A flashlight that does much more
When I was a kid the big deal in flashlights was the Maglite, I think at some point in my teens we had five or six of these flashlights around our home. The great thing about them was how sturdy they were for their time. Given that the times have changed and new technology is here companies like Renogy have created wonderful heavy duty flashlights that outdo the flashlights from my past.
The E.Lumen flashlight was created with one purpose in mind — safety. It’s a very bright flashlight with a lot of extra features built-in to make sure that you are safe no matter where you are. The construction on the E.Lumen is solid. The body is made out of aluminum, which makes it not only sturdy but also sleek and portable. When you hold it in your hand it feels solid and that allows you to feel safe on the in the case of an emergency.
E.Lumen has multiple options built into this handheld flashlight that makes for keeping it in your car a must. First, the main flashlight puts out 200 lumens and has a lighting distance of about 200 meters (more than two football fields in length). This is less than what a 100W lightbulb in your house puts out, but more than a standard, full-size 3-cell Maglite does, which is only about 168 lumens. Aside from the main light, there are two sets of side lights – white and red – with multiple lighting modes. The white side lights put out about 150 lumens. The lights included on this flashlight are very bright and I love that there is an option for a flashing warning light.
Next, we come to the seatbelt cutter and the safety hammer. Seatbelts can be very difficult to cut through unless you have the right leverage and sharp knife. The inclusion of this tool makes it possible for you to escape a jammed seatbelt. The hammer is specifically meant to break the glass from an automobile. It’s reinforced to prevent unnecessary breaking and when a car ceases to work, the electric windows won’t either. So, the pointed steel head on the safety hammer is designed to break through side windows so you aren’t trapped in the event of an accident.
In the event that you become stranded, the flashlight also acts as a backup battery for your phone. There is a solar panel on the side that will not only charge the light but also the 2000 mAh internal battery that you can plug into through a standard USB port. Because solar power collects differently than electrical you will probably only get a 10-minute phone call after charging your phone for an hour. But, with an emergency, that would be plenty of time to call for help. Renogy even included a compass at the bottom of the handle in case you needed to hike to safety.
Weighing in at only 10.9 ounces this aluminum powerhouse is wonderful for any occasion. The old Maglite’s from my past were much heavier. They used old nicad D-Batteries — lots of D-Batteries. I remember having these heavy non-rechargeable batteries in packs in our kitchen because it would never fail that when the power would go out our flashlights would start dimming just minutes into the darkness. Nicad wasn’t ever a great battery but when I was young it’s what everything used. Now with rechargeable batteries and LED’s flashlights can live much longer — even when they aren’t charged regularly.
I think the E.Lumen is a really good option for a safety flashlight. I love that it includes a lot of different tools for the ’emergency’ situation and while I understand the need for a hammer, I wish it didn’t protrude out quite as far.
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