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1W 445nm Mohrenberg Hotlights Blue 18500/22600 Host Kit

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Here is another very inexpensive but nice host from Mohrenberg. I was very excited today to see two diodes from Daguin and this host from Mohrenberg. So I got to build two lasers today.:D


Also if you would like to see more of my reviews and tutorials please visit my compilation page.

http://laserpointerforums.com/f51/d...difications-compilation-60258.html#post852148



I have to say I was not expecting much for $20 but this thing actually feels great. It is compact and looks good. The side clicky is great. And even thou the host will not accept an 18650 I found a 18500 will work nicely.


*Host Picture*


















This host can have the body striped of the paint and polished for an extra $10. EDIT just talked to Mohrenberg and he may not be offering the polished look any longer. There is a lot of work and time involved to strip and polish them.














*Assembly Pictures*

Here are the components of this build. The host body, tail cap, the heatsink, and the head. I found that a 18500 with 3 thin magnets works great with this host.














-----------------------------UPDATE---------------------------

I have a great update for this host. I have found a higher capacity battery that fits like a glove.:D It is a 22600 2500mAh battery. The real great thing with this battery is that it takes no modification of the host to make it fit. Here are some shots and a video of the unit I built tonight with this battery.:D







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New way of modding for the 18500.

When you first open the host it has a retainer that helps keep the switch in place. You will need to use a screwdriver to pop it out.







Once you have the retainer out. You can see the pill area and the contact pad.








Bend the tab into an upright position.








With the tab in the upright positon you can now slide the spacer out with ease.







Now that the spacer is out you are left looking at the clicky.








Remove the clicky from the host.









Next get the AAA holder so you can get a spring.








Just grap it with some needle nose pliers and it will come right out.








Next I like to mount the clicky in my helping hands.







Then solder the spring to the contact pad that will connect with the battery in the host.







For an added bonus I take an 8mm super strong rare earth magnet that you can get in packs of 100 from DX and solder it to the top of the spring. It works amazingly to center the battery when inserting it in the host.








Next I like to increase the size of the pill for working room. So I get the spacer out.








Then I cut it a little shorter.








Now reinsert the clicky in the host with the spring facing the back of the host.








Slide your retainer ring in and add some Krazy Glue to hold the spacer in place since we will not be using the original retainer.







Now since we shortened the pill the contact pad in the pill is a little longer to keep it from touching the side of the host just bend it over with some pliers and you are done.






Now you have a much larger pill and a perfectly centered battery with no magnets attached for spacing that has better pressure on it when the tail cap is tightened down.;)



Here is the custom made heatsink. The front is nicely polished.












The pill has enough room for the host and fairly long set of wires to fit inside. The clicky connect to this plastic retainer. It is loose being only connected to the clicky so I like to put a little crazy glue to hold it solidly in place which keep from having uneven pressure exerted on it.




I use an isolated line from the case pin back to the driver negative input on builds that don't have an easy to get your negative feed from the pill of the host. I do this weather I am using a microboost or the flexdirve which has an alternative method of shorting the case pin and the negative. Did the same method with my 1.5W Ehgemus using a flex that I built today as well.(Review forthcoming)




I set the microboost to 1006mA and wrapped it up in some electrical tape and soldered the positive line to the contact point in the host.










Remember when you screw your head on to put pressure on the heatsink against the pill so it does not spin possibly twisting your wires.










Now that it is all put together you are ready to go.

*Beam Shots*
















































LPM TESTS


Aixiz 445 Glass







405 G-1







Final Thoughts

This build costs are broken down as follows.

$20 Host
$50 Diode from Daguin
$26 Microboost Drive
$14 18500 Battery
$5 Aixiz Module
$13 445 Aixiz Glass Lens

Total $118

Optional 405-G-1 $55

Total $170


For under $120 you would not expect much but this unit is actually very nice. Has a good feel in the hand and the clicky action is smooth. Also I found that the AW 18500 1600mAh had plenty of juice to run @ 1A.


Hope you all liked my review on the Mohrenberg Hotlights $20 Host.:beer:​
 
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Re: 1W 445nm Mohrenberg Hotlights $10 host Total Build Cost $118

Yay it's up! I've been going over it. You have an awesome camera btw, the pictures are so clear.
Thanks for the reviews too, it's clear you put a lot of work into each one.

I'm gonna have to start sending you my future works for free in exchange for reviews. The chinese do it so i may as well :D
 

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Re: 1W 445nm Mohrenberg Hotlights $10 host Total Build Cost $118

Nice build! :drool:

I want to build one, but my soldering skills on circuit boards sucks! :scowl:
 

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Re: 1W 445nm Mohrenberg Hotlights $10 host Total Build Cost $118

Yay it's up! I've been going over it. You have an awesome camera btw, the pictures are so clear.
Thanks for the reviews too, it's clear you put a lot of work into each one.

