The 5 Best Flashlights for the Money
The current technology has broadened the choices from your normal plastic flashlight into a compact, aircraft aluminum, non-lethal weaponized light cannon that could easily run you 200 dollars or more so you may want to strike a balance between the best and the budget. Luckily, there are a few flashlights out there that will do the job and and aren’t priced like they’re gold plated.
The 5 best flashlights for the money are:
1. Coast LED Lenser HP8407 Focusing LED Flashlight P7
The best flashlight for the money is Coast LED Lenser HP8407 Focusing LED Flashlight P7. It’s got it all for under 50 bucks. It reaches 200 lumen which is on the level of the very expensive “self-defense” flashlights and yet lasts up to 64 hours on the lowest of its three power settings. The range is almost 700 ft on this aluminum flashlight and it features one handed quick focus and a sheath.
Reviews say: “astonishes people,” “love this,” “highly recommend,” father was “thrilled” with this gift, “bright white light,” and the efficiency of the P7 was said to make the light “cheaper over time.”
2. Fenix E21 Flashlight
Second on our list of best flashlights for the money is Fenix E21 Flashlight. This little powerhouse has two power settings and will outshine most comparably priced lights on low. It maxes out at 150 lumen and has a factory set focus to balance the need for flood and spot beams. If you have any concerns about water damage this may be the light for you as it is rated as waterproof in up to 1 meter (2.9 feet) of water.
Reviews say: “a steal at (the price),” the light is like a “car headlight,” “beam is narrow,” “crazy bright” and another reviewer compared it to his friends $100 flashlight and cannot tell “much difference.”
3. Coast HP14 High Performance Focusing 339 Lumen LED Flashlight
The third light is Coast HP14 High Performance Focusing 339 Lumen LED Flashlight. This light is third on the list because it has a shorter battery life rating so you’ll spend more on AA batteries but with that comes a whopping 339 lumen. If it’s power and adjustability you want and you don’t mind replacing to the batteries every 4 hours 45 minutes (on high-20 hours on low) this flashlight is tops.
Reviews say: “amazingly bright,” “solid construction,” “one hand focusing” is simple, “incredibly bright,” and “well built.”
4. TerraLUX TLF-3002AA-BK LightStar300 3-Watt LED Aluminum Flashlight
The next light is TerraLUX TLF-3002AA-BK LightStar300 3-Watt LED Aluminum Flashlight,Titanium GreyIt’s definitely a contender for top spot but ends up at number four on our list because, despite its 300 lumen rating with a three hour high power run time, inconsistencies in brightness have been reported. It is adjusted to have a wider beam than the other lights on our list but it is still very bright and very inexpensive for a flashlight made of aircraft aluminum that can temporarily blind an attacker.
Reviews say: “great little flashlight,” “couldn’t be happier,” “powerful and durable,” “never faltered” and another reviewer said it was a “great flashlight” but should come with a sheath.
5.Ultrafire Wf 502b Cree Xml T6 3 Mode Cree Led Flashlight 900 Lumens w/ Integrated Belt Clip
The last light on our list is Ultrafire Wf 502b Cree Xml T6 3 Mode Cree Led Flashlight 900 Lumens w/ Integrated Belt Clip. It has a tactical style light with power and a price to knock your socks off. Reviewers mentioned some quality control issues but, at this price, you can buy three and have a backup to your backup!
Positive reviews say: “brightest flashlight I own,” “sun in my pocket,” “impressed,” and “powerful.” On the negative side, one person said, “typical Chinese build” and the most common complaint was that the “special 3.7 volt battery” can be hard to find.