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    Anyone have a white LED ring they want to part with? Bonus if it's one of the aftermarket options.


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    Quote Originally Posted by cm_mtb View Post
    Anyone have a white LED ring they want to part with? Bonus if it's one of the aftermarket options.
    Please post your request in WTB forum.
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    Have any A2 aficionados ever replaced their stock, crenalated bezel ring? Is it thread locked? Easy to do? What tools did you use? Thanks.
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    I did open all of my A2’s bezel and replaced almost all of them with altermann’s custom brass bezel.
    I’ve used hot air gun or even hair dryer to soften the glue a bit. Placed a piece of leather around bezel and with small adjustable pliers gently squeeze and turn.
    I think only on 1 i didn’t use anything but my bare hands.


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    Thanks! I was hoping for some good news like this. Can you share more details about the altermann's brass bezel? Maybe a pic? I saw a replacement Ti bezel on eBay; I'd like to get something that's smooth and bare metal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lion504 View Post
    Thanks! I was hoping for some good news like this. Can you share more details about the altermann's brass bezel? Maybe a pic? I saw a replacement Ti bezel on eBay; I'd like to get something that's smooth and bare metal.

    Sorry i missed your reply.
    Here`s his thread. I have only brass bezels
    https://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb...etaining-rings

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    $60 to a CPF er and got a spare 4 flats with red leds. The lens has a small crack but it's usable and a bargain for a whole light/ spare parts. One little "pliers" scrape on the body. I may swap heads and start using this one since I don't care if it gets scraped up a bit.

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    Yes they are still cool lights.

    I carried my green LED one the other evening and got a kick out how it changes how stuff appears.
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    I carry one of mine with Tad's "hot rod" bulb (3718?) on occasion for dog walking, it goes through cells a bit quicker than a stock bulb. Gets warm, too!
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    Sounds like it has a covid killer head Scout.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bykfixer View Post
    Yes they are still cool lights.

    I carried my green LED one the other evening and got a kick out how it changes how stuff appears.
    I don't think I've ever used a green A2. Maybe once long ago. How did it change things? I know the eye is most sensitive to green light.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scout24 View Post
    I carry one of mine with Tad's "hot rod" bulb (3718?) on occasion for dog walking, it goes through cells a bit quicker than a stock bulb. Gets warm, too!
    Awesome! I have two Tad drop ins for my A2s. They run a 3718 and a 4812, on 16340s. Yes, the 3718 gets toasty, so does the 4812 after a while .

    One of these days, I'll land a Blue LED one to complete the collection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ampdude View Post
    I don't think I've ever used a green A2. Maybe once long ago. How did it change things? I know the eye is most sensitive to green light.
    Being I have never worn night vision goggles I surmize it was making things appear similar, but a much darker green. Like wearing Christmas tree green celophane across your eyes. My dog still looked like a dog. But she was green.

    My beater has a 3712(?), the one that is supposed to put out 80 lumens. But the funky old white LED is what gets used most.
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    I have an old green KL1 I shined next to a 6P. I think I get it now. I always thought it was kind of the oddest A2 color. And yet possibly the most useful for the technology of the time, since the stock Surefire (angry blue) white LED rings were not exactly my favorite source of light back then, or now.
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    I always felt the Yellow/Green was the most interesting color, though I've never seen one in person. I recall something about reduced bloom/glare when used in conjunction with Night Vision.

    Now that I think about it, it's been a while since I've seen one up for sale. Their most certainly the most rare color in my experience.

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    I would agree, don't see many Y/G's or G's either. Most common seems to be white, blue, and red. Then green, and finally yellow green. Kind of in that order too.
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    I have a few YG, always thought the GN were the rarest.
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    Yea, could be. I have no idea the production numbers on any of them, but it always seemed like the white and then the blue models were the most common. Red was third, and then the two greens. Just my perception over the years. I could be totally off and maybe they made the same amount of each color, but it doesn't seem that way to me.

    They HAD to have made more white A2's than anything though, that seems pretty obvious.
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    Wish we had the exact data

    No way the production numbers were the same for each color, though.
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    Definitely the one I have always seen the most of is white.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ampdude View Post
    Definitely the one I have always seen the most of is white.
    Although the white was pretty blue, lol
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    I've never used mine. Looking for a led drop in so I can start using it.

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    An LED for your main beam? Lumens factory has one but then you don’t really have an A2 anymore. The incandescent is really what made it stand out
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    Can't say I fully understand the desire to take the one and only mass production light in existence that incorporates regulation and soft starting technology, which results in a beautifully white 100CRI beam, and bulbs that have extraordinary lifespans, and go on to replace it with an LED drop-in. when we live in a world of thousands of different models of LED lights to choose from. Any uniqueness the A2 has disappears once that LED drops in.

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    I guess your right. I just feel like the machining is beautiful and the materials are top notch so I'd like to give it a little more use. I have a baton pro that does all the camping stuff but it just doesn't have the feel in your hand the a2 does.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DayofReckoning View Post
    Can't say I fully understand the desire to take the one and only mass production light in existence that incorporates regulation and soft starting technology, which results in a beautifully white 100CRI beam, and bulbs that have extraordinary lifespans, and go on to replace it with an LED drop-in. when we live in a world of thousands of different models of LED lights to choose from. Any uniqueness the A2 has disappears once that LED drops in.
    I agree with this. Not 100% on the incan bulb though and you know why. We'll get there at some point DOR (thread subplot)

    I found a NIB A2-Yellow Green a few weeks ago. That might add some mystery to this. I haven't even seen one in forever. I wouldn't mind being proven wrong on your point so I plan on doing this subjectively. Recently I found out I was wrong about a certain fact on the Surefire M4 and I'll be posting about that as well. Some people will be surprised about what I found.
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    Ampdude, I found these beamshots that you might find interesting.

    A2 with MA02 https://superfonarik.ru/beamshots4/p...non-(MA02).jpg
    A2 with LF HO-A2 https://superfonarik.ru/beamshots4/p...on-(HO-A2).jpg
    E2E with MN03 https://superfonarik.ru/beamshots4/p...E2E-(MN03).jpg
    G2 with P60 https://superfonarik.ru/beamshots4/p...e-G2-(P60).jpg
    G2 with P91https://superfonarik.ru/beamshots4/p...e-G2-(P91).jpg

    These are a good tool for doing a comparison.

    Bulb temp and CCT aside, I'm glad we agree that the A2 is better off without an LED dropin. Bulbs are still plentiful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by archimedes View Post
    I have a few YG, always thought the GN were the rarest.
    I have the Green and really like it. Compliments my red, blue, white Kroma very well. I also have the white A2 and have thought about trading it or selling it for a while. I just can't get used to the blue tint and have been holding out for the koala rings so long now to hopefully swap it with red.

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    Just scored a square-side a2 with red leds. Are there any replacement led rings out there still? Would like to run some warm white 5mm leds... How would that affect the collect ability of the light?

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    See this thread. Unfortunately, all out of production and very hard to find. There are rumors of another koala run.

    I bought a mint A2 with intentions of a similar LED ring upgrade and adding a Tad Custom bi-pin adapter. Neither are available.

    So I sold the A2, ending my foray into the incan world.

    Hope you have better luck or more patience.
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