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    Default Some guidence needed with building for first time

    Hi,

    I would like/need some guidence on a first time build. I am a knife maker and would like to start making a few flashlights.

    Ive got a list of what i think i need and where to get the stuff but im clueless on what works with what.... like which led goes whith which drivers etc.

    My list so far is:

    Switch
    Driver
    Emitter
    Reflector/optic
    Lens
    O-rings
    28mm bar of Zirconium

    I want it to run on a single 18650 be pretty bright and have a few different modes of brightness and parts to all fit within the 28mm diameter bar.

    So is it easily explainable which parts are compatible with each other?

    Thanks
    Andy

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    Default Re: Some guidence needed with building for first time

    Quote Originally Posted by Corbz View Post
    Hi,

    I would like/need some guidence on a first time build. I am a knife maker and would like to start making a few flashlights.
    I am not a maker / modder, but since you haven't gotten any responses yet, here's a bump (and a few of my thoughts) ....

    Quote Originally Posted by Corbz View Post
    Ive got a list of what i think i need and where to get the stuff but im clueless on what works with what.... like which led goes with which drivers etc.

    My list so far is:

    Switch
    Driver
    Emitter
    Reflector/optic
    Lens
    O-rings
    28mm bar of Zirconium

    I want it to run on a single 18650 be pretty bright and have a few different modes of brightness and parts to all fit within the 28mm diameter bar.

    So is it easily explainable which parts are compatible with each other?
    ....
    This is kind of a big ask, in my opinion.

    Perhaps a bit of hyperbole, but your request strikes me as somewhat akin to saying "ok, I've got lumber, nails, shingles, wire, pipes, and drywall ... so how do I go about assembling a house ? "

    Are you asking about machining a host ?

    Selecting a driver ?

    Choosing an emitter ?

    Soldering the electronics ?

    Optimizing the beam ?

    Etc, etc, etc ?

    Each of the topics above have generated many, many individual threads here.

    Here is an extremely detailed and well documented "Build Log" thread ...

    http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/...e-1-5V-Project

    I'd suggest reading through a few threads of that sort first, then maybe trying to assemble a few simple flashlights from inexpensive stock components and pre-built hosts, like this ...

    http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/...-time-builder)

    ... before jumping into attempts at a full custom build.

    I trust that you will find this forum to be very friendly and helpful, but likely better responsive to more focused and specific questions

    Good luck, and cheers !

    ... is the archimedes peak

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    Default Re: Some guidence needed with building for first time

    Just made a working light for the first build. Then you will have idea what you want for the 2nd build.

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    Default Re: Some guidence needed with building for first time

    I can appreciate that you are a knifemaker (interested in photos!) that has some understanding of metalwork. Generally speaking, a battery tube that holds an 18650 is 32mm OD. You'd need roughly one mm battery clearance, so that's at 19mm ID as the minimum. 4.5mm tube thickness is certainly workable, but it does not leave much room for fun things like grooves/ knurling/ whatnot.

    May we assume you have a lathe and are comfortable working with it? Can consistently get quality threading, both internal and external? Trying to get a feel for your experience level, because in my eyes, there's not much crossover on techniques in making torches and bladework.
    Have torch, will travel.


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    Default Re: Some guidence needed with building for first time

    Hey sorry im late getting back....

    Yeah i have a lathe and im comfortable using it. Ive been doing some reading on different parts and kinda know what to get now... my main concern was the drivers and emitters.

    I posted this about half hour after looking into what to get and it all seemed very confusing to start with so i thought id just pop the question to get some knowledge. Once i get all the parts ill have no problem building the body for it all

    @archimedes ill have a look through those links in a day or two. Thanks

    @drafterdan ill see if i can post a image for you... if not, you can google Corbz knives and you will see my Instagram/YouTube etc.... i only make folders

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    Default Re: Some guidence needed with building for first time

    Here you go... my latest model 'Swarm'




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