There are some circumstances in which you simply do not want to be always holding your flashlight in your hands. Mounts are quite useful in situations like this one. Mounts come in a variety of forms, each of which is optimized for a particular function.
• The use of headstraps makes it possible to transform a standard portable flashlight into a wearable headlamp. When you need both hands for work or when you’re going on a long trip at night, you may utilize a full-featured, extra-bright flashlight without having to sacrifice brightness or functionality. There are unique mounting solutions available for some helmets that are compatible with certain torches, however covering those topics is outside the scope of this tutorial.
• There are specific mounts available that allow you to attach your flashlight to the handlebar of your bicycle so that it may serve as a headlight when you are riding. When you get off your bike, don’t forget to take the flashlight with you, and before you do so, find out if it’s okay to use a light source that isn’t mounted on your bike.
• If you’re like that sort of thing and you’re permitted to use them, there are mounts for flashlights that can be attached to the underside of the barrel of guns. Additionally, there are specific weapon lights that may be purchased.
Just use your imagination when thinking of ways to improve your flashlight so that it may better serve you in everyday life and in times of crisis.
The vast majority of the alterations will simply consist of things that are wrapped around the handle. You may do this either to improve your grip or to create a location to put the “wrapping,” or you can do it to do both. Common items that you may attach to your flashlight are ranger bands, which are heavy-duty rubber bands made from recycled bicycle tires, duct tape, skateboard tape, and of course paracord. If you decide to go with paracord, you may attach a loop to it so that it can be used as a lanyard.
There are also some companies that provide replacement components for the most popular types of flashlights. Some companies even go so far as to not provide standard versions but rather give you the option to pick and choose from a vast range of bodies, heads, reflectors, and other components. To compare it to tuning vehicles, this may be a highly fulfilling pastime, but it is not going to be covered in this book because it is outside the scope of what it covers. If you are looking for a flashlight just because you need to shine light on anything, there are a ton of fantastic models available, and you do not have to put in the extra effort to construct your own.