What did you mod today?

That’s a pretty cool looking flashlight. Certainly worth saving.

Yes, that is why I took it on. The machine work is impeccable on that light. Wish it had been a reflector light or standard optics, would have had a lot more output when done.

Yes, that is why I took it on. The machine work is impeccable on that light. Wish it had been a reflector light or standard optics, would have had a lot more output when done.

are you sure about that statement?

Yes, glass unless it is extremely high quality with purpose built coatings will eat light. The throw is excellent but the lumens out the front are lacking. I am sure that there are no UD lenses in it. But costs had to be controlled or you would have Canon L series prices.

Even cheap chinese borosilicate glass will still have a transmittance of 95%+
Which is more than most good quality reflectors.

Today I reflowed an XP-L2 on to KD DTP copper board.

Assembled a Texas Avenger 17mm driver.

And premade a PD68 lighted tailcap board.

Now just waiting for Convoy C8 host to arrive and put all this into that with AR coated glass and OP reflector.

Showing off your picturing skills, Zozz? They are very nice! :+1:

Just my phone and the microscope at work at the top 3 pics :smiley:
BTW thank you!

Nice work on the retainer. How was that accomplished?

I had a conversation via PM with member k-wong, about the ‘fix’ that DEL suggested for the BLF X5/X6 drive and that I have done several times succesfully, that should get rid of the high voltage spikes to the MCU and get rid of the drop-to-moon that occurs spontaniously when entering turbo in a high current triple build.

I described the fix here above in this thread but k-wong was still scratching his head over how it is done and suggested making a video about it.

Well, here is an attempt. I hope it clarifies the procedure.

Of course when doing a video, disaster strikes, you can see C1 unintendedly coming loose together with the plus-wire and then me launching C1 at 1.11 minutes, and I never found it back, so at 1.53 there is a cut in the video (very subtle :wink: ), so that I could search for a new C1 in my stash of parts, don’t know for sure what value the stock C1 was, but now it is 4.7 microFarad.

After the solder job I checked the driver and it seems to work fine.

I used a sanding drum on a flex shaft dremel and finished with a fine rattail file. I was not sure it would go, but it did!

Yes!! Thanks Jos (and Del), I was ready to buy a bunch of A6 drivers and then I saw your video pop up… I was only kidding when I suggested the tutorial but I’m thankful you did it! Can you provide a link to where I can find the correct 5 ohm resistor to use?

yeah, i admit i love jozz’s pics too…that multiple focus algorithm, whatever… it works pretty sweet…

The multiple focus thing is awesome, I would love to do that but it was not me, my pictures are made with a cell phone, the video above with an extra lens taped against the camera lens.

I have seen clemence making great emitter pictures with the multiple focus technique.

ha ha…. “budget” works again, lol… love it…

A few months ago I swapped an XML2 (I forgot which bin) in the 5000k tint into an Xtar wk42. Today I quickly scrapped up an optic in there for a flood beam as this light serves solely as my middle of the night EDC for bathroom trips (it was kinda annoying as I had to trim the optic by 2~3mm)

Alas, after a few months 5000k still just feels too cold. I’ll eventually ended up swapping for something warmer (hmm, perhaps I’ll try one of those Nichia 319A)

I put together some spare parts, a Convoy S2+ triple with FET+1 tiny25 driver, and gave it a new clicky-switch ramping UI I call Crescendo.


It’s not as nice as Narsil, but I think it’s pretty good for a clicky-switch light. From off it starts at moon and then ramps up; just tap any time to stop it. From there, tap once to ramp up, tap twice to ramp down, tap three times for a momentary (ish) turbo (tap again to exit turbo), or tap four times for battcheck (and other blinkies). Long-press to reset back to the beginning. Both moon and turbo are accessible from off, or let it ramp to reach any other level fairly quickly.

Also works on tiny13 (nanjg driver, even), but will need some things reduced to fit, like fewer blinkies or a lower-resolution ramp. And there’s an option for memory, but I prefer it without.

It’s not very fancy, but I think that’s okay. Instead of a whole menu of options like bistro, it aims for simplicity.

I’d love to hear how that goes. I’m thinking of trying to get Convoy to use Biscotti on those by default, or possibly use Crescendo because the BD line has a side clicky switch. This would give those lights a ramping UI, which works well on a side switch.

The timing on that is entirely determined by the hardware. If I understand correctly, you can probably slow it down by using higher-value resistors on the voltage divider. They should still divide to the same value, but let less current through. I think this makes the MCU’s tiny onboard capacitor last longer so the SRAM decays slower, and then you can take more time to do a fast-press.

… or you could do that. Probably a better idea. :slight_smile:

This needs to be a much more common driver feature. It makes reflashing easier and opens up the option to use drivers with a smaller form-factor, more pins, or a denser layout.

I could have used the 85 MU as it has a smaller package than the “regular” size, but went with the 84A MU as at has more IO pins. I am however abandoning the 84A and shifting my attention to the 841.