DM51 Thanks For this thread its outstanding. It helps a FNG like myself figure out what to do with my M6 so many options
does anyone know if I could use this battery charging system?
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I was just wondering, how long does the 1185 bulb last with the 17670 batteries?
Last edited by DM51; 07-14-2009 at 04:17 AM.
Resistance is futile...
I wanted to personally Thank You for creating such a Valuable and Informative thread . My wallet's not thanking you, but I sure am. I never really wanted a M6 until I found this thread (I'm a rechargeable kind of guy), I now have 2 and counting.
is it safe/worth to do this? I heard the warranty doesn't cover you anymore once you mod your light. I really want to do it but I'm not sure if its worth losing lifetime warranty :/
need to save money for another m6 to mod XD. I kinda wanna keep my first m6 cherry especially since it is the style I prefer more (the light cren. bezel) Modding seems like lotta fun too thanks for the quick replies!
ummm keeping your M6 cherry won't save you money...
it'll cost you 6 primary 123 cells for every 15 +/- minutes of use (using HOLA MN21)...
this is why many of us have gone the re-chargeable route for "guilt free" and less expensive use.
longer run times and brighter output is just a by-product of saving money
the reality of life... 50% +/- of it will be in darkness(unless you have a light!) dba
- compare lights
Does anybody have some output numbers for the Lumens Factory IMR M6 bulb driven by 6 X IMR16340's?
I started with a used stock M6 (that's missing the lanyard ring) with a single used MN20 (the guy lost/misplaced his MN21). Now I have 6x AW17670s, 1x AW M6 soft-start switch, 2x FM 3x17670 holders, 1x LF HO-M6R, and I just got my 2x FM bi-pin to MN bulb adapters today. Oh yeah, and a Pila IBC charger thanks to kitelights group buy about half a year ago. I think I should have bought 2 Pila IBCs now. As Illum mentioned, it sucks charging 3 cells with a 2-bay charger. Good thing I had a spare WA1185 from my Mag85 build. To get the rechargeable power of the Mag85 build in such a small package (relatively speaking) is awesome. I also don't have to worry about insta-flashing the bulbs since I've got the soft-start. And a 3-level 1185 light is really cool.
Man.... I've probably spent as much if not more on the aftermarket mods than I did on the M6 itself. Actually, correction, I have spent more on the mods than the light itself. But it's been really fun. All I'm missing now is Mdocod's 2x18650 adapter, a couple AW18650s, and some WA1111 bulbs. And maybe a 2nd M6 to use all the duplicate FM parts I bought. I also had a M4 but sold it because I didn't like the feel/balance of the light and most of all, it had nowhere near the staggering amount of aftermarket mods that the M6 has.
So, DM51 for the great info in this thread. BTW, my wallet hates and utterly despises you.
Seems like the voltage would be too low with 2 cells and too high for with 4 cells. Is there some combination which would allow the use of this bulb in the M4?
Another choice is 3 IMR 16340 plus a dummy but run time will be very short.
WA1111 produce reasonable light powered by 2x17670 without any extension.
Philips 5761 will work with 2 IMR 18650 with soft start but still too touchy.
10 mins is not great, so your next step would probably be to consider a 3x18500 or 3x18650 body to replace the M4 body for longer run-time, but then youll decide the Fivemega Megalennium body is really much nicer looking and more practical for 3x18650, so youll get one of those and then youll see a photo of a Fivemega FM3X head for it, which youll decide is an absolutely-must-have item
and after a little while, and a lot of $$, youll hate me just as much as AvroArrows wallet does! LOL!!
Resistance is futile...
Forgive this off-topic question but I didn't want to open a new thread if someone has a quick answer.
Does anyone know the diameter of the M6 lens and is there a UCL equivalent?
I can look up part two of that question myself if I know the size. Thanks for the help as I'm not at home to measure mine tonight.
With the option of so many LED flashlights out there, why on Earth would anyone still buy a Surefire M6? ...
I have to find out, so I ordered one myself
I got a good deal on an M6 ($235) ... but after getting an AW forward clicky, FM Bi-pin socket, a few WA1185 and WA1111, LF HO-M6R, 2x18650 and 3x17670 battery holders, extra batteries, my wallet is about $400 lighter (at least $400 is when I stopped counting, I'm sure I spent more than that). Parts are come from all over, so I should have everything set up in a couple of weeks. I can't wait to test it out. I even have a spare Pelican case that's waiting for an M6.
DM51, absolutely fantastic thread you started. Similar to many other members, you had me convinced that I need an M6.
I owe you quite the belated thanks in relation to this thread. Before this thread I was humming an hawing about the options for my M6-R. I wanted a hot output, long throw, and a good runtime.
I ended up choosing the M6 with a Mdocod 17670 holder, AW 17670's, and an LF HO-M6R. It has become my long range search/spot light of choice. Excellent Combo.
I know that this has been said before... but this is those sacred tomb of M6 users...
My flashaholism isnt an addiction... addicts go to meetings. I just buy more flashlights!!!
**Certified Malkoff Junkie**
Welcome to CPF, flashforce.
Fivemega's MN bi-pin sockets are available here (4th run - the link you showed was to the 2nd run)
However, the bulb you show in that "petermercury" link will not fit the FM socket.
Did you read the whole of post #1 of this thread? You'll need a WA 1111 or WA 1185 (or other G4 fitting bi-pin bulb), and then you'll also need the battery holders and cells appropriate for whichever bulb you choose.
Resistance is futile...
great thread, my compliments!