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Popular Flashlights in Media – Westworld

The Klarus RS80

Westworld has become a sweeping sensation since its’ release in November 2016! This world, set years ahead of 2017, has created the opportunity for Flashaholics to see Klarus’ sleek and stylish RS80. This flashlight is the way of the future and it seems like everyone knows it! Klarus three headed flashlight

Although the flashlight on the show saw a bit of backlash, the innovative three headed flashlight has an output capability of up to 3450 Lumens with a continuous run time of 18 days!

It is extremely lightweight and durable which makes it the perfect prop for this science fiction show. Although, you only get to see the flashlight used in the main output setting – this flashlight has 9 output modes with 2 additional flashing modes (strobe and SOS).

This featured spotlight can be carried with the heat insulated handle, attached to a tripod, or more. This makes transportation and overall use easier than ever.

Some primary applications include:klarus RS80

  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Security and Patrolling
  • Tactical and Military
  • Finding your way in a futuristic world!

 

Learn more about this innovative flashlight!

 
 
 
 

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Gavin’s Top Ten Battery Junction Gear Wishlist

Hi, I’m Gavin, and as I have worked at Battery Junction over the years I have come across more than a couple of products that I wish I had myself. In this blog post I will go through the top ten products (in no particular order) that have caught my eye.

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First up on the list is the Maxpedition Thermite Versipack. Being a huge skiing, biking, and hiking fan this handy pack caught my eye pretty quickly. This pack can be attached to the waist and leg, or held sling style over the shoulder. When skiing the waist/leg attachment is great for making sure that the pack stays firmly attached. When biking or hiking this pack can be more casually carried over the shoulder for a more comfortable and less movement restrictive method of carrying. Like most Maxpedition products, this pack is made to withstand some of the toughest conditions out there. With water and abrasion-resistant lightweight ballistic nylon fabric, as well as double stitched stress points I am confident that this pack would stand up to any rigors I might put it through.

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Next up on the top ten list is the Ultimate Survival Technologies Reusable Handwarmer. This product is perfect for anybody who goes out in the cold for extended periods of time. Living in Connecticut and being a frequent Vermont skier I have used many (probably hundreds) of disposable hand warmers over the years. This product is a great alternative that both helps my wallet and my conscience by being environmentally friendly. It is super easy to reuse the hand warmer, all that is needed is to place the used warmer in a pot of boiling water for about 15-20 minutes, or until the gel turns from orange to clear. This neat device is super affordable and has saved me big money that I would have otherwise been spending on hand and foot warmers.

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Next up on the top ten list is the Wiley X Nerve Goggles. These goggles are made and tested for military use so it is safe to say that they will stand up to anything I could put them through. The top down ventilation system is a great feature as it keeps that sealed goggle area from becoming too warm. Also, there is an anti fog coating on the goggles that importantly makes sure that the vision field never gets clouded. I have been eyeing these goggles for skiing purposes but they also could easily (and would probably be better) used for off-road biking/ATV track racing. They are a bit pricey at ~$85 but there is no doubt that these goggles will last for a couple of years and have the quality to be worth the price tag.

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Next up on the list of my top ten products is my favorite pet accessory the NiteIze NiteHowl light up dog collar. I personally use this product on a daily basis with my two dogs at home and love it. The collar is made of a plastic/rubber material that can be cut to fit any dog’s neck in the diameter range of 12″ – 27″. I use this all the time when walking my black lab mix at night because without it I have trouble seeing her any further than 5 feet away. The collar is great for making sure cars see your dog when walking on the roads, or even for when you want to keep an eye on your dog while they go for a nighttime run in the yard. As a dog owner and enthusiast I cannot say enough good things about this light up collar.

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Coming in at 5 (even though order doesn’t matter) is the very useful NiteIze HandleBand Smartphone Bike Attachment. This is just one of a couple of smartphone bike attachments that we have at Battery Junction. However, I prefer this one over the other options because of its universal fit feature. Because it can fit such a range of phone sizes I would have no problem getting a new iPhone, or changing to an Android because the bike attachment will work regardless. This attachment keeps the phone face up which is great for when you are using a GPS feature to get around, or are trying to track your fitness performance in an app. For just ~$15 this is a no-brainer bike/phone attachment.

