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How to turn a $5 light into a $90 light for under $20

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I'm thinking of giving this a shot... except the 123 batteries are a heck of a lot more expensive (at least around here) than he said they were...

http://lifehacker.com:80/software/diy/mod-a-5-flashlight-into-a-95-light-261114.php

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Re: How to turn a $5 light into a $90 light for under $20
Reply #1 on: May 30, 2007, 08:23:50 PM
Looks cool.  But I'm a little worried about the 123 batteries.  How often would you burn through those?  I'd have to think a LED, even if a bit dimmer, would be a lot longer lasting on the batteries.


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Re: How to turn a $5 light into a $90 light for under $20
Reply #3 on: June 02, 2007, 02:30:39 AM
These everedies are available at Lowes at the registers. I almost got one today when i picked up the Lowes multi on sale for 10$ 
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Re: How to turn a $5 light into a $90 light for under $20
Reply #4 on: June 02, 2007, 02:41:45 AM
I have to say that it looks pretty cool- were I electrically capable I'd seriously consider giving it a shot.  As it is I'd likely accidentally blow up most of my city...

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Re: How to turn a $5 light into a $90 light for under $20
Reply #5 on: June 04, 2007, 01:10:45 AM
If its better than a Surefire then Im doing it, cheers for the link.


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Re: How to turn a $5 light into a $90 light for under $20
Reply #6 on: July 03, 2007, 02:51:11 AM
i like to sit in the dark and wonder who the smurf would spend over a hundred bucks on a light
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Re: How to turn a $5 light into a $90 light for under $20
Reply #7 on: July 03, 2007, 03:25:54 AM
In some parts of the world, the dark is thicker I guess.

My Mag Lite breaks through the dark just fine here :grin:
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Re: 123 batteries for $1
Reply #8 on: July 04, 2007, 03:38:10 AM
CPF/KF Members @  Battery Station CR123A batteries only $1 each.

The only catch is to go to CPF ( Candle Power Forums ) and register.

You will need your Candle Power Forum user name to get the $1 CR123's

1. Register at :  http://www.candlepowerforums.com

2. Log into the Market Place ( same main screen as #1 )

3. Click on Dealer Corner forum

4. Click on "sticky"  CF Specials

5. #2 listed is the Battery Station - $1  CR123's, there are 26 other flashlight sites offer specials to CPF members.

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Re: How to turn a $5 light into a $90 light for under $20
Reply #9 on: July 04, 2007, 03:42:39 AM
If its better than a Surefire .......

Nothing is better than a Surefire, I tried them all over 25 years as a LEO and you won't get close to a Surefire.

 The video shows a SureFire E2E which is a 2 cell , 6 volt light, vs the 3 cell 9 volt plastic that he converts, it's comparing apples and oranges - of course the converted one is brighter , it's a 9 volt flashlight.  ALSO the Surefire ( with a lifetime warranty is a metal tubed light vs fantastic plastic ( with no warranty after he butchered it with him drilling out the interior stability rails ) for the yellow banana light, soon to be an eggplant...

Second place after Surefire flashlights ( my opinion ) goes to Pentagon Lights for quality and functionality.

Pentagon Light Products link



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Re: How to turn a $5 light into a $90 light for under $20
Reply #10 on: July 04, 2007, 04:13:38 AM
Yeah, surefire's are great!
I have tried a number of them. The black KL1 on custom 1x123 body with SF/clickie switch has been my EDC for sometime now.

Thanks for the battery link. I have not been on CPF for a long time.
CPF cost me to much money. :)
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Re: How to turn a $5 light into a $90 light for under $20
Reply #11 on: July 05, 2007, 11:56:43 PM
I have a Surefire 3P and I like it, but it's not my favorite light.  Sure it's nice, projects a nice beam etc, but seems a little pricey for what it is.  The only light I have been really impressed with is the Fenix L1P, although I understand it's a different animal.  Still, while it may not have the throw of an incandescent it isn't bad, and I'd trade a little throw for batteries that aren't dead half the time or cost a small fortune!

That having been said, I'm still quite interested in getting the Defender for some odd reason! :P

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