Now…those reflectors are a little bigger than the C8 standard, right? Plus the merge at the middle…how do you get that high a beam intensity? De-dome? And how hard are you driving those XM-L2’s to get 4400 otf?
Slightly bigger than C8, maybe - I consider them about the same from what I recall when I measured them. De-domed XM-L2 U2 1A's on Noctigon or SinkPAD's, back of reflector counter sunk for perfect focus, AS5 under star with surface sanded/polished to 2500 GRIT, all springs (5) copper braided, 20-22 gauge wires, IOS 4.5A driver in direct drive with 3 cell/3 LED config, DeoxIT Gold on contact surfaces after cleaning them - must use low resistance cells for these results: Samsung 20R's or SONY 30A's, or maybe 20Q's. I measured 5.5A - 6A at the switch (i.e. tail). I get 5,200-5,400 lumens with the domes. On some battery carriers, I even added jumpers across the traces to reduce resistance - yes, I'm a sico on details... Ohhh - it's no pencil beam for sure. Haven't heard anyone describe a de-domed Shocker's beam that way... yet.
Keep in mind I've gotten 100 kcd on de-domed C8's at lower amps, also, keep in mind a full out modded TN31 can produce 1,700 lumens even when de-domed. Some amazin stuff has happened this year with XM-L2 LED's.
Please note I measure 430-436 kcd at 5 meters, but rdrfronty confirmed that # at 5m, and got 485 or so at 15m.
It's a one piece job - no removable pill. There is a threaded piece that screws in that the driver mounts to:
That inner aluminum ring also screws in as well. What I do is use a file to make 2 notch's in that inner ring so I can use a needlenose to tighten/loosen it. Much better to use the inner ring rather than the outer ring when accessing the driver. Underside view with the driver attached:
The pill is is a single piece and part of the body that includes the finned section, the battery tube threads and the plate that the emitters mount on. Sorry I haven’t been able to get a photo of just that part. You can see a groove on the outside of the light just past the finned section, there the rest of the head screws down into the “pill”.
If made of solid copper you’d need a helper to move the light around
Well, not exact EDC’s . Putting one of those BTU’s in my pocket would be a pretty neat trick. Even if I managed to get it in my pocket somehow, I’d likely end up mooning somebody from it pulling my pants down.