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    Default ZebraLight Mods

    Hey guys!
    I have seen a lot of cool mods for Zebralights from different peoples around here and thought, that it would be quite cool to have one Thread which contains them all.

    I suggest, that everyone who has made some Mods posts ONE post to this Thread containing all his Mods.
    I would like to keep this Thread clean, so keep discussion to a minimum.

    I will start with the next post in this Thread and hopefully you all join me.
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    I have the H60, H501 and H51 and modded them all - here is a full list of every mod i did with Zebralights:

    H60
    Headstrap mod - less bouncy (no pics)
    Headstrap mod - lower bulk (no pics)

    Headstrap mod - added pocketclip


    Headstrap mod - Zipka-style retractable headband




    Pocketclip mod - tiny permanently mounted clip



    Magnet mod - Glued on the Tailcap (no pics)






    H501

    Headstrap mod - Zipkastyle retractable headband (see H60)
    Headstrap mod - Plastic clipped headband
    Headstrap mod - ultra low bulk fixed lenght EDC headband


    Magnet mod - internal magnet in the tailcap between PCB and tailcap







    H51
    Headstrap mod - ultra low bulk variable lenght EDC headband
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    Thanks for starting this thread. I have posted many pictures of my H501, but they are scattered everywhere. It's good to have them in one place. This way when someone asks about ZL light mods, we can send them here.

    Some background information first:

    I adhere to the "the only useful tool is the one you have with you when you need it" philosophy. Imagine you are sitting on the toilet and the lights go out. At this point it's what you have with you that counts, not what's in your bag in the office or in the car. Thus, I try to carry my tools on me everywhere I go.

    The stock headband, clip and silicon light holder are a hair too bulky for on-person EDC. I have added magnets to the tail and replaced the headband with a much smaller adjustable lanyard, the clip with a much smaller Fenix clip, and the silicon holder with an elastic band, as shown below. A suction cup and a USB computer light add even more functions to the light. The USB light stays in the backpack while the lanyard, H501 and suction cup are on-person EDC.


    Worn around the neck for a very discreet use in public when wearing a headband is not possible.




    The same adjustable lanyard becomes the headband if needed.


    The light can also be clipped to clothing for discreet use.


    The magnets really make the light even more versatile: as overhead light.


    As shower light


    The magnet can also turn the H501 into a lighted magnetic pick-up tool.


    The flexible USB computer light can turn the H501 into a pocket desk lamp.


    Or even a book light.




    The suction cup lets me attach the light to any smooth non-metallic surface. It can be very useful in public bathrooms.




    With some elastic band attached to a hat, the H501 can become a hat light too.


    How about a ceiling light with a pushpin and some dental floss?


    The above uses don't mean much if I can't carry it with me. The modded H501 is so small that it can be carried discreetly in the pocket or on the belt. What other headlamps can you carry like this?


    Here is the H501 in a small phone case along with MACE. Please note that the bulky stock clip wouldn't have fitted inside.


    Update: I re-arranged some tools on the belt for a more symmetrical look.


    The same setup when I workout.

    That is all for now. I sincerely hope these mods will inspire other ZL light owners to come up with ideas to make their ZL lights even more useful.
    Last edited by davidt1; 10-09-2010 at 10:00 AM. Reason: Update
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    Nice! What did you use for the retractable cord mechanism?

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    @davidt1: I saw your pics before, on EDCF; I especially like the belt, as that seems universally practical. Is it custom made?

    I assume these mods use rare earth magnets? I'm already waiting on some from a couple of DealΕxtreme orders..

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    Quote Originally Posted by dyril View Post
    @davidt1: I saw your pics before, on EDCF; I especially like the belt, as that seems universally practical. Is it custom made?

    I assume these mods use rare earth magnets? I'm already waiting on some from a couple of DealΕxtreme orders..
    dyril,

    No, the belt is not custom made. It's a strap that is available at walmart and other places. The sheaths are homemade. They are very easy to make.

    I bought the magnets from DX too, but I am not sure what type they are though.
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    Great ideas here guys!

    Way before the H31 was introduced, I made my own version using an H30 host along with an McR10 reflector and a Q3-5A XP-E.
    Also shown is an H30 that I put a neutral XP-G in.
    Next to them are an H30 direct from Zebralight with a Q3-5A XR-E and another with a Red XR-E.

