Modding the CQG 3x18650 single XM-L T6 torch to TRIPLE XM-L U2 bin. (Build log) - IT'S ALIVE !!!

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Modding the CQG 3x18650 single XM-L T6 torch to TRIPLE XM-L U2 bin. (Build log) - IT'S ALIVE !!!

I really like this torch.  There's nothing wrong with it in stock form, but what couldn't be made better by upping the power four- to fivefold ?  Smile

The plan is to yank out the guts, replace with billet aluminum, then cram in a TRIPLE XM-L U2 setup with a 4-5A Turbo DRY driver.  Can you say 3000 lumen out-the front ? Hehe...

Here's a seller pic as a reminder:

Link to TORCH here: http://www.cnqualitygoods.com/goods.php?id=1207

Link to HOST here: http://www.cnqualitygoods.com/goods.php?id=1208

Link to REVIEW here: http://budgetlightforum.com/node/3974

 

Here's a shot of the stock emitter, stock reflector.

 

Since I wanted the mass of the "pill" to be as much as possible, I worked from the bezel, rearward.

I cut a ring out of 6061 Aluminum, then cut a beveled edge to hold the optic:

Here's the optic and triple XM-L board from www.Cutter.au :

 

Optic in new retainer ring:

 

Here's what it looks like, test-fit in the bezel :

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With LED board:

 

Coming up, the pill. 

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Here's the DRY Turbo driver, from Ric at CNQG:

Here's the battery side (bottom) of the billet heatsink, also from 6061 Aluminum:

Top:

Side (with chuck marks):

Here's the driver, seated in the heatsink:

Here's the light engine:

 

Here's the heatsink fit in the head of the torch:

 

Buttoned-up in the rear for a good fit:

 

New vs. old:

photo10-1.jpg

 

Next, comes the battery-holder mods and soldering. 

Stay tuned !!!

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Looking good so far ...

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jacktheclipper wrote:

Looking good so far ...

Thank you sir !

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Nice mods, waiting for soldering.

Thank you.

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Eagerly awaiting man, it looks great! Smile

I've never bought anything from Cutter, but it looks like they have some good multiple setups. I don't understand how the plastic optics take it though, since they are rated at 220 degrees, but I see lots of people using them.

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Looks like you are putting the new lathe to use!  I'm just amazed at how many different possibilities are out there.  Makes buying an expensive light in stock-form rather boring.

Btw, really lame question, but what does DRY stand for?  I thought I was a flashlight nerd, but I certainly have a ton to learn still.

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Hmmm... wanna sell this setup for $30 then I can essentially have the DRY but instead in the beautiful CQG body? Laughing

 

Just kidding. I know this is worth more than $30, in both parts and your time. Awesome job so far! 

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Cool mod! Good job with that! Can't wait to see the end result..

Makes me wish I would have a lathe. :/

Is that a 20 degree Ledil optic?

Also, that board looks to be cool white. Was there any particular reason not to choose neutral?

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wow! subscribed for updates! well done sir Big Smile

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This light is also available @ Intl-Outdoor http://www.intl-outdoor.com/magic-wand-3x18650-t6-super-power-flashlight...

The real name is Magic Wand, built by a renowned Chinese DIY-er. 

 

 

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I chose the narrowest optic available for the triple board, and I think it is either the 20-degree or the 18-degree.    EDIT: 9.5-degree optic, according to invoice.

I picked the cool white for sheer output in the U2 bin.  My DRY triple is Warm White, and this was something different. 

I wish I could let this go for $30....the triple board cost more than that. Wink

The next one will be copper-cored - I wanted to acquire better lathe skills before cutting a bunch of pricey Cu101. 

WRT to the DRY name, I think member 2100 stated it meant 'popular,' but I may be wrong. 

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Good to know, thanks.  Like I said in the first post, the stock torch is a very good buy.  I may need to pick up some more empty hosts, as they are of very good quality. 

Hikelite wrote:

This light is also available @ Intl-Outdoor http://www.intl-outdoor.com/magic-wand-3x18650-t6-super-power-flashlight...

The real name is Magic Wand, built by a renowned Chinese DIY-er.  

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Hi Chicago-x liking the light very much. Just a quick question with regards to that driver, is it available on their website or is it a special order ?

 

Charles

 

 

 

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Nice Job Chicago X, looks very professional.

I hope to see a beamshot of it, will it look like a single hotspot, or you can differentiate three of them?

