Importance of Flashlights for Emergency Situations
No matter how many features your flashlight has, the bottom line is any flashlight is better than no flashlight. This is especially true during an emergency, on your next adventure trip or working on an appliance or the vehicle.
Power outages are an ever frequent problem resulting from an overtaxed power grid that is strained during peak power demand or knocked out of commission during a severe storm that resulted in downed power lines from fallen trees. Fortunately, most power outages do not last long in most case. Regardless of duration they are at minimum an inconvenience and in severe cases a significant problem that can compound an emergency situation.
With the advancement of cell phone technology, every three months a new version is released, it’s now common to have a LED flashlight incorporated into the design. Although this convenience is good for short term use it’s wise to have a regular flashlight or LED lantern available to provide long term lighting. The cell phone flashlight is best for short period use. Save your battery power for communication.
Flashlight technology continues to advance providing a variety of options including various levels of light output, focused or floodlight beams, and emergency strobe lights. A variety of charging options are also available including shake flashlight, crank flashlight, solar flashlight and rechargeable battery flashlight, both lithium ion and NiMH. HaveLight.com sells flashlights that include all of these features and more such as waterproof and shockproof flashlights.
Not all flashlights are the same. Good designs are often copied by China manufacturers who lower the quality of the flashlights selling lights based only on price and not on quality. The key to getting what you pay for is researching the type of equipment you need, the reputation for the merchant and the warranty provided by the manufacturer.
As previously mentioned, there is a wide assortment of LED flashlights and lanterns. Selecting you light involves deciding on how it will be depended on and location of use. Shake and solar rechargeable flashlights are very good for camping and especially backpacking. They are lightweight and do not depend on alkaline batteries. Where a higher light output flashlight is needed for example commercial contractors, police and fire fighter then a battery powered flashlight that uses super bright LEDs is the best choice.
Regardless of flashlight selection, having reliable illumination available at home, work, car, boat can be a lifesaver.