Whether I am out in the woods or heading to my car after dark, I always carry a flashlight for self-defense. The right kind of flashlight will do more than just illuminate my path, it will provide the protection I need in case the worst should happen.
What makes the right flashlight the self-defense weapon of choice is that they are legal and non-lethal, which means that anyone can carry it and use it for self-protection.
The type of flashlight that is most noted for its self-protection qualities are tagged with the label of tactical flashlights. They are designed for use in the rugged outdoors, but they also provide protection in case you are attacked.
Of course, it takes a special flashlight that provides the right type of self-protection, starting with its overall quality. This is because the flashlight which is constructed to help defend yourself needs to be made of high-quality materials which are impact-resistant, durable, and long-lasting.
Aluminum is the traditional metal that is used in tactical flashlights as it is lightweight, yet quite strong. There are other important features as well which create the right type of flashlight for defending yourself.
Brightness: The light needs to emit at least 300 lumens which are enough to temporarily blind the attacker in their tracks. Even if they are not looking into the light, they will shun it while you can gain some distance from them. Quite often, the bright light alone is enough to stop the assault from happening because they know it may alert others to what is happening.
Strobe: The strobe effect is bursts of light in a quick series that causes the attacker to become disoriented. This state may only last for several seconds, but it is often enough for you to get some distance away. The effect is designed to mix up their senses in terms of understanding their surroundings. Once they overcome the usual strobe sensation, you will hopefully be long gone.
Size: A good tactical flashlight that you can use to defend yourself should be big enough to cause a considerable impact when wielded at the attacker. If the bright light does not dissuade them or you cannot get away, whacking them with the flashlight is the next step in self-defense. The flashlight needs to be large enough to have an impact while small enough to be easily wielded by you.
Impact Resistant: The right flashlight will be impact resistant starting with the use of an LED light. A traditional incandescent light bulb is fragile and will usually break on impact even if the flashlight itself is not damaged. So, you will need a tactical flashlight that uses an LED so that it will keep working even after you have struck the assailant.
Because of these five features, I carry a tactical flashlight for my personal self defense. It is easy to carry, useful in the dark, and comes in handy when I must defend myself against a predator both in the woods and on the streets.