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    Default Breakaway neck lanyards

    I'd like to make one using 550 paracord (because I have it).

    (I too see the irony in using paracord in a breakaway system lol)


    All the ones I've seen break away at the light. I want to make one that breaks away from around the neck though.

    I've gone through Lighthounds selections and found THIS so far. Sufficiently strong that it won't just drop off the neck yet won't take you with it lol?


    I did a search for 'breakaway' in the title but that didn't answer my question.


    thanks.

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    Default Re: Breakaway neck lanyards

    One easy way to fashion your own is to just use a generic cord lock to hold ends of the cord together behind your neck. A strong tug will pull the cord out of the cord lock and cause the cord to break away.

    I have also used shrink tubing in a similar fashion but that is not so easy to put back together in the field once the lanyard breaks away.

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    Default Re: Breakaway neck lanyards

    The break-away connectors on lighthound will work with very little force.They work nicely for an I.D. badge neck lanyard but I prefer a stronger connection for a light or knife.Small lights may work OK but a larger light will probably break-away too easily.
    The cord lock ends will require considerable force to break-away,I have to use plyers to snap them shut.

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    Default Re: Breakaway neck lanyards

    Quote Originally Posted by ZMZ67 View Post
    The cord lock ends will require considerable force to break-away,I have to use plyers to snap them shut.
    To clarify, I meant cord locks, not cord lock ends. Here is an example of what I mean by using just a cord lock to improvise a break away lanyard:



    You can see in the photo that the ends of the cord I am using are held together simply by the cord lock i.e. there is no knot or cord lock end beyond it so that with a firm tug the cord lock will break loose from the ends of the cord.

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    Default Re: Breakaway neck lanyards

    Nice idea dan_pass.
    And I like your implementation deranged_coder.

    I just might try that. And in regards to fastening it back together in the field, I would melt the ends so it would be easier to put back into the cord lock.

    Nice going guys!

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    Default Re: Breakaway neck lanyards

    Quote Originally Posted by danielo_d View Post
    Nice idea dan_pass.
    And I like your implementation deranged_coder.

    I just might try that. And in regards to fastening it back together in the field, I would melt the ends so it would be easier to put back into the cord lock.

    Nice going guys!

    Melting the ends will negate the breakaway aspect of this set up IMHO. I use many custom cord locks on my backpacking rig and once the ends are melted, they will not slip through the cord lock but rather get stuck and hang up on whatever body part that the lanyard is around and cord locks are called "locks" for a good reason. Break away lanyards are "Break Away" for a reason, so you don't loose an appendage on machinery or other snags.

    I don't know the force involved to strangle a human or to cut off blood supply to an arm or leg but if you want/need a device to be break away than I would be careful about manipulating the strength of the system. There is probably a Military Spec or Osha standard for breakaway lanyards and searching with those parameters might help you find what you are looking for.

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    Default Re: Breakaway neck lanyards

    Give SKaccessories a try...there holders are designed for badges, etc, but should be easibly suited to a light...

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    Default Re: Breakaway neck lanyards

    I've done the paracord thing connected to shrinktube connected to ball-chain trick. Looks good and snaps apart with a good tug. Not field repairable if it gives at the shrinktube instead of the ball chain.

    The cord lock is cool, quick and easy.

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    Default Re: Breakaway neck lanyards

    the cord lock setup is good though a bit .......... inelegant lol.

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    Default Re: Breakaway neck lanyards

    Quote Originally Posted by angelofwar View Post
    Give SKaccessories a try...there holders are designed for badges, etc, but should be easibly suited to a light...
    the google has failed me

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    Quote Originally Posted by danpass View Post
    the google has failed me
    Lemme pull it out of my gear and get the website for you...

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    Default Re: Breakaway neck lanyards

    What about dog tag/ball chain cord covered by hollow paracord with the ends melted to prevent fraying?
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    Default Re: Breakaway neck lanyards

    Quote Originally Posted by depusm12 View Post
    What about dog tag/ball chain cord covered by hollow paracord with the ends melted to prevent fraying?
    sounds pretty reasonable. what's the easiest way to thread it?

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    Default Re: Breakaway neck lanyards

    If the break away is used can they be fixed or is it time for a new one?

