THE NEWEST EDC FLASHLIGHTS ARE TOUGH, RELIABLE AND BRIGHT
Night or day, inside or out, there are always dark places you might need to light up, whether you’re identifying a possible threat, trying to retrieve a piece of dropped gear or looking for a safe avenue of escape.
Today’s newest LED lights are dependable, bright and fit in your pocket. They are a critical part of your EDC gear. Here are some of the top new lights covering a wide range of sizes and brightness levels. Some are powered by rechargeable lithium cells, some take commonly available alkaline batteries, and some can use either.
01. COAST HP10R
The new Coast HP10R rechargeable flashlight combines an extremely bright light with a versatile power system for go-anywhere illumination. The HP10R features Coast’s Flex Charge Dual Power System allowing it to be powered by either the included rechargeable lithium power cell or four AAA alkaline batteries. Pulling back the tail cap reveals a micro USB port for on-board battery charging. The battery cell also has an integral charging port, so you can charge the battery outside of the unit. An output port on the lithium cell allows you to charge other devices from the battery. The light features high, strobe and low modes, controlled by the push-button tail cap. On high, the light puts out a super-bright 1,050 lumens, with a beam that reaches 1,017 feet and lasts six hours on a full charge. On low, the 230-lumen beam still reaches 475 feet and lasts 11 hours on a full charge.Extending the HP10R’s bezel switches its Pure Beam Optic from a floodlight to a Bull’s-Eye Spot Beam. A twist of the bezel locks it in place. The light is 7.1 inches long and weighs 8 ounces.
02. FENIX PD35 TAC
Fenix has upgraded its popular
PD35 with additional tactical features for this PD35 TAC. This flashlight provides a maximum output of 1,000 lumens for a beam that projects up to 656 feet. Run time on high is 1 hour, 10 minutes.
It’s powered by a single 18650 rechargeable lithium battery or two CR123A cells. The PD35 TAC can be switched between outdoor mode and tactical mode. In outdoor mode, you can choose between six function settings, including a strobe and five brightness settings. In tactical mode, you have just high, low and strobe to keep things simple and fumble free. Tail cap switch allows for momentary on. Side switch for cycling through brightness modes in outdoor mode is made of durable stainless steel. The light is 5.4 inches long and weighs
3.1 ounces. Included are a pocket clip, lanyard and holster.
03. FENIX TK20R
The Fenix TK20R has a maximum output of 1,000 lumens that enables its beam to reach out to 1,017 feet. It is 5.9 inches long, weighs 4.97 ounces and is made of aluminum with a crenellated strike bezel and anti-roll grip ring. The TK20R features an integral micro USB port for on-board charging of its single 18650 lithium battery. You can also power the light with two CR123 batteries. The TK20R provides four brightness settings plus strobe with a separate push button switch on the barrel to cycle through the various modes. Run times range from 1 hour, 50 minutes on turbo (high) to 160 hours on low. The light has a battery level indicator. Included are one rechargeable battery, a USB charging cable, holster, lanyard and spare O-ring.
04. MAG-LITE MAG-TAC RECHARGEABLE
Mag-Lite has long been a brand synonymous with tough, bright flashlights. The Mag-Tac rechargeable, Model TRM1RA4 Crown Bezel offers four modes: momentary, full power, power save and strobe. On high, the light’s output is 543 lumens with a run time of 2.5 hours. On power save mode, the light puts out 112 lumens for 4.25 hours of run time. The light is powered by a lithium iron phosphate battery. It charges in just 2.5 hours using the mountable charging base with either the included USB cable with 12-volt adaptor or 120-volt AC wall plug. The light is 5.81 inches long and weighs 5.5 ounces. It’s made in the U.S.
05. STREAMLIGHT MICROSTREAM USB
The new Streamlight MicroStream USB flashlight, as the name suggests, makes use of a lithium ion cell that can be recharged at any USB port or from a USB wall charger. It provides 250 lumens of light on high and 50 lumens of battery-saving light on low. The run times are 1.5 hours on high or 3.5 hours on low. This small, easy-to-carry light features a two-way clip for attachment to a pocket or the brim of a cap for use as a headlamp.
The PowerTac E9 emits 1,020 lumens of light on high. It’s powered by two CR123A or rechargeable RCR123A batteries or a single 18650 lithium battery. (Charger not included.) The E9 has four brightness modes plus strobe. The button on the tail cap serves as the on-off switch, while the button on the barrel allows you to cycle through the brightness settings. Pushing that button when the light is off immediately takes you to the strobe mode for emergency use. The light memorizes the last mode used. Both the bezel and tail cap are crenellated for use as an impact tool. The light is 5.27 inches long and weighs 2.7 ounces.
Website: www.PowerTac.com The PowerTac E5R is powered by a 18650 lithium-ion rechargeable battery that can be recharged through the flashlight’s built-in micro USB port. The E5R provides five different light mode settings with a separate push button on the barrel to cycle through the settings. On high, it provides 1,000 lumens of light over 241 meters with a run time of 2.7 hours. In the dim firefly mode, the light’s run time is an incredible 32 days. The light measures just over 5 inches long and weighs about 2.2 ounces. It’s is made of aluminum alloy and features a crenellated bezel for use as an impact tool. It comes with a reversible pocket clip so that it can also be attached to a hat brim and used as a headlamp. Also included are a USB charging cable, AC adapter plug, polyamide holsters and a lanyard. A kit is available to mount the E5R on a weapon. Colored filters are also available.
Website: www.PowerTac.com The Fenix PD25 is a powerful light for its size. The light measures just 3.7 inches long and weighs just 1.65 ounces, but it emits 400 lumens of light with a CR123A battery or 550 lumens with a 16340 rechargeable cell. That beam projects 427 feet. There are four brightness levels plus a strobe, all accessible from the tail cap switch. Run time on high with a CR123A battery is 1 hour, 10 minutes, but 100 hours on low. Waterproof to 2 meters for 30 minutes. Included are a holster, lanyard and pocket clip.
Website: www.Fenix-Store.com The new Coast PX1R is a small, rechargeable light with big features. On high, the PX1R provides 460 lumens of light that project 508 feet with a run time of 3.5 hours. On low, the light still provides 50 lumens for a 164-foot beam that provides 14 hours of illumination.
You can power the PX1R with either the rechargeable lithium cell or three AAA alkaline batteries. There is a micro USB port in the pull-out tail cap for on-board charging or you can remove the battery and charge it through its integral charging port. At the bezel, you can adjust the beam from flood light to a finely focused spotlight. The light is 4.9 inches long and weighs 4.9 ounces. The PX1R is available in red, blue, green, orange and black.
Website: www.CoastPortland.com The diminutive Solitaire has been in the Mag-Lite lineup for many years, but now it’s even better with its 47-lumen LED with 150-foot reach. The run time is 1.75 hours. This light is powered by a single AAA alkaline battery. It’s 3.25 inches long and weighs a mere 0.8 ounce. A key ring and lantern are included. Available colors are black and red.