Product Review: EDC Flashlights

productReview1Every Monday I plan on highlighting and writing reviews on items that I am currently using for my prepping needs. Today’s product review will be my EDC flashlight. As each item is particular I will try to break down each criteria and give them a ranking of 0 to 5 (5 being the best)

In one of my previous posts “Every Day Carry”, I mentioned I carry a flashlight with me at all times. Its primary reason is for my work (I work in information technology). There is many times that I need to in and around corners of servers and computers.

 

The flashlight I absolutely love and carry with me is the Streamlight 66118 Stylus Pro Black LED Pen Flashlight

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Some of the criteria with a flashlight selection are:

Usability

Portability

Durability

Cost to Operate

Prepping Value

 

Usability (rank: 4) – This flashlight packs a nice punch. It is rated at an output of 48 lumens. It runs off 2 “AAA” batteries. To operate the flashlight, you simply click the button at the back of the flashlight. It cannot get any simpler than that.

Portability (rank: 5) – This stylus flashlight is very compact and it packs a nice punch. It comes with a holster and clip which makes it easy for me to clip it on to my pocket and go. I usually carry this pen on my right pocket clipped and I hardly ever realize that I have it on my person. The holster can be added to a belt for easier access. Id imagine if you are in a field that requires it readily available this would be a good asset.

Durability (rank: 4) – The outside body is made out of aircraft grade aluminum. It is impact resistant and I have put it to the test. I have dropped mine on various occasions and have not had any issues (albeit a few scratches). The LCD is rated at 30,000 hours which means you could use this flashlight eight hours a day, every day for ten years and it would still have some life it in.

Cost to Operate (rank: 3) –  I have used this flashlight at least once to twice a week for about a year now and have yet to replace its batteries. I like to use Duracell Coppertop AAA Alkaline Batteries . No issues there. As of writing this post, the cost to operate this flashlight is about $1. It is rated to run roughly 4.5 hours on single batteries. My recommendation if you will be running alot of hours through this flashlight is to invest in Duracell Rechargeable Batteries Startup Kit . It is a little more costly but your cost to operate will break even after you reuse the batteries 20 times or so.

Prepping Value (Rank: 4) – Although a good flashlight, I would consider it an entry level and acceptable for every day carry. I would not recommend having this flashlight as your main source of illumination in your preps. For this a more powerful light or a headlamp would be more appropriate. I would not dismiss it though as it can be a valuable tool when SHTF. Its portability is what really wins me over.

Negatives – I will say that the flashlight in my opinion does get a little scratched pretty easy. This could also be due to my normal use and handling.

Overall Score:  4

The Streamlight 66118 Stylus Pro Black LED Pen Flashlight is a very good flashlight at a decent price. I recommend anyone prepping to pick one of these up and add it to your everyday carry regimen. Of course, I would not rely solely on this flashlight in a SHTF scenario.

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