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Best Flashlight

Updated on October 22, 2011

Best Flashlights

We've all been there. Without warning, the power fails. You have no electricity. You can't hide in the corner: life must continue. Homework needs to get done, dinner must be made, the laundry must be put away into darkened closets.

Have you ever lost your keys in the car? Can't find your wallet or your garage door remote between the seats of the minivan? Always be prepared with a handy and reliable flashlight.

You need handy reliable flashlights. Don't wait until it's too dark to see your credit card: stock up on the brightest and most flexible hand-held lighting devices. Every house and vehicle needs a few flashlights stored in strategic locations in case of emergency.

Neiko Super-Bright 9 LED Heavy-Duty Compact Aluminum Flashlight - Gunmetal Silver Color

LEDs (light emitting diodes) use less power than incandescent bulbs and also last longer. These LEDs are rated at 100,000 hours of use! This extremely handy flashlight packs 9 LEDs into a durable aluminum case. It's incredibly small and handy: the lens is about the size of a US quarter but the lighting impact is dramatic. It's perfect for lighting up a cramped location or finding your way around your darkened house. Tuck it away in a kitchen drawer, a tool box or the glove box of your car. 3 AA batteries are included, which will provide about 20 hours of continuous use.

Streamlight 73001 Nano Light Miniature Keychain LED Flashlight

This tiny but mighty flashlight is perfect for a key-chain or glove compartment. Tuck it away for automotive emergencies: it's just enough light to change a flat tire or look for lost keys on the floor between the seats. It's only 1.5 inches long, so it will hang discretely from any key ring. LEDs have no glass bulbs to shatter or filaments to break, making them much more durable than traditional incandescent bulbs. The machined aluminum case is available in pink and black. Tuck one or two in your camping gear for dark and stormy nights!

Dorcy 41-4750 180-Lumen 4AA High Flux LED Cyber Light Flashlight

Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best. This flashlight is extremely bright and offers superb battery life, but the case makes it special. The case is square, therefore it won't roll away when you put it down. That may seem like a minor issue, but when you need to light up a workspace and still have both hands free to do your work, you need a flashlight that can be aimed reliably.

This shiny flashlight throws out 180 lumens of illumination while using only 4 AA batteries. It's lightweight and includes a handy carrying strap. It's more like a spotlight than your average flashlight. Light up your driveway, your hallway, or your engine compartment for up to 5 hours on a single set of batteries. Buy a couple to tuck away in the hall closet just in case the electricity goes out during a storm.

Rayovac SE3DLN Sportsman Extreme 300-Lumen 3D-Battery LED Lantern

Rayovac has been manufacturing lighting equipment and batteries for nearly 75 years in the United States. They patented the first sealed dry-cell battery in 1939 and introduced their famous Steel Sportsman flashlight in 1949. They really know how to light up a room and a campsite!

This amazing LED lantern is designed to make camping more fun and make power outages at home more manageable. Simply turn it on and place it in the center of the room or on a table: it provides enough light to keep everyone safe and comfortable. It features rubberized construction in a compact but sturdy design. Add one to your camping gear and one to your emergency preparedness closet.

Petzl E41 PBY Tikkina 2-LED Headlamp, Black and Yellow

Hand-free lighting is crucial when working under a sink, performing a roadside repair, or doing homework in the dark when the power goes out. This handy flashlight is attached to an adjustable elastic strap designed to attach comfortably to your head. Your hands are completely free.The on/off switch is large easy to locate even when the device is being worn.

It also comes in green, blue, and rose (red) for fashionable hands-free lighting! Order a color for each member of the family. Batteries are included at no extra charge. Take it on safari with you and tuck away several, in varying colors, for doing homework when the power goes off.


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      nicomp really 5 years ago from Ohio, USA

      These actually are the best flashlights, no doubt.

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      nicomp really 7 years ago from Ohio, USA

      @ Tom Whitworth: I suggest the Rayovac SE3DLN Sportsman Extreme 300-Lumen 3D-Battery LED Lantern.

      Just a thought.

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      Tom Whitworth 7 years ago from Moundsville, WV


      I'm not talking about lumens per square mm I'm talking total lumens produced to light my pathway so I won't fall down!!!!!!!!!!!

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      nicomp really 7 years ago from Ohio, USA

      @Tom Whitworth: Light Emitting Diodes are very bright and produce more illumination per milliwatt when compared to incandescent bulbs because the bulbs waste quite a bit of energy as heat.

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      Don A. Hoglund 7 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I'll look into these. So far rechargable flshlights are the only ones I have had any luck with.

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      Tom Whitworth 7 years ago from Moundsville, WV


      I heard the brightness of LCD flashlights is very limited so unless they solve that problem I'll stick to my Carbite lantern. It lights brightly but is a fire and explosion hazzard!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!