Few tools meant for adults can also make excellent toys for children. Of these few, flashlights are the perfect tool, made primarily for adult use, that can be enjoyed and accessed by children as well. While the flashlight tool on iPhones and Android phones has made actual flashlights somewhat redundant, there are still plenty of benefits to owning an actual flashlight.
Flashlights vary in power and emission, which sets actual flashlights apart from the flashlight on your phone, which tends to be limited in these areas. Additionally, flashlights come in many different customizable styles and shapes, making the tool more fun and accessible for children. Let’s take a look at some flashlights that can be more fun and accessible for kids.
The first flashlight on this list is the Dorcy 100-Lumen Weather Resistant Glow-in-the-Dark LED Flashlight, or Dorcy 41-4254. This flashlight may not have the power to compare to other leading flashlight brands – and even other Dorcy flashlights. However, this is not necessarily an indictment of this flashlight’s power. The Dorcy 41-4254 contains 16 super bright LED bulbs, which produces an exceptionally bright light. The flashlight also allows for 8 hours of run time on a full battery, which is more than enough time for your child to enjoy the pleasures of using a flashlight.
This flashlight is also built with an aluminum base, and its pastel colors:
Glow in the dark to make it easy to find in an emergency. The flashlight also includes a lanyard for easy access. Ultimately, this flashlight does not stack up against other leading flashlight brands in regard to its number of lumens, but it certainly makes for an excellent introductory tool for your school-age child.
The next flashlight on this list is definitely a more sufficient option for the more experienced flashlight user. While a flashlight with less power may be better suited for toddler-age or less experienced flashlight users, as your child grows older and more experienced, they will likely prefer a flashlight with more power.
The Dorcy 41-2521 Pro Series Flashlight gives precisely that, more power. With 200 lumens of power, 17 hours of battery run time, and a shine distance of 67 meters, this flashlight will undoubtedly impress your child. This flashlight also includes several other notable features, such as its water resistance and its ability to float.
These facets make this flashlight the perfect tool for your school age child to explore with. The flashlight is even designed in a style that warrants the respect of a genuine tool for adults, which will give your child a sense of maturity as they use this powerful tool to wander into the night with gusto and reckless abandon.
Dorcy 55 Lumen Floating Waterproof LED Flashlight
The next flashlight on this list is a sound option for toddler-age and younger school-age children. If your child seems interested in a more adult-style flashlight, but you are still reluctant to grant your child the ability to wield a tool as powerful as the Dorcy 41-2521, then the Dorcy 55 Lumen, or Dorcy 41-2510, may be the perfect option for you.
The Dorcy 55 Lumen, as the name describes, possesses just 55 lumens of light power, considerably less than the Dorcy 41-2521. However, it still allows for a 31-meter beam distance and can run on over 8 hours of battery power. Additionally, this flashlight is similarly water resistant and possesses the ability to float.
One significant distinction that allows this flashlight to function this well while possessing minimal power is its 4 LED lights, which serve as the light source of the flashlight. Ultimately, the Dorcy 55 Lumen is the perfect flashlight for a child who may not be ready for the more powerful tools on the market but would like an introduction into their world.
Vtech Spin and Learn Color Flashlight
The next flashlight option on this list is the quintessential flashlight toy for your toddler-age child. The Vtech Spin and Learn Color Flashlight is not necessarily the most functional flashlight option. However, this is not the primary appeal of the Vtech Spin and Learn Color Flashlight. Instead, this flashlight serves more like a toy and educational object rather than a tool with any functional utility. The Vtech Spin and Learn Color Flashlight comes in three colors: yellow, pink, and lime green. Each flashlight comes with:
- 50 sing-along songs
- Three numbered buttons
- Five different light colors
All of these features are included to assist your child’s education. The sing-along songs help your child with expression, the numbered buttons assist with rudimentary counting, and the various light colors teach your child the differences between colors and even how color is perceived. Ultimately, this Amazon-exclusive toy may not be the most practical flashlight option on this list. Still, it may be the perfect option for educating and entertaining your toddler-age child.
Melissa and Doug Sunny Patch Giddy Buggy Flashlight
The next flashlight on this list can also be better described as a toy than a tool. The Sunny Patch Giddy Buggy Flashlight, developed by Melissa and Doug, is a flashlight that is formed to appear like a bug. However, this bug’s appearance is more aptly described as cute than creepy or crawly.
