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There are some really cool vintage and hacked use build ideas going around the forum of late, and I love it.

I came across this old Everyready Captain 2 cell flashlight today in a junk shop, and thought it would make a beautiful host...but which diode to pick? Copper or polished aluminum heatsink?

Here are the pics. They are not mine. I used some etsy site's as I didn't buy it yet.






The guy wanted $8 for the flashlight, and it was in nearly as good condition as the one in these pics. I waffled, but I think I've talked myself into it.

Let's see more thrift store builds out there!
 



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Man, I haven't seen one of those that clean. Nice! I think jay uses a different year than that one.

I'd say polished aluminum for that one, could make a nice 405nm build. I'm going to eventually get a 405 in one of these
 
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I've seen JayRob's and it is indeed a nice flashlight, not a laser. But, why buy when one can build?? He'll surely get a heatsink for it out of me, as he should be familiar with the size.
 
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My vintage light was a flashlight once, who's to say yours needs to stay a flashlight? ;)
 
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Perhaps the fact that this could be a really neat host and had at a bargain is being missed here...
 

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Id go for copper personally.:) The heatsinking is so much better and if you dont treat it, it will age giving you more of an ancient look...;) Obviously more expensive though...If you did choose copper, Flaming Pyro machines it and his prices arent too extortionate. :beer:
 

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WOW thats amazing! I actually have a flashlight just like that only it has a larger, magnetic on/off switch made of black plastic. Never thought Id see one like it. I think the body tube is so one of a kind and will make a totally unique laser host, even with its lens/reflector housing. ;)
 
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Upon a little more research, it uses 2 D-cells. That means I can cram a massive heatsink into it. I was imagining 2 big 32600 L-ions in there...
 

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Don't polish it up, it looks amazing as is.
i completely agree! dont polish it and go with a copper heat sink. antique/age the sink and make it look like a antique laser! that would be sick! i am loving all the pawn/thrift shop finds on this site lately. has me inspired to dig around and see what i can find. even if i cant use it myself im sure someone on here will have a use for whatever is found!

imagine getting this finish on the heat sink combined with the flashlight's antique look


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Yeah...I believe I will be getting this flashlight tomorrow. It seems I'm going to have a homeless 532nm soon enough.
 

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I went by Goodwill today because of this thread...no flashlights though :/ I may stop by Salvation Army tomorrow...any other suggestions for places to check? Maybe pawn shops?
 

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There are some really cool vintage and hacked use build ideas going around the forum of late, and I love it.

I came across this old Everyready Captain 2 cell flashlight today in a junk shop, and thought it would make a beautiful host...but which diode to pick? Copper or polished aluminum heatsink?
These make wonderful hosts! I have a 635 that was built in that same host (Mine has a large magnet on it though).

Keep in mind keeping the original switch functional requires some skill and planning with the heat sink and the return path. That switch pushes a small brass strip up to make contact with a metal ring to complete the circuit. This ring is connected to the reflector which you will lose when you convert it to a laser heatsink.

Moh made my heatsink and "The Resident Ancient Light Builder" actually built the laser in it for me sometime ago.

I need to post some pictures of it as I don't think I ever have before.
 
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Wannaburn, I'll just tell you the kind of place I found it in. Look for the oldest, funkiest pawn/swap shop that looks like an episode of Hoarders is being shot there.

Thanks for the tips, jcranmer!
 




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