I have seen a few posts around where the poster says something along the lines of, "I don't care how many other features flashlight X has, if it does not have feature Y then it will never be carried by me," and I am curious what, for you, is a feature that is non-negotiable when you choose an EDC light.
Here are some of the possible things that I have thought of:
- Long runtime: If it cannot run all through the night without needing a battery change, then it is of no interest at all.
- High output: If it cannot blind someone who is foolish enough to stare into the business end of the light when it is turned on, then it is not interesting.
- Throw: If the flashlight cannot light up objects at a distance, then it will never make it into your EDC.
- Flood/spill: No narrow beams, please. If it rivals a laser in focus, then it will never be carried.
- Tailstand/candle mode: If, by itself, it cannot stand on its tail and be used as a candle, then it is not worth carrying.
- Battery size/type: Along the lines of, "I only use lights that run on AA batteries. If it runs on any other battery type, forget it".
- Can run on rechargeables: If it can only run on primaries, no way is it to be considered for EDC.
- Bling: When shown to others, people go, "Wow... so shiny..."
- Place of origin: If it is not made in XXX then forget it (no political commentaries, please).
If you have multiple non-negotiables, then please choose which one of those is most important for you.
It should be obvious but it bears mentioning that what is most important will differ with each individual so there is no right or wrong here. I am just curious if there will be anything even close to a consensus among the denizens of this forum as to what is considered to be a "non-negotiable" when selecting an EDC light.
For my own EDC use, I find that I need to have some sort of a flood beam or spill for me to EDC a light. If a light has no spill (such as the old Inova X1 with its "moonbeam") then I would never EDC it. This is also why I am so enamored with my Sundrop; of all the lights I have ever used it has the loveliest flood beam I have ever had the pleasure of beholding.