There are a lot of super cheap flashlights on the market. But unless you’re raiding the supplies of your local hardware store right before a major weather event and are out of options, investing in something a bit more powerful is smart. Grab one for your car to aid you in changing a tire at night, have a pair for your emergency kit, or keep one handy at all times on your keychain. These four LED flashlights work in a variety of situations to help you feel safer, work smarter, and be prepared for a loss of power.
Maglite ML300LX LED 3-Cell Flashlight
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This general purpose light is a powerful, durable aluminum tool you’ll have for years. At almost a foot in length, it’s not the kind of thing you want to stash in your handbag, but it’s great to pack for a camping trip or to take with you into the dark corners of your basement. It’s water resistant, with up to 625 lumens of brightness and a beam distance of over 1300 feet. Switch between full power, lower power, and eco mode, and enjoy up to 117 hours of light at its lowest setting before you need to replace the D batteries.
Streamlight 77553 UltraStinger LED Rechargeable Flashlight
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If you live in a rural area and are looking for an extremely bright and focused light for safety or patrols of your property, the UltraStinger is an excellent option. At its highest setting, the brightness level is 1100 lumens, which is about the brilliance of a 75-watt incandescent bulb. The strobe setting can be used for signaling in an emergency and lasts up to 3.25 hours on a charge. The flashlight also comes with a NiMH battery that can be recharged up to 1000 times.
Dorcy 850-Lumen Wide Beam LED Flashlight with Dimmer Switch
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Do you frequently walk your dog at night in a poorly lit area? A wide beam flashlight helps you see a bigger swath of what’s around you and gives you a clearer sense of your surroundings than a standard flashlight. What’s great about this light is that you don’t have to choose between them. Use the flashlight in a center beam mode, switch to a mode that lights up your periphery, or combine the two for 850 lumens of brightness in a beam over 200 degrees wide.
MagLite Mini LED 2-Cell AAA Flashlight
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There are days when you are looking for wild animals in the woods, and there are days when you’re looking for a lost piece of jewelry in the trunk of your car. The jewelry isn’t going to find you first, so you might as well add this surprisingly luminous and sturdy mini flashlight to your keychain or purse. With 111 lumens of brightness and a beam that shines up to 324 feet, you can see what you’re doing without running the batteries down on your smartphone.