One issue I always run into is that whenever the power goes out or I’m looking for something in the dark I can never find a flashlight.
Though it’s not often that I’m stumbling around the dark looking for one I’ve lately decided that it would be a good idea to keep a few flashlights in easy to reach spots throughout my house and car so that if my phone happens to die and there isn’t any light that I’ll still be able to make my way around.
The solution to my problem is pocket flashlights and with my stubborn determination I headed online to see what I could find on my hunt for the best pocket flashlight.
They tend to be quite small in size, compact, portable, and many of them can be clipped onto pants or a pocket with some even being able to attach to a key chain ring.
I remember when I was younger that flashlights were huge and used these enormous batteries to light up a small area but after doing my research I realized that these days they’re a lot smaller and with LED lights not requiring as much power that they’re using smaller batteries.
The Best Pocket Flashlight
And so my search began.
These days there are quite a few options to choose from when it comes to flashlights that you can fit inside your pocket and that are very portable.
I wanted to come up with a list of my recommendations of what I think make suitable choices if you’re looking for a pocket flashlight to use on a regular basis or just in case of an emergency.
Let’s take a look at my recommendations!
J5 Tactical V1-PRO
The J5 Tactical V1-PRO has a max output of 300 lumens and uses an LED that’s able to cast a beam of light a considerable distance (up to 600 feet away).
Keeping it powered up and running is done with a single AA battery and it comes with 3 different modes (high, low, strobe) so that you’re depending on what your needs and preferences are.
As for battery usage, you’ll be able to take advantage of more than an hour of having it turned on and shining a light or if you’re just using it regularly on a daily basis you should be able to get a few weeks of use out of it.
With an hour of battery life this is a pocket flashlight that I would recommend using in the drawer or in your car that you can put in case of emergency and if you’re planning on using it regularly then I would recommend picking up some rechargeable AA batteries.
To make it even more portable and comes with a clip on the side of the flashlight body so you can clip it onto your pants or something and carried around without having to leave it in your pocket or hold it and it’s just 4.3 inches in height and it’s not very heavy so it’s a suitable choice if you’re looking for something compact and portable.
I quite like the J5 Tactical V1-PRO – I think it looks pretty cool and the 300 Lumen LED is perfect for what I need it for so if you’re looking for flashlight that’s portable, easy to use, and lasts a decent amount of time then I’d recommend checking it out.
Streamlight 88033 ProTac 2AA
The Streamlight 88033 ProTac 2AA offers and output of 155 lumens (high mode) and is powered by 2 AA batteries.
It takes advantage of C4 LED technology and it’s possible to choose between 3 different modes depending on what you need it for.
With the high mode you should be able to get about 2 hours of battery life, up to 36 hours on the low mode, and if you’re using the strobe mode you should be able to get about 4 hours.
Also on the low mode the flashlight gives off 11 lumens so it’s not as bright as when it’s on the high mode when you’re able to take advantage of 155 lumens.
The Streamlight 88033 ProTac 2AA was designed with durability in mind and the body is made from an anodized aluminum, which keeps it lightweight but still sturdy, and the Glass lens is made from an impact resistant tempered glass that is sealed by an O-ring that helps to prevent any dust, moisture, and debris from getting inside the body.
Surprisingly, it’s even waterproof and it can be used underwater up to 1 meter for 30 minutes in length and it’s also impact-resistant up to 2 meters of drop.
As for its portability, this flashlight ways just 3.4 ounces with the batteries inside and it has a length of 6.14 inches so if you have a big hand like me it fits quite nicely in the palm without being too big or unwieldy.
For even more portability, it comes with a removable pocket clip so that you can clip it onto your pants and carry it around with you, there’s an anti roll face cap that helps to prevent it from rolling around when it’s placed on a flat surface, and there’s even a nylon holster to protect it when you’re walking around from bumps and bangs.
Streamlight 66318 MicroStream C4
The Streamlight 66318 MicroStream C4 is another option that I stumbled across during my search for the best pocket flashlight and I really liked it because of its small size, portability, and the fact that it uses just a single AAA battery.
It’s an LED flashlight and turning it off and on is done by a push button on the tail so there’s no need for any twisting for flipping any switches just to get the light shining.
The light beam distance is approximately 52 meters away and this little guy offers 28 lumens of brightness.
Using a AAA battery it’s possible to enjoy a run-time of 2.25 hours and its aluminum housing keeps it lightweight while still allowing it be durable and resistant to light abrasions.
As for the lens, it’s made from a scratch-resistant and break-resistant polycarbonate material and it’s sealed with an O-ring this helps to keep it water-resistant while preventing dirt, dust, and debris from entering the body.
