Joseph Thompson Mini Mk. II Turbo Review

Every once in a while I’d like to post a review of a flashlight that’s super cool but just shouldn’t be scored. There are a number of reasons why such a flashlight shouldn’t be scored, this one being that it’s a modded flashlight.

Joseph Thompson is an up-and-coming flashlight modder. You can find him on his Facebook group (The Swap Shop)or through the Flashlight Fanatics Facebook group. He is quite active and extremely responsive to PMs. He does lots of cool mods on hosts like these. I don’t know if he’s still doing mods on 47’s Mini Mk. II Turbos but it never hurts to ask.

This modded flashlight uses the 47’s Mini Mk. II Turbo (Stainless Steel) as a host but the internals are completely different. The body and clip have been completely heat-treated for a unique finish. Installed inside are three XP-L2 4000K emitters, red tritium, and green glow pad. The flashlight is running the venerable Dr. Jones H17f driver in addition to the aforementioned mods. Here’s a photo comparing it to a stock aluminum Mini MK. II Turbo:

Looking at the inside of the flashlight, it can be noted that the original driver has been soldered on top of the H17f driver which actually resides further inside the pill. This allows the flashlight to not only look like stock, but also function like stock:

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Because the driver lacks a spring soldered to it, a button-top IMR 16340 is required. A flat-top will not work. 

The flashlight uses an IMR 16340. This is necessary so as to fuel the immensely powerful upper levels of the H17f. Because the IMR 16340 has no protection circuit, the flashlight can run direct drive for max output. A normal 16340 battery’s protection circuit would be quickly tripped resulting in the flashlight shutting off abruptly. Just make sure to recharge the battery when it starts to get low!

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From right to left: 47s IMR 16340, Efest IMR 16340, Fenix Protected 16340, primary CR123a.

As for the driver, the H17f needs no introduction. The H17f is designed to be used with a reverse clicky, but its quite possible to program it using a twisty like this flashlight. The threads on this flashlight are decently smooth and allow for H17f programming with a little practice. I’m fairly sure that mine is one of the very few running the H17f though. Joseph normally uses a driver running Guppy Drv. 3 or the Lux-RC 371d which are probably much easier to dial in.

I was somewhat surprised by the weight of this flashlight. That being said, it is made out of stainless steel so it’s considerably heavier than similarly-sized flashlights. It has a nice heft to it and feels very solid. If I’m being honest, though, I don’t carry this flashlight very much because of the weight. I’ve put it up for sale a couple times and wouldn’t really mind if it didn’t sell.

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I mainly like to grip this flashlight in a cigar-like hold. It conforms to the hand very nicely regardless of the weight, and the clip allows for a better grip. Also included from Joseph was the keychain ring attachment which I have since misplaced. I don’t think I would ever use this flashlight on a keychain because of the weight so I don’t really mind!

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All in all, this is a very nifty modded flashlight. It small, robust, and extremely bright.  Joseph has also improved upon the quality of his work exponentially since first starting out. I highly recommend checking out one of his flashlights if you get the chance. Here’s a cool parting pic of a Mini MK. II Turbo he installed the CWF Dragon on and gifted to Charles himself:

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I lost all my pictures of this light migrating the site, so sorry if that’s what you were looking for! That’s also why some captions might be out of context.

Every once in a while I’d like to post a review of a flashlight that’s super cool but just shouldn’t be scored. There are a number of reasons why such a flashlight shouldn’t be scored, this one being that it’s a modded flashlight.

Joseph Thompson is an up-and-coming flashlight modder. You can find him on his Facebook group (The Swap Shop) or through the Flashlight Fanatics Facebook group. He is quite active and extremely responsive to PMs. He does lots of cool mods on hosts like these. I don’t know if he’s still doing mods on 47’s Mini Mk. II Turbos but it never hurts to ask.

This modded flashlight uses the 47’s Mini Mk. II Turbo (Stainless Steel) as a host but the internals are completely different. The body and clip have been completely heat-treated for a unique finish. Installed inside are three XP-L2 4000K emitters, red tritium, and green glow pad. The flashlight is running the venerable Dr. Jones H17f driver in addition to the aforementioned mods.

Looking at the inside of the flashlight, it can be noted that the original driver has been soldered on top of the H17f driver which actually resides further inside the pill. This allows the flashlight to not only look like stock, but also function like stock:

Because the driver lacks a spring soldered to it, a button-top IMR 16340 is required. A flat-top will not work. 

The flashlight uses an IMR 16340. This is necessary so as to fuel the immensely powerful upper levels of the H17f. Because the IMR 16340 has no protection circuit, the flashlight can run direct drive for max output. A normal 16340 battery’s protection circuit would be quickly tripped resulting in the flashlight shutting off abruptly. Just make sure to recharge the battery when it starts to get low!

As for the driver, the H17f needs no introduction. The H17f is designed to be used with a reverse clicky, but its quite possible to program it using a twisty like this flashlight. The threads on this flashlight are decently smooth and allow for H17f programming with a little practice. I’m fairly sure that mine is one of the very few running the H17f though. Joseph normally uses a driver running Guppy Drv. 3 or the Lux-RC 371d which are probably much easier to dial in.

I was somewhat surprised by the weight of this flashlight. That being said, it is made out of stainless steel so it’s considerably heavier than similarly-sized flashlights. It has a nice heft to it and feels very solid. If I’m being honest, though, I don’t carry this flashlight very much because of the weight. I’ve put it up for sale a couple times and wouldn’t really mind if it didn’t sell.

I mainly like to grip this flashlight in a cigar-like hold. It conforms to the hand very nicely regardless of the weight, and the clip allows for a better grip. Also included from Joseph was the keychain ring attachment which I have since misplaced. I don’t think I would ever use this flashlight on a keychain because of the weight so I don’t really mind!

All in all, this is a very nifty modded flashlight. It small, robust, and extremely bright.  Joseph has also improved upon the quality of his work exponentially since first starting out. I highly recommend checking out one of his flashlights if you get the chance.

Update 1/13/19

I don’t think JT does mod work anymore, but he did do some cool stuff while he was active. I ended up selling this light, and it’s one of the few I regret purging out of the collection.

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