Updated on October 12, 2018
If you are in a situation where there is not electricity, and it’s night, you will need a source of light to help you see. You can consider candles, building a fire, but sometimes those are not the right options if you are outdoors or in the rain. This is why a flashlight can be an extremely valuable tool. Many people underestimate this piece of equipment and think it is just a battery with a bulb but here are some features that make it more than what we know.
It is portable
Unlike candles or fire, a torch can be carried with you easily while you walk or go anywhere. It is not heavy and can be carried by anyone. You can connect them onto your helmets, or other gear. You can run it on a few disposable batteries which can last for many hours.
Some are waterproof
There are some models of tactical flashlights that are waterproof too. This means you can use them in heavy rain or even in the water. Many law enforcement agencies like the police, army, coast guard and also firefighters use them in search and rescue operations.
During natural disasters, flashlights have always been used to find missing people who may be under the rubble. It has helped locate injured and saved lives.
There are some models of flashlights that can be recharged by solar power or by manually turning an inbuilt charging system. These models are useful if you want to stay outdoors where there is not electricity for extended periods.
Tips on buying
If you want to purchase a flashlight, consider its uses. Do you need it as a standby source of light in case you burn a fuse in your home? Or do you want it for some outdoor activity like camping? If you plan on using it in harsh environments, you need one that is durable. You can buy ones that are made from metal bodies and can withstand shock. When you want to buy, you should think about looking online. Unlike in shops, purchasing a torch online will give you the benefits of having an extensive selection. You must also take into account the lumens which refer to the intensity of the light projected. The higher ones will give more light and the lower ones will not. But depending on the use and situation, you should select one that will suit you.