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    Time for a new light build

    thought it was time for a new light now the nights are drawing in








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    Nice,

    Looks Regina sized.

    Can't wait to see it locked and loaded.

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    That swarf sure does get evey where!!!
    Thought you had been a bit quiet recently.....obviously busy in the shed planning your next creation!


    Beamshots????????

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    Quote Originally Posted by bumphumper
    That swarf sure does get evey where!!!
    Thought you had been a bit quiet recently.....obviously busy in the shed planning your next creation!


    Beamshots????????

    beam shots could be a while away .
    but it will be a bit bright

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    To the untrained eye, that looks like four regina with enough space to cram in six carclo squares!!!! wtf????????

    Welding goggles at the ready...

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    Will be watching this one!

    BTW that garage is looking very clean / uncluttered

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    Got bored?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bumphumper
    To the untrained eye, that looks like four regina with enough space to cram in six carclo squares!!!! wtf????????
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    Nope though there are a couple of reggies going in

    Quote Originally Posted by Brianmc
    Got bored?
    Yep just a little .

    Quote Originally Posted by Emu26
    BTW that garage is looking very clean / uncluttered
    Yep very Tidy at the moment


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    thats one combination but I am drawn to 6 Reginas and 2 triples or quads all XPGs
    st the triples for flood and the regies for throw .

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    Handlebar heatsink

    Looks like it will use a handlebar as part of the heatsink with a cutout for the stem in the middle?

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    That's going to be one nasty bit of business when running full out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by odtexas
    That's going to be one nasty bit of business when running full out.
    ..and have a quite nice beam pattern methinks

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    Ha ha this is going to be funny

    I have made the call for it to be 6 XPGs and Regina`s along the top
    and 2 triple XPGs at the bottom .

    Have gone finless as trying to keep it low profile
    And there seems to be a fair amount of surface area .

    Battery could need to be a monster if full power was ever used . Just need to get some
    Reginas ordered from Bram .

    One of those lights that will be totaly overkill I am guessing .

    12 XPGs @ 1 amp 350 lmns each so 4200 lumens











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    Sweet looking cover there. You could always make a cover with finning if needed. That is a nice thing about having the cover, it allows for easy access and design changes on the fly.
    Really is looking good. Thanks for sharing.

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    Have you found any stars that suit the regina pins yet?

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    Okay troutie...so the light is nice...don't let me steer this thread too far off course...but how bout a few more pic's of the Ragley?!! Loving that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by odtexas
    Sweet looking cover there. You could always make a cover with finning if needed. That is a nice thing about having the cover, it allows for easy access and design changes on the fly.
    Really is looking good. Thanks for sharing.

    Cheers odtexas had quite a bit of fun designing it on the fly and filling the garage with chips .
    I think it is looking a bit like a grand piano

    Stu nope I will be using leds I have in stock on 10 mm square boards
    and there may be a bit of carefull aiming of each regina to spread the hotspot a littile .

    Chelboed
    Loving riding the mmmBop heres a pic though a bit muddy .



    the frames are on special offer at chainreaction £150 ish
    insane price for a great frame even with my fat tyres it is only 27.5 lbs

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    Hi Troutie..
    How much would one of those lathes set me back?

    Did you cut the this light head only with this lathe?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goldigger
    Hi Troutie..
    How much would one of those lathes set me back?

    Did you cut the this light head only with this lathe?

    Got it from here http://www.rdgtools.co.uk/acatalog/M..._Machines.html

    Yes it was all hacked out on this mill

    but what makes a real difference to how easy it is is to get good Carbide cutters .
    and these can cost a fair bit

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    Think I may have cocked up

    I have had a blond moment and for some reason had it in my mind thay it was going to be six reginas but its only five




    now a maxflex runs the 2 triples and it was going to be another maxflex for the six but now 5 reginas .

    just checked the voltages and the 2 triples are 19.6 @ 1 amp .

    the 5 others are 15.8 @ 1 amp .

    is this going to cause me any issues using a maxflex for the 5 leds from the same 15 volt pack which will be 16.8 new off the charger .

    or should I just wait till some juice has gone before switching on the 5 leds .

    or should I use my 18 volt pack from my drill which is just over 20 volts freshly charged . and use a buck for the 5


    also using 2 differing drivers connected to the same battery but drawing a different current will that be OK


    or another option as there is room would be to split the 2 triples and us a buck driver each and a buck for the 5 .
    and then use the 18 volt drill pack

    sorry for the ramble

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    Quote Originally Posted by troutie-mtb
    is this going to cause me any issues using a maxflex for the 5 leds from the same 15 volt pack which will be 16.8 new off the charger .
    Yes, that could be a problem. When the input voltage is higher than the output voltage on a boost regulator, then current will feed straight through unregulated and could damage the LEDs. You can get away with a tiny bit over because of the voltage drops in the reverse protection fet, the inductor, and the feed foward diode, so 1V over may be ok but it's a little bit of a gamble. If you're going to try that, use your variable power supply and very slowly turn up the voltage while watching the current. If it settles out less than the 1.5A limit for the XPGs you may get away with it.

    but, if someone accidentally plugs in a battery with a little higher voltage, like your 18v drill pack, it'll pretty much instantly fry the 5 led string.

