Since first invented in 1899, flashlights have come a long way. Not only do they help when the lights go out at home or store in the glovebox at the ready when you need to change a tire. Today’s flashlights are also energy-saving and weather-resistant. We’ve reviewed some of our favorite waterproof flashlights to share with you.
Why buy a waterproof flashlight?
Buy a waterproof flashlight if you’re a person who likes camping, fishing, or hiking and needs a fail-proof light source. No matter the weather, a good waterproof flashlight should continue to work as well as it does in dry conditions. And isn’t just about every device we rely on subject to water exposure? Waterproof flashlights also make sense for those who prefer to stay indoors and need to check a leaky faucet, for example.
What should you look for in a waterproof flashlight?
- Design: Choose a design based on what you intend to use your waterproof flashlight for. If you want to keep it on your person whenever you go out, look for a compact, pocketable flashlight. Tactical flashlights with high lumens and multiple light modes constructed with military-grade metal for high-impact events may be a bit too much if you simply want to walk your dog at night. A tactical design works great for outdoor adventurers; headlamps are perfect for hands-free assistance in a tent or during auto repair; flashlights with dual floodlight functions are perfect for nighttime workers and hunters.
- Waterproofing: You may not need a 100% waterproof flashlight if you want something to keep at home if the lights go off during a storm. However, if you’re a person who engages in outdoor activities come rain or shine, you may want to be sure that the product you’re considering is waterproof. The most reliable indicator is the IP (Ingress Protection) code, a classification that identifies the degree of protection a device has against solids, like dust, and liquids, like water. A flashlight with IPX7 protection is waterproof up to 1 meter, whereas those with IPX4 are splash-resistant. Do a quick Google search to find an IP code chart.
- Brightness: With LED flashlights, the higher the lumens, the brighter the light. A waterproof flashlight with 1,200 lumens can illuminate as far as 800 meters into the woods while you camp. Models with only 25 lumens might be just right if you want an on-hand, reliable light to find personal items in the dark. Consider what you need your flashlight for, and choose accordingly. If you’re unsure, go with a brighter option. It’s better to have extra brightness than not enough.
Are rechargeable flashlights the best option?
Generally speaking, flashlights with rechargeable batteries offer greater value for your money. For one thing, they end up saving you money and have less impact on the environment. If you carry your flashlight for hikes, a rechargeable version will keep your load a bit lighter as you won’t need to carry replacement batteries. Of course, you’ll need to be sure your batteries are fully charged before you set out if you won’t have access to a power source.
GearLight LED Flashlight Pack
This tactical LED flashlight covers emergencies as well as it does everyday use.
Pros: Made for the darkest, most demanding environments, the GearLight LED flashlight has the needs of most people covered. The flashlight should withstand the impact of a 10-foot drop with its durable military-grade construction. The anti-roll design will keep it from falling further away from you. The tactical tail switch allows you to adjust from pinpoint precision to full illumination with one hand. Shift between five light modes as needed: low, medium, high, strobe, and emergency.
Cons: The three AAA batteries or single rechargeable battery needed to power the flashlight aren’t included.
Bottom Line: This rugged flashlight is amenable to the needs and lifestyles of the unadventurous and the outdoor explorers. It comes with a handy storage pouch, belt loop, and lanyard.
AlpsWolf Rechargeable LED Spotlight Flashlight
A super-bright spotlight flashlight for nighttime work, camping, or car repair.
Pros: This product by AlpsWolf has the specs you want in a remarkable, high-powered, smartly designed spotlight flashlight. It’s easy to carry and aim with the convenient non-slip rubber handle. The rechargeable flashlight and 1,200 lumens can cast light as far as 800 meters. Choose among three brightness levels as needed. The flashlight casts a narrower, more precise light than the floodlight, making it perfect for car repair and hunting. Flip it over to illuminate the side of a building or large room. The floodlight has 45 SMD LEDs, which create a wide-angle illumination range.
Cons: You may find the ABS plastic body flimsy, especially considering the flashlights’ other impressive features.
Bottom Line: There’s a lot to like about this flashlight from AlpsWolf. It also acts as a spotlight and has impressive light power.
DanForce Rechargeable LED Headlamp
This hard-core, adjustable headlamp fits most heads so the whole family can enjoy the outdoors all year round.
Pros: This is the headlamp to get if you’re an all-weather, all-year-long outdoors enthusiast. The adjustable headlamp fits most kids and adults, so you can make extreme weather camping a family event. The IP (Ingress Protection) code, IPX45, indicates that the headlamp is made to withstand quite a lot. It’s bright, too, at 1,080 lumens, and the two included USB rechargeable 18650 batteries are long-lasting (up to 8 hours of high illumination). Wear this multifunctional, 90-degree rotating headlamp strapped right to your head, on a helmet, or over a hardhat. Other qualities that will assist you in your outdoor adventures are the light’s zoom focus feature and four light modes.
Cons: Cons: IPX45 products are not dustproof. This detail won’t be necessary to everyone, but we thought it was worth mentioning.
Bottom Line: This headlamp comes with two batteries, a USB cable, a carry bag, a carabiner, a user guide, and lots of impressive features!
UST SplashFlash LED Light
A pocketable, truly waterproof personal LED flashlight.
Pros: Cute and powerful—what a great combination! This IPX7 waterproof LED flashlight withstands effects of immersion as deep as 1 meter. So if you find yourself crawling on the cement by a swimming pool at night to find a lost earring only to lose your balance and fall in with your SplashFlash in hand, it should keep working. The flashlight is made of high-impact ABS, beneficial if you should accidentally drop it. This flashlight runs up to 11 hours of continuous use with fantastic energy-saving quality.
Cons: As several users point out, the SplashFlash isn’t intended to use as a camping light, as it’s not bright enough.
Bottom Line: It’s easy to use, comes with a carabiner clip and AAA alkaline battery, and is available in orange, black, and glow in the dark. This flashlight could quickly become one of your favorite safety lights.
Dorcy 55 Lumen Floating Waterproof LED Flashlight
An affordable, impact-resistant flashlight that floats.
Pros: Rubber is the key to this LED flashlight’s rugged, floatable design. The flashlight features thicker rubber around the face of the light for impact resistance and along the body for a slip-proof grip. With four LED bulbs that cast 55 lumens about 31 meters and a run-time of over eight hours, this flashlight works great around the house, garage, camping, and beach-time fun. The Dorcy floating flashlight has a built-in tail cap carabiner clip for your convenience.
Cons: The flashlight does float but can’t be submerged in water without possible leakage.
Bottom Line: This budget-friendly, floatable, and impact-resistant LED flashlight has your back for everyday activities and outdoor adventures. It makes an excellent replacement for your old and outdated emergency flashlight too.
There’s no better time to get a waterproof flashlight than today. Even if you don’t need the waterproof feature for the activities you most like to do, it can come in handy. And for those who work in or play day and night outdoors, a waterproof flashlight makes a critical safety measure.