Nage Terminator clone Mod with JB-A driver

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Nage Terminator clone Mod with JB-A driver

 

I'm sure many of you have seen this light It's a terminator clone by Nage. I think Ultrafire makes the same one as well. It's a great host to work with. The problem with it stock is the driver. High medium and low are simply one emitter, two emitters and then all four emitter. If you hot rod it it's no longer good to work on low because it's going to overheat that single emitter because it doesn't get a rest by being turned down. 

 

The solution for me was to install the JB-A driver. This is a link to Comfychair's thread on how to mod this driver. It's very simple really. 

http://budgetlightforum.com/node/27472#node-27472

 

It's a fairly straightforward mod. Just take out the old one and wire this one in. The emitters are a bit of a pain in the backside to get out. They are glued in and it looks like it's just that. Some globs of glue. I took a sharp chisel and scraped off the glue and then sanded the bottoms down until I was to the metal. Then finished it off with 1500 grit sandpaper. 

I put XM-L2's in it on 20mm Sinkpads. I de-domed two of them. It gives a fantastic tint and adds a bunch of throw while keeping all the flood as well. 4,000 lumens easy and over 100kcd. It's 2,200 on medium and 800 on low. So really the high is a turbo mode. This was with 2,000mAh Sanyo batteries 10amp ones. I'm sure it would be more with 20r's in it. 

 

I also stole this pic from Comfy. Hope you don't mine, if you do I'll remove it. 

 

The beamshots for what they are worth are on high and low from the low you can see the hotspot a little better. Also you can see that their is no rings at all with this light which is great, because I hate beams with rings. (shameless guitar plugs lol) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m a junky, I mod lights so I can sell lights so I can buy more light to mod so I can sell lights to buy more lights to mod.

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Very nice 18650. I’ve worked on several soupcan Nages, but not this one. Was the stock driver the large 18 × 7135 board?

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Ouchyfoot wrote:
Very nice 18650. I’ve worked on several soupcan Nages, but not this one. Was the stock driver the large 18 × 7135 board?

Nope. It’s a different one. It’s just a bunch of regular surface mount resistors. It was easy enough to get more amps out of, but it’s still set up for the One, Two Four emitter combo.

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I always thought that 1-2-4 combo would be neat for tint mixing. Start off with high CRI and move into cooler LEDs as you go.

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Ouchyfoot wrote:
I always thought that 1-2-4 combo would be neat for tint mixing. Start off with high CRI and move into cooler LEDs as you go.

I think I’m going to use this driver for something like that later on down the road probably in a lantern actually. It could be directional that way as well.

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Good work, I’d heard about that 1-2-4 mode configuration but it did not occur to me that it would produce the issue you described when hotrodding.

Did you strip the JB-A driver out of a light or did you pick it up on AliExpress / elsewhere?

Still fine, still on a break. One day I’ll catch up with you folks! previous wight catchup Wink
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wight wrote:
Good work, I’d heard about that 1-2-4 mode configuration but it did not occur to me that it would produce the issue you described when hotrodding.

Did you strip the JB-A driver out of a light or did you pick it up on AliExpress / elsewhere?

It came out of another light. Great drivers but harder to come by for sure.

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Ah, too bad. Thanks for the info. This driver does seem like one people would make more use of if someone would sell it…

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