Fenix P1 with SSC P4

wojtek_pl

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Hi,
as I'm little obsessed with new generation of LEDs I put them into my different flashlight.
So I took perfectly good Fenix P1 with perfect Luxeon and modified it... It works after modification and I call it Success !! :D

I cannot see much difference in brightness but I measured lower current.
Standard Fenix P1 from protected RCR123 3.7V 750mAh - 0.66A
Modified Fenix from the same battery - 0.45 A
So runtime will be much better.

Also the beam is more flood type as I cannot set right focus without taking the reflector out and shimmering it a little. That's for later.

So here are beamshots:
Left Fenix P1D-CE on medium powered by standard CR123A, right - modified Fenix P1 powered by RCR123


Left Fenix P1D-CE on medium powered by standard CR123A, right - modified Fenix P1 powered by RCR123 - underexposed picture.


Left Fenix P1D-CE on HIGH powered by standard CR123A, right - modified Fenix P1 powered by RCR123


Left Fenix P1D-CE on HIGH powered by standard CR123A, right - modified Fenix P1 powered by RCR123 - underexposed


Left Fenix P1D-CE on HIGH powered by standard CR123A, right - modified Fenix P1 powered by RCR123 - more underexposed
 
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tebore

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From what I can see the SSC P4 is performing amazingly and all that is left is to focus it. However do you really need such a tight beam?
 

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Come to think of it... No, I don't need a tight beam. :D

Flood one is more useful for closeup tasks. As for throw I have other flashlights.

Besides... Reflector is glued into the bezel so I cannot take it out anyway. :sssh: :p
 

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wojtek_pl said:
Come to think of it... No, I don't need a tight beam. :D

Flood one is more useful for closeup tasks. As for throw I have other flashlights.

Besides... Reflector is glued into the bezel so I cannot take it out anyway. :sssh: :p

Good, then all is well and done with. I hope to mod some of my older lux lights with SSC P4s but my emitters are taking forever to get here. :awman:
 

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Thujone said:
Want to mod mine? I love that beam and the tint.
Sorry, but You'd have to ship it to Poland in Europe. And I'd have to ship it back.

That is how many thousands of miles across The Atlantic? :)

You know, I don't need those digital controllers. If only Fenix just swapped Luxeons for SSC it would cheaply make new flashlights. With almost zero costs.
That goes for L1T and L2T. Just put an SSC in there and its perfect new flashlight... I really liked L2T.
 
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EngrPaul

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The beam of the Seoul emitter swap looks a whole lot better than the result when the manufacturer makes a special reflector for the Cree. Congratulations on saving money and getting a better product.
 

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with a little heat it came open with very little effort. thanks.
 

waTom

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Is it difficult to swap the emitter/star? Because the only mods I've done so far were swapping some stars of cheap flashlights :)

Do I need any "special" tools?
 
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The beamshots all show a 3.0V primary pitted against a 3.7v rechargeable. That doesn't seem very fair. Its well know the LiIon alone will make the Fenix much brighter.
 

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The P1D CE will put out the same amount of light on high setting with a primary as with an R123. With an R123 all three settings will appear the same brightness to the eye, when in actuallity low and med are the same, but high is a little bit brighter. This is what my P1D CE has shown using a light meter and ceiling bounce. I imagine a primary was used in the test so one could compare the differences in the 3 levels of the P1D against the P1 at its brightest.
 

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Thanks to the help of wojtek :thanks: I managed to swap the emitters and it lights up! :twothumbs

Unfortunately, I think the LED is a tiny bit off-center and the light flickers :thumbsdow

The bigger problem I think is that screwing the head together at some point it wont light up anymore?! :(

Despite the off-center LED, what have I done wrong?

Ah, and I slighty damaged the screw thread when I first opened the head. Can this be repaired somehow?

Many questions, I know, but this is my first "real" mod and i'm not that experienced so far :thinking::shrug:
 

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I did a P1 last night. There is a little bit of solder on the back end of the threads to help with electrical contact from the brass pill to the aluminum head. I built up the solder very slightly before reinstalling the pill, no flickering.

I get a great beam without needing to modify the reflector at all.

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I get a great beam without needing to modify the reflector at all.

No, it doesn't :)

Hmm ... I thought I had damaged something because before I swaped the emitters I had no flickering at all :(

EDIT:

I reopened the head and centered the LED again and screw the reflector and the emitter-"thing" together really hard ... looks really nice now and the flickering seems to be gone as well!

The only thing still bothering me is the ruined screw thread :mecry:
 
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