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    Default Switched some tailcaps on my lights. (PICS!)

    Ordered some tailcaps from DX and implemented them in some of my lights! Pretty easy to install other than some minor tweaking.

    From left to right....MTE 42180, Fenix L1D, Fenix L1T, River Rock 1AA and DX Vinet (modded with SSC) . I did lose tailstand capabilities with the Fenix lights. GITD works well.

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    Last edited by light_emitting_dude; 08-04-2007 at 06:38 PM.
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    Looks good,was thinking about doing the same to some of my lights.Do you know if DX is the only one who sells them loose like that.The orange and GID,tailcaps do dress up the light for sure.

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    Far as I know DX is the only one I can find selling the tailcaps.
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    Did you do it to get the GITD, or did you want different TC's for another reason? Did you lose/change any function by doing it? - Larry

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    looks great!

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    Default Re: Switched some tailcaps on my lights. (PICS!)

    Quote Originally Posted by Wassernaut View Post
    Did you do it to get the GITD, or did you want different TC's for another reason? Did you lose/change any function by doing it? - Larry
    The tailcap rubber is just a skin; everything should work exactly the same. There have been a few lights (especially Jetbeams) that used to come with 3 different color tailcaps that were interchangeable.

    The only 'function' lost as original poster put it is the tail-standing ability as the tailcap looks like it protrudes from the body.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wassernaut View Post
    Did you do it to get the GITD, or did you want different TC's for another reason? Did you lose/change any function by doing it? - Larry
    I did it because I got tired of boring black. And all functions still work. There is a small nub in the new rubber tailcaps that in some lights I had to cut off for it to function. Colored tailcaps give the flashlight a nicer look IMHO.
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    How long does the GITD glow? I have some of these coming with my latest purchase from DX. I like the idea of dressing up the light, but if it actually glows that would be great too

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    Quote Originally Posted by camdz View Post
    How long does the GITD glow? I have some of these coming with my latest purchase from DX. I like the idea of dressing up the light, but if it actually glows that would be great too
    Won't glow all night but I can say it works OK. No real runtime test but about the same as the GITD extra tailcap that came with my Lumapower LM301. You may get a couple of hours.
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    Default Re: Switched some tailcaps on my lights. (PICS!)

    I bought some of the GITD ones but can't figure out how to install them. I have two g2 surefires, one 9p, and a few random dx lites. All have the same type button but I can't figure out how to get em out of the surefires. Any ideas anyone?

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    Hey that's pretty cool! Pity about losing the tailstanding on the Fenix lights tho.

    Does it work well on the Fenixes or does the rubber bubble out, away from the switch itself?

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    Default Re: Switched some tailcaps on my lights. (PICS!)

    Quote Originally Posted by mr.squatch View Post
    I bought some of the GITD ones but can't figure out how to install them. I have two g2 surefires, one 9p, and a few random dx lites. All have the same type button but I can't figure out how to get em out of the surefires. Any ideas anyone?

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    Those tailcap buttons are intended for use in smaller Chinese lights (like those DX lights), not for SF's (the construction of the tailcap is very different).

    For those DX lights, just take the tailcap out, unscrew the metal retaining ring with needlenose pliers, take the switch out, replace the button with a different one, and reassemble.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gunga View Post
    Hey that's pretty cool! Pity about losing the tailstanding on the Fenix lights tho.

    Does it work well on the Fenixes or does the rubber bubble out, away from the switch itself?
    There is a little nub inside of each one. (little cylindrical piece of rubber to help actuate the switch) You can trim it off or leave it in. It takes some experimenting around to find out what works best.

    I'm pretty sure with the Fenix lights I had to trim a bit of the nib off to get it to work smoothly. It does slightly bubble out just a tad on the Fenix lights.
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    Default Re: Switched some tailcaps on my lights. (PICS!)

    May I know which size of the GITD tailcap that you bought ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tsia View Post
    May I know which size of the GITD tailcap that you bought ?
    Got mine here....14mm
    http://dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.5498
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    Default Re: Switched some tailcaps on my lights. (PICS!)

