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The Drop: AceBeam Pokelit 1,000-Lumen AA Flashlight

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Mikey Bautista
The Drop: AceBeam Pokelit 1,000-Lumen AA Flashlight

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It's a big EDC market out there, and tons of awesome gear is released all the time. We made The Drop to help you discover the latest and greatest essentials worth a spot in your EDC.

AA battery-based flashlights are some of our favorites as they often balance output and pocket-friendly EDC-ability. Most of them are able to use off-the-shelf alkalines which are generally pretty available everywhere, can also use convenient and reusable rechargeable NiMH batteries like eneloops, and even make great emergency lights since they're able to use lithium primary AAs that come with outstanding capacity and shelf life.

And then there are the more enthusiast-level AA flashlights that can even take lithium-ion 14500 batteries, whose increased voltage can really get the lumen numbers up there, such as the case with AceBeam's new Pokelit AA flashlight. This gray model is new this year and comes as the latest in the line of Pokelits that originally could only push 550 lumens, but the use of a new (note: undisclosed) 6500K LED and an included 14500 li-ion battery allows it to push out a manufacturer-rated 1,000 lumens up to 345 feet while remaining as pocketable as its brethren.

It's a rock-solid light that ticks all the EDC boxes. It comes with a simple and efficient Low (5 lumens)-Medium (330)-High (1,000~600) interface by way of a forward clicky mechanical tail switch with momentary and mode memory, IP68-rated resistance, USB-C charging on the battery itself, and even makes use of the tougher and more premium 7075 aluminum for its body. And it does all this under $35.

What we like: We love AA lights and the Pokelit gray is one of the best examples of them, offering pocketability, practicality, and sheer power at an affordable price. The light also came out the gate on sale, so it's definitely one to watch out for as an easy purchase down the line.

What to watch out for: You're trading the original's high-CRI 219F 5000K emitter for more output, so if color accuracy is what you need, maybe grab one of the other Pokelit colors instead.

Final verdict: Ticks all the boxes, comes with all the modern flashlight conveniences, and is an extremely easy recommendation for anyone looking for a compact everyday or emergency light.

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Mikey Bautista

Director of Everyday Carry Operations

About the Author
Mikey Bautista is an everyday carry (EDC) expert who has been working with the EverydayCarry.com team for nearly a decade, starting with an interest in EDC as a hobby and ending up as a writer for the site in 2014. Through the years, he’s led the site in editorial content and writing about products across every category, from knives to bags to flashlights and everything in between, as well as discovering, bringing exposure, and building bridges with many brands in the industry. Today, he is the site's Director of Everyday Carry Operations, leading the editorial team and managing day-to-day operations.

He has lived through many personal and professional lives, spending nearly a decade in the workforce management industry, a minor career in gaming, and has lent a hand with entrepreneurial efforts back home in the Philippines. He has also been an active participant and helped build a number of significant social communities online, both for EDC and his other hobbies.

Mikey has been at the cusp of gaming, technology, and the internet since the ‘90s and continues to lend his experience, expertise, and authority to all his pursuits. When not online, in a game, or watching movies, you'll find him in the gym, speedrunning his next hobby, or talking at length about EDC with anyone willing to listen.

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