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The Everyday Carry

I've carried the DQG Fairy for about a year now off and on, and it's most handy when you don't have a lot of space available, but need a bright flashlight at times for limited use.

The DQG Fairy has a sister product named DQG Spy, with the same specs just a different housing. Both flashlights are great little lights and work best when you just need light within 5-20 feet. 

The flashlight comes in a brass body (Fairy and Spy), Stainless Steel or Titanium (Spy only). The housing measures about 1.18 inches long, so it's great for tucking away in either an arm pocket or your jean's fifth pocket.

DQG Fairy with charger in center

DQG Fairy / Spy Specs

  • 200 Lumens High, 10 Lumens Low
  • Rotating tailcap for low, high modes
  • Runtime: 15 minutes-High, 4 hours-Low
  • Battery: 1x 10180 Lithium Ion Rechageable
  • Length: 1.18in. Width: 0.5in
  • Tritium Vial in tailcap for easy identification in dark
  • Available in Warm or Cool white and choice of tritum color
  • Ships from China via Banggood
  • Charger Sold Separately - $9.75
  • Extra Batteries Sold Separately - $1.85/each
  • What's In The Box: 1x DQG Fairy/Spy, 1x 10180 Battery

Price: $24.99 via Banggood | Check Current Price

I've found that this small flashlight has been most useful when you need quick light to see on a desk, around the attic or as an alternative any time you might pull out your phone and use the camera LED. In low mode, you can get quite a bit of use out of it, but it does have a really short 15 minute runtime on high mode, so I don't carry it as a primary everday carry light.

One of the biggest downsides to the flashlight is that it doesn't have an integrated recharge port, such as you'd find in the Nitecore Tube, for example. You have to buy the charger attachment separately for about $10. To recharge the battery, you need to twist off the head of the flashlight then screw on the recharger cap and plug into a microUSB (android phone) charge cable.

The 10180 cell takes about an hour to recharge on a  2.0 Amp USB charger and almost two hours on the older 1.0 amp charger.

You can also buy additional batteries at the link above for about $2 each. I purchased four extra batteries a couple months after buying the DQG Fairy and running out of juice a couple times. My thought was that I could just pop another battery in so that the flashlight didn't need to sit and recharge before I could use it again.

As far as carrying the flashlight, I put the light, charger and cable into one of those Altoid Smalls tins. The batteries are carried separately in a small case. Everything is carried in my small EDC pack which is usually on me, in the car or attached to my backpack.

The DQG Fairy has a very shallow reflector. Given it's size, it's not really a surprise that there's not much room for a big, deep reflector, and as such, the flashlight puts out a very wide, "floody" beam with a large hot spot. The light is good for lighting up a desk or seeing around your dark garage at night, but it's by no means, a long range flashlight. The best you'll get is about 25 feet, even on high mode. There's just not a lot of throw to this light. 

The best use for the light so far is a supplimentary light when I'm using my Phone's camera at night. Between the phone's built in LED light and the DQG Fairy providing a bright flood light, the pictures come out pretty well.

DQG Fairy Pros

  • Extremely Small Size
  • Bright light on High
  • Long runtime on Low
  • Flood light beam
  • Tritium Vial is always glowing


  • Extremely Small Size (I lost mine for a couple days)
  • It's not 200 lumens, more like 100 or 120.
  • Short range - It's a flood beam good for 20 yards or so
  • No integrated recharge port forces you to buy extras
  • Short runtime on high mode
  • Easy to lose if you're not careful

While I do like the little light, it just is so inconvenient to have to swap out the flashlight head when you need to recharge the battery. For that reason, you can't use the flashlight while it's charging either, which is a big downside if you're planning on using this type of light as your primary EDC flashlight. The MecArmy X2S micro flashlight solves this problem by integrating the charge port right on the body of the light, but the light is a bit longer, at 1.8 inches long. Not a big deal when it comes to the convenience of having the charge port right on the light.

Another downside to the light is that I really don't think it puts out 200 lumens as it's advertised to do. I put it up against the Streamlight Microstream and the Pelican 1910 and found it to be somewhere in the neighborhood of 100-120 lumen output.

All in all, the DQG Fairy is a nice little light, but I'd probably have bought the MecArmy X25 instead, had it been available when I purchased the DQG. Oh, well. It's still a nice little light that's great as a backup to a primary EDC light.

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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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