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Any reason not to get a tri ball clamp?

Discussion in 'Strobes and Lighting' started by Pyndle, Mar 11, 2019.

  1. Pyndle

    Pyndle Angel Fish

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    Hi guys,

    As I've had yet another ball clamp failure, I will be buying new clamps very soon. This time I'm getting ultralights ones. I just realized that a normal ball clamp with 2 attachments is the same price (+/-3 usd) as a tri ball clamp, which I might need to use if I decide to buy new lights one day (on top of my strobes).

    Is there any inconvenience in having a tri ball clamp with only 2 arms attached to it? i.e. is it as stable/tight as a normal clamp would be?

    Thanks,
    Pyndle
     
  2. nudibranco

    nudibranco Instructor, Scuba

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    definitely not as easy to use or stable unfortunately as it is not symmetrical. I hardly use mine unless I need be super compact and use 2 strobes with no arms...
     
  3. Pyndle

    Pyndle Angel Fish

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  4. Aqua-Andy

    Aqua-Andy Solo Diver

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    Won't work, you need all three holes filled so that it will clamp down properly
     
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  5. WS007

    WS007 Professional Photographer

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    I also plan to acquire two triple clamps now - but as Aqua Andy says, in every hole must be a ball, they cannot be used same way as the regular clamps...

    I intend to use them for fixing an additional single floatation arm above the housing, for additional buyoncy and to fix the diving computer on it...

    Wolfgang
     
  6. bvanant

    bvanant Loggerhead Turtle

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    I don't understand why the triple clamp (I have several) can't be used in two ball mode. How does the third clamp know that there isn't a ball in place?
    Bill
     
  7. Barmaglot

    Barmaglot Manta Ray

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    The two halves of the clamp are squeezed together by the center pin, so when there are only two balls in it, the third lobe has nothing to push the halves apart, and the whole thing goes a bit lopsided. That said, I've used my triple clamps with two balls when I couldn't find one of my double clamps and they held fine.
     
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  8. bvanant

    bvanant Loggerhead Turtle

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    Mine too. I use them this way quite often,
    BVA
     
  9. chris kippax

    chris kippax Divemaster

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    I use a ULCS triple clamp to hold my focus light. Works perfectly with only two balls to grip to.
     
  10. Pyndle

    Pyndle Angel Fish

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    Thanks for all the feedback. I will get just one triple clamp and 2 normal ones, see how it goes. If it holds well I'll get another triple clamp, I'll update you guys next week.
     

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