Surefire Blast from the Past - 10X Dominator

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Gotta love the "Go from operational to blinding light instantly", I guess 500 lm is somewhat blinding in the grand scheme of things. [emoji38]

Technology certainly has come along way, but I do love some of these old dinosaurs.

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Re: Surefire Blast from the Past

Is this one in your current collection? What kind of tasks would you use it for? Seeing this makes it feel like yesterday I was 15 years old flipping through the early 2000 surefire catalogs drooling at all the awesome lights i could use to defend my parents farm animals from predators. Any idea on the retail price of that one? I remember the devastator was like $400..way out of my price range but i did end up with a used M3T that made easy spotting of critters around the barnyard. Surefire had the best branding and marketing. So awesome.
 

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Surefire Blast from the Past

Is this one in your current collection? What kind of tasks would you use it for? Seeing this makes it feel like yesterday I was 15 years old flipping through the early 2000 surefire catalogs drooling at all the awesome lights i could use to defend my parents farm animals from predators. Any idea on the retail price of that one? I remember the devastator was like $400..way out of my price range but i did end up with a used M3T that made easy spotting of critters around the barnyard. Surefire had the best branding and marketing. So awesome.

Yes, this is one in my collection, I received if from a friend here some time ago.

Can't say that I'd ever see a use for it these days, but it's still got plenty of cool factor.

I don't remember the price point on these, but they were not "inexpensive" lights for sure.

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I've owned two of these, the first I picked up in 2009. The original MSRP was $500, and they were released somewhere around 2001.

Other than the A2, I've put more hours on these lights than any other in my collection of Surefires.

There are two lamp assembly's to choose from for the low beam, the MN30 (60 lumens) or the MN32 (110 lumens).
Fresh hot off the charger, with the MN32 LA installed, the light was putting out something on the order of 700 torch lumens plus IIRC due to various comparisons I did with other lights. It's brighter than an M6 with MN21, and the beam is more impressive due to the massive spill, along with slightly better throw.

At the same time, it's the most flaky, unreliable Surefire I've owned. And sadly, my second one broke last year in the same exact fashion as the previous one many years ago. The weak point in these lights is the small metal tab inside the bezel that makes contact with the battery pack. After years of use, it eventually breaks off from all the repeated flexing/contact. I suppose someone with the skills could solder it back on, I didn't posses the skills to fix mine. A small little oversight from PK possibly.

The chargers and batteries can be problematic as well. I had several issues with the chargers, and a few battery packs had cells that were out of balance.

However, all those issues aside, the versatility of the dual beams, and the sheer output, it's an impressive light, especially for the day. And a very underrated one as well. With the inability to fix mine, sadly it went back to Surefire for credit towards a new light.
 
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I've owned two of these, the first I picked up in 2009. The original MSRP was $500, and they were released somewhere around 2001.

Other than the A2, I've put more hours on these lights than any other in my collection of Surefires.

There are two lamp assembly's to choose from for the low beam, the MN30 (60 lumens) or the MN32 (110 lumens).
Fresh hot off the charger, with the MN32 LA installed, the light was putting out something on the order of 700 torch lumens plus IIRC due to various comparisons I did with other lights. It's brighter than an M6, and the beam is more impressive due to the massive spill, along with slightly better throw.

At the same time, it's the most flaky, unreliable Surefire I've owned. And sadly, my second one broke last year in the same exact fashion as the previous one many years ago. The weak point in these lights is the small metal tab inside the bezel that makes contact with the battery pack. After years of use, it eventually breaks off from all the repeated flexing/contact. I suppose someone with the skills could solder it back on, I didn't posses the skills to fix mine. A small little oversight from PK possibly.

The chargers are batteries can be problematic as well. I had several issues with the chargers, and a few battery packs had cells that were out of balance.

However, all those issues aside, the versatility of the dual beams, and the sheer output, it's an impressive light, especially for the day. And a very underrated one as well. With the inability to fix mine, sadly it went back to Surefire for credit towards a new light.

Great bunch of info, thank you for that.

