Wednesday, 29 July 2015

What are red LED flashlights used for?

Some of the most common uses for a red LED flashlight are stargazing, hunting with a night vision scope, or military operations. This is because the red light that is emitted from this flashlight is more visible at night time than other colours of flashlight bulbs. It may still be used during the day for signalling, reading maps, and other tasks.

Members of the military often use a red LED flashlight when conducting night operations. This is because the red light helps them navigate in remote areas that cannot usually be seen from a great distance. As a result, service members can complete their mission while simultaneously reducing their chances of being spotted by the enemy.

Another group of people who often use a red LED flashlight are hunters, especially those who do so at night. The red flashlight bulb produces a light that provides better night time vision, but doesn’t scare away game. When used in conjunction with a rifle scope, this tactical flashlight greatly increases a hunter's chance of success when hunting both small and large game.

People sometimes use a red LED flashlight for stargazing. This is because looking for constellations should be done in complete darkness whenever possible, yet some light is needed in order to reach an optimum viewing spot. Using this red flashlight can help people get into position safely without creating light pollution that would reduce the number of visible stars.

A red LED flashlight does not have to be used at night time. One that has a cone-shaped head is often used to park cars at sporting events. It may also be used by emergency workers to direct traffic whenever there has been an automobile accident, whether at night or during the day. This is done by moving the flashlight back and forth in the direction cars need to travel.

One of the advantages of an LED flashlight is that the bulbs tend to last longer than those of halogen flashlights. The light from one of these flashlights tends to be somewhat brighter than the light from a traditional flashlight, but is not normally a strain to the eyes. There are many colours available, and some of the more common ones are red, blue, and green. It can be helpful to keep one of these flashlights on hand because they are useful for a number of tasks, no matter what time of day!

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Thursday, 23 July 2015

A flashlight powered by your hand!

Running out of flashlight batteries is one of life’s small irritations. Having a flashlight with dead batteries can be quite a catastrophe, especially if you are in a serious situation.

However, young Ann Makosinski discovered a solution that could put an end to getting left in the dark. The teen from British Columbia has invented a thermoelectric Hollow Flashlight that shines simply from the heat of your hand!

Ann determined that the heat of a person’s palm generates about 57 milliwatts of electricity – this is more than enough for the half of a milliwatt needed to illuminate a flashlight’s LED.

The key to the Hollow flashlight is the Peltier tiles, which generate electricity when one side of the tile is heated and the other is cooled. Ann decided to mount the tiles and the other circuitry inside a hollow aluminum tube, where the air inside the tube would cool one side of the tiles, while heat from the user’s hand would warm the other.

Her invention provided a modest amount of light and worked for a half an hour at a temperature of 50°F.

“The flashlight I have made is more of a prototype than a final product, but the components in my device are quite strong. Of course, if it was to be used and manufactured, I would try to seal off the electronic components in some sort of casing so that it wouldn’t get heavily exposed to the elements, and therefore last longer.” Ann wrote.

The Hollow Flashlight earned Ann a spot at the Google Science Fair in 2013 and her flashlight could change the world!

Here’s her description of her invention in this video.

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Thursday, 16 July 2015

The Disadvantages of Two-Handed Flashlight-Gun Techniques

The first two-handed technique for holding both gun and flashlight involves holding the flashlight in front of you with your non-dominant hand, while resting your gun-holding hand on top, as seen in the left-side image above. You’ll oftentimes see this technique being done on cop shows. 

The second two-handed approach is called the Rogers technique. The Rogers technique is a modification of the normal shooting grip with the flashlight trapped between the first and second or second and third finger of your non-dominant hand, as seen in the right-side image above.

While both grips have some merit, each has some downsides that compromise your safety and the safety of others when using a firearm in a low-light situation.

The big downside of both two-handed techniques is that if you want to shine a light on something, you also have to point your gun at that object or person. While you may be practicing good safety measures by keeping your finger off the trigger, you have to accept the risk that you’re pointing your muzzle at a potential non-threat, like a child or a weird neighbour.

