You should know a lot more about the many features and qualities of flashlights now that you’ve studied a lot about them, but to be really honest, there is a lot more to tell. But being as how this is supposed to be an introductory guide for anyone who are interested in locating the appropriate light for the task at hand, it is now high time to summarize all that has been discussed.
What you should have taken away from our introduction is that, as long as you are not a collector, you should first pick on a type of flashlight, and then proceed to compare other brands of the same sort of flashlight. There are certain manufacturers of flashlights that are so confident of a particular aspect of their product that they exclusively utilize it in all of their goods (such using CR123a as a power source), but the majority of these manufacturers produce a diverse assortment of lights. Some of them address the fundamentals, which can be found in products produced by virtually any company, such as the fundamental model that operates on two AA batteries that we have already discussed. Others are rarer and more unusual, and you may only be able to buy them from a small number of retailers, if any at all.
There is no other item that is more suitable for inclusion in a blog that is dedicated to tactical equipment than a flashlight that is also a valuable addition to your Every Day Carry (EDC) kit. There is going to be an additional post regarding EDC, but for the time being, let’s establish some parameters that correspond to the conception of EDC held by the vast majority of our readers:
• It is not only light but also compact enough to be taken about on a regular basis.
• Useful enough to be a true asset in your day-to-day life and during an emergency, even if it means stretching the definition of “light and tiny.” Preferably extra “tacticool,” gorgeous, or enjoyable to deal with, even if that is not a must.
With all of the information shown above, the conclusion is typically as follows:
• A beam that is balanced between the throw and the flood. You can never be sure what you’re going to put it to use for.
• Consider purchasing a model that just requires one AA battery if portability and low weight are top priorities for you. The fact that replacement batteries are readily available practically anywhere in the globe is an additional advantage of this.
• If you want a little bit more brightness and you don’t mind carrying around an extra battery or charging it frequently, then a model that uses a single CR123a battery would be a better option for you than one that uses two batteries. If you don’t anticipate using the item on a consistent basis, you might want to think about purchasing a Lithium battery that isn’t rechargeable.
• You don’t have any issues with using larger gear, do you? You might also choose a model that has an 18650 battery for your device. Bear in mind that your “every day carry” flashlight is completely useless if you decide to leave it at home due to the fact that it is heavier than you initially imagined it would be.
• An excellent alternative for an every day carry (EDC) model is a tailswitch that also has a “momentary light” option. It’s possible that you only need to take a quick look, and this type of changeover makes that much easier.
• It is possible that a pocket clip is the best option for carrying the flashlight, but this will depend on where you plan to carry it. Keep in mind that this is the one that you will want to have at your disposal in the quickest feasible manner.
• Considering that you will be spending a lot of time with this, you should select one that has a lot of appeal to you. Consider purchasing one that has a body constructed from a unique material such as copper or titanium if that is something that interests you.
It is in your best interest to spend additional time researching the benefits and drawbacks of various models of flashlights before making a purchase. This is because it is possible that you will be using the flashlight on a frequent basis. You can easily check off items on your “nice to have” list, but if you take extra precautions, you might be able to locate something that is a great match for you. There are versions that are relatively bright but only require AA batteries, and there are models that are pretty small but require 18650 batteries.
If you examine carefully, despite the fact that the majority of models possessing particular qualities are the same, you may still be able to identify an exception that satisfies your requirements. If you’ve already begun your search for the ideal every-day-carry (EDC) flashlight, I’ve got some unsettling news for you: You’re already hooked, and sooner or later, the EDC community will welcome you with open arms. It is pointless to put up resistance.