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Rechargeable Flashlights Light The Way to The Future

Feb 10, 2008
There are many rechargeable flashlights on the market today. Some you shake, some you plug in, but they all have one thing in common: it's the flashlight that is rechargeable, not just the batteries that make more energy to run the flashlight.

The first flashlight was introduced to the world in 1896 by Conrad Hubert who had purchased the company from Joshua L Cowen. Hubert, together with David Misell designed a tubular flashlight for portable use. They donated several to the New York City Police Department at the time and received favorable reviews.

History of the Rechargeable Flashlight -

The first rechargeable flashlight became available to the safety sector, such as police and firemen, in the late 1970's and early 1980. Word spread fast about this revolutionary, durable and lightweight flashlight that one would be able to recharge and use again and again. Firemen, policemen, rescue workers, and auto mechanics were the first to purchase the newest in a line of rechargeable flashlights. Auto mechanics choose the rechargeable flashlight because they spend hours under the hood of a car and can use the flashlight for extended periods of time.

Shortly after the rechargeable flashlight came out with rechargeable batteries, the rechargeable flashlight itself came about. This new one did not need the assistance of batteries. This one is a plug in and go type of flashlight, which gains its energy from the electricity in your home, office, or wherever you might be when it's plugged in.

Powerful Lights -

Because they are more powerful than a regular flashlight, much law enforcement across the country carry a rechargeable flashlight. Giving greater power to the light and what you are able to view with the rechargeable flashlight, there is a new technology that has eliminated the 'black spot' in the beam, helping to see more of what is in the circle of light. In addition, emergency personnel carry rechargeable flashlights because in an emergency situation, you don't want your flashlight giving out on you and the extra light a rechargeable flashlight gives off comes in handy.

Lasting longer and longer, they nearly eliminate the need for constant recharging. A rechargeable flashlight usually plugs in to an electrical outlet for more power. This has also eliminated the need for batteries and a battery charger, which also plugs into an electrical outlet to gain its power.

A rechargeable flashlight is not only one with rechargeable batteries. Even though that is where the rechargeable flashlight got its start: as a flashlight with rechargeable batteries. And there are many batteries to choose from when selecting a rechargeable battery.

LED Flashlights -

Back in 1999, the world was introduced to LED flashlights, which emit more powerful light, longer. Many of the rechargeable flashlights are now LED equipped flashlights. LED is light emitting diode which is a type of bulb inside the flashlight. This bulb has a semi-conductor which separates the positive and negative ions from one another and when enough voltage is applied, through use of a battery normally, they mix together to form a glowing light. LED lights have been around for decades and were frequently used in electronic appliances as 'pilot' lights to designate if the circuit was open or closed. Today, LED lights are in everything from flashlights to holiday lights and night lights.

Economically Savvy Flashlights -

Rechargeable flashlights can be found in many places for emergency uses, such as hospitals and schools for when the lights are out. Even in your own home, you can have a rechargeable flashlight plugged in an outlet for emergencies. And the economical advantages are tenfold. You will save money in the long run without having to purchase and repurchase one time use batteries or a charger that goes with rechargeable batteries. Even the battery chargers eventually do stop recharging. A rechargeable flashlight never runs out of 'juice' as long as you have an electrical outlet with a positive current or flow of electricity. You are able to recharge your rechargeable flashlight.

There are countless uses for a rechargeable flashlight: on the boat, an RV, your home, in school, and to carry around for safety purposes. They are lightweight, because there are no batteries to weigh it down and they are made of a durable plastic or rubber coating, depending on which brand you choose.

These rechargeable flashlights can be large in which you must carry only the flashlight, or small enough to fit on a key ring. There are many in-between sizes as well. The rechargeable flashlight can be attached to a firearm for law enforcement or military use, or it can be medium sized and clipped to a belt or pocket.
About the Author
William "Cole" Doggett is a knife expert and owns an Internet knife shop, Knife & Supply Company, LLC at www.KnifeSupplyCompany.com. His website is devoted to all things rechargeable flashlights, pocket knives, swords, kitchen cutlery, sharpeners, machetes and a wealth of information. Stop by!
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