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The Everyday Carry

Dedicated EDC Lights Offer So Much More!

We've all seen it time and time again... It's dark out. You might be at a friend's bonfire, in the basement rummaging around for something or trying to fix something that broke under the dashboard of a car, and what does someone do? You guessed it... They pull out their phone and turn on the phone's camera flash. Sure. We've all done that, and in a pinch, a camera light will help you out in the immediate area, but consider the fact that a cellphone LED is a low power 12-20 lumen light that is only meant to flood an area within 3-5 feet of the phone.

Get A Real EDC Flashlight

Getting a real flashlight has a ton of advantages over your phone's LED for lighting. Have you ever held your phone in your mouth while using both hands to work while trying to see what your phone's LED is lighting up? You look positively ridiculous! Here's some other reasons you'll want an EDC Flashlight:

  • Better spot and spill than your phone
  • AAA and AA lights have a usable light throw of 30-60 feet. Your phone: 10 feet at most.
  • Your phone needs to be on when you use the light - 8 hours max. AA battery EDC lights can run an average of 10-15 hours at 30 lumens
  • You can hold an AA or AAA flashlight in your teeth while working. Try that with your phone. LOL
  • Many flashlights are waterproof to at least 1 meter. Go ahead... drop your phone in water and see what happens!
  • My AAA EDC Light fits in the 5th pocket with room for other items. Try jamming your Iphone 6 Plus into that 5th pocket and tell me how that works for you!

I could go on, but you get the idea. Again, I'm not saying that you shouldn't use your phone LED for quick light, but I'd rather use the AAA EDC light I carry everyday over any phone LED. When I'm out at night in the back yard, I want to see what's rustling around in the leaves without having to guess or squint. Speaking of which, just the nature of turning on your phone, and the light from the screen will kill your night vision. With an EDC light, you're lighting up the subject, not blinding yourself.

I should also mention that having a higher power AAA or AA everyday carry light is also tactically good too. You can use it instantly to blind an oncoming threat. By the time you get that Iphone out and get the LED light on to blind a threat, they'll have stolen your phone anyway, so again, having a dedicated EDC light is always better.

streamlight MICROSTREAMStreamlight Microstream

The streamlight microstream is my personal favorite. It's a AAA battery flashlight that runs 8-10 hours on a single AAA battery, but also has the option to run the 3.7 volt 10440 cell You'll get 28 lumens from an AAA (but better candella than similar AAA lights) and nearly 150 lumens from the 10440 cell. It should be mentioned that the 10440 will only give you 12- 20 minutes of runtime, and gets rather warm in the process. I carry a spare AAA as backup when I'm using the 10440 in the microstream.

fenix ld02Fenix LD02

If you want to just run AAA cells, the Fenix LD02 is perfect for you. The manufacturer rates the light for 100 lumens, but I see more like 50 when comparing to other AAA lights. It has a night light and good spill for a light of it's size. The LD02 is another favorite among the EDC community, and at $30, it's not a bad light.

Latest Reviews

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  • Maxpedition Daily Essentials (DEP) Everyday Carry Pouch

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    It has two generously large pouches, and comes in tan, gray and black, and has the quality you'd expect from Maxpedition.

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  • Nebo Lil Larry 6373 Work Light 250 Lumens White/Red LED

    thumb NEBO LiL Larry Work LightOK, so I was saving the second Nebo work light for today's review. Yesterday, I reviewed the Nebo LEO 220 Lumens flashlight and this little flashlight is of similar design. Although it doesn't have the spotlight head that the LEO has, the Lil Larry (Stock# 6373) has it's own set of really cool features.

    As the title says, it's a 250 lumen work light, but has a low mode putting out about 100 lumens, and a red LED emergency flasher mode that blinks twice a second. The flashlight costs around $18 on Amazon, and is the perfect work light for your home, car or everyday carry bag.

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Latest Bag Dumps

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    M 26 Music Event Production IT Technician DJReddit user,burniemcburn, works in the music industry in event audio technician and DJ when the chance arises. He's laid out his gear for us to peek at, and it's a very nice layout indeed. Of course The Shure SE-215 IEMs are no surprise, and the three adaptors are there when the need arises.

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  • US Marine's Everyday Carry [Blackscout Survival]

    thumb Chance Sanders EDC coverI like watching the BlackScout Survival videos on YouTube. Most of the time, I'll watch them at night when I'm laying in bed trying to get to sleep, but earlier today, one of particular interest was published, "A Marine's EDC", and I had to watch it during my lunch.

    US Marine Chance Sanders (The Broken Arrow Survival School - FB Page) takes a few moments to show us what's in his Everyday Carry. Thank you to BSS for putting up a really nice video!

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  • Senior Computer Engineering Student EDC [20/M]

    thumb senior computer engineering student edc El IsoReddit user, El Iso, posted a very nice EDC. With the two knives, lighter, flashlight and a few other items, we'd say this senior computer engineering student has what it takes to make the grade... at least his everyday carry does.

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  • US Army Compass Pouch LC-1 Coat & Belt Everyday Carry

    thumb US Army Compass Pouch EDC 10A couple days ago I stopped in Joe's Army Navy over in Royal Oak, MI. I wasn't looking for anything in particular, but as always, I walked out with some items. One of the items was a Compass Pouch (LC-1). I had a few of these a while ago, and I really liked them to keep small items in. With this one, I decided that I'd use it as a very small Pocket Everyday Carry that holds a few OTC Meds and First Aid. Due to it's small 4"x4"x1.5" capacity, it's perfect, and these compass pouches like mine, usually come with an Alice Clip that was the Molle System's predecessor. I like this little clip because it's easy to clip the pouch to my belt if needed. Let's take a look inside to see what I've put in it.

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About The Everyday Carry

The Everyday Carry caters to Preppers and Individuals that have an interest in Everyday Carry. This is not a Survivalist or Disaster Preparedness website. If you are interested in what to carry everyday to make your (and your family's) life better, than this is the correct place to be. An Everyday Carry is simply the items that you carry everyday, and there is a general interest in what others carry in their backpacks, messenger bags, tactical pouches and on their person.

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