Hunting Flashlights: Everything You Need to Know to Pick the Best

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Hunting Flashlights: Everything You Need to Know to Pick the Best

 

Hunting is also about getting back to nature, and you need a great hunting flashlight to see you through. Here's how to pick yours.

 

When humans first discovered fire, they quickly realized the safety and protection it provided them against the darkness. 

 

Lucky for you, it's 2016. Fires are nice, but now you don't have to build one. There are a huge number of hunting flashlights available on the market. And they're way more portable. 

 

But with so many choices (at so many price points), how do you pick the best one for your needs? 

 

Let us help you. We're running through all the best hunting flashlights money can buy. Read on, and be prepared to make a great choice.

 

Start by deciding its purpose

 

From there you can begin to compare the attributes that most apply to your given situation. How much time are you going to be spending out at night? How much strength, brightness, and power should you be looking for? 

 

Each flashlight has different strengths and some are more equipped at dealing with certain situations than others.  

 

It's a lesson you should take with everything you buy: always take into consideration why you are buying the product before making a final purchase.

 

The bulb within your flashlight should be the right bulb for the right job.

 

Each bulb comes with positives and negatives, which focus on durability and effectiveness.

  • LEDS - Light Emitting Diodes are extremely durable and can last up to nearly 100,000 hours of usage but are nowhere near as bright as their counterparts.
  • HIDS - High-Intensity Diodes use less power than some types of bulbs, but provide a very bright light. They do, however, require a ballast which allows for the current in a circuit to be controlled.
  • Incandescent Bulbs - The least shock proof of the three here, Incandescent bulbs provide light through heating a filament encased in glass. Although they are brilliant for lighting up long distances, it's always worth remembering that they heat up rapidly and like all equipment should be treated with the right safety precautions.

"How many people does it take to change a light-bulb?"

 

We've all heard a different variation on the age-old joke over the years, but did you think you'd ever use it as a life lesson?

 

When choosing the best flashlight or any other equipment always make sure you have an understanding of how it works and how to use it.

 

If you are not able to use the flashlight when you need to, it's pointless to have one in the first place.

 

Lightweight or lite-weight?

 

The weight of the flashlight is a big factor when deciding on the right one for you.

 

Whether you choose a handheld or a mounted flashlight, you need to consider the weight implications on yourself and your other equipment.

 

While a handheld offers versatility, it's wise to consider storage management and ease of use. 

 

With that said, it is also important to make sure the flashlight you choose is equipped to withstand the situations you're buying it for.

 

If you plan to use it in foggy or in wet conditions, you'd be better prepared with a flashlight that has a strong beam and good water.

 

If you are going to be using your flashlight high up and want to be prepared for any shock damage that might accidentally occur, consider the material and shock resistance.

 

If you plan to use your flashlight for everyday camping situations such as those encountered by the average outdoor enthusiast, then you're probably going to want a product that is long lasting.

 

When planning your purchase it is wise to compare the expected battery life of the flashlight.

 

A long lasting battery can be the end of a day's sport, or the difference between life a death.

 

When needing a flashlight for a longer duration, you could choose a flashlight like the Fenix TK41C LED flashlight.

 

A flashlight like this runs for a while (240 hours on low light), and that runtime can easily be increased through the use of everyday AA batteries.

 

Speaking of batteries, have you ever considered the different types available?

 

Although some flashlights allow you to use rechargeable and standard AA batteries, some provide their own battery packs and will not allow you the same level of variation. 

 

Make sure you know how to power your battery, as some rechargeable batteries provide in-car charging capabilities which are excellent for on the move, whereas others can only be charged via an AC plug socket.

 

Now you've got a rough idea of what you're looking for, what about the different modes your flashlight offers you?

 

Keep your eyes wide and your options wider!

 

Many modern day flashlights have multi-mode options, but do you need them? Which one is best?

 

Well, the answer as always comes down to the individual situation.

 

If you don't need a particularly bright beam and want a power saving option, choose one with a multiple choice of modes (including a low setting).

 

If you're only going to be using your flashlight in everyday situations then this won't be a huge factor in selecting your final purchase.

 

Beaming brilliance.

 

Beam type and distance plays an important role in any flashlight and should not be taken "lightly."

 

The brightness of your flashlight should be based upon the situation and environment that you will be finding yourself in come the big day.

 

Everyday tasks and outings should only need a flashlight that has an output of 45 Lumens, but that will not suffice in a long distance situation.

 

If you're hunting game that you expect to bolt given the chance, then try using a high strength strobe light which is known for startling game.

 

When hunting, you can also avoid startling game through the use of a green colored beam.

 

Beam color is always important as each color has it's own specific use, for example, blue lights, help to show blood.

 

This itself has been proven across differing industries and professions and is commonly used in ambulances.

 

Hopefully, this will have given you some insight into flashlights and has effectively prepared you to make a well-informed decision.

 

Any questions come up? Got a flashlight story or type to recommend? We'd love to hear about it - and your last great hunting trip - in the comments below.

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