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    Default Custom Maglite Tri/Quad Luxeon up to 12 watts from 1 to 2 NIMH D cells (9-12Ah)

    I'm taking orders for the Tri-Lux 2D for $125 each and the Quad-lux 2D for $150. I turn around orders for these in about 2-3 weeks. Only 2 batteries to mess with and everybit of the power you'd expect out of a Tri/Quad-lux mag. The 1D cell versions will be $25 more but are not currently being offered. A micro-controller (PIC) version is also forthcoming and will be a $25 option.

    Colors available are dark blue, dark green, copper, pewter, silver, red, and black.

    It will not be a parallel Lux configuration. It will be using 3 or 4 separate drivers integrated on one driver board. This offers optimal efficiency and power distribution.

    In the photo's below, the 2D Tri-Lux is driving RV1H's at 900mA each and the Quad is driving UWOJ's at 500mA each. The current draw for the cells for the 2D Tri-lux is 4.2 amps for a runtime of almost 2 hours and down only 10% in brightness at the 111 minute mark. The current draw from the cell for the 1D is 7.1 amps for a runtime of 1 hour and 10 minutes and down only 20% in brightness at the 66 minute mark. These runtimes are based on the cells being used are NIMH and rated at 10 amp hours.

    2D Tri Left, 1D Quad right

    New Mag 2D LED vs. 1D Quad





    New Mag 2D LED vs. 2D Tri


    1D Quad vs. Fenix L2P



    Here's some runtime charts for some of the configurations available:




    A Lux I R-bin @ 350mA is 45 Lumens typical; not lower than 39.8 and not more than 51.7 lumens. For a total of 135 lumens typical for 3X1 @ 3.6 watts when Vf is 3.4V.

    A Lux III T-bin @ 700mA is 77 lumens typical; not lower than 67.2 and not more than 87.4 lumens. For an average of 77.2 lumens for a single Lux driven at 2.4 watts when the Vf is 3.4V.

    37.5 lumens per watt with the first case (3X1 Lux I's) and 32 lumens per watt in the second case (1 Lux III).

    These drivers are at about 85% efficiency in this configuration (350mA per Lux) and about 80% efficient with a 700mA drive per Lux configuration.


    The 2D cell version are available in the following set-ups:

    -Tri-lux at 1 watt per lux (3 watts total with ~135 lumens output); can use regular alkalines and has a 6 hour runtime with NIMH (12Ah) cells and down by 20% at the sixth hour. (This is an estimate).
    -Tri-lux at 2 watts per lux (6 watts total with ~195 lumens output); 3 hour runtime with NIMH cells and down by 20% at the third hour. (This is an estimate).
    -Tri-lux at 3 watt per lux (9 watts total with ~250 lumens output); 2 hour runtime with NIMH cells and down by 20% at the second hour. (This is an estimate).
    -Quad-lux at 3 watts per lux (12 watts total with ~320 lumens output with T-bins and 400+/- with U-bins); 1.5 hours runtime with NIMH cells and down by 20% at the 1.5 hour mark. ( runtime charts for this mod are posted in this thread).


    The 1D cell version will be available in the following set-ups:



    -Tri-lux at 1 watt per lux (3 watts total with ~135 lumens output); 3.5 hour runtime with a NIMH cell and down by 20% after 3.5 hours. (This is an estimate, runtime charts forthcoming).
    -Tri-lux at 1.8 watts per lux (5.4 watts total with ~180 lumens output); 1.6 hour runtime with a NIMH cell and down by 20% after 1.5 hours.
    -Quad-lux at 1.8 watts per lux (7.2 watts total with ~250 lumens using U-bin lux III's or S-bin lux I's). 1.2 hour runtime with a NIMH cell and down by 20% after 1.1 hours.


