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Best tiny clip-on flashlight
Tiny clip-on flashlight
|300 lumens (We measured 274 lumens)
|White + red
|Hiking / in traffic / camping
|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
Best multi-color clip flashlight
Multi-color clip light
|20 lumens (We measured 22 lumens)
|White + red + blue + green + flash
|Hiking / traffic / emergency / first responders
|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, infrared. And 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.
Unique flashlights with clips
Small right-angle flashlight with a strong clip
|1100 lumens (We measured 1033 lumens)
|built-in 18350 with 1100mAh
|Hiking / camping / working
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.
Medium mode was good 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.
Clip flashlight with swivel head
|700 lumens (We measured 187 lumens)
|built-in with 1000mAh
|USB-C / Magnetic
|White + red
|Camping / working
|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.
One of its unique features is the swivel head, making the flashlight even more versatile.
Just like the Wuben X0, X1, and X2, the X3 is rectangular-shaped with relatively strong edges and a powerful pocket clip. The rear end has 2 magnets that are used 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, in my opinion.
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.
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 of the clip lights are used for people to be seen instead of being their main light source. But the bigger the clip light gets, the more they function as a normal flashlight.