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.
Combining the safety and utility of a headlight with the enjoyment of a Bluetooth speaker, Photive’s 2-in-1 gadget is the perfect add-on for any bike. It’s weather-resistant, and detaches from its mount so you can take it with you, and for easy recharging.
The new FlashTorch Mini flashlight is 40% smaller than the original FlashTorch while still packing enough intensity to set objects on fire and even cook food. It has a customized 65W Carley halogen bulb, three brightness settings and a battery that lasts up to 100min.
When it comes to survival, there are few items more critical to have at the ready than a knife, a flashlight, and a way to tell time without your smartphone. Our pals over at Everyday Carry assembled 10 ready-to-go gear combos for every budget and situation.
GoalZero’s series of LED lanterns is designed for a variety of outdoor and mobile tasks. The Lighthouse 400 pushes out 400 lumens, the Lighthouse Mini does 210, and the diminutive Lighthouse Micro Flash does 150. Both the 400 and Mini can juice up USB gadgets too.
If you carry just one tool in your bag, let it be Vouke’s combination flashlight and bladed multitool. It’a got a bright CREE LED lamp, and six versatile blades for everything from fishing to cutting wood, opening bottles and cans, and tightening nuts and screws.
You’ll never have to worry about replacing the battery in this keychain flashlight, thanks to its built-in USB charging port. Has two standard brightness levels, and an infinitely variable output mode as well. Runs for up to 48 hours on a charge. Also available as a UV blacklight.
Striker says B.A.M.F.F. stands for “Broad Array Multi Flood Flashlight,” but we know what it really stands for. Either way, these badass lights offer dual CREE LEDs,the ability to cast both spot and flood lights at the same time, and 400, 600, or 800 lumens of brightness.
An LED keychain light designed to look like a bullet casing. Offers 130 lumens of brightness, and is IPX-8 waterproof. While the two-toned brass and copper version is more authentic looking, it’s hard for us to resist anything made of titanium. Guess we’ll just have to buy both.
With its military style design and anodized aluminum body with magnetic base, this Tactical Torch Light feels substantial in hand without bulk. It has five modes, zoom capability, and a bright CREE LED that can last 100,000+ hours. Includes a rechargeable battery.