I learned this the hard way with my portable recording rig. Picture this: I’m squatting at the back of a dark theater setting up my rig in almost complete darkness. I really need to see to hook up the power, so I grab my trusty (black) Mini Mag-Lite. But before I can turn it on, I drop it. It’s black, the floor is black, and for that matter, everything is black. It’s gone. Doh!
Look, I love Mag-Lites as much as the next guy. But buying a black flashlight strikes me along the same lines as painting your bush plane green with leaf-shaped brown spots — it’s just a bad idea. Buy the silver ones! Or blue. Or red. Just not black! Black flashlights sort of defeat the purpose of having a flashlight; if you can’t find it, you can’t use it.