The Best LED Flashlights for Camping or Everyday Use

You need a great one for ghost stories, or emergencies.

by Jon Gugala
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The light on your phone works in a pinch, but a sturdy, reliable flashlight is a must for every home. How else are you supposed to get around during a power outage, find stuff in the attic, or tell ghost stories to your kids? But finding the best flashlight for camping, games, or everyday use isn’t easy — there are a range of LED flashlights, tactical flashlights, and headlamps to choose from based on your specific needs,

When choosing a flashlight, try to get one with a rechargeable battery. Pay attention to whether it’s water-resistant or not, especially if you’re using it during hikes or campouts, and how heavy it is, for obvious reasons.

In terms of how much light a flashlight puts out, the key word here is lumen. One lumen is about as bright as a birthday candle. A regular 60-watt lightbulb is equal to about 750-850 lumens. With flashlights, you want one that has about 800 to 1,200 lumens at its highest output, because that’s really all you need. And if want to use a flashlight in a tent, or while regaling kids with ghost stories, make sure it has a low-lumens setting, of about 100 to 200.

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