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    Default Wave of SunDrop and SunDrop XR-U

    NOTE: Please read edits and updates at the bottom of this post for changes and additions to the offering. Thanks!

    Hi guys,

    This is a small wave (8 lights) of the titanium SunDrop XR-U discussed in greater detail, HERE. The light consists of a 3S converter driving a Nichia High CRI 083B LED. The XR-U head has the same sapphire lens as that of the original SunDrop but the lens is positioned further from the LED. In the case of the Nichia LE, this means a tighter flood angle and higher lux.

    The 3S converter provides ~330 mA to the Nichia 083B High CRI LED. Medium and low levels are PWM with reduced duty cycles of this set current driving the LED and resulting in lower output. The designer of the converter has tagged the converter as a "constant color" driver.

    This head is also compatible with any number of other Aleph style light engines as well as the Cree 3S LE I have been using in the Haiku lights.

    I have called this small wave because I hope to continue to use this thread and offering for subsequent waves of these lights. I may have to close this offering for a period of time until the currently on order components arrive and I can replenish the stock. Whether I can maintain an open wave or have to open and close this offering as multiple waves, only time will tell.



    The price on these titanium SunDrop XR-U lights is $440 plus shipping*.

    These lights are available on first come first serve basis; as determined by e-mail orders I receive which are clear, concise and include the must have information:

    In the subject line of the E-mail please state: SunDrop XR-U
    Your CPF name
    (if you have one)
    Your real name and mailing address
    phone number if international shipment
    Any exceptions to standard shipping, which is priority mail.
    If the shipment is domestic and you want insurance, please so state. (No insurance offered on international shipments)

    For my general info on how I process these offerings, please refer to THIS THREAD.

    Note:
    The SunDrop 3S is compatible with a single cell battery pak. The converter is a buck/boost driver capable of running from a single primary lithium or Li-Ion battery.



    * shipping is via Priority Mail with Delivery Confirmation or Global Priority mail. If you wish shipping via an alternative method, or signature confirmation or insurance on domestic shipments only, please specify in your e-mail order.

    Edit 2-1-10

    If you would like to order a SunDrop XR-U 2xAA flashlight that will have a 2xAA McClickie battery pak instead of the stock 1xCR123 McClickie Pak, the price will be
    $480 and please specify SunDrop XR-U 2xAA in the subject line.

    Edit: 5-30-10

    Hi guys, I now have the original SunDrop heads also on hand so you can order either a SunDrop XR-U or SunDrop. Same price and both come with the latest Nichia High CRI LED I have been building with.The XR-U has roughly a 50 degree beam angle whereas the SunDrop has approximately a 75 degree beam angle. Below is a drawing set showing the physical differences between the SunDrop and SunDrop XR-U head:



    If you want to get a SunDrop instead of SunDrop XR-U, then use the appropriate designation in the subject line of your order request: I.E.

    "SunDrop" as opposed to "SunDrop XR-U"

    If you have any questions, please post them at the end of this thread.
    Last edited by McGizmo; 05-29-2010 at 12:44 PM. Reason: Original SunDrop head now available as well
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    Default Re: Fall Waves of SunDrop XR-U

    I'll take one.

    Email sent.

    Thanks!


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    You know I can't pass up 2 waves in a row.....

    Email sent for one.

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    Email sent for one.

    Thanks!

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    Email sent. Just what I've been waiting for. A perfect compromise between flood and throw with good color rendition. Thanks Don.
    Keep it simple.

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    Thanks Don.

    Now, to my favorite place..........

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    Are both CR123's and RCR123's suitable for use in this light, Don?
    It's better to have and not need than need and not have.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jblackwood View Post
    Are both CR123's and RCR123's suitable for use in this light, Don?
    To my limited knowledge, yes. I say limited because I am not familiar with all of the RCR123's out there (hell any of them for that matter! ). The converter can handle the Vin of a single fully charged Li-Ion battery.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Coach View Post
    Now, to my favorite place..........
    I'm so familiar with that place

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    Does anyone else remember when it was normal to wait 4-8 weeks for a package to show up in the mail?

