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    not a bike light, but fun all the same (plus castle pics :))

    cross post from BLF about a 2AA minimag to Nichia 219 conversion;

    Old Lumens inspired minimag > Nichia 219 mod | BudgetLightForum.com

    If nothing else but to show that I'm practicing my machine work skills
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    Cool ,
    Good to see the olde Lathe being used to good effect Matt

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    thanks! I'm working up to a helmet light, although I think I'll practice on a couple of work lights first to keep honing my skillz

    Until then, I'm going old school..

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    nice! Needs a moat and a dragon

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    Matt - now you have me taking apart my old 3 D-cell Maglite. It looks way too easy to bump the lumen output on these - damn I need a lathe. I would have probably turned out a heatsink tonight.

    You interested in making a heatsink or 2 for an XM-L and a driver cavity?

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    Quote Originally Posted by adrenalnjunky View Post
    nice! Needs a moat and a dragon
    thanks! Dragon we have, but the moat was vetoed by the design committee as leading to something to big to carry. It will have 2 chain operated drawbridges though, finished them at 12.30 this morning

    Quote Originally Posted by adrenalnjunky View Post
    Matt - now you have me taking apart my old 3 D-cell Maglite. It looks way too easy to bump the lumen output on these - damn I need a lathe. I would have probably turned out a heatsink tonight.

    You interested in making a heatsink or 2 for an XM-L and a driver cavity?
    I've been thinking about the same thing for a couple of years, but even with a lathe it's not simple. Unless you go tail clicky there's not a lot of space between the switch and the focal point for much of a heatsink and Maglites aren't uniform w/respect to tube IDs (so I'm told). So even if it didn't take me several hours to make a heatsink (the minimag one was 2-3h!), it probably wouldn't fit your Maglite even if it fit mine Sorry for being a bit Eeyore-like about it, but it's something I've thought about a lot and it's been put a long way down my list.

    Sad thing is, a half decent 1xAA light (like a Romisen RC-G2) with an XP-G2 or Nichia 219 swapped in throws just as far, is much brighter and weighs a fraction of even a cut down Maglite. Still, 3D Maglites are much more useful for home defense...

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    Yeah - I've got this guy lined up to make me one of his:
    FS: 1000 Lumen XM-L T6 Maglite Mod With Voltage Monitor - Parts, or Complete Light! - Laser Pointer Forums - Laser Pointers and Laser Pointer info

    I really like the way he deals with the fitment issues with the grub screw anchor - plus I can turn mine down a little if I have to - I've got a 3-jaw that goes in my drill press, and I can sand it as it spins, or I've got a cross slide vise on my press that i can run a milling bit across it as it spins.

    There is almost 2 full inches from emitter dome down to the switch housing in the d-cell case where you can house a heatsink and electronics

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    nice find! Scaru on BLF pointed me towards these

    ******** H22A Heatsinks ********

    which are another option and pretty reasonably priced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattthemuppet View Post
    nice find! Scaru on BLF pointed me towards these

    ******** H22A Heatsinks ********

    which are another option and pretty reasonably priced.
    Yep - I had already made arrangements with the one I had posted - but, if I like the outcome - the H22's would probably be my next time around pick - plus I can drill n tap the sidewalls of the H22 heatsink to hold it in place too.

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    not in anyway related to lights, but the castle was finally finished at 1.30am Christmas day morning. Thankfully Ingrid managed to whisk away the 2 clamps those sloppy elves left on there before the kids saw them

    Barbarians at the gate





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    That's cool - I've been reading all of the Game of Thrones books lately, and I think I did my junior year term paper in high school on the "Offensive/Defensive capabilities of a medieval castle" or something to that effect. I've always thought castles were cool.

    My little boy turns 1 today - I can't wait til he's old enough to a) ride the Giant Pre push bike I got him (Yeah he's a little young right now) and b) start playing with Lego and stuff.

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