A flashlight can be an invaluable tool in an emergency or an unexpected power outage. Finding your way in the dark, searching under beds or dressers for a lost item, or trying to see into the back of a clothing-filled closet can certainly make you appreciate the usefulness of these small portable lights. The main problem with flashlights is that they have to rely on battery power. If you get a light that has batteries that are almost out of their charge, then the light will be dim and unusable. People who rarely use a flashlight might find that the batteries have become corroded and ruined the light altogether. In short, flashlights are very useful, but their batteries can often create a big problem.
So what if you could rely on a flashlight that didn’t need a battery? Do such devices exist? They sure do. Some flashlights can be recharged using small solar power panels. Since these lights do not require much electricity to power, a few hours in the sunlight is usually enough to keep a light charged. The other battery-less option is a hand-crank flashlight. This kind of light can work consistently provided that you can crank it and generate enough battery power. With hand-crank lights, you don’t have to worry about having your flashlight lose power in the middle of the night and then having to wait until morning to recharge it.
Do hand-crank and solar-powered flashlights interest you? Here are some great models that can help you take batteries out of your flashlight operations forever.
The Mini Solar Powered LED Flashlight from Meritline has three small LED bulbs that can illuminate an impressive amount of space. These lights are ideal for emergencies when you have to find something in a hurry such as a fuse box or candle and match. The great thing about this light is that it is small, so it can fit in your pocket. Since it has a key ring attached to it, it can also work as a keychain. No, this is not the most powerful flashlight you can own, but if you are looking for something that can always be on hand when you need a light in case of emergency, then this is the device for you. It powers up using nothing but the sun, so all you really have to do is keep your keys on a table or ledge by the window and you will always be sure that you will have a powered-up light on hand. Other popular options include traditional pen-lights that have solar chargers attached to their sides. These are a little bulkier, but also have slightly more-powerful lighting abilities. Meritline offers these small pen-lights with LED bulbs and a variety of different colors.
Don’t want to rely on the sunlight alone? Some of the most reliable lights have both hand cranks and solar charging panels. The solar panels mean that you will have a charge most of the time. But if you run out at nighttime or when you are in a dark place, a hand crank can be invaluable and can be the difference between stumbling around in the dark and being able to see where you are going and what you are looking for.
Meritline’s hand-crank flashlights can usually offer better performance overall compared to solar-powered models. These lights are larger and have LED bulbs that provide much wider beams and better fields of vision. Hand-crank devices can resemble standard flashlights and can provide as much power as needed regardless of what the weather conditions are outside or what time it is. Most hand-crank flashlights come with LED bulbs, so they are brighter than standard, non-LED battery-powered flashlights.