Updated August 02, 2019 by Jeff Newburgh

The 10 Best Clip On Flashlights

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This wiki has been updated 10 times since it was first published in October of 2016. If you need a portable and compact alternative to a bulky flashlight, one of these handy clip-on models can fit the bill. Many of our options can be affixed to belts, hats, and shirts, making them ideal for jogging, completing work hands-free in dark spaces, and even shedding light on the path in front of you when walking Fido at night. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best clip on flashlight on Amazon.

10. QuiqLite X2

9. Blackfire BBM888-2

8. Nite Ize Radiant

7. Coast HP3R

6. Lone Wolf Active Safety

5. J5 Hyper V Ultra

4. Streamlight MicroStream

3. Nebo Big Larry 2

2. ThruNite Archer

1. Streamlight ClipMate

Editor's Notes

August 01, 2019:

While there's nothing wrong with an ordinary flashlight, it's safe to say that some of them can get pretty bulky and heavy at times. I know I have a couple in my house that take those giant C-cell batteries. Could you imagine jogging with one of those in your hand at night or trying to work in a portion of your basement while holding one of those? While certainly possible, why put yourself through that kind of hassle? There's an easier way with these clip-on flashlights. They are compact and lightweight and can be attached to walls, clothes, belts, and even keychains. Furthermore, many of them can emit light at intensities comparable to the standard ones I described above.

The Streamlight ClipMate is a pretty cool option, thanks to its integrated USB charging tab and red LED for night vision. I also added the ThruNite Archer for its aircraft-grade aluminum construction and integrated memory function. I find this function very useful, as it eliminates the need to cycle through each and every one of its available operating modes the next time it's powered back on. Its knurling also provides a secure grip. I also included the Nebo Big Larry 2 for its magnetic base, allowing it to adhere to metal surfaces, and its cutout for easy wall mounting, which comes in handy if you want it to shine downward while working on a piece of equipment in a dark garage. The J5 Hyper V Ultra has a beam distance equivalent to the length of more than two football fields and an adjustable focus that makes it easy to narrow or widen that beam, depending on your circumstances. The magnetic closure on the Lone Wolf Active Safety is perfect for clipping onto your clothes when you go jogging at night. I also added the Coast HP3R for its 26-hour runtime and convenient, twist-focusing lens. Thanks to its ultraviolet illumination, the Nite Ize Radiant is ideal for short-range pest detection in dark basements. The dual-axis swiveling head on the Blackfire BBM888-2 makes it a good option for use on ladders. In addition, its locking feet can support upright use. Finally, I included the QuiqLite X2 for its dual-switch technology that allows for independent operation of the white and red LEDs.


Jeff Newburgh
Last updated on August 02, 2019 by Jeff Newburgh

Jeff is a dedicated writer and communications professional from San Francisco with a bachelor of arts in anthropology from UC Berkeley. He began his career in computer consulting and later branched out into customer service. Jeff focuses on making complex topics easy to understand. With over 10 years' experience in research, his relentless curiosity fuels a love of writing and learning how things work, and has helped to build expertise in categories such as heavy-duty power tools and computer equipment. Jeff's passion for animals affords him a strong understanding of pet products, including dog houses, beds, and grain-free foods. When he's not writing, he prefers spending time with his family and three dogs, while kicking back and relaxing with a nice glass of red wine.


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