Fixing a defective head torch
Released on: 2014-03-07

Here I make a defective torch useful using a simple modification to stop the straps from falling off.

In the original design it's very easy for the strap to slide to one side. At that point it can then easily slide through the exit/entry point and the torch falls off your head. I tried using this model of torch unmodified for a couple of days and found that the strap would last anywhere from a few seconds to about half an hour best case. And this was without even trying to push its limits.

This is an excellent example of why I think everyone should have basic repair skills. Other than this design flaw, this is a really good torch. So for 99p and 30 minutes to modify 4 torches, this has prevented good components from going to landfill.

The solution I have employed is to glue a bar over the entry/exit point where the strap is attached. In this case the bar is simple a cable tie cut down to size. I experimented with placing that bar close to the wearer or away from the wearer. Theoretically it would be better to place the bar away from the wearer so that the connections and any sharp ends would be away from the wearer. In the video I noted that I felt very little difference and perhaps even found it more comfortable when the bar was close to the wearer. However I still recommend having the bar away from the wearer, even if just for safety of not putting something potentially sharp by your face.

A couple of weeks of heavy usage after filming this video has not changed my opinion.

These lights are awesome. Why did it take me so long to try head mounted torches?!

Imported image from the old system
Above: Imported image from the old system

Imported image from the old system
Above: Imported image from the old system

Imported image from the old system
Above: Imported image from the old system

Imported image from the old system
Above: Imported image from the old system

Imported image from the old system
Above: Imported image from the old system

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