Which of the must have flashlights will light your way? Whether you’re out camping, or your just at home, there is nothing like having a trusty flashlight next to your side. It’s one of those essential survival items that’s critical if you want to see in the dark (besides old’ school candles), but I’m going to guess not everyone is carrying candles around. In light of the many flashlights out there, we figured it would be good to gather some of our fav’s that showcase a wide range of features.
For starters, there are the medium sized flashlights, the Sunwayman F40A (4.25″ long), a bright 880 lumens by way of Cree XM-L2 Tri-colored LED, and the Streamlight ProTac HL3 C4 LED flashlight, a 1100 lumen powerhouse (7.10″long). Both are waterproof meeting IPX8 standard for the F40, and IPX 7 standard (waterproof to 1 meter for 30 minutes) for the Protac. The Maglite Mag-Tac (5.275″), NiteCore P12(5.5″), and SureFire E1L (4.1″) all come in as medium sized flashlights. Maglite Mag-Tec, which is made in the USA, (one of the few) utilizes high performance lithium batteries to power its 320 lumen LED. The NiteCore P12, a tactical flashlight by nature, throws a powerful 950 lumen via Cree LED and like the other two, is waterproof up to 2 meters. The SureFire is probably the least bright of the bunch, coming in at 80 Lumens. Don’t let that fool you, this Flashlight’s proportions fits in the palm of your hand, and is specifically designed with an indestructible LED emitter that optimizes output and run time.
The remaining LED flashlights are the perfect little performers. The SOG Dark Energy is the largest of the bunch, (3.8″ to be exact), has an aggressive design that shines bright with a Cree LED, that outputs 230 lumens. It is also waterproof up to 1 meter (meeting IPX-7 Standards), and is powered by a strong single lithium battery and it’s one of the few that offer a limited lifetime warranty. The next little guys, Olight S10 L2(2.75″), the Fenix E15 (2.4″), and the Foursevens Atom ALR1 (1.67″) are some of the smallest, most handy flashlights going. Like the SOG, the three small guys all utilize a lithium battery to give them juice. The Fenix E15 shines a respectable 170 lumens, 110 lumen for the the ALR1, and finally Olight S10 outputs 400 lumen. They all achieve their brightness through various Cree LED bulbs. All of them are made from strong aerospace aluminum with the exception of the the Foursevens Atom, which is made of stainless steel.
Of course there are many more features that are just as bright as the next, but I’ll leave it up to you to find which one suits your needs. Available from amazon, and ready to light the way.
If we missed any that you feel should be included, or personal reviews, be sure to let us know on our Facebook page.
5. SureFire E1L
6. Fenix E15
9. NiteCore P12