30 Days of Preparing for Severe Winter Weather Day 7: The Best Flashlights

By CTD Suzanne published on in Buyers Guide, Camping and Survival, Gear

Hopefully you already have a stash of flashlights strategically placed around the house in case of a power outage. I keep a flashlight in every major room of my house, in addition to the car and a small one in my purse. You may have double-checked your flashlights in early spring to prepare for spring storms, but have you neglected them since? Now is the time to check all your flashlights to make sure they are in working order.

Picture shows damaged powerlines covered in ice.

Ice storms can cause power outages. You will need flashlights.

If you have had your flashlights for a few years, you might need to replace the bulbs. It’s probably a good idea to buy back-up bulbs just in case you need them. Even if you have replaced batteries recently, purchase an extra set for each flashlight. The chemical reaction in batteries slows down during extremely cold temperatures. When batteries run low they cannot make enough current to keep a charge. I like Energizer e2 lithium batteries.

I have a variety of flashlights. For my bedroom, it is a bright D-cell battery MagLite. It is bright enough to illuminate my way through the house and hefty enough to be used as a weapon if necessary. In the living room, I prefer stand-alone, lantern-style flashlights. During a power outage, I want a wide enough beam to read and play games.

Flashlights come in an exhaustive list of shapes, sizes, functions, features, and lumens. However for power outages, the best flashlights are LEDss, have multiple power options, such as crank power and battery back-up, are hands free, and provide enough illumination to light up a room. LEDs use less battery power than Xenon or incandescent. Use candles only as back up for when all your flashlights fail.

In the case of a power outage, what are the best flashlights? Here is a list of a few of my favorites.

Picture shows a boy working by candlelight in a pitch black room.

You’re gonna need more light.

Energizer Emergency Weatheready Station

This 100 lumen lantern-style LED provides a 360-degree area of illumination. Powered by the crank or eight AA batteries, the Energizer Weatheready lantern also has a NOAA emergency radio receiver and alerts, plus a built-in USB port to charge your cell phone.

Streamlight Knucklehead Rechargeable Work Light

Operating hands-free, the Knucklehead has a rotating and tilting head for 360-degree illumination. A 200 lumen LED has four modes, including strobe and “moonlight.” Moonlight, low-power mode runs for 20 days. Streamlight’s Knucklehead uses NiCad or four AA batteries.

Ultimate Survival Technologies 30-Day Lantern

The Ultimate Survival Technologies 30-day lantern has only one power source—three D batteries. You can remove the globe on the lantern and hang the entire unit upside down for use as an area light. The LED has three modes, including an SOS flashing mode.

Picture shows a lantern hung upside down.

You can hang the 30-day lantern upside down for use as an area light.

Industrial Revolution Arka Lantern/Flashlight

The  Arka light’s built-in rechargeable battery will charge your cell phone with the included USB charger. The CREE LED gives out 180 lumens as a flashlight and doubles as a lantern. It includes three red LEDs to protect night vision or for use as an SOS emergency strobe.

Surefire Minimus Tactical LED Headlamp

The best tactical lights come from Surefire and the extremely weatherproof Minimus headlamp is perfect for both indoor and outdoor tasks. The 100 lumen LED is built into a 90-degree rotating lamp. It includes a comfortable head strap and red filter. Included is a CR123A battery good up to 10 years.

Energizer Solar Light

For smaller areas, maneuvering and shorter tasks, the Energizer solar light provides two hours of light on a five-hour charge. In case of cloud cover, one minute with the  alternative crank provides light for four minutes. It has an LED and a carabineer clip to hang from your belt, pack or hook.

What is your favorite flashlight? Tell us about it in the comment section. Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for Day 9 of our 30 ways to prepare for winter and in case you missed yesterday’s preparation post, you can find it here.

Suzanne Wiley started shooting at a young age when her older brother bought a Marlin 60 and taught her to shoot. She took to shooting and developed a love for it when she realized she was a natural with a .22 LR rifle at summer camp. Suzanne has been an outdoor adventurer since she can remember-being from the Ozarks, there were bountiful caves, national parks, lakes, and camping spots to explore. From a young age, she has camped, fished, rode horses, went ATV exploring, rappelling, and even dabbled in beginner spelunking.
Suzanne joined the content team with over eight years experience at Cheaperthandirt.com. Starting out as a product description writer, Suzanne has extensive knowledge of the Cheaper Than Dirt! product base and is a good resource for suggestions on which products you need. Suzanne specializes in writing for the female shooter, beginner shooter, and the modern-day prepper. Though she prefers plinking with her S&W M&P 15-22, Suzanne also loves revolvers, the 1911, short-barreled AR-15s, and shooting full auto when she gets the chance. Suzanne is a staff writer for Cheaper Than Dirt!

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