Best flashlight in 2024


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#1 Anker Rechargeable Bolder LC40 Flashlight

If you’re familiar with Anker, you already know the company is practically synonymous with wireless charging. It follows that the Bolder LC40 rechargeable flashlight has the best battery life. The 6-hour-long battery life can be extended to 20 hours if the flashlight is used in medium mode. The battery is not rechargeable but has a 50,000-hour lifetime. And it’s not just battery life where the Anker excels;

the other reasons this is our top pick are that the aluminum body flashlight is impressively durable even though it weighs in at a mere 4.3 ounces and is 5-inches long; it’s bright in each of its three levels and two modes (strobe and SOS), and the battery is well-priced. We like that it is weather-resistant and dust-resistant. It can also be used at temperatures as low as 14°C.

#2 ThruNite Archer V3 Flashlight

With a 500-lumen rating, ThruNite’s Archer 2A V3 is among the brightest AA-battery-powered flashlights on the market. The five total modes — firefly, low, medium, high, and strobe — make it useful in a wide variety of situations, from general use to emergencies. The lightweight design also stands upright, and it’s guaranteed not to roll on a flat surface. Plus, it’s rugged enough to withstand a 1-meter drop or immersion in water.

 

#3 BYB Flashlight Pack of 4

These mini flashlights come in a pack of four, so you can afford to stash one on your bedside table, by the front door, in the glove compartment of your car, or virtually anywhere else you can think of—at 3.1 ounces each, they won’t weigh you down. The flashlights measure just 3.23 inches in length and nine LED bulbs provide a maximum brightness of 30 lumens, which can reach a distance of 60 metres. They are extremely bright and efficient. The flashlights can turn on and off with a push of a button. Each light requires three AAA batteries.

#4 Anker Ultra-Bright Tactical Flashlight 

Tactical flashlights are extra bright and are often used for hunting or home security (say you need to evacuate because of a fire in the forest). The Anker LC130 offers a powerful 1300 lumens with enough range to light up two football fields—just be careful not to shine it in your or your companion’s eyes. The waterproof flashlight is able to withstand drops of at least one meter. It can also withstand 30 minutes submerged in water. The flashlight weighs more than one pound, even with its aluminum body. However, anyone looking for a tactical flashlight that is more durable will appreciate the extra weight. It can last six hours on a fully charged charge.

#5 Olight I3T EOS 180 Flashlight

If you’re selecting an everyday carry flashlight, your top concerns are likely the size and ease of carrying—and the Olight 13T 180 scores high on both fronts. At 3.5 inches long and weighing in at 1.4 ounces, you’ll hardly notice that it’s there, so it’s helpful that this slender flashlight has a double helix body knurling so it won’t slip your grip, plus a rotating, dual-direction pocket clip. It’s effective and efficient, too. It can run on low-mode at 2.5 lumens for 16 hours. On full blast at 180 lumens for 21 minutes, it can last up to 21 minutes. Most people find that the low mode is sufficient for their needs.

#6 Maglite RL1019 LED Rechargeable Flashlight

When you’re heading out for a weekend camping trip, the last thing you want is for your rechargeable flashlight to run out of juice. That won’t be an issue if you invest in this Maglite RL1019 LED Rechargeable Flashlight: when fully charged, a process that takes around four hours, its runtime is a very impressive 37 hours on eco mode or 17 hours on low. The system includes both a car charger and a wall charger, making it easy to not be lost in the dark. It has a maximum brightness of 643 lumens on high and can shine a light for more than 1,300 feet. You can also use the strobe, SOS, or quick-focus beam features to transform the spotlight into a floodlight by twisting the flashlight head. The flashlight is 12.25 inches long and 1.75 pounds.

#7 Fenix E12v2.0 EDC Flashlight

Campers and fishers will appreciate that this E12 flashlight, like most of the selections from Fenix, is IP68 rated, which means it’s completely waterproof—it can withstand being submerged in water more than one meter deep for more than 30 minutes—and it’s dustproof, too. The ultra-light LED flashlight is powered by one AA battery. It produces 160 lumens, 30 lumens, and 5 lumens per low. Other advantages are that the durable, aircraft-grade aluminum body has a knurled finish so it won’t slip from your grip, and it has built-in overheat protection so it won’t ever get hot to the touch.

#8 Thorfire Cap Hat Light

At 1.13 ounces and 3.15 inches long, you’ll barely notice that you have this Thorfire flashlight clipped to your cap, jacket, or waistband. The five LED, 30-lumen lights brightly illuminates your immediate area, making it ideal for campers, fishers, or runners who want to light their path without disturbing their surroundings, and it won’t fully blind you should you look right at it. The uniform beam doesn’t flicker and won’t distort colors. The head can be rotated 90 degrees to make it horizontal or vertical. The light can be powered by two CR2032 battery batteries and can last for up to 24 hours. This compact battery is affordable and easy to find.

#9 OLIGHT II S2R II

Olight flashlights are a favourite among avid outdoorsmen and survivalists for their compact, durable design. The brand’s S2R II upgrades the original S2R in every way. The new TIR lens produces a solid 1,150 lumen output and a balanced beam at almost 150 yards. The unique magnetic charging system that attaches to the tail cap allows for fast and efficient recharges. The pocketable form factor — weighing just 3.4 ounces and measuring less than four inches long — makes it a great addition to any EDC kit.