Need some opinions for a 3D Mag build. I have two ways to go, help me decide. - 3D it is.

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Need some opinions for a 3D Mag build. I have two ways to go, help me decide. - 3D it is.

Ok, just as a note, there's a total of 6 Mag builds that will be floating around here, till parts get in.

One of them is a 3D dark Gray colored maglite. I will have a 3 LED setup for it. My problem is that I am torn between two ways to do it. Here's the two versions that I am deciding between.

First:  Keep it a 3D and use the 3 XM-L reflector with 3 XM-L U2 LEDs and drive them with a Dry driver.  The dry of course is 2.5A with turbo.  So...... I am talking going 3 LEDs in series = let's say 3A     and 9 AA NiMH (eneloops) = 10.8v (nominal).

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Second: Make it a 1D still using the same reflector and 3 XM-L U2s, but using three of the  8x7135 drivers master/slave/slave to control the LEDs. This would be 9A?, but with 4 AA eneloops, only 4.8v

 

Well I am torn between the two. On one hand a big 3 XM-L light that should run for longer than a few minutes   and on the other hand a 1D sized 3 XM-L wow light with just a few minutes run time.

There's other ways and other mods, but these are the two that I have decided on and have parts coming for, so I need to pick between these two.

 

Your opinions of which way    and why?

 

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3D .

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3D.  You have enough 1D mags at this time. That DRY driver is a beast and will out do the 1D for wow factor.

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JohnnyMac wrote:

3D.  You have enough 1D mags at this time. That DRY driver is a beast and will out do the 1D for wow factor.

I'm favoring the 3D because of the Dry driver myself. Hey I only got two 1D Mags going on right now. Oh, four if you count 1C mags, but that's later...

I guess I will be the MagMan, since I have decided not to buy any more overseas lights and because Mags are so darned moddable.

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3D because I just broke my fusion 38 drop in and need to mod my 3d

 

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Well 3D it is.

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