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Best tiny clip-on flashlight

Olight Oclip

Tiny clip-on flashlight

olight oclip in use 1
olight oclip runtime
Specification:Specified:
Max. brightness:300 lumens (We measured 274 lumens)
Battery type:built-in 280mAh
Charging:USB-C
Colored lights:White + red
Best for:Hiking / in traffic / camping
Extra:Built-in magnet + only 28 grams / 1 oz of weight

Sometimes, you need that extra safety measure. And in many cases, a simple clip-on flashlight will do. Well, the Olight Oclip is made for that reason.

You can clip it anywhere if it is less than 14mm wide. To increase its grip, Olight added a layer of rubber onto it so it would stay more secure on certain undergrounds.

During our testing, we observed that the manufacturer’s specifications were slightly higher than our measurements, but the difference was less than 10%. This discrepancy is not noticeable to the human eye. However, we also discovered that the runtime specifications were inaccurate, as our actual measurements exceeded them.

Medium mode ran for 2 hours and 22 minutes instead of the advertised 1 hour and 30 minutes, and it did that in a regulated fashion, unlike some flashlights that decline their output over time.

Charging is done with a USB-C cable and finishes rather quickly in about 1 hour and 33 minutes.

For the full details, check out our Olight Oclip review

This is why we would recommend this flashlight:

  1. Good sustainable output
  2. Clips to many objects with a maximum diameter of 14mm
  3. Includes a special red light so you use it in traffic, and hiking, for people to notice you easily
  4. Has a built-in battery for maximum waterproofness.
  5. Relatively cheap

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Best multi-color clip flashlight

NEXTORCH UT41

Multi-color clip light

nextorch ut41 in use 1
nextorch ut41 runtime
Hiking/traffic / emergency / first respondersSpecified:
Max. brightness:20 lumens (We measured 22 lumens)
Battery type:built-in 500mAh
Charging:USB-C
Colored lights:White + red + blue + green + flash
Best for:Hiking/traffic/emergency / first responders
Extra:Attachable to ARC rails + lightweight 28 grams / 1 oz / plastic casing

Sometimes, you don’t need to see, but to be seen. And that’s what the NEXTORCH UT41 was made for. It allows you to choose from the following colors: red, blue, green, yellow, white, and infrared. The latter is especially interesting if you are using night vision gear. That way, you can easily notice your friends/partner in the dark without using visible light.

The clip is a little stiff and doesn’t stretch out much. It’s good enough for shirts, pants, belts, etc., but nothing wide.

The UT41 is especially handy in combination with a tactical helmet (or airsoft helmet), since it is made for it. It can be attached to ARC rails.

Our test showed that the white light had no regulated output but dropped slowly for the first 12 hours. When it starts dropping rapidly, you should recharge the battery.

Charging is done with a USB-C cable and finishes in less than 2 hours and 10 minutes.

For the full details, check out our NEXTORCH UT41 review. But I need to add a small warning. The flashlight has a flashing mode, where the colors red and blue are flashing. This might not be allowed in certain countries, states, or counties.

This is why we would recommend this clip-on flashlight:

  1. 5 different LED colors
  2. Includes an IR function, which you can only see with night vision gear
  3. Flashlight feature (but may not be allowed in certain areas)
  4. Rechargeable 500mAh battery with easy USB-C charging

Unique flashlights with clips

Wuben X0

Small right-angle flashlight with a strong clip

Wuben X-0 inhand
Wuben X-0 runtime
Specification:Specified:
Max. brightness:1100 lumens (We measured 1033 lumens)
Battery type:built-in 18350 with 1100mAh
Charging:USB-C
Colored lights:White only
Best for:Hiking / camping / working
Extra:

If you are looking at something bigger, heavier, and brighter.. you could have a look at the Wuben X0.

It has a unique design with sharp edges and a strong pocket clip. So that’s how you can use it, clipped onto something. But the tailcap has a strong magnet built in, which can also come in handy. Especially if you need to attach it to metal and do not have enough room to clip it.

The highest output starts at around 1060 lumens and sustains that for almost 1 minute. It then drops to about 250 lumens, staying for over 2 hours. That’s higher than the above-mentioned clip lights.

The medium mode was suitable for over 14 hours at 40 lumens (not 150 lumens as they suggest), which is still pretty good, and plenty of light for small close-up tasks. Although we haven’t tested runtimes for Low and Moon modes, they should run for 40 and 130 hours, respectively.

Charging is done with a USB-C cable and finishes in 1 hour and 52 minutes.

For the full details, check out our Wuben X0 review.

This is why we would recommend this clip-on flashlight:

  1. Strong magnetic tailcap
  2. Multiple output modes, ranging from 1 lumen to 1100 lumens
  3. The built-in battery is still accessible and replaceable with some tools
  4. 18350 battery with 1100mAh capacity is built in, resulting in long runtimes and high output.

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Wuben X3

Clip flashlight with swivel head

Wuben X3 in hand
wuben x3 runtime
Specification:Specified:
Max. brightness:700 lumens (We measured 187 lumens)
Battery type:built-in with 1000mAh
Charging:USB-C / Magnetic
Colored lights:White + red
Best for:Camping / working
Extra:Magnetic charging system

No, we don’t trust Wuben’s specifications. Why not? Because we measured the X3 at only 187 lumens (after 30 seconds) instead of the claimed 700 lumens. And that’s according to the Plato ANSI FL1 standards. At turn on we measured 554 lumens, which is still lower than their specified 700.

So, I hope Wuben will start using the ANSI FL1 standards moving forward. However, that doesn’t mean that the flashlight is not good.

If you are looking for a unique clip flashlight, this might actually be what you are looking for.

Why?

One of its unique features is the swivel head, making the flashlight even more versatile.

Like the Wuben X0, X1, and X2, the X3 is rectangular with relatively strong edges and a powerful pocket clip. The rear end has 2 magnets for charging. They connect to the 2 charge connectors in the charging dock, but you can also attach them to metal, giving you yet another way to use it.

Charging is done with a USB-C cable and the included charging cradle. A full charge takes about 2 hours and 48 minutes, which is relatively long.

Another great feature is the OLED display, which tells you the current output mode and battery level.

For the full details, check out our Wuben X3 review.

This is why we would recommend this clip-on flashlight:

  1. Has 2 strong magnets
  2. Swivel head, so you can clip it on your belt, but point the head forward instead of upward
  3. Lightweight
  4. Optional powerbank charging dock

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FAQ: clip flashlights

  • What’s the smallest clip flashlight we reviewed

    One of the smallest is the Olight Oclip. It’s a 200-lumen flashlight with a nice clip and built-in magnet

  • What do people use clip lights for?

    The main feature for the smaller clip lights is to be seen, and not as a main light source. Bigger flashlights with clips can be used for many occasions.

  • What’s the difference between a clip light and a flashlight with a pocket clip

    Most clip lights are used to help people be seen instead of being their main light source. But the bigger the clip light gets, the more it functions as a normal flashlight.