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Thread: Elzetta- The industry's best kept secret.

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    Default Re: Elzetta- The industry's best kept secret.

    Quote Originally Posted by delus View Post
    I want to give an Elzetta as a gift. I know he wants rechargeable batteries. I also want engraving.
    1. Doesn't anybody have pre-bored Bravo bodies in stock?
    2. Would the pre-bored body have the correct logo spacing already on it, to allow engraving as well?
    3. Does a non-bored Bravo with 16340's rattle? I've heard this gets about 800 lumens but only 20 minutes runtime?
    4. Is the enough space to engrave a name on a Bones? 11 letters. Would it look stupid or off center? Too small?

    Nice, while writing this post, have been conversing with Elzetta's people via email. They can and will engrave a Bones, with a small number of letters. The font will be small and underneath the existing bones logo, but I'm gonna go with it. They even said they could ship it this afternoon.

    Problem solved!
    Wish I saw this earlier or someone else provided more info/options for you.

    You could have bought an engraved bravo and had a local machine shop bore it for you. Or you could have sent it to a fellow member like Martin D White to bore it. I don't think the cost to bore it for 18mm cells would have cost too much.

    Hope the person enjoys the Bones, heard it's a good light as well

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    Default Re: Elzetta- The industry's best kept secret.

    Wish Elzetta had a version of the Charlie that could take 17500 or 18650 batteries.

    (I do own a Charlie,but I don't use it all that much,since my Zebralight SC64w and Olight SR1 II are rechargable,brighter..and also easier to pocket carry.)

    The durabilty of Elzetta lights I love...I just don't like feeding the hungry light monster with CR123s constantly.

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    I don't have the Charlie Elzetta just the Bravo model but I think you can run the Charlie on 2x 16500 li ion cells. Efest has IMR 16500 900mah. You won't get as much capacity but you should get the full output or very close with the AVS head, 3x cr123a=9v or 2x 16500=8.4v . At least you'll be running rechargeables. You can check "Battery Junction".

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    Default Re: Elzetta- The industry's best kept secret.

    There are even some 1000mah li ion 14500 batteries now you could give a try with a few wraps of paper around them for a better fit. That might keep away the hungry light monster for a while. I've been using 16650's in my Bravo and that works pretty well.

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    Default Re: Elzetta- The industry's best kept secret.

    What I meant..is a version of the Charlie designed to take rechargable batteries from the start.Basiclly,a 3-cell version of the Bones.

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    A bored Charlie (ie 3 cell Bones) would use 3x18350's? 2x18500's perhaps?
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    Default Re: Elzetta- The industry's best kept secret.

    Quote Originally Posted by AMD64Blondie View Post
    What I meant..is a version of the Charlie designed to take rechargable batteries from the start.Basiclly,a 3-cell version of the Bones.
    The short answer is no. But you still have a few options you could make work for you, whether you wanted to use the Charlie as is, or have it bored out.

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    Default Re: Elzetta- The industry's best kept secret.

    I don't have the Bones either but my guess is the Bones has the same electronics as the AVS head for the Charlie and Bravo accept it has a battery tube that will take an 18650 cell @ 4.2v. I run my Bravo with a 16650 @ 4.2v fully charged, the lumen output will be reduced compared to using 2x cr123a @ 6v to whatever lumens it can generate with the slightly lower voltage from the 16650 cell. If anyone that has a Bones light, maybe they can tell me what the bones output/lumens is with a 18650. You could run your Charlie with the same voltage as a stock Bones by using 1x 16650 and a dummy cell spacer and get a decent run time with it. Hence a "Charlie" version of the Bones.

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    The AVS can go from 6 volts to 9. (+/-)
    The Bones can go from 3 to 6. (+/-)

    The Bones uses the same optic system as the AVS. Without knowing some trade secrets I cannot say how one or the other engine can be altered but using a 18650 in the Bones I could not see a difference over the primaries. I stuck with primaries in a 2 cell magazine for both of my Bones lights though.
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    Default Re: Elzetta- The industry's best kept secret.

    Actually the AVS can run on 3 volts. I ran my Charlie with my AVS head for over 10 hours on 2 eneloop pro’s.It runs at reduced output of course. It started out around 40-50 lumens and by 10 hours was maybe 5? I ended the test but it was still chugging along and still very usable.
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    I suppose "meant to run on" would've been a more correct way to say it TG. I don't own a Charlie but if I did I'd probably do the eneloop idea or perhaps a pair of ultimate lithiums since my preference is primary fuel.
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