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Choosing the Best Flashlight for Your Outdoor Adventures

There’s always a light at the end of the tunnel, even if it’s just a familiar face with a flashlight. Which flashlight is he using though, and how did it manage to shine such a bright light into the darkest of tunnels? – let’s find out.
Flashlights are so much more than mere dead weight at the bottom of your travel bag. So, we’ve included the top things to consider when buying a flashlight for any outdoor trip.

Firstly, it’s important that you identify which types of flashlight you need for your specific outdoor trip. Do you need to focus on the brightness, long-lasting performance for a multiple day hike or are you looking for a model with a strobe setting for protection while walking at night? Would you prefer a flashlight with built-in rechargeable batteries and variable power settings?

You might not think it’s necessary to think of all these things but trust us: you’ll probably only realise the importance of a flashlight when you need one, but don’t have one. Not only will your flashlight shed some light on any sticky situation, but it can also even be used as a signalling device in case you need to alert rescuers in an emergency situation.

Things to consider when purchasing a flashlight:  

The Size and Weight of your flashlight.
When looking for the right flashlight, this is an important component to consider. If you are a hiker, you are most likely going to be looking for a flashlight that is smaller and lighter. The size will largely depend on what you are looking for and what your specific outdoor trip entails.

Is it waterproof?
On any adventure or outdoor trip, especially during winter season, it is inevitable that your flashlight is going to get wet. The water resistance of flashlights is measured using IP codes.

IPx4: Can get splashed or dripped on, but not fully submerged in water.
IPx7: Can handle being 1 metre deep for 30 minutes
IPx8: Highest level of waterproof available at the consumer level. Can be submerged in water for up to four hours.

Hand-held Flashlights
Most people naturally gravitate towards the common handheld flashlight. It’s simple to use and works off common batteries. It has widespread adoption of LEDs which means sufficient light will not be an issue.  Options also vary and can be quite compact, making sure not to add much weight or take up a lot of space in your backpack. It should be noted that handheld flashlights aren’t ideal for long distance hikes as you will have to carry it in your hand. It is recommended to keep handheld flashlights as a backup when your primary light is damaged. 

Headlamps
The main benefit of headlamps is that it allows you to use your flashlight handsfree. It’s convenient and compact. With LEDs, it’s also no longer true that bigger automatically means better.  

Clip-On Lights
Clip-on lights allow you to mount your flashlight on the shoulder of your backpack. The flashlight then draws power from a coiled cord that is connected to a battery pack. It requires a tad bit more effort to place it correctly onto your backpack but also allows you to move handsfree and is a good alternative for a headlamp. 

Lantern Lights
Lantern lights are typically designed and used to light up a bigger surface area. Lantern lights are recommended to use during setting up camp or for the main light where you are set up for the evening. This should not replace your primary individual light.

 


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