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    Default Wave of Makai 6V XM-L lights

    2-28-13 : These are back in stock again.





    Hi guys,
    This thread is an offering for the Ti Makai as detailed below with the exception that a Cree XM-L LED is used in place of the XP-G LED.



    This offering is for a Makai head that includes a Buck 3S converter designed to run on ~4-9 volt battery supply and drives the LED at ~1400 mA

    The Makai 6V XM-L Head is $350 + postage

    If you want to get a complete light you can go for a

    Makai 6V -XM-L 2x123 which would be $580 + postage


    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: Makai 6V XM-L Head or if you want a complete light , Makai 6V-XM-L 2x123
    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. For more information on the Makai, please review THIS THREAD.

    All of these lights sport some tool marks and various cosmetic singularities. Some may be obvious and some you may need to look closely for.

    If you receive one of these lights and decide that it does not meet your expectation then you can either lower your expectations or simply send the light back for a full refund. I won't offer an exchange for probably obvious reasons. (please don't abuse this offer)

    Like all of my Ti lights, the Makai is designed to be sealed from the environment and external pressure but I make no claim or suggestion that it is a dive or underwater light.

    Thanks guys!

    * 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. If you want insurance, I will also add the expense and option of signature confirmation to your shipment.
    Last edited by McGizmo; 02-28-2013 at 11:39 AM. Reason: Back in stock of Makai heads
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    Nice upgrade to an already great light!
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    Default Re: Wave of Makai 6V XM-L lights

    Email sent for a Makai 6V XM-L

    Wow I can't believe I am the first one to grab one of these beauties!

    It’s funny I was just about to pull the trigger on a new knife yesterday but something told me to hold fire. I now know why

    Thanks Don


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    Default Re: Wave of Makai 6V XM-L lights

    Awesome light! Don, do you have any beamshots of this beast? Comparisons against the Makai xp-g would be sweet!
    Cheers from the McGizmo state.

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    Default Re: Wave of Makai 6V XM-L lights

    I have an original Makai 3V, already impressive, this thing is going to be really bright.

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    Thank you very much Don

    I look forward to posting my impressions when I get it

    Mike
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    Email sent for a Makai 6V XM-L Head

    Looking forward to this new addition!

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    Quote Originally Posted by maxspeeds View Post
    Awesome light! Don, do you have any beamshots of this beast? Comparisons against the Makai xp-g would be sweet!
    The few beam shots I have taken in the last couple years have been in my back yard but it is no longer a good location thanks to the growth of some plants and trees as well as an addition on my rear deck. I need a suitable location.....
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    My back yard is suitable.

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    Hey Don, sorry for posting this in your wave thread but I was wondering if you could point me to the right place for purchasing a few of the XM-L leds. I'm having trouble finding a reliable source. Perhaps you would be interested in selling a few from your personal stash... I'm working on a tri-emitter Mag. Thanks in advance for any help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aepoc View Post
    Hey Don, sorry for posting this in your wave thread but I was wondering if you could point me to the right place for purchasing a few of the XM-L leds. I'm having trouble finding a reliable source. Perhaps you would be interested in selling a few from your personal stash... I'm working on a tri-emitter Mag. Thanks in advance for any help.
    http://illuminationsupply.com/diy-pa...912e28cba98b49

    That is a beautiful light. What kind of throw do you get with the XM-L?
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    Thanks Beamhead, unfortunately they are on back order...
    Last edited by Aepoc; 04-01-2011 at 07:28 AM.
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    Aepoc,
    Have you tried Cutter? That's were I got mine.
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    Default Re: Wave of Makai 6V XM-L lights

    I'm getting too lazy to count to 2. Will there be a 3v (single CR or RCR) version of this light?

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    Hi Coach,
    No problem with making a single cell version. I have been meaning to build just such a light engine to see how the XM-L compares to the XP-G at the lower drive level. I think the XM-L has some potential in the Mule and possibly SunDrop XR-U heads as well.

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    XM-L Mule! When can I sign up?

    I think that would be fantastic. Don if this does come to be I am in for one.

    thanks brother.

    Chef

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    Can whe see a Haiku with the new XM-L in the future?

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    Can whe see a Haiku with the new XM-L in the future?
    +1

    The XM-L, combined with a three speed driver, would be awesome in the Haiku
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    I recieved the XM-L Makai today and although it is not dark yet I did some white wall comparisons with the 1x123 XP-G Makai.

    Here is what I am seeing:

    Beam is flawless (as always) with a VERY slight lavender hue (on high) on the outside of the spill. I am sure that this will not be noticable in out door use. This is NO where near the "angry blue" of some beams and to be honest. I find it very pleasing but want to use it outside tonight to see if it is still visible at longer distances.

