How to pick out the perfect every day carry flashlight. Plus my picks for the best.

How to pick out the perfect every day carry flashlight.  Plus my picks for the best.

People ask me often hey bro, why don’t you
do light reviews much anymore. Good question- I hate flashlights. Anyone else? Ok that’s
not the real reason. The real reason is that I already own the brightest production handheld
light. The insanely stupid 60,000 lumen Acebeam X70. Lights with some of the farthest throwing
beams made- beams that are so ridiculous that you need over half a mile of open unlit area
and a spotting scope to appreciate. Not practical is kind of the je ne sais quoi of this channel.
And I also own many other boring lights with just average 5-32,000 lumen outputs. Like
most people. In all that bullshit there is also some reliable every day carry lights,
that are hard to improve upon. This quick video will tell you what I look for in a light,
and give you a list of lights I actually carry. And I’m sure you may have others you carry…
cheaper lights…. More expensive ones… or ones that fit your tactical lifestyle or
some with a spec you like and this isn’t for you. This is for the people who have trouble
making decisions about lights. Or just want one good light. So here’s a brief list of what I look for
in an LED light, that also might alert you that nothing in the rest of the video will
be fun or interesting .
1. Powered by a single battery. Either a lithium ion or AA. I only use rechargeable, you can
do whatever you want with your batteries. 2. Relatively compact. Jacket pocket sized
to smaller. No massive reflectors or USB charging like your cellular phone. 18650 battery size
is my favorite. Buy a damn separate charger. 3. Good tint. I usually pick warm to daylight
tinted LEDs 3000k to 5600k. Are all acceptable color temperatures.
4. Intuitive operation with shortcuts. I prefer electronic switches in lights, because they
often allow you to access lows and highs easily from the off mode. Luddites won’t find mechanical
clicky switched lights here. 5. A moonlight mode. Anything over 1 lumen
is kinda pushing a moonlight or firefly mode. But I prefer a few options under a half lumen
or even a 10th of a lumen. These are modes for night adjusted eyes.
6. No visible PWM. I made a video about this linked at the end if you don’t understand
nerd acronyms. 7. Don’t get too caught up in the max output.
Most of your usage will be under 300 lumens. Alright. I generally stick to two main brands.
If your light isn’t in here, feel free to make a video about it. You won’t find expensive
brands like HDS systems, or exotic materials like titanium or plastic. All of these flashlights
range from $35-$119. If you think those are too expensive or not expensive enough- then
you’ve probably spent too much time on the internet today. Later. My list above excludes
lights on the lower end- and there’s nothing a light over $120 offers that I require in
a flashlight. First up Emisar lights. Emisar makes 5 or
6 lights, and 2 are ones I’d carry. I don’t need a pocket thrower, or pretty and expressive
titanium, so I stick with the D4, which is a single 18650 battery sized light. Then the
D4S which is a bulkier larger diameter version of the D4 that uses a 26650 sized battery
for brighter output and longer runtimes. The The D4 is one of the most compact 18650 lights
you can get, comes in 4 colors, with a range of tint options. You see cool white to warm
white. In flashlight nerd terms 3000k is close to incandescent light bulbs, 4000k off whitish
tint, 5000k neutral white, 5600k is daylight tint. Those gross blue tints people idiots
like or people hate in flashlights generally are tints above 6000k. These lights offer
an easily adjustable brightness scale and very bright turbo modes. The negatives are,
they are tiny for their size, so they heat up quick. The highest output is only a wow
mode and is only good for under a minute before the lights temperature controls put on the
breaks and pull it down. They are just fine in use on the lower end… 300 lumens or less
is what most people will ever need for indoor and outdoor use. Another negative is that
the brightness ramping moves a little too quickly for my tastes. If you’re trying
to access lower modes you often pass the mode you want. The last negative is these lights
do not a have a sub lumen mode as low as mode as a zebralight or Armytek. These might not
be negative for some people and thats fine, because that’s your opinion. My two choices
