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Title: My E-Cig Torch Mod
Post by: laid_in on May 03, 2010, 07:22:07 PM
I thought I'd give this a go as it sounded fun.

Here is my first attempt...

(http://i785.photobucket.com/albums/yy131/laid_in/etorch.jpg)

Looks a lot like [Garry's ?] the 'Little Gem' but obviously not as cool as that. It only cost me ?2.99 in parts plus a few bits I had knocking around the house. It vapes similarly to my Janty Stick, probably 'cos I'm using its 801 atty & battery lol. It also works with 3 AAA's but I don't know how long they will last at this time.

So anyway, thanks for the inspiration guys. Brian.
Title: Re: My E-Cig Torch Mod
Post by: igetcha on May 03, 2010, 07:39:57 PM
nice job brian!  :D
Title: Re: My E-Cig Torch Mod
Post by: laid_in on May 03, 2010, 09:15:44 PM
nice job brian!  :D

Thanks mate.
Title: Re: My E-Cig Torch Mod
Post by: dereck72 on May 12, 2010, 12:30:17 PM
Nice one brian...ummm I think you could replace that holder for the 3 AAA's if you wanted with and 18500 battery...give it a quick measure 18 mm in diameter, 50 mm in length?  I have a very similar flashlight thats what I been using in it.  I also use a piece of schedule 40 PVC pipe as a sleeve and can use a 14500 in it as well.

Looks great
Title: Re: My E-Cig Torch Mod
Post by: laid_in on May 14, 2010, 07:19:34 PM
Nice one brian...ummm I think you could replace that holder for the 3 AAA's if you wanted with and 18500 battery...give it a quick measure 18 mm in diameter, 50 mm in length?  I have a very similar flashlight thats what I been using in it.  I also use a piece of schedule 40 PVC pipe as a sleeve and can use a 14500 in it as well.

Looks great

Hi Dereck. Yep 18mm diameter & 50mm long. Thanks for the tip which is good timing as I've recently received a LF charger that would work with the 18500.

Got any photo's of your flashlight mod bychance? Would be great to see it. Brian.
Title: Re: My E-Cig Torch Mod
Post by: Tinytears on May 14, 2010, 09:21:01 PM
Well done, looks good. I've never got around to doing anything with one yet, but I will.

Diane
Title: Re: My E-Cig Torch Mod
Post by: wijakaja on May 15, 2010, 10:25:50 AM
Well done, looks good. I've never got around to doing anything with one yet, but I will.

Diane
You suprise me Diane and it even takes batteries. Lol.

Billy.
Title: Re: My E-Cig Torch Mod
Post by: dereck72 on May 15, 2010, 10:31:01 AM
Glad I could help, Mine's similar I just took the bottom switch out and used a radio shack button (similar to the chuck)  I had to stick that silly cone on top to fit it together so I call him Beldar (from the coneheads SNL) the top pic has that piping I mentioned for the sleeve for 14500's.  The piping is dirt cheap 1 dollar US and I got 8 ft of it, only needed 5cm lol

(http://i152.photobucket.com/albums/s174/dereck72/th_Picture43.jpg) (http://s152.photobucket.com/albums/s174/dereck72/?action=view&current=Picture43.jpg)

(http://i152.photobucket.com/albums/s174/dereck72/th_Picture29.jpg) (http://s152.photobucket.com/albums/s174/dereck72/?action=view&current=Picture29.jpg)
Title: Re: My E-Cig Torch Mod
Post by: Tinytears on May 15, 2010, 09:10:44 PM
I'm making a special one just for you Billy it's wired to the mains, lol.

Diane
Title: Re: My E-Cig Torch Mod
Post by: laid_in on May 16, 2010, 09:56:49 AM
Beldar rocks Dereck! lol. I modified the existing switch so that it only stays on when pressed. It was just a matter of snipping off the four little cogs on the centre white plastic to stop it from locking on. The atty end was even cornier. I have a hole cutting drill bit that just happens to have an 8mm diameter centre drill and the smallest hole it makes just happened to be the right size to fit in place of the lens & bulbs. A couple of wires in the battery enclosure so that only one 10440 makes the circuit. In theory I could get a 7.2V vape with a high voltage atty but have not tried it. I am more than happy vaping at 3.6V for now.

I picked up another mini flashlight for 99 pence the other weekend. Its v small so there's not much room for switches. Its going to be a work in progress I think.

Diane, if you wanted to try this torch mod I am happy to help. Got a pound land near to you? Brian.
Title: Re: My E-Cig Torch Mod
Post by: wijakaja on May 16, 2010, 11:43:41 AM
I'm making a special one just for you Billy it's wired to the mains, lol.

Diane
Nice to see you have a good sense of humour. Lol.

Billy.
Title: Re: My E-Cig Torch Mod
Post by: Tinytears on May 16, 2010, 09:31:09 PM
Thanks, I've got a poundland in town Brian, depending on sick kids I might manage to get down there this week. What do I need to get. I've also got a lot bits and bobs around the house I could probably use.

I'd go mad if I never had a sense of humour Billy, I go around like a stupid cheshire cat even when my world crumbles around me, lol.

Diane
Title: Re: My E-Cig Torch Mod
Post by: laid_in on May 16, 2010, 10:26:42 PM
Thanks, I've got a poundland in town Brian, depending on sick kids I might manage to get down there this week. What do I need to get. I've also got a lot bits and bobs around the house I could probably use.

