Choosing a flashlight can be a daunting task. There are so many questions you need to ask before making your flashlight selection! What is a lumen? What's the difference between xenon bulbs and LEDs? Are rechargeable batteries appropriate for you or not? How big should the flashlight I select be? What should I spend? The list goes on. In this article I will try to explain some flashlight basics so that you can make a more informed decision to better fulfill your needs.
The first thing you need to do is identify your flashlight needs. Do you want a light that is cute as a bug for an automobile glovebox? For around the house when the power goes out? Head mounted for tracking a wounded deer? Secured under a weapon? Like many other tools, some flashlights are suited to very specific tasks. You probably don't need a $5,000.00 Surefire Hellfighter Spotlight to check circuit breakers; likewise, most compact pocket flashlights won't blind a home invader.