EDC Flashlight Gift Ideas
Flashlight Gift Ideas for All
What Defines an EDC Flashlight?
As you may already know, EDC stands for every day carry. What you may not know is what exactly qualifies as an EDC or rather what characteristics define this type of flashlight. As you can see above, we've put together a list of EDC flashlight gift ideas, just in time for the holidays. But first, we should explain how we arrived at such a phenomenal selection.
On average, EDC flashlights range in size from about four to six inches. This, of course, is a personal preference and is not a set-in-stone rule, but rather a general guide. As you can see, we've included the Nitecore Tube in our selection of flashlight gift ideas, so there are some overlapping areas when discussing every day carry lights and keychain lights. To clarify, the Nitecore Tube is just an all-around great key light that we have loved for years. If you don't already have one on your keyring, we highly recommend adding one to your collection. For the most part, though, EDC flashlights are handheld and are designed to fit in the palm of said hand. Weight is another factor to consider as the flashlight is meant for carrying around at all times. Our selection of EDC flashlight gift ideas max out at 6 ounces, with the Olight M2R that doubles as a compact tactical light.
Flashlight Gift Ideas for the "Average Person"
Let's be honest - not everyone is as enthusiastic about flashlight as we are. The reality is that they simply have not yet been educated on the vast array of benefits there are from carrying a small, handheld flashlight around. For starters, you absolutely need an every day carry light in case of an emergency. What if the power goes out at work and you need to stumble out to your car in the dark parking lot to go home? While some may argue that there is a flashlight app on every cell phone nowadays, how badly are you going to feel when the battery in your cell phone dies because you wasted it navigating to your car? Not to mention that these EDC flashlights are tremendously brighter and throw a better beam than the phone.
You will also find that any of these flashlight gift ideas would be great tools for illuminating areas that are otherwise day-to-day normalcies. A great example is what happened to me just a few months ago. I went to see the latest Marvel movie in theaters, which of course is dark setting in which it is difficult to see. Now to set the stage, the theater we visit is one of those with big comfy seats that feature footrests and adjustable seat backs. The entire theater is positioned at an angle, in typical stadium or theater seating style, so that each aisle is slighter higher than the one in front so as to provide each patron with the best view of the big screen. Of course, this equals turmoil for any circular or round item with which you may have carried into the venue. At some point in the middle of saving the world, my vape pen managed to leave my pocket, fall onto that angled stadium seating floor and roll a few aisles down in front of me. Now before you jump to conclusions, no I did not whip out of my EDC in the middle of the movie - I am a courteous movie watcher, thank you very much. I waited until the credits were over and the post-credits scenes were over until I began my frantic search (vape pens are expensive, guys.) Now while the theater lights did eventually turn on, it was still difficult to find the vape pen on the dark flooring. Eventually, I found it hidden under a chair, but it required the use of my wife's Olight S1 Baton to find. Trust me, you won't regret carrying an LED flashlight around with you, ever.
How Bright is Too Bright?
This selection of flashlight gift ideas is focused solely on EDC lights. For that reason, we thought it was important to point out the importance of brightness levels and output modes. An every day carry light really doesn't need to be any brighter than 2000 lumens. This is something you are going to be carrying in your pocket, or on your hip, so you don't want the light to get too hot. More importantly, you don't want to blind your colleagues. Our list of flashlight gift ideas also includes those with multiple output modes to accommodate every illuminating need.
Flashlight Gift Ideas to Fit Your Holiday Budget
The holidays are an expensive time of year. We understand that while you may want to give an expensive gift, you may not be able to afford it. For this reason, we've kept this list of flashlight gift ideas limited to under $100.