Tips for using a flashlight or head lamp for the first time
Hooray! You purchased a new flashlight or head torch! It's a fantastic asset that means you'll never be left in the dark again. We have a few tips to get you off to a great start straight away.
Today's LED lights are extremely powerful. They provide a lot more light and shine much further than the halogen and incandescent lamps that were common up until a few years ago. In many cases, a compact flashlight can come close to the light output from a car headlight. Not to mention hefty floodlights with a range of more than a kilometre!
That is why it is important to use your flashlight or head torch wisely. Never shine it directly into someone's eyes, and beware of using it near highways. You could quite easily dazzle motorists with such a strong light. Which is of course something you want to avoid.
Tighten everything properly
To ensure that the light will work properly, it is wise to tighten all parts equally well. Some flashlights that come with a battery are slightly loosened to prevent them from accidentally switching on during transit. There may also be a battery cap in the body. Find out how to remove it here.
If you have a light with a tactical ring, this also needs to be tightened properly. Sometimes, it may seem as if a light is defective because both the head and the tail cap are properly tightened, but the tactical ring is actually throwing a spanner in the works. This can sometimes be a little loose, meaning that you can turn the tail cap tightly against the ring, but not properly against the body. Therefore, always check whether the ring is properly tightened before tightening the tail cap.
A head torch is usually a little less complicated. Some head torches are enhanced with a built-in battery with a body that cannot be opened. Other head torches, however, are enhanced with a casing for the battery that can be opened. For these types of lights the instructions are the same as for flashlights. Check to see if it contains a battery cap, check to see if there is a battery, properly secure it.
Also important for your flashlight's watertightness
Besides the functioning of the light, proper tightening also has an impact on the flashlight's waterproofness. Many lights are splashproof or can even be temporarily submerged. But for that to work, they need to be properly sealed! Of course, this doesn't only apply to cylindrical flashlights or head torches - for lights that come in different forms, it is always important to carefully check whether charging flaps and battery compartments are properly closed.