ZebraLight Mods

HB 88

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ZL H52w
Added a neodymium ring magnet, and filled the hole with glow powder and optical epoxy
Great "glow-cator" on the nightstand.

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eh4

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That's a good idea to put the magnet on the Outside, stronger that way. How's it holding up to chipping?
 

HB 88

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The brittle neo magnet has held up much better than I expected with minimal chipping, considering the abuse it receives.
Easy to remove and replace with a boiling water dip, if required. Also, there are the rubber coated magnets, if one doesn't want the glow dot, that would work wonderfully for this duty.
 

cavtruper

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I created a thread about this elsewhere but came across this thread and feel it should be posted here

http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb...unting-Solutions-*NOW-WITH-SOLUTION-PICTURES*

Took some scrap metal from an electrical panel, cut four rectangles out (2 different sizes, smaller for top, bigger for bottom)

Grinded down two pieces of steel to conform to the strap slots. The thickness of steel was the same thickness as silicone mount.

Got two rare-earth magnets and JB welded it all together.

Took some extreme double stick foam tape and placed two more rare-earth magnets and stuck them underneath the brim in the appropriate spot....

and whallah!

You have an easily removable and reinstalled Zebralight!

It holds well as you can see with the pic of it holding a full squirt bottle and doesn't shift. Also, you can remove it and stick it to metal equipment but is a PITA to remove from metal due to the strength of the magnets (I have a piece of herculite stored in my hard hat to put between the mount and metal equipment so when I remove it, I pull on the herculite instead of mount). This option also makes it easy to replace the silicone mount later down the road.

I made the mount two separate pieces so I can wear it on a variety of different contour hard hats as I switch from a hat style to full brim when I am working in the AZ sun. This also allows change of contour to stick to flat metal surfaces. Also, with two more magnets I use it on regular ball caps but doing this does allow it to be shifted when bumped but doesn't happen often.

Just need to paint it to prevent rust.

Hope this helps someone else looking for a solution like I have been for a LOOOONG time and through the trial of different options. Hope you all enjoy!
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mobi

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This is a description of an unintentional mod.

I busted the frosted glass on a floody Zebralight. Accidentally.

In my experience, Zebralights are hardy headlamps. A car ran over over one and it continued to work perfectly for years till I negligently ruined it by getting water inside it. So, I was kind of shocked that I managed to crack the lens on one.

According to Tachead, commenting here and here, Zebralight lenses are high quality. So, I'm attributing the break to just the culmination of a series of drops and other rough behavior on my part over the course of two years or so of daily use. Tachead also mentions that Zebralight will fix the glass. And there's the possibility the light that broke was from a batch from several years ago he refers to that had a glass that was more perceptible to cracking.

However, instead of sending the light back, I took the opportunity to stick some parafilm into the cavity formed by the reflector. After a little experimentation, I ended up with a great beam profile. At least great for me. A very smooth transition from the hotspot to the spill, and the perception of more spill than I had with the frosted lens. Hard to tell for sure since I can't do a side by side comparison at the moment.

In the past, when I added parafilm over the glass, some of the light got "caught" on the edges of the film and then found its way towards my face. This was distracting. But with the film inside the light, this artifact is eliminated.

The down side, of course, is that the light is susceptible now to water getting in. Plus dirt getting into the reflector and emitter. Moreover, when the light is on high, the heat shrinks the parafilm. Parafilm is sold in rolls, and replacing the parafilm diffuser is the work of a few moments. Well worth it for the results.

I'm planning on getting another floody Zebralight to handle the elements. But the modded "air lens" model will continue to be put to regular use for the time being.
 
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MX421

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This is a description of an unintentional mod.

I busted the frosted glass on a floody Zebralight. Accidentally.

In my experience, Zebralights are hardy headlamps. A car ran over over one and it continued to work perfectly for years till I negligently ruined it by getting water inside it. So, I was kind of shocked that I managed to crack the lens on one.

According to Tachead, commenting here and here, Zebralight lenses are high quality. So, I'm attributing the break to just the culmination of a series of drops and other rough behavior on my part over the course of two years or so of daily use. Tachead also mentions that Zebralight will fix the glass. And there's the possibility the light that broke was from a batch from several years ago he refers to that had a glass that was more perceptible to cracking..

The thread Tachead and I were referring on the "bad batch" is here:
http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/showthread.php?407314-ZL-Inexplicable-breakage-of-frosted-lens
Just FYI and hence my reluctance to get a frosted lens so far.
 

Tachead

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The thread Tachead and I were referring on the "bad batch" is here:
http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/showthread.php?407314-ZL-Inexplicable-breakage-of-frosted-lens
Just FYI and hence my reluctance to get a frosted lens so far.

