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    Wink2 My blue Aspherical Maglite [Update]

    Just finished my newst Maglite mod: An Aspherical Maglite.

    Update: Installed the bezel from Nanomiser and fill the heatsink up with glowpowder.



    2D Maglite blue
    M.G.A.C. SS Bezel made by Nanomiser
    SOB 1000 converter
    Cree R2
    H22A HAIII heatsink für SSC P7
    KD aspherical lens

    I always wanted to have an aspherical flashlight. At first I wanted to buy me the Q5 dropin for Maglites from KD but then I noticed that I had two HAIII heatsink for a SSC P7 from H22A left. So I decided to build them myself. I decided to use a SOB 1000 converter for maximum brightness. As a host I used a blue 2D Maglite with a laser engraving.

    here are the pictures:


    same picture with lights turned off




    again same picture with lights turned off




    heatsink with the Cree R2 (without the glowpowder)


    the laser engraving


    And some beamshots:
    normally exposed


    underexposed (closer on a white wall)


    I think my cat likes it too


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    Default Re: My blue Aspherical Maglite

    Very nice Rayman

    Any problems focusing the lens ?
    Does the head still have plenty of turns for focusing ?

    You really need a bezel to protect the lens



    Last edited by tx101; 12-20-2008 at 01:35 PM.

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    Default Re: My blue Aspherical Maglite

    Quote Originally Posted by tx101 View Post
    Very nice Rayman

    Any problems focusing the lens ?
    Does the head still have plenty of turns for focusing ?

    You really need a bezel to protect the lens
    Thanks .

    Focusing is no problem you can get a good focus for every distance. When you focus for 1m there are about 2 turns left.

    Yes I know, I have to get one of the bezels. Where can I get themß

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    Default Re: My blue Aspherical Maglite

    Ooops, did not tell you that I am using the DX lens
    The bezel in the photo is one made by Kiu ( they are not available anymore)
    If you use this bezel and the KD lens, the lens will still protrude from the top
    of the bezel ... ie you cannot stand the light on its head
    The DX lens is 50mm so it can sit deeper in the head. Also I cut about
    5mm from the Mag lamp holder so that the my dropin can sit even deeper
    inside. Therefore since the lens is sitting alot deeper in the head, the bezel
    will fully protect the lens.

    One solution would be to grind the lip from the KD lens so that it does sit deeper inside,
    but if you did that then that will throw the focal length off. You may end up
    having no more thread to focus it with.
    Another solution would be to get one of Download's 55mm stainless steel bezels
    and attaching a camera lens hood onto it .... but this just looks ugly

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    Default Re: My blue Aspherical Maglite

    Made a small update as I got the bezel from Nanomiser . And also filled the heatsink up with glowpowder.

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    Default Re: My blue Aspherical Maglite

    Lovely job!

    I just added my Nanomiser Bezel to my aspherical too! Definately adds a touch of class to an already impressive light.

    Will the sandwich you used SOB 1000 be as bright or much brighter than the KD alt you nearly bought? I realise the R2 led will also add brightness.

    I have the KD drop in run off 3 C cells in my 2D.

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    Default Re: My blue Aspherical Maglite

    Quote Originally Posted by Nyctophiliac View Post
    Will the sandwich you used SOB 1000 be as bright or much brighter than the KD alt you nearly bought? I realise the R2 led will also add brightness.
    Don't exactly know but I think so. One reason that I build my own light engine was that I like to build my flashlights on my own and another reason was that I had a H22A heatsink liying around .

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    will this setup work with a 4d cell?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ac8528 View Post
    will this setup work with a 4d cell?
    Sure, the SOB 1000 converter needs a minimum volatge of only about 3V and has a maximum input volatge of 16V.

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    Whoa, nice, very nice !! Where can one find these lenses ?

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    Default Re: My blue Aspherical Maglite

    rayman beautiful job on the aspherical; Love the glow epoxy!

    Wow! were did you get that screamin bezel

    This will most likely be my next build.

    Thanks for setting up this thread.

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    Default Re: My blue Aspherical Maglite

    What did you use for your GTD epoxy?


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    Default Re: My blue Aspherical Maglite

    Quote Originally Posted by collector View Post
    Whoa, nice, very nice !! Where can one find these lenses ?


    You can get aspherical lenses from several different places, but the most commonly used are the KD, Surplus Shed and CVI Melles Griot. Check out my thread here to get more detail.

