after I posted that the light with glued thread is not too hard to open I got a tip that chadvone had a tube laying around that fits,
he said its most likely a BLF A6 18350 tube so I ordered it, P.S. BUT I received the S1 tube for the his mod. So watch out that you dont get the wrong delivered the S1 tube is 37mm long and threads are 1mm longer as well
But there are some minor differences to make the tube fit to the Skilhunt perfectly.
The result is a very light but powerful headlamp.
I cut later the upper headband off and attached the band so that the whole silicone back sticks to my forehead.
I use an Efest protected 18350 900mAh battery its a very tight fit the diameter and lengh are the max what would fit.
With an Panasonic 18650B and magnet.
I also got the AR glas from my Jetbeam Jet-1 MK in it or maybe a microtextured lens from pflexpro user.
106g with 3 strap headband magnet removed,
97.55g headband just the horizontal band
and cut the silicone holder for the 3. band should remove weight even more.
After screwing the BLF tube on the skilhunt light I noticed that the A6 has a lot longer tubes to screw in,
so I had to move the orings in front of their normal position.
But unfortionally the BLF tube is 0,3mm thicker as the Skilhunt and their orings are larger.
I tried to get the skilhunt orings on the BLF tube, but it was not enough to make it fit,
they were squezzed out a bit.
So I decided to get the tube where the orings have to be thinner in diameter.
Used first a dremel to get the anodisation off
and then used very carefuly a metal saw to get it about 0.5-0.7mm less in diameter.
Messed up my first tube, for some reason I thought yu were supposed to sand down the ridge not the groove lol. luckily I ordered and extra and jut finished filing that one. Really easy mod if you file the part shown in the pictures above lol.
So is that band snug in a good way? Or so snug it would take 2 hands to adjust. I like to be able to adjust my headlamp one handed when wrenching on stuff.
I put a high drain 16340 (700mah) in it for now and that seems to work fine too (no rattle either hmm) :). Planning to pickup some 18350s soon though to shorten some other lights as well. In stead of removing the magnet I added a second earth magnet which made it way more useful for attaching to things while working. Heck just used it today to attach to a thin strip of metal (never would have been able to hold itself up on this metal before) while working under the dash in my SxS.
I did this just yesterday. You just need to file down the edges of a 16mm noctigon to fit it through the hole.
I put in a 219C 4000K 90 cri emitter and really like it. It now has a little bit more throw and this is what I needed for biking.
A small spacer between the original optic and the new (smaller) led was needed, fortunately I had that in my spare parts box. Now the optic presses down on the mcpcb really good.
The 219C works good with the original optic, it still has a nice floody beam with just a little bit more intense center.
Yeah, i’m gonna Nichia my Skilhunts too.
But which tint?
3000K or 3500K or 4000K?
…or 2700K or 4500K …? (not in yet)
Just for fun i put the H03F optics (including the diffuser lid thingy) on the shorty and put the TIR optics and SS bezel on the H03F (which is a regular H03 now).
Must say though, the diffuser thingy is not very good build quality. And that’s a pity…
It rattles and looks vulnerable…
But it looks great though and it’s a good diffuser.
Now thinking about how to shorten the original 18650 battery tube.
Because the S1 18350 tube is not a perfect fit. [EDIT] The S1 tube IS a perfect fit, but i had the A6 tube when i wrote this ! [/EDIT]
The threaded sections are slightly smaller in diameter, i have to be careful tightening the tail cap.
Plus i want the clip on the shorty too, which is impossible with the 18350 tube.
Alright, should have checked this before…
So it turns out the Astrolux S1 short tube fits better than the BLF A6 short tube.
I ordered the A6 short tube for this Skilhunt mod, but i have a Astrolux S1 shorty too (but i use a S1 18650 tube).
I don’t know why I have been on a nichia kick lately, cree still has perfectly decent stuff, thing is I ordered a bunch of 19c and 319a’s . I don’t mind warmer tints although I really been liking 4000k I would certainly not mind a warmer tint for a headlamp where I’m often using it to work up close (warmer tints are much easier on my eyes, I guess i’m weird). I actually like warmer tints better, on high levels I always thought warmer tints held cri better but I thought it must have just been in my head so thanks for clarifying!
So you would recommend getting an XML2 instead then? If Mtn has them I might be placing an order with them soon.
Thats great news, if my nichias ever arrive from china I’ll probably try one in there too! What did you use for a spacer though? Probably not something I have around and I will need to order.
Awww man now you tell me. Now I just wasted $2 lol. Not having any 18350s yet, can you explain to me how the S1 tube fits better? My A6 tube I ordered seems to fit really well after grooving it for an oring (used a $1 file from china freight) I don’t understand the be careful cause it has short threads comment, is that because I don’t have an 18350 to throw in there?
Also no one commented on how sung that headlamp band is? Can you still adjust the headlamp one one hand or does it require 2? Is there a better option?