Flashlight watches are a cool, hands-free way to provide light, but they can be quite expensive. This DIY flashlight watch is a cheap, easy way to transform things you have lying around the house into a tactical flashlight watch. In fact, this method is slightly better because the watch can easily transform between a bulky, ugly watch light, and a normal wristwatch. And yes, I did just admit that it is bulky and ugly. :-)
I recently realized that this method of attaching things to a watch band is not limited to flashlights. Because of the removable-ness of the light, you can replace it with other things (small compass, multi-tool, etc.). The only limit is your imagination! So share what you make in the comments. Thanks!
Step 1: What You'll Need
- A Cheap Keychain Light
- A Wristwatch w/ Velcro Strap
- Super Glue
- A Hacksaw
Step 2: Trimming Your Flashlight
Using your hacksaw, cut off any excess parts of the light (bottle openers, clip, etc.), as shown. The point of this step is to trim the flashlight down to the smallest possible size without losing the aesthetics.
Step 3: Attaching the Light
Cut a small square of Velcro, and glue it to the back of your light. You should now be able to stick your light to the exposed Velcro on your watch band. I recommend putting your watch on before attaching the light, as it allows you to position the light better.
Step 4: Congratulations!
You now have a working, customizable, tactical flashlight wristwatch and it didn't cost you anything! Enjoy!
Thank you for reading my tutorial, and I hope you like my idea! If you do, please consider voting for me in the Epilog VII Contest. If I won the laser cutter I would use it to build puzzle boxes like these. I would also be able to pursue wood projects that are too intricate for an unskilled scroll-saw user. I am also interested in building robots with custom covers, and in creating 3D layered art. Thanks!