Surefire Hellfighter (picture intensive)

desert.snake

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Makes no sence they would use a connector with so many pins, you could slightly remove the connector from the light just enough to see only 2 active wires inside the connector actually serving the light.
Yes, but for now it also makes no sense, since there is no spare 5-pin connector. There is also a 3 wire there, when the lamp is on, if it is closed to "-" it turns off the lamp until it is disconnected
 

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A few years ago I saw a photo here at cpf, of a Hellfighter full of holes made by shots. Does anyone have this image?
 

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A few years ago I saw a photo here at cpf, of a Hellfighter full of holes made by shots. Does anyone have this image?
I have this photo.
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Its the original Hellfire before the name change.
I also have a mint one in my collection I have never seen another Hellfire in mint never used condition has anybody out there seen another one?
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On the connector itself there is an inscription what kind of plug or socket it is. I think the same as indicated in the 1st post of the topic. Digikey has all these types of connectors at a good price.
 

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Yes, I have this UH-01D cable
I am thinking to get a UH-01DA or make one but I am not sure what connecter model is used in the end of UH-01D cable

The Surefire cables are bulky and not very useful unless you need the remote trigger. Uses a junky Partsexpress cigarette lighter plug, too. If you're going to make a cable, make one that plugs into the back of the light itself. The connector there is simpler and cheaper.

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The Surefire cables are bulky and not very useful unless you need the remote trigger. Uses a junky Partsexpress cigarette lighter plug, too. If you're going to make a cable, make one that plugs into the back of the light itself. The connector there is simpler and cheaper.
The cable you have down there is exactly what I need. I will search the parts in **express and hopefully can make one myself.
 

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The cable you have down there is exactly what I need. I will search the parts in **express and hopefully can make one myself.
I'm curious to know if you were successful in this endeavor.
 

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I used to have a Hellfighter I made several different cables for. Probably have enough parts left for a couple more if anyone needs one.
Could you help me out sir? I got a hellfighter with no cord and would really love to test it. I am no stranger to tinkering with stuff(mostly guns) but I haven't the first clue about electrical/electronic stuff.

Anyone?

I already ordered the wrong cable and returned it off ebay because it did say "12v" in the title, but after scouring the web it seems like the only places that have a OEM 12v cig adaper cable are like $500.

Is there a step by step anywhere on how to make one?

-V
 

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What about the Maglite one that comes with the new gen magchargers? I got two laying around. Cant you wire just about any plug on one?
 

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Concerning making a cable... I have gleaned what I did from this forum and a little trial and error myself... So here goes...

The easiest way to get the plug may be to scavenge one from an power cord OEM cord.. The OEM plugs are sealed with some sort of epoxy that can be removed with a heat gun but be careful.

If you prefer to not go that route, the part number for the end is Amphenol PT06E-14-5S .. There are many variants to this to determine the strain relief used or plug housing.. I sourced a PT06A-14-5S(SR) from DigiKey

This is a 5 pin plug and the pins are clearly labeled A,B,C,D,E

You will also need a 12V cigar type plug or 12V accessory plug, along with some suitable 2 conductor wire

Pin A & C are jumpered together inside the plug

Pin B is 12VCD+

Pin D is not used

Pin E is DC Ground

The Hellfighter draws about 7amps on startup and settles at around 3amps

10amp fuse should be fine for exteranl wiring protection. I read somewhere here the the operating
voltage for the light is 11.5VDC to 30VDC but I would think to never have the voltage over 24VDC as that would be common in the military
 

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The Hellfighter draws a substantial amount of current, more than the OEM cigarette plug was designed to handle in fact.

Here's a basic schematic if you're trying to make a straight cable. The main military connector's pin's are labeled and I've used that same lettering. DC+ comes in on pin B, goes through the handle switch, out through pin A, then back to pin C and to the ring terminal on the head. DC- goes clean through pin E to the center terminal on the head. The reason for the wonky circuit through A/C is to allow for a cable-mounted remote switch the original applications had, like on the spade grips of an M2 machine gun.

You're going to need the 5-pin military connector (the model # escapes me but you can Google--it's available from commercial electronics suppliers) for the end of the cable. You'll also need a stout cigarette plug (not a great means of supplying power--I'd suggest using a different power source,) some good quality rubber SJ cable (IIRC 16 guage,) and misc supplies. Adhesive-lined heat shrink tube works really well to clean up the cable ends. When you're soldering the connector you'll probably find the original rubber pin insulator gets in the way. I'd suggest skipping that and instead potting the solder joints in hot glue or silicone seal once you're done. Other than that it's a simple arrangement for someone with soldering skills.

Note on the cigarette plug if you need to go that route: Nobody makes "good" ones, or at least didn't when I had a Hellfighter. Surefire used some flimsy underrated one from Partsexpress. I found a better one from a marine supplier and used that. But in both cases the only way to make it work was to gut the connector and run the SJ cable directly to the teriminals. Otherwise the tiny wires inside the plug would be insufficient for the load. So if you don't have to use it in a car, use a different power connection. I did one with alligator clips and another with RC battery terminals, but you could use anything you wanted.



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Wow, skillet scooped me as I was typing. Glad he remembered the part number. Of course now I'm seeing it in my pics.
I believe I was able to build mine because of you previous posts. I put deans connectors on my cable so I could connect to various ends as well.. Alligator clips, DC power ends or whatever else the occasion may call for...
 

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Hi. I recently purchased a Hellfighter and am looking to test it out. I'm not handy with wiring. Would anyone be able to make me a cable to hook up to a car battery (if that is the best way to power up the unit)? I'll gladly pay for your service. Please PM. Thank you
 
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