The phone can have a built-in flashlight, but feel comfortable setting the phone in your car's engine compartment or against an insecure surface while working? Maybe it's time to take a pen.
When do you think of a pen light, what are you thinking about? The mechanics dig under your car's hood? A poor soul is looking for lost jewelry in the carpet? A doctor stares up his nose or throat? Well, these are some good uses for a pen light, but they can also be used in some modest situations, such as looking under the bed or walking around in the dark.
Look, pen light has really come a long way. They are smaller than ever, but they can light as much light as some full-sized flashlights. And while the phone's flashlight can take you through some basic situations, you would almost always get better with a super light, super small pen light. In addition, you can keep a pen in your mouth for hands-free illuminated work. You can't do that with a phone (or at least you shouldn't).
Whether you are a mechanic, an electrician or an ordinary person with the occasional desire to have a flashlight, there is a pen out there that is perfect for you. But there are lots of pens on the market, and it can be difficult to find a pen light that fits your needs (in addition, some pen lights are quite awful). Fortunately, we have done the hard work of sorting through them for you.
Streamlight 661188 Stylus Pro 100 Lumen Penlight ($ 20)
There are many niche pens on the market, but most just need a small light that can be used at any time, was like preferably. Streamlight 66118 is a 100-lumen penlight that deals with the size of a sharpie. It runs on two AA batteries, and it has an IPX4 water resistance, which means you can use it in the rain.
A small pen light like this can be used for almost anything. Car maintenance? Sure. Jewelry lost in the carpet? This light will help you find it. Kid has sore throat? You can control it with this light. For $ 20, you really can't go wrong.
Streamlight 88033 ProTac 250 Lumen Penlight ($ 39)
If you are looking for a super light pen that can compete with the strength of a larger flashlight, you should check out Streamlight 88033. This 250-lumen lamp is powered by two AA batteries. While it works well for car and electronics maintenance, it can also be used to get around at night or to dig for what you've lost during your car seat.
The Streamlight company refers to this pen as a "tactile light" and for good reason. For a 250 lumens light, this thing is surprisingly narrow. It also has an IPX7 water resistance, so you can use it in the rain (or dump it in a meter of water for half an hour, whatever first). Plus, the Streamlight 88033 has an 18-lumen low energy mode and a stroke mode, so you can use it for quiet bathroom breaks or SOS signals when camping.
Anchor Bolts P2 120 Lumen Rechargeable Penlight ($ 17)
Tired of changing batteries? Anchor Bolts P2 can be your escape from the battery hell. It is a USB rechargeable 120-lumen pen lamp, with a durable building and a thin design. Anchor Bolder P2 has an IPX5 water resistance, which means that you can use it during a storm without worry. While this pen does not have a strobe function (a blessing if you ask me), you can adjust the light to a 40-lumen low energy mode when the 120 lumens are a little too light.
This is a good, modern pen light that does not compromise the convenience of usability. It may not be as bright as Streamlight 88033, or as narrow as Streamlight 66118, but it's definitely worth your time if you're dead against batteries.
Streamlight 66418 Flexible 90 Lumen Penlight ($ 32)
If you are looking for a pen that makes car inspections a wind, you should check out Streamlight 66418. It is a 90 lumen penlight with high power, low power and strobe settings. It is powered by two AA batteries, and comes with a small magnetic clamp that can hold onto the inside of the car while working.
As you probably have noticed, Streamlight 66418 has a long, flexible head. You can power this head around the inside of your car to get perfect, hands-free lighting. Or you can hang Streamlight's flexible head outside your sweater pocket, and you can pretend it's your little robot assistant.
Because this pen has a long neck it is a chance that it will not feel so cozy in your pocket. If you want a super comfortable pen light that can go anywhere, you might want to capture something smaller, such as Streamlight 66118.
EagleTac D25C 453 Lumen Mini Flashlight ($ 55)
] If you want to mix the convenience of a flashlight with a flashlight brightness, check out the EagleTac D25C. It is a small (but powerful) 453-lumen flashlight that runs on CR123A and RCR123A batteries. Like the pen, the EagleTac D25C has a small pen, so it can safely fit in your pocket or bag. In addition, EagleTac has strobe, SOS and directional settings.
While pen light has a narrow lighting area, the EagleTac D25C has a comparatively wide range of lighting. Really this is the perfect light for general use. The EagleTac D25C is excellent during a power failure, or for rummaging through the corners of your garage at night. And while this light can be used for car maintenance and detailed electronics work, an actual pen light will always be better.
Ausein COB Rechargeable Flashlight ($ 10)
Modern headlights are quite bright, and they can be used to illuminate the underbelly of the car or to find small jewelry that has fallen on the floor. But pen lights are real, they cannot be used to light a large space.
If you are looking for a flashlight that can illuminate a large space, you should check the Ausein COB flashlight. This rechargeable 3 watt lamp is perfect for illuminating your entire engine at night or for getting around the house when the power goes out. It also has a magnetic strip that is good for picking up loose screws, or for holding onto large metal objects, such as your car's hood.
This is not a pen light again. But if you want a pen lamp and the wide illumination of a light bulb, Auesin flashlight is $ 10.