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.
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 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 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.