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Thanks, Nice so with a little sanding the 16mm mcpcb will fit fine Smile

I will check the size of the Windyfire 14500 10A when i get them & report back Smile

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any new deals on lights that I need to buy?

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I'm not sure if this one has been posted before:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/141484198932

It's a $4.79 clone of the Trustfire Mini style light. The diameter was too small for my protected TrustFire/Ultrafire 16340 cells to fit, but CR123A primaries fit very closely. I removed the factory pill/lens/reflector, and sanded down the threads on an empty P60 pill, until it was a close fit into the host. I wrapped the outside of the pill with Kapton tape, and then press-fit it into place, to prevent accidental activation due to the anodizing on the threads wearing. I used a 45-degree Fasttech 20mm TIR, sanded down to fit, and a basic single-mode low-voltage 800mA driver  to power a NW XM-L2 emitter from the CR123A primaries.

It works rather well, and transfers heat to the body rather well, given the non-threaded pill. It's not much of a light, and the factory CW XP-E emitter/driver combo aren't very impressive, but it made for a fun little build. It's a very compact ultra-floody light in this configuration.


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

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Thanks keltex78 for the write up Smile

I have had this light in my wish list for a while, and this made it much closer to purchase.

Why did you use a p60 pill? is the stock not usable? And if i would want something similar where do you buy a p60 pill, do i need to buy a p60 host to get one?

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… if i would want something similar where do you buy a p60 pill, do i need to buy a p60 host to get one?

Actually a host probably wouldn’t come with it. You can get them many places, including fasttech

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Aha! Now i get it, so with some light modification, this light is a p60 host, where all those p60 drop ins can be made to fit.
Thanks pilotdog68 Smile

But wouldn’t kapton tape hurt the heatsinking then, i remember something about people using copper or aluminum tape for maximum heatsinking in p60 lights.

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Hmm, i just realized that i think he meant that it was only the little brass or copper part of the p60 parts he used + the 20mm Fasttech TIR.”

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Aha! Now i get it, so with some light modification, this light is a p60 host, where all those p60 drop ins can be made to fit.
Thanks pilotdog68 Smile

But wouldn’t kapton tape hurt the heatsinking then, i remember something about people using copper or aluminum tape for maximum heatsinking in p60 lights.


Mmm idk about that. He said he used the pill, but it doesn’t look like a p60 reflector would fit in there. I’m not sure exactly what keltex did.

Its a twisty, so the kapton tape i assume is to isolate the pill from the body so that it can be turned off. Maybe the original pill was plastic?

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cajampa wrote:
Aha! Now i get it, so with some light modification, this light is a p60 host, where all those p60 drop ins can be made to fit.
Thanks pilotdog68 Smile

But wouldn’t kapton tape hurt the heatsinking then, i remember something about people using copper or aluminum tape for maximum heatsinking in p60 lights.


Mmm idk about that. He said he used the pill, but it doesn’t look like a p60 reflector would fit in there. I’m not sure exactly what keltex did.

You are right, i just wrote this
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Hmm, i just realized that i think he meant that it was only the little brass or copper part of the p60 parts he used + the 20mm Fasttech TIR.”

But you had already replied before i had time to submit.

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Yeah, I just used the brass part of the pill. Kapton tape isn't good for heatsinking, but was needed to isolate the pill from the body to keep the light from turning on because of the bad anodization on the threads. The factory pill was aluminum, but the driver was an odd size, and looked like it had been cut with a wire cutter to make it fit. The P60 pill was just handy because it let me use a standard driver. I've already gifted the light so I cant post any pics of it for now. If I get a chance, I'll take a pic and put it up here though...


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

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Ok, now i got the picture, so if i can find away to fit a driver in there, the stock aluminum pill is descent.

I think the ebay listing shows a pic of the driver and you are right, it has a very weird shape to it.

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I've looked through my stuff, and have already tossed the driver, but I still have the aluminum pill. The pill is for a 16mm driver, and they had an 18mm driver chiseled to fit in the very large gaps cut into the edge of the shallow pill. I wasn't able to fit a low voltage driver with a coil into the factory pill, which is partially why I used the Fastech optic which eliminated the lens, and was shorter than the factory reflector. This freed up enough space for me to use the deeper pill that accepted 16mm pcb and 17mm driver.


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

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Not a zoomie?

EDIT wrong!

