Seriously Effective Flashlights For A Boat

Light The Way For Boat Health And Safety

A flashlight is more than a tool of convenience, it’s a matter of safety aboard and around your ship. Good torches should pack a luminous punch and last through at least a few nights of use. Some of the best lights we’ve found can stay illuminated more than a week (over 168 Hours) without needing a recharge.

You should always be prepared in case of emergency. If somebody were to fall overboard at sea in the night, do you have handheld waterproof spotlights capable of helping you bring them to safety? If there was a problem in the engine room and the lights won’t turn on, do you have flashlights at the ready for your crew and guests?

Docking at night, great lights will help to dramatically improve your maneuvers, and help you see the lines and the docks. Docking requires finesse even if your fancy new 60 footer has a joystick and automated docking. If you’re pulling up to the shore at night when it’s dark, the more lumens you have to spare, the better.

Here’s a roundup of some cool flashlights for boating and outdoor use that tick the required boxes; waterproof, powerful, rugged, capable of getting you through long nights out on the water. An essential part of any good boat equipment outfitting, here’s a list of some great options to get you started with finding the light.

1. Outdoorsman 2400. Ultra-Bright Handheld Flashlight with 16x Zoom

This is not a pocket flashlight. It’s a thick and sturdy side arm. Featuring a 16x zoom, capable of flooding your field of vision with light or for spotting land way in the distance. Light intensity settings of high, medium, low, strobe, and beacon give you the ability to save energy or save a life. Whether you need a signal light or need to use all 2,400 lumens for search and rescue, you’ve got it. An astonishing 9AA batteries are included, and with an IP67 rated, this waterproof flashlight will stand up to your toughest scenarios. Flashing emergency alert lasts up to 15 hours! See up to 400 meters with this pocket lightsaber.

Battery life: 7.0

Brightness: 9

Durability: 9.0

Price: $50

2. GOODSMANN Rechargeable Waterproof LED Submersible Searchlight

If you’re looking for a convenient handheld spotlight to have at the ready in your cockpit, this is a great option. Claiming 3000 lumens, this is a light that will get you home safe no matter how far from land you are. Impact resistant plastic, a rechargeable battery, and a flashing SOS light function are just some of the great features. A wrist strap and trigger switch, and you might consider bringing this to your next spotlight duel at midnight 12 o’clock with your pirate friends across the sea. Approaching the dock at night, the ability to see lines and cleats at a distance is paramount for a smooth approach.

Battery life: 5.5

Brightness: 9.0

Durability: 9.2

Price: $100

3. Zoe LED Waterproof Rechargeable Spotlight

Classic safety yellow, this spotlight is easy to spot. Whether handheld or set upside down for filling a room with light, this rechargeable, 500yards reaching, impact resistant flashlight will be a great addition to any boat’s tool kit. Submersible, with a built in rechargeable 4400mAh battery, this light doubles as a power bank. Open the nifty cable storage compartment in the bottom to reveal the charging port and battery indicator lights. Included is an attachable red light filter for when you need light but white isn’t right. Trying to find lost things overboard? Searching the engine room for an electric fuse panel? This handheld beam will illuminate whatever you are seeking.

Battery life: 7.0

Brightness: 7.2

Durability: 9.5

Price: $50

4. FENIX HM61R – Multi-Use Headlamp

If you want to be the coolest adventurer around, go with the Fenix. This tactical headlamp boasts some impressive stats. IP68 waterproof, 300 hours endurance on “EcoMode,” it’s not just a headlamp, you’ve got a multipurpose detachable handheld, mountable light, with eight lighting modes, including red, all engaged by a single easy to use large switch. Fenix calls this the “ultimate hands-free lighting tool.” These 1200 lumens come with a lifetime guarantee. Hands free light is your best way forward.

Battery life: 10.0

Brightness: 8.5

Durability: 8.5

Price: $85

5. Novostella Rechargeable CREE LED Spotlight

Multi-Functional Camping Lantern, Waterproof LED Searchlight, Hurricane Lantern, High Power Beam Flashlight, 2000mAh

The Novostella Rechargeable LED Spotlight is a great choice for onboard lighting whether in nighttime working conditions or emergencies, this little tank of a torch has some great versatility. The front facing lamp can shine with 300 or 650 lumens, and the body has side panels that light up white or red. With power bank capability for charging mobile devices and an ergonomic top handle for easy carry, this big storm proof flashlight is a great companion for your boat.

