In the hardest of times, that’s when these outstanding emergency flashlights shine and take charge (pun intended)
Best Emergency Flashlights: There are times when the average flashlight won’t be of much help. And these are times of disasters, power outages, or just simply being stuck on the side of a road to nowhere.
…you need a flashlight that can stand up to the weather, so it doesn’t lose its light and give up on you. It should also be more durable than the regular ones, and a good strobe function will also certainly help.
Simply put: there are moments that can be made or broken by this one tool.
So we chose the best flashlights for emergencies on the market today.
After narrowing the list down to ten, we tested them out some more to see which exact functions they corresponded to.
In this Ultimate Best Emergency Flashlights review, we’ll be giving you:
- The things you need to look for when getting an emergency flashlight
- The best emergency flashlights that you can get today;
- Flashlights with the best bang for the buck;
- All their pros and cons;
- And a whole lot more!
So if you’re now ready to fill up your emergency bag…
…let’s jump right into it.
Best Emergency Flashlights
RunningSnail Emergency Hand Crank Radio with LED Flashlight
Best Emergency Flashlights With 2000mAh Charger – Editor’s Choice Award
- Emergency flashlight with built-in radio and power bank
- Good for rugged use
- Works with most USB-powered devices
- Features a 3-way power source
- Compact and pocket-sized
- IPX3 water-resistant
- 18-month replacement promise
- Backed by 30-day Money Back promise
- Superb customer service
- Not for heavy-duty or everyday use
- Charging it by cranking takes a bit more time
No light? Need weather updates? No power on your devices? This multi-purpose emergency flashlight easily solved all that for us, saving more space in our emergency kit at the same time, making it this review’s Editor’s Choice.
I mean, who doesn’t love efficiency?
Since we’re looking for flashlights here, you’d be glad to know that this unit’s light is very fine on its own. At 100 Lumens, it’s bright enough to illuminate a whole room.
Moreover, it has a nice spread, so the light isn’t concentrated, making it a great emergency light.
On the other hand…
…it doesn’t have lighting modes, but then again, modes don’t matter that much if you’re using it for survival.
If fully charged, you can use the flashlight for up to 12 hours. But what I noticed was halfway through, the light seemed to dim. After it dimmed one time, the brightness just stayed that way and didn’t dim some more, thank goodness. It stayed that way until the battery ran out.
In case you’re wondering…
…its radio has AM, FM, and even NOAA stations to give you weather updates in times of disaster. The sound was fine, although it did sound a bit thin and loud. I suppose that means it uses more battery, too, if it’s that loud.
As for the power bank, I can easily say that it’s much more powerful and useful than the radio.
I was able to charge my drained phone for one hour and up to 80% of the battery, so that’s not so bad after all.
Now, can you use all these features at the same time?
I was wondering, too, so I tried it out, and yes, you can. But the catch is, of course, it would eat up the battery triple time. And it might also possibly damage the unit, as well.
But that’s not all there is to it.
Because here’s my favorite feature of all: it’s the 3-way power source.
Basically, you can charge the unit in 3 ways. First is charging it via the USB cable that comes with the unit, second is you can recharge it with its solar panel located at the top of the unit, and lastly, you can recharge it by hand-cranking.
By hand cranking it for a minute, I was able to charge my phone with power that’s enough for a 5-minute emergency call. Now, that doesn’t sound a lot now, but in desperate situations, a 5-minute call can definitely save lives.
In addition to this…
…you can also use the flashlight or radio (not at the same time, of course) for 15 to 20 minutes.
I’ve also discovered that you can charge your phone while cranking it, although it proved to be almost impossible as the unit was already very hard to hold securely while cranking it without a device connected to it.
At about 5 inches long, it’s just a little longer than your smartphone, which is still a bit unbelievable if you look at the features it holds.
Not to mention it’s water-resistant, too, so a bit of a drizzle won’t hurt it (but remember, it’s not waterproof!).
