Flashlight also known as torch in most parts of the world is a portable lighting device. As New Year is round the corner, so it is the best time to explore some of the latest patterns flashlights available. Usually headlamps are more popular but there are times when these handheld lights are preferred over other lighting devices, such as: when one look for a portal but strong beam or when one wish to always carry a handy source of light for emergency and so on.
With continuous advancement in the light emitting diode technology, a wide range of rechargeable, small and brighter flashlights are available. The requirement of flashlights differ from one individual to another, hence; it is important to know which flashlight will best suit your requirement before making the purchase.
Key factors for comparison
Light output, weight & size, price and durability & battery types are some of the basic key factors that helps in making comparisons between different types of available flashlights. Fenix flashlights offer an extensive range of flashlights, here the price range starts from as low as $12 to $200. Interesting aspect here is that the size of all these flashlights may be same but difference will be in brightness, technology used, functionality and durability. Expensive flashlights have brightest beam because of thesuperior quality bulb, batteries and high end circuit arrangement.Flashlights that are waterproof and rechargeable batteryare on the higher side in terms of cost.
Reliable and renowned brands always maintain complete transparency with respect to product specifications and performance. Following information on performance is available on the packaging of the flashlights.
Light output: Information related to light output includes the highest intensity of light, which is always measured in lumens. Some brands also mentions the variation in intensity of light under different modes. Output may range from as low as twenty lumens to maximum 3500 lumens. Although, there are various factors that affect the brightness of flashlights but this is still one of the most considered parameters in the selection process.
Lightening capacity: This is measured in hours and it depends on two factors, type & power of batteries used and the mode in which the light is emitted. When the batteries are fully changed the intensifying light is very high and gradually after continuous use it’s starts to decrease. Fenix flashlights provides a detailed runtime graph on the package which gives proper information on how the performance of light will change with time. People who opt for flashlights for occasional or emergency use can opt for standard run time but for those who need to use this for a prolonged period should always go for flashlights offering long run time.
Waterproof: Flashlights have become a very important rather an inevitable lighting tools, which is used in almost every season. Hence, it is always a wise decision to look for waterproof flashlights, so that they can be easily used in rainy weather or while performing any under water task.
Beam length: This provides information on the how far the flashlight will spread the brightness. As this specification is related to the length so it is measured in meters. Under different modes or lighting settings , the length covered by beam will be different.
Damage resistant: Before placing the product in the market, flashlights are tested for damage resistant to ensure longer durability. This test is performed by dropping the flashlight on different floor types. If the package of light says that it is damage resistant, means that the product will not stop working even when it is accidentally dropped.
Multiple lights: Some flashlights come with the facility of emitting different colour beams. There are many professions in which specific colour light beams are used for sending singles. This is the situation in which multi colour flashlights come into the picture.
Types of Flashlights
There are various types of flashlights available in the market, some of the popular ones are as follows:
- LED lights
- High intensity lights
- Tactical lights
- Everyday lights
- Trekking lights
Flashlights come with different batteries, performance and cost of lights majorly depend on the battery type. Broadly, batteries can be classified in to three types:
One time use batteries: These batteries come in mainly two sizes. One used in flashlights are based on the size of the lights. Once the power stored in the disposable batteries are consumed then they are of no use. New batteries are then required to use the lights again. Cost wise flashlights having disposable batteries are low in cost but require constant investment in battery purchase.
Rechargeable batteries: As the name suggests these batteries can be recharged and used repeatedly over a period of time. Batteries can be recharged with the help of USB cable or Alternate current /Direct current power source. Rechargeable batteries increases the cost but it’s a one time investment as it drastically reduces the purchase of one time use batteries.
Renewable: These are also rechargeable batteries but they are charged used national renewable energy source like sun. In simple words we can say that these are solar batteries.
As discussed above flashlight requirements varies from one individual to another, so the light that will also be different. One need to first analyse their actual requirement, compare among the varying flashlights and then select the light that will best suit them.