The 8 Best Flashlights of 2022

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Whether you’re experiencing a power outage, venturing out on a camping trip, or looking to fix a leaky pipe under your kitchen sink, a flashlight is an essential tool to have on hand. 

According to Greg Atwell, President of BrightGuy, Inc., flashlight brightness is one of the top considerations but so is how long the flashlight can operate. “When it comes to the brightness of a flashlight, I also like to consider runtime,” says Atwell. “Assuming two flashlights use the same battery type, a brighter flashlight will have a shorter runtime. A flashlight with an output of 500-1000 lumens will offer a nice combination of brightness and runtime.”

We researched dozens of flashlights, evaluating brightness, durability, battery life, and weight. Our best overall pick, the Anker Rechargeable Bolder LC40 Flashlight, has a long battery life, is lightweight yet durable, and has a water and dust-resistant design.

Here are the best flashlights.


Final Verdict

Our top pick is the Anker Bolder LC40 Flashlight, an affordable, bright, and easy-to-carry flashlight that has a rechargeable battery with an impressive lifespan. For an affordable flashlight to always keep handy, we recommend the Outlite S1000 Handheld Flashlight. It’s compact, durable, and powerful for its size.

Brightness

“A manufacturer can measure light output in different ways,” says Atwell. “A buyer should look for flashlights that are ANSI FL1 rated to make an accurate comparison. American National Standards Institute (ANSI) established guidelines for flashlight manufacturers to measure light output, beam distance, and a few other variables.”

One of the most common measures of light output is brightness in lumens. The more lumens, the brighter the beam. A compact flashlight with 100 lumens or less will get the job done for a flashlight to illuminate items nearby. But if you want a powerful flashlight to light up your path at night or illuminate a large area, look for 500 to 1000 lumens or more.

How far that light reaches is referred to as beam distance. “When a buyer is looking for a flashlight, they should consider how it will be used. As an example, if the use is to walk your dog, it might be better to have a flashlight with a broader beam for wide illumination of your path,” explains Atwell. “Generally, a flashlight that offers a long beam range will offer less peripheral light. The flashlight needs to concentrate more of the beam onto a small point to get a long beam range. When the light beam is focused, it offers less peripheral light.”

Battery Life

Battery life is important to consider for reliable use. If you opt for a flashlight that operates on batteries, you won’t have to worry about recharging the model. However, you will need to replace the batteries at some point. Models with a rechargeable internal battery may require recharging after a couple of hours or less, especially on brighter, more battery-heavy modes. Some rechargeable units offer extended battery life on the lowest light settings or the option to use another backup battery option to ensure the flashlight always has sufficient power.

Weight

If you’re looking for a flashlight that you’ll frequently carry with you while backpacking, hiking, or camping, you may want to look for a powerful yet lightweight everyday carry model that weighs a few ounces. Many are pocket-sized and feature clips for easier carrying. If you’re looking for the most durable and long-lasting flashlight, heftier tactical flashlights could be the better option. These models can weigh a pound or more but come with heavy-duty metal housing and longer-lasting batteries.

FAQ

  • “The most common problem between the switch, LED, and the battery is a dead or damaged battery,” says Atwell. “If the flashlight runs on alkaline batteries, you will want to make sure the batteries have not leaked inside the flashlight.” If replacing the batteries doesn’t solve the problem, it may be that the metal contact points on the on/off switch have become corroded, the inside of the flashlight is dusty or dirty, or the rubber O-rings inside are worn out. You can try cleaning the battery compartment and metal contact points with vinegar and adding silicone lubricant on the O-rings to see if that helps before replacing your existing flashlight.

  • The invention of the flashlight followed on the heels of the invention of the dry cell battery and the incandescent lightbulb in the late 1800s. In 1899, a British inventor named David Misell took out a U.S. patent on the first flashlight. He sold it to Conrad Hubert of the American Electrical Novelty and Manufacturing Company, which later changed its name to the Eveready® brand we know today.

  • Most flashlights don’t emit enough lumens to start a fire on their own. Some turbo-charged firestarter torch lights on the market that exude up to 2300 lumens with halogen bulbs are capable of starting fires that are obviously to be used with the utmost caution. “Yes, it is possible if you know exactly what you’re doing,” says Cliff Jacobson,” an outdoor expert and consultant. However, he recommends a lighter and knife for deep-woods excursions. “Making fire without a knife isn’t easy even when you know exactly what you’re doing,” says Jacoboson. “Without a knife, making tinder is on the hard side of difficult. Bottom line: Forget ‘fire with a flashlight.’ Carry a lighter!”

This piece was written by Sarah Toscano, a commerce writer specializing in smart home and home tech content for The Spruce. She scoured scores of customer reviews and discussion forums, watched dozens of video demonstrations, and meticulously analyzed each product’s specs to properly contribute to this article.

Yoona Wagener, The Spruce’s smart home and technology commerce editor, offered additional reporting. She also consulted with Cliff Jacobson, an outdoor writer, consultant, and Distinguished Eagle Scout, and Greg Atwell, the President of BrightGuy, Inc., who offered insights into important buying considerations such as flashlight brightness, beam distance, and runtime.

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