    The brightness between the 1x123 XP-G and 2x123 XM-L is pretty similar and not drastically brighter than the XP-G. The spill is brighter and the hot spot is a little less crisp with the XM-L and IMO I like the beam of the XM-L a lot better. I am really courious to see if it out throws the XP-G later tonight.

    The feel in hand is also a lot better for me. It seems to fit my hand a little better (more to grip). This is such a beautiful light and everytime I look at it it kind of looks "retro". Like an old fashoined light brought up to todays standards. Kind of what the auto makers were doing a few years back (but in a more appealing way). VERY COOL!

    Don's lights are always stellar to say the least and with all the McGizmo lights that I have aquired over the past few years I have yet to be dissapointed in one of Don's lights.

    Great job Don! Keep up the great work!

    Just some of my thoughts for what it is worth.

    Chef

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    Quote Originally Posted by McGizmo View Post
    Hi Coach,
    No problem with making a single cell version. I have been meaning to build just such a light engine to see how the XM-L compares to the XP-G at the lower drive level. I think the XM-L has some potential in the Mule and possibly SunDrop XR-U heads as well.

    You're not the only lazy one!
    Hey Don,


    This would be my reaction to a single cell XM-L Makai head.

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    Hello Don

    Will McGizmo lights ever go back to single-level, or are you pretty much set on the three-speed now?

    I'd love a new Makai XM-L, but I don't like multi-level electronics and click UIs.

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    Default Re: Wave of Makai 6V XM-L lights

    jellydonut,

    Yes, I am pretty much sold on the three level drivers and see using them by default in the foreseeable future. I do have some NexGen and SOB drivers still on hand so I can build any of these lights in a single output drive, on request.
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    Really?!

    What kind of extra cost would that potentially add to the build? (and what kind of voltage range do those have?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by jellydonut View Post
    Really?!

    What kind of extra cost would that potentially add to the build? (and what kind of voltage range do those have?)
    All things considered I would be willing to offer a light using a NexGen or SOB converter for $20 less than a three level version of the light. (I should add that the 3 level version costs me more than $20 to build and I personally consider a 3 level light to be significantly greater in value)

    Off hand I don't recall the actual voltage ranges of these drivers beyond knowing that they are well suited as single cell (NexGen) and two cell (SOB) respectively. I would also need to do some research in regards to max current advisable with the drivers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aepoc View Post
    Thanks Beamhead, unfortunately they are on back order...
    I've got plenty of the 20mms in stock... unless you wanted the 12.8mms. those are still on the way!
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    Quote Originally Posted by McGizmo View Post
    Aepoc,
    Have you tried Cutter? That's were I got mine.
    Thanks Don,
    I've had a less than Ideal experience with them before, but I decided to suck it up... They are on order.


    On another note, I'm hoping I'll be able to pick up another one of your lights with my tax return; perhaps a UV if they are still available! Nothing like procrastination... April 15 is coming quickly!
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    Don, I received the Makai yesterday, and like it very much. I thought I new what to expect, but still was surprised by really wide, bright and highly usable spill of the light. It reminds me the HD45 with luxV that used to have few years ago: it throws the whole spill... But unlike HD45 the new Makai is much more refined, civilized, and way, way, way more powerful. I think it will be my favorite outdoor light.
    Thanks!

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    I'm sorry for the seemingly endless questions and indecisions - it's just that I've bought too many lights lately, so I need to convince my inner, well-buried conscience that I should spend more.

    Would you guarantee your lights for use as weapon lights, the same way Nailbender does his potted P60 modules? I'm looking at buying a stainless steel lever gun, and a titanium light would be the perfect match for such a firearm.

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    Default Re: Wave of Makai 6V XM-L lights

    Since I offer no warranty or guarantee, implied or otherwise, no problem in including the use of the light with a weapon.

    As to whether these lights would perform with a weapon is a good question though and not one I have an answer for. I haven't tried this nor am I in a position to do so. The Light Engine construction is such that potting the electronics is an option but I have not potted any. I prefer the present ability to disassemble the LE, should the need or desire arise. I assume the possible failure in using a light with a weapon would be shock causing one of the SMD components to break free from the PCB? I know these converters are well manufactured in Japan and the components soldered to gold plated trace. Whether it would be advisable to add a conformal coating aiding in bonding the components to the board or going a step further with potting, I really don't know. It's certainly doable.
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    Thanks Don, got my makai on friday it's perfect couldn't ask for more

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