Best Rechargeable Flashlights Reviewed & Rated for Quality
There is no underestimating the importance of a good flashlight. The more the better as far as we're concerned. We scatter them through the various parts of our life: a few throughout the house, one in the car, really wherever there's space. They truly are one of the world’s more underestimated modern conveniences. Whether you are looking to illuminate your campsite, safely take your dog for a late night walk or looking to navigate your house during a power outage, flashlights offer an easy solution. Standard flashlights require batteries to operate, which can be prohibitive if the appropriate batteries are not easily accessible. Rechargeable flashlights eliminate this inconvenience and can be more cost-effective over time. That's where this list comes in.
In a Hurry? The test winner after 10 hrs of research
Pocket-sized (3.25” long, 1” wide)
USB Charging Cable Included
Anti-roll face cap to prevent rolling off surfaces
- Streamlight 88052 ProTac HL
- Streamlight 66133 Stylus Pro Rechargeable
- Anker Bolder LC90
- Stanley Fatmax SL
- Streamlight 74751 Strion HL
- Fenix PD35
- Mag Lite RL1019
- Olight S1 Baton
- ThruNite TN42 Searchlight
- Streamlight 77553 Ultrastinger
- Criteria Used for Evaluation
- Other Factors to Consider
- Frequently Asked Questions
Bets Rechargeable Flashlights
1. Streamlight 88052 ProTac HL
Pocket-sized (3.25” long, 1” wide)
USB Charging Cable Included
Anti-roll face cap to prevent rolling off surfaces
Some say battery life isn’t long
On button can be touchy/turn on when you don’t want
The Streamlight ProTac is a handy little LED flashlight that packs a big punch. It fits in your pocket but gives off 850 lumens of bright LED light. It has a handy clip and a rechargeable battery with an included USB charging cord. This compact flashlight boasts Streamlight’s TEN-TAP technology with three user selectable programs including high/strobe/low, high only, and low/medium/high. It is IPX4 water resistant and offers 1-meter impact protection.Read more
TEN-TAP One-Handed Operation
This little, yet powerful, flashlight is ultra-portable and fits in a back pocket. It is small enough to be operated with one hand and has a click-button at the end of the flashlight. This button offers Streamlight’s TEN-TAP function which means you can tap the button to change between a number of brightnesses and strobe settings.
Although rechargeable batteries are the most economical way to go, this handy-dandy flashlight offers the capability to use two 3-volt CR123A batteries as well. This is nice because if you forgot to charge your backup rechargeables then you won’t be left in the dark.
Cost and Value
The size of the flashlight doesn’t really correlate to the size of the price tag with this little guy. However, Streamlight is a trusted name in the field of flashlights and it is a very reliable and powerful flashlight for the price.
2. Streamlight 66133 Stylus Pro Rechargeable
Removable pocket clip
Two modes: momentary/constant light
Comes with Nylon Holster
Some say hard to turn on/off
Nylon pouch is “flimsy”
The Streamlight 66133 Stylus Pro is the only penlight appearing on our list. Don’t let its highly compact size of 6.15 inches fool you, it’s a powerful penlight. This little guy shines 90 lumens at the touch of a button, offering either momentary or constant light. It comes with a USB charging cord and an optional AC adapter so you can plug it into your computer to charge or right into the wall. With 3.5 hours of run time, this tiny flashlight is definitely a great tool to keep in your car, purse, backpack or wallet.Read more
Small and Mighty
This is such a great flashlight for absolutely anyone because it’s super convenient to keep practically anywhere. We always need a flashlight and it can sometimes be a pain to use that built-in one on your phone, not to mention this one is more powerful. This little penlight can shine 90 lumens up to 58 meters (190 feet) yet weighs less than 2 ounces.
Having a portable penlight is a great idea, but what about the lens? Carrying something around like that is going to break it right? Well, not with the Streamlight 66133 Stylus Pro. The lens on this little light is made of scratch resistant polycarbonate so go ahead, pop it in your purse and be ready to shine your light on whatever you may need without worry.
Cost and Value
The rechargeable version of this penlight is a tad more expensive than the non-rechargeable but so worth it. The price of this portable and powerful little tool makes it a great value for what you get.
