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drop in LED for 6p?

Discussion in 'Flashlights & Other Illumination Devices' started by steviesterno, Jun 28, 2017.

  1. steviesterno

    steviesterno Loaded Pockets

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    hey all,

    I have an older surefire 6p that I just don't use, since my fenix little AA light is :censored: near as bright and much smaller. I've recently read that there are some drop in LED kits that make a 6p really great (as in 300+ lumens).

    what's the best way to do this? The Malkoff kit I looked at is like $40, which seems like a lot to spend on an older light. any other options and is this project even worth doing? I would happily put the 6p back bedside or on a rifle.
     
  2. ScottB

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    Yes, do it you won't be sorry. I have a 6p, and a 9p with Malkoff in them and I love them.
     
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  3. twin63

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    Malkoff is the way to go, especially if you are considering mounting your 6P on a rifle. His drop ins are built for extreme use and come with a lifetime warranty. I have several 6P's and they all have Malkoff drop ins. They are a little pricey compared to some other makers, but I consider them an investment.
     
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  4. ZMZ67

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    All of my 6P,9P and G2s have Malkoff drop-ins. There are a variety of drop-ins available but the Malkoffs are the best quality IMHO and definitely the one I would consider for weapon mounting. An otherwise stock SF 6P with a Malkoff drop-in is probably the most reliable LED light available.
     
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  5. Rainy
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    Solarforce has some cheap, but very good 6P dropins, and in many configurations.
     
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  6. EZDog

    EZDog EDC Junkie!!!!!

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    I have a few Nailbender Drop-ins as well as Malkoff and Solarforce and the NB are great for the money but the Malkoff rule!
     
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  7. steviesterno

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    which would you recommend?
     
  8. Loadout

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    Another vote for Malkoff.
     
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  9. Rainy
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    All the ones ive tried are good. It depends if you want 1, 3 or 5 modes really.
     
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    twoisone EDC Junkie!!!

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    And then you can bore out the light to use 18650's. ;)
     
  11. Rob Babcock

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    You will not regret the Malkoff! I have several 6Ps with Malkoff M61 modules, great stuff. The Solarforce dropins work well but they're not nearly so well made as the Malkoff.
     
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  12. MCPOWoller

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    I got a LED kit for my 6P off of Amazon for around $15 and it works great.
     
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  13. Jammer Six

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    I assume "boring out" a 6P for 18650s takes a lathe, yes?
     
  14. david57strat

    david57strat EDC Junkie!!!

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    It's hard to go wrong with a Malkoff.

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    I only ever bought one Solarforce drop-in, but the quality is nowhere close to that of a Malkoff.

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    The stock incandescent bulb/drop-in is on the left. The Solarforce drop-in is on the right. I used it to try out on an old Pelican 2320 (M6), and it worked okay, but...

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    They do make very nice P60 hosts, for the money, though :)
     
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  16. david57strat

    david57strat EDC Junkie!!!

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    If you want to put your old 6p to regular use, it'd be worth having it bored out for 18650 batteries. It's a worthwhile investment (in the long run, for a heavy use light), that'll leave you with a lot of P60 drop-in options.

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    This is an aftermarket Surefire 6P (body only - no tail cap or head), purchased from Oveready, 18650-bored. There's a Solarforce A001 head (kind of hard to find, these days), and one of their S12 stainless forward switches on it. It's loaded with a Sportac Triple Nichia 219B 2-mode drop-in - nice floody, neutral beam.
     
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  17. steviesterno

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    which kit?
     
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    looks cool, and I know what maybe 40% of what you said means.... sounds expensive, and I already stock CR 123s. what's the 18650 mean? Also is it worth it to spend $40+ on a drop in plus whatever that conversion costs? Or would I be better off just buying a new fenix/streamlight/surefire that's up to modern standards?
     
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  19. MCPOWoller

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    it is item # Buld-1000lm . I have had no issues with mine over heating or anything. Dropped right in and been running great ever since.
     
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  20. M24shooter

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    I put a lot of my obsolete 6Ps and similar custom lights back into service with Mal conversions. Very happy with the retrofitting, and they definitely hold up to rifle mounting.