What’s the first thing to go in a flood or really bad storm? More often than not in an emergency, electricity is the first thing to fail. This is why almost every emergency preparedness kit comes complete with batteries and a flashlight. There are flashlights that can be wound up and take no batteries at all and there are the ones you can find for $5 at the tool store, but the light source from these products is weak and the construction is usually bulky and subpar. Most cell phones come with a flashlight feature, but the light source isn’t good for anything more than five feet in front of you. And if you do use your phone as a flashlight, you run the risk of dropping it or draining your battery when really you should be conserving your battery for making emergency phone calls. What you need in your emergency kit is a waterproof flashlight.
A Light That Can Stand Up To the Elements
Waterproof flashlights are not just water resistant, they are waterproof for up to a meter, which should be more than enough if you drop it in a flooded basement, off the side of a boat, or are walking through a particularly nasty storm in an emergency situation. Most flashlights are designed with the traditional cylindrical handles with the wider round bulbs, and some are the bigger and bulkier flashlights that look like a plastic coffee container with a handle. Both are outdated and inefficient. Older flashlights are heavy and inefficient because of the construction, bulb size, and batteries required. If you think about how much light your phone can produce, it should be no surprise that a flashlight can produce a significant light source without the aid of eight C-batteries.
Feels like a Phone, Shines like A Lamp
The best part about newer, waterproof flashlights is that they are being completely redesigned. Instead of the bulky, classic look, flashlight innovators are using a thinner, more compact shape that are like a thicker, more durable cell phone with a tactical polymer pistol grip.
A Flashlight Fit for the Future
But how is it that a flashlight can be waterproof? With a sealed high/low tactile switch and O-ring sealed plugs, that’s how. By applying what engineers have learned from waterproof housing for cameras and more efficient car motors, flashlights are now finally catching up with technology. Your best bet for keeping you and your loved ones safe and making sure you’re prepared for the worst is to invest a little extra money and time into finding the most efficient and well built flashlight on the market.