What did you mod today?

9574 posts / 0 new
Last post
aswang
Offline
Last seen: 2 weeks 1 day ago
Joined: 07/17/2018 - 07:53
Posts: 281
Location: Philippines

SX5 was a solid performer and seem to be built really well. I also like that it can run on multiple types of battery. But I haven’t used it for a while because of the emitter and not so nice beam. My modded H03 became my headlamp of choice. I was planning on leaving the driver as is and just replace the emitter and reflector. But the bright flash before going to moonlight mode really annoyed me so decided to replace the driver too. Now with the mod its my favorite work headlamp. I forgot how comfy and balanced it sits on the head with the separate battery pack.

LouieAtienza
Offline
Last seen: 1 year 6 months ago
Joined: 11/17/2018 - 15:15
Posts: 593
Location: New York

A friend of mine has these on his truck, and asked me if I can get him some more “down-the-trail” range…

https://www.nilight.com/collections/led-light-bar/products/https-nilight...

I used Carclo TIR lenses and XHP35 HI LEDs… made a new custom face out of some composite material I had laying around.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/cF9ri34kch7Sz8AE6
https://photos.app.goo.gl/nYm9i4ucXHzZMqhy9

Obligatory beam shots… the stand of trees are about 170 yaards away.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/RWX9GiVmf1nRm8Ju5
https://photos.app.goo.gl/nvibTGcfhWWDee7s6
https://photos.app.goo.gl/oYYEhfGoSsnfBzB56

Tom E
Tom E's picture
Offline
Last seen: 49 min 7 sec ago
Joined: 08/19/2012 - 08:23
Posts: 13565
Location: LI NY

aswang wrote:
SX5 was a solid performer and seem to be built really well. I also like that it can run on multiple types of battery. But I haven't used it for a while because of the emitter and not so nice beam. My modded H03 became my headlamp of choice. I was planning on leaving the driver as is and just replace the emitter and reflector. But the bright flash before going to moonlight mode really annoyed me so decided to replace the driver too. Now with the mod its my favorite work headlamp. I forgot how comfy and balanced it sits on the head with the separate battery pack.

I've been using this dual LED headlamp for a while now: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/XM-L2-Mini-Head-Lamp-Outdoor-White-Light-Headlamp.

I swapped the LED's to XM-L2 3D's for now, might be tuff to swap to decent MCPCB's, but cant get access to the driver yet - probably glued. This is a really decent cheap headlamp. The UI is not bad at all for my use, and it's light weight though the headstrap is a pain because it keeps loosening up, but better headstraps should work with it.

 

 

contactcr
Offline
Last seen: 18 min ago
Joined: 05/19/2017 - 18:52
Posts: 3483
Location: US

LouieAtienza wrote:
A friend of mine has these on his truck, and asked me if I can get him some more “down-the-trail” range…

https://www.nilight.com/collections/led-light-bar/products/https-nilight...

I used Carclo TIR lenses and XHP35 HI LEDs… made a new custom face out of some composite material I had laying around.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/cF9ri34kch7Sz8AE6
https://photos.app.goo.gl/nYm9i4ucXHzZMqhy9

Obligatory beam shots… the stand of trees are about 170 yaards away.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/RWX9GiVmf1nRm8Ju5
https://photos.app.goo.gl/nvibTGcfhWWDee7s6
https://photos.app.goo.gl/oYYEhfGoSsnfBzB56

What driver and other changes did you make? I have a larger 6.5” model sitting here to mod

aswang
Offline
Last seen: 2 weeks 1 day ago
Joined: 07/17/2018 - 07:53
Posts: 281
Location: Philippines
Tom E wrote:

I’ve been using this dual LED headlamp for a while now: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/XM-L2-Mini-Head-Lamp-Outdoor-White-Light-Headlamp.


I swapped the LED’s to XM-L2 3D’s for now, might be tuff to swap to decent MCPCB’s, but cant get access to the driver yet – probably glued. This is a really decent cheap headlamp. The UI is not bad at all for my use, and it’s light weight though the headstrap is a pain because it keeps loosening up, but better headstraps should work with it.

Those seem popular here and decent build quality especially considering the price. Nicron headlamps also seem to be nice candidates for headlamp host. I have their more expensive H30 which I modded. Its well built and stock output is good but UI is horrible (cycle to off). Modded mine to fet+1 and LH351D and it’s a nice throwy heeadlamp (21Kcd at turbo). Could increase throw with xpl-hi or sst-20s or White flat. I broke the driver though because of too much tinkering so now its sitting on my work bench.

raccoon city
raccoon city's picture
Offline
Last seen: 36 min 2 sec ago
Joined: 10/06/2010 - 02:35
Posts: 14866
Location: रॅकून सिटी Palm Desert CA USA

Post #7000!

