These flashlights are not for toddlers!
Unlike most of the "Top 10 lists" you have found in Google, we have actually owned and reviewed hundreds of flashlights on our team. We know the difference between an okay flashlight and a great flashlight. We don't recommend low-quality flashlights to anybody, not even to your children. Keep in mind we are talking about kids age 6 and above. If your child is
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Most popular small rechargeable LED flashlights
Lumintop Glow I
Magnetic flashlight: 40 Lumen
- Max output: 40 lumens (we tested this)
- LED: Osram
- 1 brightness
- Built-in Micro USB charger
Looking for a fun flashlight for your children? And you don't mind using it yourself at some point? How about the Lumintop Glow I?
It's a 40Lumen flashlight with a built-in Micro-USB charger. No hassle with batteries. The built-in battery lasts about 50 minutes on a single charge. Is the battery empty? Charge it with any USB charger. The package includes a Micro-USB charge cable so you will always be able to charge it. The battery is detachable from the lanyard ring. This is a great future! Interested? Check out our in-depth Lumintop Glow I review here.
You know your child best to know if this flashlight will be a good choice.
Best AAA flashlights for kids
AAA flashlight: 120 Lumen
- Max output: 120 lumens
- LED: Osram
- 3 brightness modes
- AAA battery (not included)
AAA flashlights are one of the safest flashlights. AAA batteries are widely available but we recommend using rechargeable AAA batteries like Panasonic Eneloop. These batteries can be recharged hundreds of times.
These types of lights are probably best for children aged 10 and above. You tighten the head to turn it on. If you quickly unscrew it and tighten again it will go to the second mode etc. The first mode is Medium and about 30 lumens. This is plenty bright for most people and safe for children to use. The second mode is only 5 lumen. This is enough for inside a tent for example. The highest mode is accessible after 3 times tightening the head. This is an extra safety measure.
Recommended for older children.
Maglite Solitaire LED
AAA flashlight: 45 Lumen
- Max output: 45 lumens
- 1 brightness mode
- AAA battery (included)
Maglite is probably one of the most famous flashlight brands in the world. Maglite Solitaire is a great choice for children. Bright enough for most applications and safe enough due to the use of a single AAA battery. We recommend using Panasonic Eneloop batteries for the best results. Never keep a Duracell inside the flashlight when not in use. Duracell batteries are well-known for leaking. Panasonic Eneloop batteries are rechargeable up to 2100 times and won't leak. This is a win-win.
Instead of recommending much more powerful keychain lights, I'd like to keep it simple. Safety first. Maglite Solitaire is a simple, yet great flashlight for kids. Great for camping and even great for indoors. Not too bright and still bright enough for most situations. You don't need to be afraid of explosions or anything.
Best AA flashlights for kids
Lumintop Tool AA 2.0
AA flashlight with 140 lumen
- Max output: 140 Lumens
- 3 brightness modes (twisting)
- 1AA battery
If you're looking for a reliable AA flashlight for older children, the Lumintop Tool AA 2.0 might be a great choice. I own the white version, but it's also available in black and dark grey. There is even a Titanium Tool AA light which we reviewed.
It has 3 different modes, so this can be used by older children. It works on a single AA battery. The great thing about this is that you get a much longer runtime than a AAA flashlight (about 3 times as long) but only at the cost of a little bigger size. We do not recommend Duracell Alkaline batteries. Actually, we don't recommend Alkaline batteries in general. You are much better off buying rechargeable batteries. Especially ones that are made in Japan. Those are constantly coming up at the top of every rechargeable battery test.
The Lumintop Tool AA 2.0 is loved by many flashlight users!
ThruNite Archer 2A V3
Double AA flashlight with max 500 lumens
- 500 lumens Max.
- Quick access to Strobe (from On: press-and-hold side switch)
- 4 main modes
- It runs off 2AA batteries
- Available in black and metal grey
- (Rechargeable Eneloops recommended)
When you want to go a bit brighter but still not in the high-power territory, the Thrunite Archer 2A is a great choice.
It is considered a tactical flashlight, but don't let the term deceive you. Use the tail switch to activate and deactivate the light, while you need to use the side switch to change modes.
It has 4 main modes and a Strobe. You can access the Strobe by doing a long press with the side switch. If you are looking for something brighter than the flashlights mentioned above. This could be a great choice.
- Never put a flashlight in your mouth
- Don't stare into the flashlight, nor point the flashlight into somebody's eyes. Nor point them into the eyes of an animal.
- Don't let children play with flashlights without parental guidance
All recommended flashlights for kids are solely based upon our knowledge and experience. Instead of recommending low-quality and unreliable flashlights, we recommend flashlights that last long.