THE BEST Flashlights

Lumen Augmented Reality Concept

Lumen Augmented Reality Concept

Arvind Sanjeev’s Lumen is a portable augmented reality system in the form of a flashlight. The idea is for it to automatically recognize objects and enhance their function, provide information, display video or animation and more.

Teekland Multimode Flashlight

Teekland Multimode Flashlight

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.

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Civictor Waterproof Flashlight

Civictor Waterproof Flashlight

This durable anodized aluminum flashlight has an IPX8 waterproof rating, which means it can be completely submerged up to 2 meters. Its 1000 lumen CREE LED is super bright, and can run up to 480 hours with an optional 3400 mAh 18650 battery.

Lumintop Angle-head Flashlight

Lumintop Angle-head Flashlight

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.

Quad-Beam LED Flashlight

Quad-Beam LED Flashlight

Cut through the dark of night with this ridiculously bright LED spotlight, which packs four super-bright CREE T6 beams for a maximum 4000 lumen output. Offers three brightness settings as well as SOS and strobe modes. Made from durable 6061T aluminum.

Nitecore EA41 Flashlight

Nitecore EA41 Flashlight

This thick and stubby flashlight packs a super bright Cree XM-L2 U2 light source that cranks out up to 1020 lumens, making it visible from more than three football fields away. It runs on four standard AA batteries, and includes a holster and diffuser filter.

Best High CRI Flashlights

Best High CRI Flashlights

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.

CAT Pocket Flood Light

CAT Pocket Flood Light

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.

Sparkr Plasma Lighter Flashlight

Sparkr Plasma Lighter Flashlight

Power Practical’s handy two-in-one tool combines a flashlight and an electric plasma lighter, which sparks cleanly and starts fires even in the wind or rain. The bright 400 lumen LED light offers three intensity levels and includes a diffuser.

Manker PL10 Combo Penlight

Manker PL10 Combo Penlight

This durable and versatile pocket tool combines a bright 120 lumen LED flashlight with a ballpoint pen, and a tungsten steel emergency glass breaker/self defense tool. It’s made from strong 304 stainless steel, and is rechargeable via a microUSB connection.

Alpha Tek High Output Flashlight

Alpha Tek High Output Flashlight

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.

Deal: Z9 Tactical Flashlight

Deal: Z9 Tactical Flashlight

Based on the flashlights used by US Army Rangers and Marine Corps, this compact LED light has a bright 500-lumen beam, along with five display modes, and an adjustable zoom lens. It’s made from aircraft-grade aluminum, and comes with a padded case.

Hydra-Light Salt Water Lights

Hydra-Light Salt Water Lights

Hydra-Light lanterns and flashlights use a replaceable power cell that activates when exposed to saltwater (or water with dissolved salt). Dipping the power cell for just 10-15s gets you 100+ hours of light. There will also be Hydra-Light USB chargers.

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Idakey Keychain

Idakey Keychain

A useful upgrade to the common keychain, this zinc alloy tool includes a pair of key rings, along with a bottle opener, an LED flashlight, and a clip for belt loops or bags. Available in black nickel or silver finishes.

Skilcraft Luminator Tactical Pen

Skilcraft Luminator Tactical Pen

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.

Apollo Penlight

Apollo Penlight

The FA-5 penlight was made exclusively for astronauts in the Apollo and shuttle missions. It proved particularly useful in the infamous Apollo 13. Barbolight’s replica retains the flashlight’s brass alloy construction but adds LEDs and water resistance up to 300ft.

QuiqLiteX Hands-Free Flashlight

QuiqLiteX Hands-Free Flashlight

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.

Deal: Black Light Flashlight

Deal: Black Light Flashlight

A pocket-sized flashlight packed with a dozen UV LEDs. It’s perfect for spotting hidden stains, illuminating fluorescent paints, or quick-charging glow-in-the-dark objects. Just don’t stare directly into its beam. Save 50% in The Awesomer Shop.

The Best CR123A Flashlights

The Best CR123A Flashlights

LED flashlights that run on a CR123A battery can crank out a strong beam in a tiny package. Our pals over at EverydayCarry carefully selected the best of these sturdy, bright, and pocket-friendly lights for you to choose from.

Coleman Quad LED Lantern

Coleman Quad LED Lantern

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.

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Best AAA Battery Flashlights

Best AAA Battery Flashlights

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.

OxyLED Multifunction Flashlight

OxyLED Multifunction Flashlight

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.

Fabric FL300 Bike Light

Fabric FL300 Bike Light

The FL300 is a 300 lumen USB-rechargeable light that can be used as a bicycle’s head light or as a rear light. It has high, low and two blinking modes, is waterproof, and comes with a universal mount. Fabric also has a 150 lumen variant.

K1 Tactical Flashlight Knife

K1 Tactical Flashlight Knife

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.

Best USB Rechargeable Flashlights

Best USB Rechargeable Flashlights

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.

Nebo Lil Larry LED Light

Nebo Lil Larry LED Light

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.

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