Recently, I was PMd by someone on these forums who saw some pictures of a very bright 20W LED taillight build I’d posted pictures of on the http://forums.roadbikereview.com website, and was encouraging me to throw some pictures up of the build process.
Well, I “suffer” from adult “ADHD”, which I have apparently had since I was about eight years old (times were much different back in the 1970s, as were the attitudes of teachers/authority figures/etc.), and so I got carried away INSTEAD by deciding to build up a sextuple XP-G light. It’s one week later and now the light is DONE.
Here’s the formula: two 1A 3023 Buckpucks, two 3-up CREE XP-G LEDs, a 4400mAh 14.8V Lithium Polymer Ion battery pack, some square aluminum tubing, a heatsink from a 1997 Apple Powermac G3 computer, some assorted adhesives, and nice beer.
The end result, according to my rough calculations, is a very compact light that outputs in excess of 2,000 lumens (each 3-up XP-G module is rated at 417 lumens when run at a wee 350mA; I am running each module at 1000mA—do the math, you EE guys). This thing is seriously uncomfortably bright, I try to avoid looking into it even though it has to be seen to behold the insane light output. I was skeptical of the XP-Gs due to their size, but I am now a believer!
Below (and possibly spilling into further posts, should the number of images I will attempt to cram into this one post exceed the limit for a single post) I will provide some captions for each image, which hopefully will explain the process.
1. Partial list of materials (and another project seen in the background).
2. Adhesives—Arctic Silver Alumina, JB Weld, 5-minute epoxy, and a big caulk.
3. The circuit—two 1A Buckpucks driven in parallel, with each output going to separate 3-up XP-G modules, driven from a 4400mAh 14.8V pack.
4. Really hard to tell from a picture just how much light that is, but if you put your hand right up to the optics you will soon feel a burning sort of sensation.
5. One can never have enough clamps.
6. The assembly has already begun.
7. Wiring things up and soldering them. Always remember to put the heatshrink tubing over the wire before soldering (duh!)
8. Gotta partially insert everything before proceeding. At this point I was skeptical of everything fitting into the case.
9. Well, one of the Buckpucks fits!
10. At this point it’s always a good idea to make sure the circuit still works before closing it all up.
11. Well that certainly is a relief!
12. Time to solder the remaining connection, and stuff the switch into the hole.
13. Ready for a magic trick? Me too!
14. Nothing up my sleeve…
15. HOLY CRAP IT ALL FITS!!!
16. Behind shot. Lots of things look good from behind.
17. I know all that caulk looks hella ghetto-ass, but I want this thing to be waterproof.
18. That’s a lot of caulk for one hole.
19. *SIGH* Must be nice to have a milling machine.
20. Final test fitting of housing ends. Yes, that is a 22-ouncer of Port Brewing’s Old Viscosity Ale, and yes it is very tasty.
21. Or maybe this was the final test fitting???
22. That heatsink had 1/3 of the end cut off of it when all was said and done.
23. See what I mean?
24. Time for some JB Weld action!
25. This type of clamp is freakin’ awesome. It really rocks for projects such as this.
26. I found a great way to speed up the cure/hardening time of JB Weld (as well as Arctic Alumina thermal adhesive)…
27. FORCE IT WITH HEAT!!!!!
28. Here is the finished product. Since JB Weld isn’t as indestructible as a real metal weld, I added the nylon cable tie as a precautionary measure. It’s purpose is that of a goon cord is to a surfer and surfboard.
29. *PHEW!!!* It still works!
30. Compare the brightness of the 10W LED module below it. Oh wait, I have to turn the switch on…
31. HOLY CRAP that’s bright!!!
32. Close-up shot. Yes, I am using the Marwi light mounts. They seem pretty rugged. Thank you, JensonUSA.com for having these available for the purchase.
33. I did mention the light was ugly, yes??? I prefer function over form.
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