When it comes to dropping it the flashlight is impact resistant up to 1 meter.
For portability, there’s a clip on the body that can be used to clip it onto your pocket and it measures just 3.5 inches in length making it suitable to use and control with one hand.
I’m a huge fan of all of the different products by Anker, such as their portable power banks and iPad chargers, so when I noticed that they had a pocket flashlight I decided to take a look and see what it was all about.
The Anker LC40 is an LED flashlight and offers a brightness of 400 lumens with a beam that can reach a distance of 330 feet.
It comes with 3 different settings to choose from, high, low, and strobe, so you’re able to choose a specific setting depending on what you need the light source for (with strobe being a good choice for cyclists or anyone trying to get someone else’s attention from a distance in the dark).
The body is made from a durable aluminum and this also keeps it lightweight while making it shock resistant so that some light impacts from regular to use are OK.
To power it up the flashlight uses 3 AAA batteries and depending on the setting that you’re using it’s possible to get up to 4 hours of non diminishing brightness from the set of batteries.
There isn’t a clip that comes with this flashlight but it does come equipped with an anti-slip finish so that it’s not slipping around while you’re holding it in your hands and there’s also a hand strap so that you can hold it with the hand strap on without worrying about dropping into the ground or losing it in the dark.
Operating it is done with a single button that allows you to turn it on and off as well as switch through the different modes and if you’re looking for a small, portable flashlight to use as a backup in case of emergencies or to just leave in your car or something and I would recommend checking out the Anker LC40.
J5 Hyper V Tactical Flashlight
The J5 Hyper V Tactical Flashlight provides a light output of 400 lumens and the beam of light can be seen up to 800 feet away.
It comes equipped with 3 different modes (high, low, strobe) and powering it up is done by a set of 3 AAA batteries.
Changing the modes is done by a button at the top of the body and the light is even zoomable so you can zoom in for a floodlight or zoom out for a spotlight depending on what you need the light source for.
There is a clip attached to the body as well so you can clip it onto your pants and carry it around with you without having to hold it in your hands and depending on how often you use it you’re able to get a few hours of constant use or a few weeks or months if you’re just using it on a regular basis for a few moments at a time.
It does require 3 AAA batteries to power it up and in this case I would recommend checking out some of the different rechargeable batteries if you think they might be easier to manage than carrying around for the ones that can’t be recharged.
When the light zoom isn’t extended the flashlight is about 5 inches in length and at the lens end it even comes with a little attack head that’s ridged and can be used for self-defense if the need ever arises.
Olight Mini Flashlight
The Olight Mini Flashlight is what I would recommend taking a look at if you’re looking for something small just to have around in case of emergencies or if there’s anything that you need to find in the dark in your home or in the car.
This little guy just needs a single AAA battery for power and it offers 90 lumens of bright light.
For its size it will have no problems fitting into your pocket and it can also be left on a keychain if you always want to have a portable light source with you.
There are quite a few different colors to choose from and some of the colors (silver and solid copper) actually offer up to 120 lumens of light.
The beam distance is approximately 44 meters although you’ll be able to get 48 meters if you’re using the silver or solid copper color ones and as for its run time it’ll last about 35 minutes using a AAA battery.
The Olight Mini Flashlight offers an impact resistance of 1.5 meters and the body is made from an aluminum alloy that’s durable and anti-scratch as well.
For its size and usability I find that this is quite a nifty little device and it’s a good thing to have if you want to have a light source available just in case of emergencies or to leave in your home in an easy to access place whenever you need it.
Streamlight 66121 Stylus Pro Pen Light
The Streamlight 66121 Stylus Pro Pen Light offers decent brightness and boasts an impressive runtime using just 2 AAA batteries using the white LED.
It takes on a thin and streamlined design so it can be left in a drawer or in a glove box without taking up too much space and thanks to the clip it can even be clipped onto pants or shorts and carried around without having to hold it.
There is a push button tail switch for turning it on and off and it comes with a nylon holster for easier carrying and protection.
The body is made from a water resistant and aluminum alloy and the lens is made from a very strong and durable polycarbonate.
All of the openings on this flashlight are sealed with an O-ring and this helps to prevent dust and debris from getting inside the body and it’s also impact resistant up to 1 meter in height.
A quality flashlight should last you a long time, especially if you practice proper flashlight maintenance and care.
If you want to build a little emergency kit I would also recommend adding a portable radio so you can hear what’s going on around you, a battery powered fan so you can stay cool if it happens to be warm out, a portable power bank so you can keep your devices charged, and a police scanner so you can listen in on what the authorities are saying.