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New Build. 14500 Twisty.

I never set out to build anything this weekend as there's plenty off other things to do around the house. It just sorta happened. It was originally meant to be powered by a 18650 but some brain fade and a lack off forethought, l failed miserably. Having already built the head the battery tube was made to suit a 14500 battery.

The battery tube and reflector housing. The wire ring in the reflector housing was used to cut down a bit on length. Needless to say this flashlight wont be taking a bath with me.

 

The battery housing has provision to attach a lanyard or key ring.

 

All the components in the light. An XP-G2 and a dodgy KD7135 driver running at 2 amps on high powers the light. The reflector is one that was kicking around and has been shortened 3mm. The lens and reflector are 19mm in diameter. 

 

Due to the large variance in length off the 14500 batteries I have, dual o'rings are used to fill the gap. The stick is an option acting as an anti roll feature.

 

All the components assembled.

 

The light with an 18650 and 14500 for size comparison.

 

Left is the mini AAA C8 and right is a very abused and well used XinTD C8. (Just kidding Suncoaster. Its been in cotton wool since you left. Seriously Wink).

 

And lastly someone has a big brother. Smile

 

Thanks for reading guys.

 

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I like it.

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Nice!

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That's a unique looking light. My goodness, it looks like your spare parts pile is increasing. Now you have to go back and thread the top of the head and make a thin bezel, so you can have an "O" ring against the lens. Oh, I know you have already thought about it, LOL, so you might as well go do it.

Very nice build. I love the knurled look of your lights.Smile

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That’s a unique looking light. My goodness, it looks like your spare parts pile is increasing. Now you have to go back and thread the top of the head and make a thin bezel, so you can have an “O” ring against the lens. Oh, I know you have already thought about it, LOL, so you might as well go do it.

Very nice build. I love the knurled look of your lights.Smile

Theres not going to be any screw on bezel as there is not enough material. From the edge off the lens retaining ring to the end of the housing is just over 1mm and wall thickness in that spot is 1.3mm. I know your trying to tempt me but it’s just is not going to happen. Smile

I should of mentioned, one handed on off is a simple operation. Mode changing is a little harder. The driver somewhere along the line has also decided to come alive and is now delivering 3 amps. To much for this poor little led so i will run it on LiFePo batteries. High measures around 1.2 amps with these. The shortened reflector also works surprisingly well with a nice hotspot and lots off spill.

 

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

                      "My man mousehole needs one too"

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You are shaming the other lathe owners on this forum...or at least me !

Nice work, yet again. Another wonder from down under...

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Cool. I like the pigs nose and the knurling.

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MRsDNF wrote:
Old-Lumens wrote:

That’s a unique looking light. My goodness, it looks like your spare parts pile is increasing. Now you have to go back and thread the top of the head and make a thin bezel, so you can have an “O” ring against the lens. Oh, I know you have already thought about it, LOL, so you might as well go do it.

Very nice build. I love the knurled look of your lights.Smile

Theres not going to be any screw on bezel as there is not enough material. From the edge off the lens retaining ring to the end of the housing is just over 1mm and wall thickness in that spot is 1.3mm. I know your trying to tempt me but it’s just is not going to happen. Smile I should of mentioned, one handed on off is a simple operation. Mode changing is a little harder. The driver somewhere along the line has also decided to come alive and is now delivering 3 amps. To much for this poor little led so i will run it on LiFePo batteries. High measures around 1.2 amps with these. The shortened reflector also works surprisingly well with a nice hotspot and lots off spill.

Ok, you win. Ive missed the start off the F1 race now. As the end of the reflector is flat l’ve machined a groove in it to take an o’ring so its now bath proof. I hope your happy. Love

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You are shaming the other lathe owners on this forum…or at least me !

Nice work, yet again. Another wonder from down under…

Thanks ChicagoX but I’ve along way to go to get near your ability. I love your work. Enough said. Smile

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Cool. I like the pigs nose and the knurling.

A pigs nose? You learn something new everyday. I just have to work out now how to make a pigs nose tailstand.

 

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That is outstanding work MRsDNF !

Kind of puts into perspective just how small it is next to that Defiant Smile

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MRsDNF wrote:
MRsDNF wrote:
Old-Lumens wrote:

That’s a unique looking light. My goodness, it looks like your spare parts pile is increasing. Now you have to go back and thread the top of the head and make a thin bezel, so you can have an “O” ring against the lens. Oh, I know you have already thought about it, LOL, so you might as well go do it.

