Coast announced last month the release of their new Emergency Area Light model, and with storm season just around the corner, the announcement couldn’t have come at a better time. The new EAL was designed specifically for emergency situations, such as power outages and road emergencies, and is part of Coast’s already extensive line of emergency LED lights and lanterns. Here are some of the EAL’s features:
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When purchasing your flashlight, you will most certainly have an idea in your head about how long you plan to use the flashlight at any given time. If you are cave hiking, you can expect to use your flashlight for longer lengths of time (2-3 hours) then if you are using it for a simple family camping trip where you may only use it for a half hour in the evening before you turn on the camping lanterns.
Understanding how long your flashlight will last continuously is different than understanding how long of a lightspan it has. The first correlates to the battery life of the flashlight. The second correlates with how long the bulb and construction will last. Think of the battery life time as how long you expect to have the “on” switch engaged at any given time. Some flashlights can stay on continuously for the equivalent of several days while others may see their light dull after a much shorter duration, like a couple of hours. For your survival, vehicle or earthquake emergency kit, you are going to want to stock a flashlight that can stay “on” for the equivalent of several days (and include additional batteries just in case). For your general household needs you may only need a flashlight that can last for 10-12 hours for your weekend trip. In either case, consider an LED flashlight as this technology offers the longest lasting bulb life of any other flashlights available.
Whether it’s at a car accident at night or during a power outage at home, having light available when you need it is important. While there are countless flashlights and other light sources on the market for you to choose from, one of your best options in emergency situations can be a basic LED lantern. These lanterns can be extremely versatile and capable of adapting to different needs, and because they use LED’s instead of standard flashlight bulbs they require less energy to use while producing ample light with very little heat.
LED lanterns can be a great addition to your emergency roadside kit, since they can be used both in flashlight form as well as in a standard lantern configuration to illuminate the entire area. As an added bonus, many LED lanterns feature settings where they can be used as emergency blinkers in place of road flares as well. If you have an earthquake kit or other emergency kit at your home, an LED lantern will take much longer to drain its batteries than a standard flashlight so it can stay in storage for longer and still provide you with light when you need it. In addition to a longer shelf life, this reduced energy requirement also means that your LED lantern will operate off of standard batteries instead of requiring bulky and expensive lantern batteries like standard lantern flashlights often do.