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.

By Zechariah Richardson

Over 50, disabled, husband, father and gramps who reviews products and writes blog posts about his life, beekeeping, gardening and whatever pops into his brain!

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