This $20 keychain flashlight is the most versatile accessory I’ve tested

Boruit V3 keychain LED flashlight

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I thought that with the introduction of flashlight modes on smartphones, the dedicated flashlight would go the way of the wristwatch and the dinosaur.

But the truth is, using your smartphone, a device that costs hundreds of dollars, as a flashlight isn’t all that smart. It makes your smartphone vulnerable to being dropped, and turning on the flashlight is a fast way to drain the battery. 

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This is why I like to carry with me a dedicated keychain flashlight. Ideally, I want something affordable, powerful, durable, and waterproof. Oh, and while I’m at it, I’d like it to have a UV LED feature to allow me to do things like detect counterfeit banknotes. 

It turns out the Boruit V3 keychain flashlight has all of this and more! 

Boruit V3 keychain LED flashlight


Boruit V3 keychain LED flashlight

Small, lightweight, powerful, and packed with features such as strobing colors and UV, this keychain flashlight is a steal for $20!

Boruit V3 keychain flashlight features

  • Powerful: At the full 900 lumens, the beam can travel an impressive 100 meters.
  • Lightweight and portable: Small and easy to store in your hands, pocket, or backpack, which means you’re never without it. Dimensions are 2.2 x 1.2 x 0.6-inch (56 x 31 x 15 mm) and it weighs in at only 1.17 oz (33 g).
  • Glow-in-the-dark: Making it easier to find in the dark.
  • Magnetic: Strong magnet on the base allows it to be fixed onto metal surface such as car hoods.
  • Four LED colors: Choose from white, red, blue flash, and even a UV feature.
  • 12 lighting modes: Choose the power of the white LEDs to suit your needs, and also between static or flashing red and blue, and even an alternating flashing red/blue mode.
  • USB-C fast charging: The rechargeable 500mAh battery offers between 75 minutes and 76 hours of runtime (depending on mode), and only take 2.5 hours to recharge.
  • IP65 water-resistant: Don’t let rain spoil your fun. 

So, what do I like about this keychain flashlight?

First, it’s highly durable. A keychain is a hostile environment for anything that isn’t a key, and I’ve had several keychain flashlights fail on me quickly. They crack, buttons break, or they just die. 

Not this one. 

I’ve also had problems with waterproofing. A lot of these keychain flashlights claim to be water-resistant, but a lot aren’t. 

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