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    I just completed two new flash lights, one modified, one homemade..

    First is the modified light.

    Harbor Freight has this flashlight for sale for like 4-6 bucks, it caught my eye because of the way the entire thing could be taken apart.




    I used a cree Q5 and a 18650 I pulled from a laptop battery pack. the optic is like DX 1917 and fit perfectly in the head of the flash light.

    bored out the switch assy to accept the battery



    crude heatsink for the LED.. I will try a different approach next time...


    lens assembly

    not centered at all.... like I said it was a crude attempt lol


    putting it together



    This was going to be a lot neater of a job and incorporate a driver from the sandwich shoppe but it wasn't going very well and I was having "one of those days" so it turned into a direct drive...


    And a crappy beam shot, the picture doesn't do it justice as the light from the flashlight is quite bright and has a huge spread. Perfect for working up close in the dark.




    The next light I made from a fancy 19 pin female pin connector my brother had given me..

    this is the male end of the connector


    I drilled, pulled, chiseled out all the guts out of the connector and fabricated a lens cover, spacers, small heat sink, and managed to stuff a switch from the clicky switch I had destroyed from another flashlight. here are pictures of all the bits. I used a little 10180 rechargeable battery and a warm white rebel led as well.



    showing the size of the thing.


    an attempt to show the output from it.

    off


    on





    on my keychain

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    really cool build
    My lightsWTB: Surefire: New/Used/Rare. Currently looking for everything Crosshairs + D2. Interesting trades available.Everybody, just send your lights directly to James - he'll end up with them anyhow, lol. -Kestrel

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    Well done, jason77! I especially like the small light, made from the connector shell. You are thinking outside the box with that one. For the larger light with the 18650 battery, have you measured the current? It could vary with the forward voltage bin of that particular emitter. I am sure it lights up the room well. Cheers, Jeff

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    Default Re: two new flashlights I completed

    Quote Originally Posted by jeffosborne View Post
    Well done, jason77! I especially like the small light, made from the connector shell. You are thinking outside the box with that one. For the larger light with the 18650 battery, have you measured the current? It could vary with the forward voltage bin of that particular emitter. I am sure it lights up the room well. Cheers, Jeff
    Thanks for the complement...

    I just measured it... it is drawing a little over 1 amp.

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    Jason,

    Nice work on your two lights.

    I just hacked a similar 3XAAA 9LED light w/ an 18650 and a XRE Q3 w/ single mode DX driver [#25505]. A good "toss-around" light.

    I love your little "jack" light, very clever and very nicely made. Thanks for the peek at your work.
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    Very nice. Looks tough as nails.

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    That little keychain light is gorgeous.
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