Simple magnet attachment mod for headlights

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Simple magnet attachment mod for headlights

Head lights are already extra useful for hands-free illumination, but here’s a strong but quick cheap and easily reversible/repeatable magnetic clip mod to make them even more adaptable.

 

Tail-cap magnets are less use with a head-light than with a normal torch. A magnetic pocket clip is better for use on vertical surfaces and pointing down from things like a car bonnet/hood.

 

Basically just shrink fit a couple of neodymium magnets on to ensure they stay in place and don’t get left behind on the object they were sticking to. The magnets could be placed on the inside of the clip but that reduces the clip’s usefulness on thicker material.

 

Small Neodymium magnets are inexpensively available from eBay or Chinese web sites and they provide a very secure attachment that is even strong enough to hang on to small diameter pipe etc without slipping.  Shrink fit insulation is also available in small quantities from eBay (or free if you know an electrician)

 

The photos are self explanatory.  You just need a hair-dryer to shrink the insulation on.  Black insulation would have looked better but I already had some green. It can be removed and replaced in seconds.

 

The two magnets are 6 x 3 x 15 mm and the insulation is 6.0 (6mm diameter after shrinkage)

 Neodymium 15 x 6 x 3 mm

shrink fit insulation 6.0 (6 mm dia. post shrinkage)

Filing cabinet

Narrow pipe

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Edited by: c_malc on 06/16/2016 - 13:35
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Hey, that’s what I’ve done couple of weeks ago on my HC30 Smile
Really useful, cheap, easily replaceable solution !

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Snap !

"Great minds think alike"

 

Something I should have mentioned in my post:

KEEP MAGNETS AWAY FROM THE HEAD OF THE ACEBEAM H10 (it changes mode magnetically).

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That is so cool, I'm going shopping for magnets!smile

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I've not had hold of Neodymium magnets before.  They are a lot of fun - amazingly strong for their size.

Do you keep your flashlights in separate drawers ...or do you let them "mate" surprised (you find one, you've found them all) laughing

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Very cool idea. Smile

Thanks c_malc. And welcome to the forum.

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Very nice
inspirational posts here

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Thank you very much for the friendly welcome ImA4Wheelr and The Miller.

 

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Good idea, now to get some square magnets.

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will34 wrote:
Good idea, now to get some square magnets.

It also works with regular round magnets: After reading about this fantastic idea, I grabbed 7 small round magnets (The ones I use for flat top laptop cells in my Nitecore(s)) and a small piece of shrink tube and tried it out. Less than a minute later, my HC30 finally had a magnet! Works perfectly.
Thanks for this great idea!
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Should go without saying, but, eh — babies put things in their mouths, so even if you’re not living with one in the house right now, be very, very careful.

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Thinking about ordering some of that shrinking tubing and go nuts here
some magnets on flashlight clips, screwdrivers and sure other places will pop up too!

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It's dirt cheap to get some to play around with and this eBay seller has 100% feedback rating.

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yeah I thought this because of the different colors and sizes
ALI CLICK

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Ha ! even more fun.

I noticed the multi-packs on eBay include a lot of (useless to us) 1, 2, 3 mm etc. sizes. (just something to look out for)

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Well I think it can be very useful to have a magnet on tools as well so bigger is needed for that.

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This is one of those rare threads that makes you think and look differently at a common object.

Ordered a variety of N-38 (hopefully, actual and not exaggerated magnetic potential) magnets from GearBest. Kind of tempted to order some N-52’s from this site:

http://www.kjmagnetics.com/categories.asp?gclid=CLjFwtmgsM0CFZY1aQodHPEA3A

I don’t know anything about the vendor, but I like how they have so much easy to understand information about magnets posted on their site.

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That's a tremendous complement - thank you.

Very interesting that the strength of each magnet size is clearly shown, but vulgar inch fractions ewwww.

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Yeh, 20.32 is so much more impressive than 8 inches. Wink

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Great idea and great post! Thanks!

Useful even for lights that already have a tail mag, to give it all the mounting angle options.
Plus the shrink wrap will also protect from scratches the surface you’re sticking to, such as the side of a car or truck.

When I get my new angle light (Armytek Wizard Pro v3 XHP50) the first thing I’m going to do now is measure the clip to see what size magnets to order!

 

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Glad you like it. Thank you for the appreciation !

 

Recovering from operation at the moment and the H10 on lowest mode is a great reading lamp (on the metal tube of bed-head)

Photo taken on higher mode for clarity.

 

H10 Reading Lamp

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Still waiting for some rectangular magnets.  So thought I would try some round ones.  Weird thing though.  When the poles are allgned, they can not be placed side by side.  They jump on top of the adjacent magnet.  If the poles are opposite, the magnets will sit side by side.  I wonder if 5 side by side with alternating pole directions would be weaker or stronger than 3 with matching pole directions spaced apart (like in the picture below).

Anyway, the below handy little work horse light seems to stick to any ferrous metal just great.  They are N-38's.  I think 6mm x 2mm.

 

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Oh,very creative ideas.wink I should have a try. Thanks.

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