Sticky request: DIY parts suppliers, vendors, etc.
Guys I have seen a wealth of info on the threads in this section- can I request a sticky in one location of links where parts can be found on the web.
Let's do it on this thread. Please add links to suppliers and items without making it "spammy" (namely just add the item name(s) and link(s))
On off latching IP67 pushbutton.
Mom IP67 pushbutton
And here for a wealth of goodies!
These are a few of the places I use.
My favorite LED drivers (with bike specific user interface):
here's another LED supply place http://www.ledsupply.com
Optics, switches, etc. - www.digikey.com (or www.digikey.ca)
LEDs and optics - www.cutter.com.au
Metal - www.metalsupermarkets.com
Cheap flashlights, batteries, LEDs, drivers, etc. to play with - www.dealextreme.com (and www.kaidomain.com but I haven't personally used KD)
Premium batteries - dealer "AW" at - www.cpfmarketplace.com
LEDs (not crees) and optics - dealer "PhotonFanatic" at - www.cpfmarketplace.com
SSC P7 LEDs and more - dealer "LITEmania" at - www.cpfmarketplace.com
Premium drivers - www.taskled.com
Drivers, LEDs, reflectors, etc.- The Sandwich Shoppe - http://theledguy.chainreactionweb.com/index.php
18650 battery holders - mtbr forum members "turboferret" "sdnative" and "EL34"
..and others... but this is a start!
General components (eg switches, connectors, cable), tools and more
Rapid Electronics (UK)
RS Components (UK)
Farnell (UK but European and Asian sites)
The Novice's LED Light Building Blog
Marwi P7 light kits,
Building supplies for LED bike lights,
Marwi handlebar and Helmet mounts,
Tons of DIY Bike light parts.
Last edited by El34; 10-14-2009 at 04:02 AM.
Led-Tech German led / optics / parts suplier. A fairly good selection of components, watch for the day-trade deals.
This thread is a great idea! These are the places I have used to buy or make parts for my lights so far.
Mouser Part numbers for Switchcraft ruggedized connectors are:
3C FEMALE CORD W/#16
3C MALE PANEL W/#16
I also get Hammond cases from Mouser (http://www.hammondmfg.com) - they are the basis for the Citizen Kane's "Easy DIY" style lights.
The best 5k pot (used in buckpucks) I have found so far:
Source for various optics:
Helmet and bar mounts - not the best, but cheap and they work:
Spacer to go on the light case itself:
Good place to get stuff waterjet cut - great CS (they also have sales now and then, check their blog) - Bigbluesaw.com
Good place to get PCB's made - BatchPCB.com
+1 for http://www.ledsupply.com/
Hey that Mouser site is pretty cool- have a great Hammond selection.
I saw this in another post and figured it should have a home here.
Night Lighting (housing, diy, etc)
HUGE resource on LED bike lighting
By far the best place I've found for 6061 flat bar - http://www.midweststeelsupply.com/
This is the place for battery chargers and connectors:
I thougth balance chargers were expensive, there not.
The following are some really nice charger options for cheap:
Just ordered one of these will let you know how it works.
I have this one it was recommended by several people on this forum and lives up the glowing recommendations
I will also be trying one of these out as a way of protecting the battery from over discharge on a non taskled powered light.
There prices on basic lipo batteries look really good, good enough to make them more enticing than soldering together 18650cells from dealextreme.com. I wish I discovered them before making a 4s 2p pack from 18650 cells, as I could have just bought a simple 4S pack with the same capacity.
I've found this in-line button mom switch + power click switch but it's tooooo expensive:
I think's it's a great solution but i was hoping that we could find something cheaper.....
Wrong forum section. Please delete.
Last edited by darksider; 01-08-2010 at 01:49 AM.
Mountain Switch momentary pushbutton with LED. Comes in range of LED colors. Waterproof cap available. Cheap compared to Apem and ITW:
Another cheap source of waterproof pushbutton:
Great source for metal and plexi/polycarb. Cheaper than Metal Supermarkets:
Very cheap cable glands in a variety of sizes:
Would not, under any circumstances recommend xmeteorlight.com...
placed two orders with them, received only one... tried to have some kind of dialog with Kim L. (the guy responsible for filling orders) and he did not respond to any of my emails.
The one package that I did receive from them took over a month to get.
I have never been ripped off on the internet before, but how can you have a dispute with a guy in Asia??? Hoping that Paypal can help me out...
www.ledsupply.com = Great service and speed.
www.digikey.com = By far the fastest and best supplier I have ever, ever dealt with (considering I'm in Canada, I never get stuff within a day or two from any other company)
www.taskled.com = Best Drivers around, great documentation
www.dealextreme.com = good, sometimes long wait if part is on backorder.
I would always rather have something good to say about a company or person that bad... just don't want to have anyone else with poor experiences... Bad Karma
Building your own lights can be challenging enough, we don't need bad suppliers out there making our lives more difficult
half a million products
24/7/365 tech support w/specialist support during business hours
They have a cut sheet and spec's for almost everything in their catalog
2 hr or less e-mail response goal...
Website gets better and better every year.
It's hard to describe how well thought out their sorting, bookmarking etc. works.
Search terms actually work.
Totally different than any other industrial supplier's website.
One of about everything but the real gold mine(s) are their raw materials and hardware.
2-3 day shipping every time I've ordered, including some 10' stock to my residence.
Shipping way always half what I expected... just choose "Best Method" and forget it.
I could go on and on...
Kind of surprised they weren't already in this thread.
Somebody will read this and go "Oh, yea.... forgot about them"
Nuts & bolts
For nuts, bolts, capscrews (inc stainless) etc in the very small sizes and volumes you need for light building and other DIY projects I use www.modelfixings.co.uk.
Small XPG driver:
Not as many features as the b2Flex. It lacks programability, heat and voltage monitoring. It won't work with voltage inputs over 6 volts, and will only drive one emitter at a time (I think).
But with 17mm diameter it will fit inside 1" square tubing.
I like these connectors because they are inexpensive and have not failed me yet:
But I don't ride in the rain.
I like my Tenergy LiIon balance charger with 4 independent charging circuits. But it seems sadly out of date:
micro cable glands........ some good info here!
Micro cable gland anyone?
Look, whatever happens, don't fight the mountain.
Linear Technology has some free circuit schematic capture & simulation software and device libraries: