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    Default Anyone use a hotwire as a headlight?

    Well, I finished my 7x 26650 Osram 64656 build a few days ago, and have been playing around with it ever since (already recharging it a second time).

    I finally got to test its true power, and my GOD, this beast THROWS!! 400 meters is nothing for it, even with a LOP reflector (really wish I had a SMO reflector for it). It's also a massive wall of light, too.

    Also, on my way back to drop my friend off at his house, we decided to have a little fun, and have him use it as my headlights. OH MY GOD, it was like daylight!!! Having my headlights on or off didn't make a damned difference!

    I will take a picture of it with an E01 on top of the light tomorrow, if I remember.

    All of this was thanks to mrartillery this thread, and a huge score ($90 for an FM3 head, rather than $190):

    http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/showthread.php?278201-17-000-lumens-of-incan-domination!-Mag-6D-64656-64657-*Beamshots-added*

    If I can borrow my friends camera, I will have him take pictures of it Monday night.


    I also bought some more moderate bulbs for it (50W, 100W, and 150W bulbs).

    The only problem with the light is that with the FM G6.35 socket, and my wiring (I think I had the wires a little long), it doesn't focus the 656 very well, so I had to teflon tap the threads on the head, since the head isn't able to contact the O-ring, to keep it from wobbling or changing focus.


    My XM-L modded U2 just doesn't look so bright anymore


    Oh, and does anyone know what this white "film" is that develops on the bulb envelope? Is this just signs of overheating (The reflector has some, too, because I think the bulb burned some stuff onto the reflector due to the massive heat), or something potentially catastrophic?
    Last edited by bstrickler; 07-15-2012 at 04:47 AM.
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    Default Re: Anyone use a hotwire as a headlight?

    Here's a pic (over 25" long!!!!!!!!):

    https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphot...89327494_n.jpg

    A size comparison shot against some other lights and a 2-liter bottle (don't mind the "bondage strap". I just use that to keep the switch from being turned on accidentally):
    http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y85...e/IMAG0343.jpg

    Comparison of the bulb against some coins and the original 6D bulb:
    http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y85...e/IMAG0344.jpg

    A shot of the while film I was talking about in OP:
    http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y85...e/IMAG0347.jpg


    Man, I really need to take a family photo soon. And this time, with something better than a phone!
    Last edited by bstrickler; 07-22-2012 at 05:30 AM.
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    Default Re: Anyone use a hotwire as a headlight?

    You cant beat 17000 lumens from a maglite, looks like you have built yourself a great light one day when i have the funds i will have to do that to my 6D.

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    Default Re: Anyone use a hotwire as a headlight?

    Mines closer to a 7 1/2 D mag lite, because I had a custom extension made or my 6D (I'll measure the length later)

    Expect to spend up to $400+USD to build it. It's running me another $50-ish for a charging setup, so I dont have to spend a full 24 hours recharging all the cells.
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    That is one sexy incan build. And it can double as a beatdown stick!

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    Default Re: Anyone use a hotwire as a headlight?

    Here are some of my hotwires using 36V-400W, 24V-275W, 24V-250W and 15V-150W bulbs.



    I love them all and they get rather hot in seconds
    Walk while you have the light, before darkness overtakes you.

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    That's a lot of imrs lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by jwyj View Post
    Here are some of my hotwires using 36V-400W, 24V-275W, 24V-250W and 15V-150W bulbs.



    I love them all and they get rather hot in seconds



    Quote Originally Posted by jmpaul320 View Post
    That's a lot of imrs lol
    28 IMR's

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    Default Re: Anyone use a hotwire as a headlight?

    [QUOTE=bstrickler;3984165]Well, I finished my 7x 26650 Osram 64656 build a few days ago, and have been playing around with it ever since (already recharging it a second time).

    I finally got to test its true power, and my GOD, this beast THROWS!! 400 meters is nothing for it, even with a LOP reflector (really wish I had a SMO reflector for it). It's also a massive wall of light, too. [QUOTE]

    Hahaha....your expression was probably the same as mine the first time I turned mine on you can take pics of it in action and tell people all about it....but until you see it in person you never really know how bright this thing really is. Have fun with it my friend, glad I could inspire you.

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