Top 11 Flashlights

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Flashlights come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and colors. They all serve the same basic function and operate in basically the same way, but there is more to it than that. There are various features of flashlights that make some stand out and offer better performance than others. Keep these features in mind as you search for the one you need for your home.
1 Eton Clipray

The Eton Clipray flashlight is co-sponsored by the American Red Cross. Having this name attached to the flashlight means that it is well designed for emergency situations. The first thing that stands out about this flashlight is that it comes with a hand crank, so that no batteries are needed at all. It also has a handy USB port for charging up a cell phone or other USB-enabled device. Finally, it comes with a handy carabineer for hands-free use.


* One minute of cranking produces ten minutes of light

* Dimensions: 2.25 inches by 6 inches by 1.25 inches

* Weight: 4.9 ounces


2 UltraFire 502B Flashlight

The 502B flashlight from UltraFire is an ultra-bright LED flashlight. In fact, on its brightest setting the UltraFire 502B can output 1,000 lumens of light. It can produce this while only using a single 3.7 volt battery. The other thing that stands out about this flashlight is that it is made out of aluminum that is waterproof in design.


* Uses a single 18650 Li-ion battery

* Dimensions: 84 by 46 by 33 millimeters

* Weight: 8.8 ounces


3 LED Lenser HP8407

This flashlight from LED Lenser is a general-purpose type of flashlight. What makes this flashlight so unique is its long battery life. In fact, it can provide up to 64 hours of bright light, so you will never run out in an emergency. It also has a three-button switch that can go from maximum light to high light to low light. Also significant is its beam length, which has been measured at up to 689 feet. It is lightweight, durable, and constructed out of aluminum.


* Powered by four AAA batteries

* Dimensions: 6.2 inches by 3 inches by 2.5 inches

* Weight: eight ounces


4 LRI PWK Photon II Flashlight

The Photon II light from LRI is a popular choice because it is so small in comparison to other lights. In fact, it is so small that it can actually be clipped on the end of a keychain. It comes equipped with a multifunction on and off switch, an unbreakable high intensity LED bulb, and a quick-release keychain ring.


* Powered by a single lithium Ion battery

* Dimensions: 8.2 inches by 3.7 inches by 0.6 inches

* Weight: 0.3 ounces

5 Energizer Weatheready

This emergency flashlight from Energizer comes with a built-in rechargeable system that is powered by a hand crank. This means that users never have to rely on batteries. Another interesting thing about this type of flashlight is that the LED lightbulb is supposedly good for a lifetime. It will never have to be replaced.


* Powered by a hand-cranked rechargeable battery

* Dimensions: 9.5 inches by 4.6 inches by 1.5 inches

* Weight: 6.4 ounces


6 Streamlight 65018 Stylus Flashlight

The Streamlight 65018 is a multifunction product. It is part flashlight and part stylus. The flashlight portion of the Streamlight 65018 is called a pen light. It is extremely small in size but actually produces a very bright light. It is ultra bright for lighting in confined or focused spaces. It is also small enough to slip easily into a shirt pocket.


* Powered by three AAAA batteries

* Dimensions: 8.5 inches by 3 inches by 0.5 inches

* Weight: 1.6 ounces


7 Dorcy 41-4240

One thing that Dorcy does to stand out from the rest of the flashlight manufacturers is to build flashlights that can withstand all of the harsh elements of the outdoors. Their flashlights, which include the Dorcy 41-4240, are all built to be weather resistant. What makes this model stand out from others is its ingenious use of nine LED bulbs for a bright, intense beam of light.


* Powered by three AAA batteries

* Dimensions: 1.3 inches by 1.3 inches by 3.9 inches

* Weight: four ounces


8 Ambient Weather WR-089 Flashlight

This particular light from Ambient Weather is more than just a light. It is a complete weatherproof emergency system. It includes the flashlight and a compact NOAA weather radio, and it can be recharged via USB, AC charger, DC charger, solar charge, or can even be battery powered. They literally thought of everything with this device.


* Powered by three AAA batteries

* Dimensions: 2.4 inches by 1.6 inches by 5 inches

* Weight: 8 ounces

9 TrustFire XML C8-T6

The first thing that really stands out about the TrustFire XML light is that it is ultra bright for its size. It outputs up to 1,000 lumens of light. A single 3.7-volt battery powers all of this. It also has a five-mode button for strong light, medium light, weak light, blinking light, and an SOS light. It is built to last a long time and withstand a lot of use.


* Powered by a 18650 3.7-volt battery

* Dimensions: 6.3 inches by 0.9 inches by 1.7 inches

* Weight: 6.9 ounces


10 Delk Solar Powered LED

Most people have heard of LED keychain lights. They are ultra compact and can provide a substantial amount of light for such a small and confined area. What makes this Delk LED keychain light different from most is that it is actually solar powered. It has a built-in solar cell right on top that charges the battery for up to 3 hours of operation after just 30 minutes of solar charging.


* Powered by solar-charged battery

* Dimensions: 2.5 inches by 0.5 inches by 1.5 inches

* Weight: 0.8 ounces

11 MagLite ST3D016 Flashlight

No flashlight list is ever complete without mentioning a MagLite flashlight. The ST3D016 flashlight is a weather- and shock-resistant flashlight that is built to provide high-intensity lighting in any situation. It is durable, reliable, and very efficient in its energy use. Finally, this flashlight is backed by a lifetime warranty.


* Powered by three D cell batteries

* Dimensions: 12.3 inches by 1.6 inches by 2.2 inches

* Weight: 16 ounces



Finding Flashlights on eBay

Flashlights come in such a wide variety of shapes and sizes as well as multiple functions (aside from just providing light). To search for flashlights on eBay just determine what your specific needs are first. Then perform a search for a flashlight based on that need. An example would be one for a keychain light. Another example might be to search specifically for an emergency or weather-ready flashlight. This will help to narrow down the choices to provide a list of more appropriate matches.
Another way to search for flashlights is by their power source. Most flashlights are battery powered, while a few are crank powered or solar powered. For battery-powered flashlights, just perform a search that includes the actual battery size. A few examples might be AAA battery, D cell battery, or even the smaller AAAA battery.
Another way to search for flashlights is by their housing. They can really be constructed out of anything. The aluminum flashlights are ones that are more durable than most and these are typically weather resistant. The plastic and rubber coated housings are convenient for those who want a rugged flashlight. These can be dropped and will continue working just fine.
Finally, try searching for flashlights based on the manufacturer. Some people prefer buying flashlights from certain manufacturers over others. Some manufacturers are known for producing products with certain characteristics (like being weatherproof) that make them stand out from others.


Flashlights serve many different purposes, and there is always a need for one. Finding a flashlight that meets all of the needed requirements is easy with eBay. There are many different flashlights to choose from in a variety of price ranges.
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