If all the lights shut off, and you needed to find your way to safety through unfamiliar surroundings, what would you do? Many of the everyday-carry (EDC) aficionados among us would whip out full-size flashlights, while those less prepared would fumble with the built-in LED lights on their smartphones. Each of these choices has advantages and disadvantages. A full-size handheld torch is powerful, but also takes up a lot of pocket real estate. A smartphone light is convenient, but weak, and it consumes battery power that could be better used for navigation or communication.
Fortunately, a compromise exists between these two options: mini flashlights. Whether they're attached to a keychain, clipped to your clothing, or left loose in your pocket, these pint-sized lights give you the illumination you need with minimal weight and bulk. In fact, you can essentially forget they're there at all — until you're trying to find a path in the dark.
In years past, keychain flashlights were often disappointingly dim and short-lived. However, small lights have come a long way thanks to recent improvements in LED and battery technology. So, we collected nine miniature flashlights, and tested the everyday practicality and functionality of each.