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Nitecore EC2 With Crenelations Removed
01-07-2013, 12:41 PM (This post was last modified: 02-15-2013 01:57 PM by tam.)
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To hell with ordinary! I've just removed the ugly, pointless crenelations off the bezel of my new Nitecore Explorer EC2. I guess there goes my 1-year warranty. You only live once (not twice, as they said in the old JB movie title)...

You don't need any power tools to perform this mod, just a plain metal file, few patches of carbide paper (e.g. 100, 280, 600, 1500), some polishing paste and a cotton cloth.

Cover the lens and the upper part of the flashlight with a few layers of adhesive paper tape ("masking tape") and give it a go. The resulting rounded, shiny polished surface is more aesthetically appealing and more pocket-friendly, at least IMO.

Please note that any modification performed on a flashlight will most probably void your warranty!

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Cheers,

Tam

Edit 14-01-2013: more images! Icon_cheesygrin Finalized mod, now with 2-layer d-c-fix diffuser:

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Edit 15-02-2013

This flashlight is obviously a permanent work in progress, LOL...

Considering the vulnerability of EC2's front end to hard impacts (with or without crenelations it's the same thing - bezel ring is pressed instead of screwed in), I've installed a very resilient HDPE plastic ring over the bezel to prevent severe damage if it's ever dropped on a hard surface. It's a very tight fit, and this plastic is also scratch-resistant. Images follow:

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06-30-2013, 02:21 PM
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Awesome! Thanks for sharing Smile

Do you still use this flashlight? Would you recommend it nowadays?

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(06-30-2013 02:21 PM)edcmania Wrote:  Awesome! Thanks for sharing Smile

Do you still use this flashlight? Would you recommend it nowadays?

Sorry for "timely" reply, Jalbam, hehe Wink I decided to take a break from forums for a while...

This is one fine flashlight (despite some negative feedback on few specialized forums), and it gets lots of use in my night-time EDC rotation. It's one of the smallest ever made in 1x18650/2xCR123.

Bezel, however, proved to be a permanent work in progress - this EC2 is now adorned with one-off custom aluminum bezel ring (press fit + epoxy cement):

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Cheers,

Tam

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08-24-2013, 12:40 PM
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It seems great! You could also add some glow in the dark powder too! Smile

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Thanks, never thought of that, but mixing it inside epoxy glue is a cool idea.

Any reliable online source for GITD powder or O-rings? (cheap shipping to southeast Europe is a must) Smile

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