8 Keychain Flashlights for EDC in 2019

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8 Keychain Flashlights for EDC in 2019

Your keychain is one of the most convenient places to keep your tools. You carry your keys every day anyway, so pairing them with useful gear—like a flashlight—ensures you always stay prepared.

You might think to get a flashlight that's powerful or useful enough to be worth carrying would take up way too much pocket space. But thanks to modern LED and battery tech, today's keychain lights are more than powerful enough for everyday use. All while staying compact enough to comfortably carry in your pockets, always within reach.

A good part of our days is spent in the dark, so carrying a light is always a bright idea. Here are 8 of the best flashlights to add to your keychain to round out your EDC.


Olight I1R EOS

The I1R EOS takes a “less is more” approach to its design and operation, keeping things refreshingly simple for a modern flashlight. It just takes a simple twist to turn the light on. To make that easier, ribbed “knurling” provides ample grip along most of the IPX8 waterproof, anodized aluminum body of the light. Once on, the light starts at its 5-lumen Low mode. Twist further to reach its high mode, which puts out an impressive 130 lumens out to 54 meters. Low mode usage will get you about 7 hours of runtime, while the I1R runs on High for about 20 minutes. No extra modes to navigate here — just a practical, 2-stage interface with well-spaced brightnesses for general day-to-day use.

Buy on Amazon: $19.95*


Nitecore TIP2

The most noticeable difference between the TIP2 and its popular predecessor is the new form factor of its outer shell. Measuring only 2.46” long and a little over 0.5” wide (only slightly larger overall than the TIP), the IP67-rated aluminum body provides lightweight, but sturdy construction. Chamfered edges offer a comfortable grip and a smooth shape that allows easy retrieval from a pocket or bag. Dual Cree XP-G3 S3 LEDs create an overlapping beam to provide a wide area of light. Two buttons on the side of the device handle the TIP2's operation: one to activate power, and the other to cycle through its 4 different brightness modes, including a 1-lumen low with a runtime of 55 hours and and impressive 720-lumen Turbo—easily rivaling the brightness of flashlights twice its size.

Buy on Amazon: $44.95*


RovyVon Aurora A8

With a polycarbonate body measuring a compact 2.16” and weighing 0.416 ounces, the A8 shares a similar look and size as the previous Auroras. Like the A6 that came before it, the A8 uses a Nichia 219C LED as its main emitter, giving it a maximum output of 350 lumens on High that's more than enough for everyday tasks. This LED characteristically comes with a 4500K tint that gives it 90+ CRI, resulting in a warm white beam that produces some of the most accurate color representation available to flashlights. A side switch allows you to cycle through the A8's four modes, including the introduction of a 0.5 lumen Moonlight mode as a result of community feedback.

Buy on Amazon: $46.95*


Manker LAD II

While Manker's LAD was built as a keychain light first, its spec sheet surprises with just how good its features are despite its size. Weighing under an ounce and and about the size of a car key fob, the LAD packs up to 300 lumens on Turbo/Strobe with its Cree XP-G3 LED (or Nichia 219C for better color rendering), powered by a USB-rechargable polymer lithium battery. This second iteration now comes with a 0.5-lumen Moonlight mode with a 125-hour runtime, along with a new switch that doubles as a battery/charging indicator.

Buy: $25.95


Maratac Peanut LED Rev 2 Copper

With how small the Peanut is, it's a remarkable engineering feat to make the most of its compact space. Its 1.43” length is able to fit in a Cree XP-L 5000k LED, an 80mAh 10180 battery, and a tailcap with a split ring. Said tailcap even thoughtfully integrates a design where the split ring sits flush with the base, letting the Peanut tailstand as a candle. The copper Rev 2 makes improvements in both its design and output, integrating its micro USB charging port into its main barrel and bumping up its output to 150 lumens for up to 30 minutes. A new orange peel reflector also smoothens out the Peanut's beam, giving you an even light for everyday tasks.

