XM-L U2 Tank007 E09 mod !

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XM-L U2 Tank007 E09 mod !

i was a bit bored earlier and noticed my horribly-focused hotspot Tank007 E09 sitting on the top of the fridge collecting dust,
Picked it up, and gawked at the tiny, way too cool-white, XP-E emitter and thought…… could i ? .. So the mod began.
I have a bunch of XM-L U2 / Neutral White Emitters on 16 mm Stars in a parts organizer,
…So i grabbed one & went to work.

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as the heads on these use glue on the threads, i heated it up with hot water, clamped the lower part in a vise using hard rubber strips ( about 1/8 inch thick) to protect it, then wrapped the head with a strip of hard rubber, using curved-jaw pliers, then gently began working it loose without damaging it or scratching the anodizing.
Once i got it apart i cleaned up the threads with a brass brush & added a little silicone grease.

- First i removed the tiny XP-E star from the E09 head, and traced its tiny star out on the back of the larger XM-L star, then filed the 16mm star down to the same size as the original size for the E09. Using a Dentist magnifier, i carefully cleaned off some paint on the copper trace near the emitter to solder the leads to, and cleaned up where i filed the star’s sides so to make sure the edges of the copper traces did not short to the aluminum star. I then drilled out the original reflector to accomodate the larger XM-L emitter dome, and made a new insulator spacer from a thin piece of mylar film. (from Auto window Tint sheet)
and added new thermal paste,
… and voila ! …an XM-L U2 Tank007 E09 that has a much larger and smoother hotspot & floodier spill,better color tint, and oddly the Low amperage dropped to 0.06 amps on low, giving this E09 an exceptional run time in “Candle Mode” with a custom diffuser !

I will test this light tonight for run time in the “Candle-Mode” low on a single AAA Alcaline.

This is now my smallest XM-L flashlight, and new favourite AAA micro light. Smile

That Canadian flashlight guy & Lantern Guru -Den / DBSARlight

Edited by: DBSAR on 10/06/2013 - 17:47
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Nice.

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kreisler wrote:

thanks for sharing!!

 

i couldn’t have done it better! H)

Your welcome Smile The difficult part was getting the XM-L to center in the reflector when i threaded the head back on.
After a million attempts, i got it close to center.

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Well done on the mod. lts good when they work. Beer

 

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Cool

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Nice.

I am looking forward to  the beam profile, the xml sits deeper in the reflector than the original xpe, potentially making the light even floodier (which is nice for such a close-up light)

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Did you have any trouble getting the head open?

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Nice mod! How did you get the head off? I thought they were glued. ;_;

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Chloe wrote:
Nice mod! How did you get the head off? I thought they were glued. ;_;

I also wonder about that. I tried to open my Tank 007 E05 with freezing,hot water,force and nothing.Then I wrote to Tank 007 and they kindly said that the head is glued for water sealing and no one can open it. Flat Stare
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Chloe wrote:
Nice mod! How did you get the head off? I thought they were glued. ;_;

The head was glued, i heated it up with hot water, clamped the lower part in a vise using rubber to protect it, then wrapped the head with a strip of hard rubber, used pliers, then gently began working it loose without damaging it or scratching the anodizing.
Once i got it apart i cleaned up the threads with a brass brush. Smile

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Nice!
Love aaa / 10440 mods.


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Very cool.  Lately, every time I see your name I think mega, multi-DST headed, monster light.  Took me a minute to accept that this was your thread.  Very nice mod.  I have some Tank007's and I love the knurling on them.  Thaey may have to get the same treatment eventually.  Thank you for sharing.  Smile

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ImA4Wheelr wrote:

Very cool.  Lately, every time I see your name I think mega, multi-DST headed, monster light.  Took me a minute to accept that this was your thread.  Very nice mod.  I have some Tank007’s and I love the knurling on them.  Thaey may have to get the same treatment eventually.  Thank you for sharing.  Smile

Yes the DST/SRK Throw Monster. >) That light is under construction, and just waiting for some parts to arrive.

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Update:
The Tank007 E09 with the XM-L U2 is still running continously on Low mode, passing 24 hours continous on a generic AAA Alcaline !

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wow simply awesome Smile beamshots plz!

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MountainKing wrote:
wow simply awesome Smile beamshots plz!

i will once i do this runtime test. Smile

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I like XM-L, even when they’re underdriven, much better than older Cree leds. So i find this mod very cool. Thanks for sharing this. Great job

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Very nice! 

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That’s inspiring… It makes me want to do something similar to mine. Smile

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photon1k wrote:
That’s inspiring… It makes me want to do something similar to mine. Smile

It inspires me too, but I am a bit afraid to work with these tiny parts, I have not good experiences working with AAA flashlights. My e09 is here, looking at me….

Mooooooo

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Horst Horstmann][quote=totilde wrote:
photon1k wrote:
I am a bit afraid to work with these tiny parts

Just try to not burn the wires – Tank007 seems to always make them as short as possible.
The rest of this mod is pretty easy, I did the same a year ago, starting with an XT-E R5 (didn’t like tint & beam pattern at all) and ending up with an XM-L U3 1C.
It’s been my EDC since then, although tint & beam quality still don’t satisfy me. :bigsmile:
I’ll wait for the screenshots, maybe it’s worth to spend some more time on fiddling with focus adjustment. Glasses

The wires are indeed very short, was tricky to swap out the emitter without damaging them.

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