For various reasons, which I won’t belabor (well, not now, anyway…), I have always liked the SL-20X. It’s stock lamp, however, well… sucks! Its output has always made me think “anemic”, a real letdown. What would’ve been great is WA1160 brightness, but with a MOP type of beam. Enter our hero… js.
I sent my light to Jim, and he performed “Un-Suck” surgery on it: an 1160 ring-potted lamp installed in a Carley orange peel reflector. Aaaah, finally! After long lamenting, my SL-60 was born! Once the lamp was fixed into the reflector and tooled a bit by Jim, it dropped in nicely to the stock SL-20X.
Seriously, folks… this light has gone from “pretty good” to “awesome”. Now, realize that I was running a 35X lamp in my 20X already, which wasn’t bad at all. Not stupendous, but a major improvement over the 20X LA when being driven by my 4Ah nimh battery stick. The 35X gets left in the dust by the 1160/Carley combo. MC60 output but with a wider, virtually artifact free beam. I can’t say enough about the improvement to the SL-20X. And, it still gets over an hour runtime. Far more output and throw than the 35X and with a whiter beam to boot.
Now the very best part: js is selling the ring potted 1160/Carley reflector combos for your SL-20X! Even with the stock battery, this drop-in is jaw-dropping! This is THE mod you’ve been looking for if you own an SL-20X and want to just drop in some major improvement. Jim liked the results in my SL that he went out and bought one for himself right away.
Note: I have the dimmer/flasher tailcap from Streamlight on my SL-60. This has been a total CPF sleeper. This tailcap is great; it offers electronic continuous dimming/brightening, flashing, and the ability to turn the light on at it’s lowest setting without having to dim it. No one else makes anything like this. The SL-60 is so bright that even on it’s dimmest setting, you’ll have plenty of light to navigate, perform close up tasks, etc. Also makes a great candle mode as it’s flat and stable.
Jim may be able to provide pics for this mod, and more info for availability. This mod gets two thumbs waaaay up and the Phaserburn seal of approval.