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gChart's 500 post giveaway - winner announced

I’m quickly approaching 500 posts and I think it’s about time for a giveaway!

What’s up for grabs: ThorFire S1, this thing has been taking up precious room on my shelf. It’s in like new condition, never really been used. It is the updated version with 3x XP-L, relatively neutral tint.

Rules: you should be a BLF member on or before 2017-01-30. That’s it!

How to enter: tell us about your favorite mod and what you love about it. Please provide a link to the thread or post describing it. It does not have to be your own mod, but please give credit where credit is due.

Miscellaneous:

  • The giveaway ends when I hit 500 posts.
  • Discussion is great, but multiple posts will not increase your odds of winning. At the end of the giveaway period, I’ll grab a distinct list of usernames and randomly select from that.
  • I will ship free to the US. International folks feel free to participate, but I may ask that you assist in offsetting international shipping charges.

Edited by: gchart on 02/16/2017 - 17:23
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I'm in Smile

 

This one:

http://budgetlightforum.com/node/48412

Love it because it's my first ever flashlight mod and I learned a lot from doing it.

“The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.” - Isaac Asimov

 

"With the first link, the chain is forged. The first speech censured...the first thought forbidden...the first freedom denied – chains us all, irrevocably."

 

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Sofirn SF36 /// Thorfire VG10S /// Sofirn C8F /// Zanflare F1

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I’m in.

My favorite build/mod is the triple S2+.

Thanks for the GAW

Bob

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I haven’t learned to flash firmware yet & so thus far my favorite mod is a nichia 219b triple in an old Novatac 120P. Although it’s starting to get long in the tooth & is just telling me to upgrade it. However, I’m still running the stock driver on it for now & think my next mod for that light should at least entail a driver swap.

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Favorite mod so far would have to be rubusbduck’s wooden tubes. Still holding on to hope for when one of our artisans makes an entire host out of wood Love (screw threads and other parts subject to friction notwithstanding, of course)

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Does a build count?

If so, I’m quite pleased with my S2+ triple. I know it’s trivial for most people here, but I’m just impressed I got it to work without blowing either the hardware, or myself, up Silly

http://budgetlightforum.com/comment/1068908#comment-1068908
http://budgetlightforum.com/comment/1071809#comment-1071809

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I’m in, I love the Thorfire S1 but could never afford it LOL

I just saw the damascus steel light that Bucket made for Matt Walker (http://budgetlightforum.com/node/33312) the other day and I’m in love. That steel is so nice, always unique and I bet it’s amazing to hold.

Now on a more personal note, I have plans for making my first mod sometime soon and I think I’ll go the S2+ triple that seems popular and a fairly good starting point.

Thanks gchart for the GAW!

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Olight S* TIR conversion is probably my favorite. It’s not too hard, doesn’t require any special tools or machinery, but is not an effortless drop-in and requires enough effort to feel satisfying. And it makes an already great light even better for me.

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The illuminated tailcap mod.

http://budgetlightforum.com/node/37851

Well it is really cool and very appealling to the eye to see a light, specially an unanodized host/silver/stainless steel body paired with a lighted tailcap. Best example would be an Astrolux s41s with lighted tailcap. Big Smile

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Nice GAW!
And what a price
Thank you!
Sure I am not gonna win but my entry will make it exciting to see how this goes, love the rules!

So many exceptional modders and mods.
I go for the modded Shadow JM30, one of those beautiful lights we can gaze upon
http://budgetlightforum.com/node/44797

EDIT
thanks for this topic, very cool to read the reactions

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The Miller wrote:
I go for the modded Shadow JM30, one of those beautiful lights we can gaze upon http://budgetlightforum.com/node/44797

I just read that build thread last week. What a beautiful job and excellent craftsmanship!

