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  • Good clamp for lights and lasers

    posted by frills on 09/26/2008
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    Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:1 week to 1 month

    Pros:

    Uses the standard universal screw-down tripod mount.
    Great for holding lasers and flashlights steady on a tripod.
    Grip range is wide enough to hold anything from 18650-cell flashlights to pen lasers. A few rubber bands will allow it to hold even smaller things.
    Good tilt range that's easily adjusted by hand without being too loose. You can also adjust the stiffness with the pivot bolt.
    Nice, strong spring action.

    Cons:

    Burring on the plastic edges from cheap casting. You may want to sand that off to make it more comfortable to handle.
    The metal bolt is in direct contact with the plastic of the pivot, which will cause wear and require adjustment after a while.
    The metal tripod mount insert in the base may come loose eventually for similar reasons.

    OtherThoughts:

    It held my Aurora P7 (sku.14212) without a problem, and the addition of a couple of rubber bands for a no-slip grip allowed me pick up and move the tripod without needing to readjust the light in the clamp afterward.

    Bottomline:

    It's an inexpensive and useful clamp, and it should be a great help to those of you who need a steadier hand to burn things with your lasers.

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