Best EDC flashlight 2016? There are quite a few flashlights that might deserve to be called the best edc flashlight. In this post I share my my favorites. Some of the flashlights in the best EDC flashlight 2016 category are ones that I own and use and some are ones that are on my bucket list.
I categorize a flashlight as everyday carry worthy if I can easily slip it in my pocket with keys and a tactical knife. This means a few flashlights in this list might be larger than you expect. The capabilities they offer far outweigh whatever small annoyances they cause due to their length.
Please note: None of the edc flashlights I personally own and share here were purchased for me by any manufacturer. I buy most of my flashlights at Amazon.com.
(Don’t forget to check out my post “Best EDC Flashlights 2015“)
Best EDC Flashlight 2016 List
Fenix E15 2016
I just did a full review of the Fenix E15 2016 model and in my opinion it has to be at the top of the list for 2016. When you consider the cost (around $30), output (450 lumens) and size (just 2.6″) there just is no reason you should ever leave home without a flashlight in your pocket. It’s a significant upgrade from the original E15 (max output 170 lumens).
To achieve the 450 lumens of output you’ll need to use a rechargeable lithium battery. Max output with a CR123A battery will be lower (270 lumens). The E15 2016 version is shown next to the little EDC blade I carry quite often (Kershaw Shuffle II). BTW, I have a full review of the Shuffle II on this site as well.
The Nitecore EC11 has a maximum output of 900 lumens and is only 2.95″ in length. If you need a super bright little EDC flashlight this is an excellent option. You can read my full review of the Nitecore EC11 to get more detailed photos and beamshots.
The Nitecore EC11 features 5 lighting modes (900, 300, 160, 70 and 1 lumens). It will run for 30 minutes in the 900 lumen mode. You’d run the EC11 for short amounts of time at 900 lumens to avoid overheating the flashlight.
To achieve 900 lumen output you are required to use a rechargeable lithium battery. With a CR123A max output is 450 lumens. The EC11 is IPX-8 rated and has a 1.5 meter impact resistance rating.
The P12GT has a maximum output of 1000 lumens. It’s the Cree XP-L HI V3 LED that makes the quality of illumination a cut above any other flashlight I’ve seen in this price range.
The Nitecore is definitely a mid-size flashlight, but unless you wear skinny jeans you should be able to easily carry this flashlight in your front pants pocket. For detailed photos, beamshots and specifications you’ll want to read my full review on the P12GT.
Olight S10R Baton II
The Olight S10R Baton II is a recent upgrade of the Olight S10R. It utilizes the latest Cree XP-L LED. The Olight S10R Baton II has 500 lumens of output. I own the original S10R and use the flashlight regularly. At only 2.9″ in length it can be easily carried, tail stands, and has five lighting modes including strobe.
Best EDC Flashlight 2016 Conclusion
There are plenty of flashlights that could be in the best EDC Flashlight of 2016 list. These are the four that I consider to be the best among them. I own and use the first three in this list and an earlier version of the fourth one. The best everyday carry flashlight is the one that’s in your pocket. Think about the largest flashlight you are willing to carry and how much output you need and then choose accordingly.
If you’ve never had an EDC flashlight and if money is an issue, it’s just tough to go wrong with the first flashlight in this list – the Fenix E15 2016. If you are looking for the brightest flashlight possible in an easy to carry package, you need to look closely at the Nitecore P12GT.
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