Battery life: 5.5

Brightness: 6.5

Durability: 10.0

Functionality: 8.5

Price: $20

6: PowerSmith PSL Floatable Spotlight

A great simple flashlight for spotting things at night, the PowerSmith is rechargeable, submersible to 12 feet, and claims a 500 meter reach. The tactical hand textured hand grip is easy to hold onto in tough conditions, and with 700 rechargeable lumens, two brightness modes and strobe function this is an economic choice worth considering.

Battery life: 6.5

Brightness: 8.0

Durability: 8.0

Price: $49

7. Rechargeable Tacticale Flashlight

For people who like accessories and nice hard shell cases, this little tough guy is a shiny option. The battery is rechargeable on this reasonably sized flashlight providing you 6 to 12 hours of light time. A mounting clip is included for attaching this 5000mAh flashlight to whatever you fancy, maybe the handlebar of your PWC. Waterproof, so when you’re trying to spot your girlfriend’s new iPhone over the side of your boat after your sunset sandbar chillout session, you’ll be able to play hero. Wide beam or zoom, you’ve got options, just give it a twist.

Battery life: 6.5

Brightness: 7.1

Durability: 10.0

Price: $22

8. Genwiss Dive Light

For those of you who venture below the surface, this 1000 lumen handheld flashlight has an IP8 rating for a depth of 80m. This rechargeable LED bulb is rated for a 50,000hrs lifetime, built out of aluminum alloy, ready for the underwater environment, this is a top contender for dive capable lights to have on the ready in whatever marine environment you find yourself in. Featuring high, medium, low, strobe & SOS FLASH, all with the click of a button, consider grabbing a Genwiss Dive Light as your new go to light.

Battery life: 8.1

Brightness: 7.5

Durability: 9.0

Price: $40

9. BlueFire 1100 LUMEN Dive Flashlight

This sturdy little light is worthy of buying in bulk to outfit all your rooms with. Designed for diving, it’s bright, easy to twist on and off, and comes with a convenient and super tough velcro wrist strap and lanyard. It’s rechargeable and powered by universal AAA batteries you can find anywhere. A well stocked pleasure boat should have at least one waterproof light per person and its bright yellow design it’s easy to find when you or your guests need it most. Moreover, it is very affordable. 

Battery life: 7.3

Brightness: 7.9

Durability: 9.0

Price: $20

10. IMALENT MS18 Brightest Flashlight

Saving what some might consider the best for last, some of the comments about this flashlight indicate that it could be “soon to be illegal,” due to just how bright it is. It is extremely bright. Light up your whole farm bright, or at least the whole dock, but please don’t point it at anyone’s face unless you want to blind them and have another lawsuit to deal with. As is the trend these days it’s rechargeable, it’s one of, if not the brightest handheld light available to the public, boasting peak bursts of 100,000 lumens. (unheard of in handheld lights.) In application, this light can light up a dock at over 1000 meters in clear air. Multiple light modes, durable design, and a five year warranty make this pocket light cannon worth the micro investment.

Battery life: 7.8

Brightness: 10+

Durability: 6.0

Price: $670

Whether looking for something lost overboard, or simply trying to dock at night, don’t be caught without a good light. Lights for your cabins, for your flydeck and for your engine room. Lights for your pocket, for her pocketbook, and for your rucksack. With cutting-edge technology, rechargeable, waterproof, and multi-functional lights are pushing the frontiers into new territories. Sure, nothing on the market will light up the moon, but you’d be hard pressed to find anything else out of reach for these LED photon generators.

Written by: Nate Cantalupo

An experienced global traveler, Nate has kept a daily writing practice for over ten years, archiving, reflecting, and capturing his many adventures. A professional video producer, he identifies with storytelling. He’s always been called to the ocean, and grew up going to Nantasket beach in Hull, MA with his family in the 1990’s. Whether it's the balance of chemicals so similar to our crimson blood, or the exhilaration of being where there is no land in sight, out on the great blue is where he feels most alive. Currently he lives in South Beach, Miami, Florida. Check out his newest works at


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