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    Smile Excellent result upgrading MXDL 3W to SSC

    Recently upgraded the $6.50 "Davida" MXDL 3W from Kai with a SSC U-bin, with fantastic results.

    As you'll see on the runtime graphs below, overall output was nearly tripled with no effect on runtime (i.e. from the dark blue line to the pink line). Output is now within spitting distance of a P1DCE on medium (primary).


    Results are with my home-made lightmeter and milk carton box. Relative output values are typically fairly close to the numbers from Quickbeam's FR.com.

    Beam quality is excellent with unmoded reflector. Here's a representative beamshot:
    MXDL-SSC is on the left, P1DCE is on the right (on hi), both on AW protected RCR


    Full details on how I did the mod (with more beamshots, etc.) are available in the custom & modified section:
    http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/....php?p=1928024

    Enjoy!
    Last edited by selfbuilt; 03-23-2007 at 12:58 PM.
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    Default Re: Excellent result upgrading MXDL 3W to SSC

    Nice write up on both threads.

    During your runtime tests, did the MXDL SSC get too hot to handle ?
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    Default Re: Excellent result upgrading MXDL 3W to SSC

    I always love detailed reviews with good pics
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    Default Re: Excellent result upgrading MXDL 3W to SSC

    Thanks for the kind words.

    The light gets warm very quickly in the hand, faster than it did before (at least I know the thermal transfer is working well!).

    But for the run time tests, I kept a fan blowing on it the whole time. Light tint seemed constant during the run, no immediate evidence of emitter overheating so far.
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    Default Re: Excellent result upgrading MXDL 3W to SSC

    Selfbuilt,
    Do you think it's possible to replace the stock reflector with McR16 or McR18 in this light?
    What is the measurement D x L for the stock reflector?
    Can you measure it?



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    Default Re: Excellent result upgrading MXDL 3W to SSC

    Hi nano ... frankly, it's a real pain getting the reflector out (if you plan to keep it, that is). I nearly damaged it the first time I tried, as there are a lot screw threads in the head that prevent it coming out smoothly - needs a fair amount of brute force on the lens to push it out (i.e. doesn't unscrew, or at least mine wouldn't). From my approximate estimate with it mounted, the McR18 looks like it should be a good fit.
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    Default Re: Excellent result upgrading MXDL 3W to SSC

    The lense is 18mm, so the MCR18 sounds right.

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