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What driver did you put in the TG06? I am liking the yellows/reds/oranges!

It has one of wight’s PZL drivers, 6 7135’s for 2.2amps to a shaved 219c

My Favorite Modded Lights: X6R, S8 , X2R , M6, SP03

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Copper, what’s not to love?

Those were done last week,

Yesterday was an all out blitz on the lathe to complete 7 lights with heat sinks for a friend. 7 hours on the lathe, then I came in and re-assembled the lights. Each light had cooling fins cut and some additions to aid grip on the tube. Even made my first cutting tool from an old (some 70 years) High Speed Steel planer blade. Smile

I’m too old for this… Sad

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Add: My first triple that a carclo would not fit so had to use a “clear glass lens only” No clearance using the giant CU spacer.

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Shadow JM35 XHP50

I wanted to increase the current transit, but I also wanted that the change was fully reversible; so I removed the spring at the base of the tail and replaced with a spacer, realized by compressing the aluminum foil. The compactness of the spacer is such that even the front spring is compressed up to touch, between them, all the coils.
I got a good increase in current flow, I think a good 25% (When I can I will make the instrumental comparisons).

And now I can use the protected battery, both 26650 (test with protected Soshine 4200) and 18650 (test with different protected batteries).
The spacer for unprotected batteries is 10mm thick; for protected is 6mm thick.

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Ouchyfoot wrote:
Q: Why did Ouchyfoot build himself a red flashlight? A: He has absolutely no idea.

i also have a red flashlight! and i even know why i built it! Grad
I haven’t used it much neither. but since the host was called torpedo, and looks like one, i thought about submarines and red light, so i put a red xp-e in it… Smile

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yesterday and today i made my first triple! A red convoy s2+ with xm-l2 4c that lacked the UI of a nice BLF fet+1 driver that my A6s have…
I didn’t have any spacer, so i made one from cheap copper boards and copper pieces probably salvaged from somewhere… not sure if the heat transfer will be optimal, but hopefully good enough!
I used one of the blf fet+1 drivers from banggood, so i guess turbo timer is somewhere around 90 sec, probably too long for this 35 W flashlight.
The leds i used was a mix of 3x XP-L: v6 0d, v5 2a and u5 7a (at least according to fasttech)
when i compared the tint to xp-l 5A and 3D, it was less “rosy” than 5A, and less green than 3D.
Bypassed springs, and ~11A with HE2/HG2

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A Thorfire C8s with BLF A6 driver and a nice XP-L HI V2-3B on Noctigon :

And a nice 219C triple in my CNQG Brass Beauty !
I still have to swap the driver for a Qlite 3A :

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Made an extension tube, pretty little thing! Danged square threads were just about the death of me!

Polished it to a mirror finish after taking that shot, man does it look sweet! Smile

And while I was at it, I scrutinized the details. The devil lurks there, don’t ya know! I removed the ano under the driver for better ground contact, and removed ano on the end of the battery tube as well as bottom of the head for a clean al to al contact between the battery tube and head. Paid off!

Amperage is up from 21.71 to 23.03, Lumens is up from 12,765 to 13, 524! Big Smile

That’s probably where it stops, but folks, look for the little things, enough of those addressed can make big differences! Wink

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Yes. It’s the little things. I’m not in a rush anymore, and like paying attention to the small details that can all add up. Good going Dale! Be a resistance miser.

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DB Custom wrote:
Made an extension tube, pretty little thing! Danged square threads were just about the death of me!

Polished it to a mirror finish after taking that shot, man does it look sweet! Smile

And while I was at it, I scrutinized the details. The devil lurks there, don’t ya know! I removed the ano under the driver for better ground contact, and removed ano on the end of the battery tube as well as bottom of the head for a clean al to al contact between the battery tube and head. Paid off!

Amperage is up from 21.71 to 23.03, Lumens is up from 12,765 to 13, 524! Big Smile

That’s probably where it stops, but folks, look for the little things, enough of those addressed can make big differences! Wink

I’m guessing at 4-32650’s 12v LEDs are next?

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Thrunite T10T triple XP-G2.
Out of Nichia’s & Noctigons for the moment :/ , can swap some in later.
This was just doable taking the optic down to around 16mm.
Still has stock driver so i used an aluminium MCPCB and a couple of 1mm layers of copper soldered together for the heatsink.

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Hi CRX. How did you get it disassembled? Mine seems to be glued.

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Hi shrick, yes it was glued. I taped the lower part of the head to the body of the light (Gorilla tape) then wrapped the two parts in rubber and twisted the bezel off, was fairly tough. I have a very strong grip though so if you can’t do that you might have success by wrapping the parts well and using grips or strap wrenches or the like, maybe with some heat too. Be careful as the titanium finish would be easily damaged by tools. Hope this helps.

