Prepare Better: Car Flashlights For Inside or Outside of Your Vehicle

An essential part of your car safety kit, your vehicle should never be without a car flashlight.

Family using flashlight outside in the dark under stars.
Don’t leave yourself in the dark.Pexels

Having a flashlight in the car—along with a blanket, a jump kit and some water—is a basic safety essential, which many of us haven’t prepared for. Whether you need to see what’s going on under the hood, change a tire or let other cars on the road know that you need help, a good flashlight could be a literal lifesaver.

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Compact Model

This unit uses AAA batteries, so you can toss a few extras alongside the device in a safety kit and never worry about running out of juice.GearLight

Modern LED flashlights often tout their lumen counts, some veering into the thousands. This isn’t really necessary for a flashlight designed for your car, since nothing you’ll be doing with it requires an insane level of brightness. In fact, you may not want to harm your night vision or blind other drivers with a super-powered flashlight.

Anker Rechargeable Bolder LC90 LED Flashlight, Pocket-Sized Torch with Super Bright 900 Lumens CREE LED, IPX5 Water-Resistant, Zoomable, 5 Light Modes, 18650 Battery Included

Lasts Up to Six Hours

This product is so powerful, its beam can reach the length of two football fields.Anker

Because a car flashlight is usually used in the outdoors, you’ll want one that’s quite sturdy and can hold up against adverse weather. Opt for one that’s waterproof, so you don’t have to worry about it in the rain, and also look for one that’s rated to withstand drops. The last thing you want is for your light to conk out just when you need it.

Streamlight 66608 250 Lumen Microstream USB Rechargeable Flashlight with 5" USB Cord Clamshell Packaging, Coyote


With a built-in clip, you can attach this item to a hat or shirt to keep both your hands free.Streamlight

Rechargeable flashlights are more popular than ever, thanks to the availability and power of built-in batteries. There are some advantages to these, for sure: you don’t have to have separate AA or AAA batteries and we all have plenty of USB chargers lying around. But before you go on any road trip, make sure these types of lights are fully charged—if your car’s dead, you may have no way to charge it up. You may also want to carry a USB battery pack, like the kind you use for your phone, with you just in case.