I’ve always been fascinated by flashlights. I love shining a flashlight into the dark, or a dark place, and illuminating everything. Perhaps it’s some primal or instinctual gravitas for light that draws me to flashlights. As little as 200 or 300 years ago a flashlight would have seemed like magic! Torches may have been available, but torches don’t hold a candle to the mix of consolidated light and ambient light.
The flashlight most similar to what we use now was patented between 1898 and 1903. It was a scrappy affair of paper and fiber tubes, with a bulb and brass reflector at the tip. It could hardly illuminate 15 feet. Now we have very powerful flashlights capable of illuminating a spot at far-off distances with the power of millions of candle lights.
To complement such massive and powerful flashlights, there is the wallet flashlight. Utilizing LED light bulb technology, a small credit card-sized flip-up flashlight has been created. It’s still very new, but provides ample light and fits in nearly any size wallet. I need to get one of those!
On the flip-side of flashlights come the military and police. Surefire flashlights
have reliably served the military and police departments for some time now. Extremely heavy duty, super powerful flashlights made specifically for military engagements, with fairly similar gear available for policemen. Surefire is the way to go for professional power in flashlights.
I’m sure I’ll always be fascinated by flashlights. One way you can notice how popular flashlights are is how they seem to be sold at every store’s checkout line. I’m not always able to refuse! Needless to say I have a lot of flashlights.