Tips for using a flashlight for the first time
Hooray! You have a new flashlight! It's a fantastic asset that means you'll never be left in the dark again, We have a few tips to get you off to a great start straight away.
The LED flashlights that are available today are extremely powerful. They provide a lot more light and shine much further than the halogen and incandescent lamps that were common up until a few years ago. In many cases, a compact flashlight can come close to the light output from a car headlight. Not to mention hefty floodlights with a range of more than a kilometre!
This is why it's important to use your flashlight wisely. Never shine it directly into someone's eyes, and beware of using it near highways. You could quite easily dazzle motorists with such a strong light. Which is of course something you want to avoid.
Tighten everything properly
To ensure that the light will work properly, it is wise to tighten all parts equally well. Some flashlights that are supplied with a battery included are slightly loosened to prevent them from accidentally switching on during transit. There may also be a battery cap in the body. Find out how to remove this here.
If you have a light with a tactical ring, this also needs to be tightened properly. Sometimes, it may seem as if a light is defective because both the head and the tailcap are properly tightened, but the tactical ring is actually throwing a spanner in the works. This can sometimes be a little loose, meaning that you can turn the tailcap tightly against the ring, but not properly against the body. Therefore, always check whether the ring is properly tightened before tightening the tailcap.
Also important for your flashlight's watertightness
Besides the functioning of the light, proper tightening also has an impact on the flashlight's waterproofness. Many lights are splashproof or can even be temporarily submerged. But for that to work, they need to be properly sealed! Of course, this doesn't only apply to cylindrical flashlights or head torches - for lights that come in different forms, it is always important to carefully check whether charging flaps and battery compartments are properly closed.