This great little mod was completed and submitted by Ying
Chee L. from Melbourne, Australia.
YC has taken the Solitaire mod
one step further by using a 3mm LED instead of a 5mm LED.
The advantage is that the mod becomes fully reversable and
you do not need to drill out the reflector or the lens of
the Solitaire. Here you see the LED to the left and the original
bulb to the right. The stoptabs still need to be filed off
as described in the first Solitaire mod.
|YC stated that the LED became pretty hot on the
12V battery so a resistor was installed using an insulating
plate and the resistor itself. It appears that the resistor
lead was threaded through the insulating plastic plate and coiled
to make a contact surface. As mentioned in the original Solitaire
mod, you will need to get a spring to make up the space in the
light resulting from using a shorter battey. The resistor was
attached to one of the coils of the spring to complete the circuit.
You will need to try different resistors to find out what works
for you. The Tips and Tricks page
includes resistance calculation information.
||Here are all the parts, including the MN21/23
12V battery used to power the LED.
|The Mag Solitaire before....
Thanks to YC for sharing this mod with FlashlightReviews.com
and its visitors!
May 2003: Here's a quick update from a reader, Dick
Just a small addition to the Maglite Solitaire Mod 2. One
can easily open the MN21/23 battery to obtain eight LR932
button batteries. Just use 3 of these and no resistor is
necessary; the internal resistance is about 9 ohms per battery.
I used a short section of 3/8 inch aluminum rod as a spacer.
Thanks for the info!