THE BEST Flashlights

Klarus RS80GT Spotlight

Klarus RS80GT Spotlight

This super-bright aluminum flashlight packs three individuals CREE XM-L2 U2 LEDs, each contained within its own reflector. This gives it a wider, more even beam than single-reflector designs. It offers nine brightness levels (from 9 to 10,000 lumens), strobe and SOS modes.

Readers’ Choice EDC Flashlights

Readers’ Choice EDC Flashlights

Our friends over at Everyday Carry asked their followers to pick their favorite flashlights of 2018, and narrowed the results down to just three. Check out the post to learn why these ones made the cut, and at least one of them belongs in every backpack.

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Panasonic Any-Battery Flashlight

Panasonic Any-Battery Flashlight

Panasonic’s chunky little LED flashlight isn’t a picky fella. It gets its name from the fact that it can be powered by one or more of a variety of battery sizes: D, C, AA or AAA. It lasts up to 86h and can also be used as a lantern.

MecArmy X3S Keychain Flashlight

MecArmy X3S Keychain Flashlight

MecArmy’s teensy (1.83″ long) flashlight goes anywhere, offering a bright 130 lumen beam from the convenience of your keychain. It’s USB rechargeable, as well as IPX-8 waterproof and impact resistant. Available in brass or copper finished brass.

Glow-in-the-Dark LED Flashlight

Glow-in-the-Dark LED Flashlight

RovyVon’s rechargeable LED flashlight has a body that glows in the dark. It also has LEDs on the side of its body so that you can use it as a lamp. The main light 4 modes while the side lights have 3 modes. The flashlight is also water- and impact-resistant.

Nitecore Tini 380 Flashlight

Nitecore Tini 380 Flashlight

Nitecore’s compact keychain flashlight weighs less than 1/2 an ounce, yet blasts out an impressive 380 lumens of brightness in its max setting. It’s made from aerospace grade aluminum, has a USB-rechargeable battery built in, and runs for up to 60 hours per charge.

Ysmart EDC Flashlight

Ysmart EDC Flashlight

Ysmart’s EDC flashlight measures only 0.98″ and weighs just 0.16oz, but it outputs 80 lumens of light. It’s also waterproof and is easy to clean. It has a magnet on its base so you can stick it to magnetic surfaces.

Best EDC Lights Under $50

Best EDC Lights Under $50

Looking for a bright flashlight you can rely on? Everyday Carry has got the hookup with five great lights that won’t let you down, and you’ll feel confident carrying in your bag for any time you need something brighter and more focused than your smartphone’s wimpy light.

ReyLight Pineapple V3 Flashlight

ReyLight Pineapple V3 Flashlight

This small (3.8″ long) but substantial (3.3 oz) flashlight features a body milled from solid brass. Its 4000K Nichia 219C high CRI LED offers four modes, from a dim 2 lumen “moonlight” up to a bright 470 lumens (with a 14500 battery) when you really need to see what you’re doing.

Nitecore TM10K Flashlight

Nitecore TM10K Flashlight

Nitecore’s crazy expensive compact flashlight outputs from 400 to 2000 lumens from six CREE XHP35 HD LEDs. But it’s got a blinding 10,000 lumen burst mode if you want to amp things up to 11. Sadly, it only runs for 7 sec. in max mode before exhausting its battery.

Streamlight Sidewinder Flashlight

Streamlight Sidewinder Flashlight

This military-spec flashlight offers a rugged nylon case, and is sealed for waterproof operation. Its head’s angle can be rotated 185º, and packs four light sources: IR, white, red, and blue LEDs. Its clip attaches to a belt loop or MOLLE, and can be mounted on either side.

Best 18650 Flashlights

Best 18650 Flashlights

If you’re looking for the best blend of runtime, brightness, and portability, you’ll want a flashlight that can take a powerful 18650 battery. Everyday Carry picked 10 of their favorite models which offer 18650 compatibility, with outputs as high as 3200 lumens.

DanForce G1 Pro Flashlight

DanForce G1 Pro Flashlight

DanForce’s G1 Pro flashlight comes with a ton of accessories that extend its usefulness. It comes with a second battery/power bank, a lamp attachment, red and green lenses, and several mounts and straps. It also has a built-in compass.

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RovyVon Aurora A2 Mini Flashlight

RovyVon Aurora A2 Mini Flashlight

It may be small, but this little keychain flashlight is mighty. It packs a 550 lumen CREE XP-G3 S5 LED, set into a durable stainless steel case with PVD coating. It weighs just 1 oz, measures 2″ long, is IPX-65 water-resistant, and has a built-in micro-USB rechargeable battery.

Deal: Spakr Mini Lighter

Deal: Spakr Mini Lighter

The Sparkr Mini Lighter doubles as a flashlight. It’s USB-rechargeable, and its plasma beams don’t rely on flame or butane so it will work in any weather. Grab it for 33% off the normal price in The Awesomer Shop.

Faradeus Self-charging Flashlight

Faradeus Self-charging Flashlight

The Faradeus flashlight doesn’t have any batteries. Instead, you simply shake it to charge it up. Shaking it for 10 seconds gives you a minute of light. It’s also waterproof and shockproof. While its 20-lumen LED isn’t super bright, it’ll never run out of power.

MecArmy FL10 Flashlight Carabiner

MecArmy FL10 Flashlight Carabiner

MecArmy’s FL10 gives you a lightweight and compact flashlight that you can easily take with you. It’s made of titanium and has a corrosion- and scratch-resistant finish. The carabiner also doubles as a bottle opener, a pry bar, and a screwdriver.

FLEXiT Solar Light

FLEXiT Solar Light

The FLEXiT Solar has a built-in solar panel so that you can charge it during the day and get up to 70h of runtime. It also has a microUSB charging port. Like other FLEXiT lights, you can bend, fold and wrap its silicone body. It also has a hook and a non-slip base with magnets.

JETBeam 3M Pro Flashlight

JETBeam 3M Pro Flashlight

This extraordinarily bright and tough flashlight will never let you down. Its hard-anodized aluminum body is IPX8 waterproof, and outputs up to 1100 lumens of brightness thanks to a powerful Cree XP-L LED light source. Also available with a rechargeable 18650 battery.

Izola Torch Lantern

Izola Torch Lantern

Izola’s Torch Lantern is a small flashlight that doubles as a lantern. Simply unscrew its top to expose the bulb, which is covered by a diffuser to help spread light more evenly. Its case is made of stainless steel with a matte gold finish.

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Best USB Rechargeable Flashlights

Best USB Rechargeable Flashlights

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.

Massdrop Aluminum AAA Flashlight

Massdrop Aluminum AAA Flashlight

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.

Lumintop Prince EDC Flashlight

Lumintop Prince EDC Flashlight

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.

Nextorch UL360 Pocket Lantern

Nextorch UL360 Pocket Lantern

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.

Nebo Rebel Task Light

Nebo Rebel Task Light

This compact, rechargeable LED light can be operated handheld, as a headlamp, or attached to a metallic surface thanks to its magnetic base. It cranks out up to 600 lumens of brightness, and offers a strobe mode for emergencies. Made from anodized aluminum.

Gear Aid Light + Power Station

Gear Aid Light + Power Station

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.

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