Choosing the right lantern to use during emergency situations is no easy task. At some point in your life, you’re going to need an emergency lantern. Whether a major storm has hit your city and the electricity goes out or your car breaks down on the side of the road at nighttime, you will need a good lantern to help you out. With a little research and shopping, you can definitely find a lantern that not only fits your budget but has all of the requirements of a good one. Here are several things to keep in mind when choosing an emergency lantern.
The sole purpose of a lantern, especially an emergency lantern is to light up a space. You want a lantern that can illuminate a space, but you don’t want the light so bright that it blinds you. Lumens are the measurement of brightness, and a lantern of anything less than 25 lumens is only good for a nightlight. A good emergency lantern’s brightness measures around 250 lumens and is made up of non-glaring frosted plastic. A night light is very soft light and can be good for feeling cozy and helping kids fall asleep easily. Reading lights should be much brighter than a nightlight but without the glare. Somewhere in the middle lies the appropriate lighting needed for moving around the house safely in the dark, such as in an emergency situation.
While electric lanterns are popular, it is best to have a battery-operated lantern in an emergency situation. Battery-operated lanterns can be powered using both rechargeable and non-rechargeable batteries. If you have several lanterns for emergency use, you don’t want to have to keep up with batteries for each one, so it may be best to buy batteries by the pack, and even by the multi-pack. This is to ensure that you have the right ones on hand when you need them. For regular use, rechargeable batteries are fine, but if there is no power, they’re basically useless. It is best to use alkaline batteries in your lantern. The lanterns on the market today can run for many hours on one set of alkaline batteries, which comes in handy during an emergency.
When choosing the best lantern, of course, you want to pick one that is not only reasonably priced, but also within your budget. You don’t want to spend a boat load on a lantern for emergencies and then you end up barely using it. However, if and when the time comes, you do want to be prepared. There are just as many expensive brands out there as well as cheap models. So, do your research, check reviews, and compare prices to see what best suits you.
When it comes to an emergency lantern, getting one that is going to last is just as important as how it performs. A good emergency lantern can withstand an occasional drop or splash of water. If the lantern comes with a lot of parts to it, check to make sure they’re not made of weak plastic. You need strong, durable materials. A good emergency lantern is also waterproof. You never know when you may need to use it out in the rain or near a body of water.