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MTNelectronics.com 17mm LuciDrv2

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Turned my Convoy T3 into a triple using the FWAA optic and mcpcb and a homemade spacer made out of copper washers.

Pictured next to my Manker E05Ti that i also turned into a triple.

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That’s probably the thickest MCPCB I’ve ever seen!

I’d rather use my flashlight around the house than turn on the lights.

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Sidney Stratton wrote:
MTNelectronics.com 17mm LuciDrv2

I actually used this one

cheaper and simpler, I personally dislike complicated UIs and like the set brightness modes.
Although I might try out guppydrv on my next driver, looks like a “bigger” Biscotti

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Glad you pointed out that simpler driver. I had supposed Richard had re-arranged his offerings* and didn’t look down the list.

Yes, better suited for that purpose (power driver). That Lucidrv is expensive and I didn’t understand his 23rd & 24th steps “more” / “even more”. Now on second look, seems he’s using the 8 x AMCs for the first 22 steps; the FET for higher outputs.

As a post scriptum to my remark of slugginess to his site, I see it’s HTTPS now. Wasn’t then – perhaps site maintenance?

*A while back he made some changes in the listings and better structured, with a common reference to the firmwares.

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I finally got around to modding a Zebralight SC700d with dedomed XHP70.3. Full write-up with comparison beam shots over on Reddit.

https://www.reddit.com/r/flashlight/comments/ut4fqx/ned_zebralight_sc700...

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Does the 70.3 improve significally over the 70.2 ?

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Yokiamy wrote:
Does the 70.3 improve significally over the 70.2 ?

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Thanks Bob, a picture can say more than thousand words!

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Wait what? A XHP70.3 in 3500K and high CRI? How’s the tint shift?

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Finally worked on some things from my todo list. Replaced the driver in a Sofirn LT1 with the power bank supporting driver. Used to have this as nightlight, but that task has been taken over by a Fireflies PL09MU. It can go much lower brightness and made the LT1 useless for that purpose. So that’s now the emergency light and phone charger for when the power goes out.

Also removed a bunch of LH351Ds from a few Sofirn pro lights (SC21 and SP10). 519As are on the way and will be put in there. So now hosts are cleaned up and ready. Only reflow 519As and re-assambly left once emitters arrive.

Had a SC31 pro lying around that got a SFT40 now. Originally intended for other purposes, but due to too high current choices were limited. The original SST40 was actually not too bad, so that one went into a Astrolux FT03 that originally had a XHP50.2 (that was emitting blue light after a failed slicing attempt). Unfortunately the result was still ugly (it’s the reflector, not the emitter!), so that one can go back into the spare parts bin.

Edit:
A quick test outside with the SC31 pro and SFT40 revealed a really distracting bright ring on the outside of the spill. Not a good combo with stock reflector.

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Verodin wrote:
A quick test outside with the SC31 pro and SFT40 revealed a really distracting bright ring on the outside of the spill. Not a good combo with stock reflector.

Had a series of Amutorches that also had a ring. Changed the lens to AR and it cleared up.

Mind you, other things can make such.

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Hadn’t thought about that… it’s late at night here Facepalm

Without lens the ring disappears. Most extreme lens effect I’ve ever seen…

Edit:
Tried to use an AR lens from a Convoy S2+, but it doesn’t fit. It’s ever so slightly wider and gets stuck in the SC31’s bezel halfway. To be continued.

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This is my third mod of my edc D4v1. This time I added aux leds.

kiriba-ru S2+ and S21a spacers are available in EU. PM me. A few details here

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Noctigon 32mm with 3x nichia 4500k 219b-v1 9080 paralell

C8TT kit (kiriba-ru)

Convoy SST40 driver

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I built KR4 using XHP35.2’s.

6500K D2 1A 80cris and 3000 K 30G B2 90cris.
I also modified the driver for higher output. 3.1A in this case.

Host has 4,5mm deep driver cavity so inductor fits nicely. It’s milled deeper after anodizing as you can see the border of old cavity.

And all assembled. 3000K’s seem to have smaller light emitting surface.

