An EDC flashlight with a 9 or 21 die configuration similar to this:
-With the center die on max and everything else off it would become a long distance thrower with a tight beam
-With all the dies on low power it would have high efficiency since each die would run at low current
-With all the dies on high power it would put out a ton of lumens
Of course there is currently no good LED for this application, but imagine something like an XHP70.2 with 9 instead of 4 dies, an the center one can be independently run.
By running a single die it could get very high intensity for long throw, but you have the option of turning on the rest for high efficiency or high lumen output.
Note: this isn’t the same as a triple or quad led flashlight like you commonly see around, since all the dies are together they would use a single optic (resulting in more throw than multiple-optic lights) and would also have a single spot when all dies are on (assuming they are close enough together)
You would need a massive reflector though… which is why this is an actually excellent idea! Massive reflector with a 6mmx6mm multi-die emitter with multi current path.
Having dual channel drivers with different output voltages is difficult, but doable with multi-inductor drivers:
With a 2S buck boost converter support, you could power the separate 3V emitter up to 10W, then for higher output levels, all of the emitters would be connected in series through another trace, which would result in a massive 9000 lumens output in exchange for a lot less throw.
However, that idea is very complex, and would require a complex costly MCPB, and a costly driver. Would not be too hard on the MCU side of things since we already have multichannel capable UIs.
There are 2 simple ways to make it more bulky, but less complex:
Go the Niwalker way and put 2 separate sets of emitters and reflectors. While bulky, it allows for separate flood and throw, and a real sense of power when both are on.
Multi lens aspheric. Take a dedomed XHP 70.2/Nichia 149AM then put it in either flood or throw mode. You do lose the max throw and flood power though.
If it was something like 9x 1mm dies having it run off of a single 18650 or 21700/26650 would work fine.
Good single cell EDC size, doesn’t need a big optic either if all the dies are close together.
There are several EDC flashlights with XHP50s and 70s.
It could be like maybe the size of 9 oslon black flats or something.
A single one could run at 4-5 amps for crazy throw, but you can run 9 of them at like half power and get 4000lm+
9 XP-L HIs would also be able to do over 1000lm at like 180lm/w, very high efficiency.
Osram actually makes LEDs like that, but only 4 dies not 9:
0 spare time
Trying to do too many things at once and getting almost none of it done.
I need to focus on a few things at a time, so after I finish building the second syniosbeam with CFT90 I will probably take a break from flashlights and focus on my other stuff.
Next year, 2019, I’ll start the next flashlight.
Yeah I saw what easyb (I think it was him) made with 9 of them.
The difference here would be that having all the dies on a single large chip would have really good thermal performance when only one is lit up due to the larger pad on the bottom, as can be seen from the large luminus LEDs.
Then with some high efficiency dies, like XHP70.2, lots of lumens and efficiency could also be obtained.
I’m pretty sure we will never see an LED like this from cree, but it would be cool for EDC flashlights to have both throw and high output+efficiency options (without having multiple optics or LEDs or other complex stuff).
Simply by turning on different sections of the LED.
Yes, it definitely needs to be a single LED, not 9 or more LEDs soldered beside eachother.
9 die XHP35 is a perfect example, since the current one is 4 and has no visible cross.
The main feature would be turning on the center die individually.
We will likely never see an LED like this produced, but I thought it would be good to write the idea down somewhere so it’s on record
And the LEDs don’t have to all be the same. Put a very high intensity LED in the center for max throw. Surround it with bigger-die, lower-intensity emitters that can be activated for max lumens and flood.
Could make a great searchlight. I don’t think this would be practical for an EDC though unless you’re just making a mule with no reflector.
Some further thoughts on doing it with aspheric and collar….
Combining multi-led idea with collared zoomie enables making a light of the size of Brinyte B158 which delivers 500+ kcd throw and 5+ klm flood. The former sustained, the latter being turbo.
But aside from the regular challenges with collared light (patents….), there are also new ones.
If we want wide beam, we need wide collar opening. Also, collar won’t focus on the flood leds, reflecting their light partially on other LEDs (which is good as it enables recycling) and partially on the PCB.
If we want wide opening there are several options:
make a wide-open collar with mounting fixed against the LED
in throw mode, lots of light escapes the collar reducing throw
make a collar with large diameter, moving together with the lens
the light loss is at high angles, this is less of a problem than with fixed collar
collar comes out of focus quickly, making partially focused beam much less useful
complicates head construction
combine fixed and moving partial-collars
restricts zooming movement - they’ll hit each other quite early
Kiriba_ru had the same thought as me. Osram offer an automotive LED which basically has “pixels”. If you use an aspheric lens you basically have a projector (finally making the bat logo possible whithout a lot of effort on the optics front).