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Not Happy With EBLCL LED Upgrade for My Ryobi Worklight Either

Okay, I ordered the EBLCL CE ROHS FCC PR P13.5S 18V 247 Lumen CREE XP-G2 S4LED upgrade for my 18 volt Ryobi worklight.  To make a long story short, like the Jomitop, it too throws an irregular crescent shaped light that I don’t like.  This unit is sold by a number of vendors on Amazon so buyer beware.

Here’s a photo of the EBLCL unit and the beam it projects:

I’m going to just leave this unit installed and look for a new worklight … I may even just put a replacement bulb in the unit.  I use these things quite a bit and I would rather have a decent wide area of light vs. these oddly shaped beams.

Bottom line, unless you like the shape of the beam shown above, I can’t recommend it.

 


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Converting 1980s-1990s 3, 4 and 5-D Cell Maglites to LED – What a difference!!

Back in about 1982 or 83, I saved my money up in high school and bought a seemingly giant 4-D cell Maglite.  That thing has been all over the US with me – camping, in cars, trucks, by the night stand and so forth.  My dad was so impressed he bought both a three and five cell version and used them on the farm.  Fast forward to 2015, my dad had passed away and I had both of his lights plus my old one – the paint was chipped and the old-style bulbs didn’t crank out anywhere near the light of a modern LED flashlight but they were still operational.  Face it, Maglites were built to last!   My Maglight and my dad’s were just sitting on the shelf and I couldn’t bring myself to toss them.

As so many things go in life, I was researching on LED upgrades for Surefire M951 weapons lights and wondered if some kind of upgrade existed for Maglites.  The answer was a resounding “yes”! There were all kinds of replacement and upgrade parts available.  I wound up getting three TerraLUX TLE-6EX MiniStar5 140 Lumens replacement for the traditional bulbs in May 2015.  Because I am writing this almost two years later, I can tell you the bulbs are a great deal – they’re not very expensive, bright as heck, durable and really easy on the batteries.  I was impressed then and still am now.

At any rate, two years later,  zero problems, way brighter and better battery life – sounds like something worth sharing while I drink my morning coffee.

First, the Maglite design is really cool.  You can readily get to just about everything that can wear out.  You don’t need to pull the batteries unless you want to, but you do need to unscrew the head and remove it.  Years ago I had a battery burst in this light so I always check batteries just to play it safe.  This is my four cell that I’ll take apart:

Now, you unscrew the front bezel and that gives you access to the lens.  I am pretty sure I tossed my original because it was so scratched up.  When I upgraded the LED, I also put in a new Crystal Glass upgrade lens in.  I just did it on mine and have had zero problems with it.  When you take the bezel off, the lens just lifts/falls right out.  There’s no glue to deal with.

Now the lens  sits in the body on a shock absorbing system.  I found an old bulb and inserted it so you could see the steps.  The bulb is held in place by a threaded collar that simply unscrews and you can then remove the bulb unit.  In the third and fourth photo, you can see the collar to the right of the bulb.

The LED emitter is a tad longer than the bulb but this doesn’t matter.  Just put it in place of the bulb and then screw the collar back into place.  Just snug the collar – you don’t need it to be crazy tight.  Also, I inspected all the O-Rings and out a light smear of heavy silicone grease on all the threads and O-rings to make everything turn smoothly – you can still change the beam from flood to spot, same as always.  Note, if an O-ring is torn, cracked or looking bad, take it to your local hardware store and replace it.

Next up, the rubber cover on my light’s switch was cracked and oxidized.  You can find replacements for those as well.  They are simply press fit so you can remove them very easily with your fingers or use a small tool to lift the cover up.  The replacement I bought in 2015 still looks like new.

  

The result:  I spent about $30 and have a very bright durable light.  I keep one in my truck and the other big light floats around between my shop and the house.  In the next photo, you can see the LED emitter working.

