Anyone get theirs yet?
Anyone get theirs yet?
Nothing for me as well.
These look really sweet.
What flux bin and tint are the neutral leds (both XP-E and XP-G)?
Has anyone recieved one yet? Can't wait to see beamshots!
Mac, just sent a PM your way to request one. Thanks!
Last edited by Vernon; 02-24-2012 at 09:52 PM.
Last edited by Illumination; 02-27-2012 at 08:57 PM.
I spend my days in the light thinking about flashlights in the dark
any chance of adding a couple of 7135s as an extra upgrade option?
Id be interested in ~4a XP-E
One more ? - sorry to be a pain!
Do u think it would be possible for someone to stack a couple more 7135s on the bottom?
Or have an expert modder here do it?
These look really nice btw and are a SUPER deal.
Just got mines today...
Initial impressions are that the build quality is fantastic. I know I'm being a little knitpicky, but the sharpie hand written description kind of takes away from the professional presentation...in a way, I prefer Gene Malkoff's hand engraving instead or simply leaving it blank. The driver board appears to be NANJG 105A 2800mA Linear Regulation Driver (good choice and very cost effective).
I couldn't get this to work in my Solarforce L2P with A001 Head, which was kind of a bummer...though I'm sure I could eventually with a proper conductive piece to make contact with the internal tube. I tried a couple different springs but it didn't work and I also wanted to use copper or aluminum foil so that it makes has better heat transfer. But I didn't have any easily at hand to work with so I gave up on my Solarforce L2P Lego at the moment.
I grabbed my Oveready bored Surefire C2 body tube, slapped an HA Z44 Head, Z41 stock tailcap on it, dropped in a Solarforce Protected 2400mah 18650 and it powered on...though with a Z41 twisty, kind of cumbersome to change modes and the neutral tint XP-G LEDs visually seemed a bit warmer than I was expecting. On high, it does put out a wall of light and I went out side and lit up the entire front of my neighbor's house across the street...but since a stock C2 really doesn't heatsink very well and I didn't use any aluminum foil, I can tell the output dims a little as it heats up. Oh and maybe a better battery I think would make a difference, not that the Solarforce 18650s are bad, just probably not as good as some of the more talked about higher end batteries like an AW.
In full honesty, I was sort of underwhelmed...but I think maybe I had high or unrealistic expectations. Since this is my first triple P60 dropin, maybe I didn't really know what I should expect. I really like the common smooth reflectored XM-L P60 dropins like the ones from Ultrafire, although cheap I think are a great value. I would like to see Mac make a TIR single XM-L dropin with the same driver and a tight optic (or tightest possible) and see how it would compare to this triple. I would also suggest perhaps providing a spring or some sort of contact washer that would make this dropin more compatible with other P60 flashlights would be a good idea.
All in all, I think this was a good first effort by Mac to bring a lower cost Triple LED P60 Dropin for us flashaholics!
Thanks for the review ace. I reckon most of your apprehensions are outweighed by the price of mac's build, and id imagine the build quality (despite the marker pen) is probably top notch. This drop in isn't really about pure power - more about a decent upgrade path, as opposed to an expensive, over-powered option like everything else out there.
I could however be talking horse sh*t. I still need to order one!
I'd put a sticker on the drop-in but you cannot as the whole drop-in is sized for a super tight fit for the Surefire P60 Hosts. Also hand engraving the drop-in in my opinion is a poor choice as it causes metal to disperse and raise effecting the thermal path. So I felt a marker was the way to go. If people do not like the marker then I guess I do not have to mark them.
Also if you into *Throw* then do not look into any multiple led drop-in. Amazingly enough everyone that I showed the standard LED drop-in compared to this triple where amazed at the difference.
Last edited by cmacclel; 03-03-2012 at 09:33 AM.
Thanks for the quick look. This is promising and I've owned and operated a reasonable selection of D26-style drop-ins. I have an Oveready triple in neutral and the benchmark VanIsleDSM Quad so I'm very much looking forward to doing a little head-to-head testing.
As for throw, I'm not really someone who's into long distance lighting which is why I don't have a single aspheric lensed flashlight. I do however have a preference for moderate throw as I see that as the best of both worlds (maybe it's the Gemini in me). With an XP-G or XM-L in a small reflector or optic, I know even moderate throw can be a challenge but I guess the effect I was expecting was something like what the previously famous 3xAAA Coast LED Lenser flashlight did where you have this concentrated wall of light. Differencewise between a triple XP-G/XP-E TIR droping and a standard single emitter reflectored dropin is definitely an appreciable difference...though I would respectfully debate that it's not so much compared to a good single XM-L reflectored dropin...still a difference, yes but not substantial in my opinion.
Like a said Mac, I still believe a you've made a good custom dropin here and I definitely appreciate what it brings to the table with solid performance, excellent build quality and most of all excellent value relative to other triple dropins on the market. I think with myself since I've never owned a triple D26/P60 dropin before nor have I ever seen one in action, that I simply miscalculated my expectations...so I was simply being honest when I said I was underwhelmed and also realizing I probably should've went for the cool white instead. I may try a your triple XP-E dropin when I get some more $$$. Though like I said, I would love to see you put out a single XM-L dropin with the same driver and dropin housing as I've seen 20mm optics that should fit available on the market.
Thanks for the review. How did i miss this? Great price for a triple! I wonder if it would be possible for future Quads or Trips with higher drive current, like 4.2A or 5.6A that Kenji/Jesse uses?
I received mine and have been more than happy with it but alas, a slug in reporting on it.....sigh...
PM sent as requested.
I think I'll just wait till Monday.