BLF GT custom handle bracket kit. (DBCustom approved. Post #121)

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I like it. Maybe I will make something similar but with hand tools.

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thijsco19 wrote:
You made the program directly in the CNC?

Looks great, much smaller profile.

Yes, I do a lot of programming directly on the machine unless I need the newer software for something more complicated. Check out OMAX waterjets. Their software is truly remarkable.

You should actually be able to download their layout program from the OMAX website if you want to play around. It just won’t let you save anything without registration.

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I’m liking where you are going with this. I like the ergonomic switch access. Looks nice and strong too.

How’s the balance? When carried in a relaxed grip, loaded with 8 batteries, does the light aim up, down, or straight ahead?

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electricjelly wrote:
I’m liking where you are going with this. I like the ergonomic switch access. Looks nice and strong too.

How’s the balance? When carried in a relaxed grip, loaded with 8 batteries, does the light aim up, down, or straight ahead?

The weight is just slightly biased towards the head.

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Turningbluechips wrote:
electricjelly wrote:
I’m liking where you are going with this. I like the ergonomic switch access. Looks nice and strong too.

How’s the balance? When carried in a relaxed grip, loaded with 8 batteries, does the light aim up, down, or straight ahead?

The weight is just slightly biased towards the head.
!{width:100%}http://i67.tinypic.com/2u4t4kp.jpg!

First I was, like WTF? How is he able to hold the light up with just 2 fingers…!!! Question

Then it hit me! LOL! your pic came out upside down and looks like the GT is floating and you are just holding it down LOL

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AlexGT wrote:
Turningbluechips wrote:
electricjelly wrote:
I’m liking where you are going with this. I like the ergonomic switch access. Looks nice and strong too.

How’s the balance? When carried in a relaxed grip, loaded with 8 batteries, does the light aim up, down, or straight ahead?

The weight is just slightly biased towards the head.
!{width:100%}http://i67.tinypic.com/2u4t4kp.jpg!

First I was, like WTF? How is he able to hold the light up with just 2 fingers…!!! Question

Then it hit me! LOL! your pic came out upside down and looks like the GT is floating and you are just holding it down LOL

What? I’m just holding it with my middle finger hooked around the handle. the pic isn’t upside down looking at it on my iPhone.

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I’m interested! I am happy to pay shipping costs to Germany. Maybe there will be a few more people from Europe.

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Would it be possible to get two parts from Waterjet moving the handle a bit towards the head and srew it on the first part?

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Lexel wrote:
Would it be possible to get two parts from Waterjet moving the handle a bit towards the head and srew it on the first part?

Hmm. Actually now that I think about it this is a great idea. It would also allow for some degree of user adjustment for different sized hands or just personal preference.

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Interested depending on price. Currently using a shoulder strap with split rings. Works pretty well.

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Tbc, i like your design
It’s simple and effective, clever to use the tripod mount, just slide it on and you can easily reach and operate the switch!
what is the diameter of the bar? Would it be possible to add grips, something like these?

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a regular symptom of flasholism Big Smile

“Flasholism is the most severe form of flashlight use and involves the inability to manage your flashlight use habits. It is also commonly referred to as flashlight use disorder. Flashlight use disorder is organized into three categories: mild, moderate and severe. Each category has various symptoms and can cause harmful side effects. If left untreated, any type of flashlight use can spiral out of control.”

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Oh NO! I’ve got FUD! Sad

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If the plate was bored and threaded, the rod could likewise be threaded and then the bolt and/or tool wouldn’t be needed, simply screw the rod into the plate from whichever side you mount it. Right? 2 pieces total with the one screw affixing it to the light.

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You could do that Dale. I like hardware better personally as it would be stronger. Like you said before, once the handle is installed it will most likely stay there. Once it’s together it’s one screw to put it on and take it off no matter what.

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Right, once on it’s integral and so needed it’s invisible… part of the light.

I made a bronze component to put on mine yesterday, threaded a manganese bronze rod and when I tested it I had a 6” long 1” bar sticking out the side like the handle on a 1” drive impact wrench. That was cool! Smile Cut it down of course, to a finned 22×22 heat sink looking finger rest.

Edit: YES, I played the kid and “hosed down” everything in sight with GigaLumens. Big Smile Had to, didn’t I?

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Haha. That’s awesome. I’ve been toying with the idea of engraving BFL9000 on mine as a BFG9000 DOOM parody. That would be the perfect setup for it.

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I have to admit, after a few seconds of “hosing” and even making the sounds, I caught myself and was embarrassed, even though no one else was around. I supposed I’m beyond help, flashaholic through and through. Woke up this morning and modded a light before making coffee. Sick, I guess.

(Ain’t gonna lie, holding that out-the-side handle and hosing proton’s around the shop was fun, don’t y’all say you wouldn’t have…. Wink ) This thing is intense inside a corrugated metal building.

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Hey I just saw the perfect handle for the GT, something similar to the design of the lemax super 70 handle but instead of the screws it has on the bottom, put a 1/4 screw base, we could even make it in some rigid plastic or polymer to save money and weight! What do you all think?

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I like it Alex, looks comfy and should be comparatively cheap to produce. Order em up! Smile

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It looks much better than the home made jobbies. Thumbs Up

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On post #1, the first two pictures,
The gt looks like it’s got a few scratches near the handle area , did the handle cause this?

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Nev wrote:
On post #1, the first two pictures,
The gt looks like it’s got a few scratches near the handle area , did the handle cause this?
No scratches. The anodizing is harder than the bare aluminum used in the proto. A co worker was a little rough with it but the marks wiped clean.
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DB Custom wrote:
I like it Alex, looks comfy and should be comparatively cheap to produce. Order em up! Smile

Cheap to produce? If you have an order for 10,000 maybe. Get a quote from a mold maker and for a small batch from an injection molding shop and get back to me. The mold alone would cost thousands.

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You need to make it in China.

cool i'll see you when you get there

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Turningbluechips wrote:
DB Custom wrote:
I like it Alex, looks comfy and should be comparatively cheap to produce. Order em up! Smile

Cheap to produce? If you have an order for 10,000 maybe. Get a quote from a mold maker and for a small batch from an injection molding shop and get back to me. The mold alone would cost thousands.

I think he was joking.

I’d rather have one of your machined units anyway!

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Back on topic… I should be able to work Proto V2 into my schedule by the weekend. This will at least be the final version of the brackets. As for the handle rod I’m still set on 3/4” aluminum bar stock. For those that want bike grips y’all can slice off my grip easily and do a couple wraps of tape to make the bike grip fit. Though they might fit without tape as well, my bmx days remind me those grips took some elbow grease to get on the 7/8” bars.

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DENGOH wrote:
You need to make it in China.

Exactly… Sad

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3/4” bar stock with nice knurling on it is ideal in my opinion. Can be done with tubing as far as that goes, but I do like things to be rock solid so a bar… hard to beat. I’d probably be prone to reduce the end of the bar and cut threads onto it so it would screw into the bracket, do away with that screw, but that’s probably just me.

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What if I just made the brackets and the customer could put any grip they wanted on it?

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Turningbluechips wrote:
What if I just made the brackets and the customer could put any grip they wanted on it?

I say make the handle portion to where it will accommodate a standard bicycle grip. Be done with it.

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