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Being an outdoor person I would have to go with a headlamp for my flashlight pick, and the Petzl Tikka R+ Headlamp wins easily. This headlamp is rechargeable (USB compatible) and can have an output of up to 170 Lumens. However, the main draw for me is the Reactive Lighting Technology which allows the headlamp to make hands-free adjustments to the lighting pattern and strength. This feature is great because the main draw of headlamps is that they are mostly hands-free and this headlamp takes that into account by making it truly hands-free. The headlamp can also be connected with an app on your smartphone to allow for customization of lighting preferences. I have yet to come across a headlamp that is smarter or more hands-free than this lamp.

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The Tenergy Dual Port USB Power Bank is up next on my top ten list. As a college student and full-time smartphone addict I am a big fan of portable power banks. This one from Tenergy is one of the best options on the Battery Junction site because of its compact design mixed with large energy holding capacity. With two outbound ports for charging, this device can charge multiple devices at once and has a 8000mAh capacity for enough charge to go around. The slim design and built-in flashlight make this the best portable charger available at Battery Junction (in my opinion).

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Next on my wishlist is the Wagan 6L Thermo Electric Fridge/Warmer for car use. This one is on the wishlist because car trips are a pretty common occurrence for me and it would be a great convenience to have a fridge/heater for food and liquids. This unit plugs into any car charger and is compact enough to fit in between the driver and passengers seats for quick access while driving. This food container is the perfect companion for keeping coffee warm for an early morning ski drive, or for keeping beverages cool on the way to the beach over the summer. At a competitive price of ~$55 this cooler may be my next purchase.

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The Leatherman MUT EOD Multi-Tool is an all-encompassing tool that is also in my top ten. This multi-tool from Leatherman is top of the line as far as multi-tools go. The MUT features 15 tools which can fulfill a range of functions. I would likely not need all the tools on any one trip, but my philosophy is that if you’re going to bring a multi-tool you might as well bring a multi-tool that has it all. I would bring this tool with me on pretty much any outdoors trip because it has the potential to help out in so many situations. I’m not a big multi-tool person but the wide range of tools and the 25 year warranty make this an easy top ten contender on my wishlist.

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Last and definitely least on my top ten wishlist is the NiteIze GetLit S-Biner Flashlight/Bottle-opener. As a college student of drinking age I always have my eyes out for cool and interesting bottle openers. This one may be neither but the price, light, and goofy name are enough to make me wish I had it. This may feel like a cop-out for the tenth spot but I honestly couldn’t choose because there are so many good products on Battery Junction.

If you liked any of the products in my top ten or are interested in coming across some of the products that just missed out, then come by Battery Junction and check out our selection of products!

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New Year’s Resolution Support with Battery Junction

New year, new you! With the start of a new year comes the pressure and desire to improve and make serious positive changes. This can be tough or very easy depending on your resolution, but either way Battery Junction has you covered with the best gear for making that resolution a reality.

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Many people choose to make resolutions to improve their health or to step up their exercise regimen. We don’t sell diet plans at Battery Junction but we do have the NiteIze Lacelock KnotBone system for your running needs. The KnotBones are made of stretchy rubber material that allow the shoe to expand and retract without ever having to re-tie the laces. If you’re looking to go running you will also want to be sure that you’re easily visible to drivers on the road. Fortunately wetheshorelinemarket_2447_2834490926 have just what you need! The NiteIze Led Run Vest will make sure that every driver on the road spots you from hundreds of feet away.

Be Seen From All Angles

theshorelinemarket_2452_113964231Biking, whether it be for exercise or environmental consciousness reasons, is another popular New Year’s resolution. If you choose to substitute a car for a bike in the morning work commute then it is very important to have the right gear. The JetBeam BR10 is a great accessory for your bike that will allow you to see even when it begins to get dark. The BR10 comes with a bike mount and can run with a 960 lumen output for 2 hours! This mounted flashlight features a rechargeable battery and competitive pricing relative to its peers.

