Best Tactical Flashlight Reviews 2016-2017

Your flashlight may very well be a life saver. From the ability to use it to signal for help, through confounding an attacker [and maybe even clubbing them with it] right through to helping you find identifying signs, lost items of kit or look things up in a reference book, a good flashlight is an essential part of everyone’s kit. Here’s how to get the best bang for your buck when you choose yours.

What Makes a Good Flashlight?

Whether you are a first responder or simply an avid hunter or stargazer, a reliable source of light is a must for your safety and convenience.

A tactical flashlight combines a robust build- most of the ones worth investing in are aircraft grade aluminum- with a super bright light source and often a set of different lighting modes for all occasions. Being able to see in the dark will enhance your own safety, help you keep your footing or find your way again when lost, make you visible to others who may be looking for you and more.

Strobe and brightness settings also have a place in fending off attackers and keeping them away from you. Slow blinking or diffused lights can help people locate you should you be broken down or have wandered away from the path. In short- light is life in and survival profession or situation.

That’s why a firm, robust build is essential in any tactical flashlight. This means it should be drop, shock and impact resistant. Water resistant- or better yet waterproof- is a good idea too, as you may well be operating the light in adverse conditions like rain.

Look for models with a firm anti-roll cap or design to be sure that your flashlight isn’t going to escape you should you have the misfortune to drop it. Remember that a flashlight of decent length can also make a good blunt weapon, and a good tactical flashlight is built with that in mind.

It may be possible to use it as a small club or use the head as a hammer-like glass breaker in emergencies. Your flashlight should be able to stand up to this manhandling and still provide light afterward.

The lumens you want to look for in your new flashlight will depend on exactly what task you have in mind. Remember that there will always be a fine balance between weight and lumen capacity.

A compact flashlight simply will never produce the same amount of light as one with two or three batteries to power it- but it also won’t weigh as much or need to be as large. In the end, personal needs and preference will drive this.

Look for a good grip on your flashlight. Not only does it help if you end up having to swing it at someone, but it will also help prevent you from dropping it too easily, especially if you become slick with rain or dew.

Most modern tactical flashlights use LED technology to ensure a piercing bright beam. Many will allow you to focus this beam so you can pick between a narrow tight beam and a more diffused flood.

If your particular flashlight doesn’t offer this, then you will need to make sure that the beam type you buy is compatible with your needs.

When choosing the size of your flashlight to be sure to consider either the storage space you intend to leave it in or your needs- walking and running with a clunky large flashlight can be uncomfortable and result in you leaving it at home. Always consider your own unique requirements when picking out your flashlight.

Now you know a little more about what to expect from your new flashlight, here are some of our top tactical flashlight picks.

Kuda Outdoors Tactical Light Lamp

Tech Specs:

  • Length: 7.4”
  • Waterproof? : Waterproof, no rating given
  • Material: Hard Casing
  • Lumens? : 1200
  • Rechargeable or Battery? : Both

Overview:

This particular tactical flashlight excels with a wide beam angle. It’s slim and fairly lightweight, so it’s not impossible to handle as a runner or cyclist although smaller options do exist.

None of these will be as bright as this one, however. Taking 3 rechargeable 18650 batteries or a series of normal ones, this product also has a decent battery life to its name. It’s also skid-proof. There is five light settings- three brightness, one strobe and an SOS setting.

CapTink Q1 Tactical Flashlight

Tech Specs:

  • Length: 6.8”
  • Waterproof? : Waterproof, no rating given
  • Material: Aircraft aluminum alloy
  • Lumens? : 700
  • Rechargeable or Battery? : Rechargeable

Overview:

The CapTink tactical flashlight actually challenges you to use it as an impromptu club should you need, and provides a hearty grip to assist you in the process. Another versatile survival flashlight, this one can easily be taken with you wherever you go with no regrets. It offers the standard 5 light modes for every situation and features good runtime from the batteries. The head also is designed as a hammer for glass breaking purposes.

Revtronic Compact Tactical Flashlight

Tech Specs:

  • Length: 5.1”
  • Waterproof? : Not stated
  • Material: Aircraft aluminum alloy
  • Lumens? : 650
  • Rechargeable or Battery? : Rechargeable

Overview:

With a removable pocket clip and anti-slip, anti-roll design, this flashlight makes it easy to find your way again should you drop it. The digitally controlled output means your brightness remains constant at all times. While the lumen output isn’t the largest, it’s impressive from a very compact little torch- just what you want to add to your survival backpack.