Very nice build. I love the knurled look of your lights.Smile

Theres not going to be any screw on bezel as there is not enough material. From the edge off the lens retaining ring to the end of the housing is just over 1mm and wall thickness in that spot is 1.3mm. I know your trying to tempt me but it’s just is not going to happen. Smile I should of mentioned, one handed on off is a simple operation. Mode changing is a little harder. The driver somewhere along the line has also decided to come alive and is now delivering 3 amps. To much for this poor little led so i will run it on LiFePo batteries. High measures around 1.2 amps with these. The shortened reflector also works surprisingly well with a nice hotspot and lots off spill.

Ok, you win. Ive missed the start off the F1 race now. As the end of the reflector is flat l’ve machined a groove in it to take an o’ring so its now bath proof. I hope your happy. Love

Chicago X wrote:

You are shaming the other lathe owners on this forum…or at least me !

Nice work, yet again. Another wonder from down under…

Thanks ChicagoX but I’ve along way to go to get near your ability. I love your work. Enough said. Smile

Rufusbduck wrote:
Cool. I like the pigs nose and the knurling.

A pigs nose? You learn something new everyday. I just have to work out now how to make a pigs nose tailstand.


It’s easy. All you need is a sows ear and some sugru. Or, add threads to the outside with a knurled sleeve. (I just want to drool over more threads and knurling)

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

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If you like threads there is none better than ChicagoX.
The threads on this light could be done by anybody, with a tap and die. I cheated ok. Flat Stare

 

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Nice looking build.

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Nice work MRsDNF!!! I did that... Brain OFF while working.... this last week. I did just the opposite of you. I now have an extra tube ready for the next light! Ha!  Glad to know I'm not alone. Tongue Out

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Sensational build and pig’s nose !
It’s keeping good company.

Do you have access to a sandblaster ?
I reckon that would be nice with a matt finish.

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The knurling looks fabulous! Good threads are a blessing, however obtained. If it works smoothly one handed then you’ve obtained success. Really like the size and style.

Hmmmm, I’ve seen that “pigs nose” somewhere before…..

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It looks really nice. It's a great idea to built in a key chains loop. It looks really cute against his giant brother. Has the big flashlight a name like Monster, Tower, Brave (I give special flashlights nicknames).

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Rufusbduck wrote:
Cool. I like the pigs nose and the knurling.
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I second that. I love knurling.

I’m wondering how much longer you can resist a DIY anodizing setup :bigsmile:

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You have quickly become one of my heroes!  Awesome job! I've watched your knurling skills improve over time and now you do some of the best I've seen. Kudos!

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I’d really like to see the knurling being done, it’s always puzzled me how that’s accomplished. Beautiful when done like MRsDNF doing it, not so much when done wrong!

Truly professional work there MRsDNF for sure! You do know, don’t you, that anodizing is the next step? When you pull off a deep purple anodize on that little light you’ll be crowing like a Sunrise rooster with 50 hens! Smile

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Sensational build and pig’s nose ! It’s keeping good company. Do you have access to a sandblaster ? I reckon that would be nice with a matt finish.

Thanks again guys. I do have access to a sandblaster which I have used on another light. Which part would you sandblast?
The dodgy driver died last night. It went into a direct short somewhere. There is no burning on the housing but one off the chips looks a little sad. I need a driver that will handle voltages from .9 to 4.2 volts. Theres one at FT but its a little big in depth.

 

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

                      "My man mousehole needs one too"

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nice work there, I’m going to have to try some lathe work some time.

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Thats a sweet little light. Nice work.

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Very nice looking light.

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Believe it or not, this light gave me more grief from drivers than any other light I’ve touched. The original 7135 driver died, the BLF Mini driver had the led wire break off the board not enabling me to reattach it, the second BLF Mini driver had the worst pwm on high with LiFePO4 batteries I’d ever seen so took it out. It ended up with another 7135 driver in it with enough chips removed to drop the output to 1.5 amps on high. Needless to say I could not get rid off it quick enough, sorry I mean this has gone to a new home along way away where I hope that it has a very happy long life. Smile

 

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".

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