Handheld General Purpose Flashlight
Flashlights are an essential tool for wildlife control operators (WCOs). I recommend that WCOs carry at least 3 flashlights on their vehicle, namely a general flashlight for area inspection, a spotlight for inspecting eaves and vents from a distance, and a headlamp for hands-free illumination. Each type of light needs to have different characteristics or specifications in order to meet the needs of WCOs.
This article will discuss the specifications needed for a handheld general purpose flashlight for WCOs. A general purpose light must provide enough light to allow WCOs to walk safely and see sign (i.e. scat, smudges, and other clues) clearly. Lights capable of emitting 120 lumens can fulfill this requirement. Of course, higher lumens is better but the light must be concentrated enough to make it useful. The flashlight also must be durable, capable of rough handling, including being dropped, and still work. The flashlight should be inexpensive to use and to purchase. Cost is important. A poor flashlight can burn through batteries and reduce profitability. In addition, WCOs can, and do, get distracted and forget their flashlights at the client’s house. You don’t want a flashlight that is too expensive to easily replace. Lastly, a good flashlight must be portable. If it is too big, it becomes cumbersome and a pain to work with.
The following qualities are nice to have but aren’t absolutely necessary. For instance, I think being able to focus the beam is a nice feature. A high and low beam feature also helps save battery power. Flashlights that use standard batteries are also to be preferred. I like being able to replace batteries by visiting a local store. Others may disagree. LED technology also has a key advantage because of increased battery life and a more durable bulb. While it doesn’t emit the clean white light of a Halogen bulb, the technology is good enough for most situations calling for a handheld light.
In future articles, I will be reviewing some flashlights that I have purchased. In the meantime, if you have a flashlight that you would like to commend or condemn, drop me a line. I would love to hear from you.
About the Author
Stephen M. Vantassel is a certified wildlife control operator who helps individuals, businesses, and agencies resolve wildlife damage issues through training, writing, expert witness, and research. His latest books are the Wildlife Damage Inspection Handbook, 3rd edition and The Practical Guide to the Control of Feral Cats. He can be contacted at wildlifecontrolconsultant at gmail dot com.
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