Sometimes having a flashlight comes in handy, but can be difficult when defending yourself with a Nerf blaster since most blasters require two hands to use. The solution? Well, Nerf’s tactical lights can hardly be classified as flashlights, as they do little to actually illuminate a room. Also their size and weight usually stress the bracket that holds them to the tactical rail to the point of failure. Something homemade or something aftermarket are the only real options. This is where the NH1 Accessory Holder by NerfTech comes in.
What began as a Kicksarter project has bloomed into an awesome little company that solves a problem for Nerf enthusiasts like me. On the website you can purchase flashlights, laser pointers, and replacement o-rings as well, but the star of the show is the NH1. With a price point well under $10, (I paid $8 before shipping,) this little gadget isn’t going to break the bank and you definitely get your money’s worth.
When I first saw the packaging for the NH1 Accessory Holder from NerfTech, I have to say I was pretty impressed. It arrived in a heat sealed plastic bag with a coated paper label stapled to it. If the paper had been card stock and had a UPC code on it, I would have assumed that there are hobby stores selling these somewhere. As it is, it looks really professional. I actually waited a while after I took the pictures just because I didn’t want to wreck the packaging.
The package contains the NH1 itself and two different sized o-rings. I personally love that it utilizes o-rings for adjustment. A quick trip to the nearest hardware store and you can mount anything to it, (or replace a burned out o-ring) for mere pennies. The main difference between the NH1 and everything else I’ve seen out there, is that this is made as an injection-molded plastic part instead of a 3D printed one. This makes the NH1 one of the strongest aftermarket parts that you are going to find.
I picked up the cheapest keychain flashlights I could find for this review. I need to be able to see in a dark room, not help aircraft land. (Your needs may vary.) Attaching the flashlight to my StrongArm couldn’t have been easier. I would recommend attaching the NH1 to the blaster and then attaching the flashlight afterwards but reversing the order only makes it slightly more difficult to attach. Then, just like the back of the package instructs, pick the o-ring that will fit the best and hook it over the accessory and over the slots on both sides. For my flashlight, the smaller o-ring fit perfectly. The NH1 was a really snug fit at first, but loosens up a bit after a while. This is both good and bad. If you don’t know what blaster you want to use it on, you may have some difficulty sliding it off the first couple of times. At first I was worried that it might loosen up too much over time, but it looks like the NH1 has been designed with this in mind. I’m seriously thinking that the flashlight will fail me way before the NH1 does.
I have yet to find a blaster that this doesn’t fit on. There are a couple of blasters that the NH1 makes priming more difficult, but I would blame the blaster design way before the NH1. For example, It was a bad idea for the Maverick, Recon, and Retaliator to have a tactical rail on the priming mechanism in the first place, in my opinion.
The only thing I can think of to make this product any better is a choice of colors. A white one would look cool on any of the new Elite blasters or the new Rebelle blasters, and a matching orange would look amazing on the Elites or even the new Zombie Strike HammerShot.
To give it a good trial run, I attached it to my Elite Alpha Trooper, and used it during two games at this years GenCon gaming convention. The rooms were pitch black. I took point. We finished both missions with no casualties. It worked perfectly, and looked cool while doing it. I had no fear of the NH1 falling off the tactical rail, the o-ring held the flashlight in place with no issues, and with it being molded plastic over 3D printed, I knew that it was the last thing that would structurally fail if it got dropped or bashed in any way.
So, to recap my opinions on the NerfTech NH1 Accessory Holder…
What I like:
- Relatively Inexpensive
- Plastic may loosen up over time
- O-rings may loosen up over time
- More color options
Don’t forget, this will easily mount almost anything cylindrical in shape to a Nerf blaster with a tactical rail. Of course there are limitations. No matter how big an o-ring you can find, I wouldn’t recommend attaching a 2 liter of soda to a Nerf Reflex and then leaping headlong into battle with it. But, if you have a cool scope, laser pointer, flashlight or anything else you you want to mount on your favorite blaster, you might want to consider the NH1 as an option. Check them out over at NerfTech and/or their Facebook page.