Best Flashlights; Tactical & LED items reviewed by Everyday Carry

Manker Timeback II Flashlight

If you're looking for a compact pocketable EDC flashlight that stands out from the rest, the Manker Timeback II is for you. The premium materials used in its design give the Timeback II a distinctive and stunning appearance. And while it does come with a bit of frivolity, the Timeback II is a powerful working light that can stand up to any challenge you face with it in hand.

The Manker Timeback II is fashioned out of precision CNC-machined TC4 titanium and copper. That mix of materials gives it a unique dual-tone look, and you can pick between the different polishes and stonewash finishes to suit your style. The design is also rugged, letting you carry it in confidence even in the worst conditions. The light is rated to survive a hard one-meter drop and it also sports IPX8 water resistance.

With its array of four Cree XPG3 LEDs, the Timeback II is a powerful light. It can put out a maximum 2200 lumens out the front and throw an even, 6500K daylight-balanced light out to 508 feet. Its rear tailswitch lets you change between 8 output modes to fit your situation as well. Its single 18350/16340 battery lasts for around 8-30 minutes on the more powerful tactical output settings, but it'll last you up to 300 hours when brought all the way down to its 'moonlight' one-lumen economy mode.

At just 3.7" long, the Timeback II fits perfectly in hand. The integrated spinner set into the body gives it extra texture to help with grip, as well as give your fingers something to do while idle. Its a fun feature that gives gives this special EDC flashlight a unique character. Give it a try and make it a part of your own everyday carry at the link below.

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MecArmy X7S Flashlighter

If someone ever asks you if you've got a light, as an EDCer your first reaction might be to reach for your flashlight. But a proper lighter as a source of fire is also a useful tool for everyday carry, even if you don't smoke. Whether you carry one for your daily habits or emergency situations, a dedicated lighter can still take up precious pocket space. That's why the MecArmy X7S is a bright idea: it's a modular pocket tool that combines a lighter, a flashlight, and a storage capsule that stays compact and consolidated.

The MecArmy X7S is a combination LED flashlight, lighter, and dry storage container. The light itself features a 130 lumen CREE XP-G2 LED that can throw light out to around 193 feet. Easy one-handed twist activation turns the light on and controls its output from an 8-lumen Low mode to its highest setting. The integrated 10180 li-ion battery lasts six hours on the Low setting and conveniently recharges via micro-USB.

The X7S lighter resembles a trusty peanut lighter, designed for use with liquid fuel and measures in at a mere 2” long with the cap attached. The storage area is just big enough for pills or a spare battery. And because the body is made out of precision CNCed 304 stainless steel featuring IPX8 water resistance, you can feel confident that it can withstand the elements.

The best part about the X7S is that it features a modular design that lets you assemble it into the configuration that best suits your needs. You can screw together all of the components to create a tool that can fit in the palm of your hand. Or, you can even keep everything separate and carry each module independently. Pick one up at the link below.

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Deal Alert: 2x Anker LC40 Flashlights for $16

If you're looking to add an EDC flashlight to your daily ensemble or if you're looking for a couple of spares to have handy, we've got a deal for you. For a limited time you can save 30% on a pair of Anker LC40 flashlights from Amazon, bringing the price down to just $16 total. That's less than 10 bucks each for a 400-lumen CREE LED in a full-sized, 18650 compatible aluminum body.

The LC40 sports a CREE LED module that can put out 400 lumens when powered by an 18650 battery. On its Max setting it can push that light out to 600 feet and yet it's small enough to fit comfortably in your hand and in your pockets at just 5.2” long. Along with a high-output mode, the light features low and strobe modes that you can select via the rear tailswitch.

It's designed for use with a single 18650 battery for higher brightness and runtime, but it also comes with an adapter cradle to take 3 AAA batteries. That's especially useful in an emergency flashlight role where AAA batteries are easy to come across. Not to mention the LC40 sports a flat tailcap so you can stand it up for hands-free light. And because it's rated IP65 weather-resistant, the LC40 can hold up to the elements.

At a 16 dollar price point, the Anker LC40 represents a solid everyday carry value — and getting a second light only sweetens the deal. This deal won't last, so go ahead and grab a pair of these lights for yourself at the link below.

