Who hasn’t been in this situation. You’re in your tent, the sun has finally set, and its time to fire up the flashlights. Batteries are doing great, but when its time to head anywhere outside of your immediate camping area, the light just isn’t bright enough. It’s actually kind of scary even.
Now, imagine the same situation, but this time, you have a light that makes everything around you as bright as day. Nothing scary this time.
For a long time, flashlights were based on the good old trusty incandescent bulb. And that’s what existed. But now with newer technologies, the darkness is being lit up like you’ve never seen it before. With LED flashlight and HID technology, flashlights wont ever be the same...With LED flashlight and HID technology, flashlights wont ever be the same.. And even specialty types like the tactical flashlight or led headlamps are game changers with durability that you wouldn’t have imagined just a few years ago.
When it comes to flashlights and camping you want to get something that’s both reliable and bright. So in this article we’ll cover HID and LED style lights as well as a specialty flashlight… the tactical type because of their durability.
And as soon as you read this, you’ll know about the brightest flashlights that exist on the market.
First, lets talk about tactical flashlights for a moment. Just what are they anyway? Mostly, they are found mounted on guns or other weapons. Tactical flashlights are important because they have to perform at a moments notice …. And reliably.
And the first one I’ll share isn’t so much about brightness as it is about how it’s packaged. The ToolLogic SLPro 2 has a white detachable LED tactical light made out of waterproof anodized aluminumThe ToolLogic SLPro 2 has a white detachable LED tactical light made out of waterproof anodized aluminum. For survival, it comes with a whistle and magnesium alloy fire rod that will last for hundreds of starts and puts out sparks at 2500 degrees.
The other tactical light is the JetBeam PC25 which comes in at a very nice bright white 408 lumens. This tactical light is used by law enforcement, self defense and shooters. Along with a rechargeable battery and 273 hours of run time, this baby is a gem.
Before I move onto LED flashlights, lets talk about lumens. They are a way to measure brightness of light. For instance, a dinner candle produces about 12 lumens. 1-80 lumens lights up a very small area. Its use is general. 81-200 lumens takes 2 or more batteries and is used in tactical environments and police general use. 200-500 lumens is used in SWAT situations, large area searches, home use search lights, hunting and camping. 500-1000 lumens is used for large outside area searches, illuminating game at night, SWAT teams for group disorientation. 1000 lumens is used for very large output. These usually require a large holster for storing. Just a side note. The Luxor spotlight in Las Vegas which can be seen from Los Angeles airport is over 30 billion lumens.
LEDs: Very Bright, Rugged And Durable
LED flashlights have to be one of the most amazing inventions when it comes to light producing products. They have some of the best “”throw”". And their durability is second to none. Another feature that you’re starting to see these days is specialty flashing. For instance, I have a Redline Nebo. This has 4 flashing “”modes”". There’s high, low, SOS and blinking. The SOS automatically gives out a morse code SOS signal. This can be a real lifesaver when you are stuck out on the water with no radio. But let me show you a few more examples.
If you are looking for “throw” and brightness, check out the Fenix PB20If you are looking for “throw” and brightness, check out the Fenix PB20. It has some of the best light output of any small flashlight.
And with durability, the Fenix PB20 is amazing. Here are a few tests that you really have to see. Here’s the “torture test” for this flashlight.
LEDs have taken flashlight technology a far distance in just the last few years. And they are bright. No doubt it. But if you want REALLY bright….. HID is the way to go. Let me show you what I’m talkin’ about.
The Worlds Brightest Flashlights…. HID Wins Hands Down
These flashlights are so bright that some car manufacturers use them as headlights in their models. There are plenty of off the shelf HID lights available.
You’ve already know how bright 100-200 lumens is. So can you imagine how bright 5200 lumens might be? That’s what the Polarion PH50 Helios iscan you imagine how bright 5200 lumens might be? That’s what the Polarion PH50 Helios is. This thing is used by the military. So you know its got to be bright.
But let me show you something that will blow your socks off with a “flashlight” (and I use that word loosely), that has to be the absolute brightest I’ve ever seen. This home made HID is 20,000 lumens and its said to be the brightest flashlight in the world.
I’m excited about what flashlights are able to do these days. So check out some lights this week. Give the Redline Nebo a close look for starters. Its relatively inexpensive. But you’ll find that it becomes your best friend when you need light. I’m serious. This thing is next to me everywhere I go. Check it out.