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    Talking What's new on the McGizmo horizon?

    I haven't made many purchases as of late. My current McGizmo family has made me very content in most of my current lighting needs (especially my Sundrop XP . I can't say enough about the long runtime and great high CRI 5500K flood. It makes for a perfect reading light at night and covers 90% of my indoor lighting needs). However, the flashaholic in me is itching for something new very soon. Don, are there any hints on what is to come in the near future? I can't wait to read about what you're cooking up next as I save money toward my next purchase from you
    Cheers from the McGizmo state.

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    Whilst I have the utmost respect for the conservative approach in McGizmo lights, I yearn for maybe just one
    McGizmo light that really pushes the boat out.

    I'm thinking along the lines of a Ti HD45 XM-L with an 18650 or 26650 body with 3 level-driver, driven at 2.8A on High
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    Default Re: What's new on the McGizmo horizon?

    I also would like to see a new model from Don. Any light that starts with the word McGizmo gets me interested imediately. Maybe if we all cross our fingers.

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    I remember reading a post of Don's about a light named 'Eclipse' a while back. I'm guessing a newer LED (XP-G or XM-L) driven fairly hard in a Sundrop head if it happens.

    Personally, I'd like to see a High CRI with a new Nichia LED, similar to the Sundrop but driven much harder. Don is the pioneer with these types of LED's and I can't wait to see what he will come up with.

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    Default Re: What's new on the McGizmo horizon?

    Quote Originally Posted by easilyled View Post
    Whilst I have the utmost respect for the conservative approach in McGizmo lights, I yearn for maybe just one
    McGizmo light that really pushes the boat out.

    I'm thinking along the lines of a Ti HD45 XM-L with an 18650 or 26650 body with 3 level-driver, driven at 2.8A on High

    I like the way you think!!!!!!

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    I would love to see a flood/ throw successor to the Lunasol...

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    Quote Originally Posted by derangboy View Post
    I would love to see a flood/ throw successor to the Lunasol...
    Yes!

    Admittedly the custom driver board would be a pain if the old BB Motherboard wasn't used, but I'd definitely like to see this.
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    Default Re: What's new on the McGizmo horizon?

    How about a Haiku XM-L with a 27mm head?

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    How 'bout nothing because I'm trying to save up for a Makai and my wallet can't handle 2 McG purchases at once!
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    having my s27-pd fitted with xm-l right now. should be great beam!
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    Quote Originally Posted by beach honda View Post
    having my s27-pd fitted with xm-l right now. should be great beam!
    Sounds like a soild update for a great host!

    I would be into an updated LS project. The LS27 is still one of the most versitile lights I own.
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    An Aleph-compatible Lunasol successor would be great. Maybe an Aleph1-size two-piece head that comes apart to allow servicing of the floodlight LEDs, and a normal Aleph light engine for the spotlight. There's someone in the Custom B/S/T who sells A2-style LED "Onion Rings" that could be used in the construction of such a light.

    I haven't figured out how the switch mechanism would work, but at least a two-piece head would be easier to assemble and service than the LS series' one-piece heads were.

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    How about a XPG 3S Sapphire?

    Any new pocketable 1xCR123 light would be great. I'd also go for an aesthetic update to the Haiku head and 1xCR123 McClickie pack.

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    Default Re: What's new on the McGizmo horizon?

    McGizmo AA/14500, anyone?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeruel View Post
    McGizmo AA/14500, anyone?
    I agree! The realibility and craftsmanship of a mcgizmo with the easiest to find cells

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    Default Re: What's new on the McGizmo horizon?

    A 0.7-4.2V flashlight would require a new driver. Granted, that's less complicated than my idea...

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    Simple is beautiful.

    I can already imagine a slim AA version of Haiku....
    Last edited by Zeruel; 07-05-2011 at 10:27 AM.

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    I would like to see a light like the Lunasols with both flood and throw. But instead of one throw emitter encircled by a number of flood emitters. The light would use just two emitters. Like the Lunasol it would use a special designed McGizmo reflector; unlike the Lunasols neither emitter would be in the center of the head. They would be more like this 8. Maybe two XP-G's one for throw and one as a high CRI mule. I would like to have the flood portion be brighter than the Lunasols. I would not like a head of 27mm because a flared head does not feel right in my pocket. Call me crazy.