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    DaFABRICATA,

    You are the man. Hats off to you.
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    A mod done for the H30.
    The stock ring/screws were replaced with thicker/longer ones to prevent 'pocket burn'.

    Just ordered a H51 today BTW
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    Default Re: Zebralight Mods

    Quote Originally Posted by paulr View Post
    Nice! What did you use for the retractable cord mechanism?
    Its an original Petzl part - the zipka mechanism. I added a tube-clip to hold the Zebralight.
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    Default Re: Zebralight Mods

    Very cool! Thanks for the ideas!

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    Here is another way to use your ZL light hand-free. You need 2 safety pins and some cloth or elastic stuff. Here I use the elastic stuff.




    I am nuts about the magnets on my H501. You can use them to attach your ZL light to a lot of things for hand-free use. Say you are a student or traveler sitting in a dimly lit hallway or bus stop and want to do some reading. Sure you can use ZL light as a headlamp (too nerdy?), neck lamp (my favorite), or as a desk lamp (with the flexible wire attachment).

    Or you can just attach the light to your backpack like this.


    Last edited by davidt1; 10-08-2010 at 11:20 AM.
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    Default Re: ZebraLight Mods

    Thanks for the ideas, guys !!!


    @ davidt1, where did you get the lanyard attachment from ? Did you make that yourself ? Are the magnets attached to the outside of the light ?

    Thanks ! You take the McGyver Award !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Belstaff1464 View Post
    Thanks for the ideas, guys !!!


    @ davidt1, where did you get the lanyard attachment from ? Did you make that yourself ? Are the magnets attached to the outside of the light ?

    Thanks ! You take the McGyver Award !!
    Belstaff1464,

    The lanyard attachment is homemade. It's real easy to make. If you own a Zl light, you definitely want to use it this way. I wasn't the first person to use it like this though. As best as I can tell CPF member uplite was the first person to wear his ZL light around his neck. I was skeptical at first. Then I tried a month later and was hooked on the convenience. Now I even wear my H501 around my neck when I sleep. The great thing about the lanyard is it is also the headband. There is no need to carry another headband.

    Yes, the magnets are attached to the outside of the light.
    Last edited by davidt1; 10-09-2010 at 05:42 PM.
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    Default Re: ZebraLight Mods

    Check out this H50 setup by 0dBm on EDCF - he hangs the H50 up-side down on a paracord lanyard and carries it around his neck. It limits the headlamp utility, but may be a good option for some.

    I'm going to be getting an H51 soon - does anyone have any ideas for attaching a tritium vial? I'm considering removing the GITD o-ring and putting two or three in the o-ring groove.

    Alternately, there are parts of the light thick enough to mill a slot, but I'm not that brave.
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    Quote Originally Posted by davidt1 View Post
    ... The lanyard attachment is homemade. It's real easy to make. If you own a Zl light, you definitely want to use it this way. ...
    Could you provide more detail on how to make one? Materials, parts, lengths, methods? I can't quite figure out everything from the photos.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cistallus View Post
    Could you provide more detail on how to make one? Materials, parts, lengths, methods? I can't quite figure out everything from the photos.
    Hi cistallus,

    Thank you for asking this question because it gave me chance to make another headband, as I only made one the first time. The idea is really simple: you want something to hold the light in place on your head. The stock headband is too bulky for neck wear. If you want something smaller, you have to make it. Anyway, this one I just made consists of a cordlock, some elastic material, and a wide shoelace. All these materials can be purchased at Walmart.

    How to make it:

    1. Cut enough elastic stuff to make a tight fit around the light and sew the ends together.

    2. Put shoelace through elastic band and put the ends of shoelace through the cordlock.

    I actually like this one better than the one I posted. My H501 provides light for this shot, by the way.
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    Thanks for the info.

    I think I'd just give myself acupuncture if I tried to sew, perhaps I'd glue or staple the elastic part.

    How does the wide shoelace work when used as a headband instead of a neck lanyard? Most shoelaces aren't very elastic, wouldn't it slip off or have to be cinched up too tight on the head? All of the headbands I've seen have elastic for the headband part.