One thing that is interesting is that the five cell’s LED is not as white as the other two but it used to be.  I’m not sure why – I think it has the original batteries from two years ago.  It’s something else to add to the need to check out when there is free time list 🙂

Would I do it again?  Absolutely.  I like being able to use these lights once again.  There’s a lot of nostalgia involved with both of them.

 


The exact NeuLux lens I bought is no longer available on Amazon, which is a shame.  I did some digging and Maglight now sells a replacement glass lens that gets very good reviews:

This is the exact switch seal I used:

Now if your end cap or front bezel are really torn up, you do have options.  First, you could get OEM replacements or you could upgrade them.  Here are two neat upgrades that get solid reviews (for the end cap, be sure to get the right size):

The following is a real-time search of eBay for “Maglite Upgrades” – look at what all is available!  Just make sure what you buy matches your model as this list will be for Maglites in general:

7.2" Black Maglite Tube, End cap, Solvent Adapter D-Cell 5/8x24 OD 1.5" Aluminum

$65.70
End Date: Thursday Nov-15-2018 23:45:49 PST
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NEW Maglite C Cell Cap set 1/2"-28 Replacement end caps Made From 6061 Aluminum

$16.88
End Date: Thursday Nov-15-2018 23:24:59 PST
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Maglite C Cell Cap set 1/2"-28 Replacement End Caps USA

$16.88
End Date: Thursday Nov-15-2018 22:56:32 PST
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Maglite C Cell Thread Adapter Tail End Cap 1/2"-28 Black

$10.99
End Date: Thursday Nov-15-2018 22:27:44 PST
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Maglite C Cell Cap set 1/2"-28 Replacement end caps

$16.88
End Date: Thursday Nov-15-2018 22:06:08 PST
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3 Size Non Maglite, Tube Cap Adapter Cell D C 1/2-28 Matte/Bright

$49.56
End Date: Thursday Nov-15-2018 19:37:36 PST
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1 AAA MAGLITE SOLITAIRE LED UPGRADE BULB 15 LUMENS Bi-Pin Replaces LK3A001 NEW

$12.95
End Date: Thursday Nov-15-2018 16:46:41 PST
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AA MINI MAG LITE LED UPGRADE BULB with 30 LUMENS FLASHLIGHT TORCH LED BULB NEW

$8.95
End Date: Thursday Nov-15-2018 1:23:57 PST
Buy It Now for only: $8.95
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MAGLITE RL1019 MAGCharger LED Rechargeable Flashlight System

$115.56
End Date: Wednesday Nov-14-2018 10:28:33 PST
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SOLITAIRE MAG LITE FLASHLIGHT LED UPGRADE BULB 15 LUMENS CAN FOCUS BEAM MAGLITE

$12.99
End Date: Wednesday Nov-14-2018 3:39:54 PST
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TerraLUX MiniStar5 LED Upgrade for 4-6 C and D Cell Maglites, White (Tools & Home Improvement)

The MiniStar5 from TerraLUX is the latest and brightest commercially available upgrade for Maglite flashlights using 4, 5 or 6 C or D cells, outputting up to 200 ANSI lumens at the emitter. With the Maglite’s excellent reflector, this upgrade results in an output and throw that exceeds almost any LED flashlight on the market today and is, of course, far brighter and more durable than the bulb it replaces.

Features: 

  • Upgrade for 4 – 6 C or D cell
  • Far brighter and durable than the bulb
  • Outputting up to 200 ANSI lumens
  • Provides a more focused beam for more effective lighting over long distances
  • Provides longer battery life due to the higher efficiency of the LED bulb

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New From: $16.99 USD In Stock
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How to upgrade Surefire M951 Weapons Light with a $10-20 LED Reflector

I really like Surefire weapons lights but they can be very expensive.  If you haven’t noticed it, there are some great deals on new in the box Surefire M951 weapons lights on eBay.  Now hear’s the thing – they are new old stock – they have the old Xenon bulbs with them but these things are often unused or lightly used and include the picatinny rail mount and pressure pad.  You can upgrade them to an LED for often less than $20 for both a brighter and longer lasting light.

