Top 8 Best Intrinsically Safe Flashlights

We here at Flashlight University have compiled a list of the top 8 best intrinsically safe flashlights.  With the burgeoning oil and gas industry in the United States, intrinsically safe flashlights are more in demand than ever.

Intrinsically safe flashlights are designed to be used within hazardous environments where ignitable gases and vapors, dusts, or fibers can be present in the air.  What does intrinsically safe mean?  It means that the flashlight is designed not to produce sparks, or at least not to produce sparks that have enough energy to ignite the surroundings.  Click here to learn more about flashlight safety ratings and approvals.

Best Economical Intrinsically Safe Flashlight

Bayco Nightstick Pro XPP5422 Safety Rated Flashlight Floodlight

Nightstick Intrinsically Safe Polymer Dual Light XPP5422

The Nightstick Polymer Dual Light XPP5422 is one of our best-selling intrinsically safe flashlights.  It’s bright – 240 lumens with both the spot light and flood light on – and it’s economical, with an MSRP of just $39.00.  One of the best things about the Nightstick XPP5422 dual light is that it can be powered by either alkaline or lithium AA non-rechargeable batteries.  Lithium AA batteries work well in cold temperatures and are less likely to leak than standard alkaline batteries.

Output: 120 lumens spot beam, 120 lumens flood beam, 240 lumens dual output
Run time: 17.5 hours spot/flood, 4.5 hours dual beam
Battery type: 3 x AA (alkaline or lithium)
Beam distance: 557 feet (170 meters)
Body material: Polymer
MSRP: $39.00

Safety approvals: Intrinsically Safe, Class I, II, III Div 1 Groups A,B,C,D,E,F & G

 

Brightest Intrinsically Safe Flashlight

AE LifeLight LED Flashlight

AE LifeLight Intrinsically Safe FlashlightThe AE LifeLight is one of the brightest intrinsically safe flashlights available and is the only aluminum-bodied intrinsically safe flashlight on this list.  It has an output of 270 lumens for 1-2 hours, and then another 3-5 hours of run time at 180 lumens, and then diminishing brightness with a total run time of up to 72 hours.  Because of the simple twist-head design, the AE LifeLight is also a dive light – it’s waterproof up to 200 meters!

Output: 270 lumens
Run time: 1-2 hours at 270 lumens, 72 hours diminishing brightness
Battery type: 3 x AA (alkaline or lithium)
Body material: Aluminum
MSRP: $145.00

Safety approvals: Intrinsically Safe, Class I, Div 1 Groups A-F (all gases and dust)

Best 3AA Intrinsically Safe Flashlight

Streamlight 3AA ProPolymer HAZ-LO Flashlight

Streamlight 3AA ProPolymer HAZ-LO FlashlightThe Streamlight 3AA ProPolymer HAZ-LO flashlight is Streamlight’s signature intrinsically safe handheld light.  What makes this light one of the best is all of the added design features.  The battery compartment is designed for easy replacement of the batteries.  The polymer is a very solid material and won’t be as affected by the ambient temperature as an aluminum flashlight.  The Streamight 3AA ProPolymer HAZ-LO has a very concentrated beam pattern with a beam range of 777 feet and a rating of 14,000 candela.

Output: 120 lumens
Run time: 6.5 hours
Battery type: 3 x AA alkaline
Beam distance: 777 feet (237 meters)
Body material: Thermoplastic – chemical and solvent resistant
MSRP: $71.95

Safety approvals: intrinsically safe for use in hazardous locations / UL Classified
Class I, Division 1, Groups A,B,C,D
Class II, Division 1, Groups E,F,G
Class III; Exia; Temperature Code T4

 

Best USA-made Intrinsically Safe Flashlight

Bright Star WorkSAFE Razor Flashlight

Bright Star Razor Intrinsically Safe FlashlightThe Bright Star Razor flashlight was one of the first intrinsically safe LED flashlights on the market.  Aside from the bright 100 lumen beam, the best feature of the Bright Star Razor is that it is made in the USA.  The bright body colors are also a plus – it’s available in hi-vis green, orange, or the traditional black.  Like several of the other flashlights on this list, the Razor is powered by three AA alkaline batteries, and it has a super long run time of 22 hours per battery set.

