Flashlights – The Gift Dad Will Brag About (2020)

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Hey Santa! If you are in a hurry, my pick for the best flashlight to give for Christmas is the Olight S2R II Baton.

It’s Christmas Time again, which means it is time to treat yourself or someone in your world to a useful and reliable tool that they will always find useful – a flashlight! This is my Christmas List of the best flashlights to give for Christmas.

Here’s a quick Christmas List of flashlights to check out

What to Look for in the Best Flashlight to Give for Christmas

Chances are you have a weird obsession with Flashlights and want to share that passion with your friends and family. Remember, it is not about what you want for Christmas, it’s about what they can best use. People love and appreciate a gift that is useful, but not one they would think to buy themselves.

Purpose

Flashlights are tools that have specific purposes. Are you buying for someone who is out in the woods a lot? Works outside and needs free hands? Could you use a small but bright keychain light? Keep these factors in mind when selecting a flashlight as a gift.

Quality

If the person you are buying for is not a ‘flashaholic’, this may be their first encounter with a quality, high-performance flashlight. You want to put your best foot forward here and get something reliable.

Usefulness

You may love Rechargeable flashlights, but does the person you are buying for have the foresight to keep a flashlight or replaceable cells charged?

Here is a guide that goes into more detail on what to look for when selecting a quality flashlight.

Product Reviews

Streamlight Stylus Pro USB Rechargeable

Specs

  • Battery: Integrated Li-Ion cell
  • Rechargeable: USB Rechargeable
  • Durability: IPX4 Waterproof
  • Beam Tint: Cool White
  • Modes: 2 Modes (High, Low)
  • Lumens: 250 lm (High), 90 lm (Low)
  • Candela: 2950 cd (High), 840cd (Low)
  • Max Throw: 109m
  • Beam Shape: Wide
  • Dimensions: 6.15 in
  • Weight: 1.9 oz

The Streamlight Stylus Pro has a long, lean, and lightweight form factor that fits neatly in just about any pocket. The USB version is brighter than the ‘AAA’ option at 250 Lumens. The wide beam is perfect for illuminating any workspace or for finding something under your desk.

Pros

  • Long, Lean profile
  • USB Rechargeable

Cons

  • Tail Cap Switch can be unreliable
  • Non-replaceable battery cell
  • Beam Tint could be warmer

Foxelli MX10 USB Rechargeable Headlamp

Specs

  • Battery: 1200mah Li-Ion
  • Rechargeable: USB Rechargeable
  • Durability: IPX5 Waterproof
  • Beam Tint: Cool White
  • Modes: 3 White Light, 2 Red Light
  • Lumens: 160 lm (White), 30 lm (Red)
  • Beam Shape: Narrow
  • Alternate Light Colors: Red
  • Weight: 2.4 oz

My kids both have Foxelli MX10 Headlamps and they have not broken them yet. They are waterproof and durable, and give them enough light for us to see them when they are out playing in the woods. The red light feature allows them to read in the truck at night during long drives.

Pros

  • Red Light feature doesn’t kill night vision
  • Long-lasting USB Rechargeable
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Non-replaceable rechargeable cell
  • Users have reported problems with recharging
  • Could have a wider beam

UltraTac K18 Keychain Flashlight

Specs

  • Battery: 1x 10440 Li-Ion Cell, 1x ‘AAA’ Cell
  • Rechargeable: Rechargeable 10440 Cell
  • Durability: IPX8 Submersible
  • Beam Tint: Cool White
  • Modes: 2 Modes (High, Low)
  • Lumens: 370 lm (High), 110 lm (Low)
  • Candela: 1962 cd
  • Max Throw: 88m
  • Beam Shape: Wide
  • Dimensions: 3.03 in X 0.55 in
  • Weight: 0.56 oz

If you are looking for a high level of brightness in a ‘AAA’ sized package, the UltraTac K18 is for you. 370 Lumens is only available when you use a 10440 Rechargeable Li-Ion cell, which is a higher voltage than your standard ‘AAA’ alkaline cell. The orange peel reflector provides a diffuse, wide beam.

Pros

  • Very small size is extremely portable
  • Replaceable cells allow for light as long as you need it
  • Dual-Fuel – uses Li-Ion as well as Alkaline cells

Cons

  • Only one color tint available (cool white)

Olight S2R II Baton

Specs

  • Battery: 1x 18650 Li-Ion Cell, 2x CR-123A Cells
  • Rechargeable: Magnetic USB Cable
  • Durability: IPX8 Submersible
  • Beam Tint: Cool White
  • Modes: 5 Brightness Modes, Strobe
  • Lumens: 1150 lm, 400 lm, 120 lm, 15 lm, 0.5 lm,
  • Candela: 5000 cd
  • Max Throw: 142 meters
  • Beam Shape: Wide
  • Dimensions: 4.05 in X 0.9 in
  • Weight: 1.78 oz

At almost an inch wide the Olight S2R II Baton is a heftier Everyday Carry (EDC) option but is still small and sleek enough for your average pocket. This flashlight is also dual-fuel, enabling you to replace the rechargeable 18650 Li-Ion cell with 2x CR-123A Lithium disposable cells in a pinch. The multiple USB charging options are also a plus, enabling you to use the proprietary magnetic USB tail charging cable or a standard USB charging cable.

Check out this video review of the S2R II Baton.

Pros

  • Magnetic as well as standard USB charging
  • Waterproof and Submersible
  • Magnetic Tail can stick to metallic surfaces for hands-free use

Cons

  • Changing modes is slow
  • Only one light color option (cool white)

ACEBeam K70

Specs

  • Battery 4x 18650 (Protected/Unprotected) Li-Ion Cells
  • Rechargeable: Rechargeable 18650 Li-Ion Cells
  • Durability: IPX8 Submersible
  • Beam Tint: Cool White
  • Modes: 6 Brightness Modes, Strobe
  • Lumens: 2600 lm, 1900 lm, 1000 lm, 450 lm, 70 lm, 1 lm
  • Candela: 422,000 cd
  • Max Throw: 1300 meters
  • Beam Shape: Narrow
  • Dimensions: 206mm X 88 mm (Head)/50mm (Handle)
  • Weight: 590g (without Batteries)

We can’t have a Christmas List without a good Thrower. The ACEbeam K70 is an excellent value for putting out 2600 Lumens and a whopping 422,000 Candela. Light up targets at over 1 Kilometer away! At just over 1 pound it is very lightweight and manageable. Be sure to use unprotected 18650 cells for maximum performance such as these.

Pros

  • Great Power to Weight Ratio
  • Replaceable Rechargeable Li-Ion Power Cells for a long duration

Cons

  • Comes without batteries or a charger
  • No integrated USB charger

Conclusion

Santa – if you’re listening – these lights are all on my Christmas list. But if I only deserve one flashlight for Christmas this year, please make it the Olight S2R II Baton. The small size makes it perfect for EDC. I also like the magnetic and standard USB recharge options and the super bright 1150 Lumens.

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