Part of the appeal of this flashlight toy is the bug legs, which serve as a stand for the flashlight. Therefore, your child can stand up this flashlight on any surface to use as a spotlight or for ambiance purposes. The flashlight also comes with an easily graspable handle which caters to toddlers’ love for grasping things. Many other flashlight toys are available on the market, but few are as intuitive and fun to use as the Melissa and Doug Sunny Patch Giddy Buggy Flashlight. Ultimately, this flashlight is the perfect toy for your toddler-age child.
Backyard Safari Adventures Flashlight
This next flashlight is an excellent introductory option for children as well as an environmentally friendly option for the parent making the purchase. The Backyard Safari Adventures Flashlight features an LED bulb and a hand-press generator that powers the light. Therefore, this flashlight does not require batteries to function.
This certainly makes it a more environmentally friendly option than most other flashlights on the market. However, this also adds another layer for your child’s enjoyment of the flashlight. For one, your child may enjoy the hands-on approach required of this flashlight. This can be especially true of slightly older school-age children. However, your child may be turned off by the manual requirements of this flashlight, preferring the ease and comfort of an on and off switch. Ultimately, the Backyard Safari Adventures Flashlight is a great option if your child has an inclination for doing things manually.
Princeton Tec Byte LED Headlamp
The next flashlight on this list does not fit one’s typical definition of a flashlight. The Princeton Tec Byte LED Headlamp technically works as a flashlight, but it differs in how one primarily uses it. A headlamp is typically used by joggers or workers who require or desire that their hands be free while they work. Although children do not typically perform laborious work or go on nightly jogs that would require a headlamp, a child may still be fascinated by a headlamp. Children are often intrigued by the tools of their parents or other adults. Wanting to seem more adult, your child may desire a headlamp simply to play the part.
Headlamps can also have a functional purpose for your child. Your child might enjoy exploring caves or tunnels, which are known to be quite dark. A headlamp could come in handy on these explorations. The Princeton Tec Byte LED Headlamp is a perfect headlamp for your child because it is relatively small and easily adjustable. The headlamp’s bulb also shines at 100 lumens and can run on battery power for up to 8 hours, which makes it a fairly powerful flashlight as well. Ultimately, this headlamp is an excellent option for the more explorative school-age child.
Foxelli Rechargeable Headlamp
This next flashlight option is also a headlamp. However, this headlamp packs an even greater punch than the Princeton Tec Byte LED Headlamp. The Foxelli Rechargeable Headlamp is available at several different power levels. The least powerful Foxelli Rechargeable Headlamp comes in at around 160 lumens. This is already 60 percent more powerful than the Princeton Tec Byte LED Headlamp. This power only continues to increase, with other Foxelli Rechargeable Headlamps coming in at around 200 to 220 lumens. All of these headlamps pale in comparison to the most powerful Foxelli Rechargeable Headlamp. This headlamp clocks in at 1200 lumens.
This amount of power can be very intriguing for an older school-age child or teenager. However, it is essential to be cautious when giving your child this amount of sheer power. Still, there are several other benefits to choosing this headlamp. For one, it is rechargeable, which makes it a far eco-friendlier option than most other flashlights on the market. Ultimately, this is an excellent, eco-friendly flashlight option for older school-age kids and teenagers. However, this should be viewed primarily as a tool and certainly not as a mere toy.
Dinobryte LED T-Rex Dinosaur Headlamp
In contrast to the Foxelli Rechargeable Headlamp, this next flashlight is primarily used as a toy rather than a tool. The Dinobryte LED T-Rex Dinosaur Headlamp is a headlamp that is aptly described by its name. It is indeed a headlamp with the beam of light spraying out from the head of a T-Rex. Of course, the T-Rex is made of plastic, so your child is not in any real danger wearing this headlamp. However, your child may garner a sense for danger while wearing this dangerously spectacular headlamp. While this headlamp certainly functions as a headlamp should, it also features several bells and whistles which distinguish it from other headlamps.
For one, the T-Rex head emits three lifelike dinosaur roaring noises at the press of a button. The headlamp also features an adjustable head strap with intriguing, paleolithic-styled designs lining the strap. Ultimately, this is a functional and fashionable toy for your dinosaur loving child.
PETZL TIKKID Headlamp
The next flashlight option is the penultimate headlamp on this list. The PETZL TIKKID Headlamp is not necessarily the most powerful or stylish headlamp option included on this list. Still, the PETZL brand name is enough to lead many parents toward purchasing this headlamp option for their children. PETZL headlamps are relatively well-known as a durable and effective headlamp brand for professional and recreational users. The PETZL TIKKID headlamp is the first of their headlamps which is specifically designed for children. It features an adjustable strap and a flooded beam of light which provides a more comfortable, spaced-out light than other brands.