Best Budget Emergency Flashlights – Best Value Award
Stalwart 75-WL2005 Multi Tool LED Flashlight
- Compact and lightweight
- Aside from the flashlight, it also features 12 other tools
- The flashlight is zoomable
- Different lighting modes
- Arresting strobe setting
- Comes in cool bright colors
- A bit bulky
- Some people find the tools a bit hard to use
Non-rechargeable flashlights are the real OGs, and I’m sure most campers and survivalists will agree!
If you’re looking for an economical flashlight that doesn’t need recharging, then this Stalwart 75-WL2005 Multi-tool LED flashlight is your best bet, making it this review’s Best Value emergency flashlight.
First of all, let me just say how I liked its colors. There are three of them (blue, green, and pink) ; they’re all bright enough to be easily found in the dark.
Now, let’s get down to business.
The flashlight has 60 Lumens of light output, which isn’t overwhelmingly bright. It’s enough to illuminate our moderately sized living room, but it’s not that visible from afar anymore unless you put it in a strobe setting.
But hey, at this price point, and if you’re not planning to use it for everyday use, then this is just sufficient.
On the flip side, it has three lighting modes: high brightness, low brightness, and strobe settings.
Oh, and by the way, it doesn’t only have one strobe function but a red flashing strobe light, too!
And it doesn’t end there.
Aside from these awesome light modes, it also comes with other convenient tools. It includes a glass breaker, a seatbelt cutter, a red light ring, a zoom slider, a nut wrench, a precision screwdriver, scissors, a can and bottle opener, and a knife blade.
Just a reminder:
Don’t expect too much from these tools because they’re not sized like the regular ones. Some of them can feel quite flimsy, such as the scissors.
But upon testing all of them, they proved to be quite dependable, too and didn’t break after being used.
This eye candy is also zoomable, so you can condition your light according to your needs.
GearLight LED Flashlight Pack
Best Durable Emergency Flashlights – Top Pick Award
- Made from durable military-grade material
- Comes with two flashlights in one package
- Very bright light output
- Shock- and water-resistant
- Anti-roll design
- Concealed tactical switch
- Also comes with two hand straps, two holder cases, two battery holders and tubes, and a manual
- It doesn’t come with rechargeable batteries
- It’s so bright that it tends to eat up more batteries than normal
There are other emergency flashlights out there that are certainly hard and solid. But this one by GearLight is just built like a tank.
Its perfect score in durability made this boss of a flashlight our Top Pick for this review.
Firstly, we got it for a price of just one unit, but we got two flashlights in a pack. Aside from that, it also comes with battery tubes, battery holders, hand straps, holder cases, a warranty card, and a manual.
Now, that’s another bang for the buck for the day.
At 6 inches long, it’s just averagely sized. Not impressively small, but it can still fit in my pocket without any problems.
It’s made from military-grade aluminum, and it proved to be more than rock hard later on.
It’s claimed to withstand a 10-feet drop, so of course, we had to test it out.
As expected, it survived the drop, and I even dropped it for the second time, but this time, it was 15 feet high. It emerged one with some scratches, so it’s certainly not scratch-proof. But it was still working as brightly as before.
As for its light output…
…let me tell you that it’s insanely bright. It’s not only a Top Pick for its durability but for its brightness as well.
Its output is around 800 to 1000 Lumens, depending on the battery you’re using. Its beam distance was quite impressive as well.
So if you’re looking for a flashlight to use in bigger places such as a farm, this is the perfect emergency flashlight for you.
Its beam is narrow, but the good thing is it’s still zoomable. Its operation requires only one hand. To zoom in and out, you just have to extend and retract the upper part of the flashlight.
Its switch is also partially hidden in a recessed area at the bottom of the unit, and it’s big enough to be easily found.
In addition to these…
…I also appreciate the thoughtful design, which includes an anti-roll shape and its water-resistant quality.
