The Brightest LED Flashlights Of 2014


In A Nutshell These days, there are some mighty bright LED flashlights over there -- ones that can rival car headlights in their shine. My personal favorite is the 860 lumen Fenix TK-41 U2, which is currently the brightest flashlight powered by AA batteries. However, the brightest reliable LED Flashlight is the Nitecore TM15 Tiny Monster which can output 2450 lumens. Here's the details: Nitecore Tiny Monster 15: 2450 Lumens The Nitecore TM15 Tiny Monster LED Flashlight shines with an … [Read more...]

The Best Portable LED Worklight Of 2014

Best Portable LED Worklights Of 2014

In A Nutshell My recommendation for the best portable LED worklight is the Maxxeon Workstar. I just used this light to change a car tire in the dark, and the solid floodlight beam really helped. I don't think there's a portable floodlight that can rival the brightness and beam quality of this light. It shines with 270 lumens on its high setting, and 90 lumens on its low setting. It has a fresnel-like lens that creates a floodlight beam with no shadows or rings.  As for runtimes, the light lasts … [Read more...]

The Ultralight Pocket: Recommended Keychain Tools For 2013


These are the most optimal ultralight tools I could find. They all fit on a keychain: Nite Ize Inka Pen (writes underwater, writes in tempurature from -30 degrees to +300 degrees, ultralight, made in US) Leatherman Micra (keychain-sized, ultralight multi-tool, includes scissors, made in US) Fenix LD01R2 LED Flashlight (very durable and produces 80 lumens of light -- as much a bright full-sized flashlight) Titanium Waterproof Medicine Capsule (ultralight capsule for carrying breath … [Read more...]

The Brightest Flashlight Powered By AA Batteries

The Brightest LED Flashlights: Fenix TK41

Prompted by a reader's request, I went searching for the brightest flashlight powered by AA batteries. The Fenix TK41 was the winner by far: Fenix TK41 860 Lumen Flashlight The Fenix TK-41 U2, which shines at 860 lumens, is the brightest flashlight that runs on AA batteries. It uses eight AA batteries, and these can be rechargeable NiMH or alkaline AAs. The TK41 produces four brightness levels, the lowest (10 lumens) allows the flashlight to run for up to 240 hours. The Fenix TK-41 U2, … [Read more...]

The Best Ultraviolet LED Flashlights Of 2012


Ultraviolet light is a wavelength shorter than that of visible light, but longer than X-rays, in the range 10 nanometers to 400 nanometers. LEDs that emit ultraviolet light were introduced in 2006, and there are now ultraviolet LED flashlights available. These flashlights are most often used to detect fraudulent documents, see watermarks, read invisible ink or investigate crime scenes. They can also be used to "fluoresce" scorpions and certain types of minerals, and charge "glow-in-the-dark" … [Read more...]

The Best Flashlights For Retaining Night Vision


Aviators, astronomers, truck drivers, campers and anyone wanting to retain their night vision can benefit from LED flashlights with red or green light options. Which is best, green or red light? Well, it's the total brightness of the light that has the most significant effect on night vision retention, so you'll want a light that allows you to easily adjust brightness. Our eyes are more sensitive to green light, which means you need much less green light than red light to see something, … [Read more...]

The Top Rated LED Lanterns (Powered By AA Batteries)

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LED Lanterns are perhaps the most useful portable lights -- they can be used as camp lights, work lights, or emergency lights. The LEDs inside aren't susceptible to shocks, and they last for 10 years or more. LED lanterns that run on AA batteries are particularly useful. These lantern are small yet bright enough to light up a tent. You can power them with low-discharge rechargeable AA batteries (or regular AA alkaline batteries). Budget Choice: Coleman 3AA High-Tech LED Mini … [Read more...]

The Top Rated Tripod Flashlight: Joby GorillaTorch

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Joby GorillaTorch Top Review Sources: L.L.Bean customer rating: 5.0/5.0 (65+ reviews) 4.0/5.0 “By far the most flexible and clever torch that we've ever reviewed” ePHOTOzine: 4.0/5.0 “Ideal for a wide range of applications” Amazon: 4.5 out of 5 stars (100+ reviews) The Joby GorillaTorch is a LED lamp mounted on three flexible legs. The legs can be wrapped around a nearly object in order to hold the GorillaTorch in place while you work. The end of each leg has a … [Read more...]

The Xeno Cube Flashlight


  This minimalist flashlight, the Xeno Cube, is machined from a cylinder of stainless steel. It is 4 inches long and weighs a hefty 6 ounces. It features a micro-textured aluminum reflector and a toughened mineral-glass lens. Xeno Cube incorporates a CREE XP-G R5 LED, and it gets excellent performance from a single AA battery. On its brightest setting it shines with 400 lumens (when using a 14500 series battery). Using a rechargeable Ni-MH battery the levels are: Ultra-Low (10 … [Read more...]

The Best LED Flashlights Of 2014


Most enthusiasts and reviewers agree that Fenix flashlights have the best build-quality and reliability for their price. Streamlight, one of the few brands of flashlights made in the U.S.A, is highly rated by reviewers on Amazon. Other top rated brands are: Cree, Dorcy and Surefire. Fenix TK-41: 860 Lumens The Fenix TK-41 U2, which shines at 860 lumens, is the brightest flashlight that runs on AA batteries. It uses eight AA batteries, and these can be rechargeable NiMH or alkaline AAs. The … [Read more...]