Best Flashlights; Tactical & LED items reviewed by Everyday Carry

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The Best AA Flashlights of 2017

One important consideration when choosing the best EDC flashlight for your needs is the type of battery it uses. On paper, LED flashlights that take AA batteries seem a bit out of place. They aren't the most powerful or longest lasting, nor are they compact enough to carry on a keychain like other EDC lights. But the main draw of AA batteries is their availability.

You can find them everywhere, from gas stations to grocery stores, so if your main EDC light uses it, you can bet you'll never be far away from a backup source for it. Even better: modern AA flashlights can make use of rechargeable AA batteries (or their more powerful lithium-ion versions), saving you money in the long run while giving you a performance boost to boot.

Whether it's for availability or convenience, an AA flashlight is a great choice for everyday carry. We've put together 12 of the best EDC flashlights below.

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Streamlight Stylus Pro

19 have this · 191 people have this

LED pen flashlight with holster features a super bright, high flux, 1/2 watt LED, and has a lifetime of up to 30,000 hours. Corrosion and water proof with unbreakable lens.

Streamlight Nano

10 have this · 178 people have this

Case material is machined aircraft aluminum with anodized finish Parabolic shaped LED area optimizes beam performance 5mm white LED, impervious to shock with a 100,000 hour lifetime Up to 8 hours declining usable output 1.47-Inches length

NiteCore T-Series Tube

15 have this · 138 people have this

High performance LED produces 45 lumen on highBuilt-in rechargeable Li-ion battery provides a runtime of up to 48 hoursFeatures two brightness levels and infinitely variable...

Fenix E05

5 have this · 123 people have this

Boasts a unique broad beam lens which delivers a maximum 85-lumen up-close flood light and three brightness levels. Easy-to-use twisty switch and perfect for your keychain.

Olight S1 Baton

15 have this · 101 people have this

Cree XM-L2 CW LED. Maximum light output up to 500 lumensPMMA TIR lens with a 90% light transmittance rate3 standard modes: 8 lumens, 80 lumens and 500 lumens.2 special modes: 0.5...

Fenix E12

10 have this · 96 people have this

Uses Cree XP-E2 LED with a lifespan of 50,000 hoursBroad beam lens. Provides soft, even beam for close-up illuminationUses one AA (Ni-MH, Alkaline) batteryTail tap switch for...

Maglite Solitaire LED

6 have this · 83 people have this

A Keychain-Size Flashlight with Big-Light Power

Streamlight 88031 Protac 2L

7 have this · 71 people have this

C4 LED technology with 50,000-hour lifetimeOne-handed operation of three modes: momentary, variable intensity, or strobeIPX7 rated design; waterproof to one meter for 30...

Prometheus Lights Beta-QRv2

11 have this · 61 people have this

High CRI LED Push/pull quick release operation 10lbs holding force

Fenix PD35

9 have this · 57 people have this

Upgraded 960-Lumen turbo mode from two CR123A batteries (not included) or 18650 Li-ion battery (not included)
Six outputs including five brightness levels and strobe

Led Lenser P3

5 have this · 51 people have this

75 LumensKeychain FlashlightFocusing Options For Long Distance & Close UpAdvanced Focus System (AFS) Is Combination Of A Reflector120-MRange...

Maglite SP2P01H Mini PRO LED 2Cell AA Flashlight, Black

4 have this · 49 people have this

Classic Simplicity - Twist the head to turn on, turn off and focusModern Power - Next Generation LED for a whole new level of brightnessCan use in Candle Mode...

Streamlight MicroStream C4

1 have this · 49 people have this

Features a super-bright, high-flux, 1/2-watt LED and has a lifetime of up to 30,000 hours Consists of micro optical system that facilitates optimized output and run time

Nite Ize Inova Microlight

2 have this · 37 people have this

Recessed LED bulb for exceptional durability, and the added benefit of focusing the light beamLifetime spotlight white LED bulbComes with a hardy translucent polycarbonate...

LED Keychain Light

2 have this · 36 people have this

Multi-function on/off switch
Replaceable lithium battery
Unbreakable, high-intensity LED
Quick-release ring
24K gold-plated contacts...

5.11 TMT PLX Pen Light

2 have this · 32 people have this

Brilliant 40 meter light coneMomentary-On SwitchWater Resistant Construction...