Hum, headlamps sometimes are not easily modded due to the drivers/switches/chargers, but they are out there.
Getting one without charging capability would be my first point in case I wanted to mod one.
I have an Acebeam H20 in the drawer ready to be modded, once I order the driver. I will implement a driver with Anduril because I can make it fit in the flashlight. Otherwise, I’d just leave it the way it is
To me for a budget head lamp, not much better than the Boruit style single or dual LED headlamps to mod. I modded a dual, use it like every day on the bench. Quadrupel has a custom driver PCB for it now.
The Boruits make decent hosts if you don’t mind the custom-shaped driver. I did an MCU swap on mine and left the original driver board. I think I must have passed it along to someone else, I don’t have it anymore.
If $20 doesn’t break the bank, the Convoy H1 makes a nice host. Standard 20mm (?) driver board, e-switch with indictor on a separate board, LED on a replaceable 16mm MCPCB, no charging circuit to mess with, and the usual nice Convoy quality. I just sold mine to a buddy so I’m ordering a new one today. My first one just had an MCU swap. The driver is a decent 3 amp linear driver, but I might take this opportunity to do a whole new driver, we’ll see how well this new prototype works out.
Dang, Convoy may be bout the only headlamp/rt. angle head EDC I don't have... I bought like 3 of the Eagle Eye ones when they were so cheap, offered in colors, and with 18650 adapters. I got a blue, black, and silver and only spent the time to mod one :FACEPALM:
I just modded a Amutorch AL1 headlamp last night - 20 mm FET+1 driver, sliced 351D 4000K, Anduril2, 22 AWG wires.
Was a pretty easy mod. Bezel unthreaded easy, poked out the driver easily, decent access to the MCPCB. Kept the stock MCPCB - was about 20 mm diag but only 1.0 mm thick.
It's nothing fancy though - SMO reflector, no switch LED's. It says the tube is titanium but feels like SS because of it's weight. Little too heavy for a headlamp to me.
I wanted decent tint, decent throw, to use more like an EDC rather than headlamp.
Sounds like a great mod, and light! Very cool! Did you flash Anduril to the MTN-20DDM? Or did you have to replace the attiny on it altogether? I’m still unsure of the best way to remove/replace/alter tiny components on the driver. I have a KSGER T12, an electric skillet and very little skill. I’ve destroyed two MTN-17DDM drivers this week trying to install 20AWG wire and then find the excess solder causing high-only behavior. :person_facepalming: Thanks for the headlamp ideas!
Ohh no, I don't use MTN drivers. I reflow my own from OSHPark driver PCB's, usually DEL's but many others as well. I got a hot air system - works great to remove components, either all or singles, even small in tight spots. Forgot what it cost but I got it probably from eBay, pretty cheap, nothing fancy. You can get those all-in-ones with soldering iron and hot air, etc., but I have a good Haiko iron - wouldn't give it up for anything.