flashlight suggestions for elderly person with arthritis

wattzup

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I'm looking for suggestions on flashlights that are easy for an elderly person with arthritic hands to manipulate.

My mom is kind of stuck in her ways and mostly uses a 6v hand lantern style (non-LED) flashlight. While it may be easy for her to turn on it is heavy and bulky.

Any ideas or suggestions?
 

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If your mom's arthritis makes it difficult for her to open jar lids and medicine bottles, avoid flashlights which are activated by twisting the head or tail. Opt for a light with a pushbutton or slide switch instead.
 

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G2L and install a mcclicky switch? with the softpress, it should be super easy to operate, and should be light enough and strong enough and bright enough to work with. Perhaps dye it in a super bright orange or something.

If she wants to stick with the lantern, maybe consider making it an LED version. If it is like the Dolphin torch, $20 LED dropin, 4D to lantern battery caddy, load it with some lithiums and you should have a relatively light weight, easy to operate and long lasting light (you will have to install the batteries back to front to get the right polarity at the dropin)
 

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this ones close to home. im thinking the clicky has to be near the head, not on the tail. and all small lights are out. 2 aa should be ok but nothing aaa,
 

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A large light with a head switch such as the 2D or 3D Maglite LED would be a good choice, although replacing batteries might be a problem (use rechargeables to avoid leaky alkalines, especially if the batteries won't be changed often).
 

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Something with a sideswitch. I think tailswitch is more difficult.
Maglite, Fenix TK45, TK50. I guess there are other similar lights
The Zebralight mentioned above is smaller and lighter and a good choice if it's not to small for her.
Ask her what size is best for her and what type of switch she prefer
Or better: Get all the lights suggested here, let her pick the one she prefer and you keep the rest!

Edit: There are other lights that are cheaper and propably work just as well if it's only for occasional around the house use. Varta, Duracell, Energizer and other. Get something with 2 or 4 AA, put in some primary lithium batteries. That would last 10 years for my parents, then I could change the batteries for them.
 
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2C cell maglite
* UI is known by even non-flashaholics,
* not too big grip necessary (D-cell + atrithis = NO)
* good weight ratio (in difference to D-cell)

You might put a led inside, for runtime and brightness
 

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Edit: There are other lights that are cheaper and propably work just as well if it's only for occasional around the house use. Varta, Duracell, Energizer and other. .

anything with a cheap or slide switch could be difficult.

i hate to say it but - 2c maglite. simple universal easy to get batteries.

my mum has coped with a fenix aaa and loves it, but its going to be too difficult for here soon.
 
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+1 looks like a good light for the application to me. I haven investigated the UI, but it appears to be something that will get used.

I got this for my Mom with arthritis:

http://www.ovallight.com/cart2/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=9

Very easy to hold and use. It also is great for an elderly person to use, as it casts light at your feet as well as forward for walking. I contacted the manufacturer and found that it's using a Rebel led forward and 5mm leds down. It even has a tail light.
 
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