    2D Quad Lux III U-bin measures 8,390 lux from 1 meter.
    1D Quad Lux I S-bin measures 5,030 lux from 1 meter.
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    Default Re: Custom Maglite Tri/Quad Luxeon up to 12 watts from 1 to 2 NIMH D cells (9-12Ah)

    I'll take one of the, -Tri-lux at 1 watt per lux (3 watts total with ~135 lumens output); can use regular alkalines and has a 7 hour runtime with NIMH cells and down by 20% at the seventh hour. (This is an estimate).
    Thanks

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    Default Re: Custom Maglite Tri/Quad Luxeon up to 12 watts from 1 to 2 NIMH D cells (9-12Ah)

    Quote Originally Posted by XFlash
    I'll take one of the, -Tri-lux at 1 watt per lux (3 watts total with ~135 lumens output); can use regular alkalines and has a 7 hour runtime with NIMH cells and down by 20% at the seventh hour. (This is an estimate).
    Thanks
    I made a correction in my post. It should be 6 hours, not 7.
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    Tri Lux 2D 3 Watt




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    Default Re: Custom Maglite Tri/Quad Luxeon up to 12 watts from 1 to 2 NIMH D cells (9-12Ah)

    I'll take one of the 1D Quad Lux in Silver please.

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    Default Re: Custom Maglite Tri/Quad Luxeon up to 12 watts from 1 to 2 NIMH D cells (9-12Ah)

    I would like a 1 cell quad when they come available.

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    Default Re: Custom Maglite Tri/Quad Luxeon up to 12 watts from 1 to 2 NIMH D cells (9-12Ah)

    Here are a couple of review posts that I took from the old thread:
    Quote Originally Posted by nvr2brt
    MillerMods,

    - The 2D Quad LuxIII you designed, built and delivered to me is nothing short of a fine work of art.

    - It is EXTREMELY bright and certainly appears to beat anything currently on the market for quality, ease of use and price/performance ratio.

    I for one, think this is a d*mn fine flashlight, well worth the $ and I'm certainly glad I bought one!
    Quote Originally Posted by flah007
    I have received my 2D Tri-Lux UWOJ @1000mA today !
    Extremely bright, compared with the MM L2P UWOJ @ 3,3W.

    The hotspot is big and bright, with plenty of useful sidespill, like I wanted.

    Thank you Millermods for your superb mod ! + 12Ah accus (CTA)


    I go on holiday this friday.
    When I'll be back, in July, I think to do a post with beamshots of various lights (MM L1P, MM L2P, MM Tri-Lux UWOJ, Propoly 4AA Lux, Inova T4, Jr. Luxeon, and others).
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    okelydokely, can i please have;

    2D Quad-lux,
    in Pewter,
    PIC (how many/what output levels are you looking at?),
    U bins,

    When available, I'll also buy;

    1D Quad,
    Dark Blue,
    PIC,
    U bins

    Hmmm, I'll also get 6 of your 12Ah D's, and a charger to suit, thanks.
    (these work on 240 V input too?)

    PM me with cost and details, and I'll paypal pronto!!

    Cheers

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    bump

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    sheesh, what's going on here? you guys were climbing all over MM to get one of these before... c'mon, order up!!

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    Default Re: Custom Maglite Tri/Quad Luxeon up to 12 watts from 1 to 2 NIMH D cells (9-12Ah)

    I will take a 2D Quad Lux-III in black. Thanks

    Mike

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    I would be interested in a 1D Quad when they become available. Thanks......Wallace
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    Default Re: Custom Maglite Tri/Quad Luxeon up to 12 watts from 1 to 2 NIMH D cells (9-12Ah)

    I am waiting on the 1D version.
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    Default Re: Custom Maglite Tri/Quad Luxeon up to 12 watts from 1 to 2 NIMH D cells (9-12Ah)

    1D's will be available in a month or so.
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    I am interested in a 1D 5.4 watt

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    Default Re: Custom Maglite Tri/Quad Luxeon up to 12 watts from 1 to 2 NIMH D cells (9-12Ah)

    I'd be interested in a 1D Quad Lux with U bins.

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    MM, when do you think the PIC's will be ready? ETA on the 2D with PIC?
    Cheers

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    Default Re: Custom Maglite Tri/Quad Luxeon up to 12 watts from 1 to 2 NIMH D cells (9-12Ah)

    With the way things are going right now, I can't say. I've got too many things going on at home to spend the amount of time it takes right now.
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    Default Re: Custom Maglite Tri/Quad Luxeon up to 12 watts from 1 to 2 NIMH D cells (9-12Ah)

    Hello all,

    I am interested in one of the tri-lux 2 watt per led light. Does anyone have any feedback on this particular light? Any beamshots compared to anything else? I like the idea of a light that is not driven really hard and is more efficient. What bin are the LEDs. Any thoughts?

