What to Look For
When it comes to finding a great flashlight there are a few aspects that need to be considered. We’ll list out a few of the aspects we find to be the most important to help you evaluate what is most important to you.
Finding a flashlight that produces enough light for your needs might be the most important factor in flashlight selection. Brightness is measured in lumens. Standard older incandescent style flashlights would typically provide up to 150 lumens but new LED flashlights often start at around 100 and go into the thousands.
The amount of time a flashlight can remain on before it must be recharged or the batteries need to be replaced. The older incandescent flashlights could run up to 11 hours but LED flashlights can now run for over 100 hours. Finding one that will last the proper amount of time for your need is important.
How well made is the flashlight. Will it break if it happens to slip out of your hand or can you through it against a wall and it will keep trucking along? You want to make sure that the flashlight you choose can handle some abuse before it stops working.
This can be very important if you think you might get rain while out camping. Can the flashlight get wet without breaking? Can it be submerged in water or does it need to stay dry?
Size definitely matters when it comes to flashlights. You might want something that is easy to fit in your pocket or you might want something that has plenty of hand and grip space.
Having the ability to adjust the brightness lever will really come in handy. Having multiple light modes like high, medium, and low, will allow you to adjust the amount of light to your needs as well as prolong the current charge of the batteries.
No one likes having to buy new batteries for flashlights. Having a rechargeable flashlight makes it really easy to use your flashlight for years without any extra expenses beyond the initial cost.