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ClipSwitch Flashlight - Giveaway

*Update 2/15/2020 – Although phouton won the contest for the blue one, any comment at all enters you into a random drawing for this black, 300 lumen ClipSwitched Streamlight Microstream USB! If you don’t know what to say, just say “interested”. On leap day, I’ll put everyone’s username in my lumen tube and the one that shakes out the other end first will be the winner.

Note: Free shipping to the winner.

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There’s a new user interface in town but it needs your help to get off the ground.

Flashlight companies don’t yet know how much a clip switch could make business grow.

Let’s all try to make them see that we want clip switch availability.

Comment here or comment there or make a video for us to share.

If you do you just might be the winner who’s picked randomly.

For further details please see my post in the Commerical Sellers forum http://budgetlightforum.com/node/71212

Enjoy!

ClipSwitch - The next generation user interface

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Edited by: ClipSwitch on 02/16/2020 - 02:42
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Interesting idea.

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Make flashlights great again! Build a clipswitch to keep out power waste!

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Seems like a good idea as long it doesn’t have other downsides to it.

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As with most things in life, there are some downsides. I actually have a video highlighting those https://youtu.be/6j1Z3aoHrHg

For some, the advantages will outweigh the disadvantages. One of those advantages is that, as long as the pocket clip is intact, if the light ever slips out of your pocket it will turn on. You’re much more likely to notice an illuminated light laying on a couch than a dark tube.

Plus, if some flashlight manufacturers put forward the effort, several of the disadvantages could be minimized or eliminated. Lights could be made so that you can replace the batteries. Optimized clip & body shapes and materials would improve the reliability and contamination resistance of the contact points (which in my design on the Microstream USB are pretty crude and yet already pretty reliable).

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Lick has the right idea. Keep it up guys.

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Or should I say that Lick has it licked right now Wink

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I think it’s a good concept,that can be improved upon. Maybe instead of an exposed contact, a momentary switch that the clip pushes down on to activate the light. Would remedy some of the issues, but will cost more to implement.

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I love the idea!!! Yess I like it!!

Clever idea for sure.

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Yeah GDF. Since a switch directly under the clip would have pressure on it whether or not it’s clipped to something I’ve thought of maybe a lever type system (so when the clip is clipped the outward pressure pushes the top into an electronic switch). Seems like that would be very dependent upon clip tension though (since many materials you’ld be clipping it to are thin), and you’d be out of luck if your pocket clip got bent at all. I’m convinced that if some good engineers put their heads together we could have ultra reliable clip switched lights in the near future.

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Please comment if you like the idea of a clip switch. Even if you don’t have something clever to say, your interest just might help make clip switches commonplace.

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I have interest.. But I dont know what to say….

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Thanks for the interest samgalax! You are now entered into the random drawing for the black ClipSwitched Microstream USB.

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This doesn’t interest me personally but it sure is a clever idea and some might love it. Good luck with your venture Thumbs Up

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Don’t take this the wrong way , it’s great to see people thinking outside the box – but maybe the market just doesn’t exist in these circles (mainly enthusiasts on here).
I mean people have all sorts of disabilities, including forgetfulness and arthritis (making it hard to push the clicky) may be that you got more interest in those circles? Just an idea Thumbs Up
On another note…..
I also wondered…….. is there a way to have it/one switch on when you pick it up (and so long as you hold it, it stays on) – I mean is it doable? like a touch switch (the whole body) rather than clip, I know you can get lamps that do it, you just touch them with your hand and they come on / go off. Then you wouldn’t have to remember to switch it off…OR leave it on (like your system)

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Make the clip the switch. Press it to close the cxt.

Or when unclipped, the cxt is complete; when clipped, the pocket prevents
Activation.

Twist, to disengage battery. Twist in the other direction, to activate.

Or maybe I am missing the point.

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Starkm32 wrote:
Make the clip the switch. Press it to close the cxt.

Or when unclipped, the cxt is complete; when clipped, the pocket prevents
Activation.

Twist, to disengage cxt.

Or maybe I am missing the point.


Already exists, I had one many years ago. I had one where it was similar to this in the respect you used the clip, but it switched it on whilst being held (and only whilst being held)
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Interesting idea. Always nice to see creative thoughts on how to do things differently. Your idea, as apposed to the four click lockout, or the quarter of a turn of the tail cap to manually lockout. The later two ideas are really good, because the user gets to decide exactly when the light gets turned on. And, which brightness level is used at turn on (memory mode).

One scenario: What if the user is not ready for the light to be turned on, they just want to grab the flashlight in hand to be prepared in case they might need to use it.

Just my humble thoughts. I still have a lot to learn about torches, so my thinking might be way off… Anyways, the world keeps turning due to creative minds. Keep up the great work. And, “bright” ideas (pun intended).

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Swabs wrote:
Interesting idea. Always nice to see creative thoughts on how to do things differently. Your idea, as apposed to the four click lockout, or the quarter of a turn of the tail cap to manually lockout. The later two ideas are really good, because the user gets to decide exactly when the light gets turned on. And, which brightness level is used at turn on (memory mode).

