EDC Flashlight Retention
While some people have large enough hands and enough dexterity to hold a flashlight while performing other tasks, it remains difficult to do and the chances of dropping the flashlight are high. For most people when both hands are needed the flashlight is stowed in a pocket or purse. Some may resort to an improvised method of retaining the light, such as holding it in the mouth or under an arm, but in all such cases varying degrees of fumbling are involved.
The use of a retention accessory greatly reduces the likelihood of a dropped flashlight. Here are three accessories that work well;
This is a simple yet effective means of hands-free light retention. It consists of a rubber O–ring and split ring attached to a lanyard loop through which the index finger is placed. Along with fumble-free retention, this accessory is the least bulky and least likely to get snagged on an object. It also serves as a convenient means of pulling the light from a pocket. The finger ring is included on all EDCLB Personal Security Pro lights equipped with a lanyard loop. EDCLB Finger Ring | EDCLB Z26 Lanyard Loop & Finger Ring
This method works well on 2-cell E-series lights. It consists of a short loop of shock cord attached to the light via a lanyard loop. In use the fist bungee wraps around the fingers and loops over the head of the light, retaining the light on the hand in a stable, non-dangling fashion. The fist bungee can also be used as an improvised wrist lanyard. EDCLB Fist Bungee
The wrist lanyard an effective method of retention when both hands are needed. The primary advantage of the wrist lanyard is that it does the best job of completely freeing the hand. The downside is that the lanyard is prone to getting snagged when not in use. For this reason, an effective break-away link* should always be used when attaching a wrist lanyard to the light. EDCLB Custom Wrist Lanyard Additional reading: Flashlight Lanyard Technique