Flashlights are an essential piece of equipment in the Frontier. Vastly superior to the ones included in the Pocket Tool, their compact size (no discernible encumbrance weight), and utility place them in the pockets or on the belts of almost every adventurer and explorer in the Frontier.
The most popular models are about the size of a pencil (between 17-20 cm in length, 5-7 mm in width) and have a rechargeable battery that lasts about 200 hours at full output. Using an adjustable focus lens, the beam of light can be adjusted from extra-wide room-wide illumination to a powerful beam that reaches out to 100m.
Flashlights that are small enough may be worn on the wrist or on a headband, or mounted to a helmet or firearm. Flashlights are generally shock-resistant and virtually waterproof. Some, designed for security work, have additional reinforcement and can serve as a club in an emergency.
Due to their usefulness, they are commonly included in Emergency Survival Kits.
- ↑ Alpha Dawn Expanded Rulebook, p. 48
- ↑ Flashlights come in a variety of sizes and outputs for a variety of purposes ranging from small, low-power ones used by doctors when conducting examinations to very large lights which are fixed to a base or mounted on a vehicle. The later are more properly referred to as "searchlights" or "floodlights". Naturally, the larger and/or more powerful the light, the more expensive it is.
- ↑ The output of a flashlight is measured in lumens. An older, less scientific measure of output is candlepower, which compared the light emitted to a number of candles of a fixed size.