Best Emergency Flashlights With Charger
Streamlight 74751 Strion LED HL 615
- It comes with a charger and a charger holder
- Features a digital control that keeps it from overcharging
- Features 3 light modes
- The handle is knurled for a secure grip
- Tough Borofloat glass and gasket seal
- It’s rechargeable up to 1000 times
- IPX4 water-resistant
- The top could get hot with extended use
- A bit pricey
This thing is so bright that it could give this review’s Top Pick a run for its money. But then, it’s not at all unexpected as it’s made by Streamlight, which gave us one of the best flashlights and tactical flashlight in our collection.
But this is not it’s only merit.
We actually picked this up because of its interesting charging kit.
This Streamlight 74751 comes with its own 120V AC/12V DC charger and a bonus charger holder so you can mount it on a wall or even on your car.
And that’s not even everything.
It also has three light modes which are high brightness with 615 Lumens, medium brightness with 320 Lumens, and 160 Lumens for low brightness. It also has a powerful strobe function.
And that’s not all.
This Strion LED flashlight is from Streamlight’s series, and it’s the HIgh Lumen variation. This means that it has a concentrated beam but still a wide floodlight, as well.
And sure enough, we tested it out in the pitch darkness of my backyard, and the balance between the floodlight and the beam was just astounding.
It’s very bright, even on the lowest settings. But one of the drawbacks to this is it’s not-so-far reach.
…we also love how solid and durable that it came out of the 2-meter drop test and still working like new.
But despite its durability, it’s considerably lighter, thanks to its aerospace aluminum material.
And the kicker? It also has a digital display that keeps it from getting overcharged!
Best Emergency Flashlights Two Edison Bright AA Alkaline Batteries
Fenix E20 V2 350 Lumen LED Tactical Flashlight
- Easy and convenient one-handed operation
- Far beam distance
- Comes with two Edison Bright AA Alkaline batteries
- Also features a pocket clip
- All-in-one tail end button
- It doesn’t have a momentary-on mode
- The unit can’t stand on its own
Looking for something that doesn’t have much fluff but gets the job done and gets it done well? Then we’re talking about this Fenix E20 V2 flashlight, which is quickly gaining popularity nowadays.
It’s very simple and minimalist at first glance, but it’s got all the basics that you’ll need in an emergency situation.
…it can also be a good EDC flashlight with its clever and easy-to-maneuver design.
First off, it uses AA batteries, which are very easy to find wherever you are. I think that’s also one of its advantages. If you’re getting this for an emergency kit, then you’d like how it comes with non-rechargeable batteries.
In times of disaster, especially natural calamities, you can’t rely on electricity, which can shut down anytime. And this is where this Fenix E20 flashlight shines. You can just stock up on some more extra batteries, and you’re good to go.
…I also love how it has a pocket clip, which most pocket flashlights don’t have! The clip is sturdy, and it makes the flashlight more of an EDC light.
But is its performance EDC-worthy?
Well, its light output was impressively and surprisingly bright, even in the lowest setting!
Because of this, it could eat up your battery fast, but it’ll still depend on the battery you’ve used.
…is the balance of its beam. It has a solid and concentrated beam but still with the perfect amount of widespread light on the sides. This makes this flashlight perfect for night walks and illuminating a room during a power outage.
Its beam’s angle is also as impressive at about 85 degrees, which, I’m telling you, is real wide in person.
Best Versatile Use Emergency Flashlights
ThruNite LED Flashlight
- Slim, compact, and very portable
- Features 5 light modes
- It has a firefly mode that runs up to 15 days
- Impact-resistant for up to 1 meter
- Energy-efficient CREE XP-L2 LED
- IPX8 waterproof rating
- Also features a detachable pocket clip along with a textured handle
- It also comes with a lanyard
- Some users don’t like that it has more of a wide than concentrated beam
- The pocket clip’s location is a bit awkward
Can you imagine how much value one small and slim EDC flashlight could offer?
Well, this one exceeded my expectations, for sure.
If you’re looking for something that can last for an extended period of time, this ThruNite Archer flashlight uses a CREE XP-L2 LED that, in turn, uses less energy, so your batteries last longer than usual.
