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Nice design. Is the actual handle an existing product??

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ARsee wrote:

teacher wrote:
Nice design. Is the actual handle an existing product??

Yes, choose to your likings

Thumbs Up …. Thank you sir!! . Smile

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I would not use a screw to fix it maybe some quick release thing similar to bike wheel ones?

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Lexel wrote:
I would not use a screw to fix it maybe some quick release thing similar to bike wheel ones?

I don’t see a big problem with a screw but this is really nice idea. Quick release would be sweet. Thumbs Up
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Using the tripod mount opposite the switch would make the weight a slung weight scenario, the handle wouldn’t touch the anodizing on the GT except at the tripod mount (easily protected with a paper spacer)

Removability is not really desireable. Like wanting to take the door handles off your car and take them with you when you go in to work. If the light is too heavy to easily carry, the handle makes it a moot point. Removing the handle would again make it difficult to carry, so why would anyone need a quick removal? Storage in a pouch? But are you storing your light or using your light? At any rate, a hex key on your key ring would make it quick release easy enough.

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7075 Al, the strength of mild steel with the weight of aluminum, Wink

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Would that close? I think the inside edge, under the bolt would hit the Gt before it would marry up? (due to the large flat) I could well be wrong though!
I suppose you could slide it on then do it up tight / maybe that’s what you intended lol!
That is a good design other than that Wink The one sided approach would be cheaper to produce, but I don’t like how it looks (my taste )

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adding a mechanical solution to activate the switch over the handle would be great

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Something like this would be nice:

..waiting for parts..

Still looking for 5” parabolic reflector (for recoil light)

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Boom! Nitecore’s TM handle, straightaway what I thought of when the thought of a handle was first breeched.

I had one for my TM36 Lite and it was a game changer. Should have kept it to use with the TM16 but it’s not as necessary on the more easily carried 16… the 36 shortie was a bugger to hold!

The Nitecore handle is the NHM10 Handle Mount Kit, available at AliExpress for $30

Pictured above the handle is on a TM36… below is he TM36 lite without the handle, as you can see, sometimes some help is required…

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Where is the center of gravity on the GT? aka, the balance point?

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I wonder if it fits.
Should be reversed though, because the ‘engine’ with switch of the GT is very wide.
You’ll and up with the TM handle mounting somewhere in the middle of the battery tube, i guess..
But you can position it where your hand will be right above the centre of gravity.

Fritz had a nice idea for a handle too, coming from the tail cap area.

..waiting for parts..

Still looking for 5” parabolic reflector (for recoil light)

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Clamped onto the tube allows a lot of leeway, a lot of options to use it however you see fit.

Also allows for easy cell changes. Of course, our tail cap comes off and the carriers slide out so this helps a lot too.

ARsee, why the hinge? Why not just bolt it together on both sides? Simplify the construction and streamline the overall design. Or even a toothed bottom end, like a dovetail, that would suffice with the bolted top section applying the necessary pressure to lock in the joint.

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DB Custom wrote:
Boom! Nitecore’s TM handle, straightaway what I thought of when the thought of a handle was first breeched.

I had one for my TM36 Lite and it was a game changer. Should have kept it to use with the TM16 but it’s not as necessary on the more easily carried 16… the 36 shortie was a bugger to hold!

The Nitecore handle is the NHM10 Handle Mount Kit, available at AliExpress for $30

Pictured above the handle is on a TM36…

Aha, you found a picture that says it all.
Do you think it will fit the GT tube?
I’m not willing to gamble on a $30 handle.
And maybe a group buy of some sorts is possible and bring the price down?

..waiting for parts..

Still looking for 5” parabolic reflector (for recoil light)

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ARsee wrote:

I have other ideas as well. Lets try not to derail. Leave it for another thread.


Ok sorry..

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Jerommel, B&H Photo and Video has it for $28 and they state “The internal diameter is 1.97” and the length is 4.65”.” I measure the GT tube at 2.19”, so it would probably be possible to use longer screws for the clamping force and spring the mount slightly. Should work. Think I will order one and try it. If nothing else it should fit my TM16. Smile

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the nitecore tubes are 50mm

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Of course, the beauty of a handle like the one above is that you can move it to adjust for balance, or reverse it. You could also stand it on that handle, or hang it up.
Unfortunately making such a thing and then having it anodised, it could easily soar past the price of the Gt lol!
Modifying a cheap one like that is the way to go.
DB would love to know how you get on with that please. Smile If it’s too tight you could always slightly soften the aluminium with some heat, not overdoing it obviously unless you want it golden.