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Today I destroyed 2 flashlights!

I did two simple emitter swaps. Both failed!

1. Manker U11:
Swapped to XPL Hi V3 3c
When I turned on again a small pure white cloud appeared over the rubber switch and the light works only in moonlight and low mode now.
Mode sequence: moon / low/low/low/low/moon/low/low/low/low/moon/low….

2. Lumintop tool XP-G:
Swapped to nichia 219c on 10mm sinkpad.
When I turned on again NOTHING!
I found a short caused by the reflector. Sorted it and now only low is available.
Mode sequence: …/low/low/low/…

Nice work today really….

"A black bulb which, when switched on, turns the room dark"
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Don’t worry WolfA , these things are in schedule Wink
Now , what driver will you try on the tool AAA ?

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I don’t know yet!
At the moment I’m looking at mtn-electronic’s 10mm offerings…

The bigger question is: what will I do with the U11? I didn’t get the pill out!!

"A black bulb which, when switched on, turns the room dark"
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The driver in tool is 10 or 12mm ?
At 12mm there is a replacement driver to use with 1xAAA.

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giorgoskok wrote:
The driver in tool is 10 or 12mm ? At 12mm there is a replacement driver to use with 1xAAA.

You are probably right with 12mm! I was so frustrated that I just packed and stored the little thing…
But I like to drive my AAA lights hot and give them 10440s wherever possible Smile

"A black bulb which, when switched on, turns the room dark"
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If you’re interested this is the driver :

http://www.kaidomain.com/product/details.S024821
https://www.fasttech.com/product/1124802-1-aa-aaa-1-mode-550ma-linear-bo...

Keep us updated!

Edit : This is 1 mode only :/
Also , check the driver mtn has on sale now , at 12mm .

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It’s 12

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I modded my #062 of 400 SS/Cu X6 this evening. I set it up to run a pair of 18350’s, it showed me right at 4000 lumens with a pair of low cells (they’re on the charger) A rested pair of Efest 35A button tops at 4.20V showed 5616.6 lumens out the front. Big Smile

This is a triple XHP-50, warm white for color rendering. (Cutter says they’re H2E3, I forget where that puts em on the scale)

The copper pill section has an additional 10mm of copper under the CUTE-3 optic and T-Pad mcpcb Triple. So there is quite a bit of thermal mass with cooling fins, the 18350’s will die before it get’s too hot surely. I aim to see if I can machine an SS extension tube for the pair of 18650’s. Wink

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Finally got the head apart on my old V11R.

Replaced the 3,000K XML with an XML2 5DA2 tint. Still not bright by my current standards, but the tint is pleasing. I also lubed up the magnetic ring with bicycle grease (the stock ring had no lubricant).

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Up against the wall. Physical limitations. The X6 head is too small, pure copper or not, to run 2 18650’s to 3 XHP-50’s. It makes a whopping amount of light, yes, but it also makes a whopping amount of HOT and the copper pill will burn a blister on your hand well before a 45 second Turbo step down is reached. So the limitations of the 2 smaller 18350’s are probably in line here, in the 3700-3800 lumen range.

This is interesting, as it’s not even as high as some HI Triple X6’s I’ve built and less than the Quad 219C Ti X6. Guess it’s ok to shoot for the stars, as long as we don’t actually knock any of em out of the sky…

The H2E3 is supposed to be a minimun 90 CRI at 5000K, these are a red/orange look even before shaving the dome off to fit under the Ledil CUTE-3 optics which doesn’t seem right. The output is a warm orangey glow (matching the copper pretty well actually) and while I don’t initially find it all that appealing it’s not so bad either after a bit of use. I ran it by the wife and she liked it, said it’s just different… Really Bright, says she! lol

Reminds me of the headlights on my first car, a 1951 Chevrolet Custom DeLuxe. lol So maybe the color of the output is fitting as this number 62 matches my birthdate, Aug 9, 1962.

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Keeping up with the fun…

BLF-348 MT-G2 & recessed switch Smile

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Shocked that’s awesome!
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Lol, wow…that’s insane!

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Awesome! But ehhm, where does the 6V for the MT-G2 come from? Button cells? 2×10180?

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LOL Thanks. It’s totally impractical but i like doing this stuff, keeps me smiling. 1.4A from two 10180 cells at startup. Can’t wait till it’s dark to try it out.
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Nice! It gives me inspiration for a XHP70 I have around doing nothing…:-)

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The definition of pocket rocket lol Smile

Very nice

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