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    Jose, congratulations on making these excellent beamshots and thank you for sharing with us. Do you have the hound dog 18650 to do a comparison?

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    Yes i have a cool hd 18650 ill do it when it gets dark later.
    Last edited by Jose Marin; 08-18-2018 at 10:32 AM.
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    Perfect. thank you so much! will be very useful to us junkies ...

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    ^^ +2 😎

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    I think I may upgrade my Bodyguard v.1 with a v.2 head. 1,000 lumens/13,000 lux in a 1-CR123 format? Hell yeah!

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    Here's the bg v2 vs hd 18650 cw



    BG V2 12kcd


    BG V2 step down


    HD 18650 CW 31kcd


    HD 18650 CW low
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    Quote Originally Posted by NH Lumens View Post
    I think I may upgrade my Bodyguard v.1 with a v.2 head. 1,000 lumens/13,000 lux in a 1-CR123 format? Hell yeah!
    I cant speak for the v1 but the v2's head threads arent anodized so you cant lock it out with a slight head twist if that concerns you. Edit unless the v1 body's threads are anodized (which i dont have) then it can be locked out.
    Last edited by Jose Marin; 08-18-2018 at 09:05 PM.
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    I believe all the newer MDC series heads (internal threads) are Not anodized. I also prefer the plated threads for safety lock out. Ano threads also stay clean from tarnish

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jose Marin View Post
    I cant speak for the v1 but the v2's head threads arent anodized so you cant lock it out with a slight head twist if that concerns you. Edit unless the v1 body's threads are anodized (which i dont have) then it can be locked out.
    IMO, "locking out" a light that might be needed immediately on one-hand demand is a non-starter, so the inability to do so is a non-issue for me.

    But what I have done is modified the McClicky on my BG v.1 to be momentary only - this not only serves the self-defense role better but also avoids the light staying on due to accidental activation.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jose Marin View Post
    Here's the bg v2 vs hd 18650 cw...


    The HD 18650 kicks butt!

    The BG v.2 head on the v.1 shroudless 1-CR123 body would be an amazing combination. With the v.1 head I am able to get 22 minutes of full power activation on a single 16340 700mAh cell, so assuming a 50% increase in current draw, that would be about 15 minutes with the v.2 head, or over 80 full power, 10-second activations. For a light I depend on solely for self-defensive purposes (flash 'n dash), that is for my purposes plenty of "runtime" considering the output and form factor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by knucklegary View Post
    I believe all the newer MDC series heads (internal threads) are Not anodized. I also prefer the plated threads for safety lock out. Ano threads also stay clean from tarnish
    Yeah, I read somewhere that Gene has moved the whole MDC line to bare aluminum threads in order to resolve contact issues. The old style worked perfectly, of course, but some people thought their lights were broken when they really just needed to tighten the head down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NH Lumens View Post

    But what I have done is modified the McClicky on my BG v.1 to be momentary only - this not only serves the self-defense role better but also avoids the light staying on due to accidental activation.
    How did you do that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pomah View Post
    How did you do that?
    Reference link ...

    https://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb....php?p=5234813
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    Thank you

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    Quote Originally Posted by pomah View Post
    Thank you
    You are welcome ... and thanks also to NH Lumens for posting up his detailed mod
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    Jose, thanks for the beamshot with the lantern hound dog 18650.


    These new lanterns with lens get a good hotspot with a generous spill.

    It is no wonder that several new Surefire models are being launched with that type of lens.

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    ^ Jose, thank you for taking time to post beam shoots, they are very helpful!

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    Yes thank you for the beam pics

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    This is awesome!! Thank you for trying it out. The Kroma heads should work on it as well in that case.


    Quote Originally Posted by Jose Marin View Post
    No prob im gona try to do beamshots tonight up against some other malkoffs

    So removing the adapter from the body you can screw on a surefire u2 head and run 2x18350s which was a cool surprise. I thought there were other old surefires that have the same head threads as the u2 if anyone knows?
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    Jose, are you running an incan U2 Head with that setup?

    Bill

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    It's the led u2 digital ultra head
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    Thanks.

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    Just in case anyone was wondering what else to do with the nifty adaptor that comes with the MDC 18650 body...



    It doesn't light up, I think the 65mm cell setup is too long. I don't have an 18500 at the moment but I'm sure it would work..
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    So I received my v.2 version of the Bodyguard head yesterday. I'm running it on a 1-CR123 shroudless body with an Efest IMR 16340. This combo brings a huge smile to my face for its incredible output-to-size ratio - it is a true pocket rocket! I estimate about 15 minutes of full output runtime (vs. about 22 for the v.1), which IMO remains adequate for the proprietary self-defensive, flash-'n-dash use.

    v.1 vs. v.2

    v.1 voltage range is listed as 3.0 volts to 6.0, v.2 is listed as 3.4 volts to 6.0.

    On a single Li-ion cell, the v.2 is certainly brighter with a broader hot spot. The difference between 1000 lumens vs. 600 is immediately obvious.

    Placing the v.1 on a 16650 body with a pair of primaries (900 lumens), it's output visually equals the v.2 on a single Li-ion. I can see no difference between the two.

    Running both on a single CR123A primary, the v.1 has the definite edge. The v.1 is rated at 450 lumens on a single CR123A battery and based on a side-by-side comparison, I would estimate the v.2 is around 200 lumens. Still very usable amount of light, but clearly less than the v.1 on a fresh battery.

    So in conclusion, it would appear that both the v.1 and v.2 are capable of the same output, just set up to run on a different range of voltages. If you plan on running a single CR123A primary, the v.1 is the version to use. If you plan on running a single Li-ion, the v.2 is the way to roll. On a pair of CR123A primaries, there is no difference between the two.

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    NH, Does single lion bat protected cells fit tube as comfortable as IMR shorter length cells?
    Thanks for informative update..

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    Quote Originally Posted by knucklegary View Post
    NH, Does single lion bat protected cells fit tube as comfortable as IMR shorter length cells?
    Thanks for informative update..
    There seems to be enough spring on both ends to accommodate the longer protected cells. I even get the bumper O-ring in there with them too.

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    Is the single CR-123 Bodyguard comparable to the Surefire EDCL1-T? Yes I know the Surefire has a different switch and doesn't have the same brightness reduction feature of the Bodyguard, but as relatively bright single cell lights are they competitor?

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    I'm a big fan of the malkoff products and even though I have a few lanterns, I was surprised by these two beauties.


    the ergonomics of this host are phenomenal and the power and balance of the light beam are amazing. these are definitely my new edc items.


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