Why? Because flashlights are gadgets and geeks love gadgets. Q.E.D.
(Q.E.D. = Quod Est Demonstratum = “Thus it is demonstrated.”)
My ninth-grade Latin teacher would have been so proud of me for my use of Latin these many, many, many years later.
Here is a test to see if you are a true geek. Do you own two or more flashlights that cost more than ten bucks each? If you do, you are truly a geek. I have no idea how much I have spent on flashlights, but trust me it is mucho dinero. I threw that last bit in for my twelfth-grade Spanish teacher.
I always carry a flashlight in my shirt pocket along with a screwdriver, a blue-ink pen, a red-ink pen, and a pen with a built-in lighted magnifier. The flashlight I now carry is a Fenix LD05 which I bought from BrightGuy.com, my favorite flashlight retailer. In the past, I have carried other types such as the Streamlight Stylus and the Streamlight Stylus Pro.
There is a great forum for discussing flashlights and related topics called Candlepower Forums.
Here is a list of Flashlight Manufacturers:
Brinkmann, Coleman, Dorcy, Duracell, Energizer, Garrity, Inova, Insight, Lumilite, Maglite, Pelican, Photon, Princeton Tec, Rayovac, Streamlight, SureFire, and Tektite.
Here is a list of Flashlight Retailers:
Action Lights, Botach Tactical, Bright Guy, Chief Supply, Flashlights.com, HID Country, Light Hound, Safety Central, Tactical Flashlight Shop, and U. S. Cavalry.