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Poppas XML-T6 Mod *PIC HEAVY*

grainde

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Just thought Id share a little mod I did before xmas. I had been searching for a decent flood-to-throw flash light and eventually stumbled upon this one from Manafont. The price at the time was $16, but unfortunately it went up a little in the new year.

Here is the light in Flood mode



and here Throw mode



This is from the font in Flood



and Throw



This shows the rear and the GITD tail cap switch



Everything shown here is bundled with the light. It includes a 3 x AAA holder and a plastic sleeve to enable use of an 18650.



Finally, this is an "almost" macro of the emitter.;) Dont actually have a macro lens...In the photo it looks to be a little off centre, but that was just the angle the photo was taken at.



The build quality was actually very good, well at least for the price ;), but I didn't really care for the bundled strobe and SOS modes and wanted to up the power a little anyway...:eg: So I bought one of the new 3040 mA AMC drivers from Kaidomain. This driver uses the new, or higher binned, 380 mA AMC chips to get that little extra. :) One thing I should add is that the emitter wasn't properly heat sinked to the pill, so I attached it using arctic silver. To be honest this should have been done, but I'm guessing they don't bother in many of the cheaper lights...:(

Here the stock driver was replaced and the new driver sinked to a 10 cent euro coin. The 10, 20 and 50 cent coins are made of Nordic Gold (with composition 89% copper, 5% aluminium, 5% zinc, and 1% tin). This is a form of brass, but with an exceptionally high copper content, so the thermal conductivity shouldn't suffer too much. Either way the coin worked very well at transferring the heat and was also a perfect fit for the pill.





A copper washer was also used to heat sink the chips on the other side of the driver.



After testing the current between the driver and LED, I noticed that without the tail cap, the current was around 3 A. When the tail cap was used however, the current dropped to 2.2 A! So I decided to mod the switch too and replaced the flimsy stainless contacts with some beefier 240 V high current switch contacts. These were drilled out, cut to size and fitted. This seemed to work as the current went back up to around 3030 mA. :wave:







Below are some beam shots in the snow!







In the final shot above, you can see that the beam just reaches the house at the bottom of the hill, which is around 400 - 500 m away! :D Here Ive cropped the photos to show it a little more clearly. The beam just illuminates the RHS of the house in the second image.





Over all I'm very pleased and would definitely recommend this light. It's a fantastic little flood-to-throw! Cheers :beer:
 
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Nice build. It said Titanium Finish but is it real titanium or just silvery coated aluminium ?
Personally I don't like the square output of the dot. Just give me a more pleasing round and tight bright dot. :)
 

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No its just anodised titanium colour unfortunately! ;) Would have been fantastic if it were real Ti!!
Im not that fussed about the square beam profile, agreed round would be better, but I didn't know you could get collimator heads with a round output? Do you know of any? :thinking: :beer:
 

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Only a reflector can give a nice round dot. My Dominator lasers are originally flashlight host and I have build one with a dedomed XML led on copper star and direct drive it with one 26650. That is what I called a BRIGHT spot. :p
 

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Ah ok. My crelant 7G5CS gives a nice round dot with the standard head and throws quite far, but with the collimator it throws like crazy albeit with a square output...Did you do a review of your modded Dominator? Would love to see how the copper stared U2's compare to a std alu stared U3 as well...;) :beer:
 
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I almost just got this flashlight but took it off my order. I was a knockoff or something from fasttech for about $13.
 

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Yeah Ive seen those, some of them have cree on the side and DX sells a few similar ones too? Actually there seem to be many so many knock offs, its hard to know who made the original!

In any case, Im happy with it!;) I stumbled across the Poppas as it came highly recommended on a few flashlight forums.:beer:
 

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Great light , I've been looking arround for good flashlights too, i find them pretty interesting lately!
 

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Same here have bought a bunch of cheap XML-T6 flashlights in the last few weeks. Might have to try this one out next.
 

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Same here have bought a bunch of cheap XML-T6 flashlights in the last few weeks. Might have to try this one out next.
Yup me too! I got into flashlights when I got my hands on a couple of Crelants...Big thanks to Ryansoh for that tip. Anyway another really cool light is the SPIK 98 with a T6. Its really small, portable, powerful and very cheap. I havent modded mine yet, but when I do get round to it I will probably try to drive it a 3.5 A and use a U3 emitter. :eg: :beer:
 
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AHHH yes the SPIK 98, i love that light! i've actually got two myself. I've made Green Glow in the Dark o-ring to sit right behind the glass so when you shut it off it glow nice and bright green as well as for the cooling fins.

sorry for the poor quality i took this with my cell phone, but it really adds to the look of the flashlight.


also if you like that you might check out this light. I really like this one as well. https://www.fasttech.com/products/1206400
 
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Lol I've also got the one you linked! I'm not a big fan as it feels the zoom is to loose unlike the other 2.
 

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Aww, thought you were going to use the stock lens with a laser diode for a super fat laser.

Still, it's neat to have so much light coming from a little handheld, eh?
 

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Lol I've also got the one you linked! I'm not a big fan as it feels the zoom is to loose unlike the other 2.
I just pulled out the metal circlip that was in there and replaced it with an o-ring (one of the fatter ones) from a C6. With a little grease, it works perfectly...;)


Aww, thought you were going to use the stock lens with a laser diode for a super fat laser.

Still, it's neat to have so much light coming from a little handheld, eh?
That is a very interesting idea, Ill have to look into it! :beer:
 

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I'll have to give that a try and I like the feel and design just not how loose the head was. Thanks.
 




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