…it has not 3 but 5 light settings.
The lowest light setting is the firefly mode. It’s even weaker than the low-brightness mode. This is subtle enough to use for reading books in bed without disturbing your partner or roommate.
Firefly mode uses just 0.2 Lumens, but it sure did last for 15 days for us! This mode is the most perfect for emergencies and survival situations where you must extend the life of your tools and gadgets until one gets help.
The low brightness setting, on the other hand, was already sufficiently bright. It is 17 Lumens, looks just like your average Walmart pocket light, and it’s quite helpful indoors, too.
On the flip side…
…the medium and high settings were a different story. The medium was already very bright, just enough to light up our house. It’s what you want to use for everyday tasks.
High brightness is something you won’t often use because it’s seriously bright. But that makes it perfect for night dog walks or walks to the field or farms.
Its beam is more of a wide beam than a concentrated beam.
Suffice to say…
…it’s not as balanced as the other flashlights beams. But it wasn’t much of a big deal to me as it’s already very helpfully bright.
Another thing I like about this is the pocket clip. What can I say? I just like it when tools have clips. That way, I can carry them on my person all the time and be ready for any emergencies coming my way.
On the other hand, the clip is rather awkwardly placed near the middle of the flashlight, but then, I don’t see a need to conceal it as it’s not a weapon anyway, so it’s still cool.
In addition to that…
…it also has not one but two switches. The first one is for the light modes, and you won’t have to turn the strobe on just to get to the other modes because you’ll have to hold it first to get to the strobe mode.
The tail-end switch is for the off/on, so you won’t have to waste your time cycling through all the light modes just to turn it on/off.
Best Ultra-Long Standby Emergency Flashlights
BUYSIGHT Bright Rechargeable Searchlight Handheld LED Flashlight
- Large capacity with long working time
- Features a power bank
- Has an overcharge protection feature
- IPX6 waterproof and impact-resistant
- Very easy to hold handle
- Comes with a shoulder strap
- The manual is difficult to understand
- The design is a bit bulky
Looking for something more powerful and long-lasting? Then you better get a good searchlight.
This one from Buysight is the best and most portable that we’ve found yet.
Let’s get straight to business because this thing is powerful.
It’s advertised as having 6000 Lumens of light in its brightest setting. And upon using it, there’s no doubt that it’s true. I mean…it literally turned nighttime into daytime in the field on the back of our farmhouse.
It has a very bright, concentrated beam and a thin spread of light around it. And it sure spread widely. The reach is far, too, which is more than 100 yards.
It only has two brightness settings, which makes this even more appealing if you like your gadgets very simple.
The lower brightness gives off 2500 lumens, which is still so bright that it’s actually comparable to my car’s headlight!
Now, you might be thinking…
…it must use a whole lot of battery life for that.
Well, that’s just one of the many surprising things about this beefy little guy. Its battery runtime is long.
Moreover, it also has a power bank where you can charge your iPhone for more than three charges and your S8 for around two rounds of charging.
And as if that’s not enough, it’s also surprisingly light, given how hefty it looks. That made me think that it could have been scaled down some more because it’s so light.
But anyway, no problem with its size because it also comes with a shoulder strap. It came in very handy when I needed a powerful flashlight for hiking. It’s bright and big, but I didn’t have to hand carry it at all.
Best Emergency Home Safety Flashlights
Capstone Lighting 4-in-1 Eco-I-Lite, 2 Pack – Emergency Flashlights
- Comes in a pack of two
- Includes a plug-in induction charging base
- It can function as an evening light that automatically lights up when it’s already dusk at home
- Its front side light can also act as a work light
- Not shockproof
- Not bright enough for fields
This pair isn’t only beautiful but also packed with interesting features.
Basically, this Capstone Lighting 4-in-1 Eco-1-Lite isn’t so great for outdoor use as its beam is more limited than the other flashlights on this list.
But, on the other hand…
…it’s one of the best ones we’ve found for home use. Let me show you why.
