Best Rechargeable Flashlight [2020]

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Anker Bolder LC90

  • 900 lumens with adjustable beam
  • 3,350 mAh USB rechargeable battery
  • 6-hour maximum charge

The Anker Bolder LC90 appeals to a broad range of users. It can produce up to 900 lumens with a 1,000-foot maximum range. Yet it also has an adjustable beam width that lets you use it as a broad area spotlight, or a narrow beam focused flashlight.

It also has five different settings for high, medium, low, and strobe, with an SOS feature. It’s powered by a 3,350 mAh battery is rated to last up to six hours on a single full charge. There is a built-in Micro USB port and a Micro USB recharging cable is included in the initial purchase.

The Anker Bolder LC 90 was designed to be shock-resistant, and it also carries an IP65 water resistance rating. This means it can handle an accidental drop as well as heavy rain. However, it can’t survive full immersion in water.

CREE has a strong reputation for producing quality flashlights. Their URPOWER Tactical Flashlight can generate up to 1,000 lumens on its highest setting with a maximum range of over 1,100 feet. It also has High, Middle, Low, Strobe and SOS modes.

This rechargeable flashlight runs off a 2,800 mAh rechargeable battery. The charger included in the purchase was designed with overcharging protection feature. This reduces the risk of damage during charging, to extend the overall lifespan.

The URPOWER by CREE has an aluminum alloy case of superior durability. Yet it’s only 3.2-ounces and measures in at a compact 5.2-inches long It also has an IPX5 waterproof rating, which means that it can endure even heavy rain, but not total immersion in water.


SureFire Stiletto PRO PLR-B

  • Ecologically conscious lithium-polymer battery
  • Designed to be a true tactical flashlight
  • IPX7 waterproof rating

The SureFire Stiletto PRO PLR-B is a truly tactical rechargeable flashlight. On its highest setting, it generates up to 1,000 lumens. It has four total settings including maximum, medium, strobe, and low. There’s also a special tail switch that makes a quick transition to the 1,000-lumen wide flood beam.

The Stiletto’s body is made from anodized aluminum for lightweight durability. The seals also carry an IPX7 waterproof rating, which means this flashlight can be submerged up to 1-meter for up to half an hour.

The Stilettos built-in battery is created from an ecologically conscious lithium polymer, which also holds a superior charge. There is also a micro USB charging cord that is included in the initial purchase.

How We Picked

Lumens are the unit of measure for determining a flashlight’s brightness. When it comes to functional brightness 100 lumens is the minimum. Though most high-quality rechargeable flashlights produce over 600 to even 1,000 lumens at their highest setting.

Of course, the more lumens a flashlight produces, the faster it will use up its available charge. Even if you have one that produces 1,000 lumens, chances are you aren’t going to need that intense level of brightness. Not to mention you will inevitably face the frustration of needing to constantly recharge or replace the battery.

To prevent this from being an issue, we tried to look for flashlights that had high lumen capability, yet also gave you the option of being able to dial it down to a lower light setting. Not only is this more practical, but it also means you get sufficient lighting with an extended battery life between charges.

The overall function was also something to keep in mind. Some flashlights are geared for basic household or personal use. If you just need a flashlight to find keys in your handbag at night, or to get through the occasional power outage caused by a storm, then you probably aren’t interested in strobe features and a 1,000-foot maximum range.

On the other end of the spectrum, if you are an avid outdoorsman, or your bike rides extend into the nighttime hours, then brightness, adjustable focus, and special lighting features start to take a higher priority. This includes things like waterproofing or water resistance ratings to ensure that the flashlight can endure a little rain.

The ease of recharging was also something we kept an eye out for. USB charging ports are very popular with rechargeable flashlights. However, they are not the only option. Some people prefer a flashlight that can run on a removable rechargeable battery for short to medium-term use. Yet they can replace it with a standard battery for things like a camping trip, where there might not be a reliable source of electricity available for days.

Anker Bolder LC90

Anker Bolder LC90

Specs:

  • 900 lumens
  • 1,000-foot maximum range
  • Adjustable beam width
  • 5 settings
  • 3,350mAh rechargeable battery
  • 6-hours on a single charge
  • IP65 anti-slip grip
  • Includes micro USB recharge cable
  • Shock-resistant design
  • 6.24-ounce weight
  • 6.2-inches long
  • 18-month warranty

The Anker Bolder LC 90 was designed to appeal to a broad range of users. It’s 900 lumens is impressive, giving it a 1,000-foot maximum range. At the same time, the adjustable beam width allows you to use it as a broad area spotlight, or a narrow beam focused flashlight for finding small items in tight spaces.

Anker Bolder LC90 disassembeld

The Anker Bolder LC 90 also has five different settings including High, medium, low, and strobe, as well as a Morse SOS feature. It’s powered by a Micro USB port and includes a Micro USB recharging cable. The 3,350 mAh battery is rated to last up to six hours on a single full charge.

Anker Bolder LC90

The internal workings were designed to be shock resistant. The seals also carry an IP65 water resistance rating, which is more than sufficient to handle heavy rain. Still, it’s not enough for long term submersion such as snorkeling at night.

Anker Bolder LC90 in rain

The exterior has an anti-slip grip, which allows you to hold it firmly with wet hands. There is also a secure wrist strap. All told the Anker Bolder LC 90 measures in at 6.2-inches long yet it only weighs 6.24 ounces.