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Dear Flashlight Manufacturers…

Eric at the Gunmart Blog

Eric at the Gunmart Blog

United States --( Dear Flashlight Manufacturers,

I don’t know if you have gotten the memo or not, but the Lumen war is over. You won! Its now fully within the realm of reality to buy a flashlight that can melt the paint off of a car for well under $100. Give it a rest already.

We kinda aren’t really impressed anymore. Sure its a fun trick to melt your hunting buddy’s face off while you are all sitting around the camp fire but its honestly a one-trick-pony that is starting to get worn thin.

What do I want now as a consumer in a flashlight?

Two words: run time. Do with run time what you did with the Lumen war. Dazzle me with a flashlight that can run for darn near eternity on a single set of CR123 batteries. Sure $5 for a new set of batteries is not going to break the bank, but I’m a cheapskate… and I hate, repeat hate having to ration my flashlight usage.

So if you flashlight manufacturers really want those R&D dollars to drive sales for you, then go after run time. Lumen value does nothing for me anymore. Its bright enough already. Give it a rest. Now go out and build us all something that we can leave on 24/7 and the world will beat a path to your door.


– Eric at the Gunmart Blog

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  • 7 User comments to “Dear Flashlight Manufacturers…”

    1. […] My latest article is being syndicated over at Ammoland this morning… Go give it a read. […]

    2. It would be nice to have a flashlight that can go all night without going dead or something ten minutes after you remove a persons face with it. A good long run time would be really nice. I live in the desert and it would be a good thing to have a light that does run all night on one set of batteries.

    3. Powerful lifeboat survival matches behind a magnifying glass–Awesome! Though I must admit it is a bit awkward when mounted on a handgun.

    4. You are spot on with the better batteries to extend time on. The other would be to get the prices down even more. A good quality flashlight should not cost over $30.00 and today to be charging more is wrong. With LED bulb power the price is the same and the amount they buy keeps it even lower. If plastic is good enough for a AR-15 it should be good enough for a flashlight instead of metal.

    5. Tacticool flashlights are great for always having with you, for using not so much. I keep a flashlight on the headboard of the bed more for power outages than anything else but it would work just fine for any emergency use. My choice was a no name brand LED light from Lowes that cost about $25, uses 2 C cells to run for about 2 days continously and will throw a noticable spot about 100 yards. It may not suit you but it is worth checking out. (One each in the house, in each car and at work, yes I really like them.)

    6. […] can read it and all of the comments here and […]

    7. […] has done with this flashlight is try to address something that I spoke out about recently in an open letter that I wrote to the flashlight industry. What I basically said then was that I really wanted […]

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