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    Headlamp for close-up, wide angle use

    My boss - knowing I'm into flashlights - asked me what headlamp to buy for his purpose of looking behind 19" audio racks... he simply expected me to know ALL about headlamps, but unfortunately I don't! All he wants is the following: - a normal amount of light, no extreme brightness needed -...
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    Keeping the best for last... FiveMega Elephant II !

    Finally, after years of waiting, I was able to maybe grab the last one that could be produced... FiveMega found back part after part, finally only the tailcap was missing, if I remember correctly, it took him a week or so to find it back ;-) But then: it was ready! This is no flashlight...
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    The FM09 is also in...

    As those 25500 batteries are no longer available, I chose the FM09 instead and built a WA1174 (7.2V / 2.77A) bulb in it. Add two 26650 batteries and you are set! Switch it on... and have a LOT of warm, nice incan-light! I really like this light. It's slim and not at all too long or too heavy...
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    FiveMega 1.25D Mag, tri-bored

    Today, the postman came and delivered a very nice package from the US: no less than three FM creations were in it. I have them up and running the way I would like them to, they all work flawlessly, as I've come to expect from FiveMega. This is the most compact way to have a 3S li-ion setup I...
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    Long time Daimon fan...

    I must admit: I'm a Daimon fan... that will be due to one of these lights being my first "serious"(??) flashlight. Before that 2C Daimon, I only had plastic fantastic Sonca lights. During the years, I collected all standard Daimon lights of this era. In the picture you see a 2R10 - 2C - 2D - 3D...
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    Blinding properties incan vs. LED

    Did anyone also notice, most LED flashlights only BLIND you, so you in fact rather see LESS instead of more when turning the light on? I have known this for ages, but now my former colleague - who is into building robots professionally - also came to that conclusion, after he took his standard...
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    PR based halogen bulbs

    I recently re-discovered my 2.8V / 850mA and 4V / 850mA PR base halogen bulbs... together with the small 2R10 flashlights, and the 5000mAh 21700 cells from Keeppower, that have EXACTLY the same size as those odd 2R10 batteries. So I took an old Daimon (also available under the brand name Berec)...
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    Solution for those 2R10 "Duplex" powered lights

    I still kept them: those old, handy sized 2R10 battery-needing flashlights... batteries for these are hard to find, in Europe only Conrad still seems to sell them. These Zinc-carbon batteries have very limited capacity, and are depleted before you know it... But I found THE solution!! Dig them...
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    50C capable 18650s or 21700s - do they exist?

    I have a discussion with someone on the Makita Facebook group: he argues a li-ion cell like an 18650 or 21700 can easily supply 50C. He tells me I don't understand ANYTHING from batteries at all, because I tell him you won't find such a cell. Now who is right: the guy telling me 50C capable...
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    Lumintop GT Nano mini-review

    I got in the Lumintop GT nano recently. It is powered by a single 80mAh 10180 cell. There is no micro-USB port on the flashlight itself, instead, a really nice charger made of brass is included that can be screwed on the battery barrel. A very short micro-USB cable is also included. A red LED...
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    How much time would you spend to save an old standard flashlight?

    So.... there it was, on ebay.de: the flashlight I used to have while I was young! So, unnecessary to say: I bought it. In that time, it was a serious flashlight, by the serious German manufacturer Daimon. It featured a stainless steel housing, large focussable reflector and... the famous Daimon...
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    THE one and only LED light for 2020?

    As I have been absent for quite some time, I am not currently aware of all new goodness on the LED flashlight market. The very first thing I noticed on many a new flashlight is the "ramping UI" which I do just half know what they mean with. Now I would like to know: what is THE flashlight to...
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    Makita DML812!!

    Indeed, you may think: "Makita, I know that brand... from cordless drills!" And in that, you are right. But days have changed... today, Makita makes 200+ machines working on that single 18V LXT battery... among these, multiple lights. Meet the new DML812: a HUGE head, incorporating a very deep...
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    Best hig-current NiMH AA in 2020?

    I was just wondering what happened with my 2D Mag setup with WA1274 bulb (draws 2.77 Amps) and 6AA to 2D adapter as a power source. It dimmed quite fast (much faster than would be expected from 2450mAh and 2.77 Amps current draw) so I guess the Ikea Ladda / Eneloop Pro batteries are not the best...
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    Tad Customs is alive and kicking... on ebay!

    I thought I just HAD to share this! Although Tad closed his own site now, the remaining parts are available on ebay now [edit: link removed] XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX GREAT parts to mod your Surefire or Maglite with! And I know from Tad: once these items are gone, they...
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    What amount of heat a stock Mag D can take... and what not anymore

    Just take a stock 2D Mag and mod it like this: - remove bulb, add a Tad Customs PR to bi-pin adapter and a WA1274 bulb (7.2V / 2.77A) - add a 6AA to 2D adapter, load 6 freshly charged NEW Eneloop 2450mAh cell and switch it on. The results: - after around 30 seconds(!) a brownish spot exactly in...
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    Acceptable ultra el-cheapo

    Now THIS is a budget light. I got it from DX and the brand is MXDL. The other side says "1W super bright Waterproof USA". It uses 1AA and is reasonably bright without getting TOO ugly blueish. It has a reverse clicky in the tailcap. Even the beam shape is very acceptable! It would be a perfect...
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    General opinion about Lumintop?

    Just a question for the LED guys: I've been out for nearly 10 years, back then Fenix and foursevens were the brands to go for, then Olight and some others came along.... that's where I somehow stopped being involved in flashlights. Being the incan guy, I never followed the LED business very...
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    Would you like to see a new M6 style body on the market??

    I was talking to Mark from Lumens Factory lately, and I told him I seriously miss ONE part among all the parts he has available: an M6 style body, with 3S 18650s in it! Think about it: he already has multiple heads for the M6, that includes nice LED-heads AND an incan head as well, and he...
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