The Drop: BORUIT V3 Keychain 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.

We’ve covered a lot of compact EDC flashlights here on the site, but with a length of just 2.2” and a weight of 1.17 oz, the BORUIT V3 flashlight stands out as one of the smallest (and most affordable) we’ve come across while still retaining an impressive max output of 900 lumens.

Powered by two powerful LEDs, the BORUIT V3 boasts a claimed throw distance of up to 328 feet (100 meters) and a total of 10 lighting modes, controlled via a two-button interface on its side. Five of these modes are from the main XP-G LEDs: Turbo, High, Medium, Low, and Economic. The side AUX lights in the (glow in the dark!) body provide another five modes: White, UV, Red, Red Flash, and Red Blue Flash. These lighting options cover various situations, whether you require a wide spot beam, a more subdued lighting option, or even preserving your night vision.

The V3 is constructed using 304 stainless steel and prime polycarbonate with an IP65 water-resistant rating, making it resistant to water splashes and soft water jets. The addition of a strong magnet at the bottom of the flashlight enables it to conveniently attach to any iron-containing surface, while the keychain design allows for easy portability.

Power is delivered through a built-in rechargeable 500mAh li-ion battery which allows rapid charging through its USB-C interface. A full charge takes about 2 hours. A waterproof rubber plug protects the charging port from moisture, making this the perfect attach-to-everything compact flashlight.

What we like: It’s a compact powerhouse as big as your car’s key fob, comes in a team favorite side-by-side LED design AND a glow-in-the-dark body, and offers a crazy value of output and features per dollar. There’s really not much to dislike.

What to watch out for: Its XP-G main emitters are a bit long in the tooth, and we wish it accepted standard AAA-sized batteries.

Final verdict: The BORUIT V3 keychain flashlight is a perfectly capable EDC light that’s small enough to hang on your pack or keep in your pocket while boasting output that you’d find in much larger EDC lights.

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