Beam quality is nice. Beam profile is similar to XP-L hi. Still I might switch 3000K C4 binned 80cri ones in place of these 90cri leds because now 6500K leds overpower them in higher output levels causing CCT to became drastically colder.


That’s all for today.

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Completed my first reflow today. 3 Cree XP-E2 528nm Green on a Noctigon 20mm 3xp mcpcb. I tested it with my multimeter and was thrilled that they all lit up. This will be going into a green Convoy S2+.

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bobvoeh wrote:
Completed my first reflow today. 3 Cree XP-E2 528nm Green on a Noctigon 20mm 3xp mcpcb. I tested it with my multimeter and was thrilled that they all lit up. This will be going into a green Convoy S2+.


Good job!

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Finished the Green Convoy S2+ with the 528nm Cree XP-E2’s from my first reflow. Its a has a very nice Kryptonic glow Smile

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I want to change the switch on my Convoy S2 UV so I have momentary.

https://a.aliexpress.com/_m0iCVaq

Is this the one to get?

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Too big. You need this one for momentary.

kiriba-ru S2+ and S21a spacers are available in EU. PM me. A few details here

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Chatika vas Paus wrote:
Too big. You need this one for momentary.

Thanks.

One more thing. Can I just get the switch without the PCB and spring?

And do I need to modify the rubber boot or something inside?

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Westie wrote:
Chatika vas Paus wrote:
Too big. You need this one for momentary.

Thanks.

One more thing. Can I just get the switch without the PCB and spring?

And do I need to modify the rubber boot or something inside?

You will need to enlarge the washer/spacer hole (metal or plastic) that sits on the switch, because the forward switch is larger than the reverse switch.
Also, as it is taller, you will probably need to cut or trim that inner “tongue” from the rubber cap.

When soldering the switch to the PCB, make sure the solder or the switch metal pads don’t protrude so that you don’t risk provoking short circuits.

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Loving the Luminus SFT40! Been modifying old modified lights. Big Smile

Built an Convoy L2 host with the SFT40 and it’s a really nice light, but then I’m biased as I really favor the L2. Wink

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DB Custom wrote:

Loving the Luminus SFT40! Been modifying old modified lights. Big Smile

Built an Convoy L2 host with the SFT40 and it’s a really nice light, but then I’m biased as I really favor the L2. Wink

I'm not a modder, but I love the SFT40 as well.  :LOVE:

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I “stole” GetKongs T3 triple idea and did it too
FWAA TIR lens and MCPCB together with the 17mm 5A Convoy driver and a spacer built from multiple 16mm 3535 copper MCPCBs I had laying around

But I couldnt leave my FWAA in my spare parts bin so I made it into an XHP50.2 mule:

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DB Custom wrote:

Loving the Luminus SFT40! Been modifying old modified lights. Big Smile

Built an Convoy L2 host with the SFT40 and it’s a really nice light, but then I’m biased as I really favor the L2. Wink

I love L2. Built like a tank. Mine still has a sliced ​​SST40, from pre-sft40 times. Very impressive with Texas Avenger driver.

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Built 2 Convoy S2+ triples to go with the green one, all with Cree XP-E2 emitters.

Colors are:
730nm Far Red
450nm Royal Blue
528nm Green

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Chatika vas Paus wrote:
DB Custom wrote:

Loving the Luminus SFT40! Been modifying old modified lights. Big Smile

Built an Convoy L2 host with the SFT40 and it’s a really nice light, but then I’m biased as I really favor the L2. Wink

I love L2. Built like a tank. Mine still has a sliced ​​SST40, from pre-sft40 times. Very impressive with Texas Avenger driver.

L2 love here, too. Put the SFT40 in there with a Led4Power driver and Simon’s new plastic lighted switches, 26800 single. I wonder what I will ever do with the old LD29 driver…those seem to have disappeared for good now.

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bobvoeh wrote:
Built 2 Convoy S2+ triples to go with the green one, all with Cree XP-E2 emitters.

Colors are:
730nm Far Red
450nm Royal Blue
528nm Green

Nice! What are you driving the blues at? I have some XT-E royals (453nm I think) from Digikey waiting for a blue T3 host to arrive. I’ve done a lot of exploring with UV lights and mods, curious to see what the royal blue picks up outdoors.

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