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Tec Accessories Glow Fob - temporary tritium fob

Discussion in 'Keychain Tools' started by hazna, May 27, 2011.

  1. hazna

    hazna Loaded Pockets

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    ORIGINAL POST: http://keychainpockets.blogspot.com/2011/05/tritium-into-tec-accessories-glow-fob.html

    I've been meaning to change the GITD pellet in the tec accessories glow fob for some time now. However, I was undecided on what colour tritium I wanted to glue into the empty tubes tec accessories sell. I was trying to figure out a way to temporarily install the 23x3mm tritium, but still be able to remove the tritium in case I wanted to use that tritium vial elsewhere.

    This is what I came up with.

    Materials:

    -23x3mm tritium
    -'blu-tack'. Not sure what you call it in other countries but here is the wikipedia entry for it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blu-Tack
    -small round circles of plastic cut out from empty battery packaging. The circles should roughly be the diameter of the empty vial.
    -glow pellet kit from tec accessories

    Method:
    -place 23x3mm tritium into the empty vial from tec accessories
    -centre the tritium vial, place a little blu-tack in either end to keep the tritium in place
    -tack the plastic circles to either end of the acrylic tube
    -remove the o-ring in the tec accessories glow fob, swap the GITD pellet with your tritium pellet.
    -place the o-ring back in, make sure everything is firmly in place and there is minimal movement of the tritium pellet.

    The small round circles will hold the blu-tack in place and reduces dirt sticking to the blu-tack. The o-ring and washer should hold the small plastic circles in place and stop them from falling out. If you want to retrieve your tritium vial, it's pretty easy to take the blu-tack back out.

    I'll see how this works for me in the medium term. If it works out okay, I might just leave the tritium installed as is. If it doesn't work out well, I'll just install them with norland 61 for a more permanent solution.

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    OTHER LINKS:
    http://keychainpockets.blogspot.com/2011/03/tec-accessories-tec-s3-glow-fob.html
    http://www.tecaccessories.com/products/product.php?II=33
     
  2. willydigger

    willydigger Loaded Pockets

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    I'm interested in doing something similar. Can you offer details on why you decided to use the N61 instead of leaving it like this? It looks great as is. Does the tritium jiggle around without the epoxy? I think silicone on the tips is much cleaner.
     
  3. Ren

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  4. hazna

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    I could have left it as is with the blue-tack. It'll do the job in keeping the tritium in place, blue-tack might get a little dirty with time.

    I switched over to norland 61, because I have it and used it for other tritium installations. In my mind, I feel since the tritium is completely sealed in place with the norland 61, it provides better protection... I've got nothing to back this up, though.

    silicone seems to be a popular alternative to use as well. Just different ways of achieving a similar result

    sugru sounds interesting, but never heard of it before, so originally I used blue tack since it's readily available where I am.