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    Here are my permutations. Am kicking myself for forgetting about the clip options.


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    That looks good.

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    I wanted to get a feel for what a single AA (1.5V) light might be like in advance of the 3 speed AA converter that I hope comes to fruition so I built a light engine using one of Wayne's Mad Max converters coupled with a Nichia High CRI LED in a Mule head. It is a legitimate and useful light IMHO and one that people unfamiliar with CR123 or Li-Ion rechargeables can relate to.
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    Hey Don,
    If a 1xAA converter is in the works, I hope it will be Ni-MH compatable (0.9-1.5V voltage range, 1.2V nominal)

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    I forgot the sunwayman heads thread into these. Too bad their threads are too short.

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    Quote Originally Posted by McGizmo View Post
    I wanted to get a feel for what a single AA (1.5V) light might be like in advance of the 3 speed AA converter that I hope comes to fruition so I built a light engine using one of Wayne's Mad Max converters coupled with a Nichia High CRI LED in a Mule head. It is a legitimate and useful light IMHO and one that people unfamiliar with CR123 or Li-Ion rechargeables can relate to.
    I assume you are referring to this driver board:
    http://theledguy.chainreactionweb.co...roducts_id=181

    Looks like that is single mode at 700mA... correct? I assume it runs ok on an Eneloop. Says the max. input voltage is 5V so in theory it should also work with a 14500.

    Nifty idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeruel View Post
    Here are my permutations. Am kicking myself for forgetting about the clip options.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gunga View Post
    I forgot the sunwayman heads thread into these. Too bad their threads are too short.
    Thanks very much Zeruel for posting this, I had no idea the SWM threads were E-series (and thus McGizmo-series) compatible -

    Yes, since the SWM threads are very short, it does require the use of a small spacer ... but otherwise, it works (& looks) great !

    I just put a SWM V10R Ti2 on this 1xAA McClicky Pak (with a little spacer), and voila, titanium eneloop torch with continuously-variable output -
    Last edited by archimedes; 11-04-2012 at 06:10 PM.
    ... is the archimedes peak

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    Quote Originally Posted by eala View Post
    I assume you are referring to this driver board:
    http://theledguy.chainreactionweb.co...roducts_id=181

    Looks like that is single mode at 700mA... correct? I assume it runs ok on an Eneloop. Says the max. input voltage is 5V so in theory it should also work with a 14500.

    Nifty idea.

    Thanks,
    eala
    I have that Max Max in my Minimag, but it works very poorly on 1 AA. Could be switch resistance or something, because I have heard they work okay (say around 300-350 mA) on 1AA.

    Could be just a mediocre build on my part. Works great with 2AA. Eala, I don't think it works properly on 14500. It only works up to the vF of the LED. Even though the cricuit says 5V, it's only supposed to be a boost circuit I believe.

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    Thanks gunga.

    I am hanging on for Don's version regardless.

    eala

    Quote Originally Posted by gunga View Post
    I have that Max Max in my Minimag, but it works very poorly on 1 AA. Could be switch resistance or something, because I have heard they work okay (say around 300-350 mA) on 1AA.

    Could be just a mediocre build on my part. Works great with 2AA. Eala, I don't think it works properly on 14500. It only works up to the vF of the LED. Even though the cricuit says 5V, it's only supposed to be a boost circuit I believe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gunga View Post
    I forgot the sunwayman heads thread into these. Too bad their threads are too short.
    Wait...completely stock?? But the SWM has square threads!

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    How do runtimes compare when using a AA Alkaline or Lithium primary at the same drive levels of a single cr123 primary light?
    Cheers from the McGizmo state.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fyrstormer View Post
    Wait...completely stock?? But the SWM has square threads!
    It works, but not well. I have no spacer in mine yet, so it doesn't turn on. The oring is not covered either. Not a good combo. I have my SUnwayman on a Kuku Ti 14500 body anyways, so this is strictly for my Haiku (or whatever other compatible head I find).

