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CRX, you should open a modding school. Definitely you’re gifted within the skills you present. What I wish for you is to be possible earn a living just by creating awesome flashlights. That would be even better occupation than BBC TOP GEAR leader Smile

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This guy simply just reply once then disappeared.
What Kind of maker that is

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Arcadefreak43 wrote:
Great work! The lights you mod, do you sell them?

Thanks.
A lot of the lights listed were modded for other people, given away or sold cheap as prototypes.
I usually list things here.

1stein wrote:
CRX, you should open a modding school. Definitely you’re gifted within the skills you present.
What I wish for you is to be possible earn a living just by creating awesome flashlights. That would be even better occupation than BBC TOP GEAR leader Smile

Me too! Big Smile
I think I would need to get a lathe and a decent set of tools for that though.
There’s a lot of guys out there that are far more knowledgeable and skilled than me, I just like persevering in making things with my hands and showing what can be done with simple hand tools & materials anyone can get hold of, keeps me out of trouble too, mostly.. Innocent
My creations being hand made aren’t perfect, but some are interesting.

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This guy simply just reply once then disappeared.
What Kind of maker that is

I told you I would try to think of a design for what you asked, sometimes that can take a very long time if it happens at all depending on what ideas and materials I come accross.
Designing something from scratch in my personal free time for someone is a time consuming venture.
Please remember I am not a flashlight shop or business, I am just a hobbyist who tries to fit things in and help people if I can.
Writing posts like this does not get you on my speedy ‘to do’ list Wink
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CRX, you say that you’d like to make a living on flashlight creations…
Yes, your methods are not among the most efficient….but I don’t think I’ve seen many perfectionists like you. In the flashlight community or elsewhere. This alone makes your lights expensive to make…but very valuable as well.

But have you actually tried making some money? That would be the first step. But from my limited experience I got a feeling that this was not among your priorities.

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I mostly do this here as a distraction from the daily grind of chasing money so if I did this solely to earn a living I would probably need to find another creative hobby LOL
Stay in a nice workshop all day making lights as opposed to jumping about electrical installations is becoming a much more appealing thought as I get older I must admit Smile
True what you say though, prices are up from now on Big Smile

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CRX wrote:
I use a mix of aqua glow powder & silicone or resin, also the glow tape can be useful for sticking to the inside of the flashlight head.

WOW CRX! Those are some great looking lights! Thanks for taking the time to post pix.

If possible could you be specific on the brand of glow powder and tape that you use? I don’t remember the brand that I have tried using before, but it wasn’t very good.
If you have mentioned it in the thread already my apologies.

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There’s more information and some experimentation with the glow stuff in this thread Thumbs Up

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CRX wrote:
There’s more information and some experimentation with the glow stuff in this thread Thumbs Up

That’s where I saw it! SWEET! I read that thread last year when I first joined BLF. I originaly got the idea for using glow tape from your Emisar D4 thread, but I had forgotten where I saw the info on the glow gaskets. I want to use it on my D4 and D4s.
Thank you.

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Nakatary wrote:
This guy simply just reply once then disappeared. What Kind of maker that is

You could always donate a lathe to the cause, ya know. Hat

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CRX, in the first post I see “FourSevens Mini AA Ti – MT-G2 Q0 5000K – FET 15 – 2×14250 – Rv Clicky Tail Sw – 1960lm”.
But after clicking the link I see 1600 lm instead.

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Output varies dependng on cells & other factors.
The lower measurement would have been taken before sale.

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CRX wrote:
Output varies dependng on cells & other factors.
The lower measurement would have been taken before sale.

So both are correct, right?
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The brighter measurement would have been taken with brand new cells and the lower taken with the 14250 cells worn in after a while. I would go with the lower number.
All measurements are taken on my small home made hobbysphere Big Smile

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CRX, looking at some of your modded lights, specially those that already have a charging port/circuit and where you replace the driver, can you tell if there is any concern regarding the ‘charging circuit vs the new driver’?

I want to mod a light that already has in-built charging, but I wanna mod the driver (probably with Bistro HD OSTM firmware), but I never did this and was thinking eventual conflicts between the circuits! You did some so far, hence my question Wink

And…nice work Cool

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Depends on the setup really.
I think I usually just install a new separate charging pass through unit on builds like that unless the original driver/ charger units can be split. I’m not a driver guru so just hack it Big Smile
What light?

