The 8 Best EDC (Everyday Carry) Flashlights to Buy in 2018

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Need a light? As much as we use our smartphone’s flashlight feature, nothing seems to replace the less everyday carry (EDC) flashlight. It’s always handy to have a spare for multiple scenarios such as walking your dogs at night, searching through the attic or spotting pesky raccoons eating from your garbage can. Flashlights are affordable and come in all different shapes and sizes with unique features (think water-resistance and an internalized batteries that can charge your smartphone).

Whether you’re looking for an emergency multifunctional solar-, battery- or crank-powered cell-phone charging flashlight or something that can be left on for days in the rain, we can help you find what will suit your needs. Keep reading to find the best EDC flashlights you can pick up right now.

Best Overall: Maglite LED Three-Cell D Flashlight

Solidly built, affordably priced and made in America, the Maglite LED Three-Cell D Flashlight is best well-rounded and impressive EDC flashlight on the list. You can expect with it a lifetime warranty, IPX4 water-resistance rating to handle splashing water and 80 hours of runtime.

The Maglite LED Three-Cell D Flashlight weighs .94 pounds and measures 12.3 x 1.6 x 2.2 inches and is a shock-resistant aluminum bodied diamond knurl designed flashlight. Its top head can be adjusted to give its lighting beam a focus on either a concentrated spot mode or flood, which can reach a distance of up to 1,351 feet. Colors come in black, red, silver, gray, blue and UCP camo.

Best for Price & Size: BYB Super Bright Nine LED Mini Aluminum Flashlight

Perfect for a family of four or anyone who loses their flashlights, the BYB Super Bright Nine LEB Mini Aluminum Flashlight comes in a pack of four. The BYB Super Bright is also the smallest EDC flashlight on the list, measuring at .87 x 3.23 x .87 inches and weighing 3.1 ounces.

This 30-lumen little-powered flashlight can produce a light output with a 20-foot beam distance with its nine super bright LED bulbs. It’s constructed of a sturdy aluminum metal casing with an easy to access to the tail cap push power button; there's also a nylon lanyard, so you can attach it to your keys or belt. The weather-resistant pack of four comes in blue, silver, red and black, is powered by 3 AAA batteries (not included), and, best of all, has a 30-hour run time perfect for long use.

Best for Emergencies: RunningSnail Solar Crank NOAA Weather Radio Flashlight

The RunningSnail is an EDC light meant to handle any worst-case scenario by offering its users multiple functions and consistent reliability. The little green machine comes with its own built-in AM/FM & NOAA weather alert radio, solar cell and hand-crank self-charge, 2000mAh rechargeable battery for cell phones and features two lights: a four LED table lamp and 1W LED flashlight.

The RunningSnail is powered through four methods: via a hand crank, solar charging, a micro USB cable or three AAA batteries (not included), making its dependence on energy diverse for the convenience of its owners. It can give you 12 hours of light or four to six hours of radio time on a full charge, all while being able to fully charge your mobile devices via its USB port. It comes with a 30-day money back guarantee and one-year replacement warranty.

Runner-Up, Best for Emergencies: Cynergy Lifelight

If you prefer a more compact and traditional design for your emergencies, then the best emergency EDC flashlight that takes the cake is the Cynergy Lifelight. The long thin design measures 2.28 x 10.83 x 3.74 inches and weighs a little more than a pound, giving a more familiar flashlight form design with all the cool survival gadgets included.

The Cynergy Lifelight is a water- and an impact-resistant hard plastic flashlight that can be powered through its foldable crank and charged via its micro USB cable. The emergency flashlight includes a built-in compass and USB cell phone charger and is the ideal choice on the list if you’re stuck in your car in an accident (it can break car windows and cut through tangled seat-belts). It comes with a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee, so if you find anything wrong with it, you can send it back for a full refund or replacement.

Best for Sleepovers: Energizer Weatheready 2-in-1 Light

The Energizer Weatheready 2-in-1 Light is a charming EDC flashlight that offers a convenient combo of use; it’s a versatile and bright LED flashlight that doubles as a 360-degree area light perfect for late night sleepovers. The nifty light may be inexpensive but provides its value with a long battery life and IPX4 water-resistance capable of withstanding heavy rains.

If you left the Energizer Weatheready 2-in-1 Light on in its lantern spot mode, it’ll last you about 35 hours total. Aside from its indoor use, many owners of the flashlight find it convenient for walking their dogs at night or for lighting up their backyard patio to watch the stars. The two AA batteries for the light are included, as are four AAA Energizer MAX batteries.

Best Waterproof: Dorcy 150-Lumen Flashlight

It’s raining, it’s pouring, or maybe you are cast out at sea, nevertheless, you’ll find the most reliable waterproofed EDC flashlight to be the Dorcy. The 150-lumen LED-powered flashlight is completely waterproof and can even float in a body of water, so you don’t have to go deep sea diving when you’re out fishing.

The Dorcy flashlight measures 2.51 x 2.4 x 6.4 inches, weighs four ounces, and is constructed with an impact resistant absorbing rubber cased shelling that also provides for an ergonomic grip. It comes included with three AA batteries that give it 17 hours of run time with a beam distance of up to 220 feet. Comes with a one-year limited warranty.

Best for Toughness: Nite Ize Inova T4R Rechargeable Tactical LED Flashlight

Easy to recharge and sporting a slick design, the Nite Ize Inova T4R is engineered to meet modern day standards in technical and security scenarios. It’s crafted with a precision-machined aluminum body with an anodized black finish and knurling pattern for easy gripping. It's also shockproof, crushproof and water-resistant.

The Nite Ize Inova T4R boasts a high-powered 850 lumen LED light that can be adjusted for both a focused spot and flood beam pattern that projects up to 840 feet. The tactical flashlight takes under three hours to charge with its INOVA 2600 mAh lithium-ion battery (that’s replaceable), offering a runtime of two hours on high and 138 hours on low settings. If you’re not 100 percent satisfied with it, Nite Ize will offer a repair, replacement or exchange.

Best Flashlight/Powerbank Combo: ZeroLemon Solarjuice

Sure, the ZeroLemon Solarjuice is the most unorthodox EDC flashlight on the list, but it’s meant to be carried around every day and fit easily in your pocket. The unique EDC flashlight doubles as a 26800mAh power bank for your mobile devices and can charge itself through its integrated solar panel.

Fitting in the palm of your hand, the ZeroLemon is rain-resistant and shockproof and the 2.08-ounce flashlight is capable of a whopping 400 lumens. It includes four lighting modes (high brightness, low brightness, strobe and SOS) and features four ports: 5V/2A micro USB input, a QuickCharge 3.0 output, Type-C port, as well as a USB 2.0 output.

Its 26800mAh of power means you can charge your iPhone from 0 to 100 percent about 10 times; the ports allow charging for two mobile devices at the same time, too. It comes with a three-year warranty and 24/7 customer service support.

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