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Tim Garner
(slowhike) - F

Locale: South East U.S.
gorila pod light on 08/16/2006 21:19:47 MDT Print View

hanging from abovetable toprubber band attachmentsaftey loop
this idea just came to me a little while ago, so there will no dought be better ideas.
the hanging from a line shot is one way i`ll most likely use it... for reading in the hammock & having a light that`s easy to find.
the rubber band holds it in place, but the string loop that the clip is hooked to should help keep the light from getting lost. it also alows the light to be removed from the gorila pod with out untying anything. ...tim

Edited by slowhike on 08/16/2006 21:21:01 MDT.

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Gorilla pod light on 08/17/2006 11:50:00 MDT Print View

Good idea! For those using other small tripods like the Ultrapods, you could glue a 1/4-20 nut to your lamp and screw it onto the camera stud. Hmmmm, now for a source for 1/4-20 aluminum nuts.....

Christopher Plesko
(Pivvay) - F

Locale: Rocky Mountains
aluminum nuts on 08/17/2006 12:27:39 MDT Print View

try racebolts.com (google should find it) for aluminum and ti bolts. Pretty cheap compared to specifically marketed stuff.

Dan Healy
(electricpanda)

Locale: Queensland
Gorilla pod on 08/17/2006 23:41:32 MDT Print View

that is so freaking cool!

I really like my gorilla pod for doing the tripod thing even though it is heavier and bulkier than my old one so a new use is tremendous!

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Photon and Ultrapod on 09/01/2006 15:58:09 MDT Print View

I finally got around to adapting this great idea
to my Ultrapod tripod and Photon Micro Light.

I went to the hardware store (Lowes) in search of
the lightest 1/4-20 nut I could find. I was hoping to
find an aluminum nut and had forgotten all about nylon
or Delrin threaded parts. What I found was a nylon
nut and it was fairly deep too
-- that is a good thing.

I was thinking about using JB Weld epoxy, but I
had used a Loctite brand of super glue that is a two-
part product with an activator and the glue. It is
made specifically for joining plastic. It works great
on things like sunglasses, so I went with the super
glue (Loctite 01-07011). I spread activator on the
bottom of the Photon light and one side of the nylon
nut, waited 30 seconds, and applied a drop of the
super glue on the bottom of the nut. Taking care to
get the nut centered on the Photon, I held the parts
together for 30 seconds and I had a Micro Light
with a tripod mount.

As you can see from the photo, the nuts don't weigh
much: 3 nuts won't register on my 0.10 ounce
graduated postal scale. The nut is deep enough to
take all the threads of the tripod screw. This is a
good thing as the screw won't push against the
bottom of the light and possibly pop it off the nut.
The screws on the Photon are still fully accessible
for battery changes and I'm happy to see that the nut
actually aids in operating the lamp rather than
getting in the way. The nut makes it easier to grip
the lamp and operate the sliding lock for the switch.
Using it with the tripod is easy enough: screw them
together and point the light where you want it.
Thanks to Tim Garner (slowhike)for the
inspiration!


1/4-20" nuts on scale
3 of the 1/4-20 nuts don't equal 0.10oz!



Items for this project
The Photon Micro Light with a nylon 1/4-20 nut, the Loctite 2 part Super Glue and the Ultrapod tripod.

Close-up of the nut and Photon light
The nut is simply glued to the bottom of the Photon Micro Light.

Close up of lamp on tripod
Here is a close-up of the lamp mounted on the tripod.

Lamp in operation
Here's the combination in action. It has a nice pool of light for reading, cooking, or making repairs.

In use, you can stick the Ultrapod in the your shirt
pocket or the vee of your neck zipper to illuminate
your hands or a book or use the Velcro strap on the
tripod to wrap it to a trekking pole, branch, etc.

Edited by dwambaugh on 09/01/2006 17:48:58 MDT.

Tim Garner
(slowhike) - F

Locale: South East U.S.
gorila pod light on 09/13/2006 22:01:23 MDT Print View

well dale... you`ve inspired me to improve on my first set-up.
i knew the rubber band would let the light get knocked loose & dangle at times (& it has). no big deal, but it`s time for an up grade. ...tim