Hello all and welcome to another segment of our in-depth look at the exciting world of flashlights! We’ve explored the mini-flashlight world and discussed the differences between LED and incandescent bulb types, but so far we haven’t actually gotten into the meat of what our readers are looking for: flashlight models explained. So here we are, ready to go! In this blog entry expect to be wowed by the sheer volume of different models, their uses, and how surprisingly affordable it is to own a flashlight these days! By the end of it, we can confidently say you’ll be able to talk torches with the best of them.
Utility Flashlights: The Layman’s Light
Probably the least-recommended but most common flashlight out there is the longtime standard utility flashlight, complete with a thin plastic shell, sliding switch, and overall cheap materials. These lights usually have poor battery life, plastic lenses and incandescent bulbs with surprisingly poor lumens, and generally are poor quality. There’s nothing that really sets the utility flashlight above the rest beyond the fact that they are essentially the cheapest flashlights on the market today, sometimes running as low as a couple of dollars or less. Our best advice is to only use utility flashlights on boats, at concerts or as toys for your children, i.e. any time there’s a high likelihood of never seeing it again. But with these flashlights so cheap, at least when you need to replace them there’s probably a few thousand more on clearance at the nearest gas station.
Heavy-Duty Flashlights: Basics at their Best
Okay folks get ready: the everyman flashlight is here! Like the favorite child of the family, the heavy-duty flashlight is the trusty pal of most everyone’s day-to-day arsenal of tools to use around the house. A distant cousin of the utility flashlight, heavy-duty models are constructed of industrial-grade plastic or plastic composites and use a higher-quality Krypton bulb design that provides higher lumens and longer life. The lower-end models tend to suffer damage when dropped or handled roughly, so spend a few dollars extra for the rubberized housing and save yourself the aggravation. Generally you can get your hands on a nice heavy-duty flashlight for around ten to fifteen dollars, and will more than pay for themselves over time. With their durability, moderate light output and low cost, these flashlights are perfect to have in the trunk of your car, under your kitchen sink or on the picnic table at the camp site.
Utility and heavy-duty flashlights have their place in the industry, but that’s just the tip of this glowing iceberg. Be on the lookout for the next segment where we take a look at the other two basic flashlight categories: work flashlights and tactical flashlights. You’ll be all aglow with joy, we promise ♥.