3. Anker Bolder LC90
Multiple mode options
Apple Mfi certified cable
Lasts up to 6 hours on the charge
Double click to change modes
Holes in the end for lanyard don’t allow it to stand up as a torch
This super bright tactical flashlight is one of the most economical rechargeable flashlights on our list. With a smartly-designed pocket-sized chassis and anti-slip grip, it can fit in your pocket or backpack with ease. The adjustable focus will give you 900 lumens of broad or spotlight coverage. It is water resistant and lasts up to 6 hours on a charge. The powerful Anker Bolder LC90 offers high, medium, low, strobe, and SOS modes. This little light really is durable, powerful, and can even be charged using an Apple lightning cable.Read more
Durable Apple MFi Certified Cable
This flashlight comes with a micro USB lightning charging cable so you can charge it up with this or you have the option to charge it using an Apple devices’ lightning cable! It contains a unique authorization chip issued by apple so it is guaranteed to sync and charge with any lightning device. The cable itself, called the Anker Powerline, is reinforced with bulletproof aramid fibers, making it more durable than most standard cables.
The Anker Bolder LC90 is IP65-rated water resistant so you can use it in heavy rain without worry. It is an excellent choice for campers, hikers, fishers, because of its water-resistance. In fact, this handy flashlight is a great choice for anyone to keep in their car or purse!
Cost and Value
This is one of the most affordable flashlights on our list. It is not only economical but it is a really great value because you get a flashlight that can shine up to 2 football fields in length at 900 lumens for a small price.
4. Stanley Fatmax SL
One handed operation
Bright 920 Led lumens
Charge lasts up to 7 hours
Battery can stay charged up to 12 months
Some say it doesn’t last
Not water resistant
If you are looking for a bigger rechargeable flashlight, the Stanley Fatmax SL is an excellent option. This sturdy spotlight offers a collapsible and pivoting stand and lockable trigger button so you a prop it up and work hands-free. Giving off up to 920 lumens, you won’t be left in the dark with this flashlight. It has a heavy duty bezel and charges using the included AC or DC adapters. Once charged, this flashlight will last up to 7 hours lit.Read more
Sometimes, you need to put your flashlight down but you don’t want it aimed straight up at the ceiling or pointed right at the wall. With the Stanley Fatmax SL, you’ll be able to prop this flashlight up easily using the pivoting and collapsible stand. This is a handy option for working in the dark or using it as a light source while camping or on the beach.
The trigger on/off switch makes this flashlight super easy to operate one-handed. You pull the trigger once for low, once for medium, once for high, once for off: easy peasy.
Cost and Value
This is not an expensive spotlight, yet it’s not the cheapest flashlight on our list. It is a very durable and easy to use spotlight and is an excellent value for the price that you pay.
5. Streamlight 74751 Strion HL
2-meter impact resistant
Shines up to 200 yards
Borofloat high temperature
Complaints of it dying out after a few months
Short battery life
Streamlight offers an array of different kinds of flashlights. Their HL series delivers High Lumens and is great for smaller areas where you don’t need the beam of light to travel a very long distance. The Strion HL gives you a wide beam with a high lumen output (500 lumens) in a compact design. This 5.9” flashlight is a great everyday tool to have around the house or to keep in your car. It’s also an excellent choice for anyone needing to attach a flashlight to their belt for job purposes because it’s a great size. It has a non-roll head so it won’t travel if you set it down.Read more
This is an excellent flashlight for everyday use. It isn’t the brightest as far as lumens go, but sometimes you don’t need a ridiculous amount of lumens to get the job done; 500 lumens is definitely bright! It isn’t too big so can be stored easily and attached to a belt clip with ease. It does the job of a flashlight with the great feature of being rechargeable.
The Strion HL has a durable construction made of 6000 series machined aircraft aluminum with an anodized finish and is impact resistant. It is an excellent option for law enforcement or security officers because if its durability.
Cost and Value
This high lumen flashlight is more expensive than the lights listed thus far. However, Streamlight is a well-known brand in flashlights and you are paying for what you get.
