Aldi H4 HID Mod using ebay 35 Watt 4300K kit

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Aldi H4 HID Mod using ebay 35 Watt 4300K kit



Large 10M CP light from Aldi A$70




I Finally got around to finishing thing off.
Added the fuse holder and better quality switch with LED indicator (need to know when it's on :))
Added tennis grip to cover the original switch as it is now not used.
Removed outdated labels.


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Rebuild




Removed aluminium side panels and cut a hole with my Dremel to allow the
ballast to be mounted to the aluminium for maximum heatsinking.




Check fit



Ballast mounted, the slim ballast fits beside the battery with room to spare.



Reflector view.



Size comparison with a Jetbeam III M





It looks very bright compared to the original Halogen globe
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Globe dropped straight in no focusing necessary. :)
PS Note the three screws used to mount the ballast can be seen in the first picture.
The specification says it should be around 3200 lumens.
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Sorry for the poor quality beam shots.
Very impressed with the colour temperature,
this is an enormous thrower can't wait to get out of my backyard and into some nice open spaces.

 
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Is the first beamshot of the original Halogen setup? Or just low camera settings?

Nice pics.
These are photos of the mod but just taken in the backyard with very little time or space for anything decent. Really like the 4300K colour. The first beam shot was taken with a faster shutter speed just to show how nice and even the hot spot is. I definitely stink when it comes to beam shots.
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Hmmmm... NICE WORK! :thumbsup:

I like your slim line 35w ballasts' design and note the yellow corona present at the base of the beam pattern (gate shot), oddly enough I didn't experience this with my initial HID build though I did with the next 2 projects (different supplier) :thinking:

Battery charge indicator is a really nice/handy feature with this host, I hope you'll post up your runtime details soon (when they're complete) :D
 
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What battery setup did you go with?
Used the original 12V 7Ah SLA battery the light only draws around three Amps so there should be heaps of runtime and I am well set up to charge and maintain SLAs, I don't use the supplied charger.

and note the yellow corona present at the base of the beam pattern (gate shot), oddly enough I didn't experience this with my initial HID build though I did with the next 2 projects (different supplier) :thinking:
Not noticeable in real use.
 
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, I hope you'll post up your runtime details soon (when they're complete) :D
Runtime seems to be about 75 mins, the light is still running but the battery is down to 11 Volts and I don't think it's too good for the battery to go any lower. The heat sink (side panel) was getting just warm, the light was on the floor of my office, no airflow so after about 45 mins I put a small fan to get some air flow, the heat sink dropped back to being almost stone cold.
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Norm, getting ready to show off at the meet? :D
What was the original light bulb size? H4 or H7?

Good job, very cool mod.
 
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About 185mm (7.25") wide by about 85 deep (3.25")

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The bulb sits in the reflector as standard no modification necessary. :)
 

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Really impressive.

I'm still planning my first project and getting ideas. This is a great job man.

Just wondering, since this is an Aldi torch, did you buy it from Aldi? How much did it set you back?

Also did you use a H4 HID bulb? If so was putting the bulb in a matter of out with the old in with the new? And with the mods, is there still room internally to fit the battery?

If someone has one of these original torches for sale, let me know.
 

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Sarge I used a slim ballast and there is enough room between the aluminium sides and the battery (room to spare).
The aluminium sides make a great heat sink for the ballast, it gets barely warm. You can see in the first photo three screws that mount the ballast.

The torch was purchased at Aldi for around A$69.00. Original add ALDI - special buys from thursday 06 nov - while stocks last
I have heard mention that some Aldi stores may still have stock.

The globe was a drop in fit. The bulb is H4.

The same torch orange istead of yellow was sold by Super Cheap Auto.
Same torch but A$90 The Green Head - 1,100 Lumens 80 Minute Flashlight

I beleive this light also makes a good host 10 Million Candle Power Rechargeable Spotlight Fairly sure you will find other threads that use this or a something that looks very similar.

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