【convoy】Golden S3 available now

Great... i’ve order several of these drivers in 17, 20 and 22mm.

Just great they don’t work...:(

I ordered 4 drivers, they have not arrived yet.
I’m alarmed by the conclusions of some colleagues, but let's not panic ahead of time. I would like to see Mr. Simon's answer. If a persistent problem is discovered, a solution will be found, I am sure. In any case, you are in a better situation than me, you at least understand the reasons, and how to fix it)

Hum, I know Simon will have an answer or a solution for this situation for sure!
But, the driver structure seems, indeed, strange.

Let’s try going bakwards: was that driver - with the same structure (meaning, no contact on the upper side) - originally used in any flashlight “ready to buy” from Simon?
Or was it made as it is for us moddersn, to try to fit it in “any” flashlight taking a 17mm driver?

Could it be someting related to those adapter rings that Simon sells to make smaller diameter drivers fit flashlights with larger driver diameter holes? https://www.aliexpress.com/item/33023608406.html

EDIT: I am not sure if my assumption is correct, but these adapters, are sold for 2 specific lights (M21A and S21A) that use the SST40 Leds, the one for which this driver is suitable/designed for.
As the adpaters have an upper ring, that will make contact both with the lower ring (and the bottom of the driver), and the pill, maybe they can replace that contact edge of the driver.
Hence, it seems to me that this may be the reason why these drivers have that design, to be used in those 2 specific flashlights, with those adapters!
But I may be wrong :zipper_mouth_face:

I think these adapters were out before this driver

I think this is a problem related to the driver manufacturer. If you look at the driver advertisement pictures, the only driver which has a solder mask covered upper ground ring track is the ∅17mm version with 12 groups firmware:









Blunder? A nasty one I'd say. :facepalm:

Now I wonder, is there some way to remove the solder mask without damaging the copper track? I wonder if scraping with some plastic tool…

Oh no, I have one of the those new drivers arriving imminently.

Sure, scraping off solder mask is easy, I scrape with a scalpel. May take 10 minutes to work your way around.

The 17mm was the one I got that was missing the contact ring. It died in my C8 with the retaining ring. I have another one on order…been in limbo for over a month over the Pacific somewhere. I hope Sim9n has a solution.

I second that - I've done scraping off of solder masks many times. I use an exacto style knife with a curved blade. Did a lot of that on Q8 battery/spring boards but also on many drivers. After you scrape and you might not be sure good contact is made, then add some solder - it can easily be sanded or filed down to the proper height. Again, did this several times.

Flat-across Xacto blade. Just lightly lightly lightly scrape it like using a snow-shovel.

Like the one at the bottom…

Sorry, because of some manufacturer’s consideration, it made a little change to the driver, and it will be changed back in the future.
Another cause of poor contact is the bevel on the retaining ring.

I guess you refer to the solder masked top side :???: ground ring in the ∅17mm 12 groups drivers. Is any other driver size or version affected?

This is an unpleasant mishap. I'd give the manufacturer a good pull in his/her ears. Sirstinky already reports a nasty issue here, and I am sure others must be experiencing some problems even if they are not aware at first. The solder mask reduces the heat transfer from the driver to the flashlight body, this may be causing earlier than expected thermal throttling in user flashlights (there are reports already, although don't really know if this is playing a role).

Hope this is fixed as soon as possible.

P.S.: any idea of the actual impact of the solder mask in heat transfer?

Only the 17mm driver is like this, the rest is unchanged
The effect on heat has not been tested.

That’s good, thank you. But do you have any plans to introduce a small coated spring? :slight_smile:

A video says it all:

Avoid or slim down those quotes, please.

Simon also did another long one at the top of this page. I understand this basically concerns smartphones or tablets, but it is good to be seen anyway.

P.S.: don't worry Agro, the video is hidden.

Strange addition to tail spring bypass I haven’t seen before.

bottom diameter : 9.5mm

top diameter: 6.8mm

thickness : 0.9mm

height : 13.5mm(before use),12.5mm(after use) (Phosphor bronze springs will become shorter after one use due to the material properties)

What size is more suitable for your needs?

+ + =

Used turpentine as lubricant and cleaning fluid to aid with the filing process. No flames were involved. O:)

The spring shenanigans are escalating. I actually appreciate the more conservative Convoy drivers because I don’t have to worry about this silliness. In 99% of practical use, 2 amps through a modern LED are more than enough, and these drivers do 6A. All my Convoy spring bypasses failed right away, but at 6A, I feel comfortable just ignoring it.

Interesting. Do phosphor-bronze springs lose their springiness over time, or if overcompressed?