At just 20 lumens, this is certainly not one of the more powerful headlamps available on the market. It also does not feature any intriguing designs or spectacular bells and whistles like a roaring Tyrannosaurus Rex head. However, it is a sturdy and effective headlamp option that is perfect for any child who would prefer not to have a Tyrannosaurus Rex roaring atop their head.
COB LED Headlamp Flashlight
This flashlight option is the final headlamp included in this list. In contrast to the PETZL TIKKID Headlamp, the COB LED Headlamp Flashlight certainly packs quite a punch regarding its lumens. This headlamp possesses 180 lumens at maximum power, nine times greater than the number of lumens present in the PETZL TIKKID Headlamp.
Additionally, the COB LED Headlamp Flashlight features three modes of use:
- High Mode: Employs all 180 lumens at the headlamp’s disposal
- Low Mode: Runs at a lower power setting to provide a calmer, more comfortable light for reading or other low light activities
- Flashing Mode: Offers users a strobe light for attracting attention
This headlamp is not necessarily the best option for younger school-age kids or toddlers who would not be able to make use of these abilities or the headlamp’s raw power. However, older school-age kids and teenagers may prefer this headlamp to the others on this list. Ultimately, this is one of the best options for older school-age kids and teenagers on this list.
Vont LED Camping Lantern Flashlight
The next flashlight option on this list is even further away from technically being a flashlight than a headlamp. The Vont LED Camping Lantern Flashlight is technically a lantern, but as a very satisfactory, portable LED light source, this lantern is valid in the flashlight conversation. This camping lantern is by far the most persevering light source included in this list. The average battery life for this camping lantern is over 90 hours, substantially longer than even other camping lanterns. With 30 LEDs included within the camping lantern, the Vont LED Camping Lantern Flashlight certainly provides plenty of light during those 90 hours.
There are also plenty of other additional factors that make the Vont LED Camping Lantern Flashlight one of the most exceptional options on this list. These factors include its compact, collapsible design, its resistance to water, and its durability. Its durability has been tested against 10-foot drops, which it is able to survive and continue to function. Ultimately, the Vont LED Camping Lantern Flashlight may not technically be a flashlight, but it is certainly one of – if not the- best light source included on this list.
Tatuo Mini Flashlight Keychain
The next flashlight on this list is a flashlight by all technical and tangible definitions. However, there is one slight distinction that separates this flashlight from most other flashlights. The Tatuo Mini Flashlight Keychain is a unique flashlight option in that it is sized at a miniature scale when compared to most other flashlights. The Tatuo Mini Flashlight Keychain is just short of 3 inches long and only less than an inch wide. This miniature scale makes this flashlight the quintessential portable flashlight option on this list. As a result, this flashlight also comes with a keychain, making it an excellent accessory for your child’s backpack.
These flashlights tend to come in packs of 10 or 20, so lovers of the Tatuo Mini Flashlight Keychain will rejoice to find that they can be bought in such bulk. Ultimately, this flashlight can be quite fun for your child if they are into attaching accessories to their backpacks, rucksacks, or any other bags that children typically carry.
GearLight LED Tactical Flashlight
The next flashlight on this list is also a flashlight in the traditional sense of the term. The GearLight LED Tactical Flashlight is a particularly impressive flashlight option primarily due to its substantial power and range. The GearLight LED Tactical Flashlight possesses 1000 lumens that spray a beam of light out of the flashlight, extending to over 1000 feet from the original light source.
The GearLight LED Tactical Flashlight also possesses several incredible features, such as an adjustable focus, water and drop resistance, wide-to-narrow beam zoom, and five different modes of operation. This certainly fits the definition of a tool more so than a toy. Thus, this may not be the best flashlight for toddlers or young school-age children. However, the GearLight LED Tactical Flashlight will absolutely excite older school-age and teenage users who have a passion for substantial light sources.
Aneil Projector Flashlight
This next flashlight can undoubtedly be classified more as a toy than as a tool. The Aneil Projector Flashlight is a flashlight toy that comes with various film strips which can be inserted into the flashlight. These strips include images of:
- Outer space
Depending on which type of Aneil Projector Flashlight you purchase. While you will have to purchase each flashlight to obtain each film strip genre, you can easily buy these flashlights in bundles for a reasonably low price. These flashlights cannot be used for any of the functional purposes typically required of a flashlight, but they are certainly functional in providing light in indoor settings. The flashlight can even work in some outdoor settings. Ultimately, the Aneil Projector Flashlight is an excellent, educational flashlight option for toddler-age and younger school-age children.
