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06-02-2007, 11:50 PM
I'm thinking we all need to do this mod...



Wednesday, November 29, 2006
The Fire starter flashlight

What says Extreme more than a handheld, unassuming flashlight that will light things on fire?

No, this isn't your average MagLight - although it was built from some MagLight parts. Instead, it is indeed a very high powered flashlight, capable of lighting things on fire, roasting marshmallows, or blinding your would-be attacker.

If you don't believe it, take a gander at this video...

Flashlight video

Ok, so now you believe it. What makes this flashlight so powerful? A few things. First, there's some batteries. And not just a few, but 12 1.2V NiMH (rechargable) batteries capable of sustained 10 amp draws. They're in a nice, heavy duty battery carrier that can withstand the load as well.

Then there's the bulb. It's an Osram HLX 64623. This is a 12V bulb which is being overdriven to 14+V, to about 140 watts, with an estimated light output of about 4000 lumens. Compare that to a regular 2D MagLight, which is much, much less than 50 lumens.

There's also a metal reflector, as the stock MagLight reflector would melt almost instantly from the heat of the Osram.

The stock MagLight switch would also melt under the current load, so that's also been replaced with a switch capable of switching the load.

There aren't many handheld flashlights that have this kind of power. This one was built by Mac's Customs.

06-04-2007, 12:33 AM

Did you check this out?

06-04-2007, 12:44 AM
Here are the reflectors:

06-04-2007, 12:45 AM
search for Mag85 or Roar of the Pelican

06-04-2007, 12:46 AM
Here's the guy who makes them:

06-04-2007, 08:26 AM
I'm thinking you would want a trigger-lock before you put it in your bag or on your belt!!! :eek:

06-04-2007, 10:06 AM
That is pretty sweet.

I wonder if you can just use it as a bright light far enough away from stuff, or whether it is only a fire starter.

03-19-2008, 09:11 AM
Nakman, you need this:


03-19-2008, 09:42 AM
That is pretty sweet.

I wonder if you can just use it as a bright light far enough away from stuff, or whether it is only a fire starter.
Sure, you could conceivably use it as a regular light. The bulb is just a 12V halogen bulb you'd find often in home lighting, like in those pendant lights you see in kitchens and stuff, or in some kinds of film and work lights. The question would be if the reflector is any good, probably more of a close flood light sort of thing. That's the other thing, so what that it can start a fire? So would throwing a newspaper on one of those halogen floor lamps, same difference.

The problem is that a bulb like that is 100W and so you'd need some serious batteries to run for very long. A D-size NiMH Panasonic HHR900 can do 8.2A-hr at 1.2V and to get 12.2V you'd need 10 of them. With 10 of them you'd have 98 watt-hours and so it would run the bulb for a bit less than hour. That flashlight does not look like it holds 12 or even 10 D-cells, so he's much lower capacity bulbs and my guess is that one would run for a few minutes.

Yeah, found what I was thinking about. That guy's bulb is similar to what's used in something like this, a cinematography light (although these are 120VAC and not 12VDC). These are 200W lights, so they'd be twice as good at fire starting as this guy's. Although holding it as it heats up would be a serious issue with a Maglite...



03-19-2008, 08:21 PM
Check out Kipkay.com for some really neat DIY stuff like burning laser flashlight, night vision monoscope, laser listening device, and more. He has videos on metacafe. Most of his items can be made with $50 or less. He also has a $10 mod to make a mag light brighter than the $100 and above surefires.