6. Fenix PD35
Two mode options: Outdoor and Tactical
IPX-8 water resistant (2m)
No adjustable beam
Doesn’t come with rechargeable batteries
Talk about small and mighty! This 5.5” tactical flashlight puts out an astounding 1000 lumens and can shine up to 200 meters. This little light offers two different switches, one on the side (outdoor mode) and one on the tail (tactical mode), which is mighty handy. It has many different light options when setting to the outdoor mode and also has a memory function. It is very durable, made of aircraft grade aluminum and has to overheat protection to avoid high temperatures. This is definitely one of the more powerful compact rechargeable flashlights.Read more
The tactical mode is enabled when the tail switch is pushed and is great if you just need to shine the light briefly. You just have to click it once for on and once for off and you get a steady bright 1000 lumen beam shining where you point it.
When in outdoor mode (pushing the switch on the side), there are many different light options: eco, low, mid, high, and turbo. When you turn the flashlight off using the tail switch (when set to outdoor mode), the memory function will allow you to turn on the flashlight immediately to the last setting it was on before turning it off.
Cost and Value
For what you get in this little high lumen tactical flashlight, the price makes it an amazing deal. You definitely get your money’s worth when you purchase this one.
7. Mag Lite RL1019
Easy to use
Quickly adjust beam
IPX4 water resistant
Eco mode greatly extends battery light
Optional DC power cord to charge in the car
1 year warranty
Takes a long time to charge
Complaints of charger breaking easily
This is a full-size rechargeable flashlight that casts a pretty far beam. It offers 643 lumens of bright LED light and can shine up to 400 yards, which is twice as far as some of the smaller rechargeable flashlights. The Maglite RL 1019 offers four different modes to choose from: general, outdoor, law enforcement, and tactical. Within each mode, there are three different light functions ranging from eco to strobe. It also has an adjustable focus for a spot beam or peripheral light.Read more
Like most Maglite lines, the RL 1019 allows you to adjust the beam of the flashlight with an an-easy-to-use turn of the flashlight head. You can adjust the beam from spotlight to floodlight which gives you more peripheral light quickly and easily.
QuickClik Mode Adjuster
One great thing about this flashlight is that it is very user-friendly. Within each mode, there are three different light settings. For mode one, click once; mode two, turn off and click twice; mode three, turn off and click three times. Super simple!
Cost and Value
For a full-size rechargeable dependable flashlight, this one is priced pretty reasonably. It comes with charging accessories, including the battery, so it is a decent value.
8. Olight S1 Baton
Powerful for such a tiny flashlight
3 available modes
Magnetic tail cap
500 lumen mode only works continuously for 1.5 minutes
Gets warm to the touch
The teeny tiny Olight S1 Baton is the smallest flashlight on our list and is considered “thumb size” at only 2.4” long. Don’t underestimate this little powerhouse though; it shines up to 110 yards at an amazing 500 lumens. It can use rechargeable CR123A batteries and boasts a low-profile side switch to avoid accidental turn-on. It has lots of great little features like a timer, tail cap magnet, three standard modes, and a thermal management safety program to prevent overheating.Read more
Magnetic Tail Cap
This fierce little rechargeable flashlight has a great feature that many flashlight aficionados appreciate: a magnetic tail cap. This is a bonus because not only does it mean that this little flashlight can stand upright and be used as a torch, but it can also be magnetized to any magnetic surface (i.e. a car) to allow for proper lighting where you need it without it rolling away.
There aren’t many flashlights with a built-in timer. This little bundle offers a built-in timer of 3 minutes or 9 minutes. This is helpful if you need it to see for a certain amount of time but will be away from the light itself; just a handy dandy feature in this itty bitty light.
Cost and Value
If you consider price in relation to size, then the price tag might seem a bit steep. However, this little thing is an amazing tool to have on your keychain for the price. It is definitely a great value for such a powerful little flashlight.
