The Streamlight Company makes some of the best flashlights in the world as is evidenced by their marketing to law enforcement, firefighters and rescue personnel all over the world. They stay on the forefront of cutting edge development and design by interacting with their customers and using the very products they sell. In this way they are able to constantly improve the features of their product lines.
By understanding the needs of law enforcement, they were able to develop products such as the Stinger flashlight which can cast a blinding beam of focused light, necessary in the pursuit of criminals at night. There is TLR Tactical Gun Mount series for law enforcement and the sportsman alike for direct mount on handguns and rifles. It’s powered by lithium batteries that have a ten year storage life and 50,000 hours of use.
Firefighters are often involved in events which are extremely hazardous. There can be highly explosive gases in the air as in the case of chemical plant fires or freight train derailments, either which can involve BLEVEs. These are Bottled Liquid Expanding Vapor Explosions as you would find in railway tank cars carrying liquid propane or other liquid chemical gases. Any spark in the area would set off a rapidly expanding mushroom shaped ball of fire. An entire line of safety rated lights was developed to be used in these
In the automotive trade the Stylus line was created so automotive mechanics can peer down into tight areas with a flexible cable to view parts that are not viewable with conventional flashlights.
For the sportsman and outdoor enthusiast the clip on penlight series will provide a focused beam of led light that can be visual for a mile distance. This is crucial not only for making your way at night through the woods in emergencies, but for signaling in the event of natural or man made disasters.
There are rechargeables like the Stinger series and nonrechargeable like the TLR Tactical Gun Mount series. The multifunction capabilities on different models include low, medium and high beam intensity as well as strobe modes.
To find the best flashlight for your personal needs you need to determine for what function it will be used. Are you involved in outdoor activities like camping, hiking or hunting? A light weight waterproof flashlight could be what you’re looking for. Do you need it for work related activities like rescue personnel, firefighters, or law enforcement? A safety rated light, fully encased one with a blinding beam will work here. Or do you just need a safe reliable light to use around the home or in case of power outages, one that will be ready when you reach for it. A rechargeable or long lasting shelf life battery might be the answer.
There are incandescent bulb flashlights and led or light emitting diode flashlights. The leds give a more powerful beam of light, last longer, and are more durable They hold up better in averse conditions and under rough handling. The batteries that power the light are also critical. Regular carbon batteries have to be continually replaced whether you use them or not. Long lasting lithium batteries have a long shelf life and rechargeables can be
recharged in many cases up to a thousand times.
By: Alan Selby