New build. C8 AA or is it a bottle jack?

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New build. C8 AA or is it a bottle jack?

My fascination with AA battery flashlights continues. My last build was a AA P60, this one has stepped up the ladder one rung to a AA C8. Its only got a temporary pill in it at the moment as the driver planned for it has not turned up yet. It will be the driver out off the BLF mini. If anyone thinks this will not be suitable please chime in. The idea is that it will run on any AA sized battery from NiMH to lithium Ion. LED will be an XP-G2. As the old saying goes a pictures worth a thousand words.

The first few pictures are fabrication shots. Apart from the tailcap and lens retainer the light is made from 1 solid piece off aluminium.

First time out of the lathe.

 

This was an absolute pain to machine as there was nothing to hang onto. The lens retainer is screwed in to stop the end from squashing in. The masking tape is to stop the alloy from being damaged. The jaws have only about 6mm to grip the head. The pencil mark was the finished length. When possible a live center was used in the end.

 

The tailcap half finished.

 

All the machined parts after a quick polish and most off the components used.

 

 

The body along with the reflector used.

 

Reflector end view. Its not real clear but the step in the middle is a thread to screw the pill into.

The inside looks a little rough but it has been machined to suit the outside profile of the reflector (with flats).

 

The tailcap before assembly. The threads are 2mm. The picture after is a shot with a match head to give you an idea how small the cap screws and threads are.

 

The reflector assembled into the body. The three holes in the lens retainer are 1/16'' and are there so the retainer can be be screwed in and out. I did have some 2mm grub screws to use in the holes but there is not enough metal left for the threads.

 

From the front to the rear.

 

Mini AAA, C8 AA, C8

 

 

And for now the last shot until the driver turns up. Thanks for reading.

 

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Wow, gorgeous build. Nice machining!

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wow… gotta say, thats one of the nicest custom builds i have seen yet. amazing work

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Amazing work as always!

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Wow, excellent work.

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That is some gorgeous machining! 

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Excellent machining! Great job!

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It's beautiful!! 

 

You out do yourself every time.  WOW!!!

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Cool! What kind of output are you hoping for off a NIMH AA cell?

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Thanks Guys. What am I expecting out off a AA? To be honest something that throws 400 meters. Seriously just an all round light that will take any AA battery. I have heaps of AA hotrod lights, so this is just something different. I have standardized my pills for these lights so there pretty easy to change anyway. They have a 20mm x 1mm pitch thread and are all 1/2''long. Cheers.

 

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Pulsar wrote:
wow... gotta say, thats one of the nicest custom builds i have seen yet. amazing work

 

^ What he said.

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Very nice !

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I hardly believe that it can be done without CNC. Great work! But what is the purpose of the screws in the tail? Anti-rolling mechanism?

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Yep. They're there for tailstanding and to stop the flashlight rolling.

 

djozz quotes, "it came with chinese lettering that is chinese to me".

                      "My man mousehole needs one too"

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Wow! I love this little firecracker the design is really cool and well executed.Great work,I think some blue GITD rings would look killer on this one.

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Really nice. Until you held it in your hand it looked much bigger. Hmm, that sounds a bit iffy. Oh well, can’t wait for 400 meter beamshots.

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Say is good work, is an understatement, really is Amazing !!!!!
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Awesome, I love your lights mrsdnf 8)

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wow, that really is stunning, well done! With that size reflector and an XP-G2, it should throw amazingly well even if you can only get 500mA or so to the emitter.

Do you have a link to the driver? I can’t remember where the one you used before was from and I’m pretty lazy Smile Also – did you machine the reflector yourself or is it a standard C8 part?

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The reflector is a standard C8. At the moment its running a KD 7135 V2 driver and a dodgy XP-G2 which throws pretty good. Its not that different to a Q5. Hopefully the BLF mini driver will arrive soon.

 

djozz quotes, "it came with chinese lettering that is chinese to me".

                      "My man mousehole needs one too"

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Did you stand on your head for the pics or is it because your on the other side of the planet? Enthralled, but dizzy. :Sp

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I'm not dizzy this end but that is my opinion. The pictures are fine here. Are thay upside down or sideways as in other posts some people report my pictures as doing strange things but I dont know why.

 

djozz quotes, "it came with chinese lettering that is chinese to me".

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Upside down. Table is at top of picture.

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I thought the last one was nice, this one is stunning! You do great work and I can’t keep money in my billfold, what a team! Smile

Big “thumbs up” on that one!

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Beautiful work… I’m well impressed!


 

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I miss everything! You need to PM me when you do a build, LOL.

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Hmmm. I must off been sick last night. I have just given it away.Smile

 

djozz quotes, "it came with chinese lettering that is chinese to me".

                      "My man mousehole needs one too"

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Now you have no choice but to build more. Better. Bigger (smaller?) More powerful. And let us watch through pics as you do so! Smile

Kinda like sending a kid off to school isn’t it? All that time spent, perfecting, polishing, and now they’re out in the big bad world…making someone ELSE happy! lol

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How did I miss this build?

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Yep. They’re there for tailstanding and to stop the flashlight rolling.


I’m glad what I thought was correct, because I was going to ask the same thing. Smile

One day, I will have one of your beautiful lights!

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Someone is very lucky tonight!

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I finished this light tonight and given it a quick run. After fine tuning the reflector to get rid of the rings all I can say is wow. Its not quiet in the HD2010 league but its not far behind. It leaves my similar light with P60 reflector in its dust. There is no comparison.

Jalben is the lucky winner of this light and it will be on a plane to him tomorrow. Jalben decided on a 6 x 7135 driver which is delivering 2.2 amps on high and a XP-G2 led. Believe it or not I've just ordered another reflector and LED to build myself one and the old fool is going to hold onto it this time.Wink

 

djozz quotes, "it came with chinese lettering that is chinese to me".

                      "My man mousehole needs one too"

old4570 said "I'm not an expert , so don't suffer from any such technical restrictions".

Old-Lumens. Highly admired and cherished member of Budget Light Forum. 11.5.2011 - 20.12.16. RIP.

 

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