First off, I like how it can be a wall light, a night light, and a power outage light. It comes with a charging base, so you don’t have to buy batteries for it anymore. Just grade it from the base, and you’re good to go.
Once I tested and confirmed its good quality, I went on to buy some more for the living room, bathroom door, and hallway at home. I just like this handy and convenient design so much.
It’s also great to give out to your disabled or elderly family members so they can have a light source that they can grab at any time.
…it has 10 LEDs on its top light, which you can use as a flashlight, and it also has 6 LEDs on the light panel on its front face.
This front-pacing light can be used as a work light when you’re working on your desk or in your garage.
But here’s the kicker.
Aside from the on/off control, it also has a slider control that sets your light to its automatic function. This function lets the unit light up softly when it’s already dusk or just whenever it gets dark at home!
It’s subtle and soft enough to be used as a night light. But more importantly, when the power suddenly went off one time, I knew right away where to find it because it was gently lit up in the dark. I just had to come and get it to turn it into a flashlight.
Isn’t it amazing?
Best Emergency Flashlights With Tough Nitrolon Body
SureFire G2X Series LED Flashlights
- Indestructible material
- Suitable for rugged use
- Available in 4 colors to choose from
- Impact-resistant lens
- Simple operation
- Tends to get hot with extended use
- It doesn’t have other brightness modes
- Eats up battery quite fast
For outdoor use, such as camping, hiking, or even in your car, there’s no better portable emergency light than a tactical light.
If you’re looking for something that’s more focused on durability for more rugged use, then this SureFire G2X tactical flashlight is your best bet.
Its exterior is a tough Nitrolon that’s crafted to be stable and solid enough to withstand gunshots. Add to that its impact-resistant lens and you’ve got yourself a trooper.
Of course, we had to perform a drop test. It emerged unharmed and even unscratched after a 10-feet drop. I believe its surface is also scratch-resistant.
In case you’re wondering….
…it’s not waterproof but it can handle a bit of splash because its openings are gasketed.
As for the light output, it’s 600 Lumens and it certainly showed. That’s what made it great for the outdoors, too. It was able to illuminate up to 100 yards in pitch darkness.
The thing is, it doesn’t have many options for the light modes, but then again, it’s primarily made for rough use with its very bright light.
Another advantage that I found is that its Nitrolon body is much easier to hold in extreme weather such as extreme cold and extreme hotness.
Add to that its switch, which is at its tail end. It controls all the functions and is textured, so it’s easy to find even if you’re not looking.
Best Emergency Flashlights With Six Light Mode
Eornmor Powerful Super Bright Large Flashlight
- One of the brightest emergency lights on the market
- Up to 800 yards of light reach
- 6 light modes
- It features a rotating and removable 45-degree bracket
- Also comes equipped with a foldable tripod
- It can also serve as a power bank for your devices
- Ergonomic handle
- IPX4 waterproof
- A bit bulky for travel
- Can be blindingly bright
Just like when I received this package and I didn’t know where to start looking and testing, it’s also hard to know where to start now because this emergency light is so jam-packed with lots of useful and interesting features.
First off, it’s gradually becoming a fan favorite nowadays because of its 6 light modes and design that’s perfect for camping and any outdoor activities.
Now, hold your horses…
…it has several lights, too. The first is the spotlight with its high, low, and flashing modes.
Then, it also has a light panel at its side so you can just let it stand on the ground and be your camping light. This light also has a high and low mode.
And for your safety, it also has red and blue floodlights that we’re able to use as a warning light one winter night. You can also use it as an emergency light when you’re stuck on the side of the road with a dead car.
Here’s the kicker:
It has a maximum light output of 7000 Lumens with a slightly cool light. That said, it’s also expected that it has a far reach.
It’s able to reach as far as 800 yards on the field! That’s about 7 to 8 times farther than the regular pocket flashlight.
But that’s not even the best part yet.
It also comes with a rotating bracket so you can customize the angle of your light, making it an excellent work light, as well.
Aside from that, it also has a foldable tripod. When will the surprises end?