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G0OSE wrote:
Of course, the beauty of a handle like the one above is that you can move it to adjust for balance, or reverse it. You could also stand it on that handle, or hang it up. Unfortunately making such a thing and then having it anodised, it could easily soar past the price of the Gt lol! Modifying a cheap one like that is the way to go. DB would love to know how you get on with that please. Smile If it’s too tight you could always slightly soften the aluminium with some heat, not overdoing it obviously unless you want it golden.

Dale has a lathe. He could easily chuck the part and bore it out a little.

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would it not make more sense to 3D print the handle from a material strong enough?

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would it not make more sense to 3D print the handle from a material strong enough?

That depends on where the center of gravity is because a plastic handle would need to attach in front and behind the grip to be strong enough. And depending on the operating temperature, it could get too warm. Not to mention 3D prints look like dollar store items unless you put way too much time into finishing them.

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Don’t understand why the op needed deletion, seems that the comments were constructive, can’t see any (real BLF) derailing going on?

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There are plenty of other threads with chit-chat of what is available for handles. Just guessing, likely every BLF GT thread.

That was not my intention, to start another one to re-hash what's been talked about elsewhere. I posted a design I have in my head, in efforts of interest and refining. I was hoping at a group level.

I'm very much open to ideas, thoughts, and suggestions. Of my original post. But this was not possible to remain on topic. I don't know why.

 

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ARsee wrote:

There are plenty of other threads with chit-chat of what is available for handles. Just guessing, likely every BLF GT thread. That was not my intention, to start another one to re-hash what’s been talked about elsewhere. I posted a design I have in my head, in efforts of interest and refining. I was hoping at a group level. I’m very much open to ideas, thoughts, and suggestions. Of my original post. But this was not possible to remain on topic. I don’t know why.

Well you deleted your design but the conversation goes on. Thank you for starting the conversation, it’s interesting. That use of an existing handle looks like a great idea if you can slither it on. Due to the GT head being so big, reversing it (screws towards head) might give it the needed balance.

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What's been posted as "off topic" are fantastic ideas and choices. Again, off-topic to my OP.

If there was something already available that would fit the GT 54mm battery tube, I likely would not have posted my idea Wink

I'll change the thread topic

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R/C – you had a fantastic idea. Thank you for starting the convo. I ordered a Nitecore off Amazon $28 and free shipping (prime), figure some heat and bending will work if it doesn’t fit first go round.

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ARsee wrote:

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I posted a design I have in my head, in efforts of interest and refining. I was hoping at a group level.
I’m very much open to ideas, thoughts, and suggestions. Of my original post. But this was not possible to remain on topic. I don’t know why.

Enjoy your weekend. . Smile

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ARsee wrote:

There are plenty of other threads with chit-chat of what is available for handles. Just guessing, likely every BLF GT thread.


That was not my intention, to start another one to re-hash what’s been talked about elsewhere. I posted a design I have in my head, in efforts of interest and refining. I was hoping at a group level.


I’m very much open to ideas, thoughts, and suggestions. Of my original post. But this was not possible to remain on topic. I don’t know why.


 


Enjoy your weekend Smile

Ohh come on now, you know exactly why.

Because this is BLF, and we twist every thread sideways and have 25 experts chime in on the manufacturing of a reflector, about the proper “Perfect Tint” needed to cut through 78% humidity in the Alps, about the inefficiencies of a Buck/Boost driver when driven at 9.3 volts.

Or about the best shipping solutions to east/slight west aberdeen.

Or my favorite, Copyright laws.
Why ever hire a Lawyer when all the free, expert advice is right here on the internet.

Butttt, back to your OP, just keep hashing it out, I thought your design had promise.
Later,
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@ARse, sorry, I guess. I made one post in response to the 3D printing question that was off-design but not off-topic. To be fair, I made a post previously about where the center of gravity was, but your thread didn’t have any follows that knew the answer. That was asked in regard to perfecting your design. The extra activity from any posting is good for attracting attention, and new followers. I thought the thread was progressing good.

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