How handy are you? The Maglite does give many options, although a 5d would likely be pretty unwieldy.
The c8 in comparison is tiny but throws out a hell of a lot of usefull light. I love c8 sized lights, and you do have a few options in that size, the main question is, how comfortable are you in the use of lithium cells and I don’t mean lithium AA’s, I mean 4.2v - 3v lithium ion cells. You would have to factor in buying a pair of good cells (10 - 20 quid) and a charger ( tenner) on top of the light itself.
If you then need good throw, a c8 is not necessarily the best buy, don’t get me wrong, they are good, but for similar money, you can get better.
I see your in Shropshire, what’s your intended light use? A smallsun zy-t08 would give you much more throw and is not much bigger and less expensive than the best c8, the xintd c8.
Hopes this helps, and feel free to ask any more or for links/further suggestions. Welcome to the forum, hope you have fun here.
Welcome ash66! Listen to gords, he know what he's talking about. Comparing a Maglite (esp. 5D) to a C8 is like comparing apples and oranges. If you really want to build off a Maglite, a 2D or 3D (or even C cell) would be more suited. You won't be able to run alkalines; you'd have to run NiMh cells.
I have a TTS XPG R5. Its a good drop in and if you ask me one of the best simply because there are no mods whatsoever and it works well. It has a hell of a throw and decent spill, but Gordo has a point with C8. If you are willing to go lithium then you will not look back. As I said I like the drop in but for less money I have just ordered a Supfire X5 about £12! and I have no doubt it will make a show of my Maglite in every way. You also have to ask yourself how usefull is a 5D maglite?
Listen Garry and Gords they both know what there talkin about! As in total light output the C8 with a xml blows the doors off of the Mag in total light output. I initially wanted to do a mag mod when i joined here also but there quite expensive to do and not real simple. Good luck and ask more questions if needed
You will spend far more money modding a Mag with an XM-L just to get it as bright as a C8 that already has an XM-L. Unless you plan on using all that 5D length and weight as a torch/club I'd skip right to a C8. All around more useful and practical light for a fraction of the end cost of an XM-L modded Mag.
With the LED you planned to mod the Mag with you've already spent more money than you would to get a C8 and the Mag, with that little, poorly heat-sinked XP-E, won't perform anywhere near as well as a C8.
Tha Mag LED upgrade you linked will create a pencil beam of light. Have a look at this beamshot thread taking note of the Mag LED (an XP-E) and the recommended Small Sun ZY-T08. Also look at this old beamshot thread specifically comparing the Mag incandescent, Mag LED, and KD C8 (typical 3A driven XM-L C8). Trying to spot an intruder with an XP-E pencil beam could be tough!
With a simple resistor mod (pm me, I’ll send you a variable resistor or do the mod if you prefer) you have one hell of a thrower, I suspected the reason when I saw your location as I’ve got relatives in welshpool.
Keep the mag loaded with d cells for when you find the scum….
Cross posted, we’ll have to meet up and do a lane of two sometime, the stepson loves it, the babies and Mrs are not quite so impressed :tired: we go up to drumclog with difflock, that’s worth a trip sometime.
Oh yeah, not done too much yet, my last ride was an sj pay and play monster, it would have got any lane it went on shut down lol. The cruiser is far more civilised, although its still got a straight through pipe on it the turbo quietens it down 8) I love my jap 4 x 4’s but I’m happy out with the Landrover lads, makes for good ribbing on both sides :bigsmile:
I think you’ll like the zy-t08 ash, its a real nice pocketable thrower.