Headlamps and Flashlights

Flashlights have become smaller, lighter and brighter than ever with the advances in LED technology and battery efficiency. Flashlights will always remain the perfect choice whenever a handheld light is preferred.  This would be,

  • Whenever you need the strongest portable beam available
  • Precise dexterity and precision is required in controlling the light is important
  • Must be able to set down a light to work on a task
  • When signaling is important

The key factors to compare when selecting a flashlight:

  • Light output:  is always measured in lumens.  This is the intensity of the light coming out of the flashlight.
  • Battery type and run time: This is measured in hours.
  • Size and weight: is your personal preference. As we know, a larger, heavier flashlight is not always brighter. However, the flashlight is most likely to feature an extended run time and that would be due to a much greater battery capacity.

It’s probably a good idea to consider a headlamp as a tool that can make a difference in poor conditions. You may at some time face the challenges of bad weather, injuries, broken equipment or vehicles and the need for light for much longer than you might expect. Here are some advantages of a headlamp over the usual flashlights, lanterns or even the flashlight app on your cell phone:

  • They are hands free:  Keeping the hands free to do important things is a major advantage over a flashlight.
  • Impressive Beam Distance:  The spotlight mode is able to cast a striking long beam.
  • Super Compact and Lightweight:  They are impressive in that the lights ones weigh less than an ounce. They don’t take up any room.
  • Built Tough:  Lots of the headlamps are built tough. Some have water resistance sufficient to operate in sustained rain storms. This makes them very attractive for those going into the backcountry where weather may be unpredictable.

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