Moreover, two-handed techniques may leave you vulnerable to a head strike. With both hands holding the gun and flashlight, you have no way of protecting your head from a swing from a hidden attacker.
Another issue with the two-handed techniques is that, with the exception of the Rogers technique, none of them really offer any decent recoil control over one-handed shooting.

Finally, if you’re not careful, it can be easy to activate your gun’s magazine release when using a two-handed technique.

Instead of a two-handed shooting technique, it is recommended that a one-handed approach be used called the “Eye Index Technique.” The Eye Index Technique is a modification of a gun/flashlight technique called the “Neck Index.”

As with all these techniques, consistent training is very important!

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

How to Safely Maneuver in the Dark with a Flashlight

If you ever hear something go bump in the night, there may be a danger nearby. There is a certain way you need to maneuver in a dark space when you are using your flashlight to maximise your safety.

Here’s how to do it…

  v  Try the light switch first
If you are in a low-light environment, your first step should be to simply try turn on the main light source if it is convenient and safe to do so. The more light, the better!

Yes, there will be situations when turning on the main light switch is impossible. You may not be near the switch, the electricity is out or you are outside, etc. In that case you will need to use your flashlight!

Keep in mind that if you suspect threat there is an attacker nearby, you will need to use your flashlight in a certain way to keep yourself safe.

  v  Light on, scan, light off, move
When you are maneuvering in a low-light environment and believe that there is an armed attacker nearby, you don’t want to leave your flashlight on the entire time. This will only make you an easy target. Instead, follow these simple steps:

- Light on
- Scan environment. Look for threats
- Light off
- Move
- Repeat

Your threat will likely shoot at or attack where they last saw the light from your flashlight. By turning off your flashlight and then moving, you will increase the chances that you’re not standing where your threat is going to attack.

Now you know how to safely and successfully move around in the dark!

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

What is a Tactical Flashlight?

A tactical flashlight has a different purpose of use than your normal kitchen cabinet model. Tactical flashlights are designed with different materials, usually aerospace grade aluminium. They are designed for high impact stress because they are usually mounted to a weapon like a shotgun or M4/AR15 platform and most are waterproof to varying degrees. Tactical flashlights have textured grips and anti-roll profiles and are usually small enough to easily fit in a pocket. If you are looking for a light for your home defense weapon of choice you will most likely be using a tactical light.

Why should you carry a tactical flashlight?

Self Defense – Flashlights can easily assist you in a self-defense situation. For starters, most modern tactical flashlights are very bright. By bright I mean it hurts your brain to look at them – bright. If someone is threatening you, just flash the light in their eyes and blind them temporarily while you make your get away or maneuver into position. Also, a lot of tactical flashlights have bezel edges. These are supposed to assist you in breaking a window, but I wouldn’t try that with my flashlight. What they would be good at though is hitting someone and defending yourself.

Identify threats – It’s a light. If you are ever walking in the dark and need to shine a light on a dark or murky area, your trusty flashlight is perfect for that. Lights can easily light up dark corners even in the back seat before you approach your car so you know what is around. With the brightness of modern tactical flashlights you can do this from a pretty good distance too.

Help in emergency situations – In an emergency, the power can go out. Having your flashlight on you will mean that you instantly have light. Have you ever been sitting in the house before and the power went out. All you have to do is just reach down to your side and grab your flashlight and Voila!

When you lose the remote – Seriously, you will be amazed at the number of times you will reach for your flashlight that you never thought of. That and looking down throats to make sure someone does not have a raging case of strep throat. Flashlight tag… millions of potential uses.

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Monday, 6 July 2015

Some of the world’s coolest, most unusual flashlights

Take a look at the collection of coolest, but a bit unusual, flashlights from all over the world…

Ear Light Just place this flashlight in a similar manner to most Bluetooth headsets and it allows you to use both palms for other activities.

mPower Flashlight It gives 180 lumens of light and comes with a reserve power backup which can hold its full capacity for up to 20 years!

Flexi Flash Flashlights These flashlights have flexible bodies that allow them to wrap around and attach to a variety of objects.

Keychain FlashlightThis super-bright keychain flashlight is small and features a unique quick-release mechanism.

Cord Lock FlashlightThis stainless steel spring lock securely clips to the cord on your hoody, backpack, sleeping bag and so much more.

