Flashlights are like sweets – how do you choose?

So you’ve decided you need a new flashlight but as with a lot of products there are thousands to choose from and lots of different price points, so actually choosing one can be trickier than it should be!

So because we’re nice we’ve put together a quick guide as to what you might want to look for and take into account when you’re making your choice of flashlight. Here’s a few things to bear in mind.

What do you need the flashlight for?

Flashlights are like sweets – they come in all shapes and sizes – and different levels of quality! So the first thing to consider are the main things you’ll be using it for. Is it for camping? To be carried in the car in case of emergencies? To keep at home in case of power cuts? How portable do you need it to be? Will you be holding it or carrying it, or will it be mostly standing alone?

What’s your budget?

As with most things, there are a range of options and price brackets of flashlights depending on your requirements.

How far do you need to be able to see?

Look for the brightness for your flashlight – it’s measured in lumens. In simple terms, the further you need to be able to see, the more lumens you need!

You’ll also want to bear in mind that most cheaper lights have multiple LEDs but are still not very bright and often do not give a crisp, focused beam. In short, just because a flashlight has more LEDs it does not make it brighter.

Is it well built?

Good flashlights have good soldering, slick switches and sound connections – this is the differentiation of a good flashlight compared to cheaper alternatives.

While most LEDs are pretty reliable, the surrounding casing of your flashlight often lets cheaper alternatives down – plastic is lightweight, cheap and won’t last, especially in tough conditions and weather that flashlights are often needed the most in. With aircraft-grade aluminium, you’re guaranteed the most durable and long-lasting performance from your new flashlight.

Size matters

Take into account the size and weight of the flashlight and whether you’ll be porting it around or using it on a stand.

Let there be light

Look for an even, round light beam from your flashlight – again, cheaper alternatives tend to have uneven and therefore diluted beams. A quality beam and adjustable focal length are important to this.

A little about our flashlight range

Fuji EnviroMAX’s range of flashlights have built-in Cree LED technology.

So what?

In Cree’s own words, their mission is to “make energy-inefficient lighting obselete“. So we like it because we share common eco-friendly goals.

From a performance and quality perspective, the Cree brand is also synonymous with the highest-quality LED lighting. Cree LEDs define the metrics by which all other LEDs are measured.

You can view our full flashlight range here – as you’ll see we have 8 shapes and sizes to suit all requirements and demands.

Give us a call or drop us an email if you’re undecided, and we can help you choose.

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Plastics in the ocean – it really is a problem

As highlighted in the recent BBC Blue Planet 2 series, “plastic is having a devastating effect on the ocean and slowly poisoning our sea creatures” (1).

Sir David Attenborough has now gone as far as naming plastic alongside global warming as the single biggest threats to the oceans and the creatures that live in them and rely on them.

In episode four of the series, there cannot have been one viewer not routing for the hawksbill turtle that had become tangled in a plastic sack, and but for the intervention of one of the programme’s filming crew would surely have perished.

The series also highlighted how plastics are killing much larger sea creatures such as whales from the chemical contamination it leaves in the oceans. The clear impact for all to see of how the whales were all affected by the death of a newborn calf is surely a wake-up call to all as to just how unnecessary this death was.

The ocean ecosystem represents a huge challenge for many creatures anyway, and with the added threats of overfishing and now plastic pollution there is a very real fear that some species will soon find it impossible to survive.

We as humans cannot control everything. But we surely owe it to our world and to the sea creatures whose quality of life relies on the cleanliness of the oceans to do whatever we can to preserve them as best we can.

A very simple first step is to reduce the amount of non-recyclable plastics we as consumers use.

As our name suggests, Fuji EnviroMAX products are manufactured with the environment at the forefront of our minds. We use only PET-friendly plastics (i.e. plastics that can be recycled) in our batteries and packaging, and over 95% of our packaging is itself recycled. On top of this, because our batteries last up to 7-times longer than other major brands, you’ll go through less batteries too.

By using Fuji EnviroMAX batteries and spreading the word you can do one small thing to addressing this human-created issue in the earth’s oceans.

Further reading

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/11/19/blue-planet-ii-episode-highlights-plastic-killing-precious-sea/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/42030979/blue-planet-2-how-plastic-is-slowly-killing-our-sea-creatures-fish-and-birds

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New Fuji EnviroMAX flashlights range now in stock

The Fuji EnviroMAX team are excited to launch a great value new range of 8 flashlights and work lamps!