    Mine gets ripped off me at least once a week by some irate patient.

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    Default Re: Breakaway neck lanyards

    Quote Originally Posted by Sgt. LED View Post
    If the break away is used can they be fixed or is it time for a new one?

    Mine gets ripped off me at least once a week by some irate patient.
    the EK Acessories lanyards use a thick rubber "collar" and can be re-attahced about 500+ times.

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    Default Re: Breakaway neck lanyards

    Excellent.

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    Default Re: Breakaway neck lanyards

    Quote Originally Posted by Sgt. LED View Post
    If the break away is used can they be fixed or is it time for a new one?

    Mine gets ripped off me at least once a week by some irate patient.
    looks like u you may need a steel cord coated with PVC!

    then get some quality stainless steel rigging accessories like quick-releases.
    Last edited by sORe-EyEz; 01-24-2009 at 01:30 AM.

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    Default Re: Breakaway neck lanyards

    Might be a bit painfull. I dunno

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    Default Re: Breakaway neck lanyards

    Quote Originally Posted by danpass View Post
    sounds pretty reasonable. what's the easiest way to thread it?
    Thread the 550 cord? You remove the inside core heat the ends to stop fraying and slide the chain in. When I was active duty military guys did it all the time on their dog tag chains.
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    Default Re: Breakaway neck lanyards

    Quote Originally Posted by Sgt. LED View Post
    Might be a bit painfull. I dunno
    neither do i, but a thicker cord coated with PVC would hurt less i guess?

    .................

    would do u folks think of



    a smaller 0-ring could be used in conjunction with a quick release clip on the neck cord.

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    Default Re: Breakaway neck lanyards

    Quote Originally Posted by danpass View Post
    the cord lock setup is good though a bit .......... inelegant lol.


    Well, I said it functioned as an improvised break away lanyard. I never said it was an... elegant... break away lanyard...

    Seriously though, if you have the resources to put together a more elegant solution, go for it. I put my suggestion up there as a quick and dirty way to fashion a functional (but inelegant ) one using easy to come by parts.

    Btw, the cord lock one I fashioned does break away fairly easily. I have a "real" break away lanyard that came with my Streamlight MicroStream and my improvised break away lanyard breaks away just as easy as (if not easier than) the "real" break away lanyard that came with my MicroStream.

    Having said that, saabgoblin does have a point. If you have the time and resources to invest in a proper break away lanyard then by all means do so. The "improvised break away lanyard using a cord lock" method is good for the times when you do not have the time or resources easily available and need an improvised solution quick.

    Whatever you do, make sure that you test it before you bet your life on it.

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    Default Re: Breakaway neck lanyards

    I have always used a piece of heat shrink tube to hold the ends of 550 together.
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    Default Re: Breakaway neck lanyards

    Quote Originally Posted by deranged_coder View Post
    To clarify, I meant cord locks, not cord lock ends. Here is an example of what I mean by using just a cord lock to improvise a break away lanyard:



    You can see in the photo that the ends of the cord I am using are held together simply by the cord lock i.e. there is no knot or cord lock end beyond it so that with a firm tug the cord lock will break loose from the ends of the cord.
    Thanks for the clarification.That is a nice idea especially if you need a quick improvised solution.I think you could still melt the ends of the cord if you are carefull to make sure they don't form a "burr".

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    My contribution not the best and maybe not worthy,but it works for me


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    Default Re: Breakaway neck lanyards

    Quote Originally Posted by depusm12 View Post
    Thread the 550 cord? You remove the inside core heat the ends to stop fraying and slide the chain in. When I was active duty military guys did it all the time on their dog tag chains.
    ok, so its nothing involved then. the chain is small enough to simply 'drop' thru to the other side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by danpass View Post
    ok, so its nothing involved then. the chain is small enough to simply 'drop' thru to the other side.
    Yeah the chain should fit no problem.
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    Default Re: Breakaway neck lanyards

    I'm trying the chain for now (Home Depot electrical section for the chain, the 'ceiling light pull chains'). This one is the 3ft chain with ~4in cut off.





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    Looks right to me.
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    Looks good! I like the McGizmo clip touch.

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