Tom’s Tips About Flashlight Buying
- Even some good lights may, particularly if used in the marine environment, suffer from internal contact corrosion or intermittent contact failure. The latter could be caused, for example, by springs depressed over time or metal contacts becoming askew over time. Better lights have fewer of these problems. These problems can cause dimming, flickering, or failure to turn on. Usually these problems can be remedied by contact cleaning and/or adjustment as a part of a regular maintenance schedule. Read the manual first.
- Flashlights and spotlights for maritime use are critically important to your safety for many reasons.
- There are some rather cheap flash/spot lights on the market. I don’t buy them. In my opinion this is not equipment for which you look for “bargains”.
- When you’re buying a light, consider what you will be using the light for. While some units are fine for some multiple uses, there are uses, such as a long distance spotlight, for example, that will normally need to have very high performance in certain features.
- It is wise to have many flashlights, placed in strategic positions on your boat, so that when you need one in an emergency in the darkness, you don’t have to hunt for it.
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