Unlike most of the "Top 10 best EDC flashlights" lists you have found in Google, we have owned and reviewed hundreds of flashlights on our team. Many of those Top X lists are written by people who know nothing about flashlights! In fact, many of these people do not even own a flashlight. How we can tell? First, they show utterly ridiculous flashlights that should never be recommended. So I'll do my absolute best to help you with real knowledge.
Popular rechargeable EDC flashlights
Nitecore TUP : 1000 lumen flashlight
1000 lumen flashlight on your keys?
- Tow user modes: Constant and Press only.
- Real 1000 Lumens
- Plastic TIR optics for
- XPL-HD V6 LED
- Built-in USB micro charge port
The Nitecore TUP is a performer. In hand it looks a little unusual with the switches and OLED display. But when you press that switch.... you will blind yourself with a solid 1000 lumens. We have evaluated the Nitecore TUP, and it really reached 1000 lumens! Unlike many other brands on eBay or Aliexpress, this is the real deal.
If you are searching for something lightweight, but don't mind the bit chunky sized keychain light, this is a great way to get ahead of the game. The OLED display tells exactly how many more minutes the battery will last. The peak brightness can only be reached while pressing the button continuously. So the highest constant output mode is 200 lumens.
Popular AA EDC flashlights (including 14500)
Beautiful Titanium flashlight with trit slots
- 200 lumens on AA batteries
- 600 lumens on 14500 lithium-ion batteries
- Cree XPL HD LED
- Very cheap
- No mode memory
The UltraTac is a cheap AA flashlight that many people are able to afford. It has a simple UI and no blinky modes. The build quality is good and it has some useful mode spacing, where the UltraTac A1 has a low mode of only 1 lumen. This is really nice. Most cheap flashlights don't have useful mode spacing and start at 10 or even 30 lumens. For an EDC flashlight, many people prefer a very dim low-mode. And the A1 has that.
It doesn't have mode-memory, which could be a Pro or a Con. I can see the advantage of knowing that the light will always turn on in Low since you won't blind yourself.
Popular 18350 EDC flashlights
Beautiful Titanium flashlight with trit slots
- Max 2500 lumens
- Large choice of emitters: Nichia 219C, XPL Hi
- 18350 batteries
- Secondary LED: red or amber
- Titanium, extremely durable
If you're looking for something a little bit out of the ordinary, with a slight tint of luxury, this Reylight Krystal may be something for you. Having 4 different mode groups, there should be a user interface that most people would like. Reylight is a small manufacturer who produces small batches of lights. Reylight is probably most known for its different Kickstarter projects.
You definitely need a good, high drain 18350 battery in order to power this beast. If you rather use a 18650 battery, you can order an extender separately. To maximize the bling on this light, you can add 8 piecies of trits (tritium vials).
Small and powerful little flashlight with an XHP50 LED
- Max 1500 lumens
- Magnetic tailcap
- Versatile modes
- 18350 battery
- Cree XHP50 LED
- Including Thrunite 1100mAh 18350 battery
The Thrunite is a little, yet powerful 18350 flashlight. Turbo mode is set to 1500 Lumens and will last for 3 minutes when it steps down to 400 Lumens for yet another 80 minutes. If you rather would like to use a low output mode, you can choose for the Firefly mode which produces just a single lumen. Great for your night walks to the bathroom. You can also use the T1 handsfree by attaching the light (with a magnet) to anything metal. Great to work with both hands, free. Thrunite includes an 1100mAh battery to let you enjoy the light from the moment it arrives. It has ramping mode with direct access to Turbo, Strobe, and Firefly.
18650 EDC flashlights
One of the most popular EDC flashlights of 2019. Fits in the 18350 and 18500 as well.
- Max 4300 lumens
- Available in 2 body colors
- Large choice of emitters: Nichia 219C, XPL Hi, XP-G2 S4, SST20 (from warm white to cool white)
- Secondary, colorful AUX leds with 7 configurable colors
- One of the most popular 18350 EDC ,18500 EDC and 18650 EDC flashlights
- Optional: shiny stainless steel bezel, 18350 and 18500 tube, pocket clip, extra tail cap.
Emisar lights are built for flashoholics. You won't find them in any brick and mortar stores, anywhere. With Emisar flashlights you'll get the latest and greatest technology currently available in the flashlight world. Not joking. The D4v2 is the second version of this immense popular EDC flashlight.
The Emisar uses the extremely popular (amongst flashoholics) Anduril UI, which features a lot of interesting options. To name a few: battery voltage meter, smooth ramping, momentary on, temperature check, candle mode, party strobe, and even a Lightning storm mode. That being said, this is probably not for the average user, but for the more advanced users. Don't forget to check out our in-depth review on the Emisar D4v2 here.
Definitely the most popular flashlight in the Flashlight communities!
- #1 most popular flashlight!
- LED choices:
- SST-20 4000K
- Cree XP-L Hi 3D (neutral)
- Cree XPL Hi 7A (warm)
- ~2800 Lumens @ max output
- Uses 1*18650 batterry (not included)
This is one of the most anticipated flashlights ....ever... A group of BLF members and TLF members put their heads together in 2017 to make one of the best budget flashlights ever! In 2019 it finally came into production and thousands of flashlight enthousiasts got one. It's one of the smallest 18650 and brightest flashlights currently available. Please read our Lumintop FW3A review to see if this is something you would like to own!
Since the size is about the same as a normal 18350 flashlight, you get the both of best worlds. And besides the size, you need to take a little bit more caution with this one than a regular flashlight. That is due to the nature of this beast. Also available in blue, purple, copper and even titanium.
Zebralight SC600w Mk IV Plus
Etremely bright and small flashlight made by Zebralight
- 2300 lumens
- Powerful CREE XHP50.2 LED
- CRI 80+
- Single 18650 battery (not included)
- IPX8 waterproof
- Extreme low level output at 0.2 lumens
Zebralight is one of those manufacturers that produces top notch flashlights in all respects. They are extremely bright, have intuitive firmware and very strustable. Although it has "only" 3 main modes, you can actually program them with sublevels. So you have the ability to set your preferred output.
We reviewed its bigger brother, the SC700d, which is an amazing flashlight. A little on the bigger side, but some people still carry it with them day and night.
21700 EDC flashlights
On the edge of technology
- 3000 Lumens
- Powerful Cree XHP70.2 LED
- Extremely long runtime and extremely powerful
- Top of the notch quality
- 21700 type battery
Zebralight is a premium flashlight brand that is amonst the best of its kind! We reviewed the Zebralight SC700d here. It's their first 21700 battery type flashlight with an extremely powerful XHP70.2 LED that can touch 3000 Lumens. Runtime with a 40T 21700 battery is very, very good. And in max output it drops down in power to 1000 Lumens that lasts till the end. We can't stop recommending this 'beastly' beauty!
If you have larger pockets or you need something for in the car or truck, this extremely nice flashlight will definitely please you!