Buy: $49.95


Prometheus Beta QRV2 Chroma

It’s been 4 years since we reviewed the Prometheus Beta QRV2, but the light has endured as an EDC keychain staple thanks to its combination of design, features, and an innovative quick-release system that’s unique to this day. At its heart is a Nichia 219B high CRI LED, still one of the best in the business, powered by a common AAA battery to give 3 outputs at 1/15/80 lumens that’s plenty useful for everyday tasks. The new Chroma versions feature 2 striking hi-vis colorways voted on by the community, color anodized onto the Beta’s 6061 aluminum shell.

Buy: $59


MecArmy FL02

It's hard to believe the kind of output a light of this size can produce, considering its 2.6” length and feather weight at under an ounce. Pairing a lithium polymer battery with its XP-G2 S4 LED, the FL02 produces up to 360 lumens across 5 modes including Strobe. Its Turbo setting can maintain max lumens for 2 minutes before stepping down to 60 lumens for up to 48 minutes, while its Low mode can keep going up to 8 hours. And of course, when power levels get low, a built-in micro USB charging port lets you top up with ease with a power bank or laptop. The FL02's outer shell and switch is CNC-machined with grip-friendly knurling and ergonomics from TC4 titanium, keeping it light and comfortable to use yet tough enough to bang against the rest of your keys.

Buy on Amazon: $75.90*


Klaris Mi2

With a tough polymer construction, impossibly light and compact profile, and variable output, the Klarus Mi2 is every bit the tough keychain light. A push and hold on its single switch allows infinitely variable lumen output between 1 and 40, good for up to 24 hours with its onboard, micro USB-charging 120mAh battery. 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.

Buy on Amazon: $12.99*

Do you carry a keychain EDC light? If so, what’s your favorite? Sound off in the comments below!

* Price accurate at the time of publication and is subject to change.

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I am someone that favors the practicality of a AAA light because I can find a replacement power source at any corner gas station and don't need to tote around a charging wire... That being said, I wish Olight still focused on their AAA offerings instead of ending production of some of them. But my preference is still the Rofis ER3A-- As clean and simple as a keychain light comes.

I tried a MecArmy key chain light once and it was DOA, so that is my only impression of their products.
I was part of the original Kickstarter for the Promethues. I've had it on my keychain ever since and it still works perfectly. I upgraded the battery to a 10440, which is not strictly recommended, but works great. It puts out significantly more light than a AAA.

I also have an Ultratac k18, which cost quite a bit less, but doesn't have the quick release feature. I like them both an would recommend either option.
I've tried many keychain lights, but the best and the one living on my chain for the last couple of years is the Rovyvon Aurora A5 UV. Self luminous after a short while. So small yet 550 lumens burst when you need it. I haven't yet found a better upgrade, in terms of size, usability and punch.
Maglight solitaire. About $10 on Amazon. Although I got mine at Home Depot. Bright, durable, small, inexpensive. I replaced the alkaline battery with NiMH. Very happy with my purchase!
LED or incandescent? The incandescent is a classic light but woefully under-powered in modern times. And so I have always been curious how much more light the new upgraded LED version throws.
47lm for 1hr 45 mins, according to Mag's own webshite... I'll stick with my Fenix E12!!
How is Nitecore not suing over that Klarus? It's nearly identical in design and specs to the Tube!
Maybe their stuff is expensive enough that they don't give a monkey's? I know Maxpedition don't really care if Eastern companies rip off their stuff either... although Kitanica get the right hump about it!
While having a few TIPs in different colors, I found myself keep going back to the MecArmy SGN3 with zinc body... Lower light level but better feel, usage.

Recently acquired the TIP2 and has become my new favorite carry... I carry on the outside of a Lowepro lens case on my belt using S binner. The detachable rear cover allows easy disconnect from carry and the magnetic inside is great along with hidden USB charge plug.

Feels more solid and comfortable than TIP 1 but is 50% more expensive.... Will not likely be buying extra as backup like did with the TIP colors
GAWD, please...Not another keychain accessory. People who buy all the ones on the market must carry their keys in a purse.
Zebralight has been my EDC for 5 years+ going now. The H52w is a fantastic all around companion that uses a single 3.7v Li-Ion cell. Superb quality for Chinese manufacture. Check them out. Decide for yourself.
So glad to see Olight and Rovyvon made the list.