Any good 16340 Hosts?

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Any good 16340 Hosts?

Wanting to make a couple of smaller lights and have a few 16340’s laying around. I would like a smaller host than the S2+ 18350/16340 size, but cannot find any under about $20 for a complete light. Anyone have any ideas or know of any sources for cheaper, decent 16340 hosts?

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Have you checked the On The Road 311 flashlight?
Review: http://budgetlightforum.com/node/73735

On AliExpress you can get it for a price below that!
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4000623233745.html

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I cant help with the <$20 limitation

MascaratumB wrote:
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nice host if the operator is OK with the UI and modes

I would consider the Nitecore EX11.2, for a more versatile UI (ramping like anduril)

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Ultrafire 602C?

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Geuzzz wrote:
Ultrafire 602C?

wow!

the price is right.. just one mode

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jon_slider wrote:
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Ultrafire 602C?

wow!

the price is right.. how about the UI and modes?

Dont know actually, but as a cheap host its great. 17mm driver size, 16mm led size. Rugged anodisation.

Host 8 dollars. Blf A6 driver 5 dollars. And add your favourite led.

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single mode
agree, great option for a cheap host
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jon_slider wrote:
I cant help with the <$20 limitation

MascaratumB wrote:
On The Road 311

nice host if the operator is OK with the UI and modes

I would consider the Nitecore EX11.2, for a more versatile UI (ramping like anduril)

The light is moddable, both the led and the driver. The + of that light is the USB-C charging Wink
But there are probably better hosts out there.

BTW, WildTrail has a stainless steel one being sold in AliExpress.
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32921071234.html
This is similar to the Alonefire AK9, which is 10€ more expensive.

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MascaratumB wrote:
Have you checked the On The Road 311 flashlight?
Review: http://budgetlightforum.com/node/73735

On AliExpress you can get it for a price below that!
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4000623233745.html

I did see that, looks like a nice light for the money. I just wanted a couple of cheap hosts to burn up some parts bin stuff.

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Ultrafire 602C?

I missed this somehow, but this is great, thanks, I ordered a couple in one mode, will be perfect. Fastech used to have these as hosts for $5 gutted.

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How might one alter the driver in the Ultrafire 602C single mode to bring it down to something like 5 lumens?

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I just received a 3P clone body from AE. The machining is excellent and even the anodizing looks great- even and polished. If you are interested in a P60 setup. Lumensfactory has 1 cell tubes for E-series lights. Convoy has 18350 bodies, I think Jaxman might also?

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What is a 3P?
Could you please link to the clone?

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I am not sure if you are still searching , but take a look “blast from the past” (yeah, Roxane is an “old” brand):

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1005002372874591.html

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1005002372613180.html

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eicca wrote:
How might one alter the driver in the Ultrafire 602C single mode to bring it down to something like 5 lumens?

Assuming a ’123 will keep a more or less steady voltage, you just gut the driver and stick in the appropriate-value resistor.

The little Thorfire KL02 doodads (also made for ’123s ‘though 16340s will run hot) do exactly that, “bead” type LED and a resistor on one contact-board, that’s it.

https://budgetlightforum.com/node/40412

Some dewd was selling them on fleabay 10 for 20bux or something, obscenely cheap. I got 2 duds in a 10pak, but it was still worth it.

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Some dewd was selling them on fleabay 10 for 20bux or something, obscenely cheap. I got 2 duds in a 10pak, but it was still worth it.

There’s space for a 10mm MCPCB. I’m using an eagtac 16340 in it (short and protected) to have a small lantern.

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Yeh, I didn’t want to cook them nor run down a Li cell to nothing, couldn’t find my real ’123s, so I got a set of those 3V Li-based converter cells.

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https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4000389793969.html

Thought about snagging this little thing.. but I ain’t got no 16340 cells. Might pick one up if Vapcell T6’s turn up at a reasonable price.


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Yeh, I didn’t want to cook them nor run down a Li cell to nothing, couldn’t find my real ’123s, so I got a set of those 3V Li-based converter cells.

You chicken.

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WOWTAC W1 $19.99

The bezel is glued, besides that it’s a decent light with just the led swapped.

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The new Sofirn SC21 will be slightly more expensive but a whole different beast.

https://sofirnlight.com/products/sofirn-sc21-mini-flashlight-rechargeabl...

Maybe even a S1R competitor.

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That looks very interesting and the price is reasonable. Thumb size and egg weight is a good decision.

I wish sofirn would go with Anduril 2 or at least make some tweaks for the ramping firmware to move slower for the lower output and faster for higher output.

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Dunno if these were the ones, but someone here was all gaga over these or similar ones. 3bux a pop, go crazy…

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32857438398.html

Ain’t got any, so dunno from any firsthand experience with ‘em.

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flightless22 wrote:
That looks very interesting and the price is reasonable. Thumb size and egg weight is a good decision.

I think I’d need to know first if egg weight is extra-large or jumbo or small or what. I’m not quite sold on it.

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Unheard wrote:
The new Sofirn SC21 will be slightly more expensive but a whole different beast.

https://sofirnlight.com/products/sofirn-sc21-mini-flashlight-rechargeabl...

Maybe even a S1R competitor.

Very cool. I’m tempted, but for just 11mm extra length, 5mm extra width, and few meager grams of weight…

More output, better runtime (1200mAh 18350), Anduril…the only thing it’s missing is a sweet deep carry reversible clip like that SC21.

I’ll probably snag one anyway because “Sofirn”, and the price is crazy reasonable. TBH, I haven’t been disappointed in one Sofirn product I’ve purchased, and if I was compelled to go down another li-ion cell size rabbit hole, that might trigger it.

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…sorry….and no freeloading…maybe this a possibility?

Thrunite BSS bundle

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JaredM wrote:
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4000389793969.html

Thought about snagging this little thing.. but I ain’t got no 16340 cells. Might pick one up if Vapcell T6’s turn up at a reasonable price.



It’s cute but I think, between my D25C TI, S1 (original), and V10R Ti+, I’m probably done with 16340s. I’d need a real compelling reason to carry something else in the size class.
Unheard wrote:
Lightbringer wrote:
Yeh, I didn’t want to cook them nor run down a Li cell to nothing, couldn’t find my real ’123s, so I got a set of those 3V Li-based converter cells.

You chicken.


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That thrunite deal ain’t bad. That little headlamp is a handy dandy

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The Thrunite/Wowtac W1 lights are good budget lights.
I like the driver and UI, but they do need a LED swap.

The bezel is glued but I’ve been able to remove it with some heat and grippy gloves.
Now I need to decide which LED.

I also like the headlights in that bundle linked above. They also need a LED swap. I haven’t opened one of those yet, but I will.

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