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    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.

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    Alright!

    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))

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    On off latching IP67 pushbutton.
    http://uk.farnell.com/apem/ipr1sad2/...btn/dp/1082441

    Mom IP67 pushbutton
    http://uk.farnell.com/apem/ipr3sad21...btn/dp/1082446

    http://www.rapidonline.com/Electroni...switches/81476

    http://www.rapidonline.com/Electroni...switches/81475

    And here for a wealth of goodies!
    http://www.hoffmanamps.com/MyStore/perlshop.cgi?ACTION=enter&thispage=PartsLed.htm&OR DER_ID=!ORDERID!

    These are a few of the places I use.

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    LED Driver

    My favorite LED drivers (with bike specific user interface):
    http://www.taskled.com/

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    here's another LED supply place http://www.ledsupply.com

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    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!
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    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

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    Marwi P7 light kits,
    Building supplies for LED bike lights,
    Marwi handlebar and Helmet mounts,
    Tons of DIY Bike light parts.

    http://www.hoffmanamps.com/MyStore/catalog/PartsLed.htm

    Thanks,
    Doug Hoffman

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    Led-Tech German led / optics / parts suplier. A fairly good selection of components, watch for the day-trade deals.

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    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:

    502-EN3C3F16
    3C FEMALE CORD W/#16

    502-EN3P3M16
    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:

    http://www.mouser.com/catalog/634/682.pdf
    P16NP472MAB15

    Source for various optics:

    http://www.cpfmarketplace.com/mp/sho...d.php?t=175502

    Helmet and bar mounts - not the best, but cheap and they work:

    http://www.cateye.com/store/parts.php?cid=2_97

    Spacer to go on the light case itself:

    http://www.cateye.com/store/parts.php?cid=2_25

    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/

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    Hey that Mouser site is pretty cool- have a great Hammond selection.

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    I saw this in another post and figured it should have a home here.

    Night Lighting (housing, diy, etc)
    http://www.nightlightning.co.nz/adve...g_products.htm

    HUGE resource on LED bike lighting
    http://yojimg.net/bike/equipment/lights/led_lights.php

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    By far the best place I've found for 6061 flat bar - http://www.midweststeelsupply.com/

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    This is the place for battery chargers and connectors:
    www.hobbyking.com
    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.
    http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbycity/s...110/240v_Input

    I have this one it was recommended by several people on this forum and lives up the glowing recommendations

    http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbycity/s...lancer/Charger

    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.
    http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbycity/s...ery_Monitor_3S

    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.

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    Better price?

    I've found this in-line button mom switch + power click switch but it's tooooo expensive:
    http://www.sensorcom.com/product.asp...1062&PT_ID=303

    I think's it's a great solution but i was hoping that we could find something cheaper.....

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    Wrong forum section. Please delete.
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    Mountain Switch momentary pushbutton with LED. Comes in range of LED colors. Waterproof cap available. Cheap compared to Apem and ITW:

    http://mouser.com/search/refine.aspx...ign=151259745\

    Another cheap source of waterproof pushbutton:

    http://www.jaycar.co.nz/productView....T&SUBCATID=652

    Great source for metal and plexi/polycarb. Cheaper than Metal Supermarkets:

    OnlineMetals.com

    Very cheap cable glands in a variety of sizes:

    http://mouser.com/Search/Refine.aspx...d=altech+gland

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    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

    Regards,
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    McMaster-Carr

    http://www.mcmaster.com/

    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"

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    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.

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    Small XPG driver:

    http://www.shiningbeam.com/servlet/t...Circuit/Detail

    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:

    http://www.allelectronics.com/make-a...erproof/1.html

    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:

    http://www.all-battery.com/chargersa...s37vto60v.aspx



    Walt

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    micro cable glands........ some good info here!
    Micro cable gland anyone?
    ...Scun.thorpe, UK

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    Battery holders from DigiKey.........

    http://search.digikey.com/scripts/Dk...393250&k=18650
    Look, whatever happens, don't fight the mountain.

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    Linear Technology has some free circuit schematic capture & simulation software and device libraries:

    http://www.linear.com/designtools/software/

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    Good source of watch crystals for covering optics:
    http://www.esslinger.com/watchcrysta...eralglass.aspx

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    Aircraft Spruce and Specialty Co. for 6061 T6 round aluminum tubing:

    http://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalo...ube_6061t6.php

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    Anyone try dinodirect.com?

    http://www.dinodirect.com/

    I found this (probably Chineese) electronics vendor while browsing Amazon.com. They had a bunch of stuff direct linked there, which I thought was annoying. Its similar to Kaidomain and Dealextreme, with their free shipping. They have a nice selection of flashlights and LED parts.

    http://www.dinodirect.com/flashlights-accessories/

    The obvious drawbacks Ive noticed are, slightly higher prices and not as new of products, ie: they have XPG R5 stars, but no XM-L products at all.

    I'm thinking they have better logistics, since they have offices in the US. I'm not recommending them yet since I haven't tried it, just wanted to throw it out there.

