Copper and Current Designs - Hinton AA/14500 pocket light

calipsoii

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Hey CPF!

I've been working hard over the last few years building my "perfect" pocket light. The prototype has been clipped to my pocket for months now and I just love it. I'm putting together a small run of Hinton pocket lights and wanted to post here in case anyone else is interested.

Some photos of the prototype in 303 stainless steel (click for larger images):
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Manufacturer: Copper and Current Designs (that's me!)
Model: Hinton

  • 15VP v5.2 user-programmable 1xAA/1x14500 driver hand-built by myself
  • Two UI's: ramping and discrete levels
  • Constant-current regulation
  • Low-voltage protection on both AA/14500
  • 1 to ~200(AA)/400(Li) lumen output /w Cree XP-L2 HD
  • Reverse-clicky with tail-stand capability and metal switch boot
  • Deep-carry stainless spring steel pocket clip
  • Double-coated AR UCL lens
  • Solid brass heatsink with copper Sinkpad MCPCB
  • Run #1 will be 30 pieces in solid Titanium, machined by Jordy Wallace of FocusWorks EDC
  • Emitter will be buyers choice: if we can source it, I can install it
  • Price will be $325USD

If this light is something you'd be interested in, I'm opening the interest list on Tuesday April 6th @ 1800 UTC here:


Any questions, please feel free to post here, send me a PM, or email me at [email protected]!

Best regards,

- calipsoii
 
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I'm guessing you mean April 6 (not March 6) ? I'd like to be added to your list, if possible, in any case ....

Will these be serialized ?
 

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I'm guessing you mean April 6 (not March 6) ? I'd like to be added to your list, if possible, in any case ....

Will these be serialized ?

Ah, good catch sorry about that! The list will indeed be opening April 6th. I wasn't planning on serializing these, no. If I try to stamp them by hand it'll look like a kid wrote it with crayons, and engraving/milling adds a bit more cost than I can afford (I'm financing this entire first run out of pocket).

Once things open up on Tuesday I can put an entry on there for ya Arch, though do let me know if you register yourself and beat me to it. :)
 

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Beautiful light! Great to see the fruits of all your tests and protos and experimenting paying off in such an elegant package.
 

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Thanks nbp! As I mentioned, I've been carrying the prototype for many months now, using it daily, and it performs just as I expect it to through many battery changes and lots of daily wear. I'm hopeful others will feel the same! This run is somewhat unique in that I don't turn titanium on my lathe so to get a batch made in Ti is a special treat for me. :)
 

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Jordy has made the Cylon recently too bad i was out of $$ very nice and unique light.
 

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Jordy has made the Cylon recently too bad i was out of $$ very nice and unique light.

His machine work is phenomenal and I’m super excited he agreed to take on the project! Plus I take a small bit of pride being able to work with a fellow Canadian on it.
 

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These look great Mike! I'm interested in some flavor of lowK/high-CRI - the 219b sw35 would be great.

That's the exact emitter I've been using in my prototype for ages now. It's a delight at night time - nice and warm with very good color rendering.
 

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1800 UTC bump! :bumpit:

If anyone was thinking of registering their interest for the Hinton, the list is now open.
 

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We have 24 (amazing!) people who've expressed interest so far - I'm hoping to find 6 more so we can hit 30 and I can call up Jordy and get this project rolling. If this light sounds up your alley feel free to pop your name on the interest list, or send me a PM/email with any questions!
 

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Let's go CPF! I haven't been this excited about a custom light in a looooong time.

Wasn't there a video of the driver in operation? Demonstrating the ramping and other features?
 

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Let's go CPF! I haven't been this excited about a custom light in a looooong time.

Wasn't there a video of the driver in operation? Demonstrating the ramping and other features?

You bet! I don't know how many people do Instagram but I try to post updates there weekly as I tinker on my projects. Here's a short clip showing off the discrete vs. ramping UI:

I don't have a Hinton-specific video yet, but the Leash Lantern uses an abridged version of the same programming menu, so this video talks about programming the circuit. Might give a general idea of how it's done.
 

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Hi @greatscoot, thanks for checking in!

Time's super hard to come by these days, so about once a week I try to get some updates up on my social media:
Should you do the whole social media thing, please do stop by and check out the updates and say hi!

Progress is slow and steady on Hinton Run #1. Here are a few updates from the project so far.

Some people asked what the beam looks like in the reflector so I shot a quick comparison:
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Building all the drivers took about 2.5 months of evenings. Boy they take a while to make!
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Also took a while to cut all the wire leads and get them all soldered on:
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Each driver gets a manually-machined brass battery contact (click for video):
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The switches have all been assembled:
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Each Hinton gets a brass driver pill (click for videos):
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External machining of the titanium hosts is being done by Jordy over in BC. He did a STELLAR job on the knurling and the hosts look fantastic. The prototypes are in the mail and should arrive at my door any day now:
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I have some internals that I still need to machine, a few springs to cut and shape, some clips to bend, and then I'll be asking Jordy to run the entire batch. :)
 
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