If you’re not someone who buys flashlights often, the terminology around flashlights can seem confusing. You may be surprised by all the differences in the flashlights that are for sale these days. Below are five important things to consider when buying a flashlight.


Lumens are the unit that is used to measure the amount of light output. Consider what the main use of the flashlight will be to determine how many lumens you will need. An everyday carry flashlight (EDC flashlight) will probably not need as much light output if you were using it for work, for example.

Battery Type

When looking at flashlights, consider if you want a battery that is rechargeable or non-rechargeable. A non-rechargeable battery will work better for those that are often on-the-go and can either pack batteries with them or pick up new ones easily. However, a rechargeable battery will prevent you having to buy batteries and often have long run times. Most rechargeable Fenix flashlights will run, on average, 100 hours on one charge.


Depending on what you are planning on using the flashlight for will depend on how durable it should be. If you are looking for one to primarily use around the house, you probably don’t need to focus too much on how durable it is. If you are planning on taking it traveling with you where you could drop it or bring through harsh terrain, you will want to find a flashlight that is hardy and will survive the elements. Police officers, construction workers and other hands-on professionals will want a durable one that they can rely on to work while they’re on the job.


Flashlights can greatly vary in their size and weight. If you are looking for a flashlight that can be carried with you everyday or on a backpacking trip, you will want to find a smaller flashlight. When considering the size of a flashlight, it can be useful to shop in-person to see how the light fits in your hand. If you are shopping online, make sure you look at the measurements and you can compare this to a flashlight or a different item you have at home.


When you first start looking for flashlights, you might be surprised at how much the price can vary. Although it can be tempting to buy a cheaper flashlight, remember that these have a higher chance of breaking. You are getting what you pay for, so don’t settle for a flashlight that doesn’t fit your needs just to save money. Investing in a high quality flashlight now will save you from having to purchase a new one sooner. Flashlights from Fenix have a limited lifetime guarantee to reduce the chance of you needing a new flashlight anytime soon.

Now that you know what to look for, you can go search for a flashlight that serves its purpose. We hope this list makes your search easier and helps you find a light that will serve your needs for years to come.