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I'm doing things differently. Maybe not right, or maybe not wrong, but different from what I have been doing. I have decided to stick with Maglites. Customizing them has put me in sort of a niche. The builds have evolved into a better made product and I now feel like they are about the best this guy is going to ever do.

I have also decided to stop doing builds unless someone wants to prepay for a light. I decided to sit down with my wife, (who's perspective and motivations are quite different than mine) and cost everything out from electricity, to components, to supplies, to packaging, to tool wear and expected life span of things like Rotary tools and Drill presses.

 

That said, I am going to offer a 2D LED Maglite as my standard light.

Here are specs at the moment:

  • 2D LED Maglite in Black, Red, or Blue. (I don't list purple or green due to higher pricing, but it's an option if one wants to pay the cost).
  • Stock LED reflector is modified to work with the MT-G2.
  • MT-G2 LED mounted on a 26mm Maxtoch Copper mcpcb. (mcpcb is screwed down to the heat sink and thermal paste is used).
  • Aluminum heat sink, machined by TexasLumens. (heat sink is screwed to the body for proper ground).
  • Custom linear driver using the zener mod method, to have 2 li-ion cells in series for power to the led. (driver can be made for anywhere from 3 to 9 amps. The driver uses a DrJones lumodrv program). No low battery or reverse polarity protection.
  • Copper heat sink on the 7135 chips on the driver.
  • File work done to the bezel, body and tail cap.
  • Momentary switch mounted on the stock switch housing.
  • Coated, (not AR), glass lens.
  • 18ga silver plated, silicone coated, copper wire.
  • 26650 and 18650 PVC battery sleeves.
  • Copper braid mod for the tail cap spring.

 

 

 

Here are some build photos and samples of file work on the light I did as a reference.

 2dpp1a

2dpp1b

2d1c

2d1d

2d1g

2d1e

2d1f

2d1h

2d1h

 wd

2d2e

2d2h

 

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These are just a couple of other ideas of File work. There are options and the file work can be decided between you and I, after you PM me to purchase a light.

2d1a

2d2b

2d2d

2d2f

2d2g

2d2j

 a2da

a2db

a2dc

grn1

grn2

grn3

grn4

r2d2

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Typical MT-G2 Beam Shots from a 2D Mag.

2db1

2db2

2db3

 

The price for one is $175 CONUS and $185 Anywhere else. (Shipping is Included in that price).

 

This is not an Order thread. You need to PM ME if you want to order one Pre-Paid.

Lead time is 4-5 weeks from the time you order, until I ship. Possibly less, if there's nothing else going on. I do not stock lights or many spare components. I order when someone prepays, so that is half of the lead time sometimes.

 Prices and lead time are subject to change, depending on the pricing and availability of components.

I do not make bare hosts at the present time, but it may be an option some day.

I do not offer 1D lights, but TexasLumens should be able to make you a 1D host.

I do not use customer's lights for these mods.

I do not do other custom drivers, as of now.

These are not budget lights. I am aware of that.


The warranty - I will repair any problems for a period of 3 years, unless it was caused by misuse.

 

I will have a new Maglite buck driver in the near future and then I will offer the XM-L2 LED on a Maxtoch mcpcb. I do not have a date yet for that event. There may also be other special Maglite mods that I may offer from time to time.

 

Right now, 09-10-14, I am booked up till the the end of September. I will only be doing 3-4 mods per month, if there is call for it. I am not fast and this is just a part time thing, with just a couple hours a day to work on it.

 

Questions?  Ask away. 

 

Thank you

 

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A couple times I have tried to cost out some of my mods (None ever look even remotely as good as your stuff) and both times I was quite surprised how much money and time they consumed.  Especially when I end up destroying a critical part or host in the process.  Your prices sound good to me.

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Honestly I don't think Justin is charging enough for these lights.  I have one and it isn't just a powerful light--it's a real piece of quality craftsmanship.  With the amount of time spent on the file work alone the price is a bargain.  Seriously, the work is so precise that if I hadn't watched him doing it by hand I wouldn't believe that it wasn't done with a machine.  I build lights every day, but this is something that I couldn't build for myself.  I don't have the time, patience, or skill to do what Justin does with these lights. 

I love budget lights and the value/performance ratio they bring, but if you want a light that's got that extra little bit of style to it, then this one checks all the right boxes.  I think I might have to get on the list for a second one.  Money Mouth  

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O-L,

Very nice work at a very reasonable price. When I first got into LED lights, a modded D-M@G or C-M@G were a hot ticket. And lest we forget, HotWire M@Gs are still very cool [hot?]. Good luck w/ your build service and keep on shining!

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RMM wrote:

Honestly I don't think Justin is charging enough for these lights.  I have one and it isn't just a powerful light--it's a real piece of quality craftsmanship.  With the amount of time spent on the file work alone the price is a bargain.  Seriously, the work is so precise that if I hadn't watched him doing it by hand I wouldn't believe that it wasn't done with a machine.  I build lights every day, but this is something that I couldn't build for myself.  I don't have the time, patience, or skill to do what Justin does with these lights. 

I love budget lights and the value/performance ratio they bring, but if you want a light that's got that extra little bit of style to it, then this one checks all the right boxes. I think I might have to get on the list for a second one.  Money Mouth  

+1

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What I love about the MT-G2 is taking a picture, there is this holy light effect rising from the ground. You don’t really see it in rl but in photos it looks kind of like a holy fog

These lights you made are real nice, you should save these and pass them down the line Smile The only color that’s not for me is the gold one because I’d look like goldberg running around with it and I’d end up blinding myself like that kid in the ad

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I see Maglites in a NEW LIGHT! 8) PM sent.

