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LED Mods / LED Mod for Ultra Stinger
« on: April 01, 2007, 06:58:08 PM »
Anyone know of good LED replacement or Mod for Ultra Stinger? I have found for Stinger HP but not Ultra Stinger. Thanks.

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Hotwires / Re: GH-24 and GH-15 on 3 cr123a batteries
« on: January 08, 2007, 10:04:40 PM »
MadMag - what do the Sears bulbs cost anyway? 

The last time I looked they were about $6.99 for package of two. Sears part #34 93204....for Ultra-Beam Xenon rechargeable lanterns. Pricey, but I have never had a bulb failure to date. But, the first bulbs were marked made in Japan, now the bulbs are marked made in Hong Cong. Work best with light bulb frosting. Not as bright as GH24, but good run time and very bright compared to other 5 cell overdriven bulbs.

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Hotwires / Re: GH-24 and GH-15 on 3 cr123a batteries
« on: January 07, 2007, 06:39:20 PM »
I have mentioned in the past about my favorite 3X123 bulb, but never seemed to gain interest. Anyway. I use a bulb for the Sears Ultra Beam rechargeable light. It has a long life, and is much brighter than the normal 5 cell overdrive bulbs. (other than GH24). I frosted my bulb and I seems to equal (or better) than my Wolf Eyes 9A.

Don

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LED Mods / Re: TerraLux K2 OK for 3xCR123?
« on: January 07, 2007, 12:21:18 AM »
I agree 3rd_Shift.

The recharge is a good way to go. As far as crushing the batteries, I have been OK so far. I have used two Mag 2C's converted to 3X123 for a long time now. I did reshape the spring but did not reduce length. I have been using Surefire batteries and have not had problems in denting or crushing....so far anyway. Thanks for the ideas.

Don

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LED Mods / Re: TerraLux K2 OK for 3xCR123?
« on: January 05, 2007, 01:50:04 AM »
Dave, thanks for the answer. I asked because the Diamond K2 says you have to use dummy cells to use in anything above 3 cells.....so it appears the TerraLux does not require dummy cells and can run on 9v. This should work great in my Mag 2c mod to 3X123.

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LED Mods / TerraLux K2 OK for 3xCR123?
« on: January 03, 2007, 04:37:01 AM »
The new Terralux K2 says OK for 6D cell....so OK for 3 X 123 in Mag C host? Here is the web site...I don't see anything about dummy cells.

http://www.led-replacement.com/tle-6k2.html

Thanks

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Hotwires / Re: Mag 2c 3X123 with Sears Xenon bulb
« on: April 06, 2006, 03:29:07 AM »
NetMage,
Just saw your post. Yes the Dremel method does seem to work. Like I said before, it sounds harder than it really is in practice.

I am sure the LOP will be brighter, but the Sears does seem a good improvement over the KPR112.

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Maybe you could use two part epoxy to hold the magnet in place?

I understand you cannot get the glue under the magnet, but I was thinking about using a tooth pick and just apply a little around the outer edge. Clean with alcohol first. Two part stuff is really strong and I have used on other metal surfaces with success. Now I see they have two part epoxy for copper plumbing instead sweating with solder. Have not tried this yet.

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Suggestion Box / Re: Simple Review Format
« on: March 27, 2006, 11:21:49 PM »
Great idea but the Handgunreviews are more like "Quick Takes". Then they are accompanied by star ratings that don;t really mean much since no one tells you how they arrived at the ratings- too much like a gut feeling for me. If you use the star rating or 'point' system, the reader deserves to see a breakdown. It might be best to limit the formatting to a paragraph or two followed by a thre level rating system. Marginally recomended | Recommended | Highly Recommended . I don'lt bother with anything I wouldn't even marginally recommend. :thumbup:

Good idea, I agree that maybe recommend system could be a way to go.

As far as "Quick Takes" I have found that most people provide better information than they think. Quick Takes only work if you start to generate a lot of reviews. My personal experience has been that when I read say 15 (or more)  reviews of the same product stacked one after another....then I come away with a good idea about this product. Also, I find that lot of reviews eliminates one person that just has a bias from having too much influence. It becomes obvious that that review is out in left field.

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Suggestion Box / Re: Simple Review Format
« on: March 27, 2006, 12:22:57 AM »
What you're requesting is possible now.  Place the review, request no comments, and then PM the moderator on that section and request that he delete any unsolicited posts and lock (and sticky) your thread.

