Need a new flashlight? Choosing one isn’t nearly as simple as it used to be. Here’s a quick look at some of the pros and cons and which features make the most sense.
Bulbs: Standard filament bulbs give off the lowest light levels. Fluorescent bulbs give off more light and are very energy-efficient, making them best suited for lighting large areas for long periods of time. Halogen and Krypton bulbs give off the brightest light available.
Batteries: Standard economy batteries provide the shortest and least reliable power. Alkaline batteries provide the best cost value. Rechargeable batteries tend to have shorter duration than alkalines, but can be replenished. You may want to consider a rechargeable flashlight that is always at full power if you keep it plugged into a socket.
Features: Water-resistant is perhaps the most valuable feature to look for since it will help minimize internal corrosion and help the flashlight last longer. Rugged-construction and a shatter-proof lens are also important to help the flashlight survive life’s little oops-bang-crashes. Depending on its intended use, floatability, flexibility and the ability to be used as a flashlight, lantern or spotlight should also be evaluated.
Storage: You’ll need a flashlight when something goes wrong. So, the phrase “a place for everything and everything in its place” is especially appropriate for your flashlight. That way, everyone will know where to find it, if and when it’s needed.