Whether you’re an adventurer, camper, DIY enthusiast, trade professional or just need a good and reliable torch around the house in case of emergencies, these durable, all-weather lamps are built for all types of environment and job. The range also includes super bright LEDs for military, police, and industrial use.

They are also tough nuts to crack, with guaranteed 1m drop resistance and water resistance.

We have various beam options, grips and settings options available, so all requirements are catered for.

All the flashlights work in conjunction with Fuji EnviroMAX Super Alkaline batteries to create an all-round eco-friendly flashlight.

You can check out the range on our store via this link. As with all our products, we offer FREE DELIVERY to the UK mainland.

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Plastic with your meal sir?

With plastic being discovered in even the deepest depths of the world’s oceans, not to mention in 83% of tap water supplies, fish and rock salts, the problem of non-biodegradable plastics is becoming more and more acute by the day. And it’s getting into our food chain.

With the Guardian confirming that non-eco friendly plastics have been found in the stomachs of sea creatures in some of the deepest parts of the oceans as well as fish and shellfish in UK waters, there is seemingly no hiding place from the negative effects of plastics.

And we only have ourselves to blame. Since the 1950s, an estimated 8.3 billion tonnes of plastics have been produced, with The Guardian source citing some scientists as taking the view that the situation is risking “near permanent contamination of the planet”.

Dr Alan Jamieson from Newcastle University takes the view that there is a serious need for ‘swift and meaningful action‘, and that the recent findings are ‘very worrying’, and that the problem was very much a global, not localised one, and has the potential to affect all of us.

We all need to take this seriously

Fuji EnviroMAX has used Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) packaging for its batteries for the past 10 years. Why? As a raw material, PET is globally recognised safe and non-toxic that is 100% recyclable.

Not all battery producers use PET for their packaging or battery jackets, and others are only just on the verge of making the transition. That’s a decade of unnecessary landfill and wasted raw materials, when a perfectly suitable material has been available for that whole time.

Fuji EnviroMAX finds that simply inexcusable.

Why is PET plastic so important for the environment?

Because of PET’s conduciveness to recycling and the levels of post-consumer waste on battery products, it prevents unnecessary burden on landfill and wasted natural resources as a result of battery packaging.

As the most recycled plastic in Europe and worldwide, PET is 100% recyclable and is processed via washing and re-melting or by chemically breaking it down to re-form new resin. Because of this, almost every recycling scheme in Europe and North America accepts PET packaging. In a recent study, Europe is now able to recycle an encouraging 52% of PET packaging.

What can you do to help?

Everything we all do can make a little difference, which in turn will make a big difference.

The Sky Ocean Rescue campaign is a great place to start, and recommends a series of measures including the importance of buying products with PET friendly packaging.

 

 

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Free batteries for life winner announced!

We’ve picked our random lucky winner to be provided each year with enough batteries to power their household for life! Diane Bass from Essex and her family will be set for batteries for life.

Diane will also be helping the environment, because unlike other battery manufacturers Fuji EnviroMAX batteries contain no harmful lead, cadmium, mercury or PVC, and our packaging is fully recyclable.

Congratulations to Diane, and watch this space for more fantastic competitions from the Fuji EnviroMAX UK team.

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Why traditional batteries can be hazardous to the planet (and human health)

The not-too-subtly named “Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry” in the United States, “cadmium and nickel are known human carcinogens. Lead has been linked to birth defects and to neurological and developmental damage. Mercury is also highly toxic, especially in vapor form, which is why the government banned its use in batteries in 1996.”

Even if they are sealed away inside a battery, do we really want these things anywhere near our family, our homes or our environment? As we have discussed elsewhere in our blog, it is still the case that nowhere near enough batteries are being recycled, and as a result the majority of batteries are ending up in landfill sites up and down the country.

For starters, Fuji EnviroMAX batteries or their packaging contain no such things, and contain no mercury, lead, cadmium or PVC. PET plastic is used for the packaging and battery jacket, and our manufacturing process does not release any ozone-depleting compounds.

Some other leading battery manufacturers have only just made the move to PET friendly packaging, and many have yet to make the transition at all. That’s not a sustainable situation, and means that huge amounts of non-biodegradable plastics are being dumped in landfill.

The thing the Fuji EnviroMAX team finds so frustrating is that all these things are so preventable. All it takes is small changes in manufacturing processes to make a big difference to our planet. But what it takes most of all is a big change in attitude, and the knowledge that small actions can make a big difference to the sustainability of our planet.

Go green with your batteries, and help Fuji EnviroMAX spread the word!

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Rechargeable batteries: Are they worth it?

Rechargeable batteries

There are a lot of claims that rechargeable batteries are better than alkaline batteries, but are they really worth the extra cash?

