Tactical flashlight

A Guide into Tactical Flashlights


Tactical flashlights are lighting devices that emit powerful beams which are mainly used for security purposes. They are mostly used by police and military personnel. However, their high performance makes them ideal for emergencies, camping and hiking. Some of them can also be mounted on bicycles.
 
These lights come in two types; LED and Xenon. The latter usually use more power to offer the same level of brightness that would be emitted by an LED drawing 5 watts. They also have a shorter life span. However, they can be used as infra-red illuminators for use with night-vision gadgets.
 
LEDs are more durable and can withstand rugged use. They also last longer and are more efficient. They also have an added benefit of versatility, since their brightness solely depends on current supplied.
 
Most tactical flashlights use a pair of lithium disposable batteries. These are lightweight, small and compact. They are also able to withstand extreme temperatures. These devices require batteries with high energy density, which makes lithium cells ideal. With these batteries, you can store your flashlight for a long time without having to worry about their capacity level. Though these batteries are more expensive than their conventional counterparts, they are more cost-effective because of their long life.
 
Some flashlight models use rechargeable batteries. These can be charged from any electrical outlet, including a car cigarette lighter. They are therefore convenient for outdoor use.
 
The most popular construction material for these devices is aluminum. This has several benefits over steel; it is non-magnetic, corrosion resistant and lightweight. It is also an excellent electrical conductor. Devices made of aluminum are very durable.
 
Special finishes can be applied to enhance durability. One such coating is the hard anodized finish. Here, the aluminum is specially treated to produce a thicker coating that is also highly resistant to corrosion.