I'd go mad if I never had a sense of humour Billy, I go around like a stupid cheshire cat even when my world crumbles around me, lol.

Diane

All you really need from there is the torch they sell that looks the same as the one in the pic at the top of this post. It has a "rubber end" [easy now Billy! lol] that is the on/off press switch and the other end houses about 9 led's. Oh, don't forget to ask the cashier how much it is when you're paying for it. They love that one in poundland!

You might also want to order your preferred type of atomiser battery connector that was talked about in your neighbouring thread.

Brian.
Title: Re: My E-Cig Torch Mod
Post by: wijakaja on May 17, 2010, 02:07:51 AM
When I eventually find time I'm going to have a go at making one, so may come back to you all for help.

Billy.
Title: Re: My E-Cig Torch Mod
Post by: dereck72 on May 20, 2010, 07:35:35 AM
Thanks Brian!  and Beldar thanks you as well lol!
I wasnt so lucky as the bottom button on mine was the opposite...If I cut those notches it would keep the circuit closed and remain permanently activated...I can use a 6mm tactile switch on the next one though (thanks to Mikrosoft on another forum for showing me that)...I was just in a rush to grab parts to get first done.

I think I have the same hole attachment for my drill...I'm gonna try printed cicuit board material to do the top its copper coated strong and easy to cut and sand...I guess you wouldn't even need to run a ground wire off the atty connector if you used that for the top, no?  I'd probably take a second to sand the paint off the inner edge of the flashlight/torch where I was gonna press the top into maybe do a few small beads of solder where it meets before epoxying it into place.
Anxiously awaiting pics of your next one!  Have fun, its pretty cool vaping something you built huh?
Title: Re: My E-Cig Torch Mod
Post by: laid_in on May 23, 2010, 11:07:54 PM
Evening Dereck, wouldn't mind learning more about that 6mm tactile switch, if not for this torch mod for the next one maybe. Got any more info pls? Good luck with the copper circuit board idea. It certainly sounds very do-able.

Just a quick update for those that have a pound land store nearby. Not only do they sell this type of torch but I discovered yesterday that they also sell a nifty epoxy resin tube that distributes the right level of adhesive & thinner as you press the plunger. They've even got the hole cutting drill bit. You don't need very much else to make one of these mods. [btw no I don't have shares in poundland. Its ideal when you aren't loaded with coffers though!]

Hope this helps inspire. Brian.
Title: Re: My E-Cig Torch Mod
Post by: ZxIRAX on August 12, 2010, 09:51:22 AM
Nice job Brian,

it looks well, like a torch but it's a pretty awesome mod :)

-Jay
Title: My E-Cig Torch Mod
Post by: laid_in on August 12, 2010, 03:01:55 PM
There's a good reason for that Jay. Lol.

I'm in the middle of making another mod at the moment. Watch this space! Brian.
Title: Re: My E-Cig Torch Mod
Post by: ZxIRAX on August 12, 2010, 03:36:53 PM
You gave me a few ideas actually as a standard sized torch uses AA batts. The 14500 batt is exactly the same size as a standard AA and is used in the little gem so should be a good batt to use :) I already have my eye on an aluminium torch I might break to have a go at my own mod :)

I was thinking of using 2x 14500, but they are 3.7v each (7.4v overal) - using a 901 atty. I did a quick google search and found the following formula to determine power output, which is pretty useful:

P = (V / R) * V

So at 7.4V with a 5.2 ohm atty you would get (7.4/5.2)*7.4 = 10.5 watts of power

A 3.7V device with a regular 510 atty (2.3 ohm) would give you 6 watts of power.

An eGo (3.1V) with a regular atty only gives 4.2W of power.

So for 7.4V I would need to use an atomizer with 5+ ohms of resistance. My question is which combination would result in the greatest life expectency for an atty?

I found a heat produced (watts) for commonly available atomizer / battery combinations: 
(http://www.zxirax.com/Hosting/e-cig-forum/wattage.png)
 
-Jay
Title: Re: My E-Cig Torch Mod
Post by: laid_in on August 12, 2010, 11:44:01 PM
Hi mate. From what I have picked up over the months of vaping & reading people's posts I have concluded that the life expectancy of an atomiser to be far less scientific and more down to how you use them.

It seems that  you get a build up of gunk around the nichrome element after a while which reduces performance and contributes to atomiser failure. So your mix of liquid is one variable.

Then everyone vapes differently so you have length of time the atty is hot and frequency between button presses along with how often its used. With all that taken into account its no wonder why any reputable vendor has a disclaimer over atomiser life for the warranty.

It seems everyone has their favoured atomiser type and desired voltage and that choice often changes the longer you vape for. I'd advise finding your current sweet spot & checking out how to recycle the element when it blows. The only recyclable one I've found so far is the bulli smoker a1 atomiser from Germany.

Wouldn't it be a mini revolution if someone came out with a recyclable design that anyone can repair and that fits in any or all of the common atomiser screw threads? Now that combination would result in the greatest life expectancy of an atomiser. - [and I'd buy some!]

Brian.
Title: Re: My E-Cig Torch Mod
Post by: supermac on February 24, 2013, 04:01:19 PM
nice job brian!  :D

very nice mod would like to try one of these myself some time