Can the battery packs be replaced in these? If seems when fresh off the charger, the MN30 will dim quite a bit when the MN32 kicks on as well. To be honest, it dies not appear to get much brighter with both bulbs on. Getting dark now, I'm going to test it outside.
 

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Great bunch of info, thank you for that.

Can the battery packs be replaced in these? If seems when fresh off the charger, the MN30 will dim quite a bit when the MN32 kicks on as well. To be honest, it dies not appear to get much brighter with both bulbs on. Getting dark now, I'm going to test it outside.

Your battery pack is most certainly shot, no doubt. I do recall a post about someone replacing the cells with Eneloops AA's, but it was a pretty one off thing, and they had to tape the pack back together. The post is somewhere around here I'm sure. I don't really remember anyone else rebuilding these battery packs. But I'm certain it could be done.

The only question is, how would one charge? Modify the factory battery charger? :shrug:
 

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Your battery pack is most certainly shot, no doubt. I do recall a post about someone replacing the cells with Eneloops AA's, but it was a pretty one off thing, and they had to tape the pack back together. The post is somewhere around here I'm sure. I don't really remember anyone else rebuilding these battery packs. But I'm certain it could be done.

The only question is, how would one charge? Modify the factory battery charger? :shrug:

I wish there was a way to refurbish the battery pack, it really is a cool light. Just tested it outside, both modes are about the same output, might actually be a bit brighter with only the MN30 lit.
 

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I wish there was a way to refurbish the battery pack, it really is a cool light. Just tested it outside, both modes are about the same output, might actually be a bit brighter with only the MN30 lit.

Yup, through the years of using mine, that [FONT=Verdana,Arial,Tahoma,Calibri,Geneva,sans-serif]proprietary[/FONT] battery pack always haunted me in the back of my mind, knowing someday once the battery is exhausted, without the ability to rebuild it, the light would essentially become an extremely expensive paperweight.

Which is a shame. It really is a cool light. I'm sure there are people around here on CPF that have the know how to rebuild it.
 

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I guess it came out early on, but it makes zero sense to create a light with a sealed battery.

Perhaps I'll post an inquiry on one of the other boards, testing the waters to get rebuild options.
 

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I guess it came out early on, but it makes zero sense to create a light with a sealed battery.

Perhaps I'll post an inquiry on one of the other boards, testing the waters to get rebuild options.

It's nothing new. Olight's lineup is littered with lights with propertiary battery's. Many of the big, super expensive lights from Acebeam and Fenix are as well.

Best of luck to you in getting that pack rebuilt. With fresh cells, the hight beam on that light will be sure to put a smile on your face.
 

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It's nothing new. Olight's lineup is littered with lights with propertiary battery's. Many of the big, super expensive lights from Acebeam and Fenix are as well.

Best of luck to you in getting that pack rebuilt. With fresh cells, the hight beam on that light will be sure to put a smile on your face.

The difference between the two would pretty much be that with Olight, Fenix etc. you can often use a regular battery of the same form factor but you lose the recharging feature and so on. With this it's a complete battery pack you'd have to fiddle around with and while it isn't impossible it's still a pain in the rear to do.
 

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The difference between the two would pretty much be that with Olight, Fenix etc. you can often use a regular battery of the same form factor but you lose the recharging feature and so on. With this it's a complete battery pack you'd have to fiddle around with and while it isn't impossible it's still a pain in the rear to do.

You must also consider the charger for the Surefire 10X Dominator is [FONT=Verdana,Arial,Tahoma,Calibri,Geneva,sans-serif]proprietary as well, and designed to charge the sub c NiCad cells in the pack. I don't know how this charging algorithm would work when paired with some other type of cell. Worse yet is the charger relies on a metal contact ring where the whole battery must be locked into place. Hardly the same as Li-ion where you can charge them on pretty much any charger.[/FONT]
 

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It's been awhile since I used a Dominator 10X. Great lights, I wish I had picked up a few back when they were going for cheap. Has anyone tried one of the B90/B92 to 18650 adapters? They seem to work well in the other B90/B92 lights. There is one made for the 8X/8AX and the 9N/9AN light series. I can't remember which might fit the 10X, but I'm thinking the 9N/9AN adapter would. As I mentioned, haven't used a 10X in a really long time, but I have fond memories of it for certain. Especially the HOLA, but the LOLA was pretty useful and basically the output of a P60 lamp assembly in a 6P-BK. The LOLA on the 10X is definitely way more useful than the LOLA on the 9N/9AN.
 

