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Old 11-09-11, 02:39 PM   #1
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Mounting Systems for 1x18650 Flashlights? (head, helmet, bar)

Lights, batteries, and charger are all on their way. Now I need to find some good mounting systems. Any recommendations or thoughts?

(I'd like to have a better sense of what's out there, the range of possibilities, what works well and what doesn't, what's awkward or slow to use and what is smooth and quick and secure, and what holds up well over time.)
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Old 11-09-11, 02:46 PM   #2
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What exactly did you order? Different lights have different needs.
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I use this:
http://www.dealextreme.com/p/univers...cle-mount-8274
It allows easy, one handed install/removal of the light, even while riding. It allows you to easily pivot the light up or down.
It holds the light securely. Mine has been in use for several years, and it gets used on a nightly basis during the cooler months.
It costs $1.80.
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What exactly did you order? Different lights have different needs.
As Ziemas said, pretty hard to answer unless you provide details on what kind of light you ordered. Not all mounts work on everything. Unless you are just really cheap (or poor), I would order local rather than the DX route right now, as it could take several weeks for you to get what you order. My mount needs for torches have always been met just fine with a Twofish Lockblock (or Cyclopblock for heavier/larger torches). Drawback vs the one Sknhgy mentioned is a Lockblock can only be moved up and down, not side-to-side.
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Old 11-09-11, 04:09 PM   #5
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There's really only a handful of mounts that work:
Twofish Lockblock and Bikeblock
Zefal Doodad
Fenix Flashlight Mount
Dealextreme $2 bike mount (does not fit OS bars)
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For single cell 18650 lights, the Lockblocks and Cyclopblock work fine.. For 2x 18650 cell lights they can get a little bouncy..
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Old 11-09-11, 10:26 PM   #7
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I use this:
http://www.dealextreme.com/p/univers...cle-mount-8274
Sometimes simple is the best.
+1. It's much better than the velcro lockblock. For the helmet, though I haven't found anything better than the velcro gun site mount (the velcro loops are parallel rather than 90 degrees).
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Old 11-09-11, 10:37 PM   #8
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What exactly did you order?
A couple of these,
kaidomain.com/Product/Details.S009844
And probably one or two others to go with them will be ordered soon. On my short list is the Zebralight SC600w (available soon, according to an email reply from Zebralight, it is a neutral white version of the SC600)[if anyone knows of another excellent floody XM-L that is less expensive, please let us know]. I'm also looking for some good more-compact lights, like the minis from shiningbeam.com and the Yezl Z1 that Colleen recommended.
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A couple of these,
kaidomain.com/Product/Details.S009844
And probably one or two others to go with them will be ordered soon. On my short list is the Zebralight SC600w (available soon, according to an email reply from Zebralight, it is a neutral white version of the SC600)[if anyone knows of another excellent floody XM-L that is less expensive, please let us know]. I'm also looking for some good more-compact lights, like the minis from shiningbeam.com and the Yezl Z1 that Colleen recommended.
The Twofish Lockblock works Ok with the KD C8 although the larger head of the C8 does make the flashlight shake a little.

I have one of the DX mentioned above and that is a more solid mount but will not work with larger diameter handlebar. The holder will work on most 25.4mm body diameter flashlight.

I just received my Thrunite TN11 xml and from Lightjunction and while I was browsing, I saw they carry this holder . I had the intention to order one to try while I order my TN11 but forgot to add it to my cart. I may still get one to try out when I place my second order for another TN11.

The Yezl Z1 I recomended should be a Yezl Z1X. There is a Z1 where it is a XPG led and there is the Z1X which is the XML version and it is very bright. I bought mine from Lightjuction and they have the XML but is list as a Z1 which makes it confusing. Here is the one I bought and is very satisfy with the intense output for a small mini light.
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A couple of these,
kaidomain.com/Product/Details.S009844
And probably one or two others to go with them will be ordered soon. On my short list is the Zebralight SC600w (available soon, according to an email reply from Zebralight, it is a neutral white version of the SC600)[if anyone knows of another excellent floody XM-L that is less expensive, please let us know]. I'm also looking for some good more-compact lights, like the minis from shiningbeam.com and the Yezl Z1 that Colleen recommended.
I would assume that a Two Fish CylcoBlock wouldn't be good due to the massive head on that light. I think it would bob around all over the place, but I could be wrong. If I were you I'd look for something solid.
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The Twofish Lockblock works Ok with the KD C8 although the larger head of the C8 does make the flashlight shake a little.

I have one of the DX mentioned above and that is a more solid mount but will not work with larger diameter handlebar. The holder will work on most 25.4mm body diameter flashlight.

I just received my Thrunite TN11 xml and from Lightjunction and while I was browsing, I saw they carry this holder . I had the intention to order one to try while I order my TN11 but forgot to add it to my cart. I may still get one to try out when I place my second order for another TN11.....
Colleen, re: The mount you linked to from Light Junction - I would not recommend it. I had the chance to use this one on a night ride last week and was not impressed, as it is very hard to lock down the light and secure it to the bars. The gaps between adjustment settings are too large.

Concerning the Twofish: Lockblocks work just great for small head flashlights, such as the SC600 or a Fenix L2D or most of the Romisen torches. For larger head diameter lights like the C8, the cyclopblock works better, as the regular Lockblock allows too much bouncing. Either will work as a helmet mount for most lights (with a little jiggering around).

I think one of these days I'm going to order one of every kind of mount DX offers just to try them all out - they are certainly cheap enough individually....

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I've had pretty good luck with the Twofish lockblocks for a single 18650 light. I think the Cycloblock would be better though.

Related question: this set looks to me like two lockblocks and one cycloblock. Can anyone verify that?

[edit] In case anyone is interested, I contacted twofish with the above Q. Here is their reply:

The Lockblocks U-lock holder is designed to do just what it says, hold a U-lock.

The U-lock holder has two blocks with short straps for holding the shackle of the lock which has a smaller O.D. than a light. The block with two longer strap are not webbing reinforced and are not the Cycle Block. You will not get three light holders out of a set of Lockblocks. All of our holders are made use specific using similar materials so we can keep the over-all price of all of our holders down to our consumers. All of our products are made in the USA except the Stainless Steel Quick Cage.

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