Flashlights are obviously simple tools and it’s easy to forget to do your research before you buy one. But it’s worth knowing what’s going on in these handy torches— especially when you think that you’re counting on whichever one you buy being reliable for years to come during power outages and camping trips. Here are the list of best flashlight you can use as guide to buy.
J5 Tactical V1-Pro 300 Lumen Ultra Bright Flashlight
If you just want a cheaper flashlight to use in your house, there’s no need to spend too much. Thousands of owners say there’s a lot of reasons why the J5 Tactical V1-Pro is a best-seller, but the fair price is first among them. Powered by a single AA battery, its maximum output is 300 lumens, with a 600-feet beam range. This light can also fit in your hand’s palm, or even a wide pocket, but it is 2.3 ounces heavy.
This flashlight features two lighting modes, high and low, plus a strobe function. Certain features include adjustable focus— the beam can be zoomed in or widened. On full, it will last for at least an hour, but under regular usage a few weeks is more common. Whether this is more convenient than going through a stream of disposables, you can even fuel it with a 14500 rechargeable battery. This is waterproof but should not be submerged. Based on the result from reviewers, they agreed the one-button operation can not be any easier, but others complain that the beam might be smoother, while others mention issues with quality control.
ThruNite Archer 2A V3
Our pick is a high-end flashlight at an entry-level price, and it shares many of the features you find on the much more costly competitors. The ThruNite has the widest range of brightness settings of any light we’ve been testing, including a very dim and very effective firefly mode, and a bright setting that illuminated trees 500 feet away. Like most of the best flashlights, the light has a two-button interface which facilitates one-handed toggling through the brightness levels. In an emergency the blinding strobe mode is useful— but the architecture of the ThruNite makes it easy to stop triggering the strobe during normal use, an advantage over most competitors.
The ThruNite (available in cool white or neutral white) shares a variety of other features found on more expensive lights: it does not roll on a flat surface, it stands upright at its rear end, it can withstand a drop of 11⁄2 meters or full immersion in water, and it has a memory function as well as a momentary-on feature which turns the light on and off with a rear button half-press. The two-AA-powered beam pattern provides such decent overall visibility that we reached for this first when we went into the woods, even after trying out all the other lights.
Anker Rechargeable Bolder LC90
Based on total user ratings, Anker is well regarded as one of the best prices when it comes to cables and battery packs, and the company’s flashlights are equally well looked after. The Bolder LC90 is at the pricier end of its line, but it’s bright enough to shine a beam up to 660 feet and has a battery which can be juiced directly through USB instead of a separate charger, so you can even power it quickly with your laptop if required.
Streamlight 74751 Strion
Relatively compact and made from high-construction materials, including aircraft-aluminum that has been anodized with a rugged grip surface coating, the Streamlight Strion is one of the best lightweight flashlights you can buy money–and will not break your bank account along the way.
Benefiting from C4 LED technology, this model is impervious to shock-damage. The head has an anti-roll feature, which when you put it down stops the flashlight from rolling away. The water-resistant IPX4 rating means it is water-resistant up to two metres. It also comes with a charger holder style clamp with a digital control circuit that prevents overcharge.
You will be able to rely on a variable torch setting that can produce 500, 250, or 125 lumens of light providing a 50,000 hour lifetime on the LED bulbs system. This helps you to have full control over the brightness while also increasing your battery’s lifespan while it is in operation.
Fenix PD35 TAC
When packing for an extended trip and while every handheld flashlight is essentially “portable,” every ounce and sliver of space counts not all models stow up and move as easily as others. With these criteria in mind, the Fenix PD35 TAC LED flashlight is our best portable choice without compromising the output of lumens.
The PD35 TAC has two lighting modes: Indoor operation and Outdoor operation. The Tactical setting is triggered through the tail switch and allows up to 1,000 lumens of light to be emitted. For short powerful bursts, a double-tap of this button emits the same lumen output for one second when a brief glance is enough. Outdoor mode provides a little more flexibility, offering six different lighting modes ranging from 1,000 to eight lumens only.
The outer side-mounted clip is suitable for belts, pant pockets, and the semi-recessed tail turn minimizes the chance of driving the device even in a brimming camping bag over night. This model boasts an IPX8 waterproof rating for improved protection on outdoor soggier stints. The PD35 Tac is a versatile pint-sized device for individuals looking to fly light, weighing in at just 5.4 inches in length and tipping the scales at a mere three ounces.
Mini Maglite Pro LED Flashlight
If you need a tried-and-true flashlight which is compact enough to fit in your junk drawer or glove pocket, the Maglite Mini Pro is hard to go wrong. The Mini Maglite can throw a beam up to 163 meters powered by two AA batteries and has a maximum output of 272 lumens. It is water resistant and drop resistant, too.
The Sweethome notes that the Mini Maglite doesn’t get any more basic— you rotate the head to turn it on and off. There is a single setting to brightness. Remember that while it is just 6 inches long, the light at 4.15 ounces, including the batteries, is a little heavier than some. It takes around 2.5 hours to work. Maglite alludes to its “high-quality craftsmanship,” and owners believe that the aluminum frame is pretty sturdy; many say they have had their Maglites for years. Nonetheless, some owners claim they have had issues with the light flickering off.
(source: thespruce.com, thewirecutter.com, popularmechanics.com, thecrimea.net, and digitaltrends.com)