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    Default Timing tab with LED light

    Anybody try one of these ?
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    So who makes that pointer setup? Seems like a good idea, but what about reliabilty and accuracy? How does the LED get powered? I recently replaced a 35 year old Craftsman timing light and was pleasantly surprised at the increased brightness of the new light, made timing much esasier on a sunny day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bubbletop409 View Post
    So who makes that pointer setup? Seems like a good idea, but what about reliabilty and accuracy? How does the LED get powered? I recently replaced a 35 year old Craftsman timing light and was pleasantly surprised at the increased brightness of the new light, made timing much esasier on a sunny day.
    Its powered by a capacitor that is charged thru induction from the spark current. Same thing that triggers most timing lights except this one uses it to power an LED. The LEDs don't require alot of current to light, but they don't put of much light either. You can power a true neon(not flourescent) with the induction from the spark as well. Thats exactly how very early timing lights worked because they didn't have the circuitry to trigger a bulb.

    It should be fairly accurate because the spark energy is what powers them. No circuitry. But it will never put out enough light to see it in anything but relative darkness.



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    I think I'll get one and see what it acts like, $ 40 , can't expect much, but, looks like a good idea !

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    Quote Originally Posted by wizbang View Post
    I think I'll get one and see what it acts like, $ 40 , can't expect much, but, looks like a good idea !
    Where are you finding one for $40?

    There are some pretty bright LED lamps out now, I was having that discussion with a friend who is opening a new computer shop and wanted to attract attention of passing cars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by obnoxious001 View Post
    Where are you finding one for $40?

    There are some pretty bright LED lamps out now, I was having that discussion with a friend who is opening a new computer shop and wanted to attract attention of passing cars.
    There ARE bright LEDS, but you're not going to fire one with a inductive charged capacitor.
    There are superbright white leds, and they don't require alot of power, but more than your going to get from small capacitor.

    I guessing if Wizbang can get one for 40.00 now, they'll be blowing them out at the 99 cent store soon.



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    It probably doesnt have to be realy brite seeing that its so close to the pointer as well as the indicator mark is probably going to be the shadow created by the pointer. And if thats the case then get the proper Dia. degree wheel or balancer. Dont want a 20 degree timing shadow, mark, pointer, dohicky.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wizbang View Post
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    Not bad considering that thing is 90.00 from Summit. I have tried mounting timing tabs that mount the same as that on a Milodon gear drive and they don't fit right. A machinist of your talents can fix that in a heart beat.
    I think you should let us all know how well it works.



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    Quote Originally Posted by wizbang View Post
    I think I'll get one and see what it acts like, $ 40 , can't expect much, but, looks like a good idea !
    I would like to hear how it works out. That site has them shown for $35.99 plus $9.99 shipping,, hard to figure how they can do that. Billet timing pointers alone are close to that price.

    Looks like a clearance price,, don't wait too long to get one!
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    I sure hope the light doesnt move. Would change the shadow a little bit. Be safe, schick
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    Quote Originally Posted by obnoxious001 View Post
    I would like to hear how it works out. That site has them shown for $35.99 plus $9.99 shipping,, hard to figure how they can do that. Billet timing pointers alone are close to that price.

    Looks like a clearance price,, don't wait too long to get one!
    Thats why I went ahead and bought one. Its slightly more than a billet pointer and it might actually work. MAYBE!!!
    Quote Originally Posted by schick View Post
    I sure hope the light doesnt move. Would change the shadow a little bit. Be safe, schick
    You are looking at a shadow when you use a T light?

    I went ahead and bought one these. I was wrong, it uses a two flat batteries to power the L.E.D. And it doesn't fire. Maybe dead batteries from being on the shelf too long, but those batteries tend to have pretty long shlef life. I'll get 2 new batteries tomorrow and try it again. Not real hopefull though.



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    I'm sure u looked at this Bob, but by chance is there a piece of plastic between the battery and contacts?

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    Just ordered one and will figure out a way to put it on my Milodon gear drive cover.
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