As it is not transparent, it will work like a diffuser but I am not 100% sure.

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That looks really good! I was recently looking into that board and optic combo from cutter, but couldn't find a decent beamshot anywhere. I look forward to your comments as to how it throws .

Old-Lumens : I think the optic doesn't melt because its just so efficient at what it does, so only a small fraction of the light is actually absorbed by it.

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@charlestt: The driver is for sale to DRY owners as a replacement or upgrade. Send Ric an email request. Links are in first post. 

@yavi: thanks for the kind words.  I will post beamshots when finished, but from past experience, I would be surprised to see anything but a nice smooth single beam. 

@Hal: I believe the lenses to be made of polycarbonate, so they should be efficient AND heat-resistant. 

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Holy moly do I want that! I love triples with optics. I've been trying to figure out a setup for a triple xml board, but hadn't even considered this light. I think I'd still like a single 26650 light (so a little smaller but a bit of a problem with the triple board wired in series) with a head to fit those optics.

Great work!

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Great work, bud! Oh, how I find myself aching for a lathe to play with! Can't wait to see the end result and everything in between.  What made you choose diffused optics over clear?

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JohnnyMac wrote:

Great work, bud! Oh, how I find myself aching for a lathe to play with! Can't wait to see the end result and everything in between.  What made you choose diffused optics over clear?

Availablilty.  Nothing more.  

I have an extra optic that I'll play around with polishing the face, as the 'facets' are there. 

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Chicago X wrote:

JohnnyMac wrote:

Great work, bud! Oh, how I find myself aching for a lathe to play with! Can't wait to see the end result and everything in between.  What made you choose diffused optics over clear?

Availablilty.  Nothing more.  

I have an extra optic that I'll play around with polishing the face, as the 'facets' are there. 

Gotcha Wink  I had a feeling that was the case but it never hurts to ask.  Have I mentioned how much I envy you for having that lathe? Tongue Out
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I'll sell it to you for one torch.  Of course, the torch is a $15k HID battlefield illuminator, but it's still one light. Wink

 

EDIT: feel free to stop by and "play" on the lathe.  I'll set up the guest bed. 

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Is that a 20 degree Ledil optic?

 

I just checked the invoice.  The lens is a 35mm diameter +/-9.5 degree optic.  Sorry for the misinformation.

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Hi Bob, 

Thanks for your input !  The little bit I've played with was not as fun to cut as the Al...

I have some 7/8" round rod that was purchased to make some P60 triples, and I'll likely just press-fit some of that into the center of the Al heatsink before drilling for wiring.

I still need to learn how to cut threads, that's next on the list.  Smile

 

 

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Chicago X,        IMO, copper is unnecessary, and a pain to work with. I spent $50+ for enough copper to make 4 Mag heatsinks. It doesn't turn well, and is hard to drill without the material grabbing the bit. I used 2 of the 4 sinks, but I'd never do it again. The biggest lights I built were 4xXM-Ls; one draws 8 A., the other 7.6 A (suspect different batch of emitters). I used aluminum for both of those, and they have proven to be completely reliable. No more Cu for me!                                                                                                                                Bob K

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Fantastic :  You make me want to go out and spend a grand on a lathe ...  [ Maybe next year ] 

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I am soo happy to see you are putting the lathe to good use.

And I love your idea with this light. I'll stay tuned Smile

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this is AWESOME!

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Chicago X wrote:

_the_ wrote:
Is that a 20 degree Ledil optic?

I just checked the invoice.  The lens is a 35mm diameter +/-9.5 degree optic.  Sorry for the misinformation.

Thanks for confirming this!

Can't wait to see the beamshots!

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GREAT!!! Beamshots

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Chicago X wrote:

I'll sell it to you for one torch.  Of course, the torch is a $15k HID battlefield illuminator, but it's still one light. Wink

 

EDIT: feel free to stop by and "play" on the lathe.  I'll set up the guest bed. 

Hehheh... I might take you up on that if I'm ever out that way.
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VERY nice job.

do you suppose you could measure the OD of the threads on the body, head side, and the tpi?  I have a head I'm hoping will screw right onto this body.

edit: i'm assuming you have a thread gauge, since you've got a lathe!  if not, somehow I've ended up w/ 3 and I'll send you one just for doing me the favor.  I know it is a slim chance, but I'm REALLY hoping I get lucky w/ this lol

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