A flashlight is an essential bit of gear for any EDC kit or survival bag. One can use a flashlight for self-defense or illuminate the darkness. There’s a huge difference between el cheapo Walmart special and spending a few extra dollars. I learned the lesson the hard way when it comes to cheap gear. In a nutshell, you get what you pay for, nothing more, nothing less. Don’t skimp on your survival needs.
However, it can be difficult at times to cut through the massive selection to find the best value and quality. Fortunately, after a bit of digging, I stumbled on the Thrunite brand and haven’t looked back since.
Thrunite produces a variety of flashlights, chargers, and headlamps, all intended for long-term use in less than favorable environments. Thanks to their growing fan base, they are proving to be a viable alternative to established brands like Fenix and Streamlight.
For my first quality EDC light, I capped my budget at $50 and chose the Thrunite TN12. This monster has 6 lighting modes ranging from Firefly (0.4 lumens) to Turbo mode which maxes out at 1100 lumens. The power comes from a 3400mAh battery which enables me to run this light as much as I want for days depending on the lighting mode I choose. The battery is rechargeable which makes life even better or you can run on CR123 batteries.
I prefer the rechargeable battery so I picked up the C2 Powerbank which not only refills the battery but also charges any USB compatible device – cellphone, headphones, camera, etc.
The bulb is sure to last for the long term, rated at 50,000 hours of use (CREE XP-L V6 LED). The rugged design is not only suited for tough conditions, but also for striking using the molded end cap. The operation is smooth and simple, with a tail switch momentary on or hard click to turn on the light. A button on the body enables selection of the various lighting modes, including one key to strobe.
Probably my favorite lighting mode is the Firefly setting which is perfect for map reading or to keep your position concealed and your movement tactical. The TN12 has earned a spot in my EDC gear and based on my experience with daily use, I bought another light for my bug out bag (BOB).
You can get all the tech specs on this light at the link below:
As you may have guessed, Amazon is the best option when you want to buy this light, click the links below for more details:
TN12 Flashlight: http://amzn.to/2sljwhY
Battery Charger: http://amzn.to/2G3mEAP