Feb 21, 2012
Flashlights are an essential survival tool in emergencies. Whether during a power outage, flash flood, or any number of natural disasters, having a flashlight can mean the difference between life and death. Flashlight University has chosen our favorite flashlights to have in an emergency.
The Streamlight E-Flood Litebox lantern is a great flashlight to have by your side. The E-Flood Litebox is rated at 615 lumens (wow!) with an 8 hour run time, or 330 lumens with an 18 hour run time. It gives off a broad lighting pattern which is great in an emergency when you need to light up a general area. You can buy a version of the E-Flood Litebox called a “Power Failure System” which will automatically turn on in a power outage. Pretty awesome, right?
The Streamlight E-Flood Litebox is available for purchase on BrightGuy.com. BrightGuy stocks over 450 types of flashlights and is an authorized distributor for Streamlight, SureFire, Fenix, Underwater Kinetics, Princeton Tec, Petzl, LED Lenser, Pelican, and more.
The Energizer Weather Ready Emergency Weather Station will help keep you prepared in the worst of emergencies. It has a 100 lumen LED lantern and an NOAA emergency radio. The dual power option makes this light really cool – it can be powered by 8 AA alkaline, lithium, or NiMH batteries OR by crank power. It even has a USB port in the lantern that you can use to charge a cell phone. This lantern does it all!
With 100 lumens in high and up to 200 hours of run time in low, the Princeton Tec Remix headlamp is a great asset in an emergency. You can choose to use the single Maxbright LED or the 3 Ultrabright LEDs, so you can have the extra brightness when you need it, or conserve your batteries if you don’t need the extra brightness. The Remix runs on 3 AAA alkaline batteries or rechargeable NiMH batteries. The head pivots up and down to let you direct the light.
The Fenix LD22 flashlight packs a lot of punch in a small package. It boasts up to 190 lumens in high and 100 hours of runtime in low, plus 4 total brightness levels plus strobe and SOS. It makes a great emergency light because it can run on 2 AA alkaline, lithium, or NiMH rechargeable batteries, so it is always easy to find replacement batteries. The LD22 has a small body diameter of only 0.9″, so it can comfortably fit inside a pocket. Plus it has a nice pocket clip to keep it secure inside your pocket. Impressive for a 2AA flashlight!
The Streamlight Knucklehead is the epitome of a great emergency flashlight. The broad flood beam makes it great for lighting up a room, and the head fully articulates so you can direct the light anywhere. It’s got 200 lumens in high for when you need a lot of light, but you can also use the low level of 67 lumens to conserve battery power. The Knucklehead even has a “Moonlight” mode that gives off a very low level of light that will last for 20 days. You can buy a rechargeable version or a non-rechargeable version that runs on 4 AA alkaline or lithium batteries. The rechargeable models can be run on 4 AA batteries as well, so even the rechargeable models are great in emergencies. It includes a heavy duty magnet and a clip to give a hands-free lighting option. In a pinch, the Streamlight Knucklehead is a great light to have around the house.