UniqueFire UF-T20 more zoom mod (edited)

I have a UniqueFire UF-T20
Got it from Lightmalls, just under $20, as they usually are.

XM-L rather cool white, I have a tailcap current of some 1.5 A, battery not freshly charged.
3 modes: high, low (visible PWM), panic.
Very short next mode memory, so it always starts at high. :slight_smile:
Has a glass lens, which seems to be okay, but not a high grade lens.
I think the XM-L is too big for this setup.
I will put in a smaller LED, but that’s not what this modification is about.

Right picture: That’s basically the essence of this modification… :slight_smile:
I took away the O-ring and the ridge that held it in place.
And so …

… increased the ‘head travel’ by 2.5mm forward.
But without the O-ring, it’s of course rattling and loose…
Some smooth guiding is a must.
The rim that’s left is just wide enough to make a deep groove in it.

All you need is a good lathe.
and several sharp pointy things, like mini screwdrivers, a very flat saw blade, mini files, snap-off blades, etc…

Deep groove, holds an O-ring really well.

Somewhere in there between those rings in shades of grey, you might see the grey O-ring, maybe…
I tried various O-rings, and this one was ‘just right’.
But it had a nick and it snapped, so now there’s a black one that’s ‘just a wee thick’ :~

Anyway, the head can move 10.5mm now, and you can see the threads appear…
But forward is the only way you can go.
The design prohibits to let the head zoom out / wider any closer.
First of all it’s the aspheric lens that stops it, because it touches the edge / rim where i just put in the grey O-ring when zoomed out.
Secondly, the threads on which the head moves stop there…
When you take out the lens in zoomed out position the head is only just (not) held there by its threads.

So, the head now goes 2 mm further from the LED.
This means the LED has to move forward 2 mm also to focus it in zoomed in position…
Aluminium ring.
I cut too much off… quite a gap…
(NOTE: ring in the picture is 2.5mm and had to be made flatter eventually.)

The picture is not fantastic…
but you can see it’s not really possible to go much further with this.
I think i have about 2 mm between LED and lens, zoomed out.

And THAT is what this is about!
To make a wide beam, as wide as possible, the lens should be able to touch the LED.
That isn’t possible this way, but i got 2 mm closer ! :slight_smile:

Normally the head can move 9.5mm from zoom in to zoom out.
I could only add 2 mm to that, so now it can move 10.5mm.
2 mm is not much, but it’s an increase of some 22% which is rather significant (i hope…)

IMPORTANT!
Tricky:
The new O-ring has moved forward compared to the stock situation.
So, when the lens touches the base (fully zoomed out, wide beam) the cylinder (the head) just comes off the
O-ring guidance
This is solved by using a thinner O-ring under the lens
(replacing the big O-ring as seen in the first picture)
Now the head can move just a little less to widest beam, but it’s mechanically better that way.
...and this is why this topic is not so clear about the 2mm or 2.5mm... It's a little difficult to explain sometimes, especially with zoomies, where head moved out is actually zoomed in

[EDIT]
The restricting factor is of course the ‘cylinder’ length, the inside of the moving head, which slides over the modified rim with the grey O-ring.
That rim is made to be as narrow as possible so we can have the maximum moving distance AND an O-ring as well.
There is only just 2mm to gain here… :~
Yeah it makes a difference, the flood is wider zoomed out then before.
But there’s still about 2mm between LED dome and lens.
And it’s a very bulgy aspheric lens, so every mm of distance counts…
[/EDIT]

Some beam shots will follow.
Then we can see what difference it actually makes. :smiley:

[EDIT again]
Uhm… lazy Jerommel should take pictures!
:8)
[/EDIT again]

Can’t wait for beam shots

Love the impromptu “lathe” :smiley:

oh…you can get 20mm copper rounds from etsy to build up behind the noctigon/sinkpad to raise it up closer to the back of the aspheric to increase the unzoomed flood beam

https://www.etsy.com/listing/188484660/20mm-round-copper-stamping-blank-disc-18?ref=sr_gallery_8&ga_search_query=20mm+copper+rounds&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery
https://www.etsy.com/listing/85405635/copper-disc-20g-20mm-blanks-cutout-for?ref=sr_gallery_10&ga_search_query=20mm+copper+disks&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery

I loved the lathe idea too, I’m going to use that one

Another idea on the lathe

http://www.widgetco.com/4-1-hole-rubber-stoppers-plugs

Piece of all thread, some metal washers and nuts…

viola…instant lathe that can be adjusted if needed

Centring is the big problem with improvised solutions…

O, and i edited some in the OP, again… :slight_smile:

Well done, the not-so-wide flood beam is the one thing that I don't like about my UF-T20, and this fixes that :-) .

We’ll see how much difference it makes when i have beamshots.
My first impression wasn’t too staggering though…

I just made the hole in the lens-ring bigger.
It now only covers the outer rim of the lens, like it should.
(It’s drying now, just spray-painted it black again.)

O, b.t.w., Djozz, didn’t i read somewhere you put an Ahorton lens in your UF-T20?

No, that was not me, I am pretty happy with the stock lens, IMO it is the right size and focal length for this host, and the quality is good enough for me.

Then i don’t know how i got that idea…
It won’t fit anyway, the Ahorton lens is much smaller…

I don’t like this modification too much…
And / or i posted too soon and / or it’s a bit messy…
I did do the ring thing though.
(edit) I see i mentioned that already…
Here’s the pictures anyway:

I dremeled it out so it only covers the rim of the lens.
Possibly this will only add weird budget-lens artefacts to the beam though… :stuck_out_tongue:
Held in tie wrap for spray painting it, but not the threads.

Tadaa!

Hi.

I’m interested for the modd. But i can’t see the pictures?!
What’s wrong?

Regards

It seems the links aren’t working anymore, i have the pics on facebook…

Wow, a blast from the past. Welcome back Jerommel :slight_smile:

Hey, thanks ImA4Wheelr. :^)