I don't know why I didn't think of this before, but to use one battery you don't need to change anything apart from have both batteries facing positive upwards! No wire bending required. The conductor on the door effectively uses the metal of the second battery as a conductor so only the battery nearest the led is actually used. The one furthest away isn't used as the negative is not connected to anything so that's the spare one.Bingo, 3v instead of 6v.
You have to take it apart to change the led.One thing ive been thinking about. I wonder why victorinox hasn't done this themselves. Really they could keep eveything the same and change the led to a higer mcd and it improves the utility of the flashlight. The tool set doest have to change.From what i have read of reviews of the spartan lite most complaints are weak light, and expensive batteries. I wonder if the batteries would seem so expensive if the light worked better..Id like to see.Climber liteCompact lite (this was a mod I did)Explorer lite
So I did the led mod a few days ago to fit in to a sak mod I've just finished (more on that in a few days ) and the results are astounding!The 2 pics below were taken in an otherwise pitch black room. I forgot to take 'before' pics, but needless to say the original led was like a p***hole in the snow. Also the new led runs on 1x 3v battery so I can carry a spare within the lite module now
Wow, that is phenomenal! So I really want to do this mod on my spartan lite. I have plenty of LED's (I work on circuit boards used in music equipment) but I have never taken apart a SAK before. Do I need parts to reassemble the knife? From the little research I've done it seems I will need to drill out the brass pins. Thanks in advance for the help!
Let's bring this topic alive with one question.Does anyone have a link to a source for the LED?I'm quite capable of doing the mod, just not sure about which LED to use...
NoPm'd you as not sure if I'm allowed to post the link.
And just for those interested in the dates and history, The new case shows up in '12 , but the newer brighter LED shows up in '13 and the clear one I have is dated '17.
i just bought a spartan lite from amazon.com and i got the grey case. How do I get one with the clear case? do I have to order it from swissarmy.com because the only picture I could find on the internet of the clear case is the pic from swissarmy.com zoomed in real close.