Mr. Bulk Chameleon Update Needed

DavidRZ

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I would like to update the driver and LED on my Chameleon. Has anybody done this? What are my driver board options? I'd like to use a 219V LED.

Also, does anybody currently make alternative battery tubes for this light? I'd like AA and maybe 18650 options.
 

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AA would most likely look pretty strange with a regular chameleon head. I don´t think he made any 18650 tubes but I might be wrong......so best shot is to get in touch with RPM (back than he made lot of stuff for the Bulkware).

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To my knowledge you can not change the driver as its side switch is part of the driver. You might check with George, at http://www.taskled.com/
who made the drivers. The LED can be updated but I do not have the exact ones you can use. Its a great light. Good luck.
 

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Thanks, I have reached out to George.

I like the functions of the light. Just looking for a more modern output really. And you're right, its a great light.

Also need a few AW 123 protected cells. Whats the best place to get these these days?
 

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I had my Chameleon's emitter swapped out for an XP-L HI and the difference in output is shocking.

Hmm, I think I can actually replace the LED. Ordered a few to try it out. It looks very easy on this light.
 

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Hmm, I think I can actually replace the LED. Ordered a few to try it out. It looks very easy on this light.

yes, very easy swap. I've done a few, plus some new builds. the drivers at task LED are what were used, but they were a special version with Side switch that I don't think is available from them.
 

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I did the machining for the MrBulk lights. I still have some hosts here that were extras. But since they decided to not make anymore I got stuck with them. I was going to build up these hosts that I have into complete lights using XP-L HI and Nichia 219C. The issue is you can not get these optics for these lights anymore. I have been able to modify a different reflector successfully.18650 bodies were made for these but not a lot of them. LED's are not too hard to swap.Chris
 

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I did the machining for the MrBulk lights. I still have some hosts here that were extras. But since they decided to not make anymore I got stuck with them. I was going to build up these hosts that I have into complete lights using XP-L HI and Nichia 219C. The issue is you can not get these optics for these lights anymore. I have been able to modify a different reflector successfully.18650 bodies were made for these but not a lot of them. LED's are not too hard to swap.Chris

Chris. Was the XP-L HI domed or flat.......and were you able to keep the original reflector.
Thanks,
David
 

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The XP-L HI is dedomed (flat). And you can keep the original reflector. I think mcbrat could answer any questions regarding the swap better than I.
 

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For the swap, to have the led at the correct height for the reflector, you will need a spacer. I've seen a bare mcpcb used, a copper penny, or a custom made spacer.
 

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Chameleon 18650 Battery Tube just made for DavidRZ. I even engraved the bottom of the tube.


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DavidRZ

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This light turned out great! TNC did a great job on the 18650 tube and all the tips helped to install a 219c in the head.
 

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I did the machining for the MrBulk lights. I still have some hosts here that were extras. But since they decided to not make anymore I got stuck with them. I was going to build up these hosts that I have into complete lights using XP-L HI and Nichia 219C. The issue is you can not get these optics for these lights anymore. I have been able to modify a different reflector successfully.18650 bodies were made for these but not a lot of them. LED's are not too hard to swap.Chris

Wow what a blast from the past. I really hope you sell these as complete lights with updated emitters and drivers. What exactly is the issue with the drivers being tied to the switch? I am not sure what that means.
 

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Wow what a blast from the past. I really hope you sell these as complete lights with updated emitters and drivers. What exactly is the issue with the drivers being tied to the switch? I am not sure what that means.
Here is a picture showing the driver. You can see there is a switch that is attached to the driver board. This is what makes it hard to just swap this driver for a standard driver.
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Wow what a blast from the past. I really hope you sell these as complete lights with updated emitters and drivers. What exactly is the issue with the drivers being tied to the switch? I am not sure what that means.

The driver is actually great. The UI is one of the best out there in my opinion.
 

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The driver is actually great. The UI is one of the best out there in my opinion.

Great UI. I made 3 lights with a side switch from George. Two were his standard side swith drivers as shown in the pic.
You might be interested in the link that is part of my signature below
 
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