User Modification: Mini Illuminator (Luxeon + DC-DC)
$TBA, see below for availability & additional info.
Manufactured by Kevin Fritz ("Lambda" on CPF)
Last updated 02-14-04

The Lambda Mini Illuminator is a custom modification of a Brinkmann Legend 2x AAA flashlight, modified by Lambda of Candlepower Forums. Inside the flashlight's head is a HD (high dome) Luxeon Star LED emitter, and a DC-DC inverter "pill", powered by a pair of standard AAA cells. The LS LED is focused by the flashlight's reflector, and is protected by a replaceable glass lens. The "HD" in the flashlight's name means "High Dome", the type of Luxeon Star LED that is used. This LED works better with reflectors than LD (Low Dome) LEDs do. Lambda chooses only the best LEDs for his modifications, and it shows when you shine a Mini Illuminator around.


The Lambda Mini Illuminator came to me ready to roll; yours probably will too. If yours did not come with cells installed, install them first (see below) and then you'll be ready to go.

To use the Lambda Mini Illuminator, press lightly on the tailcap to turn the light on in momentary mode; hold it that way to keep the light on for as long as you hold it. To shut the Mini Illuminator off, simply release the tailcap, and your light should go off.

For continuous mode, press the tailcap more firmly until it clicks; the flashlight will then stay on without further intervention from you. Press the tailcap the same way until it clicks again to turn the light off.

The flashlight has a LOTC (Lock Out TailCap) function. This prevents the light from turning on by itself when the switch is inadvertently pressed, such as when it is packed in a box or camping kit. To use this function, first be sure the flashlight is turned off. Then, turn the black plastic portion of the tailcap clockwise (as if tightening it) approximately 1/8 of a turn until it clicks into place. To disengage the LOTC function, turn the tailcap counterclockwise (as if loosening it) approximately 1/8 of a turn until it clicks. Then you can use your Mini Illuminator normally.

The Mini Illuminator uses a pair of AAA cells; these were already installed in the sample I received.

To change the batteries, unscrew the tailpiece and throw it away - OH WAIT, YOU'LL NEED THAT!!! So just set it aside instead. ;-) Tip the two dead AAA cells out of the barrel, and dispose of or recycle them as you see fit. Insert two new AAA cells into the barrel, button (+) end first, then screw the tailpiece back on. Aren't you glad you didn't throw that tailpiece away now? ;-)

I received the Mini Illuminator on 01-31-04 around 7:55am, and I just started writing the page this morning (02-14-04) so I don't have any information here yet.

Beam photo at ~12".
Measures 214,000mcd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.

Color temperature is a bit on the cool (bluish) side, coming in at around 5700K.
This is a bit warmer than the light provided by the Lambda Illuminator HD, but this
light has a nice white color, with no yellow or "rotten wolf urine green" to it.

Test units of the Mini Illuminator and three other Lambda mods were received on 01-31-04
It came with two AAA cells already installed, and at least a couple of replacement sets wrapped seperately.

Please visit the website and ask Lambda (Kevin Fritz) about ordering these flashlights. I just review flashlights here; I do not sell them.

UPDATE: 00-00-00



    Light is of a homemade nature and will not be rated like a commercial flashlight.

Mini Illuminator *

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