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5 Flashlights That Would Make Great Father's Day Gifts

Dad with a fashlight

Father’s Day is fast approaching, and if you’re anything like me, you might be racking your brain to come up with a great gift idea that isn’t a boring new tie or wallet. But you know one thing dads love that you might not have thought of? Awesome flashlights. Put a professional grade torch in his hand, watch him geek out on the features, specs, and be ready for him to tell you all the ways he's already planning to use it. But with so many options, how do you know which flashlight is the right one for him? That’s where I, along with my band of flashlight Gear Geniuses, am here to help.


Best Flashlight for Everyday Carry

Radiant Rechargeable Pen LightRadiant Rechargeable Pen Light

If your dad loves to upgrade his keychain with multitools and pocket knives, then he will love the small but mighty Radiant Rechargeable Pen Light. This is also a great option for him to keep in his glove box. This little light is about as small as a Sharpie, but packs 235 lumens. It is fully waterproof, shock-proof, impact resistant, and even has a handy clip so he can tuck it into a pocket. He’s sure to find all sorts of on-the-go uses.

Best Flashlight for Gear Heads and Tinkerers

Radiant Rechargeable Utility LightRadiant Rechargeable Utility Light

For the dad who loves to work on cars, or tinker around the shop or garage, the Radiant Rechargeable Utility Light is a slam dunk. This compact light is a double threat, with a high-intensity (850 lumen!) flashlight at one end, and both white and red task lights on the body. It includes a removable, rotating magnetic bracket so you can stick it on any metal surface and adjust the beam as necessary.

Best Flashlight to Keep at Home or in the Vehicle

INOVA T4R PowerSwitch Rechargeable Tactical FlashlightINOVA T4R PowerSwitch Rechargeable Tactical Flashlight

In full transparency, this one is my personal go-to flashlight gift for dads. I’ve given one to my husband, as well as my own dad, and they are now staples in our respective households. The INOVA T4R PowerSwitch Rechargeable Tactical Flashlight is the gold standard all-around flashlight to use around the home, on the job site, or in your vehicle. As we get into our INOVA line of tactical-grade flashlights, you will note that many of these are “PowerSwitch” products, which means they have dual power source options. You can operate it with its included rechargeable Lithium Ion battery, or swap it out for two non-rechargeable CR123 batteries if desired or needed. 

It is sold with a charging cradle that can be mounted in a conveniently accessible spot around the house, or be kept in the car with the included USB DC vehicle adapter.  

INOVA flashlights are professional and tactical grade torches, so they are not only extremely bright (this one blasts at 1300 lumens), but also extremely durable. They are shockproof, crushproof, water resistant, and all feature a wide range of modes. Be sure to check out the links in this article for the full specs on these bad boys. 

Best Flashlight for Camping and Outdoors

INOVA T7R PowerSwitch Focusing FlashlightINOVA T7R PowerSwitch Focusing Flashlight

If your dad is an outdoorsman, my pick is the INOVA T7R PowerSwitch Focusing Flashlight. Brighter is not necessarily better when it comes to being outside at night when your eyes have adjusted to the natural darkness. Being able to cast soft flood lighting around your campsite, or see in a more pointed direction with a spot beam are equally important, depending on the situation. Carrying a light that is compact and won't weigh you down is also key.  For campers and hunters, flashlights in the 250-700 lumen range are ideal, and the T7R hits the mark. It is also weatherproof in case he gets caught in a downpour, and the PowerSwitch dual power option is great to have if recharging is not possible.

Best Flashlight When Beam Distance Matters

INOVA T4R Long Throw Rechargeable FlashlightINOVA T4R Long Throw Rechargeable Flashlight

If your dad is a certified gear geek who loves to impress his friends, the INOVA T4R Long Throw Rechargeable Flashlight is a surefire bet. This flashlight can throw a beam a remarkable 1,000 meters ahead, lighting up the side of a mountain or across a giant field. It is perfect for search and rescue applications, spotting wildlife, or if you have a lot of property to keep an eye on at night. If your dad is into boating, it’s great for spotting buoys, shoreline, or a boat ramp. (I do not recommend shining it down a residential street, though!)

Bottom line: this light is crazy bright (1220 lumens), shines crazy far, and is just cool. It’s a great splurge-worthy gift for the flashlight geek in your life. 

I hope this has inspired you to consider a high-quality flashlight as a unique, useful, and exciting Father’s Day gift this year. Check out the product links and videos in this article to view more specs and details on these lights, or click here for our entire illumination collection.