    Quote Originally Posted by troutie-mtb
    or should I just wait till some juice has gone before switching on the 5 leds .
    You could do that, but it'll be tricky to know when it's "safe"

    Quote Originally Posted by troutie-mtb
    also using 2 differing drivers connected to the same battery but drawing a different current will that be OK
    Completely safe.

    Quote Originally Posted by troutie-mtb
    or another option as there is room would be to split the 2 triples and us a buck driver each and a buck for the 5 .
    and then use the 18 volt drill pack
    I really like the characteristics of a buck over a boost regulator, so I think this is the best option.

    Edit: misread the voltage so corrected the first answer.

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    ...A great idea here! Make sure the top is covered with non-stick Teflon...Make your own grilled cheese sandwich while on the ride. ... ...

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    Cheers MtbMacgyver

    Yes may go with the three cheap buck and save the 2 Maxflexs at the expense of no dimming apart from switching off some leds via the 2 switches .

    another question

    on the bucks I have they can be dimmed by switching in a resistor
    can I use 1 switch and resistor to dim 2 of the drivers
    it switches a control with the negative on each driver

    Cat Have you been drinking

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    If you use a DPST (double pole single throw) switch and two resistors, then there shouldnt be a problem.

    Looks like the beamshots wont be long now!!!!

    edit: might have my singles and doubles the wrong way round! (sorted thanks to Wiki)

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    Quote Originally Posted by bumphumper
    If you use a DPST (double pole single throw) switch and two resistors, then there shouldnt be a problem.

    Looks like the beamshots wont be long now!!!!

    edit: might have my singles and doubles the wrong way round! (sorted thanks to Wiki)


    Ta Bumpy I never thought of that , But anyhow it is a project useing bits in stock so reluctant to buy anything except the Reginas which should be here soon I hope .

    OK went with the 3 cheap Bucks and no dimming as yet but put the link wires in just in case there the white ones . .

    it is also a right mix of cold white xpgs and natural white xpes so dont know what the end result will be
    plugged in a 15 volt battery and the triples were great but the 5 was a bit dim so will need the drill battery
    draw on the bench power supply at 18 volts is

    2 triples 1.18 amps
    the 5 870 ma

    both together 2.07 amps





    and sat as is on the desk it warms up fast with them all on .

    will see when the piano lid goes on
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    Troutie ... emails sent via forum and website.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobblehat
    Troutie ... emails sent via forum and website.

    Thanks Bobblehat point taken on board and job done I think

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    No prob mate

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    This is inspiring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by troutie-mtb



    the frames are on special offer at chainreaction £150 ish
    insane price for a great frame even with my fat tyres it is only 27.5 lbs

    Very nice...here I thought you were "path rider". Is the mmmBop a "trail bike" / XC style frame versus the gnarlier Pig? I'm really digging the Blue Pig design. I'd like to run one with a Lyrik and 2.5" Excavators.

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    Change a triple to a quad then run 2 regina's and the quad from one maxflex and 3 reginas and the triple from the other. The multi boards are for fill light anyway so the crappy optics on the quad won't hurt, you'll have two fairly closely balanced strings with a maxflex and 6 xpg on each and best of all, you'll get more light which I can already see you're going to need with this build

    Edit: BTW next time can you measure twice and cut once

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    Quote Originally Posted by emu26
    Change a triple to a quad then run 2 regina's and the quad from one maxflex and 3 reginas and the triple from the other. The multi boards are for fill light anyway so the crappy optics on the quad won't hurt, you'll have two fairly closely balanced strings with a maxflex and 6 xpg on each and best of all, you'll get more light which I can already see you're going to need with this build

    Edit: BTW next time can you measure twice and cut once

    Whats this measureing you talk about

    Nope that is basically it just the Reginas to install and the rest of the mounts to make .
    then I will be able to see the dog poo and puddles on the paths .

    Chelboed

    Whilst I am no big air specialist we do have gnarly trails over here in the UK and where I live is the Yorkshire Dales which has plenty of limestone "paths"
    The Bop and Pig have the same geometry just one is Aluminium and the other Steel .

    I like it it does everything I want it to and would do more if my abilities were better .

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    looking good Chris - I hate seeing your new builds as it always makes me depressed seeing mine hahaha

    can't wait to see the finished light

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    Temporary optics in place till the vaginas arrive .



    some untried by me untill now Kathod samples I found in the box of bits
    I dont even remember them arriving .
    put them in as I am an impatient git and wanted to take it out for a walk .

    update on the dimming did not want to spoil the lines of this beauty with a toggle switch
    so wired the 5 top leds to come on when the power is plugged in and used the now spar switch to dim them .
    as I figured for road and easy riding I would use the top five and for fast stuff switch in the 6 bottom leds and full power to the top 5 .


    so when the 5 dim they are drawing 390 ma from the battery so a reasonable runtime will be possible .

    put the lid on with some paste and the 10.5 extra inches of area dont half make a difference .