    Also, where did you get that "Fenix clip", and did you modify it? - looks like it has heat shrink or something over the clip part, unless that's the way it arrived.
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    Great Thread!

    When the 501F arrives, I'd love to be able to mod it with a HIGH CRI Led. Anyone up to try it? So far, I think there are two manufacturers of high CRI LED. That would be the perfect wide angle beam for close up work, giving great color rendition and depth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cistallus View Post
    Thanks for the info.

    I think I'd just give myself acupuncture if I tried to sew, perhaps I'd glue or staple the elastic part.

    How does the wide shoelace work when used as a headband instead of a neck lanyard? Most shoelaces aren't very elastic, wouldn't it slip off or have to be cinched up too tight on the head? All of the headbands I've seen have elastic for the headband part.

    Also, where did you get that "Fenix clip", and did you modify it? - looks like it has heat shrink or something over the clip part, unless that's the way it arrived.
    It doesn't matter how you do it. Just do it. You will be glad you did. But sewing is the best, I think. Once you start using your ZL as a neck lamp, you will rarely need to use it as a headlamp.


    The wide shoelace is a little elastic. It works fine as a headband. Did I say I like it more than the elastic headband I posted previously?

    I got the Fenix clip from Lighthound. I flattened it and put some heat shrink over the clip part. Unless you want to clip your ZL light to a shirt, there is no need for a clip. I bought the clip before I started using the light as a neck lamp. Now that I have been using it as a neck lamp, there is no need for the clip. It's there because it doesn't take up that much space.

    Today I learned that wearing the light as close to the neck as possible is the best position. Now I can look up without having to use it as a headlamp. I can't believe it took months for me to realize this. Just before posting here, I used my H501 in this position to make a meal, ate it and brushed my teeth afterward.

    Shoelace headband in action. I ran a little to test it. It's very comfortable. It is always on my neck and has other uses. At work it carries my work ID. It's also a shoelace should I need one.
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    I have had a 501w since they came out, and just picked up the H51. I absolutely love these lights, but carrying them in a pocket with the included clip never worked well because you have to take it off to put it on the headband. I picked up a couple of Rayovac Sportsman Xtreme flashlights andfound that the clip fits on both of my Zebralights, and they fit in the headband with the clip on! This also solves the unintentional rotation that happens when in the silicone headband holder.



    I tried to find a link to a picture of the Rayovac lights, but the one I had appears to be an older 1w LED in what they now sell as the 3w 80lm version...

    With the new pocket clip, my H51 is truly an all-purpose EDC.

    Zebralight: Find out who makes that clip for Rayovac, and include it with your lights - You will never look back!


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    That's a nice clip.I imagine that it probably won't fit in my H31 that's on order.

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    That looks like a good clip. I assume it's from the Rayovac 2AA model, not the 3C model, part number I found is SELUX2AA3W-B - it's list at $47, current price $30 via Amazon. That's a lot of money to get a clip for my H501w! (Assuming it would fit the H501w like the H51). Of course if I already had it around it would be a good find.
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    Its the 1w version - they have it at Menards (regional home repair store) for 13 bucks. I don't know if its discontinued- it isn't on the Rayovac site...

    It does fit the 501w, by the way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaFABRICATA View Post
    Great ideas here guys!

    Way before the H31 was introduced, I made my own version using an H30 host along with an McR10 reflector and a Q3-5A XP-E.
    Also shown is an H30 that I put a neutral XP-G in.
    Next to them are an H30 direct from Zebralight with a Q3-5A XR-E and another with a Red XR-E.

    Wow... How do you dissambled???
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    Davidt1,
    You play the zebra h501 incisively and vividly!

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    Re: ZebraLight Mods
    Written by kengps on 11-02-2010 10:08 AM GMT

    Originally Posted by Sno4Life

    [quoted pictures from post #21 of this thread were here; left out of this cache repost]

    Zebralight: Find out who makes that clip for Rayovac, and include it with your lights - You will never look back!


