Swapping in the BLF-A6 driver is the obvious and relatively easy mod for this flashlight. The stock driver is not bad, I understand that it is improved compared to the older X6 drivers, but it does not have the well-loved user interface and efficiency on low modes that the BLF-A6 driver has.
So my A6 driver came in the mail today and it looks like one of the pins isn’t soldered on one of the chips. I cant get a good pic right now. It’s the pin directly above the “pin” on the spring side. Is this normal?
yes its normal, and new EE Hp-L HI comes with DTP boards but they are not good as noctigon.
I am not sure should I change the driver on mine since I am getting 3.9A on HI with bridged springs, thats enough for me at the moment
can anyone give me some advise for removing the stock driver? i removed the head and took off the copper retaining ring on the driver spring side. but it seems that the driver is still secured in place… help please…
I've got 2 and both drivers were easy to remove, no glue. If you're certain to replace the driver, try pulling the spring and if that doesn't work, make a hole in the driver and pull it with a hook of some kind.
I had to use a pick to pry out the stock driver. It was pressed down into the recessed area and wouldnt budge. I am pretty sure the stock driver board was damaged in the process.
After I got that out, I replaced it with the BLF driver and bypassed both springs. It works flawlessly.
As far as the difference: the new driver has alot more modes and configuration options. however i have found that I personally prefer close to the stock options. (4 mode with memory on) I dont have any fancy testing equipment and I never could figure out how to test the current. But I can tell that the light is definitely getting warmer than before and has a significant step down after 30 seconds on turbo. Walking outside, to me, the light is a slight bit brighter than it was before. I took some before and after pictures but i dont know how to upload them. Maybe i can email them to someone.
My only complaint is that I was hoping for a lower moonlight mode with the new driver. To me, the lowest setting on both drivers are about the same.
BTW, I forgot to mention that I absolutely love this flashlight and I am so happy I found out about it from BLF. I think it has the perfect throw/beam. My dad recently bought a Olight s30r because it had alot of lumens, but now he wants a x6 after seeing mine. Also, I just ordered the X6/X5 combo from the group buy, so I may do a comparison after those come in the mail.