    make a nice little drinks warmer on the desk

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    Looking good Troutie!
    Custom Giant OCR T-Mobile Edition
    On-One Scandal 29'er Project on the go

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    Quote Originally Posted by troutie-mtb
    Temporary optics in place till the vaginas arrive

    Beautiful looking light troutie. Makes me want to take my small lathe home so I can tinker in the evenings, but tell me more about these "vaginas" optics. Do they give more pleasure when riding with the light or make you feel warm and fuzzy inside

    I must of started a trend with the polished hoods on my lights but they do work wonderfully when standing and pedaling, especially with the light output your light deliver.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brad72
    Beautiful looking light troutie. Makes me want to take my small lathe home so I can tinker in the evenings, but tell me more about these "vaginas" optics. To they give more pleasure when riding with the light or make you feel warm and fuzzy inside

    I must of started a trend with the polished hoods on my lights but they do work wonderfully when standing and pedaling, especially with the light output your light deliver.

    Well I was all warm and fuzzy half an hour ago when taking some preliminary beam shots but now I am all crazy and angry

    Got a new computer a while ago and just found out Windows 7 does not like my old but faithfull canon Powershot S40 and I cant get at the bloody photos .

    Tried all sorts of things to no avail .

    so will have to wait till the morning and borrow my daughters laptop .

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    Can you not install the driver in compatibility mode?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goldigger
    Can you not install the driver in compatibility mode?

    Been trying that for the last hour
    camera installed device manager says it is happy and working correctly
    just the Bastid wont let me download the damn pics or even look at them .

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    Quote Originally Posted by troutie-mtb
    Been trying that for the last hour
    camera installed device manager says it is happy and working correctly
    just the Bastid wont let me download the damn pics or even look at them .
    I looked on the canon site and there is a raw codec for the s40 for windows 7.. lets you import raw images from the camera,
    may let you see the rest of the images..
    dont know if this will help
    http://software.canon-europe.com/sof...095.asp?model=

    You also need to install this for the codec to work..
    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/d...displaylang=en

    edit..ignore the microsoft WIC, looks like windows 7 already has it..

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    On my windows 7 I run xp virtual machine (Windows XP mode) for all those programs that do not like windows 7. You can also try right clicking on the program icon and click Run in Administrator mode. Sometimes this works.

    Another option is just load the card into your card reader and forget the cannon software. This is what I do with my camera to save the hassels

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    Just be careful when you do get the images downloaded that you don't burn out your screen as I'm sure they will be bloody bright.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brad72
    Just be careful when you do get the images downloaded that you don't burn out your screen as I'm sure they will be bloody bright.
    Now that's funny.

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    You may want a welder's mask to view them!

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    "Vaginas" Hahahahahaha! Flamethrower for sure, this next project of yours! However, i do believe that it'd be better to have two separate light housing than cramping all this firepower in one unit......

    BTW , i own a Ragley Ti myself, upgrading from a Blue Pig, after parting with my Giant Trance X and been messing around with FS bikes the last 6 years......
    Brarnt rules, i hope i get to meet him @ Eurobike next week!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Giant-Lander
    "Vaginas" Hahahahahaha! Flamethrower for sure, this next project of yours! However, i do believe that it'd be better to have two separate light housing than cramping all this firepower in one unit......

    BTW , i own a Ragley Ti myself, upgrading from a Blue Pig, after parting with my Giant Trance X and been messing around with FS bikes the last 6 years......
    Brarnt rules, i hope i get to meet him @ Eurobike next week!




    yeah I could just clamp two 7ups to the bars but then I would not have had the fun of building a 4000lumen light. And what is life with a bit of fun

    yeah Brant is a nice guy. , Helped me out with the Bop when my Pace frame broke
    Say hello from me

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    Quote Originally Posted by troutie-mtb
    yeah I could just clamp two 7ups to the bars but then I would not have had the fun of building a 4000lumen light. And what is life with a bit of fun

    yeah Brant is a nice guy. , Helped me out with the Bop when my Pace frame broke
    Say hello from me
    How did you brake your Pace frame? I thought they were bullet proof
    I still have some Pace RC36 forks on my 12 year old orange frame that the mrs uses..

    Had them forks serviced by a guy who used to work for pace, he took all the old parts and setup his own company called fork english..
    He said my forks were still mint inside

    He's up your part of the world.. pickering yorkshire

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goldigger
    How did you brake your Pace frame? I thought they were bullet proof
    I still have some Pace RC36 forks on my 12 year old orange frame that the mrs uses..

    Had them forks serviced by a guy who used to work for pace, he took all the old parts and setup his own company called fork english..
    He said my forks were still mint inside

    He's up your part of the world.. pickering yorkshire


    http://www.singletrackworld.com/foru...-frames-busted

    See thread

    Pace are now my least favourite co

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    Well I finally got those pesky early beam shots into a computer and on to the internet .
    just to recap this is with the temporary optics as the reginas have not got here yet.


    this shot is top 5 leds on medium



    top 5 leds on high


    top 5 leds on high and bottom 6 leds on high as they only have high



    and this one was just for a laff

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    Troutie...
    What did you use for the last pic?

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