One of the most essential items you can own is the flashlight. Although their popularity has declined lately because every smartphone has a flashlight feature, sometimes that’s just not enough to illuminate your way properly and phones aren’t as reliable as flashlights are. However, proper flashlights are still an essential for police officers, firemen, soldiers, hunters, campers and hikers. That being said, flashlight manufacturers have created tactical flashlights which are more durable, illuminate brighter and have more features to accommodate every one of the aforementioned occupations and hobbies.
It’s oftentimes said that a tactical flashlight is something you don’t know you need until it’s far too late. If you keep one around, you’ll be surprised at how often you’ll turn to it for help. From self-defense to looking for your keys, it can be invaluable when in predicament. There are various different types of flashlights available on the market nowadays. I personally use the LED Lenser T7M, but there are many models of the Nitecore, SunFire, First Light, and others that make quality tactical flashlights.
Tactical flashlights, like the LED Lenser T7M, are especially designed to give the carrier an advantage in a combat situation. They’re usually made of durable materials like hard anodised aluminium, which permits the carrier to use it as a striking tool. Moreover, the high amount of lumens tactical flashlights are capable of producing can temporarily blind an attacker, thus giving you time to escape or take advantage of the situation.
Hunters, campers and hikers use tactical flashlights to identify things in the dark, whether that’s an animal, an obstacle or anything in between. High-end flashlights can illuminate as much area as an entire football field. Moreover, it’s easy to lose something in the dark while on a hike, or even at home. You can easily locate the lost item with a tactical flashlight and go on with your life.
Buying a tactical flashlight is pretty straightforward. There are a couple of things you need to look out for in order to ensure you’re getting a quality product. First and foremost, you need to consider your budget. You generally get what you pay for, but most decent flashlights start around $30. Next, you need to consider the size. The size impacts the convenience of carrying the flashlight around, and the amount of space it takes up in a backpack. The power source also matters, you can choose between disposable and rechargeable batteries, lithium-ion and standard batteries. Lastly, the amount of lumens is something you should consider. About 100 lumens are enough to cause temporary blindness, but there are flashlights that have much more than that.