What to Look for in a Flashlight

What to Look for in a Flashlight

The following contribution is from another author.

It may seem silly to put thought into selecting a new flashlight, but it can be an important decision. No matter how you plan to use the flashlight, it needs to work and be bright enough every time you plan to use it. Many people use flashlights during emergencies such as power outages, so having the right type of flashlight when you’re in a bind is a must. There are many options available, including the Fenix flashlight. Check out this article of items you should consider before making your next flashlight purchase.

Batteries

There are rechargeable and non-rechargeable flashlights. If you are always on the go and can pick up batteries whenever you need them, non-rechargeable flashlights are ideal. Typically, batteries are readily available and are reasonably priced. If you use your flashlight all the time, you might want to consider a rechargeable option. The rechargeable option ensures your flashlight is always ready for you, as long as you charge it. You do not have to put out money for batteries constantly. These flashlights tend to be a little more expensive up front, but you can save that money by not buying batteries.

Lumens

Lumens measure how much light is output by the flashlight. The higher the Lumens means, the brighter the flashlight is for you. If a flashlight has 1000 Lumens, it is brighter than one with 500 Lumens. It is important to understand your needs so you can select the proper brightness.

Durability

Durability may not be important to everyone who needs a flashlight, but it is crucial for some. Some flashlights are waterproof. Some can be dropped and will not break. If you are working near water or may drop your flashlight often, you may need one like that. If you plan to be tough on your flashlight, you should find one to handle the stress.

Operation Time

If you choose a rechargeable battery option, the amount of time it runs per charge is key. A manufacturer tends to hype up their run time. You should expect it to be 10 percent less than what they say. If it matches their estimation, even better, but at least you are prepared for it to be less. The run times given to you by a manufacturer are based on the best conditions. You have to meet those conditions to get the maximum run time.

Cost

While cost should not be the only point of consideration, it is important. You often get what you pay for, so be mindful of flashlights that are really low cost. However, some items can be seriously overpriced and may not be worth the cost. You should not purchase a flashlight only because it is expensive because you think that is the best one you can find. It is key for you to stay within your budget when considering a flashlight. You can find one that will last and be durable for a reasonable price.

Power Switch

It is important to know how the flashlight turns on before you purchase it. Typically, they have either a push button or a cap that twists. Depending on your plans for the flashlight, it may not be practical to twist the cap every time you want to turn it on. Be aware of how you power it and make sure that it meets your needs.

Author

Eric is the creator of At Home in the Future and has been a passionate fan of the future since he was seven. He's a web developer by trade, and serves as the Director of Communication and Technology for a large church in Nashville, TN (where he and his family are building a high tech home in the woods).

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