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Update to my cheap but quality lamping setup (around £7..!!)

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by David M, Jan 17, 2014.

  1. David M

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    I was asked about my lamping setup I've been using this past year and a half so here's an update...

    I use a £2.77 delivered focusable cree torch that takes a single AA size Duracell or lithium Ion 14500 or 18650 3.7v cell...

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B006ZGEMFM/ref=oh_details_o04_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    I use a £2.79 delivered 2 piece mount that I find superb, just peaks over my 50mm objective though...

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ACTION-Fl...ount-Clamp-Holder-/380684060186#ht_4257wt_986

    My remote switch needs to short the lamp body to the end cap spring when pressed, so I drilled a small hole through the lamp body and threaded through a multi core wire and soldered it to a small washer that sits on top of the battery. The other (earth return) wire is clamped under one of the belt clip bolts.

    The switch is made from a cut paperclip epoxied to a non-conductive board with each of the wires soldered to each part of the paperclip. I only leave a 2mm gap so it only needs pressing lightly. I tape it to the gun using a 2" piece of black insulation tape that can be peeled off easily. I also knocked up some filters using some gel sheets from a craft shop and photo card wrapped in black insulation tape. The coloured discs are epoxied into place....:up:

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    Cheap and cheerful, simplicity in itself. Atb Paul.
     
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  3. Accuspell

    Accuspell Pro Poster

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    In Gen Ious :up:
     
  4. David M

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    Works a treat over airgun ranges gents, I ran it on a 1.5v Duracell most of last year to great effect but then went and 'treated' it to a pair of 14500 3.7v Li-Ions in November, much brighter beam with the red filter fitted but much more twitchy rabbits... I see lot more bunnies run where as they just sat there with their eyes glowing with the duracells.

    I use the slightly thinner 14500 900mAh cells than thicker 18650's (2000+mAh) as they pass my washer and wire easier. They will run for 1 hour continuously but I've never had to replace one in the field turning the lamp on for short periods over hours. I may go back to the 1.5v duracells yet..
     
  5. ecp2013

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    Brilliant. I admire the creativity of it all, especially the remote switch!
     
  6. David M

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    Cheers mate, the good thing is that the torch's own switch still works, so when off the gun, I still use it as an everyday light...:up:
     
  7. critter

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    Just goes to show what can be done simple but effective.
     
  8. David M

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    That's me.....:D
     
  9. catman938

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    would you say its really up to 400 lumens?
     
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    I don't really have much to compare it too catman938, only that one evening I was walking the dog over our local park with my torch running on it's 3.7v Li-Ion battery and a mate with his £70 600 lumen beast and we both seemed to be lighting up the top of a whole row of popular trees out to 80+ yards. There didn't seem to be much in it to me and he got quite despondent over it..
     

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