Just curious if there are any of the Black HA 123 Tubes kicking around?? Since I now have two the Heads in Black on the way I wouldn't mind doing one in two tone with an EN Battery compartment ( already ordered) and one in all Black HA [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]
I'll be real conservative this time around. I already have a black McLux 3 * 123 body. Currently, I have two spare e2 heads looking for bodies and a total of 6@ MN03 LA's I bought from McGizmo, so I today ordered a pair of the EN 2 * 123 bodies. I'll use my Doug Speck UBH's and extenders for longer applications requiring the ex head receiver.
I just ordered and ended up @ $136.70, including $3 for a used LED to practice soldering. Is this correct? Wayne, I'll PM you, can you check it out? I hate to be a PIA, but I'm not 100% what I'm doing.
Also, apart from runtime is there any other reason a BB500 wouldn't work w/ a white LS is this config?
Ok, I think I'm going to build a 1x123 McLux. I'll need the head, and a 1x123 battery pack, for sure. Now this is what I'm confused on:
Which reflector/optics should I use? I'd like to have a McFlood since all of my other lights seem to try to make a tight beam, but I'm not sure I'd be happy with it. Can I buy both the McFlood and an NX05 optic and swap them at will in a McLux head?
Which LS should I buy? Is a High Dome or a Low Dome better in the McFlood? Which one works best (best beam) with the NX05 optics?
Which converter should I buy? Is it safe to run a 1W LS at 500ma in a McLux head? What kind of battery life should I expect from a BB500 running a 1W LS? How about a BB400 or MM?
Is that all I need? Well, except for the thermal epoxy and other odds and ends...
The McFlood is wonderful, far superior to the NX05 if you actually want to use the light rather than just make spots on the wall with it. It just recognizes the reality of small lights, that they're used for finding stuff that's not too far away, like where did those shoes go. It's great to light up a relatively large area all at once instead of having to search around with the light. But yes, you can interchange the McFlood and the NX05 at will.
I'm not sure what LED to use since I have a TK and don't know which LED it has, but I wouldn't change it.
500 ma should be fine, the McLux head is much better set up for heat sinking than a sandwich in a Minimag. Runtime will probably be in the 1-1.5 hour range.
I'm wrestling with the same question. Wizard400 or BB700? The Wizard will work with either 2x123 or 3x123, whereas the BB700 will only work with 2x123. Runtime and versatility vs. brightness. Where's the Wizard700 when you need it? [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
I've heard the 5w + NX-05 gives you the nasty grill pattern, but I haven't heard any comments about the mcflood with 5w. My understanding is that it works better with LD than HD, but there aren't any 5w LD, so the options for 5w in a standard McLux head don't seem so great.
We are lucky if we can ship 10 orders a day. We have now 39+ orders to ship after the ones we shipped on Thurs, Friday. So, expect a slight delay with about 10 notifications/day from us. That's about as fast as we can process the orders.
BTW: We have received MM+ converter boards. They will be enabled tonight.
my apologies, i understand that your probably pretty busy, so i'll wait on it, btw, i recieved a bad bb500, but never got a reply on that, also requested a upgrade of BB700 to BB750 for my mclux diy order, just wondering if you normally reply to orders to acknowledge such changes? Thanks
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Pardon my asking, but why are these machined aluminum parts so expensive? $45 for a head with no LED, no optics? Seems like a cult thing. I don't want to seem out of line, but I have friends with Mazak's that could turn these things out for a couple of bucks. Also, the most important item, the DC to DC converter is only twenty something? Doesn't make sense. I don't mean to offend anyone! Just asking for clarification.
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No offense taken. In fact, I'm thrilled. Please, please, PLEASE have your friends turn some of these for a couple of bucks/ea, and I'll guarantee to buy 50 units immediately upon completion. I assume they'll be blasted and plated and tested for fit and function as well. Tell me when they're done, and I'll send the check.
If you can get these parts turned for a couple of bucks, then I'm serious that I'll fund an entire run.
One major part being left out of the equation here is design and prototyping. I tell you this honestly: Ain't nobody making a pile of money on this project! If this was easy and cheap to do, EVERYBODY would be doing it.
In case Wayne doesn't get back to you right away I just got some extra McLux parts and the E2C adapter from him on Monday. Unless he sold out between Friday and today he should still have some of the adapters.