Princeton Tec APEX Permanent Mounting

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Princeton Tec APEX Permanent Mounting

Postby Darklight » Sep 17, 2006 10:34 am

Not sure if anyone else has done this or not; thought I'd start a new thread.

Bought an Apex the other day after reading all the posts about it, and hearing that my pal was getting one. Can't be outdone, ya know! I wanted one as a backup for my Sten that I could mount on the helmet. I never have liked the idea of those elastic straps holding on a light, so I set about making it permanent.

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I removed the two screws on the top of the battery compartment, exposing the solder points. Desoldered same and fished the cable through several holes in my helmet. I also covered the wire with cable wrap. This seems to help protect the exposed parts outside the helmet.

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Five drilled holes and some nuts and bolts later, I had it all rigged up. I can still aim the light to correspond with the Sten.

Just for perusal!
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Postby Grandpa Caver » Sep 17, 2006 11:50 am

Very nice setup however it appears you have the screw heads on the outside of the helmut. Maybe you've addressed the problem in another mannor but if not, I would suggest turning them around. In a strong impact to the helmut, it would be preferably to have your skull slam into the smoothly rounded screw heads rather than the protruding other end of the screw (or bolt).
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Postby Darklight » Sep 17, 2006 11:53 am

Ah, yes. That's why I meticulously rounded the bolts heads on the inside with my Dremel tool. Yes, it would have been easier to do it the other way, but it didn't look as nice;-)
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Re: Princeton Tec APEX Permanent Mounting

Postby NZcaver » Sep 17, 2006 2:25 pm

Darklight wrote:Not sure if anyone else has done this or not; thought I'd start a new thread.

Like this? :wink:

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http://www.caves.org/phpBB2/viewtopic.p ... &start=110

It would seem we have similar ideas. :-) I found I didn't really need to cut and splice the cord on the Apex, although I did with my previous headlamp (a Petzl Duo).
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Postby Darklight » Sep 17, 2006 3:36 pm

I wasn't going to run the cord inside untill I saw how easy it would be. Since my Sten cord runs inside, I figured why not? Good rig. I missed that post;-)
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