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Thread: My second light!

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    Flashaholic* archer6817j's Avatar
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    Aug 2010
    Mountain View, CA

    Default My second light!

    Well I wanted to try something basic so I went with a single 18650, MC-E, aspheric, and direct drive. I also wanted to charge without having to remove the batteries so I came up with (I think) a cool charging stand.

    Here is the light in the stand. The sleeve is delrin to insulate and the base is 304 SS...just because. I also wanted some weight.

    And the inside of the base. These are two neodymium magnets that float up and down. They, of course, mate with magnets on the tail of the light, which are fixed in place.

    The center post is negative and the outside post is positive. I needed to put one (or the other) directly in the center so I didn't get the polarity crossed. I just stick it in the stand and rotate till the outside magnet clicks into place. It's audible and tactile.

    A couple of glamor shots. Sorry I haven't had the time to take some awesome photos of the light in the bushes or something. I love those.

    And everyone loves the "down the barrel" shot right?

    And before anyone gets excited, a beam shot! Now this is a weird aspheric that has a curve on both sides. It actually produces a wide beam, so it's not a thrower...at least to the extent that I have it defocused. Not what I expected but I actually like the combination of wide beam and aspheric pattern. It's awesome for short distances.

    The artifacts look a little worse in the photo than in person, but on a mixed background they are even harder to notice. I suppose an SST50 would solve this...and I could match that with my new 3 mode (.120/1.4/2.8 amp) driver from shining beam. Stay tuned and watch me burn my fingers on that build.

    Last edited by archer6817j; 09-30-2010 at 07:14 PM.

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    Nice! I like the creativity that shows in your work.

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    Enlightened marokero's Avatar
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    Simple and effective, and the charging station is a nice touch too.

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    *Flashaholic* fyrstormer's Avatar
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    Maryland, Near DC, USA

    Default Re: My second light!

    The beam actually looks pretty cool. Maybe not the most useful beam ever, but it's got style.

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    Flashaholic* Packhorse's Avatar
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    Very nice.

    I have used that aspheric with XR-E's and it throws really well when focused on a small die

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    Awesome design!

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    nice and simple design... i like it...

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    Flashaholic JP Labs's Avatar
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    Well done. I really like the styling, and it looks tough. Clever charger interface!

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    Flashaholic ejot's Avatar
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    East Fishkill, NY

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    Clever indeed, and that is a very useful beam.
    Cool design- put a lampshade on top of that while it's charging and it wouldn't look out of place on the living room table.
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