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    Hi CPF!

    Like many of you, I just recently received my Nichia 219 HCRI emitters courtesy of arek98 over on CPF Marketplace.

    I decided to document my first mod with this emitter. If you decide to try something similiar, I take absolutely no responsibility if things go south. I will, however, take the credit if they go perfectly.

    I know you're all here for the pictures, so let's get right into it, shall we?

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    arek98 hit it big in the bin lottery and got sw45 emitters with the highest flux and lowest forward voltage


    The LED's have a small black arrow on them that points to the cathode. We need to know which way to mount it on our MCPCB. Luckily, I have here a Nichia 219 (~3300k) that found himself in an experiment gone horribly wrong. Cathode goes to negative terminal.


    And now for a 219 with it's jello fully intact


    This'll be our test subject for this evening. Let's strip it down and get ready to operate.



    Be careful prying out the brass ring - you don't want to damage any of the SMT components. Rotate it a bit so that you're prying onto bare PCB.


    Very carefully work at it until the ring pops up


    To unscrew the pill from the head, slip something (I used the ends of some forceps) into these 2 notches, then rotate



    Pop the plastic centering device off the pill



    The white stuff you see is thermal paste. It conducts the heat from your soldering iron down into the pill and just generally makes it hard to get the wires to detach. Keep at it and be gentle.



    Remove the MCPCB from it's pill and clean it up a bit.



    Time to remove the old LED! Apply a tiny blob of solder with your iron, then heat it until the LED desolders. Work quickly or you'll scorch a lot of things in this step.



    Our solder pads are a bit grungy, let's see if we can clean them up a bit.


    Apply a little flux to the pads to help our emitter reflow smoothly.


    You'll see the LED slump onto the MCPCB and pull itself into place when you've applied enough heat. Don't burn the emitter accidentally!



    Arctic Silver is popular in the computer world as a heat conductor between CPU's and their heatsinks. It'll have to do because it's all I have. Apply a little to the back of your MCPCB.


    Time to reattach those wires! They need to lay fairly flat for the plastic retaining ring to sit on top of them.


    It took me 10 minutes to figure out that the black tape in the middle of the centering ring was... off-center. So I removed it and reapplied it.



    Reverse the process you used to remove the pill to put it back into the head. Very carefully replace the brass ring.


    Admire your work!


    Now that your mod is complete, let's take this baby for a spin!

    D10 Cool White -- D10 219 -- Haiku 119 -- Cree 85CRI XPG


    Control shot (flourescent lighting)


    Cool White D10


    85CRI Cree XP-G


    Haiku HCRI Nichia 119


    D10 HCRI Nichia 219


    That's it, thanks for following along!

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    Default Re: Modding a D10 Tribute with a Nichia 219 HCRI emitter [pic heavy]

    very nice indeed. good work.
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    Default Re: Modding a D10 Tribute with a Nichia 219 HCRI emitter [pic heavy]

    Your'e the first to have done this, very nice
    I'm planning on putting one into my Armytek Predator when I get the emitters.

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    Default Re: Modding a D10 Tribute with a Nichia 219 HCRI emitter [pic heavy]

    Nice job!

    I've ordered 3 of these, and the first is slated for my Quark AA Ti.
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    Default Re: Modding a D10 Tribute with a Nichia 219 HCRI emitter [pic heavy]

    VERY NICE! I think now I will definitely change my XP-G HCRI out to the Nichia in my V10R Ti mule.

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    Default Re: Modding a D10 Tribute with a Nichia 219 HCRI emitter [pic heavy]

    High CRI, in a neutral CCT, in a XPG compatible package? I dont think my wallet is going to like this very much, but. Welp, time to start swapping those into everything with an XPG/E that I can tear apart and rip the pill out of.

    Nice work

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    Default Re: Modding a D10 Tribute with a Nichia 219 HCRI emitter [pic heavy]

    Nice tutorial. I have ordered a few nichia's to mod my D10 the way you did.
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    Default Re: Modding a D10 Tribute with a Nichia 219 HCRI emitter [pic heavy]

    really tempted to try modding my Jhanko D10 again. I could never get used to the nasty green tint but could not for the life of me get the damn brass ring off.
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    Default Re: Modding a D10 Tribute with a Nichia 219 HCRI emitter [pic heavy]

    Quote Originally Posted by ackbar View Post
    really tempted to try modding my Jhanko D10 again. I could never get used to the nasty green tint but could not for the life of me get the damn brass ring off.
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    Taking it apart is done. Now waiting for the led to arrive.
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    Default Re: Modding a D10 Tribute with a Nichia 219 HCRI emitter [pic heavy]

    holy cow! so awesome! thank you for posting this guide
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    Default Re: Modding a D10 Tribute with a Nichia 219 HCRI emitter [pic heavy]

    Received the 219 leds today and did the mod. The desoldering was the hardest part. The led wouldn't come off at first. The rest of the procedure gave no trouble. Running at high the head does get warm. Do you recognize that? (I might have applied a bit too much thermal paste).
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    Default Re: Modding a D10 Tribute with a Nichia 219 HCRI emitter [pic heavy]

    Quote Originally Posted by e1sbaer View Post
    Received the 219 leds today and did the mod. The desoldering was the hardest part. The led wouldn't come off at first. The rest of the procedure gave no trouble. Running at high the head does get warm. Do you recognize that? (I might have applied a bit too much thermal paste).
    Oh yeah, the D10 head gets quite hot a lot faster compared to the old XP-E that was in there before.

    It's also a good deal brighter than the old emitter - I imagine the two are related. I couldn't tell you the reason why though.

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    Default Re: Modding a D10 Tribute with a Nichia 219 HCRI emitter [pic heavy]

    Lower Vf of the Nichia emitter drawing more current?

    Love the mod, this was one of the first mods I had done (neutral xp-g into EX10), love these lights.

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    Default Re: Modding a D10 Tribute with a Nichia 219 HCRI emitter [pic heavy]

    I'm torn. On the one hand this would be a great mod for my Jetbeam TC-R2, but on the other hand I like the amount of output it has now. I guess I'll just have to wait until I can get >90CRI in a neutral-to-cool-white tint with >300lm of output.

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    Default Re: Modding a D10 Tribute with a Nichia 219 HCRI emitter [pic heavy]

    Thank you for the beamshots! I actually think the hi CRI LED looks so much more WOW. Any comparison to a neutral type cree LED? Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by eebowler View Post
    Thank you for the beamshots! I actually think the hi CRI LED looks so much more WOW. Any comparison to a neutral type cree LED? Thanks!
    These were taken in my backyard in early spring.
    The Quark is running on 1xAA (like the D10) and is from 47's first run with the neutral XP-E emitter.
    The full set of beamshots is here.




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    Default Re: Modding a D10 Tribute with a Nichia 219 HCRI emitter [pic heavy]

    Hi. Maybe you can help me. My Nitecore D10 has no centering disk for led. Where did you get your, because it fit xp-g?

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    Default Re: Modding a D10 Tribute with a Nichia 219 HCRI emitter [pic heavy]

    calipsoii, i'm some MONTH late but, thank you for the pics!
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