The Best USB Rechargeable Flashlights in 2019

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The Best USB Rechargeable Flashlights in 2019

Nothing beats the convenience of a USB rechargeable flashlight. Gone are the cumbersome and bulky specialty chargers and battery cradles. Instead, these flashlights get their juice from a USB power port and cable. No outlet? No problem — charge your light off your laptop or an external battery pack. The best part: these lights come with some of the best performance and features you can get from a modern light, made even more convenient by how easy it is to top them up. There's a lot of them out there though, so we've put together this list of our favorite rechargeable flashlights that come out the past year to make it easier to find the right one for your EDC.

Olight Seeker Pro 2

Olight Seeker Pro 2

Purchase
Key Features
Included L-dock for charging
Magnetic charger
Visual display indicators
Specifications
Max Lumens
3,200 lumens
Battery
21700
Charging Type
Magnetic/USB
Reviews


Price
$$$
Delivering powerful performance in a compact package, the Seeker Pro 2 comes with a maximum output of 3,200 lumens from three XP-L LEDs and a beam distance of 230 meters. Visual indicators around the switch display brightness and battery levels at a glance. Charging the 21700 battery is convenient with a magnetic L-dock that can be mounted to a surface close to a power source, providing a dedicated charging location that lets you grab the Seeker fully-charged on your way out the door.
Fenix PD36R Cerakote

Fenix PD36R Cerakote

Purchase
Key Features
Cerakote finish
Two-way clip
Dual switch operation
Specifications
Max Lumens
1,600 lumens
Battery
21700
Charging Type
USB Type-C
Reviews


Price
$$$
The updated Fenix PD36R continues to set the standard for high performance lights and forward-thinking design. A Luminus SST40 LED pushes out 1,600 lumens on Turbo, and the beefy 21700 battery can stay on at low light mode (30 lumens) for 115 hours. A USB Type-C charging port lets this light charge quickly, with the added benefit of being a futureproofed standard. This limited version of the PD36R comes with a "fragment camo" Cerakote design, adding a bit of flair to its base design while adding a ton of resistance and hardness to its exterior.
Klarus XT12X

Klarus XT12X

Purchase
Key Features
Patented dual tail and side switch
Long throw
2A charging
Specifications
Max Lumens
4,000 lumens
Battery
21700
Charging Type
2A Micro USB
Reviews


Price
$$
Equipped with a CREE XHP 70.2 P2 LED, the Klarus XT21X pumps out up to 4,000 lumens with a beam reach of more than 1,000 feet. Dual tail and side switches, and multiple memory settings allow one-touch access to Turbo or Strobe, and a lockout function prevents accidental activation. Charging is done via convenient and fast charging 2A micro USB, protected by a rubber cover that gives it an IPX8 water resistance rating
Thrunite TT10

Thrunite TT10

Purchase
Key Features
Direct access to Strobe and Turbo
Neutral white option
0.5-lumen Firefly mode
Specifications
Max Lumens
3,700 lumens
Battery
21700
Charging Type
Micro USB
Reviews


Price
$$
The TT10 is a 5.4“ flashlight built with anodized aluminum that’s almost-but-not-quite sized for pocket EDC. Although it has a larger head that makes it difficult to carry, there’s plenty of good tradeoffs in its favor: an XHP 70B LED able to push out 3,700(!) claimed lumens on Turbo made possible with its included 21700 battery. While uncommon, it comes with a slew of benefits, like a 5,000 mAh capacity which gives the TT10 crazy runtimes, including 57 days(!) on its 0.5-lumen Firefly setting. Built-in micro USB charging on the light also takes care of refueling so you don’t even need a separate charger.
RovyVon Aurora A24 Ti

RovyVon Aurora A24 Ti

Purchase
Key Features
Titanium body
Metal e-switch
Pocket clip and lanyard hole
Specifications
Max Lumens
1,000 lumens
Battery
600 mAh lithium polymer
Charging Type
Micro USB
Reviews


Price
$$
RovyVon’s made a name for themselves with their compact and keychain-sized Aurora flashlight lines. And with a body made of titanium, their new A24 is one of the more elegant selections on this list. A Cree XP-L LED delivers up to 1,000 lumens, with five brightness settings and two emergency modes, along with a maximum runtime of 70 hours on Low. Lightweight, durable, powerful, the Aurora A24 is a must-have for any enthusiast’s collection.
JETbeam KO-02

JETbeam KO-02

Purchase
Key Features
Anti-roll design
Long throw
Battery indicator
Specifications
Max Lumens
1,800 lumens
Battery
21700/18650
Charging Type
USB Type-C
Reviews


