Three Bright Options for Flashlights

By Lisa Metheny published on in Gear

Ask any hiker, camper or outdoorsman, what their top picks for must-carry equipment would be. Chances are a quality handheld flashlight will be on their short list of essential gear. A flashlight is certainly on my list.

You can find flashlights at nearly every price point; from cheap one-dollar throwaway types all the way up to quality handheld models that cost hundreds of dollars. When it comes to flashlights, many of us have learned the hard way—you often get exactly what you pay for. Here are three quality flashlights worthy of serious consideration.

Browning Crossfire Flashlight

Browning Crossfire Flashlight

Browning Crossfire

The Browning® Crossfire offers two different levels of light. The highest level of output gives 125 lumen of brightness reaching out to 100 meters with a run time of three hours. The low setting casts a beam out to 25 meters and can run up to 24 hours. Browning also enabled this flashlight with a lockout tail cap that prevents accidental turn on which can drain batteries. Speaking of batteries, another great feature is the Crossfire uses AA batteries instead of the more expensive lithium batteries but still generates the same power and bright beam of light associated with lithium-powered models. Manufactured from high-grade durable aluminum and sealed with an O-ring make the Crossfire water-resistant.

SureFire Fury PX2 Flashlight

SureFire Fury PX2

SureFire P2X Fury

The SureFire® P2X Fury™ model stays the course with SureFire’s legendary commitment to producing premium gear. The P2X Fury, constructed of super strong aerospace grade aluminum anodized body and paired with a micro-textured reflector, delivers a brighter, wider, smooth beam of brilliant light. Its high-efficiency LED generates a long-range intense light beam. Surefire also builds the P2X Fury to meet tough military specifications. Although the P2X Fury is a mere 5.40 inches long it still offers two levels of intense light. The 15-lumen mode is perfect for general work and medium range viewing or switch to the more intense 500 lumens mode that will make this handheld pocket-size flashlight a perfect, powerful option for a searchlight.

MagLite XL50 Flashlight

Maglite XL50

Maglite XL50 LED

The Maglite® XL50™ LED Flashlight measures less than five inches long and weighs fewer than 4 ounces when loaded with three AAA batteries. However, do not let its smaller size fool you, as this compact model is a real powerhouse. Made of corrosion resistant high-grade anodized aluminum, this performance-oriented solid light delivers 104 lumens of light. The XL50 is easy-to-grip and offers three modes of power: high power, energy-saving and an emergency strobe mode. Additionally, the Maglite  XL50 offers spot-to-flood adjustable LED beam as well as an intelligent Energy Source Management component that continuously monitors the power usage helping prolong battery life. The XL50 fits perfectly into a pocket and is ready when you need it.

Although handheld flashlights come in a variety of sizes and various levels of lumens in addition to other cool features, what really counts is reliability, especially if you find yourself in a survival situation. Simply put, will your flashlight perform when you need it too? Tell us about your flashlight preferences in the comment section.

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Comments (3)

  • Franco

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    Similar to G-Man i have bought a number of Cree bulb flashlights on Ebay. Some are quite compact and single function, others are larger (about 10″, have 5 functions and are zoom-able. All use rechargeable batteries. The batteries are Ultrafire and come in a number of MiAh ratings. However There two sizes of the Ultrafire batteries. the smaller is the 18650 series and the larger is the 26650 series. I found that the larger flashlights accommodate two batteries, but the neat thing is that they come with plastic sleeves in which the 18650 batteries fit and if you remove the plastic sleeves (they just slide out)you can use two of the 26650 batteries for longer life.

    All are very bright and the Cree bulb is very tough. I have a box full of charged batteries of both types. I also bought a solar charger for them in case of power outage. I keep the flashlights in strategic places all over my house and in the vehicles.

    While you are at it you might want to look on Ebay at 15 foot strings of Cree led bulbs that can be cut and used in pieces as short as three bulbs. They are very affordable and come in many colors, and some are waterproof. I use them for emergency lighting around the house as well as under counter lights in the kitchen. Also, I have a string of red ones in my “gun room” so if I need quick access at night I will not lose my night vision. All of these light strips work on 12V DC and use very little energy. A motorcycle or lawn tractor battery will run these for a very long time when there is no other power, otherwise you can buy an inexpensive 110v AC to 12v DC power supply on Ebay for normal use. LED wire is low-voltage 24-28 ga. and can be bought cheaply in rolls on Ebay. Just make sure your polarity is correct as the LEDs will work only one way.

    I hope you find this useful.

    Franco

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  • G-Man

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    Not trying to sway anyone away from CTD’s venue, but to keep things real for the budget minded folks, I am completely satisfied with the UltraFire M2 off eBay. We’re talking for only $21.59 and free shipping; you get a CREE T6 1500 Lumen flashlight made of rugged black aluminum alloy. It includes two 3000mAh high capacity lithium batteries with charger. The flashlight only requires one battery, but they ship 2 for rotation. This is the brightest light I have yet to own. It also has 3 dimmer settings, along with an emergency flashing mode and S.O.S. Morse code mode. At this price point, I’ve since bought 3 more and mounted them to ARs and a shotgun.

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  • JOHN COTTER

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    NONE COMPARE TO THE BIKE/GENERAL USE 1200 LUMEN LIGHT I USE AND IT HAS A 6 HR LIFE BEFORE RECHARGING OR FOR THAT MATTER THE VIRIDAN CL5 ON MY GUN,

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