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Flashlight Host Help

ECBL

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Hey All,
So, I had been seeing these Duracell flashlights at Costco for a while now and finally decided to grab one and see if I could gut it out and possibly use it as a host.

I couldn't find the item on Costco's website to provide a link, but it's the "Duracell Durabeam Ultra 1000 lumens". I believe it was in the $20-30 price range, aluminum host, with a black ano finish. It uses a rubber o-ring to slide focus the beam, which I figured I could work around.

I managed to remove the head by sliding out and turning... However, it looks as though this actually just unscrewed the driver/pill assembly from the battery tube.

Now I need to find a way to open / unscrew the lens retainer to further disassemble the head... unfortunately, it appears they didn't want people tampering with the LED and driver, as I can't seem to unscrew it. I even tried using some of that rubbery no-slip drawer liner material to try and unscrew it, thinking maybe I just needed to break the glue seal with no luck. :undecided:

I'm including some shots of the parts. Does anyone have any suggestions or tips as to disassembling the head without damaging or scratching the outer surface? Is this a promising host to use, or should I just look elsewhere? Keep in mind I'm aware of the SL hosts... I'm just looking for something larger.
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Ehgemus

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Not sure how it comes apart without having it in hand but if you need anything built for it like a heatsink let me know.
 

ECBL

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Thanks Ehgemus! I'll keep that in mind. If I get it taken apart and can move forward with it, I'll definitely need a heatsink :)
 




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