How to Choose a Flashlight.
Release Date: 4/15/2014
CHOOSING THE RIGHT FLASHLIGHT FOR THE JOB AT HAND.
Browning is a leading manufacturer of portable battery-powered lighting for hunters and shooters with more than 35 styles in the product line. To choose the best light — read on.
LEDs are preferred over Xenon bulbs for most uses, thus all Browning lights are now LED designs. LEDs use batteries more efficiently, illuminate at greater distances, emit a clean, even beam and will never burn out under normal use. Like most technology, LEDs keep getting better every year. For 2014 many of Browning’s lights offer upgraded LEDs with 35% - 60% more output.
HAND-HELD OR HANDS-FREE
Headlamps and cap lights allow the use of both hands for tasks like dressing a deer, fixing a truck or finding a path through the woods. Modern technology makes many headlamps as powerful as larger hand-held flashlights. The MicroBlast headlamp can be worn either as a headlamp, clipped to a shirt pocket or to the brim of a hat.
LONG RUN TIME
By using advanced digital circuitry, highly efficient LEDs and low-resistance switches, Browning is able to offer extra long run times on many lights. Most Tactical Hunter lights will run for 20-60 hours on the low setting. These extended run times could be the difference between getting home safely and having to spend the night in the woods.
WATERPROOF AND SUBMERSIBLE
Because the great outdoors doesn’t always have great weather, Browning has redesigned several flashlights to be waterproof and submersible to 3 feet for 30 minutes (ANSI IPX7). Most of Browning's other flashlights are O-ring sealed for greater water resistance (IPX4). The High Noon LED Spotlight is submersible and it floats.
Lithium batteries are used in many of Browning’s highest-performing lights, such as Blackout and Nitro. Lithium batteries pack twice the power of alkaline batteries for their weight, and operate well at very cold temperatures. Other lights in the Browning line use AA and AAA alkaline batteries because they cost less than lithium and are readily available anywhere in the world. The latest integrated circuit designs in Browning’s Pro Hunter and Alpha flashlights allow alkaline batteries to approach the performance of lithium batteries.
Multiple switch settings (high, low and in-between) help preserve battery life and allow selection of colors and flashing options. The lock-out switches found on most of Browning’s lights keep the light from accidentally turning on in a pack or pocket. A disorienting Fast Strobe setting is now available on many Browning lights, and it has proven useful for self-protection and for signalling during an emergency.
RED, GREEN AND BLUE
Colored LEDs help preserve night vision and are great for map reading. They are less obvious than white light to many types of game animals.
FL-1 FLASHLIGHT PERFORMANCE STANDARDS
Browning proudly participates in the FL-1 flashlight performance standards for measuring and stating performance claims for all portable lights. This includes Brightness (Lumens), Distance, Run Time, Water Resistance and Impact Resistance. FL-1 provides the only reliable apples-to-apples comparison between models and is used by most major manufacturers. Look for these FL-1 symbols on Browning light packaging.*
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* For Browning lights with multiple settings, the lumens, battery life.
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