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Mini-LED-Torch-Ultra-Bright-LED-Flashlight-Aluminium-Camping-DIY-Torch-Light-DX/271754103233

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… I’m seeing zoomie

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In the description: "Features: zoomable".


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I got my Mini C8 today, mine had a harsh CW led in it. On eneloop it was extremely weak about as much lumens as a bright moonlight, BUT it takes 10440 Smile so i used a Efest 10440 at about 4v in it and it got much brighter Smile but still weaker than a hugsby xp-1 on eneloops Sad

And the tube is extremely narrow, out of 4 efest 10440 only 1 of them was able to fit without removing any of the stickers on the 10440’s.

It was delivered in a small bubble envelope without any packing, and had some obvious dings in the anodizing from the trip.

Has anyone figured out how to open it? i have tried but failed so far.

I hope i can get it open because it think it can be a interesting 10440 host, with the biggest reflector i have seen on a AAA light.

Some sanding should fix the tight tube, it is has very very thick walls, much thicker than anything i have seen yet, i wonder i it would be possible to fit the next size up battery in there if i drill it out.

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keltex78 wrote:

I’m not sure if this one has been posted before:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/141484198932

It’s a $4.79 clone of the Trustfire Mini style light. The diameter was too small for my protected TrustFire/Ultrafire 16340 cells to fit, but CR123A primaries fit very closely. I removed the factory pill/lens/reflector, and sanded down the threads on an empty P60 pill, until it was a close fit into the host. I wrapped the outside of the pill with Kapton tape, and then press-fit it into place, to prevent accidental activation due to the anodizing on the threads wearing. I used a 45-degree Fasttech 20mm TIR, sanded down to fit, and a basic single-mode low-voltage 800mA driver  to power a NW XM-L2 emitter from the CR123A primaries.

It works rather well, and transfers heat to the body rather well, given the non-threaded pill. It’s not much of a light, and the factory CW XP-E emitter/driver combo aren’t very impressive, but it made for a fun little build. It’s a very compact ultra-floody light in this configuration.


Thanks, you always have something that you have turned in to a power house of a light. 8)

I am collecting a quite a few of those xpe’s like you pulled out of here. I have an idea for them too. I am thinking get some these lens LINK in different degrees and hook 10 in series and use a power supply I got from work that is 33v dc and 1a. that should probably be good for around 2000 lumens and use it as outdoor lighting.

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Thanks, you always have something that you have turned in to a power house of a light. 8) I am collecting a quite a few of those xpe's like you pulled out of here. I have an idea for them too. I am thinking get some these lens "LINK":http://www.leddna.com/10-30-60-80-degree-lens-for-cree-xp-l-xp-g2-xt-e-x... in different degrees and hook 10 in series and use a power supply I got from work that is 33v dc and 1a. that should probably be good for around 2000 lumens and use it as outdoor lighting.

I'm getting a good collection of these cheap XP-E type emitters, but this is such a large variation between them, both in tint and in brightness. Some of them are extremely cool, while still being extremely dim. I wonder if some of these are counterfeit, as they perform so poorly. I had attempted to de-dome one of the coolest XP-Es I had salvaged from cheap eBay light but it was still far dimmer than an identically-driven XR-E.


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cajampa wrote:
I got my Mini C8 today, mine had a harsh CW led in it. On eneloop it was extremely weak about as much lumens as a bright moonlight, BUT it takes 10440 Smile so i used a Efest 10440 at about 4v in it and it got much brighter Smile but still weaker than a hugsby xp-1 on eneloops Sad And the tube is extremely narrow, out of 4 efest 10440 only 1 of them was able to fit without removing any of the stickers on the 10440's. It was delivered in a small bubble envelope without any packing, and had some obvious dings in the anodizing from the trip. Has anyone figured out how to open it? i have tried but failed so far. I hope i can get it open because it think it can be a interesting 10440 host, with the biggest reflector i have seen on a AAA light. Some sanding should fix the tight tube, it is has very very thick walls, much thicker than anything i have seen yet, i wonder i it would be possible to fit the next size up battery in there if i drill it out.

Have a look here and have fun.

http://budgetlightforum.com/search?q_as=mini%20c8

 

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Thanks MRsDNF Smile nice mod on the mini c8

I pressed out the plastic Tired pill from the driver side, does anyone know if there is an metal pill that fits to buy anywhere, maybe one of those p60 pills, how big are those?

