It's been waay too long between drinks! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]


Over the past year or so, the modders amongst us have been coming out with a myriad of excellent lights. A big majority of them have one thing in common though... they all used a single die Luxeon III. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img] Yes, the LuxIIIs have very long lives. Yes, the LuxIIIs can run from lower voltages. Yes, these LEDs are (relatively) cheap. Yes, they also result in smaller flashlights. But where are those beefy Luxeon V mods? [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] I want Luxeon V lights!

Introducing... the PocketMate-W.

This light uses the very popular OA2C host, cut down to take either a single Pila 168S Li-Ion rechargable or 2 Lithium CR123As. Total length is 195mm or 7.7inches and it fits in your palm juuust riiiiigght [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]. This light uses a boost converter to provide constant current to the Luxeon V LED with W rated flux, binned WX1U to be precise. The light also has a variable output dial perpendicular to the switch just below the head. Output can be varied anywhere between 30mA (Arc AAA brightness) and 1000mA (WOW brightness [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img] ). UCL lens completes the package.

*** EDIT. Max current will now be set at 1300mA to enhance that WOW factor... making it a 9 WATT monster!!


Here are some photos:


The engine room [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]


WX1U Luxeon on the Hotlips just before being soldered.


The Hotlips in perfect contact with the OAC in its permanent home


OA2D, OA2C, PocketMate-W, Miltech (Pelican M6), Arc LS


Light in hand: PocketMate-W


Light in hand: OA2C - 2 C Cells


Light in hand: OA2D - 2 D Cells (MR-X)


The PocketMate-W


The PocketMate-W


Switch it on, adjust the brightness level, use the light. Need to work close range, dial in a lower output. Need to see what is up that tree, dial up the brightness. Switch it off and switch it on again, the light output is where you left it last.

Thoughts. Comments?

*** Run#1 build completed 4 Sept 2004, GMT+1000