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    My First Light "Easy DIY" Clone

    Here is my attempt at a DIY light. Its based on Citizen Kane's Easy DIY. It uses a Hammond case, Cree R2, Buckpuck, and optics from Deal Extreme. It has a pretty tight beam so it will be used as a helmet light. I ordered a 11.1V 2200 Mah Li-ion battery from all-battery.com on 3/13/09 and it still has not arrived. They waited 15 days to tell me it was out of stock. Probably won't deal with them again. I post beam shots when I get my battery.
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    Looks great! What optics did you use?

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    I used these optics: http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.1920

    I had to trim quite a bit off to get them to fit in the case, but they still work. Pretty good optics for the price.

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    Awesome! Where did you get that case? Also, the button, where did that come form? I cant wait to see how it works!

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    I got the case and switch from Mouser.com. The case is a Hammond case and the switch is from ITW. I'll post part numbers when I get home tonight.

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    Mouser part # for Hammond case: 546-1455C801BK

    Part # for ITW switch: 850-48-1-RB-N-BK-B

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    Nice light, have you seen the cateye mounts, they are simple and cheap:

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

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    Yeah, I plan to get the helmet mount. I am still waiting on my battery from all-battery.com. Ordered on 3/13/09 and has not shown up yet. They waited 15 days to tell me they were out of stock on the battery I ordered. I chose a different battery they had in stock and still has not arrived. I'm canceling my order tomorrow if it doesn't show.

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    Please post how the helmet mount works out, I have only been using the bar mounts and they have their drawbacks being plastic, but they are pretty cheap and functional.

    Too bad about the battery, have you checked http://www.batteryspace.com/? I have ordered parts from them and they have been quick.
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    I'll keep you posted about the helmet mount.

    If I cancel my order from all-battery I will order from batteryspace.com

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    Here is a beam shot I should have posted a month ago. Sorry about the crappy pics but I have a crappy camera.
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    The first one must be a before and the second pic after?

    It looks like a nice tight beam, great for a helmet light.

    Unfortunately your camera does not have a manual mode (I checked the Exif data of the pics you posted) but the exposure does not look bad, if you did not rest the camera on something stable or use a tripod, doing so would help greatly since the exposure is 2 sec which is too long to hand hold it.

    Did you end up using the cateye helmet mount (and do you like it)?

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    It does not have a manual mode, the camera is about 10 yrs old. My wife snapped the picture while I was holding the light in my hand. I may try another shot. Yes it is a tight beam and shines pretty far. Unfortunately, I have not got around to buying the cateye mount yet. I plan on ordering it today.

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    Finally got my Cateye helmet mount on last night. Took it for a spin and it works really well. It has an angle adjustment to allow to adjust the light up and down. Here are a few pics
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    Cool, I will need to order one with some more bar mounts.

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    looks good, i have started mine, hope to have it compete tomorrow, all going well.

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