A flashlight is a portable source of light that you can carry around easily because of its small size. The invention of flashlight though is as old as 1899, which used the incandescent bulb whereas LED flashlights were available by 2006.
Flashlight serves an important part in our lives, for instance, while tuning mechanical or electrical components which require deep and focused light, its use by security guards as well as wildlife adventurers is not old. Whether you keep it in your car or your house in case of a power failure that’s up to you.
However, there are certain aspects that need to be considered while purchasing a flashlight so that we may achieve better functionality. Among these, some of the factors are listed below.
1. Purpose of use
As odd as it may seem, the priority while purchasing a flashlight should be the reason as to why you need it. Depending on the need, the functionalities that you may be required may vary.
Some tasks require extra focused light; some require more range or brightness, in-short it should be clear as to why you need it and in what environments are you most likely to use the flashlight.
2. Long Battery Life
Most people make use of the flashlight as in a backup case, though not always the case. However, in such a scenario, you would want your flashlight to be ready and fully charged.
For that, it is better to acquire flashlights that have either recharge batteries with a long time or in the other case, good quality cells that last a long while.
3. Waterproof Flashlight
An important factor while purchasing a flashlight should be that it must be waterproof. Otherwise, on a slight encounter with water, it will fail and may not work when needed.
Especially if you’re aiming to acquire it for adventurous purposes this is an important aspect as little rain, exposure to water or even fog might make the flashlight completely useless.
4. Number of Lumens
Depending on your budget, the quality of the flashlight may vary. That includes a number of lumens as well as the number of LEDs being used.
It is better to acquire flashlights with the mentioned number of lumens, and different surveys suggest purchasing flashlights with lumen number in between 800 to 1200.
Moreover, cheap flashlights have an additional number of small LEDs each which produce light and together form more brightness. However, in the expensive ones, the number of LEDs is not usually more than 2 or 3, each of which produces high intensity focused light.
5. Different Mode Settings
It is efficient to acquire flashlight with both high and low light mode settings, each in which the number of lumens being used varies.
Simple tasks like walking on a trail or jogging require low light mode setting whereas in other cases like flashlights for mechanics may require multiple light modes depending on the need and area on which the light is to be shined.
Moreover, an additional perk to having multiple light modes is that in simple tasks where the requirement of light is relatively less as compared to hard and crucial tasks, less battery charge is lost, and the flashlight seems to work for much extended period.
6. Size and Shape
The overall architecture of the flashlight may change based on the need. For instance, in case of sensitive work, often entangled areas require light exposure for which it is better to have a flashlight with overall small size so it can be suited more in accessing such small and difficult openings.
Similarly, in case of traveling and scenarios where you will most likely be carrying the flashlight around it is better to have a flashlight with less weight and small size such as plastic flashlights that are lightweight and cheap as well.
Another valid point in this aspect is the kind of beam the flashlight projects, whether it is a fixed type or focused or an even better solution is that it is adjustable.
7. Durability and Resistance to Impact
The last factor while purchasing a flashlight is that it should be of strong material so that it doesn’t break apart easily.
Flashlights with better soldering, well-organized circuits and made up of impact and water-resistant materials are less likely to break or get damaged on exposure to impact.