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    Default PocketMateW. 9W variable output blaster. Thread I.

    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


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    Default Re: Introducing... the PocketMate-W. Variable outp

    Now, what do I do with these? [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]



    Cost wise, 10 units at the commercial machine shop will cost me $25 to cutdown/thread. 20 units $19. Totally all the bits and pieces and adding some $ for labour/PP fees, the light would go for $175 + $10 post (or $169 if we can get 20 confirmed takers).

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    Default Re: Introducing... the PocketMate-W. Variable outp

    Which boost convertor is it? [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

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    It is Fatman powered! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] right back at you [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

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    Default Re: Introducing... the PocketMate-W. Variable outp

    A 3136kb video of the variable output happening in real time can be viewed here.


    Beatshots:

    PM-W 18 feet from white wall



    PM-W 1m from the wall without the head. Photo taken with exposure fixed.
    Surprisingly 30mA to a WX1U is very useable, eg as a camping tent light. Should last a loong time in the PM-W.

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    Very nice Howard! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img] ... Just when I thought I have enough of Maglites ... Will you be taking orders soon? [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]

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    Default Re: Introducing... the PocketMate-W. Variable output.

    Howard, nice job. Good to see Fatman pushing out the watts!

    Yep, dimming/variable lights. I'm a really BIG believer in having that feature in LED lights (whether torches or lanterns). Not having that feature throws away what I consider a big benefit LEDs have over incandescents - the capability to choose the light level for the task at hand without a major change in colour temperature.

    When your eyes are night adjusted, 30mA from a LuxV is still a lot of light, just as it is out of a 1W/3W luxeon. As you say, runtime at that level will be excellent [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]

    george.

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    Default Re: Introducing... the PocketMate-W. Variable output.

    This is nice!! That Fatman driver is very cool.
    I want one!!
    Yaesumofo

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    I'm interested depending on the price. This would go well with my MR-X. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
    Any idea what the runtime on high is with 2 123a or the 168s cell is?

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    I'm interested in the Miltech-PM6 version.

    Brightnorm

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    Interested depending on cost also. Rick

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    Default Re: Introducing... the PocketMate-W. Variable output.

    VEY nice work there Howard, and an excellent writeup !!

    You did a great job of depicting what the variable output is like,
    The size looks great! Seems a good bit shorter than the stock mag.

    If we can find a pot, that is alittle smaller, and doesnt stick out quiet as much, that would be niiiice.

    Also, the Fatman can be dailed to deliver a good bit more than 1000mA [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]
    If anyone gets real brave.

    Im in for one, depending on cost, or at least a kit.

    [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]

    -John

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    Default Re: Introducing... the PocketMate-W. Variable output.

    [ QUOTE ]
    hotbeam said:
    This light uses the very popular OA2C host, cut down to take either a single Pila 168S Li-Ion rechargable or 2 Lithium CR123As.

    [/ QUOTE ]

    Two rechargable Lithium CR123A's = 2x 4.1V = 8.2V [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/thinking.gif[/img]
    The Fatman driver is a boost converter, using fresh batteries your light will start in DD? [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img]
    Hmm... I see you mean non-rechargable CR123's. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/banghead.gif[/img]

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    WOW! Oh man...I missed this one, Howard. This looks like just what I must have been waiting for. I'll try to get signed up for your next run if you do one.

    This is very impressive. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/clap.gif[/img]

    Britt

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    Default Re: Introducing... PocketMate-W. 5W variable output.

    Is the commitment list full?
    Yaesumofo

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    Default Re: Introducing... PocketMate-W. 5W variable output.

    OK, this is the confirmed list so far... in no particular order. If there is interest, please let me know so I can keep the list updated. I'll be leaving this offer open for another week or so or until I get ~20 hosts (so I can get a better machiniing price for all).


    Rick258
    Shannow (1+1)
    Bajaiman (own host)
    jtice (own host)
    flashworm (168A sleeve)
    pi_is_blue
    jdriller
    lightemup
    cue003 (168A sleeve)
    yaesumofo
    BC0311

    All hosts are black unless you can supply your own. The machinist will be doing all the machining in one go so please send your hosts in ASAP. PM/EM me for my address.

    ** Britt, I've added you here


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    Hey! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] Thanks, Howard! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]

    Britt

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    Default Re: Introducing... PocketMate-W. 5W variable output.

    dangit, another cool, must have light. put me down for one with a 168A sleeve.

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    Default Re: Introducing... PocketMate-W. 5W variable output.

    I still definately want one, but, I may have to just settle for a black host. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frown.gif[/img]

    Still cant find a dark green C mag. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frown.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/mecry.gif[/img]

    anyone? anyone?

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    Default Re: Introducing... PocketMate-W. 5W variable output.

    Wooohoo…I’ve got my PocketMate [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] … the dimmer module is nice and really smooth too. This PocketMate is definitely another keeper. Thanks a lot for making these possible Howard [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/happy14.gif[/img]

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    Default Re: Introducing... PocketMate-W. 5W variable output.



    Hey guys, I've come across a few more of those WX1U's and WX1T's so I will be making a very small run of a few of those. PM sent to those who wanted to get some last time. If there are any back-out's, feel free to post your interest here.

    The run#2 Pocketmate-W's will be in pewter, very classy! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

    Better get the build started...

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    Hotdamn, Hotbeam! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/party.gif[/img]

    I'll take one! Can I get the extra rubber tube like I did the last time? Lessee, so I can run 168A, 168S and...oh yeah, 123As.

    Let me know when to pay and how much, I forgot.

    Thank you!

    Britt

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    I will take one, thanks for the PM and yes I want one,
    thanks
    Shawn

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    Default Re: Introducing... PocketMate-W. 5W variable output.

    Put me down missed last one.
    Thanks

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    Default Re: Introducing... PocketMate-W. 5W variable outpu

    Still in for mine.
    (as I recall, I was #1 on the 2nd run list) [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/naughty.gif[/img]

    Thinking about the pewter color, might have to see
    if I can find something else...

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    Default Re: Introducing... PocketMate-W. 5W variable outpu

    Heya BC, thanks for your interest. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img] I am going down the run #2 list at the moment and if there is a spare, you can have one. I am giving people a few days to get their PM and respond so it may take a week or two before I know. Will keep you updated on this thread. PS. You shouldn't have sold yours last time [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img]

    McShawn, thanks. PP received. #1/5.

    XFlash, got you down on the #3 list. Will update you as per note to BC. (above)

    J_Oei, you are right! You were the first on the run #2 list. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] Regarding colour, I am using the cut down Pewter OA2C's (thanks ModaMag) I have here. So unless your new colour is.... p e w t e r, you'll have to wait for run #3 [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img]. Please confirm ASAP.

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    Default Re: Introducing... PocketMate-W. 5W variable outpu

    Please refer to the new thread HERE to continue discussions.

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