Finding yourself in the dark isn’t fun, especially if you are alone. If you’re out at night and you have a flat tire you will need to see to change the tire. If the electricity goes out in your home because of a bad storm, you will need a flashlight to see until the utility company gets it fixed. Both of the situations would call for a dependable flashlight.
Have you ever thought about the name, flashlight? About 120 years ago when the flashlight was invented, it did not have an on and off switch on it so you had to flash it on and off, and this is how it got its name.
Today’s flashlights come in different types, depending on your need. Listed below are some of the different types of flashlights available.
- Tube – These flashlights were the first to hit the markets. They are battery-powered and are cylindrical in shape and can vary in power as well as length, weight, and size.
- Pocket – These smaller flashlights will fit on the end of a key chain or a pocket or purse. They are very inexpensive and their size makes them very transportable. Of course, with these, you won’t get as much power as you will with the other ones so they are not recommended for big jobs.
- Dive – These have been designed for divers and to go underwater. The lights are usually made of waterproof materials such as metal or hard plastic. They are great for rescue divers, deep sea divers, or scuba divers because they help to see better underwater.
- Tactical – These are the ones that are used by the police, emergency, and our military and have high power. They can temporarily blind a person so they are also of good use in self-defense situations. They are compact but not too small, can be held in one hand, and are very durable.
- Shake – This is a new version of the older models and does not use batteries. It uses a LED light source and you just shake it for about 30 seconds to charge the ultracapacitor inside. When the light starts to grow dim you give it another shake. For a few minutes, the flashlight shines before you have to shake again and they are inexpensive.
- Headlamps – With these, you strap them around your head or on a helmet. You won’t need to hold these so you can be hands-free and would be perfect for construction workers, spelunkers, miners, and not to mention the people that like to BBQ at night or at a campsite.
A rechargeable flashlight lets you remove the batteries and lets you replace them with a freshly charged one when you have at least two batteries. For the charger just plug it into the AC outlet and let it charge. This way you can reuse your batteries and save money. You can buy these in a kit that comes with two batteries and a charger or you can just buy the charger separately.
I’m Richard Powers. I’m a gear junkie, chef, and editor of The Celt Experience. I spend countless hours exploring hand and power tools and love to use them with my projects. I’ve spent the last decade trying new gear every week, from knives to tents to skis – always looking for that perfect tool for what I need it for.