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  • Cheap and easy to do. Giving a 2c Maglite 6D performance step by step

    (1st picture below)
    On the far left, I took about a quarter inch off of the tailspring and reshaped it with 2 sets of pliers.
    This is so that the tailspring doesn't squash the batteries quite so hard.

    In the middle, I got a 5/8ths inside diameter heater hose from an auto parts store.
    I then cut it to 4 inches long and slit it down one side to hold 3 cr123 lithium batteries.
    This whole thing drops right in there perfect into the light's battery tube. :-)

    On the right, I swapped out the 2 cell bulb with a Maglite 6 cell krypton bulb.
    Then put another 6 cell bulb into the spare holder in the tailcap.

    (Optional) On the far upper right is an optional charger with rechargeable lithium ion batteries.


    Below, I reinstalled the 2c's old 2cell bulb into a 2D I had handy and took this picture of the 2 side by side to show the significant improvement.


    I'm getting about 80-90 minutes of runtime out of the cr123's.
    A 90 - 100 minute runtime is what the 2 optional 18500 batteries are giving this light.
    Nice and cheap backup flashlight for under $30.
    Observe and report what you saw with a good flashlight.
    Bedtime at sunrise

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    If you feel like building something like this... Get the rechargable batteries. LiOn batteries are eaten like candy in Surefires and other lights that take them.
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    • #3
      I got the rechargeable cells and charger from here.

      2 18500's are the recomended size for the 2c Maglite.
      These are a tighter and rattle free fit than the cr123's.
      I would kinda recommend the "protected" versions of the rechargeable batteries that are now available there.
      These are much safer and more goof proof to charge.
      The 2 blue batteries I showed are older unprotected 18500's that have not blown up yet.

      Other 3x cr123 batteried flashlights are are usually too small inside and will need 2 17500's instead.
      In some cases, even 17500's are still too wide.
      Last edited by 3rd_shift; 01-06-2007, 01:57 PM.
      Observe and report what you saw with a good flashlight.
      Bedtime at sunrise

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