You’re driving on a mountain road, you have to open the hood and check that filters and fluids are in order. Or you have to pitch your tent for camping when it is already dark. Or maybe you’re in town and the storm did go off the current. The occasions when an LED flashlight is essential are many. But how to choose the right model, one that will not disappoint us even after several hours of use?
The main features of the LED flashlight is to create light through diodes and not incandescent bulbs. For this like the most, because:
- They are much more efficient, use less energy and produce less heat. The data say that only the 5 –10% LED flashlights consume the energy of a lampabina of equilavente power.
- This makes them more resilient and durable than other types of torches.
- The visibility of the light they emit is far more powerful and reaches up to more than a kilometre away, while incandescent bulbs illuminate the surrounding area only.
- They are smaller and lighter and thus more easily transportable.
How to choose?
The LED flashlights seem simple in their construction, yet not all models are equal. Consider why you buy them, the brightness you need and the battery life.
The brightness is measured in lumens. The most common flashlights from 10 to 100 lumens. For a normal use at home or in the car a 30 lumen flashlights will be fine, but for special needs such as emergency work or nighttime traffic better an intensity of about 90 lumens.
As for battery life, the LED flashlight can work with AA, AAA or button cell. Small LED flashlights usually use two AA batteries, but templates with AAA batteries are gradually gaining ground. Button cells offer better performance and longer life, but are harder to find in stores.
Finally, if you plan to use the LED flashlight for hiking and camping are not to opt for a model that is resistant but also water-proof and resistant to impact.