The First Eveready Flashlight – An Invention of Conrad Hubert

Back in the 1890s, Conrad Hubert made a decision to establish a company and now recognized as the American Ever Ready (Conrad Hubert’s Company that time). One of his remarkable inventions includes an electric-hand torch that can light up during nighttime, besides his interesting creations of different types of dry-cell batteries.

Conrad Hubert is actually an immigrant from Russia and started an experiment invention created by Joshua Cohen known as the electric flowerpot. He then decided to acquire the rights to Cohen and began massive production to market the public effectively. Unfortunately, he did not succeed in his objective because the people that time did not patronage the flowerpot and so he needed to improve his plan.

In year 1898, perhaps the greatest hit of his plan works wonder after inventing the first Ever-Ready flashlight in the history of his company, with the help of David Misell (well-known inventor from Great Britain). To date, this particular invention continues to exist on the market and achieving worldwide productions for the past many years.

Hubert made use of paper and fiber tubes to produce the first-ever carry around flashlights for the company and he simply attached a brass reflector as well as the exact bulb. However, the issue that affected his invented flashlights is about the weak batteries and with primitive bulbs, they only produce momentary flash of lighting and so he needs more improvements.

The development of the different existing flashlights is very interesting because for the past years now, the designs, sizes, colors and features of these light-up devices change, but the usefulness remains the same for the benefit of all users worldwide.

In year 1970, they invented the first waterproof flashlight in history and this is when the idea of including the necessary features to cope with the advancing technology in the world. One of the most interesting features is the inclusion of LED lights that gave way to using economical and brighter flashlights today. Of course, majority of the companies now are considering durability and so it is very important to choose only those branded products on the market. This means that it is best not to spend money for those low quality items made from bogus manufacturers.

The available LED flashlights function just the same with the usual flashlights because they also need batteries to work or produce light. However, they have better features and can last longer than their counterparts can. Aside from these LED, there are likewise available stream flashlights and portable flashlights, among others to choose.  All of the available products now are falling from different categories and their price ranges vary from one another.

Since the invention of the first Eveready flashlight, it came a long way from its original simple beginning many years ago. It has revolutionized portable lighting and because of the advances in our technology that continuously occurring, it appears that the existing battery-operated flashlights might vanish later on.

When learning more about these devices, there are several online websites with available photographs and revealing the progression of these flashlights. There are even those auntie museums that feature them wherein people can visit and get a closer look at how they became to life in this world, since the introduction of the first-ever flashlight in history.

Credit images: Flashlight Museum & Philosophy of Science Portal

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