It is very important to be seen from every angle when biking at dusk or night. The NiteIze SaddleLite is a great way to increase your visibility from behind. The battery-powered bag light provides illumination with both glow and flash functions to make sure you are seen. Also if you are wearing a helmet (as you should) it is a good idea to highlight it for drivers. The NiteIze Helmet Marker Plus easily attaches to the back of any helmet and provides instant eye-catching light for drivers to be aware of. Finally, the NiteIze SpokeLit spoke lights will create an optical illusion that is impossible for drivers to miss. Simply attach one of the LEDs to a spoke and the spinning of the tires will create a glowing circle of light. With lights on the front, side, and back, you’ll see and be seen clearly.

Going Green!

ResolutionSome people may opt to be more environmentally conscious with their New Year’s resolution and try to go green in some way. If you should choose to invest in green energy we have a wide selection of solar powered lights and panels for purchase. One of the standouts is the Sunforce 37150 Solar Panel which can be installed to provide clean renewable power for a home, RV, or boat. The Sunforce is a top of the line solar panel at a competitive price that can provide you with power almost anywhere.

Rechargeable batteries are also another great way to go green for the new year. We are currently having a sale on Eneloop rechargeable batteries for up to 15% off! If you are looking to go rechargeable you will also need a charging device. Luckily we have you covered for that as well. The Xtar VC4 charger is a great device for keeping your Eneloops ready to use. This charger features 4 bays for charging and an LCD screen that updates in real-time.

Drop the Smoking Habit

Some people may choose to drop a bad habit such as smoking for their New Year’s resolution. This is never an easy task and for those who turn to electronic cigarette alternatives Battery Junction has the accessories to help you with the transition. For a simple yet effective battery carrying case the UltraFire Battery Case should do well. The case can hold up to (4) CR123As or (2) 18650s and keeps batteries shielded from the elements to ensure peak performance. Additionally we carry waterproof cases for keeping the most valuable vaporizers in working condition. For a top of the line case take a look at the Underwater Kintetics Weatherproof 207 Ultrabox. The Ultrabox is waterproof, moisture proof, dust proof, and can be submerged in up to 16 feet in water.

These are just a few of the many products at Battery Junction that can help you keep on track with your New Year’s Resolution!

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Customer Story: Battery Charger Saves the Day! (Er, Night!)

Our first winning entry comes from our home state, Connecticut! It’s a cool look at how some of our gizmos can come to the rescue – or prevent an emergency before it starts.

Photo by Joseph on FlickrCC BY-SA 2.0

Well for a start, a bit of backstory; I play airsoft as both my favored method of recreation and exercise. one of the type of match types is called milsim (military simulation) which is basically a pre-built scenario based game usually over the course of a couple days or more.

this was back in the end of 2013 in the dead of October and was at a blacksheep milsim (the organizing company) called camp bobriwka which is hosted up in the northern border of connecticut and Massachusetts at a campground called bobriwka that spans about 220 acres up in Colebrook, CT. now this place has bare minimum in amenities; they have a mess hall cabin with some power but for the most part this place was both devoid of shelter and power.

so on on the last night (we camped there; temps hit around 14 degrees Fahrenheit through the night).

we were going to go start the car and get some food, me and two of my friends went together in the same SUV. when we all got in the car my friend who owns the SUV tried to start it, turns the key and we hear it just sorta die after half a turnover. so we all look at each other and Corey says “shit I think I left the lights on in the middle of the night”.
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Skiing Essentials for the Winter at Battery Junction!

Its that time of year again, it’s skiing season! Once the stress and intensity of the holiday season subsides it is time to hit the slopes, and there is no better place to gear up for your skiing trip than Battery Junction! This post will show you a few of the great cold winter sport accessories that we carry at Battery Junction.

