Figuring out the best flashlight to buy was no easy feat. I jumped in head first to the flashlight forums (oh yes, there are forums dedicated to flashlights), and was immediately confused.
It seems that the thing to do is to buy PARTS and build your own flashlight. This made super high quality flashlights, but they looked terrible and were fairly big. Not to mention they all ran on hard to find lithium batteries.
Finally I came across this gem - a relatively cheap, prebuilt, amazing flashlight.
This flashlight is the size (a bit smaller, I think) of a Mag Lite AAA, the unfortunate standard for small flashlights.
That's where the simalarities end. Here's what you need to know about the Arc :
- It is completely waterproof. You can go scuba diving with it.
- It is AMAZINGLY bright. Brighter than a huge 2 AA Mag Lite
- It is solid knurled metal which doesn't scratch.
- It lasts for FIVE HOURS on a single AAA battery at full brightness, and then a few hours at lower brightness
This is basically the perfect small flashlight. I've used it while walking outside and as my only light in an RV or bathroom. Each time I use it I marvel at what a great light it is.
Best of all, it's cheap. $45 for a light that will probably outlast you.
Get it directly at Arc Flashlight.