To find the Surefire M951, the trick I found is to search for one of the many “kit” packages that are for sale.  The light I purchased was a “Surefire M951 Kit02” to be exact.

The M951, and a number of other Surefire lights used the P60 Xenon bulb.  There are a ton of LED upgrades out there and I opted for one from Amazon.  Here is the LED reflector I used – I just had to remove the external spring (it pulls right off) and put it in my M951.

It was incredibly bright!



Surefire sells replacement heads for the M951 but they are pricey – $45 and up.  It held up fine on both a 9mm and 5.56 AR.  It was a fun conversion project and my buddy has it on his AR now.

 

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Here is an automated real-time search of eBay for “Surefire M951 Kit” be sure to check what they are selling and that the seller is reputable.  You’ll notice some sellers get sneaky with putting words in their listing so stuff that is not legit shows up such as cheap third-party flashlights, accessories, etc.

Surefire M951 Light kit

$190.00
End Date: Tuesday Nov-13-2018 17:37:52 PST
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SureFire M951Kit02 Millennium Universal Light System Kit w/ IR Filter

$195.00
End Date: Tuesday Oct-23-2018 13:30:58 PDT
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SureFire M951 KIT02 Weapon Light with IR Filter

$150.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Friday Oct-19-2018 4:06:32 PDT
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Impact Weapons Components SureFire M620 M952, M951, M961, M962 : IMPLKEYMIL620

$50.61
End Date: Sunday Nov-11-2018 0:21:01 PST
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SureFire M951Weapon Light with FM63 IR Filter, Brand New No package.

$110.50 (18 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday Oct-17-2018 6:05:24 PDT
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Hot CREE XPL V6 LED 1200Lums 3.6V-8.4V Bulb 1-Mode LED Flashlight Lamp for

$15.85
End Date: Thursday Nov-8-2018 7:29:16 PST
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SureFire M951-KIT02, Millennium Universal Incandescent WeaponLight with FM63 ...

$199.95
End Date: Sunday Nov-4-2018 13:28:42 PST
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Hot CREE XPL V6 LED 1200Lums 3.6V-8.4V Bulb 1-Mode LED Flashlight Lamp for

$15.85
End Date: Sunday Nov-4-2018 4:26:23 PST
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New Tactics Hot CREE XPL V6 LED 3000K-3200K Yellow Light 1200Lums 3.6V-8.4V Bulb

$19.33
End Date: Monday Oct-29-2018 19:58:20 PDT
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Hot CREE XPL V6 LED 1200Lums 3.6V-8.4V Bulb 1-Mode Flashlight Lamp SureFi

$18.04
End Date: Monday Oct-29-2018 16:53:12 PDT
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TrustFire 1000 Lumens 3.7V XML2 T6 LED Bulb Lamp for Surefire 6P G2 M951 M952

$9.49
End Date: Tuesday Nov-13-2018 17:45:06 PST
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TrustFire 1000 Lumens 8.4V LED Bulb Lamp for Surefire G2 G2X M951 M952

$9.49
End Date: Tuesday Nov-13-2018 17:35:08 PST
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TrustFire 1000 Lumens 3.7V-8.4V LED Bulb Lamp for Surefire G2 G2X 6P 6PX Z2X LX2

$9.49
End Date: Friday Nov-9-2018 18:20:08 PST
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NEW Surefire FM63 Infrared IR Filter Flip Cap 1.47" Bezel Flashlights M951

$49.95
End Date: Saturday Nov-3-2018 10:04:58 PDT
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XML-2-T6 LED 26.5mm Diameter 1000 Lumens 3.7V-8.4V Bulb Lamp for SureFire 6P G2

$7.59
End Date: Sunday Nov-11-2018 1:31:42 PST
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SureFire M951-KIT02, Millennium Universal Incandescent WeaponLight with FM63 ...

$190.00
End Date: Thursday Nov-8-2018 5:19:37 PST
Buy It Now for only: $190.00
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