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    Remote button options for Taskled drivers

    Right now I have two options for making a remote buttons for my hipFlex:

    1) Use a pressure switch

    disadvantage - it's not very sensitive and it's bulky
    advantage - ready to go and waterproof

    2) make a switch from a keychain LED light


    just remove the LED, battery, put a small switch inside, seal with silicone, glue a small velcro patch.



    To make it more sensitive - use a silicone button cap, like this one:


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    I found the 'tact' switch to work quite well.



    you can also add a LED in there with only one extra wire. the NEG for the LEDs is one of the switch wires...

    but remember the result of a short on the switch is the light WILL turn off, some times can be confused for a low / bad batt, when on a ride, so waterproof well...



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    ktronik, how do you fix the switch to the handlebars?

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    Quote Originally Posted by zemike
    ktronik, how do you fix the switch to the handlebars?
    normaly a ziptie or velcro strap, I sit it hard up against my gear changer clamp.



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    Motorcycle kill switch

    You might want to look at the motorcycle industry for a possibility. All dirt bikes use a remote "kill switch" that is simply a waterproof, normally open momentary two-wire switch that is used to short out the ignition and stop the engine. They usually have approximately 18" leads, with connectors. You could simply cut off the connectors and wire it in directly. They are already made to clamp on a 7/8" handlebar, which I believe is what the MTB handlebars are out by the grips.

    Check out http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com for a few examples in the $12 range.

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    I've used one of these on my bFlex:

    http://www.wiggle.co.uk/p/cycle/7/Ca...00/5360015126/

    You can cut off the connector and then split the two buttons.

    + : Ready to go and all sealed up
    - : The wires are very very thin and buggers (IMHO) to solder up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Harpoon
    I've used one of these on my bFlex:

    http://www.wiggle.co.uk/p/cycle/7/Ca...00/5360015126/

    You can cut off the connector and then split the two buttons.

    + : Ready to go and all sealed up
    - : The wires are very very thin and buggers (IMHO) to solder up.
    Thanks for the tip, I saw those at the cateye small parts store for $15 too. Do you have any pics of them on your bike? Do you think they will be durable enough?

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    Certainly do Huffy.. few pic's in here:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/3682301...7606354095009/

    Seem durable but I've not used that much. I guess you could snap the wires if you're not carefull.

    It's certainly nice being able to toggle hi/low on a light without having to move your hand off the bars, just wish the wiring was thicker!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Harpoon
    Certainly do Huffy.. few pic's in here:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/3682301...7606354095009/

    Seem durable but I've not used that much. I guess you could snap the wires if you're not carefull.

    It's certainly nice being able to toggle hi/low on a light without having to move your hand off the bars, just wish the wiring was thicker!
    Thanks, that is a very cool setup, and the switches look pretty good. The thin wires could probably be protected with some heatshrink if it were ever a problem (though they would loose flexibility).

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