Humans have been looking for ways to create portable light sources since the beginning of history. Tree branches gave way to torches which were later replaced by candles and kerosene lamps. The problem was that you still had to rely on fire for light which was dangerous and impractical in certain situations.
The flashlight would soon be the answer to all of these problems. The history of the flashlight really begins with the invention of the light bulb by Thomas Edison in 1879. Edison used a carbon filament, but it was replaced in 1906 by a tungsten wire filament. Around the same time, work was being done to create a portable battery. A German scientist, Dr. Carl Gassner, created the first battery in 1888.
The first flashlight was invented in 1898 by Conrad Hubert. He worked alongside David Misell, who would go on to invent the tubular flashlight. Conrad Hubert’s company, The American Electrical Novelty and Manufacturing Company filed several patents related to flashlights in 1898. (Hubert’s company would later become Eveready.)
The flashlight changed form a few times, but the basic idea stayed the same. In recent years, however, there has been an increase in flashlights which do not require the use of batteries. This means they are ready to go whenever you need them. LED flashlights still use batteries but they are an improvement over traditional flashlights because they are able to run a significant amount longer on one set of batteries. They also have very bright lights which remain consistent even as the batteries begin to fail. Surefire flashlights are an excellent choice if you are looking for a high quality LED flashlight. Streamlight flashlights are also top of the line.
Today most flashlights fall into two categories. There are flashlights that are very bright which are used by police officers, the military and security teams. These flashlights can be quite advanced and are often expensive. Most people require a much simpler flashlight which is less expensive. You can find flashlights of almost every shape and size starting at only a few dollars.
The flashlight has come a long way from its simple beginnings. It has truly revolutionized portable lighting. As advances in technology continue to occur, it seems likely that at some point battery operated flashlights will be obsolete.
If you are interested in learning more about flashlights, there are several online sites which have photographs which show the progression of the flashlight. There are even flashlight museums that you can visit in order to get a closer look at how the flashlight has changed through the years.