Best Rechargeable LED Flashlights Review
More and more flashlights users are turning toward rechargeable flashlights because they end up being more economical than non-rechargeable flashlights. With a rechargeable flashlight you don’t need to worry about changing out the batteries as often nor do you need to worry about buying a separate battery charger which can really cut down on the cost. For this reason many users will not even purchase a non-rechargeable flashlight.
For this review we have combed through many different lights and picked the best rechargeable flashlights we could find. You’ll find them varying in application, size, power, features, and more giving you a wide range to choose from. Whether you’re looking for a tactical flashlight, an outdoor flashlight, or general use flashlights, you’ll find a lot of options.
You can choose between a USB rechargeable flashlight or a rechargeable flashlight that will typically come with its own proprietary charger. There are pros and cons to both of these types of rechargeable flashlights and we’ll get into that during this review.
Micro USB Rechargeable Flashlights
We’ll start with the more popular rechargeable flashlight which is a USB rechargeable flashlight. These flashlights typically have a micro USB port located on the side and often come with a silicone cover so that dirt and grime don’t get into the USB port. The good news about a USB rechargeable flashlight is that USB cords and USB adapters are so ubiquitous that you may find several in your home without even knowing they were there. Many people have USB devices so you could charge a flashlight at a friend’s if you needed to or just plug it into the computer while you’re working and let it charge away.
However, not everyone likes to deal with having to plug in these tiny USB cables into the ports. Also, if you lose the silicone cover or forget to push the cover on the way all the way on then you could get water, dirt, or grime in the USB port thereby affecting it’s charging. Not all USB rechargeable flashlights require that silicone cover and users will often prefer the convenience of a USB rechargeable flashlight over anything else. So let’s take a look at a few of the USB rechargeable flashlights.
The Klarus XT11GT is an excellent rechargeable flashlight because it is packed with features. It delivers 2000 lumens, features multiple outputs, and even features three different programmable settings that you can choose from. When it comes to convenience and versatility you won’t find a better flashlight than the Klarus XT11GT. It is a USB rechargeable flashlight and has a micro USB port located on the side with a silicone cover that protects it. When you charge the flashlight you’ll see a charging indicator to let you know the status. When you’re using the flashlight the indicator will let you know the battery levels so you can plan your usage a little bit before recharging the flashlight.
It’s one of my favorites because it is an incredibly compact and incredibly powerful flashlight and definitely one of the best tactical flashlights that you’ll find on the market today. With all the features that Klarus included with it, the XT11GT is extremely versatile and is made for any flashlight user.
The FlashlightZ Beacon is another favorite of mine because it’s powerful and economical. With a lot of USB rechargeable flashlights, you may find that they cost a bit more than the non-rechargeable flashlights. The Beacon, however, gives you a high-quality rechargeable flashlight without breaking the bank. It delivers up to 1000 lumens and features an adjustable Focus so that you can pick between a spot light, flood light, and everything in between.
The micro USB port is located on the neck of the Beacon flashlight when you extend the head all the way. So with this flashlight, you won’t need to deal with a micro USB cover. However, if you have the head of the flashlight extended you will need to look out for water, dirt, grime potentially getting into the USB port. This is a great USB rechargeable flashlight because it is a simple, economical, powerful, and tactical flashlight that can serve a lot of purposes.
Fenix UC35 V2.0
Fenix recently came out with the upgraded UC35 V2.0 rechargeable flashlight. This flashlight is one I am really excited about. You can see my extended review here. It delivers 1000 lumens and has multiple outputs to choose from. The design of this flashlight makes it easy to carry around by clipping it onto your pocket or using the included holster. It’s made for convenience and reliability so you can’t go wrong with this Fenix flashlight.
It does feature a USB port located on the side of the light and actually has inner waterproofing treatment for the actual charging port giving it a little bit more protection. It does feature a charging indicator as well as a battery level indicator so you can always know what’s going on with your flashlight. Whether you are a seasoned user or a beginner, the Fenix UC35 is a truly excellent rechargeable flashlight.
On the other hand, you’ll find rechargeable flashlights that may require a proprietary charging cable or charging cradle. These flashlights can be convenient because you don’t need to mess with the tiny micro USB port and cable. You can often just easily attach the cable or slip the flashlights into its charging cradle and forget about it until you need it. The downside is that these flashlights will typically only give you one cradle or one cable so if you need another one you’ll have to purchase it. Nevertheless, there are some users that prefer a rechargeable flashlight that comes with a proprietary cable or cradle. Let’s take a look at a couple of the best rechargeable flashlights.
Considered a compact throwing flashlight, the Klarus XT12GT delivers 1600 lumens and has a maximum distance of 603 meters which is incredibly impressive for a flashlight of its size. It features multiple outputs and two programmable settings that you can choose from giving it a lot of versatility. It’s compact enough that you can clip it onto your pocket or carry it and its holster, but it’s definitely not considered an everyday carry flashlight. It makes a great tactical flashlight, outdoor flashlight, hunting flashlight, and more.
The XT12GT features a magnetic charging port and comes with an included USB magnetic charging cable. What’s great about this is that if you take the cable and put it within an inch of the port the cable will immediately attach to the magnetic charging port. This makes the XT12GT incredibly easy and convenient to charge. It also features an indicator around the charging port that let you know the charging status as well as the battery levels when using the flashlight. The included proprietary cable is excellent because it’s a USB cable so you can still plug the cable into your computer while you’re working and charge the XT12GT easily.
The RC20 is a convenient and powerful rechargeable flashlight sold by Fenix. It delivers up to 1000 lumens and features five total outputs as well as two operation modes that you can choose from. With all of these options, you have a lot of versatility with the RC20. It features a momentary on and a built-in memory function that’s always great to take advantage of.
It comes with a USB charging cradle so you can use a USB cord to plug into the cradle. The cradle is small and easily transportable. If you prefer, you can fix the cradle onto a wall and hook your flashlights up into it to charge. On the cradle, you’ll see a charging indicator to let you know when the flashlight is charging and when it’s finished. And the flashlight features a battery level indicator so you have an idea how much charge left you have in your battery.
This cradle is excellent for a few different reasons. If you’re using a flashlight at work it can be nice to have that cradle fixed to the wall so you can easily put your flashlight there and charge it. The cradle is also small enough that you can easily put it in your car or take it with you on a trip if you need to. Because it’s USB you can easily plug the cradle into an adapter and charge your flashlight conveniently.
Whether you’re looking for a USB rechargeable flashlight or a rechargeable flashlight that comes with a convenient cradle, you can’t go wrong with picking one of the flashlights on this list. Each flashlight is a powerful and durable and a tool that you’ll be able to rely on for a long time to come. If you’ve never used a rechargeable flashlight before I recommend that you try one out and see how you like it. I have owned rechargeable flashlights as well as non-rechargeable flashlights and rechargeable flashlights are undoubtedly more convenient. So pick out your favorite rechargeable flashlight and start shopping!