Do It Yourself — Magnetic Tube Clip
Many higher-end hydration packs include a magnetic tube clip for the hydration tube/hose. It makes clipping the tube in and out quicker and more effortless. Unfortunately, neither my Camelbak Classic or Camelbak Ratchet hydration packs came with a magnetic tube clip by default, so I decided to make my own. I wanted to make it universal in case I end up getting yet another pack. Here’s how I made it.
I wanted the design to be as simple and easy to make as possible, so you only need two small pieces of plastic. Preferably one piece should be flexible while the other one should be more rigid. I used a regular and flexible cutting board for mine. You will also need two strong magnets (I used neodymium magnets with 10 mm diameter), thin foam and some zip ties. The tools I used are:
Blueprints for the magnetic tube clip
For measurements, you can check the blueprints.
To make the plate that attaches to your harness you need a 2.5 cm x 2.5 cm piece of rigid plastic.
Next, make a mark in the center of the plate and drill a pilot hole. Then just keep increasing the size until your magnet can fit into it.
Cut off the piece along the lines. Make marks 5 mm away from each corner as shown and use files to make small grooves.
Make sure that the magnet fits tightly. If yes, you can secure it in place with a bit of superglue.
Not necessary, but you can also file small grooves on the front side of the plate. This allows for the zip ties to sit flush with the surface.
The final step is to secure it to your harness with some zip ties.
Note: Camelbak hoses are around 12 mm in diameter. For wider/narrower hose you might need to change the measurements slightly.
To get started, start by drawing a 42 mm x 30 mm rectangle on the thinner plastic.
Mark the center point between the two center lines and use a drill, nail or knife to make a small hole.
Next, flip the piece over and fold along the lines drawn earlier.
Secure the magnet in place by a small screw and nut. Use hacksaw/pliers to shorten the bolt.
Glue some foam/leather/fabric around the nut to make sure it cannot damage the hose.
Magnetic tube clip finished
Cost of the project: >5€
Time spent: 1-2 hours