Flashlights are handy tools that almost everyone has in their house or their car. But for those people who are looking to purchase their first flashlight, there are some common beliefs that you should be aware of, because if you don’t know the truth, it could cause you to buy the wrong flashlight.
So, let’s talk about the three common flashlight myths you should be aware of and how to avoid these common buying traps when looking for your perfect light.
You Have to Pay a Lot of Money
Some people believe that in order to get a good flashlight, they have to cough up a lot of money. This myth was perpetuated recently by Gwyneth Paltrow on her Goop blog. She released her Valentine’s Day gift suggestion list and included a flashlight on it. And while that’s a great suggestion for a Valentine’s Day gift, the one she suggestion is a Prada flashlight that retails for $260. Yikes.
The truth is you can buy a high quality flashlight for a lot less than that. For example, the My Pocket Lite Beam handheld LED flashlight is currently on sale for $9.98. Think that makes it a cheap flashlight? Think again because this light comes with 380 lumens, which means it will light up 3,000 feet in front of you, adjustable beams, and it’s made from waterproof aircraft grade steel.
It Has to Be Big to Be Powerful
The next myth trips a lot of people up because on the surface, it makes sense. The thought goes something like this: in order for a flashlight to be powerful, it has to be really, really big. Fortunately, that’s just not the case. Sometimes the smallest handheld flashlights are have the most powerful beams. In the past it was true that the biggest flashlights were the most powerful, but recent advances in technology now makes it possible for flashlights so small you can carry them in your pockets will light up 3,000 feet in front of you.
You Only Need Them for Emergencies
Finally, it’s worth noting that another common myth says that you should only keep a flashlight around in case of a power outage or some other type of emergency. While that may have been true at some point, today’s consumers use flashlights for many things, including emergencies. For instance, many people ride their bikes at night and like to mount a small flashlight on the handlebars to help them see. In addition, people use flashlights to make household repairs, while on hunting trips, and even for setting up the tent or cooking while on a campout.
Flashlights are one of those products that you’ll use frequently in your life, and it makes sense to buy the best one you can. But, as myth number one pointed out, you don’t need to spend a lot of money to buy a quality flashlight that will last you for years to come.