that I bought was the D4 in a 5000k Nichia tint, and the D4S in a 3000k tint. If you’re
new to tints don’t overthink the options if there are several- just pick one that sounds
nice to you, that I described earlier. The D4S does not come with a pocket clip. Ok the next brand is Zebralight. Zebralights
are my favorite lights because of their size, sub lumen modes, and their shortcut based
UI. However, Zebralight’s kink is to confuse people, so they to have a a lot of options
in their lights. I’ll tell you what I look for, to help you narrow it down- which is
your kink. I look for a 3000-5000k tint. I avoid the HI or High Intensity options because
I like less BI or beam intensity in my every day carry. Ok BI isn’t a real acronym. Frosted
lenses from them often have the most diffused beam, so that’s cool. From experience I
tend to like an option under half a lumen, and one under a tenth of a lumen. The user
interface or mode operation gives easy access to Low modes, medium modes, high modes, and
the idiot’s favorite- the blinking ones. A quick primer is press and hold from off
is low. A quick press from off is high… and a double click from lets you access to
the medium modes. When in each of those modes if it’s low medium or high you have a secondary
mode you double click to access. It saves whatever of these toggable modes you were
using last in memory after you turn it off. If that’s not programmable enough. Zebralights
new UI in lithium ion since the mark IVs, the 64s and the AA models since the 53 and
the 5 mkII have completely reprogrammable UIs that you can assign whatever light level
to which ever button sequence I mentioned to one of the 12 available modes. I hope you
understood that, because I didn’t. My lights are these. The 18650 powered SC600Fc MK IV
plus in a 4000k tint. Not quite a low enough moonlight for me. Then the AA powered SC5c
Mk II High CRI in a 4000k tint. Runtimes on AA are kind of short if you use the higher
modes often. And now the newest sized Zebralight, the SC700d 21700 Neutral White 5000k tinted
lithium ion battery powered. This new Zebralight has the highest output range of all my zebra
lights with the lowest low and highest high. There may be some zebra light with a lower
low, but they’re too low for me. .04 lumen is about as low as I can use with completely
night adjusted eyes with no ambient light. The SC700 comes with a pocket clip but it’s
kind of big for anything other smaller than jacket pocket carry. It’s getting rucksack,
holster, or body cavity sized if you’re not wearing a jacket. Ok the next few lights are kind of outliers,
because I tend to just carry zebralights or Emisar lights. Armytek prime Pro A1. I have
an older prime in a warm tint. They make good lights, but make sure it’s the pro version,
the non pro versions don’t have decent moonlights. They also have a confusing amount of options
in their flashlights. I have found Armyteks warm tints pleasant. The C2 pros are the ones
that feature 18650 battery compatibility I’d get that over the A1 I have because of the
larger battery. Olight make decent EDC lights too. I still carry a limited edition copper
S2. The tint is a little blue for my taste, but I like the light even though it’s kind
of Heavy. There are better tinted, non copper versions of the S2 that you can still buy.
Look for those. Another honorable mention is the updated Jetbeam
RRT01. This one was out of production for a while, but it’s back and they’ve updated
it with a brighter output, and a lower parasitic drain. It features a simple operation via
a dimming ring, which is about a letter off from a really hot sex toy, but unfortunately
has only a cool white output option. It’s like Jetbeam still doesn’t understand that
their core audience is the nerdy internet EDC community that argues for pages about
some shit called CRI. The variable output gives you the lowest output level out of any
of the every day carry lights seen in this video. The RRT01 will set you back about $60-$70
and is powered by a runtime hating 16340 battery. Anyway, if you need a sleep aid or further
education on lumen output beam intensity, lithium ion batteries, moonlight modes, and
how I measure and test all my lights, check out the video description for links to those
videos, or wait for the end screen. They’re super boring like this one, but hopefully
they help you sort out flashlight bullshit. So like, subscribe, comment, Patreon me, follow
me on Instagram, and thanks for watching.