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The Thermite Versipack from Maxpedition is a great product for your next trip to the mountains. Originally designed for tactical and military use, this pack can also double as one of the sturdiest skiing bags you can find. The Versipack has the ability to either be worn as a shoulder sling or to be firmly attached to the waist and leg. The waist and leg attachment is a great option for more high intensity skiing as it provides a much tighter grip. The Thermite features abrasion resistant nylon material that can stand up to the most rigorous and testing circumstances. Carrying a cell phone and other semi breakable material while skiing has never been safer with a #AS-100 high grade closed-cell foam padding material that can absorb the impact from some of your hardest falls. Competitively priced with other name brand skiing bags, this multifaceted Maxpedition bag is a great way to carry around all you need while on the slopes.

theshorelinemarket_2447_3616607494Wiley X Nerve Goggles

The Wiley X Nerve Goggles are a high quality alternative to the standard skiing goggles that most people choose to use. These Wiley X goggles are all you need and more for the job of  protecting your eyes while skiing. Originally designed for high speed biking and combat situations, the Nerve Goggles meet ANSI Z87.1-2003 high velocity safety and MIL-PRF-31013 Vo Ballistic Standards. ANSI Z87.1-2003 high velocity safety means that the glasses meet the protection standards for impact, non-ionizing radiation, and liquid splash exposures. MIL-PRF-31013 Vo Ballistic Standards refer to military standards testing with reference to the size caliber bullet that the glasses can absorb without breaking. In addition to being tough as nails these goggles also feature no-fog ventilation technology and the ability to insert a prescription into the lenses. The no fog ventilation technology will keep your vision field clear from clouding during those high intensity mogul runs. These goggles are a great buy for any skiing enthusiast who is serious about their eye protection!

Leatherman Hail Snowboard/Skiing Tool 

theshorelinemarket_2450_1470375334The Hail Snowboard Tool from Leatherman is a must have for both skiers and snowboarders alike. This handy pocket tool fulfills 5 different functions that are perfect for the most hardcore skiing enthusiasts. The scraper tool is perfect for shaving off any excess wax on the bottom of skiis or snowboards. The scraper can also smooth out any divots that you may have picked up while skiing through the woods. The flat/phillips head screwdriver and 10mm wrench tools are perfect for tightening or loosening bindings depending on preference and conditions. The handy lace assist tool is great for helping snowboarders get their boots tightened and ready in record time. The anti-tangle headphone holder keeps headphone organized and ready for use at all times. Finally, no multi tool would be complete without a bottle opener and the Hail Snowboard does not disappoint. The Hail Multitool is a great piece of equipment to have for quick on-the-go adjustments while out on the mountain!

SkiingOlight S1 Baton EDC Flashlight

The Olight S1 Baton is a great everyday carry flashlight to bring with you on the slopes. Whether skiing in back country or doing some “off trail” skiing it’s always good to have a light source handy. The S1 is easily portable at just under 2.5″ but also packs a punch with a 500 lumen maximum output. Easily attach the clip to any ski jacket for a hands free carry when daylight gets low. Competitively priced and rechargeable, this light is a no-brainer for anyone who likes to ski into the evening.

Skiing trips are a fun time only if you are fully prepared for the possible range of weather and conditions. Make sure you are prepared for any possibility on the slopes by shopping at Battery Junction for your ski accessories!

 

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Tips to Stay Safe and Happy This Holiday Season!

Avoid Holiday Disasters!

With the holidays fast approaching, it is important to make sure you are taking the proper measures to avoid these common mistakes.

1. Don’t get too lit this holiday season

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First and foremost, house fires are an all too common disaster during the holidays, especially with family and friends all gathering to celebrate. Consequently, with young kids running around, candles can easily get knocked over. To avoid a catastrophe, try using these Sillites Electric Window Candles. Not only do they look great, but your mind will be kept at ease knowing you have safe and festive illumination throughout your house.Image result for block emojiImage result for fire emojiImage result for block emoji

 

2. Become the master of quick fixes with the perfect multitool!

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Loose Christmas tree stand? Trouble hanging lights? Trying to crack open a cold one only to find the bottle isn’t twist off like you thought? The holidays are stressful enough, and it is easy for one small problem to cause a meltdown. Don’t let this happen to you. With the Tool-A-long Pine Tree from UST, utilize any of the several tools to get you out of a jam. Not the tool you were looking for or have a more complex problem? Check out our wide selection of multi-tools to find the one to best fit your needs.

