There are tons of flashlights which simply light your way, but if you want objects you’re illuminating to show in their true color (which can be critical for wiring and other tasks), you need one with a good Color Rendering Index (CRI). Everyday Carry shares their top picks.
If you need to perform tasks in a dark place, this pocket-size flood light is the perfect accessory for your EDC kit. It’s got both a magnetic base and a pocket clip, and casts a bright, but diffuse 175 lumen LED for up to 7 hours on a set of 3-AAA batteries. In yellow or camouflage designs.
Packing a 2,800 lumen CREE XM-L2 LED light source, this beast will turn night into day with its incredibly bright beam, which can be focused from flood to spotlight, and offers three brightness levels. Built from aircraft-grade aluminum with watertight o-ring seals.
A great writing instrument when you need to write in a darkened location without impacting your night vision. This tactical pen has got a red LED for illumination at the tip, a non-reflective metal barrel, and comes with a pressurized ink cartridge that writes in all conditions.
Designed for law enforcement, but useful for everyone, this compact flashlight can be clipped onto a shirt pocket, belt, hat, or MOLLE webbing, and is also magnetic. Its head can swivel 160º, and it recharges via MicroUSB. Comes with white, white/red, blue, or UV LEDs.
An outdoor light which allows members of your party to carry their own lamps, then snap them back into a docking station for a bright 190 lumen area light at your base camp. The lantern runs up to 75h on 8 D-cells, while each panel has an NiMH battery for 1.5h runtime.
If you’re looking for a portable source of illumination, there are tons of options. But when it comes to flashlights small enough to keep on your keychain, battery size is the major constraint. Everyday Carry sums up the best small lights which run on a single AAA battery.
This versatile flashlight not only has a 200 lumen spotlight, it also has a side worklight with both white and red flashing modes, an emergency glass breaker, magnetic holder, a seatbelt knife, a compass, a solar recharger, and can juice up gadgets in a pinch.
Kootek’s K1 flashlight not only has a bright 800-lumen Cree LED light source, but its handle conceals a sharp blade for survival, hunting, or self defense. Its tip provides a window breaker for emergency escapes, and its light beam is adjustable. Recharges via USB.
This flashlight may be small, but it is mighty. When you install the 14500 Li-ion battery, its CREE XP-L LED can push out 700 lumens. It also can take a AA battery, but the brightness drops to 330 lumens. It looks best in titanium, but can be had in anodized aluminum for less money.
There’s nothing worse than reaching into your utility drawer or emergency kit to find that your flashlight is out of juice. Everyday Carry rounds up a dozen of the best flashlights you can recharge via USB. We’re gonna go buy that Olight S1R Baton right now.
Rather than casting a sharp and focused beam, the Nebo Lil Larry is designed to work like a pocket-sized lantern, projecting a wide and super bright 250-lumen flood of light. It’s water and impact resistant, has a red emergency mode, and a magnetic end. Want even more light? Check out the Big Larry.