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Location: Silicon Valley, CA.
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Don't give up just yet. I was suckered into a similar "good" deal where the seller purported that the lights were 200Ls when they clearly weren't when I compared them to the real 200L that I already have. Unfortunately, the seller had my money and refused to answer emails or phone calls. Much like you, the lights, batteries and charger I got were close to new so I decided to investigate an upgrade.
If you're handy with a soldering iron and are comfortable ordering from a reliable website that's based in Hong Kong, there is a way you can convert your old 3W to a light that's functionally identical to a 200L.
Go to the following website and order the bare SSC Seoul P4 LED: http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.2026
Get a couple of extras in case you mess up. Also get some thermal paste from the same website if you don't have any handy.
Once you get the LEDs (it took them about 3 weeks to send to me in CA), it's really a fairly straightforward job of desoldering the original LED and soldering on its replacement. The LED is bare and the dome is soft/gummy so be careful about how you handle it. LEDs are also sensitive to overheating but that's what the spares are for.
Finally, the SSC P4 is slightly shorter than the original so you may need to add a small thin washer or two underneath it to "shim it up" to mitigate optic focusing issues.
See the following for guidance: http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/...d.php?t=210005
I upgraded mine and it is as bright as my 200L, albeit with a slightly different beam pattern.