Depending on what we choose the intensity of light? 40 or 500 lumens? How do you choose the right lighting system for the sport we practice?
A lighting system for camping corresponds to a precise use.
As we know to choose? You must take into account three criteria: Number of persons which need light, time of use and possibility of using it outside.
When choosing a torch, getting the right size is key – a hefty, heavy torch is best left in the garage at home, lighter handheld torches are good for keeping in the car or taking camping, a pocket torch is brilliant kept on you for emergencies.
Whether you’re one of those brave souls who hits the great outdoors in the winter months, when the daylight hours are considerably shorter, or you just have a propensity for going walkabout in the evening, a camping torch is a good friend to have. Whether you’re keeping watch for potholes or puddles along the road, wildlife (or deceptively quiet streams) in the countryside, or, if you’re being honest, it’s just for getting you safely back from the pub after hours, it’s an essential ally. But which one is right for you?
For such a little item, there are a surprising number of considerations when it comes to finding the best torch. First, is it small enough to fit in your pack, and light enough (with batteries, too) that you can carry it from A to B without cursing its heft?
Secondly, is it durable enough to withstand everything you’re likely to throw at it? We know that no-one ever means to crush their torch with their walking boots or drop it in a puddle, all we’re saying is that it happens.
Then, how bright do you need it to be? 150 lumens is a good benchmark for general use, such as bumbling around the house in power cuts, walking the dog, or even reading the meter. But for camping, and especially for middle-of-nowhere, middle-of-the-night hikes, we recommend going a bit brighter. Conversely, if you’re after a room light for your tent, to read or socialise after hours, you can go dimmer.
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Modes A single setting is sufficient for general-purpose use. Some models offer 2 or more modes like low, medium, high and boost). You may rarely use more than one mode, but having the option to throw an extra-strong beam on demand can be reassuring.
The brighter the mode, the shorter the runtime. Some models may offer special modes like a strobe or SOS feature. User programmable modes or mode sequencing may be an option. This may be a feature that is integrated into the flashlight, or set up on software and downloaded to the light via a USB cable.
Controls The type of on/off and lighting mode switches is important for some users. Push buttons and sliders are typically thumb operated. A rotating bezel can also serve as a switch, requiring 2 hands to operate. A safety lock feature prevents the light from being accidentally turned on, helping prevent unexpected flat battery exasperation and inconvenience. Some lights feature a silent (non-clicking) insta-beam function in which slightly depressing the switch activates the light until either a full click leaves it on, or releasing the switch turns it off, without having to cycle through all modes. This is a desirable feature in law enforcement operations.
Materials and Shape Most torch bodies are either plastic or aluminum alloy. Some feature stainless steel in the head of the torch for extra impact resistance. Not all aluminum bodies are the same—thinner styles are lighter, thicker ones are tougher. Cylindrical bodies are the most common shape, but as these tend to roll around when laid on a surface, some models are profiled to resist rolling. Additionally, the surface of the body may have a knurled pattern to provide grip and reduce slipping.
Size and Weight This is mostly personal preference. A larger, heavier unit is not necessarily brighter, but it is likely to feature an extended run time due to a greater battery capacity.
The light source is something that you need to consider when going to the mountains, especially if you are