    Agreed...that rubber clip my H31 comes with is bulky, ugly, and most of all wayyy too sticky to clip into a jeans pocket. It's the only thing I dislike about it. I think its good for extreme security, and would be good to Agreed...that rubber clip my H31 comes with is bulky, ugly, and most of all wayyy too sticky to clip into a jeans pocket. It's the only thing I dislike about it. I think its good for extreme security, and would be good to have. But for EDC it's just too difficult to clip/unclip from my pocket.



    Re: ZebraLight Mods
    Written by davidt1 on 11-05-2010 10:57 AM GMT

    Ihave decided to wear my H501 around my neck for good, because it's just too convenient to store and use this way.

    Disappeared when stored, even in formal wear.




    Ready to use anytime and anywhere, even when I am in church, at a wedding, or office meeting.






    Re: ZebraLight Mods
    Written by psychbeat on 11-05-2010 01:06 PM GMT

    ^^nice!

    Ive been adding a cut down piece of plastic card

    slipped under the silicone mount to keep the light from

    bouncing around on my fullface helmet. Ive also used the

    GITD holder (supplemented with some velcro) to mount a

    C2 (w dual xpg module) on the side of the band.

    it would be uncomfortable if it wasnt on my helmet.

    eventually Ill swap out the silicone holders for thick velcro

    as it seems like its working out better stability wise for you

    guys. the silicone is WAY too flexi IMO.



    Re: ZebraLight Mods
    Written by RedForest UK on 11-06-2010 02:31 PM GMT

    I just left the stock clip on, cut the circular loops off of the GITD headband and cut some notches in the back. Then it clips/unclips onto the headband attachment great, itll still rotate easily enough for me, doesn't wobble at all due to the notches and rubber on rubber grip, and is easily removable. Plus the GITD backing looks great without those weird loopy things going round the light.




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    Written by cambel on 11-07-2010 08:24 PM GMT

    Has anyone tried breaking these things down and making an h series an s series? Can this be easily done? Curious cause I would really like the have the h51 but it might be nice the have a straight up flashlight once in a while. The switch and lamp bezels appear to be the same size from the photos.


    Re: ZebraLight Mods
    Written by Belstaff1464 on 11-07-2010 09:50 PM GMT

    Quote Originally Posted by cambel
    Has anyone tried breaking these things down and making an h series an s series? Can this be easily done? Curious cause I would really like the have the h51 but it might be nice the have a straight up flashlight once in a while. The switch and lamp bezels appear to be the same size from the photos.
    I would say that it would be very difficult and pointless. Why not just get the corresponding flashlight, i.e. the SC51 ? Such a mod will most certainly be irreversible and result in the destruction of your light. Even if you were successful, the cost of such a modification would probably cost as much as a new SC51 and you'll still only have the one light. IMO, it wouldn't be worth it to even try. I would say that it would be very difficult and pointless. Why not just get the corresponding flashlight, i.e. the SC51 ? Such a mod will most certainly be irreversible and result in the destruction of your light. Even if you were successful, the cost of such a modification would probably cost as much as a new SC51 and you'll still only have the one light. IMO, it wouldn't be worth it to even try.



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    Written by cambel on 11-08-2010 03:44 PM GMT

    The point of it would be to have two flashlights for the price of one. Most flashlights can be broken down and parts swapped and such. I was wondering if this was built the same way. For ease of manufacturing the h and the s seem the same from photos, but I guess by your response they must be glued together which would make it pointless and irriversible. Thanks


    Re: ZebraLight Mods
    Written by Belstaff1464 on 11-09-2010 02:42 AM GMT

    Hey All,

    Thank you all for the great ideas. I'd like to reciprocate by sharing my clip solution for the H31. Firstly, I removed the GITD O-ring on the body. I then used the wire clip from my Leatherman Serac S3. The S3 has been relegated to glovebox duties and as such the clip isn't really require. The clip fits into the groove for the GITD almost like it was made for it. Check out some of the pics below:












    Re: ZebraLight Mods
    Written by NoFair on 11-09-2010 02:53 AM GMT

    Very nice!

    Imho they should come with a clip like that instead of the current one.



    Re: ZebraLight Mods
    Written by Cemoi on 11-09-2010 10:02 AM GMT

    Quote Originally Posted by RedForest UK
    I just left the stock clip on, cut the circular loops off of the GITD headband and cut some notches in the back. Then it clips/unclips onto the headband attachment great
    Pictures would be welcome Pictures would be welcome


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    Written by psychbeat on 11-09-2010 03:20 PM GMT

    ^^^what he said..

    tempting mod.