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EagTac DX3B Mini

As the saying goes, “It's better to have and not need than to need and not have.” In the case of your flashlight, that usually applies to an absurdly bright Turbo mode that you might not use too often. And while a light as compact and as EDC-friendly as the new EagTac DX3B Mini might impress you with its 2480 lumen output alone, it's got plenty more practical features to make it a worthwhile addition to your kit.

Despite its compact size at just 3.2 inches long, the DX3B Mini reaches an impressive max output of 2480 LED lumens. That's partially due to how the relatively large size of its CREE XHP50.2 LED helps put out an immense amount of light, resulting in a wider hotspot with plenty of spill and a throw distance of about 165 yards. It's powered by an included rechargeable IMR18350 Li-ion battery. Topping it off is simple thanks to its 1A fast-charging micro-USB port built into the body of the flashlight itself, which is protected by a waterproof cover when not in use.

A handy, recessed side switch cycles between 5 brightness levels, ranging from its 2480 lumen max for 9 minutes of runtime down to a general purpose low mode of about 25 lumens for 20 hours. You can even program the side switch for instant-on to your preferred brightness setting.

As part of EagTac's EDC-focused D series, the DX3B Mini is built with all of the features you'd look for in a daily light in a durable, compact, design. Up front, its deep, stainless steel bezel protects the LED from drops and impact. HAIII anodized aluminum makes up the body, offering lighter weight and smoother threads. The DX3BM offers two useful carry options as well: a removable deep carry pocket clip and a paracord lanyard with quick-detaching hardware. Last but not least, its flat tailcap lets the light stand upright like a candle when you need hands-free light or in an emergency situation.

EagTac also offers the DX3BM in various LED types with options for cool white or neutral white beams. You can grab the brightest configuration for your EDC at the link below.

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Armytek Prime C1 Magnet USB

Any talk about rugged flashlights—truly rugged, field-ready lights—is bound to have Armytek as part of the discussion. This Canadian manufacturer has consistently put out EDC-worthy flashlights, from compact pocket rockets to rugged tactical searchlights. Their new Prime C1 takes their flagship 18350 light to the next level, amping up its power while adding the convenience of magnetic USB charging.

The Prime C1 USB now comes with 980 lumens of output on Turbo (there's also a cool white version that puts out 1050 lumens), with five additional modes for any lighting task. This includes a 0.4 Firefly mode for up to 60 days(!) of continuous runtime. This is due in part to its 18350 battery, which carries 900 mAh of capacity in its compact, 35mm size (it's a shorter 18650, hence the “35” designation). Pair this with the C1's TIR optics and you get a useful, floody beam useful for evenly lighting up an immediate area. It can even do some decent throwing with a range of up to 165 meters. Its side switch should be a familiar interface, and its tail houses its magnetic charging compatible with tech you may already have in your EDC, like a power bank or wall plug.

And of course, investing in an Armytek light means investing in their signature fit and finish. The C1 comes built with the water (up to 10 meters of submersion), dirt, and dust protection standard as with the rest of the Armytek lineup. You also get plenty of options for carrying and using the C1, thanks to its ability to tailstand and included holster and removable clip.

If you've been looking for an excuse to buy into an ultra-rugged and/or rechargeable flashlight, now's your chance to do both. You can pick up the C1 USB from Amazon at the link below.

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Olight ION

Keychain flashlights are one of the best ways to EDC a light, but their size often limits what they can do. It's hard to fit the features and ease of use you get from a traditional light when it has to fit on your keys. The Olight ION is different, packing twin LED power, unique and easy to use controls, and premium materials in a slim and compact body.

The ION is a compact LED flashlight that has an attractive titanium alloy frame. And at around 2.25 inches long and weighing only 1.13 ounces, it won't add unnecessary bulk to your carry. Unlike other lights, theres no complicated twist activation or button presses to turn on the ION. A simple on-off switch on the side controls the dual CREE XP-G3 emitters at the front. Those two LEDs work with the TIR reflectors to give you a large hotspot that’s especially useful for illuminating wide areas.

The best part about this light is how easy it is to control output. There's a touch-sensitive panel at the top that lets you set the light to your desired brightness. There are four stepped levels to choose from, ranging from an economic one lumen to a max of 320 lumens out the front. The controls are also covered in Corning Gorilla Glass for protection against the daily bumps and scrapes they'll encounter while attached to your keys.