    ....

    Not going to ask for a 18650 tube. As Don usually designs around one or two primaries. But if he builds around the E-series design I have a couple of 18650 tubes already for long run times. Not sure why FM can build a 18650 tube from Stainless but getting a Ti 1x18650 E-series tube is nearly impossible.

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    I like Drywolf's idea, and to add to it, maybe more modes than the lunasols.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drywolf View Post
    Not going to ask for a 18650 tube...Not sure why FM can build a 18650 tube from Stainless but getting a Ti 1x18650 E-series tube is nearly impossible.
    It's probably the extra threading involved. Since the E-series head attachment is too narrow to be bored wide enough to let an 18650 pass through without seriously weakening the threads, that means a second access point has to be created, which requires a second set of threads. Titanium is hell on cutting equipment, especially taps and dies.

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    Recently, I saw 1x 18650 Ti tube by Steve Ku, and it looked like a single tube not like double-part tube like TB did.
    I was so curious how thin the wall was, esp near the head end thread. I asked questions here and there including Steve himself regarding this, so far no answers came back.

    Quote Originally Posted by Drywolf View Post
    Not sure why FM can build a 18650 tube from Stainless but getting a Ti 1x18650 E-series tube is nearly impossible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeruel View Post
    McGizmo AA/14500, anyone?
    One more vote from me for 1 x AA sized Ti McGizmo light.
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    Quote Originally Posted by octaf View Post
    Recently, I saw 1x 18650 Ti tube by Steve Ku, and it looked like a single tube not like double-part tube like TB did.
    I was so curious how thin the wall was, esp near the head end thread. I asked questions here and there including Steve himself regarding this, so far no answers came back.
    +1 I would like to know the answer to that too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by octaf View Post
    One more vote from me for 1 x AA sized Ti McGizmo light.
    Giant sapphire with high CRI mule head? Yes!

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    Default Re: What's new on the McGizmo horizon?

    Quote Originally Posted by octaf View Post
    Recently, I saw 1x 18650 Ti tube by Steve Ku, and it looked like a single tube not like double-part tube like TB did.
    I was so curious how thin the wall was, esp near the head end thread. I asked questions here and there including Steve himself regarding this, so far no answers came back.
    It is thin near the head in particular, I picked one up the other day. I'll try and get some measurements this morning - maybe photos if you are lucky, but don't count on it as I am heading out for the week before noon today.

    Plan on using it with Haiku 6V head, also have delrin sleeve on the way.

    .035" or 0.9mm at the head - including threads
    twice that at the tail. Took photos with iphone will try to load this am.


    Found the thread again..., came back up with the photos earlier and the site was down for mtce. Lousy photos, but....





    I cannot tell how thick the threads are...
    Last edited by nfetterly; 07-10-2011 at 06:01 PM. Reason: photos added


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    Quote Originally Posted by nfetterly View Post
    .035" or 0.9mm at the head - including threads
    twice that at the tail. Took photos with iphone will try to load this am.
    Thanks, nfetterly.
    Wondering how deep the groove is...
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    Hi guys,
    I do check in on this thread and do pay attention what is being said. I won't initiate or engage in discussing vapor, potential or otherwise so my contributions are null. As for an 18650 pak, it is my opinion that the wall thickness of the tube at the 13/16x20 thread is too thin even if one were to go with a smaller thickness O-ring to increase the rood diameter of its groove. IMHO, the appropriate move in incorporating an 18650 with a 13/16"x20 thread mate would be to change the genders with the female thread at the battery tube and male thread on the head of the light (like the PD and LunsSol systems). No joy for E-series.
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    Quote Originally Posted by octaf View Post
    One more vote from me for 1 x AA sized Ti McGizmo light.
    +1

    A Sapphire-like AA with high around 70-80 lumens, and low around 10-12.

    It would probably displace a couple of my EDC's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by russtang View Post
    +1

    A Sapphire-like AA with high around 70-80 lumens, and low around 10-12.

    It would probably displace a couple of my EDC's.
    Yes please

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    Quote Originally Posted by russtang View Post
    +1

    A Sapphire-like AA with high around 70-80 lumens, and low around 10-12.

    It would probably displace a couple of my EDC's.
    I would be very interested in one of these with a High-CRI emitter and floody beam.
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