Flashlights for different situations
Outdoor stores offer a large number of different lamps and sometimes the choice can prove difficult. Here are some indications and choices made by the team based on our personal experiences and questions from our visitors. Of course, you can always contact them by email to ask for personalized advice.
The choice of a lamp depends on its use and predictable conditions. Power and autonomy are often contradictory. We prefer LED bulbs for their resistance and their long lifetime(between 40,000 and 100,000 hours compared to 10 to 50 of a normal bulb).
Types of lights
An emergency lamp for your car, boat, cellar or survival kit: In these cases, you need one of the top rated tactical flashlights that combines power and reliability. Forget crank lamps or solar panel lamps because they have a battery that, if not recharged every 3 or 4 months, eventually won’t hold the charge. The only solution in our opinion is a lamp with lithium batteries and batteries stored out of the lamp and never used. Why choose energy, otherwise not ecological?
First (in a simplified way) you should know that once you have put a battery in a lamp and you have lit the batteries will wear out even if you do not use it, the chemical reaction is activated and will continue, eventually emptying the battery of its energy. So it is better to leave at least one set of new batteries in their packaging, next to the lamp. This does not prevent you from putting batteries in the lamp but they will no longer work when you need them.Then we prefer lithium batteries because they have a much longer storage life than Alkaline or Saline or rechargeable batteries. With
This is why we prefer lithium batteries because they have a much longer storage life than Alkaline or Saline or rechargeable batteries. With Lith, um you have an average of 10 years of storage (against a few months to a few years for other technologies). Of course look at the expiry date BEFORE you buy the batteries.
Which model? There is no “ideal” model to speak of. In an emergency or warning situation, a stroboscope function (fast flashing) can be useful but you can still do it manually. Lithium batteries exist in several formats so you can choose according to your need. Examples? A small emergency lamp on a backpack or attached to a jacket zip. To have more powerful a simple and reliable model like the Maglite Solitaire LED or MiniMaglite LED, should be good enough.
Need a work light resistant and which takes in the pocket? If you prefer using rechargeable batteries LR06 (what we recommend, it is better for the planet and better for your wallet) then make sure to get a tactical light that is suited especially for the job that you’re doing.
A hiking lamp: Small rando with risk of return at nightfall or lamp put in the backpack for safety: the Fenix LD11 . Small and light (53g), waterproof and very powerful for its size it has a great autonomy (70h) which ensures a safe return. Its powerful lighting will help you in case of emergencies at night.
Night hike: For a hike in the woods ideal it is a frontal that will leave you hands free. A Fenix HL30 with its double white / red illumination will make observations of stars or animals while preserving night vision and at 87g it is so light that it can be forgotten at the bottom of the bag. Its safety position will prevent unintentional triggering. Be very careful not to hit anybody in the eye with this light, it’s extremely bright.
Scouting: Fenix E20 for its resistance to shocks and falls and its modes which make it possible to use it for almost all the uses. The size of a Mini-Maglite it has a very impressive power. Zipka front more for the practical aspect of the cord reel and the frontal port to keep hands free.