Buying a pest control flashlight should be a fun experience; however, it tends to not be that way when you are trying to get the best of the best in terms of features. More specifically, if you don’t actually know what you’re looking for. So, to help, we’ve listed down three factors which we think are the most important ones to consider when shopping for a flashlight.
When shopping for a flashlight, especially if it is one for pest control purposes, you should always pay attention to its weight. If you will be using a flash light while trying to catch tiny little insects or agile raccoons, there’s no doubt that you’ll need something you can easily run with. Not to mention, most pests usually hide in cracks and crevices. Because weight is, almost always, directly proportional to size; the lighter, the smaller, you should opt for lightweight options. That way, you’ll be making sure that you have maximum accessibility with your flashlight, so as to light up cramped areas.
The second factor you need to keep in mind is what batteries powers your flashlight. There are two main types of batteries: disposable and rechargeable. While both are good, most people are starting to believe that investing in top rated rechargeable flashlights is more efficient and reliable. On one hand, disposable batteries are cheaper; yet, they can only be used once then discarded. While, on the other hand, rechargeable batteries are more expensive but, they can be recharged at any time which explains why they are called an “investment”. Another thing to know about batteries is that different materials make different quality batteries. Most people recommend using lithium ion disposable and rechargeable cells because they last longer than their acid or alkaline counterparts.
Coming third is a factor that most people overlook; not through a fault of their own, obviously. It is mostly because intensity dials are often overshadowed by more important features like, battery life, and power sources. Practically speaking, these dials are extremely important. Why? The answer is simple. Different places require different light intensities; sometimes too much light can end up rendering your efforts worthless. For example, if you’re in an extremely dark place and you switch on an extremely powerful light, it can cause you, and your technician, to be terribly blinded for a second or two until your eyes adjust. Needless to say, by the time your eyes do adjust, whatever your chasing may end up escaping because of the sudden change in their surrounding atmosphere. An intensity dial simply allows you to turn up the light gradually which can save you from going through that trouble.
Having mentioned all of that, one thing remains to be said. While you may find uncountable sources, each telling you what to look for in a flashlight, you need to keep in mind that their not you. As in, they don’t know your needs or how many times you use your pest control equipment. So, before you go shopping for a flashlight while considering an endless list of factors, make sure these are factors that actually impact you in a noticeable way.