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    Quote Originally Posted by fyrstormer View Post
    Wait...completely stock?? But the SWM has square threads!
    Well, my pic says it. It works, but I have to include a small magnetic spacer and Don's o-ring is thick enough to fill in the gap caused by the (Pak) body and (SWM) head.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maxspeeds View Post
    How do runtimes compare when using a AA Alkaline or Lithium primary at the same drive levels of a single cr123 primary light?
    To answer this one would require a constant current driver that is compatible with these battery types.
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    I got mine. Feels a bit funky with a Haiku head. Wonder if it would be more balanced with a mule? Just need an AA driver now...

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    Don, is there going to be a new head design to pair it with the AA pak? It looks good with mule head but then no reflector. Other heads looks a bit unbalanced for the AA pak.

    Thanks.

    Edit: any pics of the AA pak with a sundrop xru?
    Last edited by rewdee; 11-06-2012 at 08:05 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rewdee View Post
    Don, is there going to be a new head design to pair it with the AA pak? It looks good with mule head but then no reflector. Other heads looks a bit unbalanced for the AA pak.

    Thanks.

    Edit: any pics of the AA pak with a sundrop xru?
    No plans for any new head for the series. I do think that a 1.5V AA light is best suited in hosting the Mule or SunDrop head. As for balance I am most concerned with the balance in the hand and not in appearance. On that note I should point out that there is a subtle taper in the rib diameters. As you move aft on the pak, each rib diameter increases a bit over the previous one.
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    Ah! I was going to ask about the slightly differing ridges!

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    Quote Originally Posted by McGizmo View Post
    No plans for any new head for the series. I do think that a 1.5V AA light is best suited in hosting the Mule or SunDrop head. As for balance I am most concerned with the balance in the hand and not in appearance. On that note I should point out that there is a subtle taper in the rib diameters. As you move aft on the pak, each rib diameter increases a bit over the previous one.
    Wow, i didn't notice the tapering if not pointed out by you. I believe with such effort and details put into the design i have nothing to worry about. Will wait for the AA driver and get it as a complete iight running Nihm or alkaline.

    Thanks for the insight. Cheers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gunga View Post
    I got mine. Feels a bit funky with a Haiku head. Wonder if it would be more balanced with a mule? Just need an AA driver now...
    Got mine. Thanks Don!

    Don't find the feel funky with the Haiku at all. I have been using a 2xAA Haiku, so this just feels right. It is awesome with the Makai too. I would rank my initial head preference in this order. Makai, Haiku, Sundrop, Mule.

    Each to their own.

    I read that quotation from Data (Dave) recently "If you want perfection, get a McGizmo". So true.

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    Got mine too, IMO the lenght is just right between a 1xCR123 and 2xCR123 or 2xAA.

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    As an aside, Batteryjunction has 3v lithium primaries by Titanium Innovations (14505 is the listed size) that work perfectly in this body, both with my M31L/ vme head as well as my stock E1L head. Just another option if you're not a fan of rcr's. M31L works nicely on one Eneloop, as well.

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    Wow, just what I have always wanted from Don. Cant wait for a complete single AA light to be available.........will buy one instantly

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    Hi Don.

    Email sent for one.

    Thanks
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    Email sent for one Don.

    Thanks!!

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    Sign me up Don, can no longer resist, it will actually be easier on the wallet having to wait for the new 3 speed head. I would like the jeweled clip too...PM sent
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    Quote Originally Posted by LumensMaximus View Post
    I would like the jeweled clip too...PM sent
    What is a jeweled clip?

    Can anyone drop in and tell use how you use the AA pak?

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    How many mAh does a Aw RCR14500 have?

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    I think it's 750 mAH just like the RCR123
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    Quote Originally Posted by Benchiew View Post
    What is a jeweled clip?

    Can anyone drop in and tell use how you use the AA pak?
    I think the jeweled clip is the one that's etched.

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