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Re: Official Flashlight Thread!

Posted: 01 Sep 2012, 16:30
by MikeSantor
That drop-in is good down to 2.8 V so it will rn off of 1 primary fine. It will just die a little faster since all the primary has to do is loose .2 volts before its too low to run it. Where if you run 2 primaries the voltage can drop 3.2 v before it is too lbody
So again, 1 will run it, just not as long.

Shoot me your address if you want and ill send you a 1 cell body. All you will have to do is put the tailcap and bezel on it and you can run just 1 cell.

Re: Official Flashlight Thread!

Posted: 01 Sep 2012, 16:33
by MikeSantor
jmz5 wrote:
MikeSantor wrote:It would run amazing on 2 123's. That drop in is rated for 6 volts so you would be giving it full power with 2 primaries. Go for it man.
The bulb says DO NOT USE 2xRCR123?
I'm going to shoot dave (nailbender) an email. Makes me sense. If its rated for 6v there is no reason you shouldn't. Let me see what he has too say.

Re: Official Flashlight Thread!

Posted: 01 Sep 2012, 16:44
by MikeSantor
Ooh crap, I'm an idiot. That's RCR's as in, RECHARGABLE CR123's. Rechargeable rcr's are 3.7 v. So 2 of them would put you over 6 v...

So you are fine with 2 CR123s, just not 2 rechargables....

Almost got me there Justin...

Re: Official Flashlight Thread!

Posted: 01 Sep 2012, 19:20
by jmz5
Ok, awesome.

Re: Official Flashlight Thread!

Posted: 04 Sep 2012, 15:57
by ChuckD
I've got a SureFire Fury that I really like.

Re: Official Flashlight Thread!

Posted: 04 Sep 2012, 19:07
by fzr confused
glad to see the new sub-forum! i am rather new to this type of stuff and have already learned what i feel is a lot from you all! thank you :thumb:

Re: Official Flashlight Thread!

Posted: 04 Sep 2012, 19:15
by f3rr37
Feel free to make new topics... its a whole subforum. :)

Re: Official Flashlight Thread!

Posted: 04 Sep 2012, 19:23
by Rapier1772
No, it's easier to keep all the data in one thread. Don't have to go searching multiple threads that way

:p :laugh:

Re: Official Flashlight Thread!

Posted: 09 Sep 2012, 14:39
by MikeSantor
Got a package in the mail last week from a few things that were 10 months in the making.


First was a modest mod. This started life as a Maratac Cu AAA. It had a crappy aluminum pill/heat sink so I had one made of Copper. Then it was upgraded to a Cree R5 XP-G and ripped a new 3 mode driver from an iTP eos3. Installed it all and you have The PERFECT keychain light IMO.

Copper Pill

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Light all put together

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Next up was the good one. I LOVE the Surefire E series for EDC. It just has a few set backs. First and foremost, it will only run on 17mm cells instead of the far superior 18mm rechargeables. Second, with it being so small, even with a custom drop in it can only accept small die LEDs. So here was my solution. First I had the body bored to except 18mm cells. Next I bored the one piece Bezel/Reflector out to accommodate a Cree XM-L LED. Next I had a custom drop in made of copper with XM-L and 3 mode driver. What I ended up with is 800+ lumens that fits INSIDE the palm of your hand...

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Bored for 18s

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Stock on left, custom on right

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Business end

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Comparison to a 6P/C2 sized surefire

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I say worth the 10 month wait...

Re: Official Flashlight Thread!

Posted: 12 Sep 2012, 22:17
by Burt Gummer
I'll be back.

A flashlight thread .... :).

Re: Official Flashlight Thread!

Posted: 10 Dec 2012, 04:09
by m1afolder
I have 5 or 6 (not including about 15 Thrunite Ti's since they keep having them for $44 for 5.

*Microfire Challenger
*Olight M20 Warrior Titanium 1 of 500 X 2
*Nitecore IFE1 in Tan
*Thrunite TN11
*Sunwayman M30R
*Thrunite TN31

But I usually carry a black Nitecore IFE1. Maybe soon I can afford one of the new Xtar's.

Re: Official Flashlight Thread!

Posted: 22 Dec 2012, 23:57
by PainKillaX
Y'all have me hooked...I'm thinking I want a Nitecore but I don't know if I want the EC1 or the EC2.

Re: Official Flashlight Thread!

Posted: 17 Jan 2013, 02:30
by blueorison
Streamlight just announced their release of 600+ lumen WMLs that look like the same low-profile form factor as the original bodies.

They might have just fixed my carbine light issue with not being able to find a commercial one that is under $300 and can hit 100-200yd targets with real illumination, not just dim light.

Gotta get one to test it!

http://www.streamlight.com/product/product.aspx?pid=276" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Re: Official Flashlight Thread!

Posted: 31 Jul 2015, 15:12
by NLVMike
I'm reviving a zombie thread, just to share this recent experience. Flashlights have changed a lot in the past few years. I like to have one EVERYWHERE. Costco made that easy with three packs of handy little lights. However, I'm still always in search of the perfect light.

I live in Nevada, and last year it was big news that Tesla is building their $5 billion gigafactory here. It will be revolutionary in the world of batteries. So I went to a small private presentation by the Tesla top engineers to talk about the battery factory. They said that the first thing they did was spend millions researching the best battery technology. They had every intent to invent or design all new technology. Their research determined that the tech of the Panasonic 18650 can't be beat. So they partnered with Panasonic to move the entire production to this facility. Currently, 14 companies mine, manufacture, package and ship components of that battery to Japan, where the cells are assembled. They are moving all 14 companies under one roof.

Lots of other good stuff, which I can share if you are interested, but the end result was my infatuation with the 18650. So I tore apart a battery pack out of a laptop I wasn't using anymore, and sure enough, found 8 of them inside. Then I went on the hunt for a flashlight to use them. I discovered that my observation of the output and the stated lumens of most lights have no relationship. Forget what they say, and just use them till you get what you want. I don't mind paying a lot for a good light, but I sure enjoy cheap. That said, I have found that an Ultrafire 502B from Ebay is awesome. They are less than $15 shipped. They often come with low output Ultrafire 18650 battery and charger. Find a real Panasonic and they are even better. I now have 6 laying around. The kids call them the "computer flashlights" because they use the batteries out of an old computer. Brightest light at scout camp for a whole week on one charge. I love it.

Re: Official Flashlight Thread!

Posted: 01 Aug 2015, 17:03
by panzermk2
My big Thru-Nite uses 2 18650's and it turn night to day.

Re: Official Flashlight Thread!

Posted: 03 Aug 2015, 04:38
by Mister Freeze
My Solarforce sporting 2x18650 was a big deal at Natural Bridge Caverns near San Antonio. The guides were jealous.

Re: Official Flashlight Thread!

Posted: 09 Aug 2015, 02:28
by MikeSantor
Im currently waiting for these heads to be back in stock:

http://www.oveready.com/moddoolar/moddo ... d_238.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

3498 lumens on high and there is an adapter to run it on a surefire m600. Those numbers are just ridiculous, Fully programmable too.