Flashlights. Probably one of the most used emergency kit item because you can use them pretty much every day. Work, home, on the road, flashlights are useful everywhere. Most people are going to already have these somewhere in their home, but, I’m going to review a few of the ones I was able to get my hands on.
Flashlight 1: BYB 4 Pack 9 LED Mini Flashlights
This is a simple little 4 pack of multi-colored mini flashlights. They are smaller than they look in the pictures in all honesty. And at 30 lumens they aren’t the brightest but they do make a nice, inexpensive option to throw in an emergency kit or just to have around the house. They feel pretty nice with their metal body and a few drops later they are all still working. They’re powered by 3 AAA batteries which most people keep around the house already (If you don’t, you should). Overall I’d say this is a nice option to get a few spares for cheap.
Flashlight 2: Maglite 3 cell D Flashlight
Ok so everyone knows about Maglite, and everyone has probably owned a Maglite at some point in time. This thing is huge. It’s heavy, it’s sturdy, it’s a foot long, it’s bright. 168 lumens pour out of this behemoth when you hit the power button. Now that isn’t the brightest, I’m even reviewing some brighter ones in this very post, but it gets the job done very well. It’s also heavy enough to be used as a baton. You know, if you get into one of those situation (did I mention it’s a foot long?)
Flashlight 3: Rockbirds LED 5-Mode Flashlight
This is a cool one. It has 5 modes that you can select from; 3 brightness settings, a strobe function, and an SOS function. Most flashlights today are going to have some of those but I haven’t seen too many with an SOS function. It can be powered by 3 AAA batteries or one 18650 battery. I will say that with the 3 AAA batteries it was not nearly as bright and didn’t last nearly as long. However, I have a bunch of 18650 batteries here and decided to try a few of them out and see how it performed. It was about twice as bright and lasted nearly three times as long. Plus, 18650 batteries are rechargeable so you don’t have to constantly buy more. Long story short, if you have 18650’s lying around, pick this baby up for only 9.99, well worth it at that price.
Flashlight 4: Everbrite 9-LED 6 Pack Handheld Torches
Ok so in all honesty I wanted to review these because they’re so flashy. They’re tiny, about the same size as the first flashlight in this review and run off the same 3 AAA batteries. They’re almost identical in brightness as well. One cool feature is the rubber case/coating that is around the body of the flashlight. It helps to protect it from bumps and falls. At 15 bucks for a 6 pack these are definitely worth it to throw in an emergency kit. And the colors are great if you have kids.
Flashlight 5: Streamlight 75458 Stinger LED Rechargeable Flashlight
Ok so this one is a little outside of a lot of people’s price range, but, it is one hell of a flashlight. I actually personally own this one and use it every chance I get. It has 3 brightness settings, obviously, low, medium, and high. On high you only get about an hour and a half, however, that is 800 lumens. Yes, 800. Low is a whopping 200 lumens which is higher than most others in this review. Now, this one does not run on your standard A type batteries, it uses a non standard 3.6v battery but it does come with 2 batteries included. They are rechargeable and it comes with 2 chargers, one wall charger and one car charger. This thing is well worth the price if you are even semi-serious about flashlights.
All in all I recommend all of these flashlights, they serve different purposes but are all extremely useful. As always, stay safe and stay ready.
Here are the links to each flashlight again:
Flashlight 1: BYB 4 Pack Mini Flashlights
Flashlight 2: Maglite 3 Cell D Flashlight
Flashlight 3: Rockbirds 5 Mode LED Flashlight
Flashlight 4: Everbrite 9-LED 6 Pack Flashlights
Flashlight 5: Streamlight 75458 Stinger Rechargeable Flashlight
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