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The U.S.A. National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has published ANSI/NEMA FL 1-2009 The U.S.A. National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) publishes the ANSI/NEMA FL 1-2009 Flashlight Basic Performance Standard. It is the first and most recognizable flashlight industry standard worldwide and introduces definitions and testing methods for flashlight basic performance as well as associated marking. NEXTORCH is proud to strictly follow and support these guidelines to guarantee product quality.

The Portable Lights American Trade Organization (PLATO) was formed in 2010 by companies involved in the manufacturing and selling of portable lighting tools. Core members include: Surefire, Streamlight, Panasonic, Energizer, 511 and NEXTORCH.
• Enforce the accurate and transparent use of industry standards and commit to uphold the ANSI/NEMA FL-1 standard
• Assist in developing other industry product and safety standards
• Help guard against false advertising and similar unfair trade practices in the industry
• Provide an educational forum for members and supply educational materials
• Represent the industry to the public and government

Buying a new flashlight can be a confusing proposition to most consumers because of the lack of industry standards. Until recently, each manufacturer had their own testing and reporting methods, but the adoption of the ANSI / NEMA standard has revolutionized the industry.

In order to alleviate consumer confusion, a group of leading companies created a new, comprehensive standard. The resulting ANSI / NEMA FL1 standard spells out specific testing and reporting methods for portable lighting products that emit directional light. If the ANSI FL1 icons are present on the packaging, consumers can be sure that the reported performance claims are accurate.

Listed below are the set of icons that confirms the product has been tested to the ANSI FL1 standard along with a description of each specification.

* Brightness
* Batteries
* Weight
* Running Time

* Brightness
Brightness is determined by the bulb and generally speaking, HID > Xenon gas filled bulb > LED. The higher the lumens, the brighter the output.

* Battery
Rechargeable batteries are an economical and eco-friendly option and many NEXTORCH products are rechargeable. Lithium batteries are longer-lasting and lightweight, while AA and AAA batteries emit low currents and are readily available.

* Running Time
Brightness and running time run in the opposite direction: the brighter the output, the shorter the runtime.
HID < Xenon gas filled bulb < LED.

* Volume & Weight
For an outdoor user, volume and weight are the most important factors when choosing a light.Headlamps are a popular choice among outdoor enthusiasts because they are hands-free, powerful, light and comfortable.

* Durability
NEXTORCH lights are made of durable nylon fiber, which can resist wearing, or aero space
grade aluminum 6061-T6., which is firm and durable.

* Maintenance
NEXTORCH has a full range of accessories to enhance your flashlight. Special lens cleaning tools, silicon grease and spare bulbs keep your flashlight running smoothly.
Holsters offer a convenient and protected method of transportation.

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