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igeigeige wrote:
The illuminated tailcap mod.

http://budgetlightforum.com/node/37851

Well it is really cool and very appealling to the eye to see a light, specially an unanodized host/silver/stainless steel body paired with a lighted tailcap. Best example would be an Astrolux s41s with lighted tailcap. Big Smile


I’ve done a few of these and love them. I recently built a Astrolux SS triple and acquired a S41S. Both are awaiting tailcap mods (I need to get on that!). The illuminated tailcaps do go really well on them.
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Thanks for the giveaway. Easily my favorite thread for a mod is this “easy method” to build a triple. http://budgetlightforum.com/node/43938

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The tailcap switch mod for Klarus Mi7 Titanium
http://budgetlightforum.com/node/52037

I like this mod mostly because I also have a Klarus Mi7 (aluminum), and the absolute worst thing about it (it’s still very good and one of my top EDC choice though) is the occasional accidental activation in my jean’s pocket. Tail switch would have been so much better I think.

Thank you for the GAW chance. Good luck to all!

PS: tomorrow is back-to-work day for the Lunar Year countries T____T

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Definitely in on this one… Nice looking light for a giveaway! LOL

So that’s kind of a difficult question to ask though. I’ve had a lot of true mods, but basically, those are all just emitter/reflector/driver swaps, and I don’t think count in the same was as something a bit more hardcore.

To answer the question, I’m thinking something more along the lines of my first REAL mods, which were my old Maglite mods done just as bright-white LED emitters were starting to catch on and get bright.

My first Magmod was probably the most difficult and intricate; I cut a sheet of Radio Shack project board to fit the head and painstakingly mounted 36 5mm bright white LEDs, resistored and wired in groups so a failure wouldn’t end up killing the others. The LEDs were whatever “20,000 mcd” 5mm leds I could get off eBay at the time. I built the assembly with a pigtail soldered into a bulb base so it was removable and fully reversible. It was very impressively bright, but extremely floody. I ran with this for a while, but eventually moved on to…

…The second mod; using the same mag host, and an early P4 Cree XR-E (http://budgetlightforum.com/node/44515), I built a mule. I wasn’t impressed with the unfocused beam and moved on pretty quickly to my next mod.

The final mod for this particular light, and the favorite I am submitting as per this giveaway, was a 52mm aspheric optic, mounted over a EZ-900 die XR-E emitter. This light was an insane laser-beam thrower (for the time) and was the first light I ever had built capable of throwing a useful beam to 1/3 mile (over 1/2km). I’ve looked, but can’t find a photo of this light to post. It would have been built, likely in 2010 timeframe, I know I had built it by early 2011, and had it for a while by then. I’ve since moved on and have disassembled this light, but it’s still one my favorite builds, and was the most impressive for the time.

This build was probably as old as BLF. I know I wasn’t a member at the time I built it though, so there isn’t a build thread. I’ve mentioned it many times, but never in detail. My first post here on BLF, in the “Introduce Yourself” subforum, from April 13, 2011, mentions that I already had the light by then:
http://budgetlightforum.com/node/2071


Keepin’ the “B” in BLF

Don wrote:
It sounds like the XM LEDs won’t really be suitable for flashlight use. Pity…

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My favorite personnal mod would be my Olight S10R II triple conversion :

It’s satisfying screwing back the bezel and everything fits !

My second favourite is my CNQG Brass Beauty triple conversion :

"-X3-, is there any place in your house without a flashlight ?" 

My Flashlight public album (mods, emitter swaps, eye candy)

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Thanks for the giveaway gchart and congratulations on the up coming 500.
I’m new to any sort of flashlight mod so just the basic rudimentary stuff is helpful to me. I suppose a spring bypass is about as rudimentary as it comes, so I’d pick relic38’s back to basics tutorial “How-To: Add Copper Braid to Springs”.

http://budgetlightforum.com/node/22529

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Thanks for the giveaway.
My favorite mod : EE X6 XP-L V6 3D triple 11,3A

(ZozzV6 build for me one Thumbs Up )

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keltex78 wrote:
I’m thinking something more along the lines of my first REAL mods, which were my old Maglite mods…

Sounds like that Mag had some miles under it’s belt, and having made the journey from ultra-flood to ultra-narrow! I’d love to see any pics if you ever run across some. I do miss my old Maglites. A couple years ago I stupidly threw away my 2AA and 2D Mags that I had since childhood, both had bad corrosion from alkalines. They would have made fun and nostalgic hosts.

