Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Do I Want a Waterproof Flashlight?

Waterproofness of a flashlight is an attribute that is often overlooked. Why would a flashlight have to be waterproof, you ask? Well, why not?

Even the FOURSEVENS Preon P1 is waterproof!
Whether or not a flashlight should be waterproof really depends upon a number of factors, the greatest being what the flashlight will be used for. If you're an electrician, needing a light for work, chances are you don't need a waterproof flashlight. However, if you're using the flashlight as a daily carry light, you never know what situations you may come across, and having a waterproof flashlight may be worth looking into.

You should also ask yourself whether a waterproof flashlight is more expensive than a non-waterproof light. From my experience, a quality waterproof light doesn't have to be any more expensive than a non-waterproof one. I'll tell you about one of favorite brands in a little bit.

One of the greatest and most practical advantages to a waterproof flashlight doesn't have anything to do with water. Waterproof flashlights are generally more durable and higher quality than non-waterproof ones. They are designed to keep a tight seal, in order to keep what's outside of the flashlight out, and to keep what's inside, in. This means that the parts need to have a tight fit together. There need to be seals on all openings. This not only keeps water out, but also dust. With a waterproof flashlight, you do not have to worry about dust getting in to the bezel area, dirtying up the lens or anything like that. You have a perfectly sealed light.

The Quark Turbo QB2L can
withstand being immersed for at least
3 hours according to my testing.
A flashlight company that I admire, as many of you guys can already guess, is FOURSEVENS. They are known for their waterproof flashlights, since all of their lights are waterproof to varying depths. When I first heard of this, I was very impressed, but slightly skeptical.

I decided to take their claims to the test by taking a Quark Turbo QB2L (formerly the Quark 123² Turbo) and going swimming with it. I was going to the pool with some friends and I figured, why not? I kept the light in the pocket of my swim trunks and acted as if it weren't there. I dove, went down water slides, relaxed in the hot tub; I even went down to a depth of 15 feet with the light. Just as FOURSEVENS states, the flashlight worked perfectly. I turned it off and on underwater, even twisting the head to change the settings, with no water leakage into the body.

Playing with it in the pool really showed me how useful a waterproof flashlight would be in case you ever needed to illuminate something underwater. Granted that this would be an unusually rare occurrence, having a waterproof flashlight would allow you to see underwater, if you ever needed to find something or rescue someone.

Since there are flashlight companies out there, such as FOURSEVENS, that sell inexpensive, bright and waterproof flashlights, why not choose a flashlight that has that capability, if not only for the reason of being able to show off how cool your light is while at the pool.


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