This USB-Friendly Flashlight Is So Bright It Hurts—in a Good Way

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Now that we all have pocket computers with camera flashes, the need for a good flashlight just isn't what it used to be. But if you're lost in the woods at midnight, that little LED is not going to cut it. The Maelstrom Regen MMR-X will.

This lightweight, pocket-sized flashlight is simply terrific. Not only is it super bright at 800 lumens, it also recharges quickly with a micro-USB port. The Regen MMR-X features several different brightness options as well as some special modes like strobe and SOS. The flashlight can also last up to 840 hours on a single charge, though of course that's at the lowest brightness setting. Full blast will drain the juice in two hours, but you'll sort of feel like a secret agent while doing it, thanks to the sleek design.

Illustration for article titled This USB-Friendly Flashlight Is So Bright It Hurts—in a Good Way
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Obviously, there are brighter flashlights and more compact flashlights and more complex flashlights. But it's the simplicity that makes the Regen MMR-X so desirable. At $100, it's certainly pricier than those plastic ones you buy at Walmart, but it also won't flicker when you walk. Oh, and did I mention that it's super bright? Like, you can't even look into the beam, it's so bright. Trust me. I tried. [Foursevens]

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I have a FourSevens Quark Pro QP2A-X that I daily carried for about 8 months. I can attest to the quality of their products. My only gripe with FourSevens products are that the tint bins of their LED's although are very bright and high quality, they are usually in the 6500k+ range, giving a very cold color temperature and a 55-75 range for their CRI, and a fairly purplish green tint. I have seen this in their QP2A-X, M2A and Penlight. Other than that they are a great way to get into higher end flashlights before you become an LED snob like me. I still keep the QP2A-X on my bedside and it goes in my range bag with me for practice, the tighter beam profile is better than the flood of my current EDC for more "tactical" uses. (I daily carry a Prometheus Lights MC18-B RM, and Beta-QR Cu)