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10 Best Keychain Flashlights for EDC in 2020

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10 Best Keychain Flashlights for EDC in 2020

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When pocket space is limited, sometimes it can be hard to justify carrying around a full-size flashlight as part of your EDC. But thanks to modern LED and battery tech, today's keychain lights are more than powerful enough for everyday use. Because these lights are small enough to fit directly on your keychain, you can always take them with you wherever you go. And since you carry your keys every day, pairing them with useful gear like a flashlight ensures that you can always stay prepared. If you're looking to add a keychain-sized flashlight to your everyday carry ensemble, we've put together a list of 10 of our favorite keychain flashlights to cover your bases and light up your pockets.

Olight I1R 2 EOS

Olight I1R 2 EOS

Purchase
Key Features
150 lumens
Micro USB rechargeable
IPX8 water resistant
Specifications
Emitter
CSP LED Module
Weight
0.56 oz (13 g)
Materials
Aluminum alloy body
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Price
$
Olight’s I1R continues to be a community-favorite EDC keychain flashlight, and its latest incarnation features a new CSP LED module that puts out a bright balanced 150-lumen beam out the front. At just 0.46 ounces in weight and a size smaller than your pinky finger, the I1R 2 EOS won’t add any extra bulk to your keychain, and it attaches directly to your keys with the rear split ring. The light itself is also micro USB rechargeable, and it takes just 75 minutes to top off its battery.
NEBO Mycro

NEBO Mycro

Purchase
Key Features
400 lumens
Micro USB rechargeable
Mode recall and direct-to-low feature
Specifications
Emitter
Proprietary emitter
Weight
0.13 lbs
Materials
Anodized aircraft-grade aluminum
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Price
$
With a shape that looks like a car alarm dongle, the NEBO Mycro won’t look out of place on your keys, and it won’t be too big for daily carry at the same time. Its small design belies a serious amount of power: the Mycro can put out a max of 400 lumens out of its small frame, and you can choose between six different modes to pick out the right amount of light needed for a task via the large side button. There’s even a green and red light, the latter being useful in low-light situations where you don’t want to ruin your adapted night vision.
Nite Ize Radiant Squeeze

Nite Ize Radiant Squeeze

Purchase
Key Features
4.2 lumens (ANSI FL1)
10 hour runtime
Simple squeeze operation
Specifications
Emitter
Proprietary emitter
Weight
0.35 oz
Materials
Plastic
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Price
$
When size is your biggest concern (or lack of it to be more precise) you’re going to want something like the Nite Ize Radiant Squeeze, which benefits from using small button cell lithium batteries to size everything down to a compact and lightweight design that fits on your keys. True to its name, the Radiant Squeeze requires just a squeeze to operate, and it puts out a fixed 4.2 lumen ANSI FL1-verified output that won’t blind you in the dark as you try to find where the keyhole is. You get a full 10 hours of runtime out of the light as well, so you won’t have to worry about changing out batteries for quite some time.
Prometheus Foursevens Mini MK III

Prometheus Foursevens Mini MK III

Purchase
Key Features
900 lumens max
Magnetic tail cap
120 meter throw
Specifications
Emitter
Cree XM-L2
Weight
1.6 oz
Materials
Type-III hard-anodized 6061-T6 aluminum
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Price
$$
The Prometheus Foursevens Mini MK III is another perennial community favorite in this category, and with its pocket clip and magnetic tailcap, it’s actually more versatile than your standard EDC keychain flashlight. Its Turbo output is impressive to say the least: it’s able to put out a maximum of 900 lumens out the front with a few twists of its head, among other versatile, programmable modes. It’s got plenty of power and features that lets it punch way above its weight, making it useful even as a main EDC light.
RovyVon Aurora A3x Nichia

RovyVon Aurora A3x Nichia

Purchase
Key Features
450 lumens max
90+ CRI
Micro USB rechargeable
Specifications
Emitter
Nichia 219C
Weight
0.69 oz
Materials
6063 aluminum
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Price
$
A lot of keychain flashlights boast high power for their relative size, but few can back that up with added color accuracy. The Nichia emitter version of the popular RovyVon Aurora A3x features a high-CRI (90+) light that’s perfect for close up work, especially electrical duty or even backup photography lighting in the dark. And with an impressive 450 lumen max brightness, it’s no slouch in the power department. With its integrated 2260mAh Li-Po USB rechargeable battery, you won’t run out of juice quickly, and topping the light off with power is easily done on the go too.
Imalent LD10

