i opened up the pill today and the led die is attached to a round plate with thermal grease and tht plate is then thermal greased onto the aluminum heatsink. I stuck a rigid wire in the hole and pushed the driver/holder down from the top. so mine is not screwed in but snapped into the aluminum heatsink through the bottom. when i tried to turn it led from the top i severed the wires and saw that it was screwed on. simple fix but will probably get some thermal adhesive. will try to take pics later.
I hope it doesn't, because I'm waiting for more reports. I've been also promised a reply from Manafont regarding the chance of having F-15 lights in SMO version soon, so there would be two SMO reflectors to choose from.
From Johnnys pics on top hes got a red driver board while the one i got was a green one. dont know if theres much difference but mine does flicker on low when the battery voltage gets lower. after opening the pill and severing the wires i figured ill try this XML on my sk68. i soldered the led to the sk68 stock driver and it is much brighter on 14500. i got 1.56amps on a partially charged battery. after putting an oring spacer to show a clear die on spot mode, its basically a big bright square which throws quite far. maybe a better driver with more amps but the sk68 is so small im not sure if it can handle the heat. its just fun shining a small light projecting a square beam where you can see the whole beam from the lens to where it is shining.
Honestly, no matter which comes out on top they are both winners. I happen to like the looks of the F15 over the 980L except for that awesome tailpiece the 980 has. That and the extra feeling of reliability I have with the F15 makes it worth having a few less lumen that won’t be noticed anyway unless you had both in your hands at the same time.
How is this contest going to be judged, hotspot only? Might need a lux meter then to accurately tell or I.S. for lumen output. Or will it be based off of beamshots? From looking at both sets of pics this will be very close.
I would love to see how the Trustfire TF with manafont three mode XML pill would stack up here. Given Match’s new figures it seems that the BAR is what is really making these lights pop vs. P60. (big ass reflector)