Camping and other outdoor activities are a lot of fun, particularly in the beautiful countryside that the UK has to offer. Whether you live in Cornwall, Manchester, Aberdeen or Belfast, you are never really far away from somewhere or something spectacular to see and do. For me, I love the whole experience, including the preparation side of things. I love running through a checklist of the equipment, clothing and other gear I have or need to get before going on a trip, almost as much as the actual trip itself.
Amongst the many important things I would recommend that you should always have with you on a trip, especially into the forests or hills of the UK, is a good quality flashlight. The thing that a lot of people don’t take into consideration is that even during a nice sunny day, the weather and visibility you have can take a turn for the worse. One of the best I’ve come across in the last few years is the UltraFire 878 Cree XM-L T6 5-Mode 1000lm 18650 LED Flashlight.
The first thing that appealed to me about this flashlight was the fact it was a properly aluminium alloy based design; which means it is very sturdy and robust. The other thing I really liked about it was that it was an LED flashlight as LED’s are far more economical and last far longer than other types available. In fact, the LED bulb in this UltraFire flashlight has a maximum lifespan of 100,000 hours, which basically mean you will never have to replace it ever – even if you use it every day!
As I spend a lot of time exploring the countryside even during the wetter times of the year, I was intrigued by the waterproof-nature of the flashlight. Although it is definitely waterproof, you cannot use it submerged in water for a long time, so it is no good for scuba diving or any activities like that. However, if you are just going to use it in stormy weather, it will not break.
There are 7 different options, which I thought was more than enough and mean you can change it to suit your surroundings, visibility and weather conditions. It has the choice of zooming in and out for lighting specific areas or larger areas, SOS for if you need to be rescued or signal to someone else you are exploring with, strobe for similar reasons and a choice of low, middle and high.
The only downside I can think of, and I did have to think long and hard about it, is that while many other flashlights on the market are rechargeable, this one is not. However, I would consider this to be a very small downside, when compared to the many positive features. The price alone and quality of the materials and the quality of the manufacturing and the plethora of features it comes with more than make up for it.
If you are looking for an affordable flashlight that will give you hours and hours of use, give this one a shot!