    Thanks,
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    Default Re: Custom Maglite Tri/Quad Luxeon up to 12 watts from 1 to 2 NIMH D cells (9-12Ah)

    Well, I ordered one. Nothing left to do but watch the calender.

    Alex

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    Default Re: Custom Maglite Tri/Quad Luxeon up to 12 watts from 1 to 2 NIMH D cells (9-12Ah)

    The 2D cell version are available in the following set-ups:

    -Tri-lux at 1 watt per lux (3 watts total with ~135 lumens output); can use regular alkalines and has a 6 hour runtime with NIMH (12Ah) cells and down by 20% at the sixth hour. (This is an estimate).
    Any idea what the runtime would be on this one with alkys?
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    Default Re: Custom Maglite Tri/Quad Luxeon up to 12 watts from 1 to 2 NIMH D cells (9-12Ah)

    Quote Originally Posted by KingSmono
    Any idea what the runtime would be on this one with alkys?
    I've personally tested it to 2 hours and the output was still really good, but I never finished the runtime test. I don't suspect it'll go for too much more than the 2 hour mark. I'll ask Leef to do some runtime tests for it one of these days.
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    Default Re: Custom Maglite Tri/Quad Luxeon up to 12 watts from 1 to 2 NIMH D cells (9-12Ah)

    My 2D Quad Lux-III arrived yesterday so I it went to work with me last night. I am very happy. The light is bright/white and very useable. I am sure with the 12000 mah batteries it will go days between charging. Thanks again

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    Default Re: Custom Maglite Tri/Quad Luxeon up to 12 watts from 1 to 2 NIMH D cells (9-12Ah)

    Hi MillerMods,
    Do you have the beamshots for Quad-lux 2D for $150 and some of the photos of this flashlight?
    And do you ship to Malaysia with postcode 47000 & how much in total?
    Thanx.

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    Default Re: Custom Maglite Tri/Quad Luxeon up to 12 watts from 1 to 2 NIMH D cells (9-12Ah)

    nice mod.. love the 'brute force' solution to get power from low-voltage when 'the rest of us' are sticking with the mult-battery pack to bump up the voltage. This is a very solid solution as long as the vBat is not sucked down too hard by the boost ckt.. when pulling 7+ Amps from even a D cell.. i would prefer low voltage cutout but if the output power drops dramatically around 1.1 or 1.0V it would be a healthy solution and like mentioned.. what a perk to have only 2 cells.

    Did you make your own driver.. and is it on a PCB or something with a bunch of them, or is each driver independent?

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    Default Re: Custom Maglite Tri/Quad Luxeon up to 12 watts from 1 to 2 NIMH D cells (9-12Ah)

    How much would the 2D QuadLux 3 watt with U bin's be? Also, do you have a light meter to measure the lux?

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    Default Re: Custom Maglite Tri/Quad Luxeon up to 12 watts from 1 to 2 NIMH D cells (9-12Ah)

    I bought a pair of these lights, a TRILUX and a QUAD b/with slightly overdriven T bins, and I am enjoying them so much that I had to invent some new activities. For one, I never knew how beautiful some of these private golf courses around me really are, and honestly, I can't understand that I am the only one sensible enough to be out there at 1 am, with a monster flashlight. But this is what I do, now. Just me, some good shoes, and a freshly juiced QUADLUX. No spikes, no mountian lions, no clubs. Pretty much, balls only.

    If I ever need to run, I'll move faster with a 1D Quad PIC, with full pwr / U bins. Dark Blue color. Quantity: ONE. Thank you.



    The lights put my whole collection in much better perspective for me. They are lots of levels brighter than anything I have owned or seen. I absolutely swaped the batteries out of my T3 because I thought they were about done, but I had just finished using the QUAD and it turns out the T3 was still in regulation. That is awsome!

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