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Stubby Leadlight Build

apex007

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1x 3.7v 10440 AAA powered. Pot modded to about 60mw (this is the older module with the bigger crystal)

1. Saw off the front of the Leadlight tube down to the back side of where the original button sat.
2. Tap new hole 44mm back from the new front end 90 degrees from the clip
3. Use needle files to form the hole into an oval the shape of the plastic button
4. Cut off spring from Leadlight module leaving the solder blob at the end
5. Insert module into the front aligning switch with new hole
6. Glue switch button back on
7. Insert 10440 battery (-) end first
8. Screw cap back on
9. Enjoy stubby pocket sized Leadlight
10. Reapply sticker to cover nicks and scratches from sawing process :D

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Ive cut down those larger DX chrome 20mW before, but not that short. Nice mod, very original :)


*What mW leadlight is that? And how does the laser behave with the 3.6v ?
 

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wannaburn said:
Ive cut down those larger DX chrome 20mW before, but not that short. Nice mod, very original :)


*What mW leadlight is that? And how does the laser behave with the 3.6v ?
The Leadlight was originally a <5mw APC model purchased from AtlasNova about 4 years ago. The black and gold case seen above is not part of the original laser. I removed the APC window and wiring, then turned the pot to max current. It has always been a great laser, able to pop balloons and melt electrical tape.

Previously I had been using rechargeable Energizer 1.2v NiMh batteries. The battery life was short but the laser was fairly stable after a fresh charge. With the single 10440 battery, stability is rock solid, warmup time is almost non-existant and I get a lot more time off of a single charge.

If a person wanted to use the 10440 without going to all of the effort of shortening the barrel they could just use or make a dummy cell to insert along with the 10440. I make dummy cells by cutting a 1/4" thick aluminum rod to the appropriate length and then wrap with duct tape to the same thickness as the battery I'm replacing. Works well, costs next to nothing. This is what I did with my X105 which is also running off of a single 10440.
 

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Very cool Idea, i think i will do the same, but on the other end, because my clip is lost.
Its the other model with thread in the center.

No more spacers to use  :)
 




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