If you’re an avid hunter who has never been hunting at night before, you still probably understand the importance of having proper vision on your prey, so you can take the perfect shot. What were once heavy and bulky flashlights are now replaced with the more compact, extremely durable and functional flashlights that can be used not only for hunting purposes, but also everyday activities.
When looking for a flashlight for hunting at night, you’ll mostly come across LED flashlights, that are also called tactical flashlights. A LED flashlight for hunting at night has a more energy-efficient and compact light source and a longer life span, usually of about 100.000 working hours. Moreover, these flashlights have many more features that make them ideal for a wide array of everyday tasks and are used by firefighters, policemen and rescue parties.
When buying such a flashlight, you first need to look at the lumens. More lumens means brighter light and brighter light means you can illuminate a larger area and even use it to blind someone in self-defense. However, on the downside, more lumens means faster battery drain. Moreover, the ideal flashlight should have multiple modes so that you can switch between them and get the ideal amount of illumination.
Next, the durability and longevity of the flashlight matters since you may be hunting in more extreme weather conditions. A water, corrosion and rust resistant body, made of steel, anodised aluminium and titanium will be significantly more durable than a plastic or composite made body. Steel is the heaviest of all these materials, but is incredibly sturdy and durable. Titanium on the other hand is lighter, but more expensive. That being said, most hunting flashlights are made of adonised aluminium.
Furthermore, the light bulb the flashlight uses is of great importance. As aforementioned, most modern flashlights used LED bulbs, however, even all LED bulbs aren’t made the same. For hunting and other rough-use purposes, CREE LED is considered the best. You shouldn’t settle for anything less than LED, unless you’re forced to. CREE LED bulbs are strong and durable, and they’re meant to last a long time.
And last but not least, the budget is an important factor, as much as we don’t want to admit it. While the budget may not limit you completely, it can change your goals. You generally get what you pay for, so by knowing what you need exactly from the flashlight, you’ll have a better chance at getting the right purchase. Even though LED bulbs and a body made of titanium may be significantly more expensive than conventional bulbs and a plastic body, it will last you much longer, and it will eventually pay off in the long run.