Comments (100)

  1. Hats off to you for making what usually ends up being the biggest buzzkill comment sections for gear reviewers. At least in my experience. Zebralight & Olight good

  2. Ooohh, you spoke fancy!!

  3. You bastard. I cant support my knife habit and a light habit. I want that super light. We have a lot of wild hogs and we have a permit to hunt them at night with a spot light. Tell me it is cheaper than a 3 or 4 thousand dollar infrared scope?

  4. Great review Bro. I learned quite a lot, and I'm not a total newbie to lights. I appreciate all of the links, and will follow them out.

  5. Have you delved into the k hole of pens yet?

  6. thanks for the vid 🙂

  7. I'll just stick to forming a random crowd carrying torches and walking around so that people wonder what the hell is going on.
    😎🤨😐🤪☹😡🤠😠 🤔😲😮😥

  8. Looking forward to the eventual sc700d review, not going to affect any purchasing decisions though… since there's already one in the drawer to my right but I'll still watch it.
    Have you considered any of those other new ones yet? The sc64c LE and such (with Samsung LH351D LEDs instead of Cree), so far I haven't been able to convince myself it is worth picking up yet.

    But it would be interesting at least to see the tint shift from lower to higher modes in both models side by side if you do happen to plan to get one (and maybe end up with more questionable financial decisions).

  9. Aw yeah, you know what I like. Luminous sticks of glory.

  10. Total solar eclipses are rare, I don't "EDC" a flashlight.

  11. I favor a smaller AAA, like an O light i3, you know for when body cavity carry is the the only option.

    Still, great summary and I may upscale. What lube pairs with a zebra?

  12. Woohoo! Advanced Flashlight Bro is back! Yay!

  13. Hey, I have a D4 and an SC600 mk4 and have opinions about them: The D4 is awesome for the price but mine (SST-20 5K) is really green until it drops out of regulation into PWM. The color is a brilliant pure white after that. On the SC600, I reprogrammed the mode order (which is awesome that you can do this on a mass produced light) so a single click from off comes on in a medium-ish (every day) mode, but I still have instant access to low (hold) and quick access to turbo (double-click). Having to double-click for medium didn't make sense to me because I don't want a 1600-lumen pre-flash every time I turn the thing on.

  14. Can someone explain the appeal of an EDC flashlight in a world filled with smartphones that have them built in? What are you guys doing out at night enough to need a flashlight that costs as much as a new knife?

  15. Great reviews! Keepem coming

  16. While admittedly impractical and bulky to carry, my only EDC light is the briefcase I stole from Marsellus Wallace. Nice deep glow, never runs out of juice, and keeps me occupied with having to change safe houses every three days.

  17. Reylight Ti Lan Nichia 219 , 14500
    Nice machined titanium (I have blue tritium vials) about 3800k

  18. Zebralight 👍🏼

  19. I gave you a like since I was giving you crap on IG. Don’t spend it all in one place.

  20. We may not agree on SAKs, but we sure do on EDC lights!

  21. I don't appreciate being called an idiot, just because I need a strobe function for impromptu bush raves.

  22. Ive found 90* heads with magnetic bases to be the best EDC's. Also, freakin in love with the MH20GT for outdor EDC use.

  23. Thanks for the shoutout to my cuz Calvin.

  24. Olight mini baton ….. it does everything you need , small light weight option

  25. I've been waiting for a review of the sc700… my sc600w MK ii HI just crapped out, it will only go to 1 mode and won't switch throughout. Thinking of getting the MK IV plus

  26. Glad I'm not the only one who knows the superiority of Zebralight. I have moved to O-light for all my recent light purposes after what they did for Marshall's family though. I love Zebralight but O-light has my loyalty.

  27. Hmm. UC15 is my most edc just because of size. If I travel the D4(short body). If I know I’m gonna use a light, the D4S.
    I don’t think I can edc anything bigger than 26650.

  28. ok, akb is def not vanilla.

  29. EDC flashlights are the same story as pocket knives. Eternal search for perfection with ever changing criteria and options.

  30. Convoy S2+, with Biscotti firmware from the Convoy store on Aliexpress. Available in a ton of emitter, tint, amp, and body color options. From like $15-$20 bux, they're hard to beat.