PS – hope things are looking up with the job situation!

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I have this light, i understand giving it away, i’m actually not very impressed with it and have considered selling it

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Bort wrote:
I have this light, i understand giving it away, i’m actually not very impressed with it and have considered selling it

Hmmmm… When I saw the light, my thought was:
“Will it take three XP-L HI triple boards with Carclo optics…” Crazy

A nine-emitter flame-thrower…


Keepin’ the “B” in BLF

Don wrote:
It sounds like the XM LEDs won’t really be suitable for flashlight use. Pity…

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Cool light, count me in.. my favorite light would be the one that Old-lumens made for me
Big head XHP 70

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DayLighter wrote:
Cool light, count me in.. my favorite light would be the one that Old-lumens made for me Big head XHP 70

That is one monster of a light! RIP, OL

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keltex78 wrote:
Bort wrote:
I have this light, i understand giving it away, i’m actually not very impressed with it and have considered selling it

Hmmmm… When I saw the light, my thought was:
“Will it take three XP-L HI triple boards with Carclo optics…” Crazy

A nine-emitter flame-thrower…


The front is glued shut but i assume thats undoable

The Journal of Alternative Facts

"It is critical that there is a credible academic source for the growing and important discipline of Alternative Facts. This field of study will just keep winning, and we knew that all the best people would want to be on board. There is a real risk in the world today that people might be getting their information about science from actual scientists."

 

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My favorite mod tends to be whatever I last worked on.

However, one mod that is relatively unique that worked really well is my Sunwayman C10R. It’s very small, looks great, has a nice beam and terrifically high output for its size.

The C10R is a small sideswitch light powered by one CR123. I converted mine to triple XPL-HI and enlarged the interior battery space so that it fits a much larger 18500. The internal modifications needed to create this space were quite extensive. I don’t know of anyone trying a similar mod with this particular light.

Here’s my Build thread

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I’m in, thanks for the GAW gchart! Smile

I believe my 1st mod would be my favorite (as everyone remembers his first time Love )… but I’ve never made a flashlight mod myself. Silly

Many mods I’ve seen @BLF have impressed me, but it’s CRX – 4th BLF/ Old Lumens Scratch Made Light Contest – Handmade that I like most, because of CRX’s unique imagination, skills and materials he used.

If it doesn’t count as a mod (as it’s made of scratch), then I won’t pick one of the great flashlight mods I’ve seen, but CRX’s How a Zippo Armor lighter should have been made. As a flashaholic smoker I am , I found it very good idea and I really enjoyed reading something other than flashlight mods @BLF. Big Smile

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It would have to be my modded thrunite Tn40vn. Changed out the xpls to Xhp35hi creating a 8700 lumen 500kcd monster. It was modified by vinh and can be purchased at skylumen.

A close second would be my x6 triple xpl. Modified by dbcustom. 4500 lumen wall blaster.
Thanks for the giveaway.

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Definitely the D.I.Y. Illuminated tailcap by pilotdog68.

I am still a bit crap at soldering, so in the end I chickened out and bought the BLF X5 that already had this mod pre-installed, but it’s something that I one day hope to build in most of my lights. I don’t mind the constant drain, I don’t get to use my flashlights often enough anyway, so why not keep the batteries busy? Wink

I love all kinds of lights... storm lanterns, kosmos & matador lamps, gas lanterns, tallow lanterns, flashlights, lasers, tritium vials...

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http://budgetlightforum.com/node/30643 steam punk light. Amazing because it is something I would attempt but probably fail at. What a work of art

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http://budgetlightforum.com/node/38707

Don’t know if you’ll call this a mod. It’s ingenious an simple to do once you have the parts. I’ve always loved the mag LED reflector and most importantly the ability of the light to focus. I’m still old school and LOVE a focusing light! (BTW, I haven’t done this mod as yet because there isn’t copper pipes and fittings readily available here and shipping in some would cost too much in tax and duties. lol.

EDIT> http://budgetlightforum.com/node/25242

This is a sweet flashlight, AWESOMELY moded by LinusHofman to be AWESSOMER!!

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