I am amazed. Five years have passed in a flash - where did all that time go? On second thoughts, how could so much have happened in only a mere five years? Once upon a time our brightest LEDs were Lux3s at 80 lumens and our incan flamethrowers were built upon WA superbulbs.
For those of you unfamiliar with the story, there are many names and many people involved. I decided to track down the archived threads and post the back story behind what has grown beyond anything I could ever have imagined.
But more than this, it is a tribute to the CPF community who has embraced it and made it their own and taken it to a whole new level while I was gone (last couple of years haven't been posting much). IMR cells have given rise to a new generation of 'safe' ROPs that I no longer have to worry about blowing their current limits on 18650s which were pushing the envelope as hard as possible without going into kaboom territory. I just got my own IMRs this evening and I am most impressed - the ROP burns hotter and whiter on them.
Current build instructions have been published by Conte:
Archived threads - for reference ONLY - many of the build instructions are now out of date.
The story begins... 18 February 2005
Roar of the Pelican: 24W and SubCs!
The original cast & crew:
Special thanks to:
litho123, Phaserburn, Hooked_On_Photons, Fivemega, Silverfox
And so many of the original incandescent gods who may not frequent CPF as often these days.
The original documentation thread for 4D on six Sub-C NiMH and 2D Lithium Edition. I recommend using AW's IMR cells instead of regular lithium ion for the lithium edition. They tolerate the discharge rate better.
Above all, huge thanks to all of you who have adopted this light.