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    Written by anyheck on 11-10-2010 10:35 AM GMT

    Quote Originally Posted by davidt1

    What is the pocket clip that you have on your light? What is the pocket clip that you have on your light?

    The one I received with my H501w was a much bulkier rubber thing similar to the headband rubber holder. Yours is much more compact.



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    Written by nekomane on 11-13-2010 01:13 AM GMT

    Quote Originally Posted by Belstaff1464
    snip*I'd like to reciprocate by sharing my clip solution for the H31. Firstly, I removed the GITD O-ring on the body. I then used the wire clip from my Leatherman Serac S3.
    The day after I read your post, I was in Portland OR. There were a bunch of flyers near the hotel front desk, and what do I see but one for the Leatherman Factory Store located 2 minutes drive away. The day after I read your post, I was in Portland OR. There were a bunch of flyers near the hotel front desk, and what do I see but one for the Leatherman Factory Store located 2 minutes drive away.

    I dropped by to find the Serac S3 for a bargain price and got 2 of them just for the clip.

    Expect to see a pair of clipless lights on BST

    Thanks for the great find Belstaff!



    Re: Zebralight Mods
    Written by davidt1 on 11-13-2010 05:01 AM GMT

    Quote Originally Posted by anyheck
    What is the pocket clip that you have on your light?

    The one I received with my H501w was a much bulkier rubber thing similar to the headband rubber holder. Yours is much more compact.
    It's this Fenix clip. It's sold online for about $5. It's this Fenix clip. It's sold online for about $5.




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    Written by SpacemanSpiff23 on 11-15-2010 12:02 AM GMT

    Does that fenix clip fit on there without any modding?

    This thread has convinced me to get a Zebralight. Thanks a lot guys.


    Re: ZebraLight Mods
    Written by Belstaff1464 on 11-15-2010 04:07 AM GMT

    Quote Originally Posted by nekomane
    The day after I read your post, I was in Portland OR. There were a bunch of flyers near the hotel front desk, and what do I see but one for the Leatherman Factory Store located 2 minutes drive away.

    I dropped by to find the Serac S3 for a bargain price and got 2 of them just for the clip.

    Expect to see a pair of clipless lights on BST

    Thanks for the great find Belstaff!
    You're welcome. I'm looking for another S3 just for the clip. I snagged mine for $30 from eBay....



    Re: ZebraLight Mods
    Written by davidt1 on 11-15-2010 11:06 AM GMT

    Quote Originally Posted by SpacemanSpiff23
    Does that fenix clip fit on there without any modding?

    This thread has convinced me to get a Zebralight. Thanks a lot guys.
    It fits the H501 without any modding. I modded mine for a darker color to match the light a little better. It fits the H501 without any modding. I modded mine for a darker color to match the light a little better.



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    Written by finefire on 11-15-2010 11:03 PM GMT

    Had an old leatherman in the console of the truck, just ran out to check and sure enough, its the correct clip. Now just waiting for the light to arrive!


    Re: ZebraLight Mods
    Written by candlelight001 on 11-15-2010 11:48 PM GMT

    What magnets do you use? Where exactly do you put them? How does it not mess up the electronics? Awesome mod, want to try it.


    Re: ZebraLight Mods
    Written by davidt1 on 11-16-2010 10:41 AM GMT

    Quote Originally Posted by candlelight001
    What magnets do you use? Where exactly do you put them? How does it not mess up the electronics? Awesome mod, want to try it.
    I bought the magnets from DX, not sure what kind they are though. I glue one on the outside of the tail cap and attach another one on it. No, they don't mess up the electronics. If you use magnets, just remember that they stick to other metals. It's best to keep the light in a sheath or something like that. I bought the magnets from DX, not sure what kind they are though. I glue one on the outside of the tail cap and attach another one on it. No, they don't mess up the electronics. If you use magnets, just remember that they stick to other metals. It's best to keep the light in a sheath or something like that.

    Here is one example why 2 magnet can be useful. I use the magnets to attach the light to the shirt to keep it from moving when I run or bend over.




