MillerMods Arc AAA Custom Luxeon Flashlights - 3/4W, 1W, or 1.5-Watt using AAA 1.5V Alkaline (3/4W only), NIMH or Lithium cells
$25 for 1-level (labor & driver cost)
$35 for 2-levels (labor & driver cost)
Add $35 if I provide a complete ARC or Peak (body and head)
Add $10 if I provide just the ARC head. (It has the standard stock reflector finish unless you add services) They are the old style but work with the new bodies. They are best suited for this mod because the head is not tapered like the new ones.)
Add $12 if I provide a Lux 3 T-bin or Lux 1 S-bin; specific tints are available (other emitters that Photonfanatic has in stock are also possible).
Add $6 for a Lux I R-bin (RV1H)
Add $3 for a polished reflector, mirror finish
Add $13 for a parabolic cut reflector with a mirror finish. Gives a little hotter hotspot. The parabolic shape allows the light to reflect more collectively parallel due to the changing angle of the parabolic shape which causes the angle of incidence to be correct at any given point on the reflector. Simply put, it makes the reflected light travel more of the same direction. It doesn't take away from the amount of flood the corona gives, it just tightens the hotspot to give it more throw.
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My turn around is typically 2-4 weeks
3/4 watt model are good with any 1.5V AAA cell you put into it, except for carbon-zinc batteries. (Best model w/ Alkalines)
1 watt model will be best with Lithium 1.5V cells and NIMH cells
1.5 watt model can be used with Lithium 1.5V cells, but NIMH cells are recommended due to very high current draw
Hi/Low- There are 3 different options for low: ~25mA drive, ~50mA drive and ~75mA drive.
The total amount of light produced is about the same as a overdriven 5mm when it's set to 25mA but the beam characteristics are completely different. The Lux will produce more corona than the 5mm but the 5mm has more of it's produced light in one spot. So at close range you're hard pressed to tell much of a difference and at further distances, the Lux will light up more area with less intensity when set on low. I would say the 75mA setting on low is more comparable in terms of hotspot comparison but the amount of overall light will be twice as much with the Lux.
Just to minimize any confusion, the high power levels are denoted by total power output or (Watts) and the low power drives are denoted as current level drives or in this case (milliAmperes). So the high output for the 1.5 watt mod is around 500mA of current drive.
Runtimes on HIGH power for all models (tested using a Sanyo 900mA NIMH cell):
3/4 watt = 70-80 minutes to 75% initial brightness
1 watt = 45-55 minutes to 75% initial brightness
1.25 watt = 30-45 minutes to 75% initial brightness
1.5 watts = 20-25 minutes to 75% initial brightness
Runtimes on LOW power for all models (tested using a 900mA NIMH cell):
25mA drive = 7 hrs
50mA drive = 4 hrs
75mA drive = 2.5 hrs
Batteries: Lithium are fine in any version. Alkalines will only work well in the 3/4-watt model. Rechargeable NIMH cells actually work the best of any cell in all models. Li-ion (3.6V) cells may NOT be used in any model.
Waterproof: The head is filled on the backside of the Lux with epoxy
Low/High activation: Twist on for one level and then on further for the next level. Low comes on first, then High next.