Even the best batteries eventually run out. Powering our TV remotes, razors, toys, torches and other devices around the home, the average person throws away around 8 batteries a year.

But by switching to rechargeable batteries, you save yourself money and become a renewable energy user. In other words, you’re a friend of the earth!

Is it worth it?

There’s lots of discussion about whether recyclable batteries are worth it. The forum on MoneySavingExpert.com is one of many places it’s been discussed at great length.

While it undoubtedly looks cheaper to buy a standard pack of alkaline AA, AAA, C, D or 9v batteries, moving to rechargeables can actually cut down your spend on batteries over the course of time.

Despite the initial price tag for a typical charger and batteries, rechargeables can last much longer and result in savings of up to £60 per year.

Eco friendly

As we have discussed before, batteries that are taken to landfills can release harmful substances such as mercury, lead and cadmium into the soil and water. With such small numbers of batteries still not making it into recycling, this is a big issue.

The good news is that rechargeable batteries can be used over and over again, and can be recycled. In short the simple equation is that rechargeables mean less batteries making their way into landfill sites, and as a result, into our environment.

What are my options

 

The RecyclingGuide.org.uk is a good place to start when evaluating whether rechargeable batteries are for you.

Fuji EnviroMAX’s range of rechargeable batteries are available to view in our store, and our team are always on hand to answer any questions you may have about which batteries are the right choice for your requirements.

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Waste batteries are causing harm to our environment. Is enough being done?

 

Well over a year since this article in The Guardian, there appears to be little discernible progress in reducing the toxic effects of batteries ending up on UK landfill sites.

What makes this even more difficult to comprehend is that the talks for this initially started on an EU level over a decade ago. Even if the recycling target is ever hit, that would still mean that well less than half of domestic batteries are safely collected and recycled.

In short, it seems that not only is the target for recycling batteries unlikely to be achieved, but even if it is its effect will be limited. That means it’s even more important than ever to acknowledge that batteries need to go green. Yes it’s still vitally important to recycle, but for the 55% or more of batteries that never make it to recycling it’s crucial that they are not leaking harmful and potentially deadly pollutants into our earth.

As The Guardian and the EU rightly suggests, “chemicals from batteries which are incinerated or go to landfill may pollute lakes and streams, vaporise into the air, or leach into groundwater, exposing the environment to highly corrosive acids and bases”.

That directive means that manufactures must cut their use of the most toxic battery ingredients such as mercury and cadmium – Fuji EnviroMAX batteries are already completely free of those harmful ingredients.

But unfortunately not all batteries are this green. At the time of writing, at least half of the 28 EU member states “are expected to miss the target”. While some countries have exceeded the goal, many are either falling in the middle or failing it entirely.

The UK is one of those, so our message is simple. We need to recycle batteries, and it’s good to do so. But we’re not recycling enough, and well over half our household batteries are still ending up on landfill sites and potentially leaking mercury and cadmium into the earth.

You can read more about the environmental benefits of Fuji EnviroMAX batteries here.

 

 

 

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Fuji EnviroMAX shortlisted for BusinessGreen Technology Awards 2017!

Fuji EnviroMAX UK are very proud to have been shortlisted for the ‘Breakthrough of the Year‘ category in the prestigious BusinessGreen Technology Awards 2017!

In the words of the organisers, “this has been a fantastic year for entries. The competition has been high and it’s a real achievement to be on the shortlist”.

The shortlist has been drawn up on a how the products meet each of the following selection criteria:

  • Innovation: The technology must offer a unique and innovative solution to an environmental challenge.
  • Scalability: The technology must have the potential to reach a significant market.
  • Demonstrable success: The technology must be able to demonstrate quantifiable benefits.

The selection is now going through to a second panel of judges who will then decide the winning companies before the awards ceremony.

The awards lunch and ceremony, hosted by Robert Llewellyn, will take place on Friday 1 December at the Institution of Engineering and Technology on Savoy Place in Central London.

We’ll keep you posted!

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Which battery is best for me & the environment?

We’ve been asked by a few of our customers if there are certain batteries that last longer, perform more effectively and are more environmentally safe in certain devices.

Our digital, alkaline and heavy duty batteries are all carefully designed with specific use-cases in mind, so we’ve put together this handy chart for you to use when selecting your batteries.

It’s simple – ☆ = Best for,  レ = Good for,  X = Not recommended

Thanks for your interest in Fuji EnviroMAX batteries and please let us know any further questions you may have on sales@fujienviromax.co.uk

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