A flashlight is one of the most critical items that preppers carry every day. Unfortunately, when trying to determine which is the best EDC flashlight, preppers are overwhelmed with choices and statistics.
In this article we will talk about the important factors that should be considered when choosing a carry flashlight, and tell you which flashlight in each size group we believe is worthy of the best EDC flashlight title.
Before you even start looking at flashlights, stop for a moment and think about how big of an item you want to be carrying around each day.
- Mid Size - Attached to belt or kept inside dedicated flashlight pocket (commonly available on tactical pants). Also a great item to keep in your bug out bag or car.
- Compact - Attached to belt or attached to pants pocket using pocket clip.
- Keychain - Attached to keyring.
An EDC item needs to be reliable first and foremost, so it is wise to invest in a flashlight from a reputable company. That being said I have owned several high end flashlights from names like Surefire and have had the same amount of trouble with them as I did mid-range lights.
The most reliable lights I have owned, as you will see in the recommends lights section at the bottom of the article, are Fenix lights. Fenix flashlights have proven to be the best EDC flashlights for me.
All these numbers!! What do they mean?? Read about the important flashlight features below so you can finally understand what all the fuss about “lumens” and “throw” is about.
- Testing Standard - Many manufacturers will make outrageous claims about the lumens and beam distance that can be produced by their flashlights. Always make sure the manufacturer provides the capabilities of the flashlight as tested under FL1 standards. FL1 testing results are typically listed on the box of a flashlight.
- Battery Type - I recommend a flashlight that takes a standard battery size, like AA, for their wide availability and thinner profile instead of the CR123 battery.
- Runtime - Runtime correlates directly to battery type and lumen output, and is also impacted by the construction of the flashlight.
- Beam Distance - Beam Distance, also refered to as “throw”, is often considered the most important feature of a flashlight. Quality flashlights will often have a lower lumen output but still produce a greater beam distance than other models, resulting in a longer runtime and further viewing distance.
- Lumens - Lumens refers to the amount of light produced by a flashlight. Contrary to popular belief, you will not be able to see very far using a flashlight with a high lumen output if low quality lenses are used in the flashlight to focus the beam.
Recommended EDC Flashlights
Below you will see my personal selection for the best EDC flashlight in each size group. There certainly are plenty of other choices out though, so just remember to use the information above when deciding which flashlight is best for you!
Description: Variable mode flashlight that can run for 100 hours on the lowest light setting yet provides a superb 180 lumens and 100m beam distance when you need it. This light takes 2 X AA batteries and comes with a pocket clip, holster and lanyard!!
Description: Compact light that runs on a single AA battery. Comes with a pocket clip, lanyard, and holster.
Description: Reliable and bright flashlight that uses a single AAA battery unlike most competing keychain flashlights.
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