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    Default My 1st mod ! (don\'t laugh)

    Been staring at this hunk a plastic for months thinking what I could do. It used to be a handheld "electric" fan. Gutted it and a cheapo keychain LED that I had. The LED used a resistor so I figured I couldn't go wrong, soldered it up, it worked! [img]graemlins/icon14.gif[/img] Stuck the LED thru the hole that the shaft for the fan motor stuck thru. Have no idea whatsoever of ohms or volts or anything this thing is running, don't think it really matters [img]graemlins/icon3.gif[/img] . It works and so I am amazed. I have created light! I am master of my world....oh, lost the screw that holds the "housing" together, so improvised with the "temporary containment device" [scotch tape] [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img] . Previous switch was integral with the motor for the fan so have to remove the AA's to turn off and on. Shaft's hole just big enough for LED to fit thru so you have the option of exposed or protected by simply applying slight pressure on the LED (push it inside [img]graemlins/winkie.GIF[/img] ) Well, its the first one, waddya expect! [img]graemlins/yellowlaugh.gif[/img]


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    Default Re: My 1st mod ! (don\'t laugh)

    What are you going to name your creation?

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    Default Re: My 1st mod ! (don\'t laugh)

    It's not pretty, but it made me smile [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img] if you had fun doing it thats all that matters.

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    Default Re: My 1st mod ! (don\'t laugh)

    Exactley.

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    Default Re: My 1st mod ! (don\'t laugh)

    nice! very creative.

    please, let us know how long it runs [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img]

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    Default Re: My 1st mod ! (don\'t laugh)

    How about the 'LED Fan'? [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img] That should confuse some. I think it looks cool. It's not bad ergonomically either. Put that old motor back in there and rip out a mag head and make yourself an automated focusing flashlight [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img] .

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    Webley,

    Man, that pink light just hits me...right here. (Sob sob. Sniff sniff.) I'm trying to be strong.
    You know, my sister has a pink flashlight but somehow, I think yours looks a little more feminine!!!

    Actually, it's a start and also exactly double the mods that I've done. The most I've done is put a SF M2 clip on my E2e. Risky, huh?

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    Default Re: My 1st mod ! (don\'t laugh)

    I shall call it "#1", (though its more of a #2 if ya knows what I mean). Found the screw so it is now installed and the retention band has been removed. Now for runtime tests.

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    OK, did some more to it. Heeded a suggestion about M** parts. I think the pics will explain themselves. Did have any real adhesives, found some "craft" glue. Went for that "down home" look. All it needs now is a switch. Will install one once I find one to scavange.


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    People will be fighting to buy one of those as an investment, After all their aren't many Mag light fans left out there [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img] [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img]

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    I'm really trying to see the beauty in your first mod but dang, the more you work on it the uglier it becomes. That white stuff around the bezel looks like your light might have rabies or something. Quick, get the women and children inside!!!

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    Uhhhh, hats off. I myself dabble a little but am afraid to post them. I respect you for that!!

    My wife wants to know if it vibrates? [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img] [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img]

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    Default Re: My 1st mod ! (don\'t laugh)

    bah!

    do you have any...err...spraypaint around the house? [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img]

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    Default Re: My 1st mod ! (don\'t laugh)

    Not sure if I want to paint it. The body is transluscent and there is a shine "back" like in a PT Attitude. Right now I hold my thumb over it to block the light coming back if using it like a handheld. We are having a baby [due April] and she wants to use the light as a night light to check on baby while she's sleeping [it's a girl]. For this reason I am thinking of leaving it as is to act as an area light. Also I look forward to forcing my daughter to have to hold this item in reverance the rest of her life. "Oh and look, there's the flashlight Daddy made for you before you were born", I look forward to seeing her roll her eyes for years to come. For that reason alone I do not want to make the light too "pro" looking. It has to be a little tacky. But as soon as I pick up some super glue I'll be replacing the craft glue which will peel off easily.

    Also I'm wondering about something, I looked at the components of the light I scarfed the LED from. It ran the LED with two 3v wafer batteries with a resistor attached to the LED. I'm running it the same in this light but powered by two AA's. Will this affect it in any way? I didn't check the resistor to see its rating.

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