People have been trying to make portable light sources as far back as we can remember. The first invention we know of was to light tree branches on fire, and after that it was candles, which were followed by kerosene lamps. The main drawback of all of these was that we had to depend on fire to create light, and this was not the best idea, as well as dangerous, in some situations.
The invention of the flashlight was to be the answer of all of these problems. Thomas Edison, in 1879, was the one to have the first impact in creating the history of flashlights, by inventing the light bulb. In the light bulb, Edison used a carbon filament to create light. This was later replaced by a tungsten wire filament, but the theory remained the same. At the same time, work had begun on making a battery that was portable, and Dr. Carl Gassner, a German scientist, created the first portable battery in 1888.
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These two inventions combined were the basis of the first flashlight, which was created in 1898 by Conrad Hubert, who worked alongside a man named David Misell, the inventor of tubular flashlights. The company created by Hubert was called ‘The American Electrical Novelty and Manufacturing Company’, and it patented the creation of flashlights in 1898. This company went on to become the company that we know now as ‘Eveready’.
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The basic idea of the flashlight stayed the same, even though the physical form has changed many times. There are even flashlights now which do not even need to use batteries, meaning that they can be used anytime, anywhere! There are also LED flashlights, which use batteries, but can run for more time than a conventional flashlight, on the same amount of batteries. These are also brighter than other flashlights, and remain so even when the batteries are almost drained.
Now there are mostly just two types of flashlights. One of these are the flashlights that are extremely bright and are used by the military, security teams, and the police, and these can be very expensive and advanced. The other type of flashlights is the one that is more common and is used by most people, as it does not cost much and these come in almost every size and shape imaginable.
The creation of the flashlight has revolutionized portable lighting, coming a long way from what it was originally designed for. Battery-operated flashlights are expected to become obsolete in the near future, if the pace of advancements in technology continues at the same rate.
These days, it doesn’t stop there. Enter Escape Tactical and their flashlight, which is called the Flamethrower. I found about it by reading this page about tactical flashlights.