Price
$
Tough and durable, the Jetbeam KO-02 is no-nonsense versatile light that can be used for anything from camping to search and rescue or as a daily driver. It has a maximum output of 1,800 lumens from its Cree XHP35 LED, with a throw distance of up to 270 meters. A built-in USB Type-C port charges its 21700 battery for a maximum runtime of up to 140 hours. Constructed of high grade aluminum alloy, it can withstand drops from up to a meter, and its IPX8-rated waterproofing is ready for the elements.
Sofirn SP36 BLF Andúril

Sofirn SP36 BLF Andúril

Purchase
Key Features
Huge output and throw
High CRI
Advanced interface
Specifications
Max Lumens
5,650 lumens
Battery
3 x 18650
Charging Type
USB Type-C
Reviews


Price
$
Powered by three 18650 batteries, the Sofirn SP36 is a powerhouse of a light gives out almost 5,650 lumens and 352 meters of throw from four Samsung LH351D LEDs. Not only that, these emitters come with a 90+ CRI rating, giving the compact spotlight great color rendering especially if you’re looking for something in the dark. The SP36 also has one of the most advanced interfaces on the market (Andúril) that allows incredible customization and fun modes like a lightning storm.
Wowtac A5

Wowtac A5

Purchase
Key Features
Side switch
Battery indicator
2A charging
Specifications
Max Lumens
3,650 lumens
Battery
26650
Charging Type
2A Micro USB
Reviews


Price
$
The Wowtac A5 is a compact light that is still robust enough for a wide range of uses while coming in at a very affordable price point. Powered by a Cree XHP 70 LED, it can produce up to 3,650 lumens with a throw of 234 meters. A single side switch makes cycling through the modes easy even one-handed, and a double-click goes straight to Turbo when you need max output. The A4 is only 4.5“ long, making it an easy fit in the palm of your hand and in larger pockets, making it a great all-around flashlight for home or outdoors.
Skilhunt M150

Skilhunt M150

Purchase
Key Features
Dual fuel
Anti-roll design
Battery indicator
Specifications
Max Lumens
750 lumens
Battery
AA/14500
Charging Type
Magnetic/USB
Reviews


Price
$
The Skilhunt M150 is one of the smaller lights on this list (making it a great EDC option) while still delivering 750 lumens from its Cree XP-L2 LED. The built-in magnetic charger on its tail conveniently charges its included 14500 battery, sparing you the worry of debris getting into ports and giving it a more robust IPX8 water resistance rating. The best part: the M150 is also compatible with AA batteries, giving you a convenient fuel option should you need a backup.
Maratac Ultra V2

Maratac Ultra V2

Purchase
Key Features
Dual fuel
Battery indicator
Glow-in-the-dark tail tab
Specifications
Max Lumens
1,075 lumens
Battery
18650/2 x CR123A
Charging Type
Micro USB
Reviews


Price
$
While better known for their steel AA and AAA lights, Maratac also make a line of robust lights on bigger battery platforms. The Ultra V2 is their flagship 18650 light, pushing out 1075 on Turbo from its Cree XP-L HI LED and 250+ hours of runtime off its 3.5-lumen “Lunar Low” mode. It can accommodate both 18650 and 2 x CR123A batteries within its compact 4.25“ frame, with a clip taking care of carry duties. A glow-in-the-dark tail tab gives it a closing flair, while also helping locate the light in the dark.

Do you use a rechargable flashlight? What did we miss? Let us know in the comments below!

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I have the Streamlight Microstream USB and I couldn't be happier. I mainly bought it for its size and being rechargable. All the other options were either too big(to carry all the time) or weren't rechargable. The rovy von was the only other option and it seemed more like a key chain I didn't like the feel of it. It just didn't work for me and I sent it back. I have had the streamlight for about a year and it has been perfect. I can clip it on my hat to be hands free and I always know I have it without having something weighing down my pocket. I buy them for giveaways at work. I think it's a great little flashlight.
I have a Fenix PD32 and whilst the 100m throw is great, it can't beat the versatility of the spotlight beam of a no-name USB rechargeable LED torchlight I bought for fun on Amazon for $6.99 three years back. Travelling is a bit of a hassle as I always get asked about the number batteries I have in my camera/laptop bag when it goes through the scanner. I think they just want to see my gadgets.......
I have a 'Streamlight 66604 250 Lumen MicroStream USB Rechargable Pocket Flashlight' that I carry everyday. Its a great lightweight light for about $30.
Heard the thrunite TT10 has issues. Why no throwers? But I do like the Kilhunt even though never heard of it.
I really like the T27 Acebeam and the BLF gt micro (version of it has over 120,000 candela with 1000 lumens from a 14500 battery. )