By Jim Clary
USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- There are more flashlights on the market than fleas on a dog.
The question facing every buyer is no longer, how many lumens does the unit put out, but what are its features and how is the quality. Most of the newer units on the market are equipped with CREE LEDs and put out between 200 and 1,000 lumens. But, caveat emptor applies more than ever. There are a lot of units on the market that will put out 800-1,000 lumens; but, they are so poorly constructed as to remind one of the low-quality products that came out of Japan right after WWII. And, none of these units are ever tested to ANSI/FL1 standards.
With all of the above in mind, what do you look for in quality flashlights? First: Make sure that they are tested and rated to ANSI/FL1 standards. ANSI/FL1 standard requires that the light withstands repeated 3-meter drops on hard surfaces and still function. Basically, that simulates the accidents that one would expect to encounter in everyday use. And second: It is desirable that the flashlight has a focusing capability. While it may nice to “flood” an area with light, …Read the Rest