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Important Flashlight Factors to consider

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Hey all, we here at True Shot Academy wanted to go over some of the factors to consider when looking into picking out a flashlight. These everyday tools are used by people of all types due to their versatility. Our goal with this blog post is to go over the factors one should consider when looking into a flashlight while also touching on prominent manufacturers of these tools. Without further ado, let’s get into it.

 

Use Case

Naturally, you will want to consider your individual use case for a flashlight before acquiring one. You may find that all your practical needs can be accomplished by a slim flashlight like a Surefire Stiletto or an Olight Arkfeld Pro. If you require something for security work or patrol and have a rigid belt, you can easily select a larger, more powerful light if the need is there. There are even some options which can fill a variety of roles such as the EDC lights from Surefire. Simply put, lights are a versatile thing to have and one can accomplish many things with a quality light.

There is no shortage of flashlights on the market. Lights are tailored towards a variety of use cases and purposes. Everything from weapon specific lights, small keychain style lights, everyday carry, and general-purpose flashlights are commonly found on the market.

Streamlight TLR-7 SUB
Streamlight TLR-7 SUB

Lumens

Every light discussion inevitably includes a discussion of lumens. Simply put, lumens are the unit of measure used to determine the amount of visible light emitted by a source. The higher the number of lumens, the brighter the light is. Lower lumen levels mean dimmer levels of visible light. For example, a light with 500 lumens will be dimmer than a light with an output of 650 lumens. Lumens are typically depicted as a numerical value and displayed prominently on the boxes and marketing materials of flashlights.

 

Candela

Whenever lumens are discussed, a discussion on candela is typically right around the corner. While lumens refer to the amount of light a device is capable of putting out, candela refers to the amount of light projected in a given direction. There can be lights which have a high level of lumens but exhibit weak candela output. A light with a high candela output will reach out further than lights with a lower candela rating. This is typically described as a light’s “throw.”

 

A Compromise Between Lumens and Candela

There is typically a compromise between lumens and candela. Lights which have very high lumen outputs will generally be lacking a bit in terms of candela. Lights with high candela ratings will usually feature less lumens than other lights with less candela.

An example of this will be evident if you were to examine a standard Surefire X300 flashlight and compare it with an X300 Turbo model. The standard offering is capable of putting out 1,000 lumens while the Turbo model has an output of 650 lumens. The Turbo model is putting out a dimmer light while also offering a higher candela output. This manifests as a better “throw” than the higher lumen output. This allows for clearer illumination and a spotlight type effect at some further distances. The higher lumen offerings will simply have a higher, raw level of brightness than their counterparts.

High lumen output lights do not lack candela just as high candela lights do not lack lumens. The end user can easily examine the specs of the specific light models they are considering while balancing whether high lumens or candela is more important for their usage. At the end of the day, there are no shortage of options in either variety. There are even some options which feature both respectable lumen and candela output appropriate for most usage.

 

Batteries

It is important to know what kind of batteries your flashlight of choice uses. By doing this, you can ensure that you have a steady supply of reliable batteries ready to keep your light running. Many companies such as Surefire and Streamlight produce batteries which feature long shelf lives. These types of batteries can be bought in bulk and stored for extended periods of time without the worry of rapid degradation.

Many flashlight units these days can feature onboard rechargeable batteries. These types of batteries of course will eliminate the need to keep a supply of batteries on hand. It should also be known that many of these batteries will degrade over time as they are charged and discharged throughout their lifespan. As a battery degrades, it will hold less of a charge, effectively reducing its effective runtime. Eventually, even a rechargeable unit will need to be replaced. Some rechargeable batteries can easily be replaced while others cannot.

Olight Flashlights
Olight Flashlights

Durability

Naturally, one must consider the durability and longevity of a flashlight they intend to utilize. If the flashlight is fragile and unreliable, it is useless. Granted, different end users have different expectations of durability. If you are just looking for something to hook on your keychain or carry in the pocket, you may not particularly care if your particular light is bombproof or not. Weaponlight users in particular are more likely to want and need flashlights which are reliable and capable of withstanding abuse. These types of lights need to be able to handle being mounted on a firearm and survive multiple firing cycles. These types of lights are also expected be resistant to the elements and able to withstand impacts and other types of potential physical damage.

At the end of the day, flashlights are tools meant to be used. Used, not abused. A viable flashlight should at least be able to handle the potential wear and tear it would accumulate in regular usage. In some cases, this can be nearly nonexistent, especially if the light simply sits on a nightstand or in a glovebox. All in all, you want something that is dependable and suitable for your realistic and practical needs. IT doesn’t necessarily need to be able to survive World War III to be a good illumination tool.

 

Who Makes Flashlights?

Flashlights are produced and offered by many manufacturers. Companies such as Surefire, Streamlight, Modlite, and Olight are among the producers of flashlights. These companies and more make a variety of handheld, everday carry, weapon mounted, and other types of illumination tools. At the end of the day, there are a wide variety of options for prospective flashlight owners to consider before they select their tool of choice.

 

Conclusion

These are a few of the important factors one should consider when selecting a flashlight. Depending on one’s use case and other factors, some end users may be pickier and more selective when selecting a flashlight for their purposes. At the end of the day, with the wide variety of flashlights on the market, it would be hard to find a flashlight that didn’t fit your intended usage. We here at True Shot Ammo offer flashlights in addition to our wide array of ammunition. Whether you are looking for a light or some ammo, we have got you covered. As always, happy shooting.

 

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