What is the best way to go about choosing the appropriate LED light for your needs? Surely there is not any one answer to that question, as it depends on your individual camping and hiking activities as well as your personal needs. That said, LED portable flashlights are a very useful tool to have when you are out in the wilderness and about to get stranded or lost.
Not so long ago, flashlights were big and bulky with a range of different bulbs and even then, they had to be fed through a winding cord which could be difficult and noisy to carry. Even so, if you had a flashlight, it was small and light, and could only last for a few hours at best. It was not until the 1970s that LED lighting became widely available. It is led by a lightemitting diode, or LED, and produces no heat. That changed everything. Today, LED flashlights are both safe and portable, but have become increasingly popular.
Why LED lights?
Out of the many choices available, LED lights are brighter with far superior light transmission. Their innovations don’t end there – they are also more durable and a lot safer to use. For example, no one wants to fall asleep while camping in a tent. Even if you have a LED flashlight, a battery is only as good as the flashlight that is powering it. Having said that, however, you can find LED flashlights that are so durable that they can continue to provide you light even through long periods of darkness.
Where did the “1-2-3” rule come from?
Remember the Warren Commission that was recommended for the design of flashlights in 1934? “This device,” they said, “will not kill except in cases of gross internal damage.” Never again have I seen so many people getting themselves into trouble for having forgotten that. It seems that people have chosen their LED headlamps with the “1-2-3” rule. I guess that is why some people still refer to them as “fires.”
Of course, no one can deny the fact that LED flashlights are a lot closer to being perfect than they were years ago. Surely if you were walking and needed your hands held away from your head or you have to read for a few minutes into the darkness, you can see a difference. However, the “fires” from a year ago could still be unleashing today, and people are still calling them “fires.”
So, Will they Call It a Safe Fire?
We don’t call it a fire, we call it a fire. And those who know me know how passionate I am about water quality. And it is an issue I have spent a lot of time focused on. The reason being? concentrated light pollution ruins our night vision.
Light Reflections off the Earth’s surface
The land and the sea are rich with minerals meaning you can’t see them with your naked eye – it is as true for Hawaii as it is for Wyoming. Saltwater is 24% salt, 12.5% fresh water and 20% evaporated ocean air. These are the same ingredients as what creates an ideal environment for the growth of coral.
Coral Reefs in Hawaii
Water Quality in Hawaii
Ecotourism is a concept worth considering.
The first thing to ask yourself is, if you could take a load off, leave everything, including your LED flash light, home. Consider your surroundings. You might already be doing it.
Would you look at your recent camping trip in Europe with a similar lens? Would you see the same thing?
What is the True Weight of an LED Flashlight?
Only a few years ago, people were worried about battery capacity. That’s the year that we released the Esbit tablet. A friend of mine used it on a motorcycle journey. He could charge it in the middle of nowhere, as surely as you can charge a phone.
It won’t win any awards for design. But it sure does keep your friends happy.