    Re: ZebraLight Mods
    Written by jag-engr on 11-17-2010 12:53 PM GMT

    Great news from Belstaff's thread about the S3 clip...

    Quote Originally Posted by jag-engr
    Do you by any chance know if it will fit on the AA H51?
    Quote Originally Posted by nekomane
    Yes it does.

    Looks like the diameter where the clip attaches is the same.

    I actually thought Belstaff1464's post in the Zebralight Mod thread was refering to the H51 until reading this thread.

    Great find!



    Re: ZebraLight Mods
    Written by davidt1 on 11-23-2010 12:38 PM GMT

    Not a mod, but how useful a mod can be. I added two more speakers to my surround system and had to rewire a bunch of speakers in a tight spot. There are a few times when it is not an advantage to use my H501 as a headlamp, and this was one of those times. The magnets made the jobs easier.




    Re: ZebraLight Mods
    Written by cistallus on 01-09-2011 03:53 AM GMT

    I finally made myself a "davidt1-style" H501w neck/headband (that I last mentioned in post #18 in this thread).

    From the local drugstore I got a pair of flat black "Outdoor" shoelaces, Kiwi part number 915, 40" (102cm) (for 4-5 eyelets): http://www.kiwicare.com/kiwimcmssite...eavy-duty.html It's just a bit long - a 36" or 34" pair would have been slightly better. They are about 3/8" wide and slightly stretchy.

    From my camping stuff I got a toggle (cord lock), like these: http://www.rei.com/product/611240 or http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001OPMGKM

    Instead of an elastic loop, I used two pieces of 3/4" wide double-sided Velcro tape. I've seen these available as precut strips, but I cut mine (about 4" long each) from a long roll of "One-Wrap" part number 90340: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000078CUB or http://www.velcro.com/index.php?page...ation-one-wrap and, putting the middle of the shoelace along the body of the light, wrapped each of these tightly around the middle of the body of the light. It's tight enough to hold it well yet lets me rotate the light up or down.

    It works very well and comfortably as both a neck light and head light and is far more compact and pocketable than the ZebraLight-supplied headband.

    Instead of magnets, I put two small safety pins on the lace near the body of the light, so if I have a need for extended use when bending over, I can pin it to my shirt so it doesn't swing around.

    Thanks to davidt1 for a great idea!



    Re: ZebraLight Mods
    Written by davidt1 on 01-09-2011 05:15 AM GMT

    Cistallus,

    Thanks for posting links to the stuff you use. I am always looking for ways to improve my setup. I am intrigued by your use of Velcro and safety pins. Can you post some pictures? Thanks.



    Re: ZebraLight Mods
    Written by B0wz3r on 01-14-2011 11:40 AM GMT

    Hi all,

    I've had my H51w for a few days now, and last night I got inspired and came up with some cool attachment/carry ideas for the new light. Here are some quick and dirty shot from my phone:

    6

    With a small split ring through the clip.

    5

    4Sevens finger-holder is just right for this thing.

    4

    3

    2

    1

    With a 4sevens lanyard clipped onto the split ring for around the neck carry.

    The clip is fairly sturdy, so unless someone was going to grab the light itself and not the clip, and then yank pretty hard on it, it doesn't seem like it's going to go anywhere.



    Re: ZebraLight Mods
    Written by davidt1 on 01-14-2011 12:01 PM GMT

    Good mod!!!


    Re: ZebraLight Mods
    Written by Bolster on 01-14-2011 05:32 PM GMT

    I often give lectures in darkened rooms (due to presentations running on a nearby screen), so this is a clamp I machined of aluminum that fits a small camera tripod. It sits, hangs, or grips the podium and I can see my notes.



    I've toyed with the idea of fabricating these for sale. Curious if there's any interest.



    Re: ZebraLight Mods
    Written by Bolster on 01-14-2011 05:39 PM GMT

    OT: Regarding clips. If you're willing to drill and tap two small holes, Spyderco knife clips are available a la carte from their factory store. They are very high quality and not much money. Not recommending this for a Zebralight mod, no room. Just general info.


    Re: ZebraLight Mods
    Written by davidt1 on 02-03-2011 12:23 PM GMT

    Just adding some hip-pop style use of a ZL light. That's all, yo.




