Managed to remove the driver, took a lot of prying on an angle and force to get it out, but now it is out I have pushed the coil down slightly so it will slide in and out effortlessly. Question is what to do now… nothing looks like it is blown or melted on the circuit board, but I assume with these components damage will not always be visible. I guess aquiring a new driver for cheap i the way to go and soldering it on…?
Here’s a pic of my success
Hey Guys (maybe some girls too),
I bought two of the above torches within a month or so on ebay 8500lm TR-J18’s. Running 18650’s in them, Ultrafire black/gold. I also have a TR-3T6 (nice little torch), the J18 is a bit of a gym junkie by comparison.
After a while Ive noticed the J18 didn’t seem as brilliant white/dazzling as the 3T6, which is weird as it’s 7 Xml vs 3… so I pulled the spare J18 out of the closet, inserted the batteries from the now seemingly dimmer J18 and strangely the newer unused one was much brighter/whiter with the same batteries without any charging inbetween swapping.
Question… is there something wrong with the torch now I can fix? It still works… just not as bright as the exact same model with same batteries, which seems really weird. It’s reall only a few months old. Can I exprct the newer one to go south in performance/brightness too over time?
Hoping that some of you led gurus can shed some light on my issue.
Cheers for any input.
Update* Sent an email to Trustfire to see what they say. After reading lots of posts on here the dimming in the TRJ18 seems to be a common issue. Unfortunate. I can’t remove the driver board (i tried by there is a coil attached that is too big to come out on the angle.