 

3. Secure large decorations with ease using our handy dandy carabiner clips and strong paracords!

 

Holiday Carabiner

Holiday Paracord

 

 

 

Need to transport trees or larger decorations with your car? Kids acting up and need to threaten to tie them to the roof rack? They should know you’re not making an empty threat. Make sure they are securely fastened with one of our handy dandy carabiner clips and strong paracords! Additionally, along with being super versatile, they are able to support many times their weight. The paracord rope itself is capable of supporting up to 550 pounds! So have peace of mind knowing that nothing will go flying off your house, car, or roof rack! 😉 100% kidding please don’t actually tie your children to the roof it’s the holidays.

 

4. Don’t get caught in the dark!

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This goes without saying, but it is always important to have a quality flashlight around or in your car. With severe weather such as blizzards or thunderstorms, power outages are even more of a threat during the colder months. Plus, the risk for black ice increases anytime you venture outside. Might I suggest the powerful Nitecore Explorer? Check out our vast selection here. More importantly, in the event your car breaks down, nothing can ruin holiday spirits more than a flat tire in the dark. Jack Frost getting the best of you? Enjoy the light you need to get the furnace up and running again. All things considered, along with a powerful strobe option, this flashlight is a must have. Always make sure you are aware of your surroundings and have a safe holiday season!

Happy Holidays from Battery Junction!

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Super Spooky Halloween Flashlight Pumpkin Face Project

What’s more spooky than an eerie floating face hovering in the darkness?

Inspired by a crafty blogger, we decided to celebrate Halloween with cut-outs to overlay on our high-powered flashlights.

img_7452First, we measured the head of our flashlight to find out how big our cut-out should be.

img_7439Then we printed up a terrifying jack-o’-lantern face that we found on the internet.

img_7441We  cut it out with scissors,

img_7443and our helpful Marketing Coordinator jumped in and used a razor to cut out the details like the eyes and mouth.

img_7445While cutting out the details, our Marketing Coordinator accidentally sliced his hands open and died a horrible death. We’ll miss him.

img_7449Our friend Mr. Meeseeks (from Rick and Morty) was left to finish the job.

img_7453With the details all hacked slashed cut out, we affixed the filter to the front of our trusty Nitecore EA8 Caveman searchlight. We left little tabs along the side to tape the filter onto the light’s bezel.

img_7456It works, kind of! We just couldn’t get the big bright spot the center to go away, even by adding extra layers of paper. Our flashlights just have TOO MUCH POWER.

That, or they’re haunted.

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Let us know if your flashlights come in handy this holiday!

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7 Things They Don’t Want You to Know About Bug Out Bags

It Began With a Lewd Cartoon …

Archer searches for his bug out bag.
“My bug out bag. It was right here.”

Call me late to the party, but I first heard of Bug Out Bags a couple of years ago on the TV show Archer. (Sterling Archer’s bag is “full of fake passports and mustaches … And two hundred grand in cash!”) Archer is probably definitely not the greatest role model, but I could definitely see the appeal of having a pre-packed contingency plan. So I did a little Googling for information about Bug Out Bags.

And that was kind of the problem: There was TOO much info out there about Bug Out Bags. A lot of it was on forums dedicated to survivalism, military-style planning, and outdoors skills. Frankly, many of the dudes seemed like nutjobs. Everyone wanted to sell me their eBook. Everyone claimed to have the definitive list of stuff to pack, and much of the equipment was specialized and expensive. It was hard to know who to listen to, or where to begin. I sifted and sifted, and here’s what I learned after those long hours of reading and research: (more…)

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Made in the Shades: Our Best Sunglasses and Optical Protection

We’ve selected some sunglasses for you with two factors in mind: we want you to look cool, and we want to offer you sturdy, serious eye protection. Everybody has to worry about UV, but if you live or work in challenging environments, then you need something safer than drugstore shades. Luckily we carry the top brands for eye protection in Wiley X and Smith Optics. This blog will highlight a few of the best of an extensive collection of quality sunglasses.

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It doesn’t get more hardcore than Wiley X. They were founded to produce shatterproof, impact-resistant sunglasses for government and military agencies. One of our favorite Wiley X lines is the Blink Climate Control Series with high velocity protection. The Climate Control series features a removable facial cavity seal which is prevents airflow inside the glasses. This seal makes your Blinks great at eliminating weather effects on your eyes, and reduces fatigue from peripheral light exposure. Bikers, motorcyclists, kayakers, and anyone who works in the sand & dust will appreciate the way these stunners keep the grit from their eyes. The Blink glasses feature highly durable Triloid nylon frames and optional shatterproof lenses. The Blink glasses are great for just about any activity and have a variety of color schemes making them perfect for just about anybody!

