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    While at Ace Hardware today looking to see what mags were there I saw this Snap On 2D aluminum flashlight. It looked to be about the same diameter of a standard Mag so I picked it up.
    Once home I had to check this out so I took it out of the wrapper and this is what it looked like.


    I then began to take it apart. I did not have enough sense to get pictures of this but basically it has a reverse clicky switch held in by a snap ring. Once removed the switch is easily removed from the top not the bottom. Above the switch is a threaded piece of raw aluminum that screw down into the tube and has a hole in it into which the light bulb had fit. This provided the ground for the bulb as the bottom of the bulb was seated into a spring that was the positive.

    This is the whole switch with a hot wire I soldered to the top contact after cutting off the spring that held the original bulb.

    as you can see the switch is self contained and seem to be of good quality. it has only two contacts. The hot from the batter that I built up some solder on to accommodate flat celled batteries. The other contact that I have a wire soldered to is the switch hot. This I ran to the KD super P7 driver I used to regulate the two D Li Ion batts that I intended to use.

    This is not as clear as some of the macro shots that show up around here but basically you can see there is little room above the switch that has been reinstalled. I have connected the driver to the switch hot on the middle peg of the driver, I connected another wire to the negitive whole on the in side of the driver.
    I took a H2A heat sink and sanded off the edges that protrude up until they were flush with the sink body and all that protruded up was the emitter post and the emitter. I also drilled a hole on one side to run the ground wire up and attached the led wires from the driver and seated the sink into the tube and recessed it about 1/4 of an inch because this light has an aluminum plate that actually screws down into the tube and acts as a ground.
    I left the ground wire stick through the top of the sink which I have coated with AA adhesive and left the stripped part of the wire protrude into the threads.
    I then screwed the ground plate into the tube which makes contact with the AA adhesive. The bottom of the led is now flush with the top of the ground plate.

    This is the light reassembled. The reflector is deep but smooth which lend to some artifacts but is one of the longest throw P7's I have built either smooth or lop. I also put a piece of UCL glass in the light.
    The driver works great with the reverse clicky giving a great high, med., and low.

    Beam shots you say.

    The ceiling

    The Wall and as you can see the hot spot has some artifacts in it and the hotspot is huge but when I stepped outside and shined on a neighbors house about 200 yards away it lit up like not many of the mags have.
    Overall it was a pain to mod because of the limited machines I have but all said it came out neat, I love the looks of the light and it is a throw monster for a P7. Will I go get another and do it again probably

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    Default Re: Snap On 2 D Mod

    Does it still have the hole/spot in the center of the hotspot? I saw these in my local hardware store and was wondering about them. Well, wondering if their reflector would fit in a maglite.
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    Default Re: Snap On 2 D Mod

    interesting... what is the diameter of the bezel? Does it have more real estate than a typical mag?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JamisonM View Post
    Does it still have the hole/spot in the center of the hotspot? I saw these in my local hardware store and was wondering about them. Well, wondering if their reflector would fit in a maglite.
    There is really not any doughnut hole on these but I did stipple the reflector a small amount becuase of the rings. What looks like a spot above is just the concentrated hotspot
    The reflector probably wont fit a mag because of the way it sits on the flashlight it would probably be a few mm too long.

    Dave

    Quote Originally Posted by jar3ds View Post
    interesting... what is the diameter of the bezel? Does it have more real estate than a typical mag?
    Hi All

    It is the same diameter of the mag but the reflector is much deeper so the throw is better. They are extremely well made with thicker walls than the mag and the extra rubber padding makes it almost impossible to beat up plus it is made so it won't roll off a table.

    I also have a C style one almost done and it is really cool since it is smaller but has a slightly larger grip than a C mag and both have the nice snap on engraved rubber handle that I was not sure I would like but ended up loving as it is no slip.
    They really are perfect work lights.

    Dave

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    How deep is the reflector? I might be able modify it to fit. In my P7 maglite, I'm using one of the reflectors that come with the newer rebel maglties. It's deeper then the standard reflector, but doesn't get rid of the hole/spot.
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    Default Re: Snap On 2 D Mod

    i just went out and bought one... i'm extremely impressed... lots of potential!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JamisonM View Post
    How deep is the reflector? I might be able modify it to fit. In my P7 maglite, I'm using one of the reflectors that come with the newer rebel maglties. It's deeper then the standard reflector, but doesn't get rid of the hole/spot.
    Hi

    My d snap on measured like 49mm wide and 34 and change on length.

    I measured a maglite and where I had it cut off was 29mm so almost 6mm deeper but 2 or 3 mm narrower

    Dave

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