9. ThruNite TN42 Searchlight
IPX-8 water resistant
Memory function; will turn on last used mode
ITC technology to prevent overheating
Easy to access all modes
Batteries not included
Can be dangerous for kids
The Thrunite TN42 is an amazingly powerful searchlight offering six different modes; the brightest of which shines a staggering 2000 lumens! This is a full-sized flashlight and the most powerful light thrower on our list. It can shine up to a whopping 1550 meters - that’s 5,085 feet - that’s almost a MILE. So this isn’t your standard flashlight you give to your 9-year-old girl scout to go camping with (for fear she may blind fellow scouts), it’s definitely meant to be used for a purpose. However, it does offer 5 other modes other than turbo, including a mode called “firefly” which gives off a measly .8 lumens; barely a nightlight. In other words, this rechargeable flashlight can but used in a helicopter in search of runaway bandits, or as a faint whisper of light to help you avoid tripping down the hallway in the middle of the night.Read more
If you are an overachiever, this is the flashlight for you. At 2000 lumens, it can be seen almost a mile away. Yet, to protect this powerful flashlight from overheating, the handheld searchlight has built-in ThruNite ITC technology which automatically lowers the brightness when the light gets to 80 degrees centigrade.
On the flip side, the ThruNite TN42 offers 5 other modes including a very dim light mode called “Firefly” which gives off only .80 lumens. This is handy for just trying to see something briefly without waking others up or as a nightlight while camping. In fact, while in firefly mode, the battery can last up to 58 days.
Cost and Value
The ridiculously powerful ThruNite TN42 carries a bigger price tag than any other flashlight on our list. But if it’s the power you’re looking for, you’ll find it in this rechargeable flashlight for sure.
10. Streamlight 77553 Ultrastinger
Easy to charge
3m impact resistant
IPX-4 water resistant
Powerful narrow beam with optimal peripheral light
Some recommend purchasing a better rechargeable battery
Anodizing wears easily
This full sized flashlight is the longest on our list, coming in at 11.5” long and weighing a little over 1 ¼ pound. This is a big flashlight for anyone looking for something that feels a bit sturdier in the hands. It shines up to 1100 lumens and 510 meters (1,673 ft). This flashlight comes with a convenient wall-mountable charging cradle with an LED charge indicator on it. This is the most durable flashlight on the list in terms of impact resistance.Read more
Many of the flashlights on our list don’t match up to the impact resistance of this big guy. This flashlight has been rated to withstand up to a 3-meter impact. Flashlights have a number of inner workings that could cause them to stop working if dropped from a height like this, but the Streamlight Ultrastinger should withstand a ten-foot drop without fail.
Snap-In Charging Cradle
One great feature about this flashlight is its charging cradle. It easily attaches to the wall and plugs in. Then you snap the Streamlight Ultrastinger into its charger easily and it starts charging right away. It has a handy LED charging indicator on it so you know when it’s charging. No worrying about plugging micro USB cords in or anything like that; this flashlight snaps in and out of it’s charging cradle quickly and easily.
Cost and Value
Although not the priciest of flashlights on our list, this big puppy is up there in terms of price. However, it is an excellent product with quality manufacturing. If you are looking for a heavy duty powerful, easy to use flashlight, you’d be happy with this one.
Criteria Used for Evaluation
Ease of Use
The first criteria that we looked at was how easy it was to use the flashlight. This covers cycling through the various modes, changing and charging the built-in batteries and any additional settings. Flashlights with minimal buttons on the surface are preferable so that they can be easily used in the dark. We excluded products that require more than one hand to turn on the flashlight.
Battery effectiveness was based on how quickly the built-in batteries charged, their ease of removal, cost of battery replacement and the level of brightness when the batteries were run low. Some rechargeable flashlights automatically dim brightness to conserve battery life, however, we prioritized flashlights that do not have this feature.
We evaluated product size (length only) in relation to weight. This ensured that most of the products could comfortably fit into pockets, small bags and other carrying items commonly used during camping, hunting, or other common outdoor activities.
We evaluated product durability against factors such as scratch resistance, strength of the casing and water resistance. but didn’t put all of the focus on resistance to elements like water. So being waterproof didn’t guarantee a high ranking, even if it is a desirable quality. Durability was all about how much of a beating the housing of the flashlight could take. Scratch resistance ranked high, and little things like buttons worked their way into our final decision in the durability criteria. The tougher the flashlight, the higher it is ranked. Some of these flashlights gained great favor for being usable in hunting sessions, proving that you didn’t need a specialized model for the activity.