Kootek Tactical Flashlight and Knife Combo

Tech Specs:

  • Length: 7.6”
  • Waterproof? : Waterproof IP65
  • Material: Aircraft aluminum alloy with stainless steel
  • Lumens? : 800
  • Rechargeable or Battery? : Rechargeable

Overview:

This three in one tool gives you a flashlight, hammer, and knife in one- which makes it an attractive tactical choice. It offers three light patterns and a zoomable focus to the flashlight. It makes a great companion for the road as well as an addition to your tactical kit.

Elitemax LED Tactical Flashlight

Tech Specs:

  • Length: 6.1”
  • Waterproof? : Water resistant
  • Material: Aircraft aluminum alloy
  • Lumens? : 1000
  • Rechargeable or Battery? : Rechargeable

Overview:

At 1000 lumens, this compact little torch is about as bright as you are going to get from one li-ion battery. It offers a variety of zoom settings as well as 5 modes to fine-tune your lighting needs. With a robust body and water resistance [though not full waterproofing] this offers a great companion for sportsmen and outdoorsmen needing a reliable, bright flashlight.

AYL Tactical Emergency Nightlight

Tech Specs:

  • Length: 6.5”
  • Waterproof? : Water resistant
  • Material: Aircraft aluminum alloy, anodized
  • Lumens? : not stated
  • Rechargeable or Battery? : Battery

Overview:

The 4 in 1 telescoping design of this flashlight makes it a versatile home and travel companion. It even has a magnetic base to allow for hands-free options. It also offers a red blinker light option for situations where you need to attract the attention of passers-by on the road. It offers a beam up to 300 meters from the torch and is best considered as a mini lantern.

Vizeri LED Tactical Flashlight

Tech Specs:

  • Length: 6.5”
  • Waterproof? : Waterproof IPX7
  • Material: Military grade aluminum, anodized
  • Lumens? : not stated
  • Rechargeable or Battery? : Both

Overview:

Combining 5 light modes with a focusing feature makes this a powerful tactical flashlight. Build quality shows in that the separate parts are threaded together, not clicked or pushed, ensuring the not is able to stand up to dropping and impact.

It also comes with a convenient belt holster and offers a host of other products you can buy [for example, bike mounts]. If you’re looking for a robust companion for daily life, this is the tactical flashlight for you.

Night Provisional TX11

Tech Specs:

  • Length: 7”
  • Waterproof? : Waterproof IPX8
  • Material: Aircraft grade aluminum, anodized
  • Lumens? : 1000
  • Rechargeable or Battery? : Both

Overview:

With six modes and two buttons, you won’t go wrong with this tactical flashlight. It conserves battery well and has a clear charger system to warn you when the battery is getting low. It offers everything from emergency blinkers to a football fields length beam, right for any situation. 1m shock resistance means it won’t break easily, and a durable body means it will be your companion for many years to come.

StreamLight ProTac Tactical Flashlight

Tech Specs:

  • Length: 5.2”
  • Waterproof? : Waterproof no rating given
  • Material: Aircraft grade aluminum, anodized
  • Lumens? : 600
  • Rechargeable or Battery? : Battery

Overview:

Giving a maximum steady LED output throughout the life of the battery, this is a convenient, compact and powerful flashlight option. With three different modes to choose from and an anti-roll face cap, you can take this little device with you wherever you go with confidence.

Vipertek VTS195

Tech Specs:

  • Length: 6.75”
  • Waterproof? : no rating given
  • Material: Aircraft grade aluminum, anodized
  • Lumens? : 400
  • Rechargeable or Battery? : Rechargeable

Overview:

This compact little flashlight still makes room for a built-in stun gun in case of emergency. An anti-roll design helps prevent loss while powerful LEDs light up the night. Remember that stun guns and stun gun equipped items cannot be sold in some states.

Wrapping It Up

Regardless of your exact needs, there’s a tactical flashlight out there to light up your life. Any of the flashlights we looked at above will provide many hours of light while remaining a robust, safe choice for your tactical toolkit.