(at the moment)

LouieAtienza
Offline
Last seen: 1 year 6 months ago
Joined: 11/17/2018 - 15:15
Posts: 593
Location: New York

contactcr wrote:
LouieAtienza wrote:
A friend of mine has these on his truck, and asked me if I can get him some more “down-the-trail” range…

https://www.nilight.com/collections/led-light-bar/products/https-nilight...

I used Carclo TIR lenses and XHP35 HI LEDs… made a new custom face out of some composite material I had laying around.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/cF9ri34kch7Sz8AE6
https://photos.app.goo.gl/nYm9i4ucXHzZMqhy9

Obligatory beam shots… the stand of trees are about 170 yaards away.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/RWX9GiVmf1nRm8Ju5
https://photos.app.goo.gl/nvibTGcfhWWDee7s6
https://photos.app.goo.gl/oYYEhfGoSsnfBzB56

What driver and other changes did you make? I have a larger 6.5” model sitting here to mod

I just made the new face plate to hold the Carclo optics, I believe 10048? Have to check my DigiKey receipts. The beamshot was hardwired into a 5200mAh 3s LiPo running the two XHP35s in parallel so a little over-driven, but I probably could run all 4 with it. Because the optic holder and MCPCB stick out past the original lens height I had to make a face plate with an integrated bezel for each TIR. I decided since I had only 1/2” stuff to make the bezel taller to add to the “projector” effect.

Haven’t decided on a driver yet, since I want to make sure I get one compatible for automotive use. But I want to incorporate either modes or ramping of some sort.

Wieselflinkpro
Wieselflinkpro's picture
Offline
Last seen: 2 days 16 hours ago
Joined: 05/21/2015 - 04:34
Posts: 975
Location: Germany - TLF

contactcr wrote:
Wieselflinkpro,

Can you try putting the D-C Fix lens in the stock Q8 and measure output? I want to see how much different the output is and I believe it will be a good test of your sphere’s baffle.


Look here: http://budgetlightforum.com/comment/1460651#comment-1460651
hcanning
Offline
Last seen: 1 month 1 week ago
Joined: 07/06/2018 - 03:05
Posts: 162
Location: United Kingdom

Received my black S2+ host and immediately proceeded to give it a bit of heat treatment before transplanting my Luxeon V triple into it. Makes the little hot rod look a bit more gnarly and hot rod-like!

contactcr
Offline
Last seen: 18 min ago
Joined: 05/19/2017 - 18:52
Posts: 3483
Location: US

D-C fix should have like 5-10% loss shouldnt it? Sphere never seems to react well when light is diffused at lens

djozz
djozz's picture
Offline
Last seen: 1 hour 48 min ago
Joined: 09/07/2012 - 17:04
Posts: 17314
Location: Amsterdam

contactcr wrote:
Sphere never seems to react well when light is diffused at lens

That is worrying since the whole point of a sphere is integration.
Rdubya18
Offline
Last seen: 16 hours 8 min ago
Joined: 10/28/2018 - 18:42
Posts: 373
Location: Ohio

I modded an old glass door knob & old pipe into a light .

contactcr
Offline
Last seen: 18 min ago
Joined: 05/19/2017 - 18:52
Posts: 3483
Location: US
djozz wrote:
contactcr wrote:
Sphere never seems to react well when light is diffused at lens
That is worrying since the whole point of a sphere is integration.

I assume your setup is probably a bit more refined since you also do bare LEDs. Do you have a regulated light you can try with and without D-C Fix?

djozz
djozz's picture
Offline
Last seen: 1 hour 48 min ago
Joined: 09/07/2012 - 17:04
Posts: 17314
Location: Amsterdam

I do not own DC-fix. The method I use is frosting the glass with sand paper. But that would not measure the right thing I suppose.

DB Custom
DB Custom's picture
Offline
Last seen: 6 days 22 hours ago
Joined: 01/13/2013 - 22:28
Posts: 20698
Location: Heart of Texas

RW, that’s amazing! Nice work! Love it when parts at hand are put to good use. Smile

Rdubya18
Offline
Last seen: 16 hours 8 min ago
Joined: 10/28/2018 - 18:42
Posts: 373
Location: Ohio

Thanks , it was a learning experience . Hopefully the next thing will be a little better , I mean my efforts .

komeko
komeko's picture
Offline
Last seen: 1 month 1 day ago
Joined: 12/21/2017 - 14:26
Posts: 394
Location: Poland

Today I have modified Skilhunt H03. Another with the rest. Previously I changed the diode on XP-L HI, now I changed the driver. The choice fell on Emisar (D1). I like the results very much. I have a ramp and a lot of power.

