4 Things To Look For When Buying A New Flashlight
Flashlights - Things To Consider Before You Buy
4 Things to think about:
1. Battery Type:
The two main categories you can put flashlight batteries into are: rechargeable and non-rechargeable. There are many types of flashlights that take one kind or the other. A non-rechargeable battery is perfect for those of you who are just on the go and will pick up a spare pack of batteries whenever it is needed. However, disposal batteries are cheaper and can be found almost anywhere.
On the other hand for those of you who are always on the go or tend to use your flashlights more often - flashlights with rechargeable batteries might be for you. Do you need your light for work or frequently go venturing into the outdoors? Then a flashlight that uses rechargeable batteries could help save you money over time.
2. Lumens and Light Output:
A Lumen is the unit we use to measure light output. The more Lumens a flashlight puts out the brighter your flashlight's beam will be. For example a flashlight that has an output of 1000 Lumens is going to be brighter and have a further beam distance than a flashlight with say 180 Lumens. As a buyer you need to pick the Lumen output that is most suitable for your needs.
Flashlights with higher Lumen Outputs are:
- Nite Ize INOVA T4R Rechargeable Tactical LED Flashlight
- Underwater Kinetics C8 Xenon
- SureFire R1 Lawman Rechargeable Variable-Output LED Flashlight
Flashlights with lower Lumen Outputs are:
- Nite Ize XPB-01-R7 INOVA XP Professional Grade LED Pen Light
- Nite Ize XSC-01-R7 INOVA XS Professional Grade LED Flashlight
- Ultimate Survival Technologies 15-Day Aluminum LED Flashlight
Durability doesn't matter to everyone but it is one factor that shouldn't be overlooked when buying a new flashlight. In this day and age there are so many quality certifications and durability tests that it seems some flashlights are almost indestructible. There's flashlights that are waterproof, impact resistant, they can be thrown off a cliff and still work - well maybe.
As a police officer, construction worker, firefighter, or some other hands on profession, you will want to look into a flashlight that can keep up and last through tough conditions. You want a flashlight that can be dropped from higher distances and can resist water penetration to a greater extent.
Some brands you can look at are:
- Nitecore R25 Rechargeable Tactical Flashlight with Charging Dock
- JETBeam SF-R28 USB Rechargeable Flashlight
- Sunwayman P25C Pocket-Sized Thrower Flashlight
- Nitecore Explorer EC4S Searchlight
Moreover, if you only need an everyday carry then maybe those things are not as important. You can get something with a normal impact resistant that is perfect for finding monsters in your child's closet - or if you want to take a stroll into the woods.
Flashlights to have on you at anytime:
- SOG Dark Energy DE-05 Tactical Flashlight
- Olight S1A Baton (Limited Edition) Copper Flashlight
- Pelican MityLite 1900 Flashlight
This is the one factor that many Flashaholics don't want to think about - the dreaded budget. When you are looking for an everyday carry there are many frugal options available. What most people don't realize that you can get an extremely durable and long-lasting flashlight on a decent budget.
Frugal Everyday Flashlights:
- Olight S2A Baton EDC Flashlight
- Sunwayman C13R USB Rechargeable Side Switch Flashlight
- Nitecore Precise P10 Flashlight
HOWEVER, if you are interested in high performance flashlights and you do have a little bit more money to toy around with, there are some really great flashlights available to you! Sometimes "more is more" and if you can afford to get a flashlight with a few more features than we are happy to help!
Flashlights with a little "more":
- Nitecore Chameleon CU6 Night Hunting Kit
- SureFire S2 Stratum LED Flashlight with 3 Stage Output
- JETBeam JET ST Ti Limited Edition Titanium Flashlight
- JETBeam DDR30-GT Outdoor Rechargeable Flashlight