Wenosda Slide Projector Flashlight
This next flashlight option is similar to the previous flashlight included on this list in that it is a projector flashlight primarily made for toddler-age children. The Wenosda Slide Projector Flashlight also projects images from film strips which are included in the package.
These images are similar to those included with other projector flashlights. They may include dinosaurs, marine life, and various land animals. As is the case with the Aneil Projector Flashlights, each of the Wenosda Slide Projector Flashlights must be purchased to possess each individual genre of projected images. You can buy a bundle of five Wenosda Slide Projector Flashlights on Amazon. These flashlights will make an excellent educational toy for your toddler-age or younger school-age child.
Younar Dinosaur Projector Flashlight
This next flashlight option is the final projector flashlight for toddlers listed in this article. The Dinosaur Projector Flashlight, developed by the brand Younar, is essentially the same type of projector flashlight as the Wenosda Slide Projector Flashlight and the Aneil Projector Flashlight. However, this flashlight is hyper focused on dinosaurs.
This flashlight comes with 24 color images of terrifying and titillating dinosaurs. The product is best used indoors as these images require a flat surface, such as a wall or ceiling, to display. Like Wenosda and Aneil, Younar also sells several other themed flashlights under its brand name. These include similar themes to the others, such as outer space and marine life. Ultimately, the Dinosaur Projector Flashlight, developed by Younar, is an excellent and educational flashlight option for toddler-age and younger school-age children.
Ultrafire SK68 Kids Mini Flashlight
This next flashlight option gets this list back on track in terms of traditional, functional flashlights. However, the Ultrafire SK68 Kids Mini Flashlight does include one quirk in that it comes in a size much smaller than most other flashlights. This miniature flashlight is just short of 6 inches long and typically comes in a bundle of three flashlights. Despite its small size, the Ultrafire SK68 Kids Mini Flashlight packs quite a punch in regard to its power. It possesses 300 lumens at maximum power and is constructed from an aluminum alloy, which gives its body a sturdiness that is unparalleled among other flashlights on this list.
The Ultrafire SK68 Kids Mini Flashlight may be accessible to children, but this flashlight is certainly more of a tool than a toy. This is especially evident when compared to the other flashlights on this list. Ultimately, the Ultrafire SK68 Kids Mini Flashlight is an excellent tool for older school-age kids and teenagers to use. However, younger school-age kids should increase their flashlight edification before moving on to the Ultrafire SK68 Kids Mini Flashlight.
NEBO 300-Lumen LED Worklight Flashlight
This next flashlight is the first of two flashlight options that are meant for more advanced users. Therefore, these flashlights will be best suited for teenagers. First, the NEBO 300-Lumen LED Worklight Flashlight is one of the premiere flashlights on the market. As is evident in its name, the NEBO 300-Lumen LED Worklight Flashlight possesses 300 lumens of power.
This flashlight also comes with
- Four light modes
- Programmable memory settings
- A 4x adjustable zoom
- Dimming option
These features may be complicated for younger children, but teenagers and more advanced flashlight users will become enamored by these adjustable settings and features. Additionally, the NEBO 300-Lumen LED Worklight Flashlight is one of the most durable flashlights on the market. Constructed with aircraft-grade aluminum, this flashlight is much more impact resistant than any of the other flashlights listed in this article. Ultimately, the NEBO 300-Lumen LED Worklight Flashlight is one of the best flashlights on the market.
Fenix TK20R Rechargeable Flashlight
Finally, the Fenix TK20R Rechargeable Flashlight is one of the most powerful, eco-friendly flashlights on the market. It possesses 1000 lumens which can shoot a beam of light over 1000 feet away from its original light source.
Additionally, this flashlight also comes with a USB cable which allows its battery to be recharged. This makes it one of the more environmentally friendly flashlight options available on the market. This flashlight is also one of the more expensive flashlight options on the market, listed at just under $100.
By the end of this article, you should have a sense of the various flashlight options available on the market and hopefully are able to go out and pick the best option for your child. Flashlights can be an excellent tool, not only for providing light but for learning things like Morse code.
Flashlights can also be an entertaining toy, particularly when projector slides are incorporated within them or they have cute little bug legs and will smile back at you. Ultimately, you are sure to find a flashlight that will entertain and educate your child among the options listed in this article.
Thus, the Fenix TK20R Rechargeable Flashlight is an excellent, albeit expensive, option for teenagers and experienced flashlight users.
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