Battery effectiveness was based on how quickly the batteries charged, their ease of removal, cost of batteries and of course whether they dulled the brightness when they were running low. Automatic dimming of a flashlight when the batter is low is both unnecessary and annoying. Not every product does this, but we adjusted the list in favor of the products that don’t. We were able to balance the list, putting the flashlights with the best performing batteries in their proper place.
Expert Interviews & Opinions
We need more power! It's always about power, and it's always about how long it's going to take your flashlight to recharge. Flashlights are nothing more than long pieces of plastic if that battery runs out of juice at the wrong moment. There are a lot of flashlights on our list that are stylish, that have great accessories, and we love all that, that's why they made the list. But at the end of the day put your money where the battery is, go for the light that'll keep shining in the Darkness for the longest time.
Other Factors to Consider
We evaluated design elements based on how well they worked in everyday settings. Small things like clips, lanyards, and rubberized material can be particularly helpful for tactical or high-intensity activities. We selected the designs that have the most impact on ease of use. While aesthetics weren’t considered high priority, it still shouldn’t be ignored as a primary consideration.
Finally, we assessed any included accessories. Products that included add-ons like a charger, extra built-in batteries, attachments and a case were prioritized. The less a customer has to purchase separately to enjoy their new flashlight, then the higher the rating.
Frequently Asked Questions
q: Do you have to fully charge rechargeable batteries before using them?
You will likely need to charge the batteries before your first use. Charging batteries to their full capacity (or discharging them then charging) before use is done to keep the battery fresh. Like all batteries, misuse over the years will slowly degrade their optimal performance.
q: How long do rechargeable batteries last?
Rechargeable batteries lose their top capacity over time the more they are used, and this is unavoidable. The loss of top power isn’t extreme since it takes thousands of recharges to degrade. When a battery loses the ability to charge to full capacity, it still utilizes a good portion of their capacity, typically around 80%. The bottom line is that it doesn’t bother the brightness of the light or its normal functions other than total runtime.
q: What features are most important in a flashlight?
Lumens, runtime, and bulb life are important features to consider.
q: Why are LED’s preferred?
LED’s have long since been the preferred light bulbs for portable flashlights due to their long lasting life and energy efficiency. They are found in more than just flashlights and have become the default bulb type for a variety of home and office products. The smaller housing of the LED flashlight allows for increased efficiency and often lasts for the lifetime of the device.
q: Do you need an extra product to recharge?
This will vary since not all rechargeable flashlights come with removable batteries. If the product allows it, you can charge their batteries by plugging in the flashlight, just like you would with other electronic devices. It’s an ideal solution for consumers that don’t want to take the batteries out to charge them. When dealing with removable batteries that can be recharged, you have the option of putting them in a supplied charger. Not all products come with a charger, and it may be necessary to purchase one separately.
q: What are some of the most favorable modes?
Moonlight, strobe, and SOS are the commonly available modes in a rechargeable flashlight.
q: Will a crack in the glass make the flashlight useless?
A crack won’t make the product completely useless, however, it may cause the lens to occasionally fog up. They don’t have to be deep cracks for this to happen, so even a small break could spell trouble. When the lens fogs up, brightness may dull. It is also possible that water can be introduced into the flashlight through a crack. It is recommended to repair a crack in a flashlight as soon as possible to minimize damage.
q: Is there a way to prevent shortened battery life?
There is no foolproof way to guarantee that a rechargeable battery will keep 100% of its charge for a lifetime. But you can maximize the use of your flashlight by following all manufacturers guidelines for care, use, storage, and charging. If you’re not going to use a flashlight for weeks at a time, it is best to remove the batteries (if they’re removable) and put them in a safe place to avoid corrosion.
q: How do you clean a rechargeable flashlight?
As always, follow the specific product guidelines for cleaning instructions. Typical cleaning may include wiping the lens with a microfiber cloth and light cleaning of the battery contacts.
q: Are the flashlights waterproof?
Only some flashlights are waterproof, and some have such low resistance to water that they may be damaged by condensation. Consider the level of water resistance you’ll need for your preferred activity when selecting a flashlight.
q: Is it important to have a carrying case or pouch?
A carrying case is a personal preference and likely depends on your intended use. Some rechargeable flashlights are small enough to fit in your pockets. Other accessories such as lanyards and clips may also be available.
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