I haven’t been able to find any drivers for sale that have built in charging, even though there are several flashlights on the market with USB charging now. Anyone heard of any? (other than the BLF lantern project which has a USB charging driver)
In the future I plan to make a USB rechargeable flashlight that can also take regular cells (not the double-ended proprietary stuff)
Some flashlights are already like this, the charging circuit is in the head where the driver is, not in the tailcap.
USB rechargeable, uses regular cell
If all else fails, I guess I can either pull a driver out of a USB rechargeable flashlight (which I would rather not do because I want to choose my specs)
I can also remove the circuit from one of these batteries and have it directly between the driver and regular cell, since it will share the same ground as the driver.
This is the easiest solution I can see at the moment, since it can be used with literally any driver and battery combination.
PS- I wasn’t able to find another post about this topic, if I missed one plz link it
Awesome, great to see that somebody’s done it before and it works
I checked all the nitecore batteries and the highest I found is the NL1829RLTP which can do 5A continuous, which would be enough for me.
Which passthrough chargers have you used? Did you also rip them out of USB rechargeable lithium cells?
No, for the high current lights I built the chargers from scratch.
I used a tiny ME4056 chrager board enclosed in a C shaped piece of .75mm thick brass so the battery contact is the same continuous metal as the head positive contact with the charger wired to it in between and then to a press fitted ground ring and fully potted.
I think I used the Lumintop 18650 cell charger for the carbon fibre cube light, seemed the best at the time, passthrough current of around 7A. HKJ review .
I think he has tested some other brands too.