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CRX wrote:
Depends on the setup really. I think I usually just install a new separate charging pass through unit on builds like that unless the original driver/ charger units can be split. I’m not a driver guru so just hack it Big Smile What light?

Thanks for the reply mate Wink
The light is the new On The Road 311. It has the head, where the driver is ( it has a spring to touch the upper part of the charging platform), and the the charging part is on the top of the body (not detachable).

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4000623233745.html

Photo by TrailTrek:
https://ibb.co/2vckNLD

My only concern is to provoque any kind of short, malfunction or…a drive whose UI doesn’t act correctly due to some aspect related to the charging circuit.

I ain’t guru of any of these things so…I just hope I don’t mess it badly Big Smile

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MascaratumB wrote:
CRX wrote:
Depends on the setup really. I think I usually just install a new separate charging pass through unit on builds like that unless the original driver/ charger units can be split. I’m not a driver guru so just hack it Big Smile What light?

Thanks for the reply mate Wink
The light is the new On The Road 311. It has the head, where the driver is ( it has a spring to touch the upper part of the charging platform), and the the charging part is on the top of the body (not detachable).

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4000623233745.html

Photo by TrailTrek:
https://ibb.co/2vckNLD

My only concern is to provoque any kind of short, malfunction or…a drive whose UI doesn’t act correctly due to some aspect related to the charging circuit.

I ain’t guru of any of these things so…I just hope I don’t mess it badly Big Smile

With the pass-through in the body like that, you can swap just about whatever drive you want on top. Just be careful about how the contacts are for positive and negative and you’ll be fine.

That puts the light on my radar, BTW. I own several lights with the built-in charger in that style, but without tail switches. They’re in a pile of “I swear I’ll add a tail switch someday” but I’m probably deceiving myself. This is… this checks a lot of boxes. MascaratumB, if you do mod this, would you be kind enough to document it? Photos and/or descriptions of what may be hangups would be extremely useful!

Now I just have to find budget and time for this (and the other half-finished mods I’ve got going)… and a kid due in September…

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Scallywag wrote:

With the pass-through in the body like that, you can swap just about whatever drive you want on top. Just be careful about how the contacts are for positive and negative and you’ll be fine.

That puts the light on my radar, BTW. I own several lights with the built-in charger in that style, but without tail switches. They’re in a pile of “I swear I’ll add a tail switch someday” but I’m probably deceiving myself. This is… this checks a lot of boxes. MascaratumB, if you do mod this, would you be kind enough to document it? Photos and/or descriptions of what may be hangups would be extremely useful!

Now I just have to find budget and time for this (and the other half-finished mods I’ve got going)… and a kid due in September…

Thanks for the reply Scallywag, and congratulations in advance Wink I hope everything goes well with all the family Wink
I will take care about the contacts!

And when the light arrives, I will review it, and in case I mod it I will document it for sure Wink
This will be my first in a light like this, so I will take photos and describe it!

Seeing some of the mods made by CRX in this thread alerted me to this possibility, but not knowing the implications was bugging me.
Now I just want to arrive and in some months I’ll mod it (I have to check the driver diameter and the flashlight structure Silly

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Wow. Your work is amazing. Truly beyond reproach. I had no idea the level of expertise that could be achieved. I’m a DIY type guy, I build a lot of things. Your work humbles me.

Is it me, or is it dark in here?

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These look interesting for some CRX love
£14.90 39%OFF | EDC Titanium Alloy Holder Pipe Filter Portable Outdoor Camping Hiking Set SMulti Tools EDC
https://a.aliexpress.com/_BUk4XU

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necrophobic75 wrote:
These look interesting for some CRX love £14.90 39%OFF | EDC Titanium Alloy Holder Pipe Filter Portable Outdoor Camping Hiking Set SMulti Tools EDC https://a.aliexpress.com/_BUk4XU

U sure these were made by CRX?

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Insane set of builds/mods! Didn’t know you’d combined a torch and petrol lighter, love it. And i don’t see your zoomie so more to come Smile

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necrophobic75 wrote:
These look interesting for some CRX love £14.90 39%OFF | EDC Titanium Alloy Holder Pipe Filter Portable Outdoor Camping Hiking Set SMulti Tools EDC https://a.aliexpress.com/_BUk4XU

U sure these were made by CRX?

They’re not, i think necrophobic75’s saying this would be a good item for CRX to transform into a torch.
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Ye, would be cool to see what he could come up with using one of them

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