Think it's time to finally get an x-ml P60 drop-in.........for around 20 bucks?

sol-leks

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I see solarforce has a high voltage one that looks pretty nice and is only like 18 bucks......

I know manafont has a popular xml drop=in as well....

I've kinda been out of the flashlight loop for a while, any other recommendations?

Oh yeah, ideally I'd like to be able to run this off of 2xcr123 or 1x18650 but I would like to have the option for both so want something that can handle the voltage.

Also, if possible I prefer flood to throw, but not a dealbreaker one way or another.
 

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Most cheap P60 drop-ins tend to accept lower range of voltages. And those that mount XM-L don't usually drive them hard, either.

Dereelight makes some decently driven XM-L drop-ins that should get you around 500 lumens OTF. If you need more, you are going to have to ask modders to make them for you. Ask vinhnguyen54 or nailbender.
 

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yeah those are all a bit pricier though.......Have you heard anything about the high voltage solarforce dropin? That is the one that is looking the best to me at the moment.
 

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I believe the HV dropin will not work too well with only a single LiIon. It's a buck so it needs voltage overhead.
 

sol-leks

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looks nice, do you have any experience with that site or their dropins?

Gurthang, yeah, I saw that and that's why I started the thread

Is it a good drop-in?
 
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I have the solarforce 3-8.4v high-voltage dropin and it works fine for both 2 x cr123 and a single li-ion. Solarforces rated output is grossly over-stated for the 3-8.4v dropin; its only driven at 1 amp on high. Even though its only driven at 1 amp you will still get approx 300 lumens OTF, which is still pretty decent. Tailcap amp draw measurements are (H/M/L):

1 x 18650 - 0.8/0.34/0.07A
2 x 18650 - 0.44/0.19/0.05A
2 x CR123 - 0.58/0.24/0.05A

If you do the math of all the above options the result is about a 3 watt power draw. To put things in perspective a fully driven XM-L @ 3 amps will use about 10 watts of power.
 

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Thanks!

Looking forward to your feeback once you've gotten it.
 

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I have the solarforce 3-8.4v high-voltage dropin and it works fine for both 2 x cr123 and a single li-ion. Solarforces rated output is grossly over-stated for the 3-8.4v dropin; its only driven at 1 amp on high. Even though its only driven at 1 amp you will still get approx 300 lumens OTF, which is still pretty decent. Tailcap amp draw measurements are (H/M/L):

1 x 18650 - 0.8/0.34/0.07A
2 x 18650 - 0.44/0.19/0.05A
2 x CR123 - 0.58/0.24/0.05A

If you do the math of all the above options the result is about a 3 watt power draw. To put things in perspective a fully driven XM-L @ 3 amps will use about 10 watts of power.

Thanks for this info. Wow, that's rather disappointing. I mean I wasn't expecting or even looking for 800 lumens, but 400-500 would be nice.

Any other dropins I should be considering? (For around 20 bucks)
 

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If you can go up to $30 Thrunite has a few XM-L dropins driven at 1.5A (single or multi mode). I've used the thrunite dropin and its definately brighter, but I don't really care for the stock reflector used (too floody for me). If your interested I've compared several different types of reflectors for P60 XM-L dropins, you can find the thread here.
 

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Thrunite has some in the $30 range. They are driven at 1.4A. I don't think you want much more than that in a P60 host.
 
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