We used the little tripod on our camp outside the tent as we slept. In low mode, its battery life could go as long as more than 24 hours, and it also has more than 100,000 hours of lifespan!
Suffice to say, it was still lit up when we woke up the next morning.
Buyers Guide: How To Choose Best Emergency Flashlights…
What Should I Look for When Buying an Emergency Flashlight
You should be able to trust your emergency light with your life in times of emergency. That’s why we don’t take choosing one lightly. Here are the things that you should look for when buying your own emergency flashlight.
Now, this might be getting old, but the material of your flashlight matters. Without a durable casing, it could easily be crushed during an earthquake or the like. That’s especially important if you’re taking it out hiking or camping.
Nitrolon material is good for withstanding the weather. It won’t feel too hot or too cold in your hands, however extreme the weather is. Polymer is also very hard and durable. But if you’re looking for something lightweight, aluminum is the way to go.
If you’re buying one for power outages, then you don’t have to worry much about brightness. The light output of around 500 Lumens is already good for going around the house (and even outside of it) while waiting for the electricity to go back.
But for fields, farms, roads, and mountains, a good handheld searchlight is your best bet.
Not all flashlights are waterproof or water-resistant. But it’s also an important feature for your emergency tools and gadgets. In case of flooding, hurricanes, and earthquakes, a good water-resistant flashlight partnered with good material should be able to survive along with you.
FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions
Q – How many lumens should an emergency flashlight have?
A – For home use, 10 to 20 Lumens are already good enough to let you perform undemanding house chores or just your usual tasks. But for bigger places, and if you’ll be using it on your farm or field, then 400 Lumens and up is the way to go. It’s also the ideal brightness for your car emergency flashlight as you’ll never know when you will need it.
Q – Is 3000 lumens too bright?
A – For a small room, 3000 Lumens is indeed a lot and too bright. But as an emergency light or a searchlight, 3000 will come in very useful.
Q – How to Take Care of Flashlights?
A – Make sure to store your flashlights in a cool and dry place. Most flashlights are sealed with O-rings to keep dirt and moisture out. But it’s also better to occasionally open your flashlight and give it a light cleaning on the outside and the inside. You can also take out the batteries to prevent leakage or corrosion.
Section 6: Our Analysis, Comparisons & Test Results
Value for Money
Most emergency lights, with all their innovative and amazing features, don’t come cheap. But some do come in very reasonable prices and with values that are fit for a much more expensive price tag.
Ease of Use
We tend to forget how to operate things properly when in a fearful situation. This is why we also looked out for the ease of use of each of the flashlights.
As previously mentioned, an emergency light should be able to withstand and function well despite the extreme weather, moisture, and even impact that is brought about by the situation.
One of the most important aspects of your emergency flashlight, the brighter, the better when it comes to emergencies.
This is especially important for backup flashlights for car emergencies or your emergency bag. Lightweight lights with heavyweight quality are hard to come by, but fortunately, all of these well-made flashlights are still in the lightweight category.
Section 7: Conclusion: Best Emergency Flashlights
In a crucial situation, what we need isn’t more work, but easy-to-operate tools and gadgets that are so intuitive even the most dazed person could make it work.
Thankfully, all of these best flashlights for emergencies come in intuitive designs made to make any situation much easier.
If you’re on the hunt for the absolute best flashlight for your emergency kit, this review’s Editor’s Choice is your best bet. We’re thoroughly amazed by the RunningSnail Emergency Hand Crank Radio with LED Flashlight’s 3-way power source design. It gave us the security that it will work whenever and wherever any situation takes us.
But if you’re working within a budget…
…don’t worry, because we’ve thought of that too. The Best Value emergency flashlight Stalwart 75-WL2005 Multi-Tool LED Flashlight gives more than a light. It has 12 tools to help you through an emergency situation where not all tools and gadgets are easily available.
Now, whatever you choose, make sure to always take care of and maintain it. After all, emergency flashlights are meant to be kept or stored until they’re needed for rescue.