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    Well, I'm waiting for a week for a new bag now and it even hasn't arrived at the airport yet. But the difference with the days gone by is that I paid 50 bucks shipping and then I would have paid 5 US dollars shipping. And I thought that was expensive!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fyrstormer View Post
    Does anyone else remember when it was normal to wait 4-8 weeks for a package to show up in the mail?

    That was before the invention of instant gratification.

    Fedex is getting pretty close to that though.

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    Hi guys,
    This current wavelet is now all spoken for. I will edit and make a post here when the next wave is available. Thanks!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by McGizmo View Post
    Hi guys,
    This current wavelet is now all spoken for.


    Speaking of spoken for......I got mine today. Beautiful, another home run (sorry Tiger fans). Thanks Don.

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    Hey Don, can I talk you into reserving a just a light engine for me? I've already got a Mule to put it in, as you well know, but I need a Sundrop driver that's actually designed to run on one cell.

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    Hi guys,
    I have plenty components now on hand again and these are available.

    fyrstormer,
    I do plan to offer some of these components and light engines separately but want to get some decent inventory of complete lights assembled and on the shelf first. Please stay tuned....
    Build Prices .... some mods and builds (not 4 sale) "Nature can be cruel- but we don't have to be."~ Temple Grandin

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    Will do Don, thanks.

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    I'll like one as well!!

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    Default Re: Fall Waves of SunDrop XR-U available again

    Quote Originally Posted by AlecGold View Post
    I'll like one as well!!
    One of what?

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    Default Re: Fall Waves of SunDrop XR-U available again

    one of those LE's.... with one nice UV-emitter....

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlecGold View Post
    one of those LE's.... with one nice UV-emitter....
    http://theledguy.chainreactionweb.co...oducts_id=1032

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    Default Re: Fall Waves of SunDrop XR-U available again

    yeah, but you need to read better between the lines.... it's only for 2x123

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    Default Re: Fall Waves of SunDrop XR-U available again

    Really? Where do you see that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlecGold View Post
    one of those LE's.... with one nice UV-emitter....
    I am building a few now with the Nichia 365 nm coupled with the 3S converter. I finally got the custom MCPCB's. Stay tuned......
    Build Prices .... some mods and builds (not 4 sale) "Nature can be cruel- but we don't have to be."~ Temple Grandin

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    Quote Originally Posted by fyrstormer View Post
    Really? Where do you see that?
    Ow, you can't read it, they didn't write it there, that's the problem, but it is a DB500 that needs a higher voltage because it is a buck.

    @mcGizmo, I'm staying tuned thanks for the update!

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    Quote Originally Posted by McGizmo View Post
    I am building a few now with the Nichia 365 nm coupled with the 3S converter. I finally got the custom MCPCB's. Stay tuned......
    Interesting. I wonder, how many light engines do I need? I've got a Seoul P4 in the mail, so maybe it would make more sense to get a good UV emitter instead of another Sundrop -- especially since the Luxeon K2 I'm going to put on the LE I just ordered is going to be warm enough that it can probably do the same job as a Sundrop. Hmm...so much to think about...

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    Default Re: Fall Waves of SunDrop XR-U available again

    SD lights are especially cool to photograph small items for their even sitribution of light and the high CRI:





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    That does look nice! I think I'm going to pull the trigger for one soon.
    Last edited by pockets; 11-01-2009 at 06:30 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiessling View Post
    SD lights are especially cool to photograph small items for their even sitribution of light and the high CRI:





    bernie
    Nice XM there, Bernie.

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    Thanx
    Yellow is cool
    There is a type of perfection that transcends the quest for lumens. Buying a $250 1-cell light for "lum factor" is like buying a $250 single malt Scotch for the alcohol content.
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