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    I just bought a couple of 2D & 3D Mag 3w LED's at Lowes. What would be the brightest and easiest upgrades for these in terms of drop ins? I don't want to do any soldering or technical stuff.

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    How comfortable are you with different battery setups?
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    malkoff mag towers are the best bang for the buck I think I couldn't be happier with mine
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    I 2nd malkoffs. I have a bunch of em, rock solid reliable, top notch quality, uber-bright, great price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mossyoak View Post
    malkoff mag towers are the best bang for the buck I think I couldn't be happier with mine


    You still have to deal w/ the artifacts in the beam, but it will be very bright.

    Here is the link.

    http://www.malkoffdevices.com/shop2/...e=products_all
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    Default Re: Best & easiest Mag upgrades

    or the aspherical lens and cree drop in

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    Quote Originally Posted by curlyfry562 View Post


    You still have to deal w/ the artifacts in the beam, but it will be very bright.

    Here is the link.

    http://www.malkoffdevices.com/shop2/...e=products_all
    true but outside you don't notice them I'm trying to figure out a way to clean up the beam
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    So it sounds like malkoffs are the way to go. Just a few more questions...

    Will the light still be focusable?

    Does anybody know where to find some beamshots of this one... http://www.malkoffdevices.com/shop2/...products_id=27

    Oh and what exactly are artifacts, any beamshots showing them?

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    "Artifacts" are imperfections in the light circle when shone upon a wall. True outside you won't notice. I have never even thought twice about it with a malkoff. He used to offer stippled reflectors, that makes a perfect circle of light, no artifacts. If you can't find one I'm sure somebody here could make you one out of a stock mag reflector or you could get an aluminum stippled one. You lose the cam, so the quick focus is gone, but I believe you can still focus the beam by turning the head. I'll have to go try, mine are perfect to me so I haven't messed with em. Haha. You're best to go with the highest number of cells the dropin is designed for. Some are 2-4 cells for example, on 2 they'll run lower power, at 4 they shine full strength. Gene is great about answering questions if you have any, plus he's sold a majillion of em here so there's plenty of experience to help you out.

    edit: if you go with the triple, you won't worry about artifacts, it's a 3x flood monster. I've been waiting for one to come available when I have the money lol.

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    Never really noticed any artifacts with my Mag/Malkoff
    With a SMO reflector I saw a intense but warm hotspot.
    Made my own OP reflector and now it looks like a warm version
    of a Novatac beam ..... lovely

    Another Mag dropin I like is the KD aspherical dropin ... a great "WOW"
    light at a reasonable price

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    Does anyone have the TerraLUX TLE-300M for 4/5/6 D cell Maglites? It states 500 - 600 lumens (fixed focus). I found a little info about it on here, but can't find it now. That might be an option, I was considering it myself.

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    I picked up a 3D mag myself to do an upgrade. Thinking about this Malkoff.

    http://www.malkoffdevices.com/shop2/...&products_id=2

    Will I be impressed with the brightness? Planned on the Malkoff drop-in, UCL glass and an XcapeCap Mag bezel for a start. This will be my first Mag project and thought i'd go with the easy stuff first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tx101 View Post
    Another Mag dropin I like is the KD aspherical dropin ... a great "WOW" light at a reasonable price
    Got to give a +1 for this, best thing I ever did for my knackered 20+ year old 3D M*g. www.kaidomain.com does a combo aspherical lens and Q5 LED drop-in for around $40 (might be unavailable at the moment), amazing output for a less than $40 mod

    EDIT: found the link http://www.kaidomain.com/ProductDeta...ProductId=1777 got to be worth a pop at $39.99

    Choice of protective/decorative bezels here http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/...d.php?t=201610 and here http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/...d.php?t=201842
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    Those aspherical upgrades look great. My only reservations are the lens looks a bit vulnrable to bangs and scrapes, and I like to stand my big mag's upright. Still, tempting...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zatoichi View Post
    Those aspherical upgrades look great. My only reservations are the lens looks a bit vulnrable to bangs and scrapes, and I like to stand my big mag's upright. Still, tempting...
    Get a 55mm stainless steel bezel from CPFer Download and screw a 55mm camera hood thingy onto that ..... looks ugly but protects your aspherical lens.

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    With the malkoff drop-in you can only adjust the focus a little bit. It is a thrower, with a very very tight hot spot and a good amount of flood. The only time you get artifacts in the beam is when you try adjusting the focus to make it flood, you get a nice donut shape in the center.
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    Quote Originally Posted by curlyfry562 View Post
    With the malkoff drop-in you can only adjust the focus a little bit. It is a thrower, with a very very tight hot spot and a good amount of flood. The only time you get artifacts in the beam is when you try adjusting the focus to make it flood, you get a nice donut shape in the center.
    That is very true BUT use a OP reflector = no donut

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    Quote Originally Posted by tx101 View Post
    Get a 55mm stainless steel bezel from CPFer Download and screw a 55mm camera hood thingy onto that ..... looks ugly but protects your aspherical lens.
    Great suggestion! I don't mind what it looks like as long as it can take a knock, and stand up.

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    Try the Xenon White-Star Mag drop-in's...usually $6 and some change...and you could even overdrive them (say a 3 cell xenon in a 4 cell light).

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    I just came from Lowes with two Mag 3D LEDs. These will stay stock and be added to my emergency supplies.

    My 15 years old Mag 3D was rotated to my pile of lights needing modded.

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    Quote Originally Posted by angelofwar View Post
    Try the Xenon White-Star Mag drop-in's...usually $6 and some change...and you could even overdrive them (say a 3 cell xenon in a 4 cell light).
    Too much overdrive. First bulb I've flashed, and may it be the last. Krypton bulbs are more tolerant of overdrive, but that may still be too much.

    Quote Originally Posted by Culhain View Post
    I just came from Lowes with two Mag 3D LEDs. These will stay stock and be added to my emergency supplies.

    My 15 years old Mag 3D was rotated to my pile of lights needing modded.
    Mag85? 3D's the definitive ni-mh 1185 host.

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