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It's been awhile since I used a Dominator 10X. Great lights, I wish I had picked up a few back when they were going for cheap. Has anyone tried one of the B90/B92 to 18650 adapters? They seem to work well in the other B90/B92 lights. There is one made for the 8X/8AX and the 9N/9AN light series. I can't remember which might fit the 10X, but I'm thinking the 9N/9AN adapter would. As I mentioned, haven't used a 10X in a really long time, but I have fond memories of it for certain. Especially the HOLA, but the LOLA was pretty useful and basically the output of a P60 lamp assembly in a 6P-BK. The LOLA on the 10X is definitely way more useful than the LOLA on the 9N/9AN.

The Dominator's pack is composed of several small cells, I believe sub C cells. The 10X battery reads 7.2-7.4V nominal IIRC, so those adapters wouldn't work. Plus the cells must be wired together. It's really just a case of tearing the pack apart and replacing the cells with new one's identical in size, NiCad or NImh . Talk of this is reviving the headaches I had worrying about when my own packs were going to crap out :shakehead

Those NiCad cells in the pack were the Dominator's real weakness. As bright as the 10X is, I always found the beam was of a lower CCT than I like, and that's with a good, fresh battery. Once I started using Li-ion cells, then it really looked yellow. But the output was always impressive nonetheless, basically being Surefire's brightest light in their lineup for a very long time.

I never ran the 18650 adapters in my B90 lights though. Long before they were available, I found that the 3000mah Streamlight Stinger Nimh batteries worked perfect in the 8X/8AX/8NX. The performance is leaps and bounds about the old crappy B90. The B90 was a horrible, horrible battery in all respects. A stain/tarnish on Surefire IMO.
 
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Oh yea, I remember now it was the B20 battery it took. I wonder if there isn't an aftermarket replacement out there that would fit. Maybe Streamlight still makes a similar battery pack? Otherwise might have to put one together yourself or find a custom battery maker. There are a few out there. Interstate will even make battery packs.
 

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Great info guys, thank you.

I've posted an inquiry over on the Battery board, but nothing viable yet.
 

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Has anyone tried one of the B90/B92 to 18650 adapters?

DayofReckoning said:
The Dominator's pack is composed of several small cells, I believe sub C cells.

$urefire 10X battery pack is made of six "A" size (high current) NiCad cells with diameter of 17mm and length of 50mm (each cell) and Sub "C" with 23mm diameter won't fit.
Eneloop AAs will fit but total discharge on high output bulb is over 4 Amp and not suitable for poor Eneloops.
 
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$urefire 10X battery pack is made of six "A" size (high current) NiCad cells with diameter of 17mm and length of 50mm (each cell) and Sub "C" with 23mm diameter won't fit.
Eneloop AAs will fit but total discharge on high output bulb is over 4 Amp and not suitable for poor Eneloops.


Very nice of you to chime in, thanks for the info.

So I have no options?
 

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So I have no options?

You do have several options:
1- Find high current / fast charge NiCad cells (or pack).
2- Accept short battery life if using high output bulb.
3- If low output bulb is OK for you, Eneloops or other options such as DoR suggested will work.
4- Possible to use 4P/2S IMR 16340
5- Possible to use 3P/2S IMR 16500 (17500)
6- Possible to use 2P/2S 16670 (16650)
7- Possible to use 2P/2S 18650 (if physically enlarged battery case)
8- (My wish is) to use 2P/2S 21700 in redesigned larger battery case. (Two hours HO run time, no memory effect, no self discharge)
When you go option #4, #5, #6, #7 and #8, you should change battery charging system and individually recharge each group of parallel cells. In this case, you should have two female ports on battery case for proper and evenly charging all cells.
If you decided to go #6 or #7, make sure you pick batteries which possible to solder on each terminal. Protected KeepPower cells not possible to solder.
We would like to see which way you prefer or go and how the result is.
 
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