3D printed 18650 Battery Holster/carrier

richardhill5

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Finally got around to editing the design to attach the holster to a LBV via the webbing. Fits nice.

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do you have an ETA on selling these? depending on price with shipping I'd certainly buy one

I have actually started printing them to sell now as of last night. I am trying to work out how I will sell them, as in how and how much.

Because its not done by injection mold each holster may be slightly different. And by slightly different I mean cosmetic only.

Each holster takes between 5 - 7 hours to print, (depending on quality) and then its about 30 min of sanding and polishing (depending on the quality) to bring up a nice shine.

So how do you offer something for sale when each items may be cosmetically different? I think I'll grade them and adjust the price accordingly for example,

Grade 1 - Raw straight from the 3D printer printed at .25 resolution (lower number the better)
Grade 2 - Raw straight from the 3D printer printed at .20 resolution (lower number the better)
Grade 3 - Raw straight from the 3D printer printed at .15 resolution (lower the better)
Grade 4 - .15 resolution hand sanded and machine polished. Some light scratch marks visible
Grade 5 - .15 resolution hand sanded and machine polished. Good finish no scratch marks or very little unnoticeable if any

The price is yet to be determined but my guess they will range from $20 to $35 postage not included

Providing that's not to complicated. The other option is to list each holster for sale separately and price with a price tag. Either way I'll at least show a photo of each grade for peoples reference.
 

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I have actually started printing them to sell now as of last night. I am trying to work out how I will sell them, as in how and how much.

Because its not done by injection mold each holster may be slightly different. And by slightly different I mean cosmetic only.

Each holster takes between 5 - 7 hours to print, (depending on quality) and then its about 30 min of sanding and polishing (depending on the quality) to bring up a nice shine.

So how do you offer something for sale when each items may be cosmetically different? I think I'll grade them and adjust the price accordingly for example,

Grade 1 - Raw straight from the 3D printer printed at .25 resolution (lower number the better)
Grade 2 - Raw straight from the 3D printer printed at .20 resolution (lower number the better)
Grade 3 - Raw straight from the 3D printer printed at .15 resolution (lower the better)
Grade 4 - .15 resolution hand sanded and machine polished. Some light scratch marks visible
Grade 5 - .15 resolution hand sanded and machine polished. Good finish no scratch marks or very little unnoticeable if any

The price is yet to be determined but my guess they will range from $20 to $35 postage not included

Providing that's not to complicated. The other option is to list each holster for sale separately and price with a price tag. Either way I'll at least show a photo of each grade for peoples reference.

that sounds perfect to me. I'm definitely down! thanks for the response, bud! :)
 

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I think I am just going to go with hand sanded, not polish. They come up in a raw matte black colour and show less marks then when polished. That way I can keep them all very similar.
And of course I can print in other colours such as Red/Black/Blue/Green for people wanting something a little different. I will have a link up to the sale thread hopefully in the next few days. Cheers Richard
 

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I think I am just going to go with hand sanded, not polish. They come up in a raw matte black colour and show less marks then when polished. That way I can keep them all very similar.
And of course I can print in other colours such as Red/Black/Blue/Green for people wanting something a little different. I will have a link up to the sale thread hopefully in the next few days. Cheers Richard

thanks bud! :)

does the spring/clip seem to have any effect on rubbing through the shrink wrap on 18650s (whether protected or not?)?
 

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Not at this stage, I fit all springs by hand so I adjust them to have minimal pressure but still do their job, If I coated them in plastic or similar then that could be even better.
 

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Finally got around to completing and testing a secure version 18650 battery carrier for molle webbing such as load bearing vests and backpacks.

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Nice job!

I'd need more of an 18650 bandolero than a two spot holder, but, I applaud your ingenuity!

If you had magnets on the springs, and just hung it upside down, so a press from the top would drop a cell into your hand, etc...would that solve the "no lid" issue for some people?
 

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Wow! This battery holster looks awesome! Looks like it was professionally made for police carry.

Is there any issue with the tops of the cells getting wet if it's raining? Would it help to have a flip up rain cover over the top?
 

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I am unsure. I make an effort to not go out in the rain, but sometimes I guess it's unavoidable. I have considered an attached rubber top that pushes in. I've tried to make it as strong and as durable as possible and adding a hinged lid was not something in my plans.

Wow! This battery holster looks awesome! Looks like it was professionally made for police carry.

Is there any issue with the tops of the cells getting wet if it's raining? Would it help to have a flip up rain cover over the top?
 

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Is there a way to ensure battery fitment ahead of time? I know that 18650s can vary in diameter and length, depending on the protection circuit and other factors. Are the holsters made with a particular brand of cell in mind?
 

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There were designed around the Panasonic NCRB with the protection circuit installed. I considered that, so that's why they have a spring to secure them. This allows for a slight variation in battery size. The carrier printed, the battery tubes measure 19.25mm in diameter.

Is there a way to ensure battery fitment ahead of time? I know that 18650s can vary in diameter and length, depending on the protection circuit and other factors. Are the holsters made with a particular brand of cell in mind?
 

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Not sure why I did not think of this sooner. This should solve the issue with different belt sizes and, the Tek-lok can also be removed and replaced with the kydex molle attachment which makes the unit a little more user friendly. The only down side is the cost of the Tek-lok's.

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Great work! I use my lights in industry - so for me it's generally head back to my bag in control room or local office to swap out batteries. The holster on your other thread is great, particularly as the switch cannot turn on (& yes I've had a light go on in a soft holster - a 5.2amp quad - and it got HOT).
 
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