Good advice guys - I will consider switching my wiring in favor of the accent pads. The only drawback I see is the accent pads are either on or off and do not pick up the progressive brightness fluctuations that wiring to the main LED pad would (unless I missed something in the manual).
In other news -- and if youâ€™ll indulge me for a second -- Iâ€™m now hooked on CoF. Iâ€™ve seen the videos, and I consider it a â€œmust haveâ€ feature (I was trying to keep things simple, but oh well).
So before I go on an FX-Forum search-and-rescue-fact-finding-mission perhaps you can give me a little help / advice. Hereâ€™s what I know (or think I know) so far:
- Iâ€™ll need to swap my Luxeon V for a LED Engin LZ4 10W RGBW (unless thereâ€™s a better LED out there for a main color of ANH blue / cyan with CoF or white - please advise)
- Iâ€™ll need to swap my 2 TrustFire 14500 (900mAh, 3.7V) for 2 AW 18650 (3100mAh, 3.7V) -- better discharge rate, or so Iâ€™ve read.
- Iâ€™ll need a Power Xtender board (already on order), and wire it up in accordance with the CF 5 manual
Now here is where I get lost:
- To get ANH blue / cyan I should wire up the Blue and Green dice to the main LED output â€” but do I wire them in series or parallel? What is the best practice?
- I donâ€™t want a pink CoF, so I would wire the White dice to the Power Xtender, but what resistor would I need?
- I would also need to define the amount of current going to the main LED via the LED parameter in the CFâ€™s config file. I have no idea what I should set it to.
- What is the best Lens to use with the LED Engin LZ4?
Iâ€™ll start my fact-finding mission tonight, but if anyone has answers / advice Iâ€™m much obliged.
all the best
Hello there megagreg
Okay so first...
The LEDengin will fit just fine but it could put the 14500s at their capacity limit with the Flash on Clash on the Crystal Focus.
That battery holder can be modified to fit 17500s that will work better with the LEDengin.
Trimming off the side tabs that cradle around and hold the AA size are what you will need to do but you may want to get a spare
battery holder form TCSS or elsewhere and practice that first. ;)
(It may also mean using a thinner plastic sleeve depending on your hilts actual inner diameter be it replica or vintage)
Next you could try the Cree 3 Die LED which will be easier on the batteries and could be used with the stock set up
for the 14500 but you'll have to make a spacer on the adapter plate or a tube to take up the gap from the top to fit
the shorter LED and lens combo.
(something I'll eventually provide a solution for but still testing it)
Finally for either set-up you should run Blue and Green in parallel.
For the White FoC resistor use something in the range of a 2-3 watt and 3.6 - 3.9 ohms and you should be okay (though you may want to adjust your values dependent on the LED you choose and the Specs of the Die)
The Current/strength level in the CF 5 maxes out at 511 and I typically set mine to 500 just so it isn't maxed out :D
Hope that helps and good luck with your build 8)