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    Default Looking for advice!!

    Hi All,

    This is my first post, I have been lurking and reading many, many posts for a while now and am now ready to jump into some modding. I am not new to electronics or soldering, however, I am real new to messing with LED flashlights. I have some questions now and I know that I will have many more questions as I go along, please be gentle with me.

    I have a Convoy C8 and would like to know what I might gain by de-doming the LED (XM-L2) and by-passing the springs on my unit? Is it worth the effort? Also, what is the easiest way to DD the LED. Are there any other mods that would increase the throw on my Convoy?

    Thank you all in advance for your anticipated help.

    Marcos (elalto46)

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    Default Re: Looking for advice!!

    Quote Originally Posted by elalto46 View Post
    I have a Convoy C8 and would like to know what I might gain by de-doming the LED (XM-L2)
    You'll have a tighter beam, ~45% more throw, and a warmer tint. What tint do you have now?

    and by-passing the springs on my unit? Is it worth the effort?
    Maybe a slight unnoticeable bump in output. Might not be worth it (for the bypass).

    Also, what is the easiest way to DD the LED.
    I use gasoline. 24ish hours soak IIRC but it's been a couple years since I've done one.

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    Default Re: Looking for advice!!

    May want to just swap the xml2 out for an xpl hi.
    Use caution when dedoming, not all the silicone will always fall off, espc near the bond wires. Fully rinse with alcohol and then dry fully, watch out for any specks on the phosphor for they will burn at high power.
    I Got tired of looking for the light at the end of the tunnel so i lit that bitch up myself! Convoy s2 365nm, Maxa-Beam Gen II, 55w hid/100w incan Vector Twin, Amondotech n30, vss-3A, Reylight Ti Lan v3, Helius Sigma 9, astrolux s41 219, Shadow JM35, BLF GT,

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    Thanks mcfarlie6996,

    "You'll have a tighter beam, ~45% more throw, and a warmer tint. What tint do you have now?"

    Wow! that is exactly what I am after, I don't know the tint but it is pretty white (cool), a little warmer will be OK. So I take it that the gasoline will dissolve the Silicone off of the die?

    Thanks FRITZHID,

    What do I gain by going to the xpl hi? Can I get it mounted on a decent PCB that will fit my Convoy? and will I have to DE-Dome it as well?

    Thanks again guys, I really appreciate it.

    Marcos (elalto46)

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    Default Re: Looking for advice!!

    IIRC, the XPL-HI fits the same footprint as the XML2, has no dome, and has substantially higher efficacy.

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    Default Re: Looking for advice!!

    Thanks to all!!!

    I have just ordered a mounted XP-L HI and will be installing into my C8 as soon as it arrives.

    Is there anything I should look out for? seems that I will not even have to remove the driver for this? I should be able to remove the original MCPCB and replace it with the new one, right?

    Thanks again,
    Marcos (elalto46)

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