Best Survival Flashlights: Inspired by the Walking Dead
Now, if you’re a Walking Dead fan like we are, you’ve had the thought…. What if there really was a zombie apocalypse?! Where would you go? And what would you take? This brings us to survival kits and having necessary lighting.
Search anywhere on Google, and you will find lists of items to include in your survival kit that will provide you with basic necessities. For instance, some basic supplies are a first-aid kit, multi-tool, water pouches, and – you guessed it – a flashlight. But what is the best flashlight to pack?
Best Survival Flashlights
You’re going to want to spot those zombies before they spot you. For that, you will want a super bright flashlight that can cut through the darkness.
Fenix LR35R – Offers a runtime of 80 hours and is powered by two included 21700 rechargeable li-ion batteries. This light weighs 8.4 ounces and can be carried in its holster (included) for easy access. With 10,000 lumens of power packed into a mid-sized flashlight, you can easily temporarily blind an enemy that makes the bad decision to get too close to you.
You may not be able to find rechargeable batteries in the ransacked stores and the power is out, so rechargeable lights won’t help you. Consider using lights that can run on common alkaline batteries instead.
Fenix HP16R– This headlamp is rechargeable but it can also run on four AA batteries and will deliver up to 300 hours of runtime. This headlamp weighs 7.62 oz. (216g) including battery and headband and features a spotlight, floodlight, and red light mode to alert other group members.
If you are one of the lucky to have access to solar panels for power, then you can benefit from a rechargeable light.
Fenix TK26R – This powerful, rechargeable tactical flashlight is packed with features that will help you slip out precarious situations. The TK26R features both red and green lighting modes that can be operated independently. Keeping your night vision intact is going to be critical for a quick escape from an assailant or zombie horde. Plus, it is even waterproof up to two meters for when you need to get across the lake to a stranded houseboat.
After your car runs out of gas and you have to walk to Alexandria, you’ll fancy a lightweight light for your backpack.
Fenix E35 V3.0 – Weighing only 2.36 oz. (67g) excluding battery, it still delivers 50 hours of runtime off one 21700 Li-ion rechargeable battery. This handy little flashlight is going to be your new best friend and can blast a maximum 3000 lumens for seeing into nooks and crannies, for quick repairs, or doing recon after dark.
When you’re busy fighting walkers and psychotic men like Negan, you will need your hands free. Consider a headlamp.
Fenix HM61R Headlamp – This headlamp is the complete package: lightweight (only 3.5 oz. (99.5g), long runtime (300 hours on low) and can be powered with one 18650 rechargeable li-ion battery. However, it will also take CR123A batteries for additional performance. The HM61R does double duty. Not only is a great headlamp, it also doubles as a handy right-angle flashlight. Either wear it on your head or clip to your jacket or backpack for easy hands free use. Lightweight and easy to operate, this headlamp is perfect for running, exploring, or escaping a hairy situation.
And when you can’t find a knife, barbed-wire-covered club, or gun to defend yourself during a zombie attack…
Fenix TK16 V2.0 – Use the 3100 lumen strobe to disorient your assailant before cracking their skull with the stainless steel strike bezel. The bezel also has tungsten steel glass breaking tips that can be used to smash a window for a quick escape.