One scenario: What if the user is not ready for the light to be turned on, they just want to grab the flashlight in hand to be prepared in case they might need to use it.

Just my humble thoughts. I still have a lot to learn about torches, so my thinking might be way off… Anyways, the world keeps turning due to creative minds. Keep up the great work.

Agreed.
Ok, as I see it from the vids, the light is ALWAYS on unless there is something breaking the contact between body and clip – correct?
So, when you are not using it, something will have to be between the clip and the body, at all times or the light will be on. So you can’t just ‘put it down’ you still have to remember to switch it off, just not with the clicky – a piece of plastic or something to hand wedged between the clip and body.

Before someone says ‘well switch it off with the clicky’ no lol! – the idea of this light is that it is always on and ready to use because people forget to switch it off in the first place, if you are then going to switch it off anyway with the clicky it negates the entire idea.
Please correct me if I’m wrong on this lol maybe I have this whole thing wrong! Facepalm

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Swabs, if the user isn’t ready for the light to be turned on they can switch it off with the tail clicky and back on with the tail clicky when they want it.

G0OSE, I looked into making a “touch” light like you’re describing a while back. I think it’s possible although I don’t know much about the technology. But it’d be cool for sure! The biggest downside to it would be wet or gloved hands, but I think some people would be willing to make the tradeoff (or you could have a switch that manually turns the light on or off overriding the touch portion). Vinh with Skylumen had a light called the Tange (version 1) with a capacitive switch but it wasn’t the whole light. Energizer also has a “Touch Tech LED Flashlight” but it’s more of a squeeze switch.

As for the ClipSwitch, the clicky shuts the light off (another design could use a twisty). No need to put something between the clip and the body when you set it down or put it in your pocket. The point is that as long as the light is on when you clip it to something (your pocket, a pocket organizer, a bag, etc.) it will come back on automatically when you unclip it. OR you could use it like a normal flashlight (turning it on and off with the clicky tailcap) and the clip switch would simply prevent you from draining the batteries if you accidentally forgot to shut it off before clipping it to your pocket, organizer, etc.

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I’m interested and here is a link that I hope will help you.

https://www.google.com/search?q=nursing+magazines&rlz=1C1AVFC_enUS861US8...

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Interested but no idea what to say lol but let’s hope the lumen tube is on my side lol

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Interested.

Not only is good for medical purposes/people…

Think on a car mechanic who has the flashlight in the pocket and is constantly taking out the flashlight of the pocket, turning it on, pointing to the work area and, when done, reverse process..

This idea simplifies and makes things fast and easy.

I want to test one of those microstrem usb!!!

Each time I think more about the clipswitch, it makes me thing how no one did it before!…

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ClipSwitch wrote:
Yeah GDF. Since a switch directly under the clip would have pressure on it whether or not it’s clipped to something I’ve thought of maybe a lever type system (so when the clip is clipped the outward pressure pushes the top into an electronic switch). Seems like that would be very dependent upon clip tension though (since many materials you’ld be clipping it to are thin), and you’d be out of luck if your pocket clip got bent at all. I’m convinced that if some good engineers put their heads together we could have ultra reliable clip switched lights in the near future.

I was thinking of other more reliable ways to activate a switch, and I thought of laptops and flip-phones that have magnetic sensors that turn the screen on/off when you open or close them. It may be possible to achieve the same with a clip that is magnetized. I did a bit more reading, and mechanical reed switches were originally used in older laptops and flip-phones, and as technology advanced they used Hall sensors, and now MR sensors. This article explains it better:
https://www.assemblymag.com/articles/94881-four-reasons-to-replace-a-ree...

I’m no engineer and I don’t know the feasibility of this approach, but I thought it was interesting enough to mention.

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Sweet! I can use this with my non-metal shirts. Did you look into patenting?

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I like it! I didn’t realize at first that you could still turn off the light with the switch when it was out of your pocket. Cool idea.

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Interesting work. I, like a previous poster, had the kind that you pressed the clip for light to work. Some Doctors used these little lights.

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So from watching the disadvantages video, I wonder if it would be difficult to add a bypass to it. The tail would need to be modded to change the electrical path, but I am not sure how difficult it would be for this host. There can be two paths, one going through the pocket clip, and another that uses the host, but I assume that the pocket clip is already using the host path.

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Interesting ideas. I’d love to brainstorm this stuff some more. Even minor improvements to the clip/body design (such as more contact surface area, debris sweeping grooves, etc.) and contact materials (such as plating or not using dissimilar metals) could go a long way.

As a flashlight enthusiast my favorite carry light is the Eagtac D3A running a 14500 and I used to run a D25a. I like the clip switch feature enough that I started carrying my final prototype Microstream in place of those.

I’m sure that if enough people put their heads together we could have some skookum clip switched lights.

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Lick, do you mean make a bypass so that the light can come on without the clip? Or a bypass in the sense that the clip becomes a relay contact and doesn’t carry the full current?

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good work…my number one gripe with an edc is the light coming on in my pocket. which is why the only one i have is the jet mini-1.

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