Everyday Carry

The Drop: CountyComm Chickpea Keychain Floodlight

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Jonathan Tayag
The Drop: CountyComm Chickpea Keychain Floodlight

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Carrying an LED flashlight on your keychain is one of the best ways to ensure you always have a light on you. I've carried one for years, and while it's true that a phone can sometimes do the same job, LED keychain flashlights offer more brightness and a more compact body than a phone. But that compact size usually comes with runtime, brightness, and ergonomic tradeoffs. Unlike a full-sized LED flashlight, there's less space to place all those useful features. But with the Chickpea Keychain Floodlight from CountyComm, you get all three in one easily pocketable body.

The Chickpea features an OSRAM LED emitter with flood in mind, bringing its max 610 lumens out in a smooth area to quickly identify items in the dark. It can also throw that light out to 490 feet in front of you, despite its peanut 1.75" length and 0.75-ounce weight with the included 10180 USB-rechargeable li-ion battery. It can accomplish both tasks because of the bright emitter, the anti-reflective lens at the head of the light, and the smooth deep reflector made out of aluminum alloy. The body of the light also features aircraft-grade aluminum, sealed with IP68 waterproofing.

Unlike many tiny keychain flashlights with a twist-on activation, the Chickpea features a side button activation that provides a convenient and comfortable ergonomic carry experience. That button has an easy user interface, letting you go from Turbo down to a Moon mode of one lumen which lasts up to 12 hours. An optional 10440 battery adapter also lets you quadruple the battery's overall runtime when purchased separately.

What I like: The Chickpea has impressive flood and throw from such a tiny body thanks to its 6500K OSRAM emitter and the technical design choices made by CountyComm. It's durable, lightweight, waterproof, and USB-rechargeable, all in one EDC-friendly package.

What to watch out for: Unlike medium to full-sized LED flashlights with external charging ports for USB power, there is some amount of inconvenience since you have to unscrew the light to charge it.

Final verdict: The Chickpea Keychain Floodlight is another hit out of the park from the inspiring minds over at CountyComm, and it deserves a place in your everyday carry.

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Jonathan Tayag

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About the Author
Jonathan Tayag is secretly an information technology and corporate security expert who prefers to moonlight as a creative event and commercial photographer whenever possible. His varied experience and substantial travels have led him to seek, without even thinking about it at first, the best gear for the best use at the best price available. Before the concept of EDC (everyday carry) firmly took hold, Jonathan already spent untold amounts of time optimizing for the best-in-slot pieces of gear, from cameras and lenses to pocket knives, pens, and bags and packs. In November 2015, Jonathan joined EverydayCarry.com and has since written numerous articles and guides to help impart his knowledge to the community as a whole.

Jonathan's photographic works have appeared on numerous online websites, print, video, and television outlets for over a decade. Jonathan's previous clients include Blizzard Entertainment, Red Bull, ESL, Razer, and several other endemic and non-endemic esports sponsors and brands. His work also features heavily in online competitive gaming communities, especially those of the StarCraft and Fighting Game genres. You've likely seen his work if you've spent time in a stream or in-game chat over the years.

Discussion (3 total)

Bradley Hawks ·
Ordered mine also. Looks like it will be a great little light for the pocket to use for some IT rack work. The rechargeable factor is a great plus!
Sam Nead ·
Ordered and on the way. Getting this for my son who will be attending college this fall. Any mechanical engineering student should have a light that you *almost forget* you are carrying. Rechargeable is key. No one needs a dorm room drawer full of batteries.
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