A LED module was made to replace the stock Lamp Assembly of a Pelican M6:
The module (foreground) has a 1 watt Luxeon batwing LED and Dat2zip wizard constant
current driver. The driver provides 450 mA to the LED.
The reflector was modified to allow placement of the LED in the focal point of the reflector.
The resulting beam is a reasonably tight spot with clean flood:
A good friend, Mr Bulk TM, provided a couple of Pelican M6's and 5 watt LED's for
The 5 watt proved to be much better suited for this reflector than I had anticipated. In this
diameter, I have not seen another reflector or optic that does a better job with the 5 W LED.
In the beam shot below, the stock reflector is on the left compared to a 30 mm optic on the right.
Both the spot and flood portions of the optic's beam are much tighter but for many, the beam
from this reflector may be more useful since the angles for both flood and spot are wider and there
is significant light produced in the beam.
If the reflector is taken out of focus to provide a large flood beam, the typical "black hole" is
replaced by a black cross:
I have made a few of these modules now and just put a 5W SE in one. The black light has the SE
and the silver light has a 5W HD:
The off angle shot of the reflector shows which portion of the reflector would be providing
light at that angle. A head on shot shows the yellow phosphor throughout the reflector.
Below are beam shots of these two 5W's with the SE on the right. Various intensify levels
of the image are shown to provide light density info. The portion of the beam shown is the
reflected "hot" center portion. The SE has a larger center beam angle with a noticeable center
weighted transition of intensity whereas the HD has a smaller beam angle with more even
distribution of light within.
Below, Pelican M6's host a SF P61 LA and a KT1:
For those who want max throw without going to a modded turbo head, a 30 mm optic in
a custom, swap able head might be a good solution:
A Kroll switch module and tail standing "tulip" tail cap switch assembly:
This "clickie" tail switch also allows for a guarded switch as well as tail standing for
DETAILS on MODULE BUILD
With a new buck driver by Dat2zip, a DownBoy 400, and a 1W HD (R2H), the
PM6 can host this combination for extended run time with a bright and focused beam. In
addition for even longer extended play, a SF A19 can be extended converting this to a
PM9? On 9 volts, the DB400 draws 178 mA driving the LED at 400 mA.
-or for a bent view showing the components -
Going in the other direction, a 1 cell version below:
Cetacea Mini-Web-Coil tether mounted on PM6 using the 1" split ring captive between
tail cap and body. Light below also has a nickel plated brass tab for belt clip. This light also
has a threaded bushing with Kroll switch so the tail cap can be tightened against the main
body and the split ring of the tether is still free to spin.
For some time now, I have been planning to make a PM6 "kit" to keep in my van and take
on the road. It was to consist of various LED modules and some other accessories. I finally
The extra batteries are below a foam layer which holds a flashlight, A19 cell extender,
second head with flood reflector and an additional 6 modules to the one currently loaded.
The modules are: RoyalBlue 1W HD- DB400, Cyan 1W SE- DB400, Red 1W HD-DB 275,
Amber 1W HD- DB 400 and then three white; 1W (R2H) HD - DB 275, 1W (R2H) HD- DB 700
and a 5W (W4V) HD - BB700.
In addition to the components mentioned above, I wanted to make a battery eliminator to allow
the light to run off the 12V system of the van:
I had a very high quality coiled cord sample I had received from a vendor. It was made for
use on submersible ROV's. The cigarette lighter plug is a well made part offered by Marinco
for marine and RV applications. A water proof and potted toggle switch is housed in the tail
of the battery eliminator.
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