The diminutive Arc-AAA light from Arc Flashlight is small enough to carry on your person every day, but is amazingly bright for a light of its size. At first glance, it’s easy to dismiss it as another little keychain light like the Maglite Solitaire AAA light I used to carry with my keys years ago. But closer examination reveals that this is not your common, cheap mini-LED light, but more of a miniaturized version of a higher end light, like a SureFire. It measures only 2.7″ long and 0.5″ in diameter, and weighs less than an ounce. Not much larger than a .308 round, it’ll fit almost anywhere unnoticed. I’ve been wearing it on my work ID badge that hangs from a cord around my neck. It was designed to be carried every day – a flashlight isn’t much use in emergencies when you don’t have it on you. If you’re in the habit of carrying a tactical light on your belt, the Arc is a perfect backup.
The Arc is machined out of 6061aluminum and grey Type III hard-anodized (an attractive colour I prefer to black) for corrosion resistance and durability. When I slid the metal pocket clip off the body, it was tight and I cringed as I expected it to leave a silver trail of worn-off anoziding, like it would on cheaper lights. Not a mark, even after I removed and replaced the clip quite a few times. The body and bezel are lightly knurled, enough to provide a firm, non-slip grip but not aggressive enough to be abrasive to harm what it comes into contact with. The end of the body has a hole for split-ring attachment (included) or dummy cord. The metal pocket clip can be used both ways (face it backwards and clip it to the brim of a cap for hands-free use), and is strong enough to keep the Arc in place under normal use. The gold-tinted coat on the interior of the body is Chemkote for corrosion resistance.