    Cool I'll go order some too
    Do you happen to know if it'll fit P2D-CE & L2D CE tailcaps

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    I recently replaced my P2D tail boot with a Surefire one, but since it's taller I had to put a little bit of something else in there to close the gap. I like it much better than the tacky smooth Fenix switch.

    Now I see these! I'll have to order... I've been wanting a GITD tail boot.

    Have to find some other small things to order though, not paying s/h for just $2 of stuff.
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    Default Re: Switched some tailcaps on my lights. (PICS!)

    Quote Originally Posted by Khaytsus View Post
    I recently replaced my P2D tail boot with a Surefire one, but since it's taller I had to put a little bit of something else in there to close the gap. I like it much better than the tacky smooth Fenix switch.

    Now I see these! I'll have to order... I've been wanting a GITD tail boot.

    Have to find some other small things to order though, not paying s/h for just $2 of stuff.
    FYI, surprisingly shipping is already included in the price of those tailcaps.

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    Nice "tuning"! Could you upload some pics of that GIDs in the dark (after flashing them)? That would be great
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    Default Re: Switched some tailcaps on my lights. (PICS!)

    Quote Originally Posted by alphazeta View Post
    FYI, surprisingly shipping is already included in the price of those tailcaps.
    Yep, you're right. I'd browsed DX but not added anything to a cart, so I didn't know they had "free shipping."

    Very cool.. I think I'll order some tail caps, a UV flashlight, and perhaps later some DIY stuff I've been wanting to play with.

    Pre-builts I'll stick with Fenix, but for small parts, DX seems like a great deal.
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    MAN THOSE SURE ARE SWEEEEET!!!!!!!!!!! I NEED SOME OF THOSE FOR MY LIGHTS!

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    after waiting 24 days for my flashlight to arrive, I get my package with a note saying the tailcaps weren't available when my order went out. They have been shipped now, so I should be getting these sometime around thanksgiving

    To be fair, I love DX's prices...and planned on waiting. At least I got the light first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaddyCool View Post
    Nice "tuning"! Could you upload some pics of that GIDs in the dark (after flashing them)? That would be great
    Here are a few shots after they were freshly charged with a light!



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    I bet if the had PINK tailcaps on flashlights there would be alot more sales to the ladies!
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    Here are some more (all with charged tailcaps).

    UltraFire Cree C3:




    MTE 1xAA SSC-P4 42180-U:



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    do they glow at all without being freshly charged? Like if you were to leave it on your night stand at 10pm, and wake up to need it 6 hours later. Could you see anything in a pitch black room?

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    Thank you both guys for showing us that GIDs in practice! Looks indeed very pretty and worth the invest. Although i think this tuning is only practicable for your home or while on camping. I won't recommend these for law enforcement dutys. Imagine being shot in the back of your head while searchlighting the environment with a flashlight you're holding next to your head and that glows at its tailcap...
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    Default Re: Switched some tailcaps on my lights. (PICS!)

    Quote Originally Posted by light_emitting_dude View Post
    I bet if the had PINK tailcaps on flashlights there would be alot more sales to the ladies!
    I'd love to see a hot pink anodizing with a black sputtered finish in some kind of tactile rubber for a good grip.

    That'd be a pretty cool looking light.


    Nice pix.
    Last edited by NA8; 08-29-2007 at 05:50 AM.

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    katsyonak,
    Are the ones on your C3 the 14mm ones?

    light_emitting_dude,
    Your link shows 14mm ones, but your text says 18mm, are you measuring the lareger diameter, rather tan the "button"?

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    Default Re: Switched some tailcaps on my lights. (PICS!)

    Anyone know if these will fit a Fenix? I have a Surefire E1e boot in my P2D CE right now because I like the higher knurled feel, so I'm going to measure it and see, but curious if anyone has tried it yet on these GITD/misc boots.
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