Bite me

Earlier today, Gabe Weatherhead recommended a very powerful compact flashlight. It’s a nice product, I’m sure, but it’s missing one feature that I’ve come to find very important in a flashlight: biteability.

You know what I mean. You’re working in the dark and need both hands free. Where does your flashlight go? In your mouth, of course. And to keep it pointed in the right direction, you need to be able to grip it between your teeth, so a metal barrel is out of the question. For several years now, I’ve been using a Brinkmann 3-watt LED Armor Max flashlight that runs on 3 AAA batteries. It has a plastic body with a rubbery grip around the barrel that makes it very tooth-friendly. It’s nowhere near as bright as Gabe’s, but it’s always been more than bright enough for my needs.

Brinkmann 3 watt flashlight

Yes, you can buy headband-mounted flashlights, but the great thing about this Brinkman is that it works perfectly well as a regular flashlight, and under normal circumstances you won’t look like a dork using it. And while you will look like a dork when you put it in your mouth, you only need to do that when there’s no one around to hold the flashlight for you and, therefore, no one around to see how dorky you look. Self-correcting!

I didn’t set out to find a biteable flashlight. I just happened to buy a Brinkmann because it was bright, compact, and water-resistant (O-rings seal the screw-on caps at either end) and learned later how helpful it was to have a flashlight I could hold comfortably in my teeth.

2 Responses to “Bite me”

  1. bzhgeek says:

    Well this is a good take but…

    my own is that my flashlight must be able to get into the night burglar’s teeth (or other body parts) and having it rubber coated kind of defeats the purpose :)

    As Gabe said, an ultra bright flashlight sitting on the ground head up will make the room just like there is still the main light on and for those under the car/desk/sink works, nothing beats a headlamp in my experience. In those cases you have to be in weird positions so looking like a dork is not something you can avoid anyway !

  2. Richard says:

    Headlamps really are the way to go for hands off work but I agree, a small flashlight in the mouth is useful too.

    I know what you said about metal but here’s what I use (and it’s metal).