When extended, how long is it? 18"? 24 " ??
CHARLES M When the clip is un buckled, the coil will extend about 36 to 40 inches, and not much more. I have used several retractable lanyards with strings, and lost a light from breaking the string on the Dive Boat ladder. In my opinion, the coil lanyards are a better choice because they have no moving parts, springs, or strings, and you can easily clip the item, Dive Light, or Camera, at a close distance when you are done with it.
RON B 24" easy. We use it to keep the camera attached to the BC during the dive. it keeps it close to the vest and then I unhook one end and can extend the camera arms length for any shot. Has worked well for us.
MELANIE S Fully stretched it's about 24"