The best flashlight you’ll ever buy

The Maglite has survived all kinds of abuse—being run over by trucks, left for years in cold water and even dropped into boiling oil

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From the Summer 2015 issue of the magazine.

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best flashlightMaglite delights in sharing tales of how its flashlights have survived all kinds of abuse—being run over by trucks, left for years in cold water and even dropped into boiling oil. A reputation for ruggedness has earned California-made Maglites the respect of police officers, soldiers, and civilians who just want the flashlight in the kitchen drawer to be ready if they ever need it. In fact, the XL200 LED model ($60) was singled out on one zombie apocalypse survival blog for its extremely long life on a low-beam “Nite Lite” mode. It could prove handy should you ever find yourself waiting for rescue, or enduring a blackout. Exposed to the elements, our XL200 shone continuously for more than eight days on one set of batteries. (Made of anodized aluminum and sealed with rubber O-rings, the XL200 is water-resistant.) We adults may not fear zombies—right?—but the littlest members of a camping expedition may appreciate a long-lasting and reliable glow as a precaution against things that go bump in the night.

 

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