Review/Test of LD-2C 3A 1/2 Cell Circuit board

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Driver is from Intl-outdoor.com

Official specifications:

Group of modes:
3 Modes: High (3A) - Medium (900mA) - Low (150mA)
2 Modes: High (3A) - Low (150mA)
1 Mode: High (3A)

You can change between the set of modes by waiting 10 seconds on High mode for 1 flash, then turn off and then turn on the flashlight to switch to the next set. You can effectively choose the driver to have 3 modes, 2 modes or 1 mode.



Measurements

Tested with: Cree XM-L2
Diameter: 20.4mm and 18mm
Height: 7mm
In first mode set the driver has: High, medium, low
In second mode set the driver has: High, low
In third mode set the driver has: High only
The mode set selection is done from high mode.
The driver has memory, the actual mode is stored when the light is off for a short time.
A short off/on will select next mode.
Driver is buck only.

High

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The drop at 8 volt is the mode set signal, it is not shown at 3 volt but about 3 seconds after light is turned on.
At about 5.1 volt the driver warns about low voltage, but it does not turn off before the voltage is down to 2.5 volt.

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I wonder what happens between 6.5 and 6.8 volt.

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Starting at a lower voltage will select the one battery mode, where the warning first kicks in at 3 volt, but the output starts dropping at 3.6 volt.

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Starting from a low voltage and slowly increasing the voltage does not really work. The light turns on at 2.5 volt and goes directly into warning mode, where it will stay.

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There is a couple of watts lost in the driver and when it heats up, it will reduce power slightly (At 7 volt).


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At full power with two batteries there is some high frequency (50 kHz) noise in the light.



Medium

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The efficiency is better at medium leevel.

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With a single battery the efficiency is very good.

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No pwm in the light, but some high frequency driver noise.




Low


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At low there is neither pwm or noise in the light.



Conclusion

The driver handles two different battery configuration in a nice way with low battery warning, but it does not turn off when the battery is low.
Generally the driver does what it is supposed to do, but I would like a better efficiency with two batteries.



Notes

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