At its max 320 lumen setting, the internal Li-Po battery will last you 27 minutes of run time. Dial that all the way down to the one-lumen setting and runtime increases to a full 90 hours of use. But wherever you are on that range, you can easily recharge the ION because it is micro-USB compatible.

With the Olight ION, you get a special light for your EDC that's a step above. Elevate your keychain light carry and pick one up for yourself at the link below.

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MecArmy FL10 Carabiner Flashlight

If you've ever tried to put together your own EDC, you'll know how easy it is for all that gear to add up quickly. Covering your bases without having a ton of tools weighing you down is a tricky balancing act, and the key is to consolidate where you can. One way to offload your gear is with multi-purpose tools, like the MecArmy FL10. It's one of the few ways to carry your keys, a few tools, and a flashlight all in one thanks to its unique titanium carabiner design.

Its TC4 titanium build gives the FL10 ideal properties for an EDC carabiner as it's light, strong, corrosion-resistant, and springy. It has a large jaw and a wire swing gate that can accommodate your keychain and attach to your belt loop or bag. A cut-out in the body lets you carry it on a lanyard if you prefer. And the frame itself acts as a multi-tool that includes a pry bar, box opener, and a bottle opener. It's also beefy enough to have enough heft for use as a self-defense tool if it comes down to it. It's built tough, but keep in mind you shouldn't use it for actual climbing because it's not rated to do that.

Out of all the its features, the centerpiece of the FL10 is the 360 lumen CREE XP-G2 LED flashlight built into the frame. Despite its size it can throw that light out to a distance of about 209 feet. A button on the side of the frame controls modes and outputs. It has low, medium, and high, as well as a turbo and strobe mode. For added convenience, the light is micro-USB rechargeable.

With the MecArmy FL10 carabiner flashlight, you can free up space in your pockets. It helps you organize your everyday carry while letting you keep the essentials at hand. Pick one of your yourself and make it a part of your EDC at the link below.

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Olight S1 Mini Baton Rechargeable

Since the Olight S1 Baton's release in the past year, few lights have epitomized the size and features of an ideal EDC light. It had a great size and useful features, and has been a mainstay carry ever since. And while the S1's been joined by siblings such as the S Mini and S1R, there's been little reason to upgrade the S1 itself—until now. Olight recently launched the S1 Mini Baton, consolidating the Baton family features into one light while giving the it upgrades in all the right places. Packing convenience and and functionality, the S1 Mini Baton cements its place in EDCers pockets.

The best thing about the new S1 is it didn't try to change anything that wasn't broken. It's taken the S Mini's shorter and lighter form factor of 2.13” and 1.52 ounces, while improving on its power and features. Specifically, the new S1 comes with up to 600 lumens (50 more from the S Mini) and up to 15 days of runtime off its XM-L2 LED emitter, with a high CRI option to boot for fans of a more eye-pleasing tint. The magnetic tail that was missing from the S Mini is back as well, giving the S1 Baton more versatility, in addition to a new two-way clip and a braided knurling pattern that makes it easier than ever to carry and use.

On top of it all, the S1 Mini comes with a new 650mAh battery with a built-in micro USB charging port, making the light even more convenient and useful and playing well with the rest of your tech. IPX8-rated ruggedness rounds out the light's features, along with an included lanyard for more options for convenient carry.

The S1 Mini Baton takes a great light and makes it even better, improving on its features and not fixing what isn't broken. Pick one up from Amazon at the link below.

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Nitecore TINI

The great thing about flashlights is that you can get some serious performance without the bulk. Nitecore know this well, with their increasingly powerful keychain lights like the TUBE and the TIP. The new Nitecore TINI keychain light may be tiny, but its output and feature set couldn't be further from its name.

Remember when the TUBE could get the job done with 45 lumens yet still disappear on a keychain? The TINI outdoes its predecessor on all fronts, with 380 lumens at its disposal and weighing under half an ounce with its actually tiny metallic shell. Its Cree XP-G2 S3 LED puts out 4 modes controlled by 2 side switches on the body of the light. When paired with its beaded reflector, you get soft, uniform light suitable for illuminating a workspace or immediate area. For added convenience it's powered by a built-in, micro-USB rechargeable lithium-ion battery that reaches up to 60 hours of runtime.

