I really hope it doesn't turn into a gun porn sub-forum (no offence, I prefer ration porn).
I've got some reviews I'll post soon, but first, let's start with something I'm thinking about upgrading, because I find my cheap one so dang useful...
The battery on my $2 keychain light is gradually dying, and it's never been too bright, so I'm thinking about replacing it with something higher end.
Figured anybody who likes MREs must like flashlights, so it'd be worth asking here.
- small enough to be comfortable on a keychain
- very decent battery life, maybe 2+ modes (high powered & low - my current one has only one setting)
- LED (the tech is now so solid, I expect to never buy another incandescent flashlight)
- light rain proof (I don't need heavy duty water proofness - I won't be diving to 100 meters)
- a lot less than $100 - no exact range, but under $30-ish, depending on how close it is to my needs
- scanning for lurking un-dead raccoons/etc (bright to about 10 to 15 meters)
- mostly lots of short on-off cycles
(if I need a light for longer duration, I usually use the keychain light to find a non-tiny flashlight, of which I have a couple dozen)
- task light for computer quick inspections / repairs
(close-up & bright - this is bottom of my list, but I often use my current one for quick applications of bright light (except it isn't bright enough))
I'm not sure what brand & model I currently own, but will post a picture soon (yes, keychain porn!). It's the flat kind that you can pick up at Walmart and BigLots for $2.
In my intro, I mentioned that starting 3 1/2 years ago I've been on a huge overhaul of all my preps. Of all the stuff I've bought, the single item that most often makes me feel all warm, happy & safe is that $2 keychain flashlight.
In other words, brothers, this is a great gift for the women in your lives. Their first reaction might be "meh", but the very first time they have a real use for it, they will think good thoughts your way.
So, buy some cheap ones as stocking stuffers for this Solstice/Ferengi-tide, and by next year, you'll have some credibility, and can toss in some more interesting prepper gifts.