Tactical flashlights come in all shapes and sizes. They are useful in an emergency and during night work, hunting or rummaging in your garage. But which one is right for you?
Before You Shop
You can not just take the biggest, brightest flashlight and expect it to fit in with your life. Whether they are very bright, light or full of niche features, tactical flashlights are all special in their own way.
So, before you buy a tactical flashlight, you need to find out what kind of a dark hole will fill your life. Here are some important aspects to consider:
- Brightness : The brightness of a flashlight (expressed in lumens) is of course the most important feature. Any light of 1
- Weight : If you plan to carry your tactical flashlight in your pocket, a heavy one is not practical. Try to find one that balances weight and performance.
- Lighting Modes : Some tactical flashlights have flash, flood, or multi-color modes. These are best suited for night work (eg in the industry or at an airline). However, these tend to add a few dollar signs to the price tag.
- Water Resistance : The best tactical flashlights are water resistant. If you plan to wet your flashlight (you may like to stand in the rain or fish), we recommend one with a relatively high IPX water resistance.
- Batteries and Charging : It's a pain in the neck when you need to replace batteries. All flashlights in this article use commercially available batteries or come with batteries (these details are listed in this article for convenience.)
Now that you know what you're looking for, it's time to find the tactical flashlight Fits to your needs.
Best overall impression: The WISSBLUE flashlight with 1,600 lumens
The WISSBLUE is a fantastic, 2.5 oz. tactical flashlight with all the bells and whistles. It has amazing IPX8 water resistance (that is, it can soak for a few hours and still works). Supposedly it even works after freezing or cooking (if you ask yourself). It emits 1,600 lumens of light, is rechargeable and has six lighting modes (including flash and SOS) and a built-in magnet.
However, the WISSBLUE lacks an important feature – a pocket clip. It has a tassel that you can attach to a carabiner. It's light enough to fit comfortably in your bag, but if you need a pocket clip you can also use another flashlight.
budget option: The Goreit 900 Lumen Flashlight
If you are looking for a balance between price and quality, try the 900 lumen tactical Goreit flashlight. It has five customizable settings (including flash and SOS), a beam control to switch between focused beam and flood light, and a rain-proof IPX5 water resistance.
Do not forget that Goreit 5.3 ounces weighs a bit much for a tactical flashlight. The extra weight is a good sign of durability, but you will feel it in your pocket.
Premium Option: The Klarus Flashlight with 2,000 Lumens
Looking for the brightest, smartest tactical flashlight you can buy for money? The 2,000 lumen tactical Klarus flashlight is surprisingly bright. It has IPX8 water resistance (which means it can withstand a few hours in the pool) and is shock resistant up to one meter. It features a super-sensitive on / off switch for quick flashing, a hard off switch against accidental flashing and six lighting modes, including flashlight. That's not hard, but it's harder than some of the others on our list (especially the 2.5 ounce WISSBLUE).
At least it has a pocket clip.
The Premium Option
Klarus Upgraded XT11GT 2000 Lumen Super Bundle with Rechargeable Tactical LED Flashlight, 18650 Rechargeable Battery, USB Cable, Lanyard, Holster, Pocket Clip, Car Adapter, Wall Adapter and USB Mini Light
The tactical Klarus Flashlight with 2,000 lumens offers everything you need. It can handle hard falls and hours in the pool and has six different lighting modes.
Best Pocket Light: Hatori 150 Lumen Flashlight
Hatori's Tactical Mini Flashlight is a bright, unidirectional flashlight. It weighs only about an ounce and is small enough to fit in your pocket, attach to your hat or attach to the sun visor of your car. It is also powered by a single AAA battery, which is extremely convenient and easy to replace. Remember, however, that it has no water resistance and therefore can not handle thunderstorms like other tactical flashlights.
Although the Hatori is not nearly as bright as most original size tactical flashlights (150 lumens are not much), it's cheap, small and versatile. If you are looking for a flashlight that is always at hand, this is a breeze. Oh, and if you want something a little lighter Hatori also sells a 200 lumens version for just a dollar more – but it's also a bit longer.
The Multi-Color Option: The 1,200 Lumen Flashlight by BORUIT
Would you like to give color to your life? The rechargeable tactical BORUIT flashlight features built-in multi-color LEDs that produce white, red, green, blue or UV light with an impressive 1,200 lumens. It also has a flash function, a blue flicker function and a red and blue flicker function (presumably to frighten people). As for the specifications, the BORUIT has IPX8 water resistance (it can be immersed for several hours), is rechargeable and weighs only 4 oz.
Why would you want a multicolored flashlight? Well, they are mainly used by professionals in industrial or aircraft environments. But different colored lights can be handy for everyday use. For example, a red light does not affect your natural night vision, a green light attracts wild game, and a UV light is handy if you need to look for things like blood spots or urine.