While the TINI does sacrifice a bit of water resistance to integrate a built-in micro USB charger (meaning it can take some water splashes but don't go swimming with it), the light still comes with a respectable IP54 protection rating, meaning it won't have problems handling daily tasks. And with an included split ring slot and availability in 7 colors, it can be right at home in any EDC configuration and aesthetic.

Tiny in size, but not in performance—the TINI is here to play. Pick one up in your choice of color from the Amazon link below.

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Kel-Tec CL-42 and CL-43 Tactical Flashlights

When it comes to making tactical gear, Kel-Tec has decades of experience. Their innovative firearms designs have seen great success in the military, law enforcement, and civilian markets. But their recent efforts aren't only focused on delivering weapons platforms. With the CL-42 and CL-43, Kel-Tec has brought their design expertise to the EDC flashlight arena. Both of these tactical flashlights are compact and suitable for everyday carry, especially if you carry a firearm. But even if you don't, they're  rugged enough to stand up to the rough use in the field.

The Kel-Tec CL-42 is a low-profile tactical LED flashlight that fits comfortably in the palm of your hand. At only 4.5” long it's big enough to give you a proper grip, but not so big that it becomes bulky in your pockets. It has a textured aluminum case that helps provide you that grip even in inclement conditions.

The light is simple to use: a full press turns the light on and off while a half press enables its momentary-on feature. Because of its heritage as a tactical light for use with a firearm, there isn't a confusing plethora of modes to shuffle through. It has a single 420 lumen output, and it throws its beam of light out 525 feet.

It takes two 123A batteries, and with them it is rated to put out its maximum output for an hour and 15 minutes. But unlike other LED flashlights, the CL-42 is designed to deal with prolonged power consumption gracefully. Instead of shutting off when it doesn't have enough power to run on max, it reduces its output gradually until there's nothing left to give. So after two hours and 20 minutes of use, the light is rated to put out 40 lumens. And because it's a weapon light, it's ready for hard use. The CL-42 is impact resistant up to one meter, and it's also water resistant to a depth of one meter.

The Kel-Tec CL-43 is another compact tactical EDC flashlight, but with a twist. It has an innovative design that lets you cradle it in your offhand while letting you maintain a firm grip a handgun in your primary hand. But even if you don't intend to use it that way, the unique shape lets you point at what you want to illuminate easily. You can easily hold it in one hand and click on the activation switch like a trigger to turn it on and off.

Like the CL-42, the CL-43 also has a momentary-on function. But unlike the CL-42, the CL-43 is able to hold one more 123A battery while being noticeably shorter than its cousin at only 3.75” long. The extra battery capacity allows it to run its 420 lumen single output far longer than the CL-42 at 3 hours and 35 minutes. Like with the other Kel-Tec light, the CL-43 slowly lowers its output once your exceed that max rating until all of the power stored is finally used up.

The low-profile and efficient design of these Kel-Tec lights make them a solid option to introduce to your own everyday carry, whether it's for daily use or emergency situations. Check them out in more detail at the link below.

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Reader's Choice: 5 Lights EDCers Want

Last week our team put together a list of flashlights that came out this past year that we'd love to get our hands on. After sharing our picks, we took to the comments and social media to see what you, the readers, were excited about too. In this guide we've listed the lights you've chosen, and we hope it gives you even more great flashlights to pick from as the year comes to a close.

Fenix CL09

If you're looking to illuminate a wide area, a lantern is what you need. They’re purpose-built to do the job, and they'll do it better than a standard flashlight. Now you might think a lantern would too big to EDC, but a modern LED light like the new Fenix CL09 is so compact it fits in the palm of your hand. With all its features, it makes for a great outdoor companion, emergency lamp, or task light for general EDC.

Despite its small 3" size, the CL09 puts out a max of 200 lumens spread out an even 33 feet around you with its diffuser. You can pick between four different output levels and three colors with its simple twisty tail cap. The standard light is a nice neutral white, but there are also red and green light output modes to preserve nightvision or as a signal for camping companions. On its lowest one-lumen setting, the light will last up to 90 hours of continuous use with the included battery.

The thoughtful design of the light makes it easy for you to bring around and use everyday. It has a loop that lets you hang it above you as you work, or to keep around you with a lanyard. The rear cap is magnetic, which is especially useful if you want to attach it underneath the hood of your car in a pinch. Even maintaining the light is easy. It comes with a Fenix USB-rechargeable battery which accepts a standard microUSB cable. The light also accepts 16340 and CR123A batteries. Using a CR123A battery, by the way, increases the runtime of the one-lumen setting out to an astounding 150 hours.

