What do you need flashlights for?
Every Day Carry or EDC lights are flashlights that are very useful in a dark room and a powerful tool when it comes to self-defense. It is a product that fits your lifestyle and comes to your rescue when you need it. You need flash light for a variety of purpose other than the two mentioned above. You need it to find things in places that are void of regular lights, in the basements that do not have electric wiring and in places where you may fear of losing your way in the dark. With that being said, the flashlight needs to be durable if you want to make the most of it. And there are other factors to consider as well when flashlight is the topic.
How much brightness do you need?
The most crucial part of a flashlight is obviously the amount of light(its brightness) coming out of it. The best EDC flashlights are measured in terms of how bright they are. Even though some would say brightness is the most important, i’m not sure that is the only factor to consider. You want it bright enough to give you tactical outcome when there is a self-defense situation. You want the light that will enable you to see as far as possible in a dark alley or parking lot. This means, you need at least 60 Lumens to be able to spot your vehicle and 120 Lumens to disorient your attacker. That is far from the brightest flashlight in the world and yet still gets the job done just nicely.
What about weight, composition and waterproofing?
Best every day carry flashlights are made of anodized aluminum, titanium and stainless steel with both expensive and inexpensive touch. All these materials are strong and durable as well. When it comes to the best weight to strength ratio, titanium ranks the top followed by aluminum and other materials. Nevertheless you do not want a cheap flashlight. This is why you should make the choice wisely. As for the materials used, some are better equipped to withstand shock, water, scratch and shattering. Water proofing is one of the standard features that is considered while purchasing a every day flashlight. Waterproofing uses ANSI FL1 standard to measure the worthiness of the product and is rated as one of the three – IPX4, IPX7 or IPX8. IPX4 means that the flashlight is resistant to splash and is able to protect itself from water as long as the flashlight is in your pocket and remains wet for a little while. IPX7 means that your flashlight is safe for up to 1 meter when it is submerged in water for about 30 minutes. Beyond that, the flashlight loses its functionality. IPX8 indicates that the flashlight is safe beyond 1 meter as long as it remains submerged. By the way the pocket knife in the pic is a Kershaw knife. Super great knife and made in USA.
Does size really matter?
Size is another important factor to consider while choosing the best EDC flashlight. It is determined by what task you need the flashlight for, whether you are planning to carry it in your pocket, purse, belt holster or duffel bag. Some flashlights fit nicely on a key-chain. Others are designed with pocket clips. Remember that, if you can see everything in an environment no matter what size the flashlight is, you will have greater advantage over any situation. Self-defense flashlights are slightly larger than normal and work better that way. To give you an idea of the different flashlights available in the market, here is a list:
Micro EDC flashlights – 2 inches and under
Mini EDC flashlights – between 2 inches and 3 inches
Small EDC flashlights – between 3 inches and 4 inches
Medium EDC flashlights – between 4 and 6 inches
What type of batteries do these flashlights use?
The type of battery used by these flashlights largely depends on the size. Some micro flashlights use small batteries similar to watch batteries and other flashlights use large versions such as AA, AAA, CR2 and CR123A. Each battery type has unique benefits. Standard batteries are easy to find but the highest performance is offered by those that are specialized.
More about beam features, ANSI standards and modes
Impact resistance is one of the features provided by flashlights that comply with ANSI standards. This is the height that the flashlights could be dropped onto a cured concrete without cracking or breaking. The type of light emitter used in the product also contributes to shock resistance. For example, LED lights have powerful beams, are cheap and have a longer lifespan than most other emitter types. They are also better shock resistant than other lights. My personal favorite is the 18650 battery. Great rechargeable battery and usually can replace the CR123 style batteries. The one draw back is the size of the battery. I little larger than I like to cary on my person so my lights that call for the 18650, I keep in my backpack.
Over the years the competition for the best Everyday Carry light has created some really great choices for the connoisseur to choose from. Here are 3 lists of the brands on the market. Some better than others, but nevertheless I’m sure you can find one to carry every day.
Top EDC Brands
Great EDC Brands
More EDC Brands
Last on the list of 7 Tips is the price. The cost of EDC flashlights generally range anywhere from $10 for a basic keychain type flashlight to over $150 for a high lumen tactical style flashlight. Each has its place in the line up.
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