Regular flashlights are great, but having to change batteries can be a pain. Modern battery tech means recharging can be easy. Everyday Carry shares their selections for the best lights you can juice up with a USB charger. We’re adding that Jetbeam E20R to our EDC kit.
THE BEST Flashlights
Massdrop has released brass, copper and titanium versions of its popular AAA battery mini flashlight. This new aluminum version is lighter and dissipates heat better than previous versions. You can choose between a bright white LED or a more efficient yellow LED.
This beautiful flashlight from Lumintop features a case made from real brass or copper, and a center section adorned with carbon fiber. It has a bright 1000 lumen Cree XM-L2 U2 LED light source, and is IPX-8 waterproof. Measures 4.49″ long, and comes with a powerful 18650 battery.
The Nextorch UL360 weighs just 4oz and is only 3.1″ long. It has a magnetic base, an elastic strap and S-biner. Combine those with its 360º rotation and you have a lamp that can be positioned practically anywhere and at any angle. It’s on Massdrop until 2/24 for just $18.
Gear Aid’s LED area lights offer three selectable color temperatures and 10 brightness levels. They double as a USB battery pack, and can be mounted on a tripod. Available in 60 LED/320 lumen/10,400 mAh and a super-bright 82 LED/640 lumen/20,800 mAh versions.
This highly versatile compact flashlight packs a CREE XPE light source with a zoom lens, and telescopes open to reveal a 500 lumen COB LED for work area illumination. It’s water resistant, and has a magnet in its tail for sticking to vehicles and other metal surfaces.
This pocket-sized aluminum flashlight aims its beam sideways, letting you illuminate hard to reach places more easily, and includes a magnetic end for greater versatility. It has a bright Cree XP-G2 R5 LED that produces up to 120 lumens from a single AAA battery.
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.
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