I have a confession to make. I am a bad gunnie. I don't have an EDC flashlight. Oh, sure, I've got a little keychain light that's technically a flashlight, but nothing like the miniature sun that Mopar carries, f'rinstance. Now, I lurves me some flashlights (although not quite as much as SCI-FI...), and have a wide range of inexpensive to moderate lights, all the way up to my monstrous 5-D Cell maglight (it's a spotlight! It's a melee weapon!) - but I never made the jump to "small but powerful light I carry every day".
A lot of it is the same reasoning as to why I carry an inexpensive knife - they get lost or "permanently borrowed" too easily. When a decent flashlight runs north of three figures, I don't want to run the risk of putting it down somewhere and forgetting where I left it (which I have done with, say, Ray-Bans...). With a multitude of options well under $50, though, it's time I picked something up...
The first parameter is already covered (~ $50). The second would be size - it should fit into a pocket with room left over for at least a spare magazine. Ideally it would take AAA batteries, but I don't mind going with CR123 if it's significantly brighter. And lastly, it should be bright enough to double as an auxiliary light source when taking pictures, or at least stun small woodland creatures.
There's a handful that I can think of that meet this criteria:
Fenix P Series
Streamlight ProTac or Key chain series
LED Lenser pocket-size
Quark Tactical line
Any other models of pocket flashlights I should be looking at?
That is all.