Alternative Uses For A Flashlight

By on June 30, 2014
Flashlight

This interesting and informative video starts out by comparing the differences between an LED Maglight and an “old school version” Maglight. The newer LED Maglight costs about $14.00, has 200 plus lumens, and has a burn time of about 2.5 hours. The “old school version” runs about 14 lumens, costs approximately $9.00, and has a burn time of about 5.5 hours. Both Maglights can go into candle mode which is useful for illuminating a room or performing nighttime tasks.

In his first alternative use discussion, the instructor inserts a char cloth into the backside of the LED flashlight’s parabolic lens/mirror. He then uses the sun’s rays to ignite the char cloth. The same can be done with both the older version of the Maglight.

The second use (as some of you may have already guessed) is to use the parabolic lens/mirror as a daytime signaling device.

The video concludes with a quick recap. The instructor demonstrates the brightness difference between the two versions of the Maglight. The LED version is much brighter but does not last as long. Another downfall of the LED version is that if dropped a few times, it may tend to flicker. You may have to tap on it to get it to work.

About Dan The Gaul

Dan served in the United States Army from 1971 to 1979. Dan also has several years’ experience in law enforcement. His motto is “Always Be Prepared”.

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