Don't let the size fool you, this is a durable outdoor light. The Fenix CL09 benefits from hardy aircraft-grade aluminum construction. It's impact resistant rated to survive a hard one meter drop. And because it's an outdoor light, it's also designed to be IP68 waterproof. That means it's rated to survive immersion in two meters of water for up to 30 minutes.

With the Fenix CL09, you get an excellent compact EDC light made for wide area illumination. It's the right tool for the job and it's available in two different colors: black and gray. Purchase the one you want and see it in action for yourself at the link below.

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Staff Picks: 5 EDC Flashlights We Want Right Now

It's almost the end of the year, and it's been a good one for EDCers. From knives to lights to bags to tech, there have been plenty of releases primed and ready to be added to our kit. We obviously love talking about gear around here, and with this series, the Everyday Carry staff have put together a few lists of the ones we can't wait to get our hands on. We hope it gives you a good idea of products that you may have missed throughout the year, and gets you as excited as we are to pick up the latest and greatest gear for your EDC.

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AUKEY LT-SET5 Flashlight

If you're looking for a solid entry-level LED flashlight for your everyday carry, today's the day. This deal from AUKEY lets you grab two LT-SET5 LED flashlights for less than 10 bucks. And unlike most flashlights you can find at this price, it deserves some attention thanks to its capable output, versatile optics, and all-around resistance.

The LT-SET5 is a compact LED flashlight that puts out a max of 70 lumens on its highest setting. With its zoom slider you can focus that beam out to 164 feet or spread it out over a wider angle. It also has a battery saver low output mode and a strobe for emergency situations. A simple half press on the power switch lets you cycle through these modes with ease. It's powered by a single AA battery, which is easy to find and replace when needed. Because of that, this light won't take up too much bulk in your pockets. It weighs only 2.3 ounces and measures about 3.9 inches in length. Also, unlike most lights at this price point, the AUKEY features IPX4 water resistance. That along with its solid aluminum alloy construction make it a light you can take with you everyday.

Two is one and one is none. With this deal you can ensure you have more than one flashlight for the task at hand when you need it. And even if you have a better EDC flashlight of your own, you can still pick these up as a spare. Throw them into your daybag, vehicle trunk, or emergency bug out bag. You can use the coupon code EL75HD47 at checkout to grab a set of two for $8.99 from Amazon at the link below.

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Jetbeam E20R

While seeing thousands of lumens light up your backyard never gets old, a light you can slip into your pocket and forget about is what EDC is all about. And while it used to be that such lights were more about portability than their power, these days we're spoiled for choice for lights that can do both. Jetbeam's new E20R is one of them, joining a small but impressive group of lights with plenty of both lumens and features to surprise and delight any EDCer.

We've seen plenty of lights that can use a CR123A or 16340 rechargeable battery, but few of them can get up to the outputs the E20R can. Its Luminus SST-40 N4 BC LED is able to push out up to 520 lumens with a CR123A battery, while the higher-voltage 16340 can dole out a whopping 990 lumens on its highest setting. A side switch controls the E20R's 5 modes, which comes with a built-in indicator to let you know when the battery is running low. But don't fret, as the light comes with a built-in micro USB charging port to top up during heavy use.

The ER20's type III hard-anodized shell keeps the light durable but lightweight, with an IPX8 waterproof rating that gives it up to 2 meters of submersible resistance. A ridged design built into the head helps with both cooling and anti-roll capability, while a magnetic tail gives the light versatile, hands-free use. With its 3” length and included pocket clip, pocketing the E20R for EDC is no problem.

Thanks to lights like the E20R, there's no longer a need to choose between power or pocketability. Pick one up at the Amazon link below.

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Giveaway: Win the Ultimate Tactical EDC Gear Loadout from ASP!

Update: Congrats to Mike M, winner of this giveaway!

When it comes to reliable gear for LEOs, military personnel, and personal self-defense, one brand comes to mind: ASP. Armament Systems and Procedures has been making solid and reliable tactical gear for law enforcement professionals for over 40 years, and has recently unveiled its latest and greatest products. One lucky winner will receive this huge loadout of tactical flashlights and personal protection for EDC, courtesy of our sponsor, ASP.