It may seem to the uninitiated that there is nothing complicated about choosing a flashlight. Indeed, what is there to choose? The bulb, the battery, and the casing.

First of all, you need to decide what functions the flashlight should perform. Maybe you just need to illuminate yourself on a dark porch. Then the model should be very compact and economical.

It is quite another matter if you are going to nature or on an evening bike ride. In the first case, the best choice is a head-up model, which leaves your hands free. Cyclists, on the other hand, should pay attention to the presence of a powerful beam, an emergency flasher, and the possibility of mounting it on the handlebars.

We've rounded up the best flashlights you can buy in 2021.

Best EDC Flashlights to Buy Today

1. Streamlight 66608 (under $30)

Streamlight 250 Lumen Microstream USB Rechargeable Flashlight

The ultra-compact MicroStream USB features a rear cap switch, short or permanent on, high and low beam, a combination pocket/hat clip for convenience, and amazing brightness and run time for a flashlight of this size.

The Type II Military Spec anodized aluminum housing helps make the flashlight extremely durable and abrasion-resistant.

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2. WUBEN C3 (under $30)

WUBEN Rechargeable pocket-sized flashlight with battery

The lantern body is made of 6063 hard-anodized aircraft-grade aluminum alloy and has a 1.5-meter impact resistance that allows the lantern to withstand rough handling.

A unique light head lets you know if the flashlight is off or not when it's on a table or elsewhere.

The flashlight features a metal pocket clip, comes with a sturdy lanyard, we have an optional holster for the flashlight in our store, several carrying methods to choose from.

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3. LUMINTOP TOOL AA 2.0 EDC Flashlight (under $20)

LUMINTOP Pocket-sized EDC flashlight

The LUMINTOP Tool AA 2.0 can produce up to 650 lumens of brightness from just one 14500 cells. Thanks to improved internal circuitry, power consumption is further reduced and the flashlight can shine continuously for up to 37 hours in Low mode. In addition, Tool AA 2.0 can support both Ni-MH AA and alkaline AA. It boasts a brightness of up to 270 lumens and a run time of up to 60 hours on a single AA.

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4. Hatori Super Small Mini LED Flashlight (under $10)

Hatori Battery-Powered Mini LED Flashlight

The perfect gift for a father, husband, wife, scout, and college student for any occasion. Suitable for extreme conditions such as storms, floods, power outages, earthquakes, and natural disasters.

Purpose: Fishing, camping, hunting, exploring, and even outings with kids. Portable and small, this flashlight conveniently packs in your bag, pocket, backpack, and car compartment.

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5. Sofirn SP35 (under $40)

Sofirn SP35 Rechargeable LED Flashlight

The Sofirn SP35 is a powerful, versatile flashlight for everyday indoor use and various outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, fishing, or hunting. It uses the new 21700 formats and features a USB-C port for easy charging, a High-Performance DTP MCPCB board, a super bright SST40 LED with up to 2000 lumens, constant cure control, and an improved, more stable design. It also uses a sophisticated custom surface with both step modes, as well as a more advanced temperature controller (ATR) with smart heat control.

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6. RovyVon Aurora A1x LED Keychain Flashlight (under $30)

RovyVon Aurora A1x Rechargeable LED Keychain Flashlight

The updated Aurora A1x LED flashlight features CREE XP-G3 Cool White LED or Nichia 219C Neutral White LED, with CREE providing a maximum brightness of 650 lumens and Nichia providing 450 lumens. An optimized board has helped improve PWM control performance and battery life, and battery capacity has also been increased to 330mAh, which also increases runtime. The new user interface makes operation easier and friendlier.

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7. ThruNite LED Flashlight (under $30)

ThruNite Portable Water-Resistant EDC Flashlight

The TC12 is a compact and practical USB rechargeable flashlight that is durable and reliable, providing everything an advanced EDC or tactical flashlight can offer. The TC12 uses a CREE XP-L V6 LED and delivers up to 1000LM maximum power, which is enough for everyday use. Armed with ThruNite ITC (Intelligent Temperature Control) technology and virtually unbreakable aircraft-grade aluminum construction.

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How to choose a LED flashlight for everyday use

Among the huge variety of models, it is so easy to get confused. And many devices cost almost as much as a "wing of a Boeing". Why pay so much money? If all flashlights use the same elements - aluminum housing, power supply (battery or batteries) LED, and reflector, then why do some flashlights cost 10 and others 100 dollars? We need to figure out the main question, which will determine the vector of choice.

The flashlight itself - a useful thing in any situation. Therefore, it is better to have a universal model in the house, which will help out with a sudden loss of light and, if necessary, to highlight something in a dark corner, to find the keyhole door in the unlit entrance or during evening walks. There are no special requirements for such models, although, for ease of use such a flashlight should be relatively compact and economical, and as the battery is better if it will be Li-Ion batteries.