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How to pick the best Flashlight for your travel gear

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Most people don’t worry about buying a powerful flashlight because they think their smartphone flashlight is enough. A smartphone’s flashlight can be useful in some situations but it can only light 3 feet in front of you.

Your mobile flashlight and traditional torch can’t compete with a modern flashlight. Today’s flashlights are versatile, ergonomic, durable, cost-efficient, and produce better illumination.

Having said that, the question boils down to, what to consider when choosing a powerful flashlight.

Things to Look for While Choosing a Powerful Flashlight

Though most parts remain the same in all flashlights, there are few things that actually go into making a flashlight a powerful flashlight.

Light Output

There are still some flashlight models that use incandescent and krypton-type bulbs. If you want a powerful flashlight you should always look for an LED bulb flashlight.

LED consumes less energy but produces more light, while on the other hand incandescent bulb drains out the battery faster than you think. And if you left it on by mistake it gets really hot.

Power Source – The source of power is the battery! But the real question is, what type of battery should you opt for? Solar cell batteries, crank batteries, rechargeable batteries, and disposable batteries are the most types of batteries in a flashlight.

Most powerful flashlights have a rechargeable battery that can be charged with solar cells, USB ports, or adapters that plug into household power outlets. Rechargeable batteries are the handiest option because it’s easy to recharge and as long as the user keeps it charged, they’re ready to be used in any situation.

Beam Type and Distance

There are two types of beams a) Flood beam that lights up a wide area and b) Spot beam that lights up a narrow path and travels a greater distance.

Depending on your need you can either opt for flood beam or spot beam. Some powerful flashlight comes with both flood and spot beam; you can toggle between the two when needed.

Waterproof Ratings

A powerful flashlight will have higher IPX (Ingress protection) that can resist moisture and water. If you’re looking for a flashlight for a boating trip or other outdoor adventure, go for IPX4 or IPX8.

Style

There are lots of powerful flashlights that came in a handful of styles. Again, it depends on your need. It can be tiny penlights, compact flashlights, hefty models, or a lantern flashlight design for a flat surface. Whatever might be the size or style, make sure you’re comfortable using it.

Our Top Picks

  1. Warrior 3S Tactical Flashlight It has a 2300 lumen output and a run time of 55-days. The dual switch with a proximity sensor and a max lumen throw of 300 meters is what makes it a powerful flashlight. Warrior 3S is also IPX8 waterproof and can handle drops from up to 1.5 meters.
  2. Warrior Mini 2 Compact EDC Tactical Flashlight It has 1,750 lumens, 220-meters of throw, and 45-day of runtime. Apart from being one of the most powerful flashlights, its compact size with carabineer-style ring and dual switches makes the warrior mini 2 versatile for both EDC and tactical use.
  3. Seeker 3 Pro Bright Flashlight – If you’re looking for a powerful flashlight with a 4,200 lumens output, rechargeable battery, and proximity sensor, Seeker 3 Pro is for you. It can handle drops from up to 1.5 meters and has a waterproof rating of IPX8.

Make a Better Choice

There are tons of flashlight brands on the market and all of them claim to be the best. Before deciding on your next powerful flashlight make sure to check the light output, power source, beam style, waterproof rating, and size.

Not all that you see in a departmental store or on the internet is a powerful flashlight. Make a wise decision by reading reviews or thoroughly checking if you are purchasing from a store.

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