In thinking of what I’d like in a flashlight, pleasant tint and high sustainable output seemed important. Sure, turbo on my FW3A and EDC18 are great, but they last less than a minute at that brightness. Sure, my Sofirn SP33 can hold about 1000 lumens without overheating, but that XHP50.2 is just so ugly, and it doesn’t ramp.
I have been looking on mtnelectronics, and thought I’d try to make my own light. Thinking of using a Convoy S11 host, four Samsung LH351D leds (deciding between 4000K and 5000K), and their FET + 7135 driver running Crescendo firmware. I was planning on using a copper spacer they sell for the Convoy S2. Between it and the quad optic behind the lens, it should hopefully use up enough space to replace the reflector. I’m not positive it will though. Of course I’d still have to drill a hole through the center of the pill too…
Besides the spacer concern, all in the parts (including some solder I need and thermal compound) cost around $65. Also of concern, this is my first build and I’m not confident in my soldering skills. And then, knowing me, I’d consider the 26650 size too big and want to build a similar triple light using an S2, which would cost close to the same price to build. In the long run, that’s not too much money, but I do already own the three lights mentioned above, along with four S2+s and a C8, two Fenix 18650s and two 16340s, two Sofirn 18650s, myriad AA/14500 and AAA lights, a bunch of usb charging keychain lights, and the obligatory Maglite ML300L 3D (in all, over forty flashlights).
So I will end this post with these questions:
Do I really need more lights?
Am I just bored because of the current home-bound environment?
Do I know enough to build a light properly?
Will I have already bought all the parts by the time you read this??