Maglite 2D mod in 2021

Yates

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Being a purist flashaholic, I prefer the simple mods or rather reversible upgrades which do not change the light itself.

I'm considering upgrading my 2D Mag with a 6D bulb or Mag Charger bi-pin and 6AA 2D battery adapter. But the good stuff is long gone, and fivemega battery adapters and G4 Bi-Pin PR Sockets are no longer available.

I know the ceramic slug is available, but I don't fancy the hardware change at this point. Also, besides requiring fitting in, how is the slug better or different than the G4 Socket? Do I go the WTB route for parts?

What do you suggest?

Thanks
 

fivemega

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Being a purist flashaholic, I prefer the simple mods or rather reversible upgrades which do not change the light itself.

I'm considering upgrading my 2D Mag with a 6D bulb or Mag Charger bi-pin and 6AA 2D battery adapter. But the good stuff is long gone, and fivemega battery adapters and G4 Bi-Pin PR Sockets are no longer available.

I know the ceramic slug is available, but I don't fancy the hardware change at this point. Also, besides requiring fitting in, how is the slug better or different than the G4 Socket? Do I go the WTB route for parts?

What do you suggest?

Thanks
This socket is another choice for M*g "D" size towerless switch system and will work with G4 bulbs too.

Using pair of
these and 6AA Eneloops will work with M*gCharger bulb. For longer bulb life, you can go 5AA Eneloops plus one dummy AA.

Pair of
26650 will fit in 2D M*g but needs some modification on tail spring to make good electrical contacts. I love this mode because has much more capacity for longer run time per charge and brighter output with 7.4 volt bulb.

My aluminum camless reflectors are
here.

My deep reflectors are
here.
 
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Yates

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Thanks, but I can't use flimsy adapters from the PRC, I need precision machined parts.

Might try the ceramic slug, but prefer a G4 Bi-Pin PR Socket.

Looks like Mag modding days are over 😥 tarde venientibus ossa.
 

vicv

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You don't need a g4 adapter. There are a lot of good pr based bulbs. Also there's the new mag bi pin bulbs. Tad customs has a fantastic 7212 bulb which is sweet. Can find him on the bay. Skip the AA-D adapters and go with 21700s. Would be better in a 3c than a 2d but if you already have it.
There are still Big D bulbs on the bay if you need blinding output.
 

sween1911

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Way WAYYYY back in the day, a fun bulb to play with was the old KPR112. A decent PR-base bulb if you want an option to mess with that won't require serious mods to your light. If you search for those, you can run them on 9V for a nice bright if short-lived beam. Sputter your reflector with some clear Krylon and run on 6 AA's or 3 CR123's. Nothing like the ceramic-socket high power paper-burning jobs, but a decent entry level upgrade for playing around.
 

this_is_nascar

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Way WAYYYY back in the day, a fun bulb to play with was the old KPR112. A decent PR-base bulb if you want an option to mess with that won't require serious mods to your light. If you search for those, you can run them on 9V for a nice bright if short-lived beam. Sputter your reflector with some clear Krylon and run on 6 AA's or 3 CR123's. Nothing like the ceramic-socket high power paper-burning jobs, but a decent entry level upgrade for playing around.

I still have some of those in a box around here somewhere.
 
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