best medical penlight

A medical penlight is a medical necessity for any doctor, EMT, nurse, or paramedic. Examining a patient’s eyes can tell critical information about their status in order to make life saving decisions. It can tell us if a trauma victim needs surgery or if a confused person is on a little too much of the herb. There are a variety of medical penlights available on the internet but which one is right for you?

I know a pediatrician would appreciate a smaller overall penlight for their infants while an EMT would want a sturdier clip in their penlight as they are always on the move. As a health professional I acknowledge the need for a great product that is both handy and reliable. Here is my top list of the best medical penlights on the market.

What Things Should You Look for in a Medical Penlight?

Here are 4 things you need to consider before purchasing a medical penlight  

  • Do you want a disposable light or not? – You can buy a pack of disposable penlights for the price of one sturdy one.
  • The size – There are a variety of sizes but most should be smaller than 6 inches.
  • Do you want a pupil gauge on the side? – A pupil gauge is a nice tool to have for anyone to properly access a patient.
  • The material- Do you want a penlight that is made of a cheaper plastic or sturdy stainless steel?
  • Price: Are you trying to spend frugally or does not price not matter?

The Uses of a Medical Penlight

Medical Uses: Doctors, nurses, and EMT’s need a penlight for any eye exam specifically looking at pupil size and reactivity. Conditions include intoxication, altered mental status, trauma, examining for jugular venous distension, neurological disease, or infection.

Flashlight: It serves as a compact flashlight that is perfect for looking into smaller spaces like drawers or under your couch looking for your remote. It can be a perfect tool to use to walk into a dark room or crawl space. You never know when you can be trapped in a dark scary asylum, but you will light if you keep your pen handy.

The Best Medical Penlights List

RISESMART Medical Penlight 

Pen Light RISESMART Medical Penlight

Pros:

  • 1 black (less focused) and one silver (LED) pen with batteries included
  • Pupil gauge on the side
  • Metal clip making it sturdy for pockets or clipboards
  • 5” inch length makes very easy to attach to your coat or to a clipboard
  • Waterproof

Dimensions:

Size: 5” inch length x 1.2cm diameter

Weight: 99g (3.52oz)

Battery Life: 100,000 hours

What Customers Say: “I am a second year Nursing Student and I spent a lot of time and money looking for a durable and bright penlight. These penlights bay far are the best ones I have found. They are metal, they come with extra batteries, you can move the clip to any place you desire and they are bright. I would recommend these penlights for anyone who is going into the medical field or anyone who is already there.”

Average review: 4.5 stars

Nitecore MT06MD 180 Lumen LED Medical Penlight

Nitecore MT06MD 180 Lumen LED Medical Penlight

Pros:

  • Sleek and sturdy 5.04” design for medical personnel and fist responders
  • Total battery life of over 35 hours
  • Pupil gauge on the side
  • Warmer beam of LED light for less eye irritation on patients
  • Waterproof

Dimensions:

Size: 5.04” inch length x .55 cm diameter

Weight: 80g (2.8oz)

Battery Life: 35 hours

What Customers Say: “I am an EMT student and bought this flashlight for skills labs and clinical use. I looked at a lot of cheaper ones but loved the fact that this flashlight has different brightness settings, so I'm never blinding anyone with a bright LED. It is also nice because it was recommended that we carry a flashlight along with our penlight, but this is certainly bright enough that I don't need a separate light.”

Average review: 3.5 stars

Primacare Disposable Diagnostic Colored Penlights 

Primacare Disposable Diagnostic Colored Penlights

Pros:

  • Comes in a 6 pack in a variety of colors
  • Do not have to worry about losing one makes up for the shorter battery life
  • Small 5” inch size makes it fit in any pocket
  • Small warm concentric beam

Dimensions:

Size: 5” inch length x .5 cm diameter

Weight: 20g (.70oz)

Battery Life: 10 hours per light

What Customers Say: “I like that they are cheap. They seem fairly durable as well. I dropped and broke several of the pen lights with replaceable batteries before deciding to stick with these. Plus, the replaceable battery pens were deceptively heavy in my pockets.”

Average review: 4.5 stars

Opoway LED Medical Penlight

Opoway LED Medical Penlight

Pros:

  • Very sturdy aluminum design in a variety of colors
  • 5.2” inch size makes it fit in any pocket
  • Pinpoint warm LED light
  • Waterproof

Dimensions:

Size: 5.3” inch length x .51 cm diameter

Weight: 66g (2.3oz)

Battery Life: 30 hours

What Customers Say: “Great little pen light. I have had this light about 6 months and so far this does not turn on accidentally in my scrubs pocket like other lights have. It also is made of a sturdy metal so I'm not afraid it is going to break with my daily use. The light is bright and works perfectly for checking patients pupils or just adding a little extra light in a dark room.”

Average review: 4 stars

CAVN Medical Penlight for Nurses and Doctors

CAVN Medical Penlight for Nurses and Doctors

Pros:

  • Nice compact 4.7” inch design that comes in a variety of colors
  • Lasts for months and comes with batteries
  • Very sturdy metalic clip with pupil gauge on the side
  • Many cute designs for females espicially
  • Waterproof

Dimensions:

Size: 5.5” inch length x 1.2 cm diameter

Weight: 51g (1.8oz)

Battery Life: 30 hours

What Customers Say: “I am a registered nurse. I use it daily. I love the color. It’s durability is a plus. I use it to assess ears, eyes, noses, and throats of potential plasma donors. Light is bright.”

Average review: 3.5 stars

MDF Luminix Illuminator Medical Professional Diagnostic Penlight

MDF Luminix Illuminator Medical Professional Diagnostic Penlight

Pros:

  • 5” inch design makes it very easy to carry
  • Warm LED light for brightness without irritation
  • Pupil gauge on the side with end cap ON/OFF button.
  • Waterproof

Dimensions:

Size: 5.2” inch length x .52 cm diameter

Weight: 22g (.8oz)

Battery Life: 25 hours

What Customers Say: “I specifically chose this penlight because I wanted a reusable penlight. The medical field is so wasteful as is and I couldn't stand the idea of using disposable ones. I also chose this one because I was looking for a warm LED light.”

Average review: 4 stars

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Dr. CHRISTIAN-JEVON BRAMWELL MD

Christian Bramwell, MD uses his own weight loss story as teaching for people struggling with their own weight through blogging, teaching, and writing. His mission in life is to promote health and education, that is why he has chosen to be a family physician and found his own nonprofit Project RAK based on education and empowerment.

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