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BVH Blitz 240 HID mod - New, FULL Pictoral
« on: January 30, 2009, 02:55:28 AM »
Jetskimark and LarryK did their Blitz mods before I did.  I just wanted to share my method of mounting the HID bulb into an unmodified body.  New stuff below






Purchased two hi-temp plastic bushings from McMasterCarr and had to grind down the outer diameter of the inner bushing by about .080"  Everything is a light press fit for Lip's 100 Watt bulb.  Just remove the metal flange.

The focusing system is simply screwing in or out the reflector ass'y on the threaded end of the light body.  There's a detent arm on the body that drops into many linear groves on the reflector housing base to maintain focus once set.  There's probably a good 5/8" of focus travel. available.  More than enough to cover any difference in new style bulb chamber (read filament) location.  In my system, the center of the HID bulb chamber ended up about 1/32" further out as compared to the Halogen bulb.  Just had to screw up the reflector by about 1/8 of a turn.

Now the battery & ballast box is another story.  Used a Radio Shake plastic project box.  Not too happy with it.  Needs some work.  It's heavy with the 100 Watt (83 to the bulb) ballast and the 6.4 AH Li-Poly battery.

Original on/off function is maintained.

OK, here's the full mod pictorial.

I wanted to not have to unscrew the box top every time the battery needed charging so I found a polarity keyed, two terminal quick connect/disconnect with locking nut to charge through.  These wires hook to the charging wires of the Li-Po pack - not the discharge wires.  I don't know for sure, but I am pretty sure I can't run the light with a power source using this same cord.  Not gonna try.

The finished light without charging cord weighs 5 lbs, 15.5 oz - under 6 lbs!


The components.  The wrench-looking thing is a strengthener for the thin, metal box top.  Too much flex without it.


The charging cords








The ballast and battery are held in with velcro so easily removable.  Thanks to LarryK for this idea








The rocker switch toggles between 35 Watt and 100 watt (input power)


I had to change out the high Voltage wire connectors from
typical Beldon spades to 30 Amp Anderson quick connect/
disconnects.  The Beldon connectors don't fit tight enough
together to prevent initial arcing and a no-start.






My Schulze charger and Mastec 30V-50Amp Power Supply at work!









Beamshots tonight if the weather holds.  I'll compare at 100 watts with my Barn Burner and with some 30/35 Watt lights on 35 watt setting.





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Re: BVH method of Blitz HID 240 conversion bulb mounting
« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2009, 05:02:43 AM »



OK, I gotta have one of these at some point!


Does your bulb installation retain the focus system from flood to spot?




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Re: BVH method of Blitz HID 240 conversion bulb mounting
« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2009, 06:23:59 AM »
Yes, the focusing system is simply screwing in or out the reflector ass'y on the threaded end of the light body.  There's a detent arm on the body that drops into many linear groves on the reflector housing base to maintain focus once set.  There's probably a good 5/8" of focus travel. available  More than enough to cover any difference in new style bulb chamber (read filament) location.  In my system, the center of the HID bulb chamber ended up about 1/32" further out as compared to the Halogen bulb.  Just had to screw up the reflector by about 1/8 of a turn.
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Re: BVH method of Blitz HID 240 conversion bulb mounting
« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2009, 02:12:37 AM »
Nice build Bob.

I am going to have to make one of those too.

I would like to see some beamshots comparing it to your Barn Burner.
Regards,
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Re: BVH method of Blitz HID 240 conversion bulb mounting
« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2009, 05:29:24 AM »



The Blitz outthows everything I've seen and is adjustable focus...



Thor - Costco HID - Blitz (LarryK) - Mule - N30 - Helios PF-50






Blitz (LarryK) - Mule - N30





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Re: BVH Blitz 240 HID mod - New, FULL Pictorial
« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2009, 02:01:32 AM »
Bump for new stuff added to end of 1st post.
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Re: BVH Blitz 240 HID mod - New, FULL Pictorial
« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2009, 02:55:08 AM »
Nice new pics and info.

How many amps does that ballast draw from the pack at each setting?

I have that same ballast on the way.

I might mod my vintage Coleman instead of buying another Blitz.

My Coleman is the same one that Nitro used for his HID conversion here:

http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/showthread.php?p=1376389#post1376389
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Re: BVH Blitz 240 HID mod - New, FULL Pictorial
« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2009, 03:34:44 AM »
Mark, here's a quote from one of my posts in the Maximus thread.

"Warmed up and settled down using a regulated power supply:

Input power - 8.2 Amps @ 13.99 Volts totaling 114.72 Watts
Output power - .85 Amps @ 98.5 Volts totaling 83.7 Watts

A 27% loss through the ballast."


From memory, I believe the draw at the 35 Watt setting was in the mid 3's.

All costs include tax and shipping and are rounded to the nearest $5.00

1.    Blitz …………………………………………………….$125
2.   Li=Po battery………………………………………..$150
3.   Ballast………………………………………………….$130
4.   Rocker switch………………………………………$    8
5.   Charging cables……………………………………$ 34
6.   Bulb bushings……………………………………..$  30
7.   Bulb…………………………………………………….$  26
8.   Anderson connectors………………………….$  15
9.   Misc connectors, silicone wire…………….$   5
10.   Misc hardware…………………………………….$   5
11.    Box……………………………………………………..$ 12
Total……………………………………………………………….$540

I was going to do a mini HID shoot but too many of my lights were not fully charged so no beamshots tonight. In the next couple of nights, I'll try to get them in.

I'll shoot the Barn Burner 75 Watt (at the bulb), Costco 75 Watt (at the bulb) HID, Costco 35 Watt (input Watts) HID, Twin Vector 192 150 Watt HID (75 Watts at each bulb) Blitz HID @ 35 and 83 Watts (at the bulb), LarryK14 Incan. 600 Watts.
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Re: BVH Blitz 240 HID mod - New, FULL Pictoral
« Reply #8 on: February 10, 2009, 04:11:19 PM »


Couldn't stand it!


Ordered a 240 Blitz from    http://www.truckcustomizers.com/     at $105 shipped...




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Re: BVH Blitz 240 HID mod - New, FULL Pictoral
« Reply #9 on: February 10, 2009, 04:59:40 PM »
I knew you'd have to jump in!  Maybe I should order another one?
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Re: BVH Blitz 240 HID mod - New, FULL Pictoral
« Reply #10 on: February 11, 2009, 01:33:14 PM »
I knew you'd have to jump in!  Maybe I should order another one?


Got notice they already shipped mine!!! 


New Ballast is 23mm - 1 inch shorter and lighter...



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Re: BVH Blitz 240 HID mod - New, FULL Pictoral
« Reply #11 on: February 11, 2009, 02:22:42 PM »
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Lots of research and development on the Mule charging circuit in the last few weeks...



I think we can possible have these for Blitz KITs as well...    12,000 mah LiPo with protection all around, high powered ballast, inexpensive charger - battery meter...


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Re: BVH Blitz 240 HID mod - New, FULL Pictoral
« Reply #12 on: February 11, 2009, 07:49:32 PM »
Nice work :thumbup: People will be lining up if you made these. Next a portable carbon arc :P

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« Reply #13 on: February 12, 2009, 06:37:14 AM »
Great news on the ballast size and weight reduction.  It will open up a lot more possibilities.

Tony, it's crossed my mind!  (not the carbon arc) :toothy10:
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Re: BVH Blitz 240 HID mod - New, FULL Pictoral
« Reply #14 on: February 20, 2009, 01:53:44 AM »





Few Iphone shots of LarryK's light    >:(
















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