Looking for a definition for “flashaholics” as you read this title? It might be difficult finding one. At least in the traditional dictionary sense.
Usually, if a word ends in “holic” it’s often not associated with a positive outcome. But stick “flash” in front of it, and what do you have? A person who likes to re-live those care-free days of the 70’s when it was daring to sport the ‘natural’ look in a public environment? Or is it someone who takes to the streets like a paparazzi hoping to catch someone wild on camera?
No, none of these. It’s a hobby. You might (as the term suggests) almost call it an obsession! For some it is.
Have you guessed it yet? Think “flashlights”. Have you got it now?
Flashaholics are people (consumers) who are just wild about today’s ever-growing industry of LED flashlights. They have clubs, just like anyone else. Blog posts, forums, websites, you name it.
Why, you may ask? Because like a lot of things these days, flashlights have gone high-tech! If you’re in the market, you can still…maybe…find one like your dad or grandfather had. Usually those babies were huge! The beam had lots of rings, probably didn’t light up more than about 50ft in front and was probably kind of orange in its tint. The bulb was an enormous incandescent sucker which had to be replaced every now and again, and it probably ran on 2 or more D size Eveready batteries! Not to mention it was heavy, and about the size of a cop’s Billy club.
As the TV cigarette ad claimed in the early 70’s…”you’ve come a long way baby” and so has the average flashlight. And flashaholics know this all too well.
How are they different you might ask? Well, almost as different as a computer was in 1970, to what it is today. For instance the bulbs use LED’s (light emitting diode) which makes ALL the difference. The technology for producing those little marvels has rocketed. The electronics in the head enable the light to produce different levels of light. Lumens as they’re called, have become more and more each year. When I first got into flashlights about 7 years ago, a 100 lumen light was pretty bright. Today, it’s not uncommon to buy a 500 lumen flashlight! With the push of a button, or a twist of the head, the light will offer several different modes of light. It’ll go from really dim, to astonishingly bright! Many will also feature an SOS mode and a “flashing” strobe mode. And not only are they bright, but in many cases, the beams will “throw” to amazing distances. Some LED’s are made to be more on the floody side. While some, shine a narrower beam. For today’s flashaholics, these lights are a must have.
Some of the important attributes include the aircraft grade metals used in manufacturing. These marvels are virtually indestructible. The bulbs (claim) to last 50,000 hours. They’re very comfortable to hold and carry. They strap to the belt or pocket and many are no longer than about 6”. This brings me to another popular acronym. “EDC” = everyday carry. These are the lights that flashaholics take with them on a daily basis. They might be only 3” long! But…they can still sport up to 300 lumens of light! Simply amazing!! You can even choose a light depending upon what type of battery you’d like to use. From alkaline to lithium-ion; rechargeable or disposable. In the battery category, there are many, many choices. Rechargeable lithium batteries come in many different shapes. This variety helps in producing flashlights of varying degrees of length and plays a part in how bright the light will be. A lithium battery will allow the light to have higher lumens than an alkaline battery will.
Think about all the times that you may have wished you had a decent – WORKING – flashlight in the house. For power failures; for taking the pooch out for a midnight stroll; for those wee hour bathroom stumbles…when a light that can go as low as 1 lumen!!!! really comes in handy! And let’s not forget all those outdoor enthusiasts.
- For campers
- For hunters
- For boaters
- For fishing
- For hiking
Or general outdoor use…including search and rescue missions!
Now you can see why the LED flashlights of today, aren’t JUST for flashaholics! These connoisseurs of electronic light, may own an entire fleet of these tools. But, even just ONE for the average person will provide multiple uses. Not to mention, unbelievable performance and durability.