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Old 01-03-2011, 01:01 PM   #51
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You can modify a plank of wood to do this - seriously. Most torches aren't 12v-14v and don't have the variable brightness. It's up to you so to answer your question 'it might be depending on the torch'.
Sorry I meant one like this:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Makita-ML180-1...item3a63b02ce0
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Old 01-03-2011, 01:02 PM   #52
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I do personally think there was a substantial difference between the ‘correct’ £8 bulb and the standard build that was originally used, so well worth upgrading.
That's good to know. Think i'll order the 'correct' bulb for mine now. Cheers
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Old 01-03-2011, 01:07 PM   #53
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I think Mr Cooper is either a worried 3M employee or major upset that he spent £400+ on £30 quids worth of gear.

Our Solar Gun is as good as a Sun Gun no question.
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Old 01-03-2011, 01:24 PM   #54
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Excellent thread, I love stuff like this

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I'm still confused as to how the 3m version is 400 quid?

Case - battery - charger - bulb and holder - 400 quid?

As has been said, badge snobbery, the home made version looks very professional.
You're just paying for the brand imo - the same as a 'Snap On' branded Karcher puzzi carpet cleaner costs a lot more than the same Karcher branded one... same machine, different brands.
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Old 01-03-2011, 01:38 PM   #55
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Group buy on bulbs is being looked into.
Also looking at a group buy on home made SunGun's but there's a whole heap of litigation avoidance to go through first. Watch this space...
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is ity worrying that at 27 i cant wait to do this, it slike going to toys r us and getting a lego set all over again.

qucik question the white bulb connection/holder can these be bought seperate? just guessing i need this bit if i were to buy the bulb sperate rather than the spot light housing kit from b&q?
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Finally got a chance to read both threads thoroughly. I'd just like to thank Angajatul for coming up with the original idea and Nath69uk and Grantwils for enhancing it. I think this is a great bit of inventive DIY and something I will definately be making. A Solar Gun is born .
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Old 01-03-2011, 02:15 PM   #58
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I have an 18V cordless drill. Is this going to be a problem?
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It's currently nearly £10 on ebay inc postage with no battery or charger and still needs customised..? I'm not sure why you would bother...

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I have an 18V cordless drill. Is this going to be a problem?
I'm not qualified to advise but if it was me i'd give it a go. Bulb might blow on full power. It's 50% more than it's designed to handle. You can quickly try it by connecting a bulb directly to the battery terminals without having to modify the drill in any way. Let us know how you get on - take sensible precautions.

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It's currently nearly £10 on ebay inc postage with no battery or charger and still needs customised..? I'm not sure why you would bother...



I'm not qualified to advise but if it was me i'd give it a go. Bulb might blow on full power. It's 50% more than it's designed to handle. You can quickly try it by connecting a bulb directly to the battery terminals without having to modify the drill in any way. Let us know how you get on - take sensible precautions.
Just been to the garage, 18v battery and 12v bulb (only had 20w to hand)

Result - very bright bulb, not sure on the longevity of the bulb but it lasted a good couple of minutes before I got bored, tried a quick succession of on/off/on/off and it still didn't blow.

So, it would work, but, it may get a little hotter, after all, you're putting 50% more voltage through it.

I do these experiments, so you don't have to
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