    Re: ZebraLight Mods
    Written by davidt1 on 02-05-2011 10:42 AM GMT

    Shorty66, the thread starter, has the slimmest ZL setup here. His setup sets the standard for compactness, and one which I try to emulate.

    Shorty66's ultra compact ZL setup.


    http://img101.imageshack.us/i/pfheadband.jpg/

    I have traded the shoelace headband for something a little thinner. The cord is just as comfortable as the shoelace to wear and leaves no mark.






    Re: ZebraLight Mods
    Written by davidt1 on 02-18-2011 03:48 PM GMT

    James Bond watch/headband mod:

    The cord/shoelace headband is great for many tasks except for running because of the bouncing created by excess body movement. Any elastic headband not supported by a top strap suffers from the same problem because elastic materials stretch under pressure. For runners, a jockstrap headband offers the rigidness and stability needed to keep the headlamp from bouncing around. Jockstrap headbands are, unfortunately, bulky and unsuitable for on-person EDC. If you run and need a headband that doesn't stretch, a Velcro headband is a smaller alternate to bulky jockstrap headbands.

    I know Velcro doesn't stretch and offers the stability needed to keep my ZL light from bouncing around during a run. But I need to be able to carry it on my-person discreetly. Below is a mod that would make James Bond proud.

    Citizen Eco-drive watch



    Is also headband for headlamp/MP3 player/wound dressing/compression strap/etc. in James Bond fashion.




    Re: ZebraLight Mods
    Written by B0wz3r on 02-19-2011 01:17 PM GMT

    I've come up with an interesting way of using my H51w... so much so that once I get my new Spark next week, I'm considering using the 51w this way all the time.

    A picture is worth a thousand words, so I'll let a photo do the talking here.

    Using a 4Sevens 'fingerloop' held in place by the clip of the H51w.

    The advantage of this is it frees your entire hand for use; you're not holding the light inside your hand like you would have to with a regular type of flashlight.

    Notice that I've put the fingerloop under the clip, so the pressure from the clip keeps the light from rotating in the loop. To change the angle, simply slip the loop down into the clip to free it, rotate the light to the desire angle in the loop, then slide the loop up under the clip again. And, it puts light wherever you are reaching. So you get the hands free utility of the headlamp combined with the directionality and control of a flashlight. You also don't get tunnel vision this way either.


    Re: ZebraLight Mods
    Written by srfreddy on 02-19-2011 02:32 PM GMT

    davidt1, what kind of glue did you use? also, how thick and how wide of a magnet do you think could fit under the spring in the tailcap?


    Re: ZebraLight Mods
    Written by davidt1 on 02-19-2011 05:16 PM GMT

    Quote Originally Posted by srfreddy
    davidt1, what kind of glue did you use? also, how thick and how wide of a magnet do you think could fit under the spring in the tailcap?
    I use Krazy glue because it's not the strongest because I want to be able to remove the magnet easily if I wanted to. If you want to glue the magnet there permanently, Locktite Universal Adhesive works well. I used it once and couldn't remove the magnet later. Had to grind the magnet away with a power tool. I use Krazy glue because it's not the strongest because I want to be able to remove the magnet easily if I wanted to. If you want to glue the magnet there permanently, Locktite Universal Adhesive works well. I used it once and couldn't remove the magnet later. Had to grind the magnet away with a power tool.

    I don't know the dimensions for a magnet that would fit inside the tail cap. Shorty66, the thread starter, did this mod. Perhaps he can answer your question.
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    Big thanks to whomever saved this thread! Repost of this clamp because I changed hosting servers:

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    cistallus,

    I have page 1 cache - including posts 27-30. I'll try PMing it to you - I think you should be able to do a simple copy/paste back at the end of your #27...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bolster View Post
    Big thanks to whomever saved this thread!
    I was just lucky it was still in a cache when I looked recently for any thread where I posted.

    Quote Originally Posted by JA(me)S View Post
    cistallus,

    I have page 1 cache - including posts 27-30. I'll try PMing it to you - I think you should be able to do a simple copy/paste back at the end of your #27...

    - Jas.
    Done - I put them at the front of my post so they are in order.
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