Facts About The Flashlight

A flashlight is something everyone owns and one can’t deny how useful their life gear flashlight is a big help. On occasions when you have a car breakdown in the middle of the night or experience some natural disaster, your dynamo 5 led flashlight is out of its cabinet and into your hands. It’s all too common for us to overlook this devices’ importance and I’m sure not a lot know who invented it or maybe how your shake led flashlight has been around since. Lets take a while to uncover some facts all flashlight junkies should know about the flashlight.

1.    When was it invented and by whom?

It’s amazing to note that no matter how simple flashlights seem to be, they only were invented after the battery and light. Many point to the late 1890’s as the date of invention. Some sources say that the founder of the Ever Ready company was the inventor however, the 1947 New Yorker Magazine stated that it wasJoshua Lionel Cowen who initially invented the flashlight and later sold it to Hubert as a novelty.

2.   Where did it get its name?

There was no steady electric current during the time the flashlight was invented so you had to actually press a button to flash light at intervals. Thus the common name ‘flashlight’. Many European countries and in some other parts of the world, the name torch is preferred.

3. What is the difference between a lantern and a flashlight?

Basically, the difference comes with the area light is cast upon. Unlike lanterns that can light an entire room, flashlights are only able of lightling a small area. Another thing is that lanterns are made to be placed on flat places unlike flashlights that have to be held.

4. What is an LED flashlight?

LED or Light Emitting Diode flashlights don’t need batteris or bulbs and were invented in the late 1990’s and are well known for their durability. Charging or loosing power are not a concern. This kind of light source uses semiconductor technology.

5. Can you change your flashlight bulbs?

Definitely. As long as you know what size and kind to buy, replacng  your flashlights’ bulb wouldn’t be a bad idea.

6. Where should batteries be kept?

It’s best to remove the batteries of gadgets like cameras when not in use. Regarding batteries and your flashlight, it would be better to keep them in so that they can be ready any time. You don’t want to  be in the middle of an emergency and have to start looking for your batteries.

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This post was written by Noel D'Costa on August 12, 2010

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