Output: 100 lumens
Run time: 22 hours
Battery type: 3 x AA alkaline
Beam distance: 557 feet (170 meters)
Body material: Nylon polymer
MSRP: $32.03

Safety approvals: intrinsically safe, Zone Zero rating
equivalent to UL rating – Class I Division 1 Groups A, B, C, D;
Class II Division 1 Groups E, F, G

 

Best Intrinsically Safe Lantern

Pelican 9415 Safety Approved Lantern

Pelican 9415 Safety Approved LanternThe Pelican 9415 Safety Approved Lantern is one of the brightest intrinsically safe battery-operated lanterns available with an incredible 413 lumen output in high.  What really sets this lantern apart is that it is so lightweight and compact.  It weighs just over 3 lbs with the battery, compared to traditional lanterns that weigh 8 lbs or more.  It is also one of the newest intrinsically safe LED lanterns on the market, debuting in fall 2013.

Output: 413 lumens high, 4.5 hours low
Run time: 4.5 hours high, 12 hours low
Battery type: NiMH rechargeable
Beam distance: 1,066 feet (325 meters)
Body material: Polymer
MSRP: $478.90

Safety approvals: Intrinsically safe – safety rated for use in hazardous environments
UL Listed Class I, Div 1, Groups ABCD T4, Exia

 

Best D-cell Intrinsically Safe Flashlight

Bright Star 2217 WorkSafe LED Flashlight

Bright Star WorkSAFE 2217 LED FlashlightThe Bright Star 2217 LED flashlight is a classic industrial light – two D-cell batteries, inexpensive price, bright orange body.  But what makes the 2217 the best is the bright LED that produces 50 lumens and the high quality of a USA-made flashlight.  The Bright Star 2217 LED Flashlight boasts an incredible 200 hour run time on two D-cell batteries – that’s over a week of continuous use 24 hours a day!

Output: 50 lumens
Run time: up to 200 hours
Battery type: 2 x D-cell alkaline
Beam distance: 288 feet (88 meters)
Body material: Polymer
MSRP: $19.25

Safety approvals: Intrinsically Safe (UL 913, CSA C22.2 No. 157)
Class I, II, III Div 1 Groups A-G
Class I, II, III Div 2 Groups A-G
Oper Temp Code T5

 

Best Intrinsically Safe Penlight

Nightstick Intrinsically Safe Polymer Penlight AAAA

Nightstick Intrinsically Safe Polymer Penlight AAAAThere are a lot of intrinsically safe penlights on the market, but none are as bright as the Nightstick Intrinsically Safe AAAA Polymer Penlight.  It produces 50 lumens using a state of the art Cree LED.  The engineered polymer body is chemical resistant and waterproof up to 1 meter.  Using AAAA batteries allows the Nightstick Polymer Penlight to be super slim – just 0.5″ in diameter.  And weighing just 1.5 ounces, you couldn’t ask for a better intrinsically safe pocket light!

Output: 50 lumens
Run time: 13.75 hours
Battery type: 3 x AAAA alkaline
Beam distance: 164 feet (50 meters)
Body material: Impact and chemical resistant polymer
MSRP: $30.00

Safety approvals: cETLus listed intrinsically safe
Class I, II, III, Division 1, Groups A, B, C, D, E, F & G

 

Best Intrinsically Safe Work Light

Streamlight Knucklehead HAZ-LO Work Light

Streamlight Knucklehead HAZ-LO Work LightThe Streamlight Knucklehead HAZ-LO Flood work light is the intrinsically safe version of our favorite work light.  It truly is the best in this category.  The 360 degree swiveling head lets you easily aim the light in the direction that you need it.  It has a powerful integrated magnet that you can use to attach the light to a metal surface for hands-free use.  The Streamlight Knucklehead HAZ-LO comes with a choice of either a yellow or orange body – the yellow body comes with an integrated hanging hook, while the orange body comes with an integrated alligator clip to attach to your gear.  Even the rechargeable versions can be powered by four AA batteries in a pinch.  This work light is so versatile, it will become your go-to light for almost every situation!

Output: 163 lumens high, 50 lumens low
Run time: 3.75 hours high, 12 hours low
Battery type: Choose rechargeable NiCad or 4 x AA alkaline batteries
Beam distance: 177 feet (54 meters)
Body material: High impact nylon polymer
MSRP: from $148.50

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