Best EDC Flashlights 2018

by Anthony Roe November 01, 2018

Best EDC Flashlights

 

Everyday Carry Flashlights

 

A while back we wrote an article that outlined "The Top 10 Things You Should Be Carrying" as part of your EDC (everyday carry). Coming in at Number 4 on that list was a high-quality EDC Flashlight.

Flashlights come in handy so often throughout a day. Whether it's for work, emergencies, finding your way in the dark (what a concept, huh) or those "bump in the night" moments. Here are the current lights that are making their way into our EDC (in no particular order).

 

Olight S10R Baton III

Shown Above: Nomex Hank, Hypalon Inspector, and Olight S10R Baton III

 

Olight S10R Baton III

 

Our thoughts:
The Olight S10R Baton III is the brightest, smallest and most capable light of the options we're looking at today. But, it is also the most expensive. You really do get a lot from this light though, if you're willing to pay the price.

Olight S10R Baton III Specs:

  • Battery Source: Rechargeable 1xCR123A (with a supplied USB/magnetic charger)
  • Max Output: 600 Lumens
  • Weight: 2.05oz
  • Moonlight Mode: 0.5 Lumens (15 Days)
  • Low Mode: 12 Lumens (33 Hours)
  • Medium Mode: 120 Lumens (160 Mins)
  • High Mode(s): 300-600 Lumens (1.5 – 60 Minutes)
  • Strobe Mode
  • IPX8 Waterproof to 2 Meters
  • 118M Throw
  • Magnetic Tailcap
  • 2.7″ (Length) and 0.91″ (Diameter)
  • Deep Carry Pocket Clip
  • Price: $60

 

Streamlight Penlight

Shown above: Small "Truckie", Firehose Sergeant Wallet, and Streamlight Stylus Pro

 

Streamlight "Pen" Lights

 

Our Thoughts:
If you can find a place to carry a pen, you can easily find a place for the Streamlight pen-type flashlights. There are several models of these lights around these days. If I were buying a brand new one today, I'd go for the Streamlight Microstream USB. The max lumens, runtime, and USB Recharging features are impressive. This light also comes in at the median price point for the ones we're looking at.

Streamlight Microstream USB Specs:

  • Battery Source: USB Rechargeable 1xAAA
  • Max Output: 250 Lumens
  • Weight: 1.2oz
  • Low Mode: 50 Lumens (3.5 Hours)
  • High Mode: 250 Lumens (1.50 Hours)
  • IPX4 Waterproof
  • 31-68m Throw
  • 3.87″ (Length)
  • Available Colors: Coyote, blue, red, black
  • Price: $32

 

Olight I3T Flashlight

Shown above: Leather Captain Wallet, Olight I3T EOS and Benchmade Proper

 

Olight I3T EOS

 

Our Thoughts:
Like most of the aforementioned Streamlight Pen Lights, the Olight I3T EOS uses a commonly found AAA Battery. It has a fantastic clip that offers standard pocket carry, or reverse carry for hat brims. The max output of this light is plenty for it's compact and carriable size. And it's the most affordable light from this list.

Olight I3T EOS Specs:

  • Battery Source: 1xAAA
  • Max Output: 180 Lumens
  • Weight: 1.45oz
  • Low Mode: 5 Lumens (16 Hours)
  • High Mode: 250 Lumens (21 Minutes)
  • IPX8 Waterproof
  • 12-60m Throw
  • 3.5″ (Length) x 0.59" Diameter
  • Price: $20

 

 

Your Favorite EDC Light?

 

I'd love to own a LOT more EDC Flashlights, but I have to restrain and not buy them all (just like my knife habit). With that said, there's a lot of lights that I haven't tried and I would love to hear more about.

So tell us, what is your favorite EDC Flashlight? Leave a comment down below!

Anthony Roe
Anthony Roe



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