Thanks for your comments. You know more about details on how this might work than I do. I just know the search option is not as good as I would like to get lots of reviews on certain lights.

Sorry I did not read your post carefully enough. OK, I see what you are saying, but I was thinking about have all reviews, with models, available at one sticky. Then within the sticky you click on the model to see all reviews for the model. I guess I am saying just have one sticky....not many for each model.

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Suggestion Box / Re: Simple Review Format
« on: March 27, 2006, 12:14:31 AM »
You also might check the database that exists at http://lights.lightrefineries.org  (I think that it is the location).  This is a progression of that idea, but also allows an overview rating of the lights.  Has a very extensive list of lights!

Yes, that site looks good. The one I was using as a model I will attach. http://www.handgunreview.com/

I did not attach at first because it is handgun site and did not want non-handgun people to get the wrong idea. I am just using the basic review idea.

Anyway, it is very straight forward. It has the names of different models at the top. When you click on a model it gives all reviews. These reviews are usually (but not always) short. But because you can just page down to read you get a very fast idea of opinions.

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Suggestion Box / Simple Review Format
« on: March 26, 2006, 04:45:32 AM »
I am starting a new thread about posting reviews because the thread I found is very old. So, hope I am not repeating something already suggested.

First, this is not an original idea. I got the idea from other than flashlight forums.

Create a review posting that only allows to post and no replies. This will allow simples reviews to be posted following a suggested format. Now, the advantage is getting lots of opinions. Yes, flashlight reviews site does a good job to present a single review, but the advantage of numbers is that you begin to build an accurate view of certain lights. Example, if you read 20 short simple reviews about one particular model and 50% say they have problems with lamp being loose then there is probably a real problem.

Yes, you can get some of this by searches or going to other sites, but I have found that when you just do a top down reading of several reviews of the same light it is easier to keep track of the good & bad.

So, when you open the post you can just click on a model and add a post, or start a new post. I think for some (me included) the idea of making a really formal review is a little intimidating, but have something you can just take a few minutes and type in your feelings makes it easy.

Anyway, the trick is to have lots of reviews in a short simple format. Then you can see trends. You don't get trends with one good review. You can have a simple star rating at the beginning of each review 1 to 5 stars. Then explain why you gave that rating.

Also, I think no replies keeps it clean and simple. If needed you could PM about a burning question. But I have found that with lots of reviews in one location you normally get your questions answered. Did I mention no replies also means no argument back and forth. Just accept or reject the review.

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General Flashlight Discussion / P60, 90, 91 lamps at Bass Pro Shops
« on: March 26, 2006, 02:14:58 AM »
I know every one is not close to a Bass Pro Shop, but today I saw they have Surfire P60, p90, & p91 lamps as a shelf items.

P60 about $16 plus tax
P90 about $24 plus tax
P91 about $26 plus tax

Also, noted that the P90 &P91 had the bulb tips frosted. P60 was clear.

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Hotwires / Re: Mag 2c 3X123 with Sears Xenon bulb
« on: March 25, 2006, 02:06:13 PM »
NetMage,

Which Sears bulbs did you use? The ones marked for Sears Ultra Beam? I have noticed now that Sears changed and replaced the Ultra Beam bulbs made in Japan that were $6.99 for two with bulbs made in China for $1.99 for two. The Sears part number is the same.I tried the new China bulbs are they are not very good. Anyway, thanks for the info, I also want to try the reflectalite bulbs.

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Talk Story / Re: Am I wrong about Mag losing...not gaining market?
« on: March 18, 2006, 02:15:40 AM »
idleprocess,
I don't disagree with anything you said. Mag does control a lot of the general market, and I do not blame them for moving in ways to make money in that market. I retired from 38 years in the TV industry and we acted the same way. Good thing for me because I just used some of my retirement money to buy a Wolf-Eyes 9A!

I was just noting that they do not have a presence in the tactical field. And sometimes, even big companies make mistakes about markets. I do not know the real share of tactical markets, but I know it is growing. I have been trying to do a little research to find out the size of different flashlight markets but this is not as easy to do as say for auto or TV market where numbers are more easily found. So, when I see a complete absence of a maker in a field I wonder about their loss of market. Anyway, I just made the original post because I participate in shooting and outdoor sports and noticed that Mag makes no showing.

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