Arka FlashlightThe Arka is a compact lantern/flashlight and also works as a portable recharging station for any USB-compatible device such as your smartphone, cameras, GPS and more.

Gorillatorch FlashlightThis Gorillatorch adjustable tripod flashlight features powerful, magnetic, bendable and flexible legs that allow it to attach to an array of different objects.

Dual Beam FlashlightThe Nightlighter contains two distinct light sources; one shines in the area ahead of you and the other lights up the area near your feet. Working together, the lights provide a wide coverage illumination.

Buglit Micro Flashlight With its bendy wire legs and mini clip, this flashlight resembles a small insect that will stand, sit or cling on wherever you want.

Baseball Bat Flashlight It provides security and illumination in the darkness with a powerful 200 lumens of light and features a 3-mode switch.

You may not be interested in purchasing any of these weird flashlights, so take a look at Klarus Light. They have a wide variety of durable flashlights at an affordable price.

Thursday, 2 July 2015

The advantages of a flashlight for personal protection

When it comes to choosing a weapon for self-defense, a flashlight isn’t exactly the first thing that comes to mind. However, when used correctly, it is an amazing tool for personal protection.
Here are some of the advantages of carrying a flashlight for personal protection…

  Ø  There are no Restrictions: The great thing about flashlights is that they are legal to carry around. There is also no restriction on carrying a flashlight on airlines or in other areas where handguns are commonly prohibited.

  Ø  Flashlights are Discreet: Flashlights are very discreet. If a flashlight were to drop out of your pocket or bag in a public area, it wouldn’t raise an eyebrow. Compare that with the reaction you would get if a knife or a gun had to drop onto the floor.

  Ø  Disorientation Factor: Especially at night, there is something about getting a smack of lumens straight in the eye that can mess with your orientation. It’s disconcerting and it’s meant to be! Many confrontations and potential attacks can be avoided by simply shining a bright flashlight in your attacker’s eyes.

  Ø  Effective against Animals: Animals, even more so than humans, become disorientated and confused when a bright light is shined in their eyes. When using really bright lights animals often react by running away.

  Ø  Illuminated Threat Areas: No other tool has the ability to illuminate low-light areas. Since human predators like to use the advantage of the cover of darkness when they lie and wait to attack , a flashlight can remove that advantage and disrupt their attacks.

  Ø  Provides a Tactical Advantage: When coupled with other self-defense weapons, a flashlight provides a great tactical advantage. Not only does it illuminate threat areas, but it can also blind an attacker.

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Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Review – Klarus Light XT12

The Klarus XT12 is a tactical flashlight with a whopping 930 Lumens of blinding power! There are a few things that stick out to me about this light.

The magnetic charging is one of the best features on the XT12. Klarus has been adding their patented magnetic charging interface to lots of their new lights. It works absolutely fantastic and you don't need a cover for the charging port. The magnet is strong, and the charging cord literally jumps on the charging port. A solid red ring will appear while it's charging and a solid green when complete. Even the red/green glow ring glows a decent amount, allowing you see if it is fully charged from across the room. 

A standard 1/4 mount is drilled on the bottom. This makes the XT12 easy to attach to just about anything. Optional accessories for the XT12 are available like a meaner deeper striking bezel, remote pressure tail cap, and multiple filters. 

On the tail-cap is where the dual function buttons are located. One turns on the strobe. You can momentarily turn on the strobe or if you hold down for 3 seconds the strobe will stay on and switch between strobe and SOS. This is a great feature if you were to drop the light and were in need of help. The other button on the tail cap can be used as monetary or a full click will turn the XT12 on straight to its 930 lumens highest setting. Once the light is on you use the secondary switch to go through high, medium, and low. At any time while the light is on you can hold down the secondary button for 2 seconds and the light will enter strobe mode. Once in strobe mode, simply press the secondary switch once and it will go back to the highest setting. 

The XT12 is very comfortable in the hand and has a removable cigar grip for easier one hand operation. It has an IPX-8 water-proofing rating up to 2 meters or 6 feet. You do not need a cap to cover the charger!  

You can buy the Klarus XT12 here or any other Klarus flashlight!