If regular readers remember around mid-2016 we did a series of articles on Everyday Carry Loadouts. I used to carry a relatively low lumen pen light by Smith and Wesson that was made to be both a light and a self-defense weapon. The light was pretty decent, and it filled my need for a small, affordable, and effective light. What’s been filling that bill recently is the 5.11 EDC light.

Introducing the 5.11 EDC light

I’ve seen EDC pocket dumps with guy’s carrying decently sized lights and think, “Man, I don’t need a Surefire for my trip to the mall,” and tend to carry something small and convenient, over big and powerful. What’s cool about the 5.11 EDC light is that it’s small and pretty darn effective. It’s brighter than I imagined for such a small light.

5.11 EDC light | A mini Review for a mini light

It can light up a dimly lit room and provide a great indoor beam. Outdoors it’s no spotlight, but it can help you navigate to and from without much issue. At the same time it’s basically the same size as a Zippo lighter. 5.11 Tactical says it is 91 lumens bright and it runs for about five hours on two triple A batteries.