Versalux runtime

RonM

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Decided to do an informal runtime test of the Versalux 10 led module. Ran it on 4 new noname AA alkaline batts. Adjusted to a hair less than full brightness.

First night ran it for 9 hrs straight. Still bright. The following day I turned it on again and got full brightness for about another 4-6 hours. Turned it off. After a couple hours turned it on and again got full brightness for the few minutes I needed to uses it a couple of times. Eventually turned it on and left it on. The thing is still putting out light after what is probably 48 hours of use. Not real bright, but probably more than many some 1 LED lights.

Anyone know anything about the efficiency of the built in circuits? I'm impressed that you just hook it upto any source less the 13.8V and it takes care of the rest.
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KenBar

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You want some run times...try running it on 4 D cells. I gave up ( really ) trying to run them down.

I am re-doing mine to use 8 AA cells. I was wondering if I would be better off using 8 in series ( 2 banks of 4 ) OR 4 in parallel with 4....ie still 8 batteries.

At 12 volts the current use is MUCH less but with 4 in parallel with 4 you doubble 2,850.

I have a very small otterbox that will just fit all the above and 1 switch.
 

KenBar

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Aragorn:
where did ya get the idea for the otterbox
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TedTheLed first mentioned it in a thread some time ago. I ordered 4 different ones...not knowing what I was getting. One was suitable for 4 D cells, one for C and one for AAA. He mentioned how well made they were. I was real pleased. Shop around as prices vary.

They are more suitable IMHO for putting on the table/tent etc. for room lighting. If you bounce the versalux off the ceiling, it gives a great light for general illumination.

I am really not a Techass/Arc groopie...but the Versalux,ArcLE, and the new Xray/elite are my favorite items for light. Lots of light...little cost in batteries.
 
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...well the bask in the limelight was nice while it lasted
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I did do a search on 'versalux' but didn't have time to check all the posts...yes it 'twas Aragon who made the first otterbox/versalux mod...but in an opaque box! Let the record show I suggested the clear otterboxes...as I said before, I'll take the strokes wherever I can get 'em...
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I have to GOT to get one of those versaluxes some day soon, it seems to be the most practical, versatile, multi-led scheme out there to me...efficient, dimmable, multi-voltageable, watertight in the nearly indestructible otterbox, easy to change batteries with no screws to lose; all flashlights should be this way..
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I could've sworn you drilled holes in a black otterbox for the LEDs, was that not you, no?...let me go check...
(edit; oops, you're correct Aragon, but you knew that. It was Wolfman who drilled the black otterboxes. I first mentioned them here11-27-2001 10:43 AM)               
 

Darell

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Just think how long these would last as an interior light in a car! You leave a door open overnight in our Honda, and you're looking for cables the next morning. Some day soon I hope to see much more LED use in automobiles. It is a perfect environment to bring out the best in LEDs.

I could power one of those modules for many, many years off my EV.... I don't think I'll sign on for that battery-drain project though.
 
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