Imalent LD10

Purchase
Key Features
1,200 lumens max
Magnetic USB rechargeable
IPX8 water resistant
Specifications
Emitter
Cree XP-L HI
Weight
0.127 lbs
Materials
Aircraft-grade aluminum body
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Price
$
When you want sheer power in a compact footprint, the Imalent LD10 is a great option. It’s small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, but it can put out a maximum 1,200 lumens from Cree XP-L HI LED. Its 18350 battery is USB rechargeable, and it can power the light (at lower brightness levels) for a maximum of 18 hours. The flashlight has a sleek minimalist look that won’t draw too much attention in public, and its military-grade anodized aluminum body is rated IPX8 water resistant, able to be submerged in water down to 6.5 feet, while being able to be dropped from up to 5 feet on hard surfaces without breaking.
Skilhunt E3A

Skilhunt E3A

Purchase
Key Features
100 lumens (ANSI)
Single AAA battery
IPX8 water resistant
Specifications
Emitter
Samsung LH351B
Weight
0.26 oz (7.5 grams)
Materials
Aluminum body
Reviews
Newly Released
Price
$
AAA lights offer a great combination of small size and power source availability. One new AAA keychain flashlight contender is the Skilhunt E3A, able to put out an impressive 100 lumens. The TIR optic in the head of the flashlight makes for a soft and balanced beam as well, making it very useful for lighting up a work area. And its simple twist operation is easily controlled in the dark without having to fumble around for a small activation switch or clicking through modes to get to what you need.
Nitecore TIP SE

Nitecore TIP SE

Purchase
Key Features
700 lumens
USB-C rechargeable
Dual switch design
Specifications
Emitter
2 x OSRAM P8
Weight
0.92 oz
Materials
Aluminum body
Reviews
Newly Released
Price
$
Nitecore is well known for bringing impressive power to their keychain-sized lights, and their new TIP SE is no exception. This light leverages two OSRAM P8 LED modules to put out 700 lumens max in a wide beam that lights up entire paths up for you out to 90 meters ahead. The integrated slim 500mAh li-ion battery allows the TIP SE to remain thin like a car alarm dongle, and because it’s USB-C rechargeable gives it future proof compatibility with current and upcoming modern devices.
Klarus Mi 2

Klarus Mi 2

Purchase
Key Features
40 lumens
Variable brightness
Single button operation
Specifications
Emitter
Proprietary 5mm high-output LED module
Weight
0.32 oz (9 grams)
Materials
Plastic
Reviews


Price
$
With tough polymer construction, compact keychain profile, and variable output, the Klarus Mi2 is every bit the tough keychain light. A push and hold on its single switch lets you tune in a precise amount of light suited for the task at hand between 1 and 40 lumens. And the integrated micro USB-rechargeable 120 mAh battery, can power the light up to 24 hours. Plus it only takes 30 minutes to charge up the Mi2, making it a practical addition to the rest of your tech. And with a 2.18“ profile, 0.32-ouch weight, built-in split ring, and affordable price point, it’s a no-brainer addition to any EDC keychain.
MecArmy FL02

MecArmy FL02

Purchase
Key Features
360 lumens max
IPX5 water resistant
Micro USB rechargeable
Specifications
Emitter
Cree XP-G2 S4
Weight
0.988 oz (28 grams)
Materials
TC4 titanium
Reviews
Newly Released
Price
$$
Considering its 2.6” length and feather weight at under an ounce, this light’s output is remarkable, and it has the aesthetics to boot with its precision TC4 titanium CNC-machined design. Pairing a Li-Po battery with its XP-G2 S4 LED, the FL02 produces up to 360 lumens across 5 modes, including the ever-useful strobe mode for signaling and emergency use. Its Turbo setting can maintain maximum power for up to 2 minutes before stepping down to 60 lumens for up to 48 minutes. At its low mode, the FL02 can keep on going up to 8 hours. And of course when power levels get low its built-in micro USB charging port lets you top up with ease with a power bank or laptop.

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David B Huber ·
If you like warm white light, the Folomov EDC C2 uses a rare Nichia E21A lamp delivering 400 lumens at 3000K with >=98CRI. It includes an equally rare 250mAh 14300 Li-ion battery with onboard USB charging. Also features a side switch, magnetic tailcap and hat clip. ASIN B07R2JZ5QQ.

Note a 5000K 600lumen 80CRI variant is available: ASIN B07QX4H5WM.
Arty ·
I’ve gotten interested in keychain flashlights over the last year, or so. Currently carrying a Fenix UC02. At less than 2”, it’s so tiny I forget I’m carrying it on my keychain. 2 modes, incl.130 lumens on high! I also like that it is conveniently built-in USB rechargeable, AND uses a 10180 battery. I prefer flashlights with a user-replaceable battery over “throwaway flashlights”.

I also enjoy 1xAAA/10440 flashlights. Conveniently small, fits in a pocket organizer, and bright enough for most urban EDC purposes that I come across. So many good options to chose from by many makers.
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