I'm gonna have to start sending you my future works for free in exchange for reviews. The chinese do it so i may as well :D
It's all good.;) It is a lot fun building these. I don't really even play with them that much anymore. It is more fun to do different builds. I have a review I am working on for the Ehgemus host I put together today as well but I don't think that I will finish it tonight. Be on the lookout for it tomorrow night.:beer:
 
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Re: 1W 445nm Mohrenberg Hotlights $10 host Total Build Cost $118

Yeah building them has always been my favorite part. I'd build one, play with it for about a minute and then onto the next..

I would LOVE to find like decorative dowel rods that have carving and stuff on them around 1-1/4" in diameter, drill out the centers to 1"
and make simple 1" OD machined hosts to slide into them to have wooden hosts, could stain them and add a clear coat. Would be amazing i think.
 

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Re: 1W 445nm Mohrenberg Hotlights $10 host Total Build Cost $118

Yeah building them has always been my favorite part. I'd build one, play with it for about a minute and then onto the next..

I would LOVE to find like decorative dowel rods that have carving and stuff on them around 1-1/4" in diameter, drill out the centers to 1"
and make simple 1" OD machined hosts to slide into them to have wooden hosts, could stain them and add a clear coat. Would be amazing i think.
A large heat sink would be a must but it could be sweet looking.

Found some cool looking stuff when looking at fishing rods.









 

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Re: 1W 445nm Mohrenberg Hotlights $10 host Total Build Cost $118

Its obvious DTR is not new at this-- but he has only been on LPF since June.

That being said I nominate him for "Rookie Of The Year" ---Builder and Reviewer Extroidanaire.


Look out Yobresal and DieselMechanic-- there is a new dude in town!!!

cant +rep-DTR just now- will have to owe him one.


hakzaw
 

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Re: 1W 445nm Mohrenberg Hotlights $10 host Total Build Cost $118

Its obvious DTR is not new at this-- but he has only been on LPF since June.

That being said I nominate him for "Rookie Of The Year" ---Builder and Reviewer Extroidanaire.


Look out Yobresal and DieselMechanic-- there is a new dude in town!!!

cant +rep-DTR just now- will have to owe him one.


hakzaw
:thanks: Glad you liked it.


Rookie Of The Year eh?

Do I get like a plaque or secret decoder ring?:D
 

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Re: 1W 445nm Mohrenberg Hotlights $10 host Total Build Cost $118

Its obvious DTR is not new at this-- but he has only been on LPF since June.

That being said I nominate him for "Rookie Of The Year" ---Builder and Reviewer Extroidanaire.


Look out Yobresal and DieselMechanic-- there is a new dude in town!!!

cant +rep-DTR just now- will have to owe him one.


hakzaw
I'll second that...

:gj: ... Again!

Nice battery mod too...
 
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Re: 1W 445nm Mohrenberg Hotlights $10 host Total Build Cost $118

QUOTE

Rookie Of The Year eh?

Do I get like a plaque or secret decoder ring?:D

endQUOTE

Plaque???NO

decoder ring--OF COURSE !! how else will you de-code the secret messages???

you also get two free passes on being trolled by T_J - a $10 value!!!
 

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Re: 1W 445nm Mohrenberg Hotlights $10 host Total Build Cost $118

Very nice.

I remember when I first started building, I would look for new and different hosts to build in. Figuring out how to make a new host work was a significant part of the thrill

Peace,
dave
 

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Re: 1W 445nm Mohrenberg Hotlights $10 host Total Build Cost $118

Plaque???NO

decoder ring--OF COURSE !! how else will you de-code the secret messages???

you also get two free passes on being trolled by T_J - a $10 value!!!
I thought I already had the lifetime membership for T_J trolling club.:crackup:

He definitely grows on you. He may not have much of a filter on his thought to verbalization process but he is funny as hell.:beer:

I may have just renewed my season pass.:whistle:


Very nice.

I remember when I first started building, I would look for new and different hosts to build in. Figuring out how to make a new host work was a significant part of the thrill

Peace,
dave
It is always about the next cool build. Oh and thanks for getting me these diodes in two days. I have been shaking like a junkie waiting for the five I have on order with Kiyoukan to get here.:whistle:
 
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two free passes on being trolled by T_J - a $10 value!!!
$10? Gotta be worth more than that. I need to start shaking things up again to earn my "Troll Overlord" title.

I thought I already had the lifetime membership for T_J trolling club.:crackup:

He definitely grows on you. He may not have much of a filter on his thought to verbalization process but he is funny as hell.:beer:

I may have just renewed my season pass.:whistle:
I'm like that in real life too. I'm so honest at times that it make people uncomfortable. I have never been the type to tell people what they want to hear.

No worries, you have a life time membership. :beer:

I like the fishing rod handle idea, but those are no cheap rods. You might even use a pool cue. Some have nice inlay, and are carved.
 

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Re: 1W 445nm Mohrenberg Hotlights $10 host Total Build Cost $118

You know if I was an avid fisher the expense might not be so bad. If you could turn this into a laser host but still let it screw on your fishing pole it would make a cool dual purpose unit.:yh:

 
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Re: 1W 445nm Mohrenberg Hotlights $10 host Total Build Cost $118

Well you could make one yourself with some burl and silver bracelets cut down.
 




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