When I discovered my Stanley Tripod flashlight had a battery acid leak, it was, unfortunately, exactly when I needed a tripod flashlight the most — for fixing a leak under my sink.

I went to my flashlight drawer and realized I already have plenty of flashlights, all I really needed was the tripod. I remembered seeing that Maker Shed sells a GorillaPod flexible camera tripod with magnetic feet, and that’s when the light bulb went off.

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Steps

Step #1: Cut PVC

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Build an Easy, Versatile Magnetic Flashlight Tripod

First, cut a PVC pipe in half lengthwise, and to your desired length. I used a 1" pipe about 4" long for the small MagLite shown here. If you have some time on your hands, feel free to sand down rough edges. Drill a 5/16" clearance hole in the center to make room for the tripod’s universal ¼"-20 mount, ensuring a better fit.

Step #2: Epoxy

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Build an Easy, Versatile Magnetic Flashlight Tripod

Dab your favorite quick-set epoxy (or hot glue if you want something less permanent) on top of the quick-release clip of the GorillaPod. Make sure the epoxy doesn’t interfere with movement of the joints.

Step #3: Add Velcro

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Build an Easy, Versatile Magnetic Flashlight Tripod

Lay down some velcro tape in the trench of the pipe, and add a small strip to your flashlight.

Conclusion

The magnetic-feet tripod gives you more options for mounting the flashlight, but it’s not absolutely necessary; GorillaPod also has versions without magnets, and bigger versions too. Just be warned about buying cheaper clones, as most reviews I’ve read say they aren’t as durable and are prone to breakage.
Jason Babler

Jason Babler

I'm the Creative Director of Make: magazine.


  • WingDQ

    Or you could get a head mounted flashlight or fashion a head mount by duct taping your flashlight to a hat/headband.

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