.



  • An SRK modded into a single reflector thrower

  • A 9-up XM-L, 3×1D (three 1D Mags together like this light was done) Maglite – Flamed

  • A rotating 90 degree to straight Mini-Maglite

Maybe Someday down the road, but I need a break anyhow. Just like anything else, it gets old after a while and I know I’m not the only one, as many here come and go.


I am going to play around with finishing off a few knife blanks to break the up the monotony.


well even if your not making lights, i enjoy your blunt “im too old to give a #$@&” comments :bigsmile:
im actually in the market for knife, about a 4-5” full tang knife. something with a good steel but not too hard. dont need it chipping. probably a good carbon steel knife would be perfect.
something that i could skin a deer with, or use to split small branches while camping. i would love an OL mod in one of my collections. and to be honest, i think a knife would be that much better. who knows a handy knife better than a texan?
im not sure what the costs of such a hand made knife would cost, but if interested and know a good source for a blank, PM me
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Amazing stuff. Thx so much for sharing.

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Great work really impressive, quick question would a 3AA or maybe 2AA light using eneloops rather than Li-Ion, fitted with Nichia 219 be useful. i have several old incan 2AA minimags in my junk draw.

B10 Flux Bin 100-110lm@350mA, L Voltage Bin 2.7-3.1V@350mA, is the info i have found should be a useful general light and i like the idea of reusing my old minimags. maybe a simple 2 level driver.

being a noob in the arena of self build so i expect to get slapped about abit

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wolf359 wrote:
Great work really impressive, quick question would a 3AA or maybe 2AA light using eneloops rather than Li-Ion, fitted with Nichia 219 be useful. i have several old incan 2AA minimags in my junk draw. B10 Flux Bin 100-110lm@350mA, L Voltage Bin 2.7-3.1V@350mA, is the info i have found should be a useful general light and i like the idea of reusing my old minimags. maybe a simple 2 level driver. being a noob in the arena of self build so i expect to get slapped about abit
The typical setup would be either one Li-ion or 3AA per led, but if you used a boost driver, you could do 2AA. There are a few out there. I think Fasttech has a couple 2AA bost drivers.

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