Some of you might be surprised that the Elzetta Bravo made one of our best of lists because it is not one of the brightest lights out there. On its highest setting the Bravo only emits 650 lumens but only because this model comes with an Automatic Voltage Sensing head that allows for the higher lumen output. The other model only emits 235 lumens. The AVS head features an optical lens that comes with several different lens options. It gives you the ability to change beam patterns, on its lowest setting, which is engaged by twisting the tailcap.
The tailcap also features a push button switch to power the light on and off. The reason why we rank the Elzetta Bravo so high on the list is because it is practically indestructible. The optical lens is the standard 7/8 inches thick but is one of the most durable on the market. The Bravo also features fully potted electronics, which adds to the lights durability. The thing about fully potted electronics is that it isn’t something that you normally find on flashlights. It is an important feature because it seals the circuit boards and solders joints, so they are locked into place.
Another downfall to this light, which is easy to overlook, is that you can only use non-rechargeable CR123A batteries with it. The reason behind this is that non-rechargeable CR123A batteries are the best choice in emergency situations, and they are the most durable. The batteries themselves are not widely available because they are a non-standard battery, but they do have a long shelf life and an amazing output in terms of powering the light.
Weight: 6.2 ounces without batteries
Dimensions: 5.6 inches long and 1.45 inch diameter
Highest Setting: 650 lumens for one hour and 30 minutes
Lowest Setting: 15 lumens for 60 hours
Budget Main Light (Non Standard):
If you read our previous survival flashlight review, you might remember the winner from last year was the Olight M22 Warrior this year we replace it with the Olight M23 Javelot. The best thing about the new winner is that it is very similar to last year’s winner, but offers an improved throw thanks to its dedomed CREE XP-L LED. One of the great things about this customized CREE XP-L LED is that it allows the light to reach up to 477 yards at night using its highest setting of 1020 lumens. The M23 Javelot features three different modes, along with a strobe mode. The highest mode reaches 1020 lumens for five minutes, mode two emits 350 lumens for two hours, and mode three is the lowest mode and emits 20 lumens for 30 hours.
The flashlight (for example: SUNJACK CAMPLIGHT )is considered a non-standard light because it requires two CR123A lithium batteries or a single 18650 lithium ion battery to run. At just under six inches long, this light is small enough to carry with you. It is also versatile enough to be used in a variety of settings. The tail cap is extremely stable allowing you to stand the light on its end to provide light for an entire room while freeing up your hands. The light comes with a holster and diffuser, which allows you to turn the beam into diffused light to better light up your surroundings.Weight: 5.29 oz without batteries
Dimensions: 5.66 inches long and 1.61 inch diameter
Highest Setting: 1020 lumens for five minutes
Lowest Setting: 20 lumens for 30 hours
The Eagletac GX30A3D makes our ‘Best Of list’ for a handful of reasons, but perhaps the most persuading is the fact that it is really two flashlights in one. The GX30A3D offers a spotlight that is almost as bright as lights powered by four AA batteries, but the light also comes with a diffuser mode. The diffuser mode allows users to use the light as a candle or even a lantern with its flood beam. The GX30A3D features a CREE XP-I hi V3 cool white LED that is powered by three AA batteries, which makes this light a standard flashlight. The beam from the light can reach up to 492 yards.
The lens itself is a white glass that features anti-reflective coating on both sides as well as a hardening treatment to help make it durable. One problem many standard lights have is the light dims after running for a certain period of time, but the Eagletac GX30A3D features a constant current regulation to prevent the light from dimming on every output level. Being that the light is really two lights in one, the amount of lumens emitted for each setting will vary based on what light you are using. With the spotlight the highest output is 1330 lumens for one hour, while the diffuser option provides 1000 lumens for one hour. The modes, which include five brightness levels for both spot and diffuser settings and three hidden auxiliary modes, are all accessed via the tail cap switch, plus this switch makes tail standing possible.
Weight: 4.8 ounces without batteries
Dimensions: 4.3 inches long and 1.4 inch diameter
Highest Setting: 1330/1000 lumens for one hour
Lowest Setting: 10/8 lumens for 100 hours