Click on:        ANSI WHITE

Click on:        MY COLLECTION

Click on:        Q8, D4, D4S, D18, K1, FW3A, SDmini, Mini AAA, TIP, M43, H1, H03, TC20, TN40S, TN42, V6, H600Fw, SC600w, SC64w

contactcr
Offline
Last seen: 18 min ago
Joined: 05/19/2017 - 18:52
Posts: 3483
Location: US

EagleEye X6

4x Luxeon V

Ledil Angie optic

MTN-17DDm

LED4Power spacer + mcpcb

——

Parts (with the giant hole I drilled in X6 shelf)

Spacer bolt (hollow for wires)

Spacer top side (bolted down)

Originally had everything wired up for a LD-B4 driver but I had issues and abandoned it. Here I demonstrate the art of wire stretchers to keep your mcpcb off your thermal paste while you solder your connections Smile

Abort, bypass this FET and lets go with what we have that works

Moon. Too bright w/ Luxeon V’s

I used two O rings cause i’m not sure the bezel applies enough pressure otherwise. I may try it with one and test heat transfer or try to find thicker glass.

djozz
djozz's picture
Offline
Last seen: 1 hour 48 min ago
Joined: 09/07/2012 - 17:04
Posts: 17314
Location: Amsterdam

That must have impressive output contactcr! Thumbs Up

Nice mod komeko, did you request the D1 driver from Hank?

komeko
komeko's picture
Offline
Last seen: 1 month 1 day ago
Joined: 12/21/2017 - 14:26
Posts: 394
Location: Poland

Yes, Hank turned out so nice that one of them sold me Smile

Click on:        ANSI WHITE

Click on:        MY COLLECTION

Click on:        Q8, D4, D4S, D18, K1, FW3A, SDmini, Mini AAA, TIP, M43, H1, H03, TC20, TN40S, TN42, V6, H600Fw, SC600w, SC64w

Nooner
Online
Last seen: 2 min 54 sec ago
Joined: 12/18/2017 - 09:42
Posts: 323
Location: Canada
komeko wrote:
Today I have modified Skilhunt H03. Another with the rest. Previously I changed the diode on XP-L HI, now I changed the driver. The choice fell on Emisar (D1). I like the results very much. I have a ramp and a lot of power. !http://www.cinemart.easyisp.pl/komeko/FORA/Kolekcja/Light_019.jpg!

This is a very interesting mod Komeko. Can you comment any more on how you did it? Was it an easy driver swap?

komeko
komeko's picture
Offline
Last seen: 1 month 1 day ago
Joined: 12/21/2017 - 14:26
Posts: 394
Location: Poland

Well, the tube is glued, so I used heavy tools. The driver was a bit too big so I polished it a bit. The diode is XP-LHI 3A. MX4 paste. Of course, I set the thermal protection to over 70 degrees Celsius. The turbo withstands 90 seconds which I consider to be a great result, after which it gently goes down. The temperature after 6 minutes is 76 degrees, hot, but it does not bother me. I have the same set of Emisara D4.

Click on:        ANSI WHITE

Click on:        MY COLLECTION

Click on:        Q8, D4, D4S, D18, K1, FW3A, SDmini, Mini AAA, TIP, M43, H1, H03, TC20, TN40S, TN42, V6, H600Fw, SC600w, SC64w

USA
USA's picture
Offline
Last seen: 4 months 3 days ago
Joined: 11/28/2018 - 08:44
Posts: 301

Received and modded a new Raspberry Pi 3 B+ today.
Now running libreelec 9 and it couldn’t be any better. Only 31°C while streaming 720p with a copper heatsink and no case.
Love it.

Purchased and fulfilled via Amazon because I had to empty my Entropay cards (they are shutting down, if you have money on Entropay either withdraw it to your bank account or spend it!). Delivered in less than 24 hours without Prime. wow!

I can not believe how much computing power you can get these days for a budget of 35 $US.

LouieAtienza
Offline
Last seen: 1 year 6 months ago
Joined: 11/17/2018 - 15:15
Posts: 593
Location: New York

USA wrote:
Received and modded a new Raspberry Pie 3 B+ today.
Now running libreelec 9 and it couldn’t be any better. Only 31°C while streaming 720p with a copper heatsink and no case.
Love it.

Purchased and fulfilled via Amazon because I had to empty my Entropay cards (they are shutting down, if you have money on Entropay either withdraw it to your bank account or spend it!). Delivered in less than 24 hours without Prime. wow!

