If you have recently lost or broke a flashlight, or if you are in the market for a new, better brand, then you are probably facing a lot of decisions about what kind of flashlight to purchase, and what works best for your different needs. LED flashlights have increased in popularity, which have less battery flashlights. So what kind of flashlight is best for you and your family?
A Traditional Flashlight
These days, traditional flashlights use batteries to power lights. Depending on the type, these lights may be weak or strong, professional-quality lights putting out better beams than the cheap flashlights that you can find on the racks home improvement or department stores. The bulbs are not terribly energy efficient, meaning that they go through batteries much faster than LEDs, and the bulbs burn much faster than LEDs as well. Overall, these are not recommended if you buy a new flashlight. Spend a few extra dollars in some quality gear.
Manual Power Flashlights
Manual power flashlights do not use batteries. Instead, they use cranks, triggers (which you squeeze repeatedly) or simply shaken to create the power needed to run an LED light. (Usually these flashlights do not produce enough power to get a reliable beam of traditional incandescent bulbs.) These good for quick uses like taking a quick look at the fuse box, but requires a lot of shaking, turning, or squeezing to make them continue to drive. Users usually get tired quickly, so do not use them for nighttime walks or other long-term programs. On the plus side, you will never be caught without batteries again.
Flashlight Size Matters
If you are looking for a light to stow in your car or emergency kit is a small light that still puts out a beam of light. LED flashlights are best for this program, hands down, and manual power lights are great for emergency kits as a backup for when the batteries run out. Keep both kinds of light layers so that you have a stronger light if you needed it. Using manual light for brief use, and control of your child’s skinned knee and battery powered light to scan for danger or signal for help.
If you’re looking for something good for hunting or camping, you are probably a stronger light that will illuminate a good area brightly or present length of the beam focused on what you want to see. These lights work great for signaling remotely, or even better for late night walks or treks to the toilet hole. LED is on, hands down the best choice, but only if you can find a professional quality light that presents the features (broad vs. narrow beam) that you need.
All in all, it is almost impossible to beat an LED light for applications ranging from pen lights to LED camping lanterns. There are many features, so choose your LED flashlight with care, and be prepared to use it for many years to come. Too soon you will find that these LED flashlights are made to last.