Smith Optics Sunglasses: theshorelinemarket_2430_1144057111

Smith Optics Factor Tactical Sunglasses come with interchangeable grey, clear, and ignitor lenses to suit different situations. While the frames are impact resistant, they are also comfortable with Megol nose and temple pads for long-term comfort. With a sleek design, high durability, and interchangeable lenses, these sunglasses are one of the top eye protection products out there.

Protecting the Sunglasses:

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The next step after getting your sunglasses is protecting them. While some glasses will come with their own case, you know that they’re not always built sturdily. For superior protection look no further than the NiteIze Rugged Glasses Case. This case is durable and weather resistant, and features a zipper top to completely seal out the elements. The case also features a clip which helps to deal with accidentally misplacing your glasses, keeping them safe by your side. This case also includes a micro-fiber cloth so you can give the lenses a quick clean when is necessary.

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Guide to LED Lights

In this blog post I will talk about the reason your flashlight has so many colored LED options, and what situation each color is useful for.LED1

Red LEDs:

If your flashlight is going to have any extra colored LEDs, it is most likely going to be red. This color is useful for a couple reasons. Firstly, red is the universal color signal for caution. It also works well as an attention-getting color if you need to get help. Red LEDs also help to preserve your night vision. In a situation where your eyes are adjusted to darker surroundings the red LED will require less light adjustment than a white LED. This difference in color between white and red will help illuminate your surroundings while allowing your eyes to continue to see more clearly outside of the flashlight’s beam area.

hog_hunter_800x800__91742.1441049334.1280.1280-660x660Green LEDs:

Green LEDs are useful for hunters and fishers when they are outdoors. Fish, deer, and other animals have a harder time seeing green light than white or other colored lights. This advantage allows people who are in nature to illuminate their surroundings with a reduced risk of alerting nearby animals to their presence. Green LEDs also tend to have longer run times than other color LEDs which can be useful in a survival situation where saving battery power is important.

s2ee83Blue LED:

Blue LEDs are great for multiple applications ranging from nighttime map reading to easily identifying bodily fluids. They are often used for reading maps in dark conditions because they do not blend out the red colored lines on maps. Law enforcement and hunters use this light color because the LED illuminates blood and other bodily fluids. Blue LEDs accomplish this better than a red or white LED, but not as well as UV, which we will look at in a moment. Blue lights are also useful for low visibility situations because they cut through fog more effectively than other LEDs.

Infrared/Night Vision Green:

Infrared lights are used for seeing at night. The infrared beam will illuminate a relatively short distanceNightvision ahead of the wearer in most situations, and is great for remaining undetected as it is invisible to the naked eye. The green color that you see through most night vision goggles is due to the fact that the human eye is more sensitive to green light. When images are converted through night vision goggles they appear in black and white, but a green filter is applied because human eyes can look at green for a longer amount of time. (This is one of the reasons that many early computer screens used green text.) The combination of the two is common and leads to the best visual results at night, here is an informative thread with pictures of the differences.

Ultraviolet Lights:

Ultraviolet lights are common and can be used for a variety of applications. One of the most common uses is the ability to authenticate IDs, money, and any official document that uses a UV-sensitive watermark. Ultraviolet lights are even better than blue LEDs at identifying blood and other bodily fluids, making them a favorite of law enforcement and crime scene investigation workers. In an odd but potentially life-saving usage, UV lights can be indispensable if you live in a climate where you need to watch out for scorpions. Believe it or not, scorpions’ shells react brightly under UV light, making a UV LED a piece of helpful safety equipment. UV lights are also good for quickly recharging watch faces, compass needles, or other glow-in-the-dark items when the sun is down.

Hopefully the information on the different LED colors and their individual uses can inform your next flashlight purchase, or introduce the potential you didn’t know your current flashlight possessed. And as always we have a large selection of LED flashlights at Battery Junction, so come by with your newfound knowledge and see what products we have to offer.