I can not believe how much computing power you can get these days for a budget of 35 $US.

Sweet… Got a couple not to long ago, with projects lined up for them…

USA
USA's picture
Offline
Last seen: 4 months 3 days ago
Joined: 11/28/2018 - 08:44
Posts: 301

One really cool project for BLF folks would be 18650/battery discharging automation with a RPI including plotting.
Or a more complex Luxmeter or other light measurement.

What projects are you planning @LouieAtienza ?

I run PiHole on another rpie 3 that also does Flightaware (Piaware).

LouieAtienza
Offline
Last seen: 1 year 6 months ago
Joined: 11/17/2018 - 15:15
Posts: 593
Location: New York

USA wrote:
One really cool project for BLF folks would be 18650/battery discharging automation with a RPI including plotting.
Or a more complex Luxmeter or other light measurement.

What projects are you planning @LouieAtienza ?

I run PiHole on another rpie 3 that also does Flightaware (Piaware).

One project I have is for a touchscreen-controlled lightbar system; I have a 4-channel relay board and some MeanWell boost drivers that can do 0-10V dimming. So it would be cool for the user to save configurable presets for the center throw lights and outer floods, and even have each preset “morph” into an other. My other project was a small portable CNC engraver that I can take on-site for doing on-time award engraving… but not sure if I’m going to get to that one. Being I have a small benchtop router, mini-mill, and 3D printer I’m not sure I need another “mill,” though I have a small mini-lathe that might end up getting the CNC treatment.

Lightbringer
Lightbringer's picture
Offline
Last seen: 1 hour 6 min ago
Joined: 08/30/2016 - 14:12
Posts: 12797
Location: nyc
USA wrote:
Received and modded a new Raspberry Pie 3 B+ today. … I can not believe how much computing power you can get these days for a budget of 35 $US.

I got a 0W just waiting for me… company finally changed from their windoze-only vpn to one that’s also available for linux, and with the 0W I can just stickytape it to the back of a monitor, power it from the monitor’s usb socket, and with a bluetoof keyboard have the entire setup, well, like that.

HDMI to the monitor, bluetoof to the keyboard/trackpad, usb for power, built-in wifi to get to the outside world. What else does it need?

Best part, I got the 0W for either 5bux or 10bux at Microstore. Forgot which. Mightta been the 0 for 5bux, 0W for 10bux. Either way, it’s a steal.

09 F9 11 02 9D 74 E3 5B D8 41 56 C5 63 56 88 C0

DB Custom
DB Custom's picture
Offline
Last seen: 6 days 22 hours ago
Joined: 01/13/2013 - 22:28
Posts: 20698
Location: Heart of Texas

I envy y’all’s knowledge that allows you to “play” with these things. I was seeing the Pi Rasberry as a gift for ordering other things and had no clue what to do with it… oddly enough I got out of high school and started college in computer programming back in the day. lol (Cobol, keypunch, like that… 1980)

USA
USA's picture
Offline
Last seen: 4 months 3 days ago
Joined: 11/28/2018 - 08:44
Posts: 301

I started with the very first Raspberry Pi when it came out, didn’t know what it was but was taken aback it was designed and manufactured in the UK. Back then I lived in London and I didn’t believe something that cheap could have any value when assembled in a high-cost country.

How wrong I was! That first Pi blew me away, it was my third entry into the linux world (only used Linux on x386 and newer as a child) and what a great one it was. Even though the whole concept was initially to educate younger children, it was immediately sold out and used by everyone.

Now I run entire home networks and automation with my collection of Raspberry Pis.

I haven’t kicked off any flashlight/light projects yet, but I’ll think about a few things now.

edit

On my to-do list would be

Raspberry Pi running some form of lux meter, other light measurement
Automation for lithium battery charge/discharging (including plotting/graph online)
OBDII Pi for automotive applications

Nooner
Online
Last seen: 2 min 54 sec ago
Joined: 12/18/2017 - 09:42
Posts: 323
Location: Canada
komeko wrote:
Well, the tube is glued, so I used heavy tools. The driver was a bit too big so I polished it a bit. The diode is XP-LHI 3A. MX4 paste. Of course, I set the thermal protection to over 70 degrees Celsius. The turbo withstands 90 seconds which I consider to be a great result, after which it gently goes down. The temperature after 6 minutes is 76 degrees, hot, but it does not bother me. I have the same set of Emisara D4.

I appreciate you taking the time to respond. I have never had my H03 apart. Dont really know what’s going on inside of it yet. But this may be a mod I’d like to copy. Thanks again for sharing.

Pages