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cajampa wrote:
Thanks MRsDNF Smile

I pressed out the plastic Tired pill from the driver side, so does anyone know if there is an metal pill that fits to buy anywhere, maybe one of those p60 pills, how big are those?


A 1/2 inch copper pipe tube cap fitting works, not a tight fit, but a bit of grinding/sanding to decrease the height, couple holes in the top and it does well enough for an AAA light.
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Yeah something like that could work Smile i will be rummaging through the spare plumbing parts boxes later for a possible match.

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I use 1/2 inch copper pipe, and sometimes bend smaller pipe to solder inside to make it closer to solid, or solder discs to the end. For the SS-5039s I have a piece of pipe I straightened and filed to fit, and I cut pills off the end. That is easier than filing after cutting to length. It also works to cut a slot in the pipe and bend it to size, as the slot does not interfere much with heat transfer.
For lower power, it is enough to file a thick star to a close fit in the head.

I have filed pills from # 3 three mode zoomies to fit AA size heads, without taking the LED and driver out.
I may use a pill from a Black Cat.

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XTAR WK50, I’ve been winning auctions on these from xtarshop on ebay for $8-10. Great 4-mode driver, no disco, handles 14500’s, op reflector, pop a Nichia in it.. perfect.

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wk50 has decently spaced modes BUT they have bad PWM 

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Not on eBay, but AA twistie for $3.5. Used to be $4.8 at FT

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Pregulla wrote:
Not on eBay, but AA twistie for $3.5. Used to be $4.8 at FT !{width:20%}http://i01.i.aliimg.com/wsphoto/v0/32256836795_1/2015-new-1-pcs-Portable...

Mentioned earlier in this thread; still $2.99 @ ebay:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/271717233060

Still a great twisty single-AA mod host too. 8)


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Just under the bar at $4.99 + 2.99 s/h = $7.98. Says it ships from U.S.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/291358670328?rmvSB=true

Gazillion lumens and includes Ultrafire 18650 with single cell igniter.

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apt323 wrote:
Thanks, you always have something that you have turned in to a power house of a light. 8) I am collecting a quite a few of those xpe’s like you pulled out of here. I have an idea for them too. I am thinking get some these lens LINK in different degrees and hook 10 in series and use a power supply I got from work that is 33v dc and 1a. that should probably be good for around 2000 lumens and use it as outdoor lighting.

I’m getting a good collection of these cheap XP-E type emitters, but this is such a large variation between them, both in tint and in brightness. Some of them are extremely cool, while still being extremely dim. I wonder if some of these are counterfeit, as they perform so poorly. I had attempted to de-dome one of the coolest XP-Es I had salvaged from cheap eBay light but it was still far dimmer than an identically-driven XR-E.

Who knows, I don’t even understand counterfeiting a cheap component but they clone everything. Maybe its just a super low bin and/or maybe a reject from Cree.

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I got my Windyfire 10A 14500 + the 2-AA hosts.

The Windyfire fit fine, but not any of my NiMH batterys fit Sad not even close.

I actually tested 2 Windyfire in it………it got VERY bright for 15 second but then it went dim Big Smile i was going to mod it anyway Smile
For an maybe 1W LED or less i was surprised it did light up at all & it actually looked great Shocked before it burnt out. I remember i had time to think if it keeps working i may leave one stock Smile before it went poof.

To bad i haven’t received the XHP50 Wink to fix it up yet.

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cajampa wrote:
I got my Windyfire 10A 14500 + the 2-AA hosts.

The Windyfire fit fine, but not any of my NiMH batterys fit Sad not even close.

I actually tested 2 Windyfire in it………it got VERY bright for 15 second but then it went dim Big Smile i was going to mod it anyway Smile
For an maybe 1W LED or less i was surprised it did light up at all & it actually looked great Shocked before it burnt out. I remember i had time to think if it keeps working i may leave one stock Smile before it went poof.

To bad i haven’t received the XHP50 Wink to fix it up yet.

Duracell NIMH (Japanese Eneloops ?)did fit my torch,it was tight.I replaced the led with XML2 and new reflector.I also soldered new boost driver to the aluminum pill.The light output is nice,but this torch is quite heavy with some heatsinking,so it feels like a good host for more output.

Good luck with the XHP50 project !

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