DIY Projects for Preppers | How to Make a Spotlight Out of a Flashlight



DIY Projects for Preppers | How to Make a Spotlight Out of a Flashlight

There are tons of DIY projects out there, some more useful than others. But when we come across DIY projects that also serve as great survival tools, we like to share them here.

When natural disasters strike, you can expect the power to be out. The dangerous forces of nature can strike anytime, anywhere and often very quickly. Problems will be encountered especially at night. When a flood, hurricane, blizzard, earthquake or tornado hits your area, visibility becomes paramount. In these situations, knowing how to make a spotlight on the fly can be a handy skill to have.

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DIY Projects for Preppers: How to Make a Spotlight Out of a Small Flashlight

Scroll down to the bottom for the full video tutorial.

Materials Needed:

  • LED flashlight
  • magnifying glass, 5 in. diameter or largest possible
  • two 2×2″ planks, long and short
  • velcro straps
  • power drill
  • drill bit the same size as the magnifying glass handle
  • black paint
  • optional: tripod

Step 1. Mounting for the magnifying glass.

Mounting for the magnifying glass

Drill a hole into one end of the long plank. Put the handle of the magnifying glass into the hole.


Step 2. Mount the short plank.

It serves as the riser so that the flashlight’s beam will be centered on the lens.


Step 3. Mount the light source.

Mount the light source

Place the flashlight on the riser.


Step 4. Strap it down.

Strap it down

Use two strips of velcro fasteners to secure the flashlight and the riser. You can keep it a little loose to allow the assembly to slide for beam adjustments.

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Step 5. Paint it black.

Paint it black

Doing so will reduce glare. You can also do this before Step 1.


You can also mount the assembly on a tripod for more control.



Emergency lighting should be one of the items on your survival kit. Keep a small flashlight in your bag or pocket. Big and bright flashlights should be stored in your home. Remember to keep fresh batteries along with them.

The importance of lighting can never be stressed enough. You will be able to check your surroundings, if your loved ones are safe and if your properties are safe and secure. Fixing broken parts of the house in the dark will not be too difficult. In survival situations, lighting is as important as food and water so do your best in choosing the right lighting products. This will ensure that you are prepared for anything.

Meanwhile, check out these other great survival DIY projects:

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  2. Thaaff

    October 29, 2014 at 5:39 AM

    How cool is that! A spotlight would certainly be an asset in many survival situations, and this neat little trick totally fits the bill! Thanks for this and all of your great posts!

  3. julius evans

    November 3, 2014 at 4:39 PM

    A disorientation device. In case your in a dangerous situation. You can
    use it on a animal or person. I dont have the patent for the device with
    me right now. I added some minor adjustments to it. A high density
    sound vibration. A flash light with a variety of color frequencies.
    Another natural method, when your lost is looking at the stars at night
    when your lost. Depending on how the stars descend and ascend can tell you whether your going north, south, east and west.

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  5. Yolanda Pantoja

    December 22, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    i see wait to gone flashlight none inside the mailbox Aptment yes where do me see done? Flashlight ????
    Payment ask me? I’m sorry! Ok again pay so ask me said?

  6. Jenn

    July 3, 2015 at 8:41 AM

    I’ve been trying to follow these directions but can I get some more specifics on the type of LED light I need? I have strong LED flashlights but they don’t seem directional enough, and instead spill out on either side of the magnifying glass.

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