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Why you should have a flashlight in your wheelchair bag!

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Whilst we should be careful not to load ourselves and our wheelchairs up with too much kit, there are a few essentials and I think that one essential is a small torch!

I have a Streamlight ProTac 1L-1AA hanging from the front of my cushion attached via the velcro, there is a good chance that it will be rarely used but it’s size of 10.8 x 2cm and the nylon holder means it is not in the way and its 136g weight will not hinder you.

So why should you bother to carry a torch?

Now I think the first thing I have to mention is the issue that almost all wheelchair users face and that is dimly lit streets and dog mess!

Pushing up our road is like a game of Russian Roulette. We have the upgraded LED street lights but still most of the street is quite dark and we do have a problem with people not picking up their dogs sh!t.

Review of the Streamlight ProTac 1L-1AA Flashlight

A head torch is very handy for hands free use as are some of the cycle lights but I like to have a torch that I can hold and the Streamlight ProTac 1L-1AA has an unbreakable pocket clip meaning it can attach to my chair in a few places!

But aside from avoiding getting dogs mess on your hands, having a flashlight to hand is vital.

At home we never know when we might be faced with a power cut and everyone should make sure they have a flashlight to hand and as a wheelchair user, our chairs will always be close by.

Luckily I have the Philips Hue bulbs that I can operate via voice through the Amazon Echo Dot, but if you don’t have that and find yourself on the floor for a variety of reason which lets face it, it happens when you have a disability and I have often messed up transferring into the chair and, if this was when it was dark, I could reach up and grab the light from the front of my chair!

Some can also be used tactically, a quick double tap of the button puts the light I have into strobe mode and trust me it would disorientate any one who was a threat!

Now I know that you are questioning this because you now have a light on your phone!

Yes that feature is very handy, but whilst they are handy, they are not a purpose built light and don’t perform as well as an every day carry flashlight. Also it is a case of the right tool for the right job.

Being prepared is always a must!

I would rather be prepared for something that never happens than to be unprepared and whilst we cannot prepare for everything, we can make sure we have the basics.

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