Jet Pack LED beacon

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    Jetpack LED beacon

    Here's a little something a buddy of mine and I worked up. I first came to him for advice on electronics. I told him what I wanted to do and he answered my question instantly. He bust out his keychain and showed me this awesome LED light. Once we brain stormed the schematics, he went to work and returned with this beautiful set up.

    It has 3 settings.

    1. High power
    2. Low power
    3. Strobe.

    The regular keychain setp will have the high power stay on for about 3 minutes with it's regular batteries. So I decided that maybe if we add more juice it will last longer.

    Also on the regular keychain the low power will stay as long as the battery will last. That goes for the strobe light aswell.

    I haven't tried keeping the light on on high power with the new setup to see how long it takes to turn off, but I'm only keeping my beacon light on strobe settings. I know it's not screen accurate but it's really cool.

    You could buy this Inova microlight key chain on Ebay for about 5 dollars. It cost 19 dollars in sporting places.

    I bougth mine from this company. Gad Zooks on Ebay.

    http://stores.shop.ebay.com/Gad-Zooks__W0QQ_armrsZ1

    here's video of the setup. The strobe looks a little weird cuz I dont think my digital camera could handle the strobe lighting. But it strobes normal to the naked eye.

    let me know what you think.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Amj8_Cg7sc
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    Re: Jetpack LED beacon

    hey thats pretty cool man!! great job!

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    Re: Jetpack LED beacon

    That is awesome! I will be trying this once I get my JP.

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    Re: Jetpack LED beacon

    Too cool. I actually have one of those flashlights on my keychain.

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    Re: Jetpack LED beacon

    Grifter said:
    I actually have one of those flashlights on my keychain.
    You mean you "had" one on your keychain.

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    Re: Jetpack LED beacon

    thanks for sharing, seeker bought one straightaway
    now i have to get my hands on a nice beacon

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    Re: Jetpack LED beacon

    I'm..I'm..Blind!!! Turo.. hehe!

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    Very Cool indeed. I wanted to do a strobe wit mine as well. I bought a bike light/strobe a while back. Now to tear it apart.....

    I think I see that the battery with the keychain is 3V. You have 4 double A's powering it, so I am assuming 6 volts through the light now ?

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    Re: Jetpack LED beacon

    ScottyK said: View Post
    Very Cool indeed. I wanted to do a strobe wit mine as well. I bought a bike light/strobe a while back. Now to tear it apart.....

    I think I see that the battery with the keychain is 3V. You have 4 double A's powering it, so I am assuming 6 volts through the light now ?
    The original keychain uses 2 3 volts batteries inside.

    That's why I have 4 1.5v batteries.


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    Re: Jetpack LED beacon

    Glad you guys like my setup.

    Can't wait to stall it permanently. I just need to find me a real BNC connector so that i could use it to attach my switch button to it.

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