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RaceR86 wrote:

RMM wrote:

Honestly I don't think Justin is charging enough for these lights.  I have one and it isn't just a powerful light--it's a real piece of quality craftsmanship.  With the amount of time spent on the file work alone the price is a bargain.  Seriously, the work is so precise that if I hadn't watched him doing it by hand I wouldn't believe that it wasn't done with a machine.  I build lights every day, but this is something that I couldn't build for myself.  I don't have the time, patience, or skill to do what Justin does with these lights. 

I love budget lights and the value/performance ratio they bring, but if you want a light that's got that extra little bit of style to it, then this one checks all the right boxes. I think I might have to get on the list for a second one.  Money Mouth  

+1

OL custom work must be considered flashlight art!

+1!!!

 

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You still do these? I like the top one. I know you’re not doing 1D, but I think it would look good on 2D as well. And the blue colored host is perfect for this, IMO. I’m not ready to order yet, but keep this one in mind. Glad to see you’re gonna try to make some money rather than losing money on these. They are truly works of art and you deserve to be rewarded for your effort and skill, even if it is a hobby!

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This looks like a winning combination of components, well chosen! Nice also that the current can be chosen (I'd go for 6A).

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DavidEF wrote:
!http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/640x480q90/905/oM9Yco.jpg! You still do these? I like the top one. I know you're not doing 1D, but I think it would look good on 2D as well. And the blue colored host is perfect for this, IMO. I'm not ready to order yet, but keep this one in mind. Glad to see you're gonna try to make some money rather than losing money on these. They are truly works of art and you deserve to be rewarded for your effort and skill, even if it is a hobby!

Correct, I don't do the 1D any more, or the AA/AAA lights, but this was just to show ideas on file work and in this case, a polished bezel and tail cap. Yes, I could do that style on a 2D.

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Old-Lumens wrote:

I have decided to sit down with my wife, (who’s perspective and motivations are quite different than mine) and cost everything out from electricity, to components, to supplies, to packaging, to tool wear and expected life span of things like Rotary tools and Drill presses. I also decided that if I am going to dedicate 15-20 hours to file work and assembly, that I will make some money off it, or I will not do it any more. I should have done that from the start, hobby or not.

Don’t be so down on yourself, man. It’s called R&D! You write it off as an expense against future profits, may there be many!

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You won’t be disappointed…

I was able to get one of these O-L….
It is Very Bright with great mode control..

This the Brightness Mag Light I have ever seen..

And besides all that….. It’s a piece of Flashlight “ Art “

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This is too good to pass up. The lights are gorgeous and even if the price goes up, I’m in.

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This is too good to pass up. The lights are gorgeous and even if the price goes up, I’m in.

You should really enjoy it.

I think they’re Great..

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Maybe time for OL to get a (small) lathe?

an investment, but it would pay back soon I believe.

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ChibiM wrote:

Maybe time for OL to get a (small) lathe?

an investment, but it would pay back soon I believe.

I don't think the lathe would be as accurate Cool

Seriously, these are works of art.  Excellent work O-L!

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That's true.. maybe a few on lathe, and few hand made then?

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Looking forward to getting this beauty.
Thanks again.

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Thanks O-L

It came it yesterday…. It is the new meaning of “ Beauty & Beast “ Very bright, excellent mode control, and his finish work is second to none. I am Very pleased with this purchase. Regards
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Those i nicee to bad i cant afford that Big Smile

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As a career machinist I have to chime in and say that the file work here is impeccable. These are cheap considering the labor involved.

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Bump it..
For a good guy

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Bump it.. For a good guy

Bumping not required, it’s stickied, it’ll stay at the top

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slow2go wrote:
Bump it.. For a good guy

Bumping not required, it’s stickied, it’ll stay at the top


But, being stickied doesn’t keep it at the top of the “news feed” (or whatever it’s called) on the front page. Bumping does at least bring it back to the top for a moment.

I want one of these lights, but I’ve got projects of my own that need money right now. Sad On a related note: OL, since you have messed around with the 3rd Gen Mag LED flashlights recently, is it possible you will start using them for your mods? I’m just wondering which is better for modding, the older style, or the newer? Please excuse me if you’ve already mentioned this somewhere.

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DavidEF wrote:
On a related note: OL, since you have messed around with the 3rd Gen Mag LED flashlights "recently,":http://budgetlightforum.com/node/33708 is it possible you will start using them for your mods? I'm just wondering which is better for modding, the older style, or the newer? Please excuse me if you've already mentioned this somewhere.
I would recommend the regular led Maglite over the 3rd gen, for modding.

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I am now the proud owner of a gorgeous OL modified Maglite! It looks fantastic, great craftsmanship and it’s a really nice light

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I am now the proud owner of a gorgeous OL modified Maglite! It looks fantastic, great craftsmanship and it’s a really nice light

Congratulations! One day, I will own one too! Love

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Pinetreebbs wrote:
I am now the proud owner of a gorgeous OL modified Maglite! It looks fantastic, great craftsmanship and it’s a really nice light
Congratulations! One day, I will own one too! Love

Thank you! I’m sure you will be happy with yours.

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Bump!! Tongue Out

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