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
3 of the 1/4-20 nuts don't equal 0.10oz!
The Photon Micro Light with a nylon 1/4-20 nut, the Loctite 2 part Super Glue and the Ultrapod tripod.
The nut is simply glued to the bottom of the Photon Micro Light.
Here is a close-up of the lamp mounted on the tripod.
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.