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    Ok thought id add to this thread..
    Cable glands
    ebay
    M6 cable gland 3-3.5mm cable 1.20 each http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Cable-Gland-Sm...item35af070097
    M8 cable glands 3.5-5.5 cable 3.99 bag of 5 http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/5-x-IP68-mini-...item519518af13

    Conrad
    enter part number in the search.
    http://www1.conrad-uk.com
    M6 cable gland, 2-3mm cable Part no.: 526828 - 89 3.23 each
    M8 cable gland 3.5-5.5mm cable Part no.: 526841 - 89 3.73 each

    RS
    M6 cable gland 2-3mm cable, bag of 5 9.47 - http://uk.rs-online.com/web/search/s...53&cm_vc=av_uk
    M8 cable gland 3.5-5.5mm cable, bag of 5 10.50 - http://uk.rs-online.com/web/search/s...hTerm=458-3969

    Cable strain relief
    Conrad
    enter part number in the search
    http://www1.conrad-uk.com
    Cable strain relief 3.5mm Part no.: 531464 - 89 0.15 each
    Cable strain relief 5.5mm Part no.: 531480 - 89 0.27 each
    Cable strain relief 6.5mm Part no.: 531421 - 89 0.21 each

    Switches
    RS
    Tactile momentary switch IP67
    http://uk.rs-online.com/web/search/s...duct&R=7118319 0.70 each
    http://uk.rs-online.com/web/search/s...duct&R=7118420 0.70 each
    http://uk.rs-online.com/web/search/s...duct&R=4954608 1.43 each High Temp -40/+160C
    http://uk.rs-online.com/web/search/s...duct&R=4954563 1.43 each Low Temp -40/+115C
    Through mount push button momentary switch, blue led
    http://uk.rs-online.com/web/search/s...duct&R=7027021 3.70 each


    Hirschmann connectors
    RS
    3 way IP67/68 panel mount 5.29 each http://uk.rs-online.com/web/search/s...duct&R=2906376
    3 way IP68 lead 6.15 each http://uk.rs-online.com/web/search/s...duct&R=0282906

    Oring chord
    http://stores.ebay.co.uk/EQUIP-GROUP

    M2,M2.5 cap screws
    http://stores.ebay.co.uk/GWR-Precision?_rdc=1

    Lexan sheet
    http://stores.ebay.co.uk/plastic-water-tank-company

    Delrin Plate
    http://stores.ebay.co.uk/THE-METALS-AND-PLASTICS-SHOP

    Optics
    RS
    Ledil MCE
    Ledil XPE/G
    Ledil XRE
    Carlco
    Polymer

    Dotlight.de
    http://www.dotlight.de/en/LED-access...-LEDs/LED-Lens

    ledtech.de
    http://www.led-tech.de/en/High-Power...y-c_106_0.html

    Double sided sticky thermal pads
    http://uk.rs-online.com/web/search/s...&cm_vc=prev_uk

    Rubber Sheet
    http://stores.ebay.co.uk/rubberkings
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    Updated my list above with the follwing
    IP67 tactile momentary switches 10mm x 10mm square
    http://uk.rs-online.com/web/search/s...duct&R=4954608 1.43 each High Temp -40/+160C
    http://uk.rs-online.com/web/search/s...duct&R=4954563 1.43 each Low Temp -40/+115C

    Delrin plate
    http://stores.ebay.co.uk/THE-METALS-AND-PLASTICS-SHOP

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    18650 battery holders-

    18650 battery holders- a few more options:

    http://www.luminousdiy.com/ (Various configurations)

    mike.baikov.ru/18650/ (2S2P protected)

    http://shop.ebay.ca/fma_battery/m.html
    (free shipping, protected, various configurations available)

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    Rubber sheet for protecting hansome carbon bars
    http://stores.ebay.co.uk/rubberkings
    Last edited by Goldigger; 01-27-2011 at 06:49 PM.

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    Found a new "best price" vendor for 6061 bar. Have yet to find a cheaper vendor and they have more stock then what's listed on their site. Give them a call to get combined shipping rates.

    http://stores.ebay.com/Stock-Car-Steel-and-Aluminum

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    These guys sell 6061 bar too. I've used them before. Quick shipping.

    http://stores.ebay.com/Stoners-Tools-and-Raw-Materials/

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    Cateye Space Plates 533-8730

    I have numerous extra Cateye spacer plates 533-8730, which work with the Cateye handlebar clamps or the Cateye helmet straps. I can ship International for all those that can't get them from Cateye USA. $2.75 each plus shipping.

    scott.larsen@juno.com

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    This Battery case / Battery Holder looks really nice - I might get one.

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    Thanks for contributing guys. I have been gone a while enjoying my DIY and now I am back for another project so the updated info is awesome.

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    Battery shrink sleeving, UK based but post worldwide.

    Great company, have used them for years with no probs: http://cellpacksolutions.com/shrink_sleeve_matrix.asp

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    bicycle ground effects kits

    Found this great site for custom bicycle ground effects kits. Pretty amazing stuff, especially if you plan to bring it out to Burning Man

    brightercycling [dot] com

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    US Electronics - Switches Etc... (actually, they are international)

    Mouser Electronics - Electronic Component Distributor

    Allied Electronics

    mouser (dot) com

    Alliedelec (dot) com

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    Last edited by Goldigger; 10-07-2011 at 04:18 AM.

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    Copper anyone?

    Deleted. Wrong thread.
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    Miniature LED housings for 20mm optics: Easy2LED.com, The store for LED DIY
    18650 holders with PCB are also available there.

    20mm triple LED boards with integrated driver: Lux-RC
    CNC LED light housing for DIY projects

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    Great post, great info, just in time for Day-Light-Savings!

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    LED-Spot.com - source for Ledil optics.

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    Slightly smaller M6 cable gland..these ones take a 2.5-3mm cable
    Cable Gland Small M6 IP68 2.5mm to 3.0mm Nickel Plated Brass x1 pc | eBay

    These were the ones I posted previously for 3-3.5mm cable
    Cable Gland Small M6 IP68 3.5mm Nickel Plated Brass 1pc | eBay

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    DIY mtb LED light parts
    cleaning my garage, and digging out bunch of parts.
    helmet mounts, handlebar mounts, LED's , LED drivers, optics, reflectors,
    cables, connectors, etc.

    take look
    DIY+PARTS

    contact page.

    some stuff still need to add. chances are I got it somewhere,...

    Thanks,
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    Does anyone have any links for power wiring / cables?

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    El34 has cables.

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