Everyone needs a good LED flashlight. Which do you recommend?
15 years ago, I relied solely on Maglites. One month shy of 10 years ago, I bought a Fenix. Maybe a little earlier than that I bought a Surefire at Lowe’s with a gift card.
LED flashlights and worklights have seem tremendous changes over the years.
Whenever I post about Milwaukee’s RedLithium USB LED flashlights and worklights, the comments and responses I see show me that quite a few of you put more time and energy into your flashlight purchasing decisions than I expected, given the level of interest I’ve seen in the past.
I am behind the times. I advanced to using flashlights that perform better with NiMH or lithium AA-sized batteries, or CR123 lithium batteries, but it seems I’m stuck there.
I need to see what the current LED lighting tech has to offer. And to do that, I could use some of your input – which brands are you looking at? What are you looking for in an LED flashlight?
From my Milwaukee RedLithium USB LED lighting posts, it’s clear to me that a number of readers have advanced into 18650 Li-ion flashlight territory. The tech has become mainstream, and with chargers and battery cells fairly common and easier to use than ever.
It’s with that in mind that I’m hoping for specific recommendations and a window into your flashlight preferences.
But I’m sure that many other readers – and perhaps the majority – are still better served with more basic and more affordable flashlights and lighting tech. Hearing from those readers will help me direct some energies towards lower-priced and less involved models.
Plus, I’m hoping that your recommendations can help readers looking for immediate endorsements. It’ll take me some time to get up to speed with 18650 LED lighting tech and other modern-day flashlight tech and trends.
So, what kinds of flashlights do you prefer, recommend, or are looking to buy?
Your input will be helpful, at the least for giving me an idea on the brands and tech to focus on in future reviews. Everyone needs a good flashlight, but without some parameters (based on reader preferences), the number of options soars.
Although a little dated, here are my most-used models these days:
After that, I use Milwaukee LED lights very often, and then a mix of whatever’s within reach.