Well I wanted to try something basic so I went with a single 18650, MC-E, aspheric, and direct drive. I also wanted to charge without having to remove the batteries so I came up with (I think) a cool charging stand.
The center post is negative and the outside post is positive. I needed to put one (or the other) directly in the center so I didn't get the polarity crossed. I just stick it in the stand and rotate till the outside magnet clicks into place. It's audible and tactile.
And before anyone gets excited, a beam shot! Now this is a weird aspheric that has a curve on both sides. It actually produces a wide beam, so it's not a thrower...at least to the extent that I have it defocused. Not what I expected but I actually like the combination of wide beam and aspheric pattern. It's awesome for short distances.
The artifacts look a little worse in the photo than in person, but on a mixed background they are even harder to notice. I suppose an SST50 would solve this...and I could match that with my new 3 mode (.120/1.4/2.8 amp) driver from shining beam. Stay tuned and watch me burn my fingers on that build.