  31. perfect light is 'tail switch'

  32. Where did you get the deep carry clip for the d4 the clip mine came with is shit and half the light hangs out of the pocket

  33. I have a couple of flashlights. They work.

  34. Klarus xt1a, dual tail twitch, instant low and instant high, super ergo to hold, super compact, usb rechargeable battery, 1000 lumens

  35. Who makes that black deep carry clip on your D4? Looks much better than either version of their clips.

  36. Good video from someone who knows… really like the Sc700, but as of lately it's been all about the E07 Fireflies and that RRt01 .. as stated ,just wish jetbeam would offer different tints ..

  37. So which has the highest rated CRI? Would be great to have one as a fill light in a pinch!

  38. The perfect one is the flashlight you have when you need it. So small ones are generally better.

  39. Streamlight Stylus Pro. Fits in front pants pocket without making an obscene outline. Two modes: on and off. Would benefit from hue closer to sunlight; can be difficult to distinguish white oak from red in poor light conditions. Goes through washer & dryer with nary a complaint. Nowhere near geeky enough for anybody who knows what "EDC" stands for. shrug

  40. today, i was going to give up watching internet porn for the foreseeable future,
    but reading you'd like to have a beer w greg medford was so disappointing i fear a relapse.

    of course i will still watch and enjoy your videos.

  41. Excellent video Bro, I couldn´t agree more with you. Armytek and Zebralight are also my favourite flashlight brands. Really love the moonlight modes on both of them. When I want/need something more compact I usually go with Zebralights and when I require something more tactical or throwier I turn to Armytek. Excellent content. I haven´t pulled the trigger on any Emisars yet, they seem ok but not as compelling to me as the other two. It would be nice if you could make a video comparing them side by side, specially in terms of throw, maybe comparing them to a Predator. Cheers and keep them coming!

  42. Großartiges Video über Taschenlampen und die Thematik des persönlichen Geschmacks.
    Danke dafür! 🙂


  43. I find that flashlights are much more useful in the night, than the day. So, how would you pick your perfect every night carry flashlight?

  44. I really like streamlight. The new polytac x is pretty perfect, though no moonlight mode. Almost all olights are great but the button is impossible to find on the light. If olights had a normal tailcap they would be amazing, but they dont.

  45. Fireflies E07 all day every day. 21700 battery, 7000 lumens, 400 lumen muggle mode for mum. Candle mode for a kids night light or lightning mode if they are freaks. Looks fucking stunning and is balls cheap…

  46. Unless you own streamlights. You have no idea what your talking about. All others are not true lumen specs. And not worth a damn.

  47. Young lad. Go get yourself a streamlight strion led. Or a stinger. Then talk.

  48. Three words. Streamlight . Streamlight.and streamlight. Once you try one you will know what we are talking about makes all others just toys.

  49. Well, i have over half of them 😉
    And since you already own one, please make a review of the Zebralight sc700d. Not that I don't already have one, but I love your reviews.

  50. Are you just favoriting every single comment?

  51. Every tactical bro owns at least one of the Streamlight Sidewinder. Where's yours ???

  52. Against my best efforts and without consent, I still managed to learn some shit from this video. Dammit.

  53. That's a new Jetbeam RRT 01 there.. Was excited that they come up with a new version, but really prefer the original UI.

  54. Liking your videos on the Xbox YouTube App takes no less than 10 button presses. Still, I persevere!

  55. "Tiny for their size" HwHaT?

  56. Thanks for the flashlight education…something I never knew I needed.

  57. Love your vids, that's right, if they don't agree just make their own video on their own channel! You've a bunch 'o lights. Any you'd not use, that would be bright enough to use at night w/motorized wheelchair (due to harassment by LEO's when I'm in the street-no sidewalks, etc.) that you'd sell then please contact me. Btw, it may take a bit to respond as I only have a not-so-smartphone. Thanks – keep up the good vids, I watch as often as possible! Take care, "God Bless", sincerely –

  58. Good one bra, artists and cops are always in idiot mode. Haha.

  59. Goddamn, you're a good watch!

  60. Good video.. surprisingly I know jack about flashlights even though I’m a knife collector… I was always curious so I may try one of those zebra lights.. they look pretty appealing

