Three Things to Consider Before Buying an LED Flashlight

LED flashlights are bright, resilient, and a true asset in the dark, as long as you get one that meets a few specifications.

Shining flashlight
LED flashlights are more popular than ever because they are amazingly bright and energy efficient.Anker

Though you don’t need to go out and spend $300 on a top-of-the-line flashlights (yes, there are some that cost more than that), you do need to think about the purchase you’re making. You want to ensure the flashlight you’re buying will be there for you when you need it. Sometimes a cheap one can help you out once or twice but may not be reliable for other times you really need it. In order to find the best flashlight, you want to look at three things in particular: battery type, lumens, and durability.

Battery Type

Anker Rechargeable Bolder LC90 LED Flashlight, Pocket-Sized Torch with Super Bright 900 Lumens CREE LED, IPX5 Water-Resistant, Zoomable, 5 Light Modes, 18650 Battery Included
Rechargeable batteries can save you money over the long run.Anker

It seems as if most things in our lives are chargeable, so why not have your batteries do the same? Using rechargeable batteries is a great way to save money and prevent waste and will give you a lot more bang for your buck. Many flashlights with a rechargeable battery can last up to six hours in high-power brightness. The added bonus is that they will charge in about the same amount of time using either an adapter or a USB cable.

Lumens

NoCry 18W Waterproof Rechargeable Flashlight (Spotlight) with 1000 Lumen LED, Detachable Red Light Filter, Wall and Car Charger Attachments
The more the higher the lumen rating of a flashlight, the brighter it will be in the dark.NoCry

Some flashlights that boast upwards of 25,000 lumens, but do you actually need that many? Most people say no. There is a limit to the number of lumens you need that aren’t just creating heat in your flashlight. This heat can present a real challenge when it comes to holding the flashlight. For the optimal amount of lumens, you want to look for around 1,000 lumens. The ideal flashlight has multiple settings that allow you to adjust the number of lumens and brightness for different situations. There are times when 1,000 lumens is not necessary and 100 will do just fine. Also, the lower the power setting, the longer the batteries will last.

Durability

GearLight LED Tactical Flashlight
Not all situations that involve a flashlight are going to be ideal.GearLight

Most situations in which you need a flashlight are those when something went wrong. People often reach for flashlights in desperate times, so you want a flashlight that is durable and easy to use in less-than-ideal situations. Durability means your flashlight is at least water-resistant (though waterproof is preferred) and able to withstand being under water briefly. Durability also means your flashlight will not break when dropped from 10 feet above. Get yourself a flashlight that works in all sorts of weather conditions, because you never know when your flashlight will be a lifesaver.

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