Welcome to the ups and downs of modding conanthewarrior. You sound like you have a really good learning attitude.
Something you said made me wonder if you LED is really ruined. Can you post a picture of it? I'm wondering if the emitter just shifted slightly on its contact pads. A dedomed emitter in that light provide a pretty sweet beam pattern.
You said you heated both sides of the pill. I take it to solder the driver to the pill?.
You're right. It would probably be pointless to repair it. However, it seems you might have acquired an incurable (but sort of benign) condition known as flashaholism.
Soon you might find out how much sense it makes to use this perfectly good host to assemble or maybe even build a new S2+.
These are very nice, aren't they? Good finish, good threads, very serviceable and compact. It's not super compact but it's so much smaller than most other 18650 lights. I just received my 4th S2+(ok, the third was just an empty host and still not finished), the red version. I like this one even more than the gray, black or mini.
Yes I did. When I had it apart I noticed a lot of light leaking out the sides of the optic so I painted it silver. I don’t know precisely how much it helped but it took my low from “easy to stare at” to “almost painful to stare at.” Of course, these are accidentally dedomed so that may have something to do with the light leakage.
I will get a picture tommorow, it is possible I just de domed it, but the torch does not work now, even with the solder in place. It did, but I wasn’t completely happy with the soldering, should of left it as is.
But, using it as a host for something else sounds fun