  61. Fenix E12. I'm either brilliant or a dumbass, but either way I just love that light.

  62. Love your review style.

  63. Thank you. My needs are a bit different so I list the criteria.

    1. Girlfriend – misplaces flashlights. Won't check batteries-has me do it. She gets the single AA, under $5 sipik sk68 flashlights.
    2. Me – Get confused on shifting between modes. If the situation is bad, no one is going to respond to the useless Morse Code mode. KISS principle. The absolutely, must be reliable lights are from McGee Engineering where the owner personally tests every light sold.
    Recently, I determine that I simply must have under 1 lumen lights as well. Picked up a couple.

  64. I settled on two plus a headlight, a novatac 120p, that’s got the nicest beam I have ever seen, and would swap for a hds if it ever broke but it never has, and a Nitecore srt7gt, which I use as a work light, but bought because of the ring…there I said it.

  65. I have a nitecore TUP and an Olight h1r flashlight. It's better to have two flashlights instead of 1.

  66. Flash lights are one of the biggest scams on planet earth !!!

  67. I like blinking lights …

  68. Here again. Im stuck between sc600 iv plus, 700d, d4. I have the ZL sc63 and its an amazing light. From those 3 which would you get just cuz you like flashlights. Thnx

  69. Zebra SC63/64 rules the EDC roost !
    The 600 head is too big

  70. Bro, your French is AWESOME!

  71. My issue with many edc lights including the ones you talked about in this video is none of them have tail cap switches. I prefer to have that option in my line of work. I find side switches cumbersome or annoying when clearing a room holding a firearm or conducting a traffic stop at night. The Fenix PD35 is what i carry right now.

  72. Nice light review with healthy calories (:

  73. Olight or death

    Or zima

    People have begged for death, no one has begged for zima.

  74. You getting the leatherman free?

  75. Man I don't have hardly any money. I have had so much consternation this month knowing that I have to absolutely have to buy a light. Getting the right one so that I won't have to buy another one for a very very long time is a big issue for me. Many of the comments that you made in this video have helped me to dial in on what is really important and I want to thank you for that.

  76. Came here for the fleshlights, should have gone to specsavers…

  77. Wait. The internet isn't real life?

  78. I'd love to see a hybrid beer/knife review.

  79. I resubbed for this but then unsubbed again. just came back to let you know.

  80. I wish more companies used better clips. Somehow many great EDC lights have terrible/weak clips. Zebralight’s screwed on clips are amazingly strong and give you good peace of mind.

  81. You and I share an affection for Zebralights, although they are not something I would hand to a novice. My SC52, SC5W, SC600MkIV+, and SC700d are all stellar performers. Due to their toughness and reliability over the years – – – I have found myself becoming less of a "collector" and more of a "user" as I empty my shelves of most of my other branded lights. I have kept one "thrower" and one "monster flooder", and my Zebra's. The rest are either going or gone.

    For me (I'm 64) it also simplifies things as I basically have to remember only one UI, although on the IV's and newer lights Zebra has 'expanded' the programming modes a bit.

    Keep up your great reviews!

    How do you like the extended runtime on the 21700 cells in the medium to lower modes as compared to the 18650's?

  82. I absolutely love my Zebralight SC700D. So much so I bought two of them. My SC600w MK IV Plus and SC5w MK II have seen far less use now lol. This new Zebralight has curbed my flashlight collecting for now. High CRI, 3000 lumen output, 21700 battery support and high build quality, the SC700D ticks all the right boxes on my checklist. Highly recommended.

  83. 3:13 Hate to tell you this bud, but you're haunted by a ghost child.

  84. I too edc the exact 2 as you.well…almost exactly
    – D4
    – ZL SC64w

  85. I was going to buy the SC700d but honestly can’t see how the Sc600 mk I’ve plus could get much better. What to do , knifebro? :/

  86. The Streamlight Microstream is all you need.

  87. Your requirements are exactly the same as mine. I think you read my mind and stole my thoughts. Not cool, dude. I'm putting back on my tinfoil hat to stop you from spying on me.