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    Default Re: My blue Aspherical Maglite

    Thats a very nice setup you got there Rayman
    I think I am going to have to build another Mag just for Nano's bezel
    I was thinking about using a R2 + SOB @ 1.2A ... overdrive the emitter
    a little bit and see if I can notice the difference.

    What cells are you using for your light Rayman ?

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    Default Re: My blue Aspherical Maglite

    @Nanomiser
    I used the Pure Blue Glow Powder from Glowinc and clear adhesive from Pattex. But the epoxy cured pretty fast, next time I have to get one which cures not so fast. But I think for my first try it worked out pretty well .

    @tx101
    I'm using two AW 14500s in two AA>D battery adapters at the moment but I think of buying a 6AA>2D battery holder and power it with 6 Eneloops.

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    Default Re: My blue Aspherical Maglite

    Beautiful aspheric Mag and the glow stuff is very nice! but... ... it isn't clear to me if you can get the beam perfectly focusted with the H22A heatsink or still need to move the led closer to the lens?

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    Default Re: My blue Aspherical Maglite

    Quote Originally Posted by Icarus View Post
    but... ... it isn't clear to me if you can get the beam perfectly focusted with the H22A heatsink or still need to move the led closer to the lens?
    Yes, you are right. With the KD lens it's not a problem but with the MG LAG010 lens I have to move the emitter closer to the lens. Nanomiser and me are working on this problem.

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    Default Re: My blue Aspherical Maglite

    Ahh... ok, now I understand.

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    Default Re: My blue Aspherical Maglite

    Quote Originally Posted by rayman View Post
    Yes, you are right. With the KD lens it's not a problem but with the MG LAG010 lens I have to move the emitter closer to the lens. Nanomiser and me are working on this problem.

    rayman
    Rayman, can you let us know how this issue is solved
    I am going to be using a H22A for my forthcoming Mag build

    Thanks

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    Default Re: My blue Aspherical Maglite

    I'm missing something. What exactly is aspherical about this light?

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    Default Re: My blue Aspherical Maglite

    The lens.

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    Default Re: My blue Aspherical Maglite

    Quote Originally Posted by tx101 View Post
    Rayman, can you let us know how this issue is solved
    I am going to be using a H22A for my forthcoming Mag build
    The solution is another shim ring around the heatsink which has a height of 5mm which will raise the heatsink a little bit. But the problem with not getting a sharp die is only with the H22A heatsink in combination with the MG LAG011 aspherical lens. Which lens will you use in your mod?

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    Default Re: My blue Aspherical Maglite

    I am going to use the MG 123 lens

    Maybe you should shim the emitter itself ???

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    Default Re: My blue Aspherical Maglite

    Best solution would be to use a custom made heatsink.

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    Default Re: My blue Aspherical Maglite

    If you have those resources available to you, then yes, starting from scratch would be the cleanest solution, but a lot of work for a simple problem.

    Personally I think the shim ring is also a very clean fix and a lot less work.

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    Evilgrin07 Re: My blue Aspherical Maglite

    Very nice blue is my favourite colour . So gotta have one .I am currently modding a silver 2d maglite into an rop hotwire and your blue led maglite is giving me some serious doubts. I do so like the blue gitd halo its adds a touch of class . Looks like i gotta and get a blue 2d maglite to mod into a led beauty similar to your own effort . Very nice and the bezel just tops it off . Lol cliff
    "Luminiferous." I have seen the light and it needs to be brighter.

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    Default Re: My blue Aspherical Maglite

    One word: beautiful!

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    Default Re: My blue Aspherical Maglite

    rayman where did you buy the aspheric?
    where there any problems with the duty(zoll)?

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    Default Re: My blue Aspherical Maglite

    Quote Originally Posted by Robo-Man View Post
    rayman where did you buy the aspheric?
    where there any problems with the duty(zoll)?
    KD = Kaidomain

    They post in the dealers section in the Marketplace
    Just a heads-up ... they can be slow with shipping

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    Default Re: My blue Aspherical Maglite

    Quote Originally Posted by Robo-Man View Post
    rayman where did you buy the aspheric?
    where there any problems with the duty(zoll)?

    KD does sell the cheaper aspheric here KD4167, but if you are looking for a higher quality optic and don't mind spending a bit more buy a CVI Melles Griot aspheric here LAG-52.0-37.0-C also consider the optional A.R. coating (Anti-Reflective) MF-400-700. The protective bezels you can find here.
    Last edited by Nanomiser; 11-09-2011 at 12:48 PM.

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