Hey, Curious Campers!
We carry some pretty amazing flashlights here at Everything Summer Camp. We’ve got various, hands-free headlamps. The Hybrid Solar Flashlight is able to keep its charge for years. And the Odyssey 6 in 1 is a flashlight that’s also a WATER BOTTLE!
So why don’t all flashlights come with some cool kind of gimmick? Well, all of our cool, gimmicky flashlights are the newest flashlights on the market. The technology is just coming along that we can actually make things from such weird, wild ideas as your water bottle being your flashlight!
In fact, when the flashlight was first invented in 1898, you were lucky if it worked at all. They required two D cell batteries which had become commercially available only two years prior. This early on, batteries were very weak. The light that they created was so draining on the batteries so quickly that the light would only come on in quick flashes before dying out.
That’s why people started calling them flashlights. It was a much catchier name than the original “Electrical Hand Torch” that the American Electrical Novelty and Manufacturing Company gave it. (Although Americans and Canadians are alone on that thought as the rest of the world refers to them simply as “torches”).
Flashlights may not have worked very well when they first came out, but it was still plenty safer than walking with a candle or a lantern—no risk of causing a fire. It was, believe it or not, more reliable too as the wind could not blow it out.
Technology never stops improving. This was true back then the same as it is today and batteries got a little better over some time. Soon they were able to stay on for whole minutes. Then after some more time and improvements in battery life, they could shine for hours. But their nickname, flashlight, stuck with them.
Have fun checking out all of our cool flashlights at Everything Summer Camp!