  88. I understood some words from this.

  89. My first "quality" flashlight i ever got was a LedLenser M7R X. I still use it daily, fully working. Only thing, 1 battery carrier has already a bad switch, bad in the way how it feels but 100% ok technically. But LL sent me a free one replacement, because of that and a bad coax-connection to the light itself. I have worn out with this lamp already 3 cells, not including the original LL battery.
    As i found out, there are many good other flashlights, especially cheaper than the very expensive LedLenser, i began to collect some interesting ones.
    For example a very nice EDC lamp, but i always ran out of battery bcause of 16340 size, so 550mA AW IMR… a modded LedLenser F1, with custom driver/LED/heatsink, around 2 Amps to the NW Cree XP-G2 LED. And it was not very "EDC friendly" to use a nice looking EDC light only with a battery box with 2 full 16340, so i sticked to a DQG Tiny 3 or so, nice runtime bcause of 18650. this special, custom LL F1 also deserve more to be in a showcase, i dont want to risk any scratches/issues with it, the switch is already worn out a bit.
    I am also still very happy about the Nitecore TUBE lights, my oldest one i have is still working 100%, have about 70mAh from the original 100 left and its on my main keychain, what was also at least 2 times in the washing machine with this light. I have also a Nitecore TIP on the car key, but if i need that much light already, i still go outside with my M7R X, much nicer, zoomable beam 🙂

    For any usage i need more light, i stick to the Meteor M43 with XP-G2 S3 3D NW with 2 replaced lenses: 1x 10509 and 1x 10508, so there is 1 wide beam cluster, 1 mid beam cluster(both frosted) and the 2 "original" narrow, clear lenses. If im also ok with a bulkier light, i use my Thrunite TN35. Its such a nice allrounder, it got everything from a good sized, strong spill to a throwy spot, and its "Turbo" stable if needed with its 2750 Lumen. Also the magnetic control ring feels so nice, only thing i dont like, but thats depends on the user 100%, the "Standby" position is between "Strobe" and "Turbo", so you cant turn it on with moonlight or low, and switch all the way down from turbo to lower settings.

  90. At least, you have a good taste in flashlights…

  91. FW3A? Unfortunately, it came out after this review but it is a very good light.

  92. I will share with a different perspective. Single AA battery in a button control Sipik SK68, costing under $5. Will work for 2 hours. Can read with it. Simple to operate. Why? 1. the girlfriend is not a flashlight expert, loses them and I want her to have multiples (car/rooms in house). 2. I gift them – flashlight, 4 AA batteries in a Red Chinese clear plastic container and all within a ziplock, water resistant baggie. Why? I may be at the relative's house, in the relative's car when shtf.

    My preferred (if it is stolen I will not cry like I would if someone stole my expensive lights) light is a single 18650 battery operated Sipik SK98. Simple, one mode. If I cannot find one mode, I settle for 3 mode. Why? More lumens, longer life than the AA Sipik SK68. I have to anticipate that someone will use the light and not be sophisticated with the b.s. about different modes, last mode memory, default mode and similar b.s., much less having to read a small print, multipage manual issued with the flashlight.

  93. Would you give me one of the 5,000 lumens flashlight for free? I can't afford to buy it, I have a low vision that make me can't go anywhere after 6 p.m.

  94. Hey bro, I need a flash light with a red light built in any suggestions?

  95. good review… more beer reviews por favor

  96. For me The Fireflies E07.

  97. I have Zebralight H53c headlamp and I'm perfectly happy. But it has downsides. Low lumen mode is activated by pressing button for just right time span. Too short, it goes to maximum. Too long, it goes to medium and medium-high is way too bright as well. Headband needs re-routing. Bright cone is too narrow for reading, but it's fine for hiking.
    I don't understand why to have a flashlight that you need to hold in the hand. I use Fenix E05 on keyring, it sort of sucks compared to zebralight (bluish tint, horrible color reproduction, no sublumen mode), but it's fine for EDC light. I'm carrying Zebralight headlamp with some spare batteries anyways when there's chance of needing it (evening walks, bike rides, night in some cottage)

  98. Do a gun review, bro.

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