Just want to point out again that that thread is from 2015 so, every light in it had the old standard glass. They now use Gorilla Glass 3 which is one of the strongest and most scratch resistant types of glass available.

Plus, I don't think a few reports of broken lenses warrants much concern(even if they didn't change the glass type) when thousands of other users over the years before and since haven't had an issue with their frosted lenses. All glass can break guys, just be careful with your lights, and replace as necessary if an unfortunate accident does happen.

Did I mention I once saw a video on Youtube where a guy broke the glass screen on his cell phone? Because of that I will never buy a cell phone! :poke::crackup:.

Disclaimer: I typed this on my cell phone:D.
 
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psychbeat

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I created a thread about this elsewhere but came across this thread and feel it should be posted here

http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb...unting-Solutions-*NOW-WITH-SOLUTION-PICTURES*

Took some scrap metal from an electrical panel, cut four rectangles out (2 different sizes, smaller for top, bigger for bottom)

Grinded down two pieces of steel to conform to the strap slots. The thickness of steel was the same thickness as silicone mount.

Got two rare-earth magnets and JB welded it all together.

Took some extreme double stick foam tape and placed two more rare-earth magnets and stuck them underneath the brim in the appropriate spot....

and whallah!

You have an easily removable and reinstalled Zebralight!

It holds well as you can see with the pic of it holding a full squirt bottle and doesn't shift. Also, you can remove it and stick it to metal equipment but is a PITA to remove from metal due to the strength of the magnets (I have a piece of herculite stored in my hard hat to put between the mount and metal equipment so when I remove it, I pull on the herculite instead of mount). This option also makes it easy to replace the silicone mount later down the road.

I made the mount two separate pieces so I can wear it on a variety of different contour hard hats as I switch from a hat style to full brim when I am working in the AZ sun. This also allows html"][]

Super cool!

I need to try some magnetic mounts for my H600fc
 

turkeylord

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Might have already been mentioned, but the Olight clips fit great! S1A clip on H52FW.

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gogdog

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Thats cool that the Olight clip fits. But...does anybody know of a clip that will fit the new h53 series of lights in the reverse position? (Like pictured above). The h52 has a reversible clip but the h53 doesn't...the "ring" where it would go is smaller. But perhaps some other clip might work?
 

likethevegetable

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Do you happen to know which size magnets you used on the clip? 5mm x 1mm, or 2mm, 4, etc? And how many disks did you use?

4x 10x5x3 mm bar magnets. I believe they are N52 grade - very magnetic but also very brittle. The shrink wrap helps soften the contact.

The photograph shows that I used magnets all the way down to the tip of the clip, I've since removed some of those magnets (they weren't glued before) and now I only use "horizontal" magnets near the the tailcap.

Here is what it currently (with my Fenix HL50 mount) looks like:

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gogdog

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Whoa... Good thing I asked. I was about to get either 3mmx1mm disc or 4mmx2mm discs from banggood and thinking I would only need 2 or so.

So in your cut down version there are still 4 of the bar Magnets or are you now only using 2?

I also need to verify if the cheap Magnets from China are also n52 grade or not..
 

likethevegetable

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Whoa... Good thing I asked. I was about to get either 3mmx1mm disc or 4mmx2mm discs from banggood and thinking I would only need 2 or so.

So in your cut down version there are still 4 of the bar Magnets or are you now only using 2?

I also need to verify if the cheap Magnets from China are also n52 grade or not..

My previous version had six magnets total, if the light was on it's side they would be arranged like this: --||||, I removed two and now it's arranged like this: ||||.

I got the magnets from Aliexpress, and they've held up well and are very strong - I could dangle this light with a NiMH from a screw! I've also added 4 of them on my BLF A6 and they can support it's weight with an 18650.
 

gogdog

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Perfect...thanks for letting me know. I'll get those magnets ordered. And yeah...I can definitely now see why you used 10x5x3 mm bar magnets....there is a 6mm or so gap in the clip that I didn't know about ->
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And, I like the look of that fenix mount. But...its probably made of....stainless steel or something? Is there not a good chance of the mount scratching the anodizing on the zebralight?
 

likethevegetable

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The Fenix clip is stainless steel. It does make a bit of a scratching sound, but I have not seen any scratches due to it. It is not overly tight either as the Fenix's tube is wider.

Can be purchased here:
http://www.fenixtactical.com/fenix-tactical-parts.php

If you look at the photo, you'll see a big scratch in the middle of the light. That was from bozo me putting an AT Wizard Pro clip and rotating it. Wabi Sabi, it was bound to scratched up in use anyway...
 
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