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The Forever Flashlight uses the Faraday Principle of Electromagnetic Energy to eliminate the need for batteries. The Faraday Principle states that if an electric conductor, like copper wire, is moved through a magnetic field, electric current will be generated and flow into the conductor.

This is the principle by which the Forever Flashlight operates. In addition, Forever Flashlights use LED bulbs which are both bright and will not burn out. By shaking the Forever Flashlight back and forth for 15-30 seconds, enough electricity is generated to light the LED bulb for up to five minutes of continuous light.

The Forever Flashlight uses a super bright blue LED light that is highly visible, allowing you to see exactly what you need to see, when you need to see it.

Welcome to Tactical Flashlight - Your 2019 Resource & Buying Guide

Have you been thinking about buying a new flashlight in 2019? If so, we're happy you landed on our page as there have been major developments in recent years that have changed the dynamic of flashlights forever.

If you've spent any time online looking for a good camping or hunting flashlight, or if you have discussed it with your friends, it's highly likely that tactical flashlight, or tac light as some call it, has been brought up. You may have seen infomercials or television commercials that offer these new types of flashlights for sale too. Whether it's been one or all of the above, it's clear that there is a difference between these new lights and the standard ones that you've grown up with.

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  1. What's the difference between tactical flashlights and standard flashlights?
  2. How is the brightness measured in different tac lights?
  3. What are the most common uses for a tactical flashlight?
  4. Who uses this type of new powerful flashlight and why?
  5. Why are some tac lights cheap and others very expensive?
  6. Tactical Flashlight Buying Tips
  7. How Are Tactical Flashlights Graded And By What Means?
  8. What Sizes Are Available For New Tactical Flashlights And Which Are Best?
  9. Lumens, Beam Distance & Candela - the 3 parts that = LIGHT
  10. Battery Type & Run Time - Why this is just as important as Brightness
  11. Flashlight Type
  12. Flashlight Cases and Holsters
  13. Body Material
  14. Brightness Settings
  15. Flood or Throw
  16. Switch Type
  17. How to Choose the Best Tactical Light?

1. What's the difference between tactical flashlights and standard flashlights?

Standard Flashlight:
standard flashlight

Normal flashlights such as brands like Maglite are very common and available at most retail outdoor shops, stores and online. These types of lights can be small enough to fit on a keychain to large enough to use as a weapon. They either come with standard bulbs or LED, which stands for "Light Emitting Diode".

While they offer substantial light power, many generic flashlights do not hold a solid or bright beam in darkness. If you've been outside using one of these older models, it's common to not be able to identify an object that is 30-50 feet from you. Additionally, many models still have to be manually twisted in order to yield an intense beam.

In conclusion, ordinary flashlights still can serve a purpose for simple use with low expectations however, they're becoming increasingly limited in purpose as tactical flashlights continue to evolve and become affordable

Tactical Flashlight:
tactical flashlight

Some may consider the name to sound intimidating or serving only a military purpose but this is not the case. Tactical flashlights are different from ordinary ones because of these main factors:

1. Construction:

tac light construction

Made of sturdy and light aircraft grade aluminum that can be dropped, ran over with a car or even thrown without breaking. Is waterproof and can still function when frozen.

2. Beam Output:

flashlight beam output

Has a strong, powerful beam of light that can cut through even the most darkest reaches. Far surpassing standard examples, a tactical flashlight beam can in some cases temporarily blind a potential attacker or animal and cause them to lose their equilibrium thus result in confusion and panic.

3. Strobe Ability:

flashlight strobe ability

This extra feature can be switched on as a self defense method. The extremely bright bursts of light (similar to the affect of being pulled over by a police car) catch a would-be attacker or threat in their tracks and disorient them. Especially if the flashing light is shined directly in their eyes, this can be an extremely effective and non-lethal form of self protection in the house or outside while hunting or camping.

4. Mounting Capability:

flashlight mounting capability

Can be installed on a pistol or rifle with the purpose of being a first option non-lethal deterrent and for a clear line of site at night. Not all tac lights are designed to be mounted on a firearm. If this is what you are wanting to use it for, we suggest that you ensure the one you like can be mounted prior to purchase.

2. How is the brightness measured in different tac lights?

Considered the most important and obvious feature of a tactical light, just being "very bright" isn't enough when choosing one. Brightness is measured in Lumens, which is defined as the total amount of light that exits from the front of the flashlight and rated on a scale of intensity.

3. What are the most common uses for a tactical flashlight?

a. Self Defense

1. Hitting Weapon:

flashlight self defense hitting weapon

Though light compared to older models, tactical lights pose a formidable threat when clutched in the fist and used as a striking weapon. A user can punch or thrust in a hammer motion to inflict significant injury. The tough outer casing is made with aluminum and stronger than standard steel. Though as a last resort, this tactic has proved successful and stopped many attacks from becoming worse or even deadly.

2. Strobe Feature:

This feature is really what separates a tactical flashlight from a standard ones that have been around forever. Simply switch on the strobe function and pulsating flashes erupt continuously with searing intensity. Be careful to not shine in your eyes as these lights are so powerful they can temporarily blind. When you are at the receiving end of this, it will disorient you and cause blindness to the eyes for a period of time.

3. Bright Beam:

To identify a person or animal that is attempting a home invasion, hiding in the dark, sneaking around your house or car, etc. When they are flooded with a solid beam of powerful light, they will immediately stop what they were doing and likely flee the scene as fast as they can.

b. Accessory for Weapons:

It's easy to install a tac light onto a rifle or even a pistol provided that the weapon is MOLLE-equipped. Simply attach the flashlight using the brackets and screws that the gear or light comes with and you'll have an improved weapon that can be used more efficiently at night and that offers you more options than only lethal force.

c. Search and Rescue

The Searcher: For professional search and rescue teams, a tactical flashlight is the ideal tool to locate an injured or lost individual in the dark, in rain or snow, in caves, from a helicopter, from a boat and in other similar situations. With its super bright beam, it can slice through heavy black darkness, storms, sleet or other natural disasters where other ordinary flashlights couldn't. Not only that, some power tac lights can be seen a mile or more away and can draw in a lost person just from seeing the flash in the distance.

flashlights for search and rescue

The Rescuer: Having a tactical light when lost or injured out in the wilderness can be life saving. It's very hard to locate a missing person simply by looking from a helicopter or boat. Especially if conditions are not favorable such as in wind, snow, rain or darkness, finding a person and quickly can be nearly impossible. It can also be very easy if the missing individual was fortunate enough to carry their tac light. A helicopter, boat or even search plane can easily spot a flashing strobe emitting from the darkness. Even during daylight, if the light is pointed at the rescue vehicle, it can end a search and rescue effort quickly. Consider this before you leave on your next outdoor expedition.

d. Survival & Emergency Situations

Survival Gear: It's always wise to have a number of survival items when going into the wilderness, even if it's just for the day. Accessories such as fire starters, blankets, rations and a utility knife are a necessity as is your tac flashlight. They're light in weight and easily can fit in a side pocket, backpack or vest and help you in many survival situations. From scaring off or blinding a bear, to being used as a distress beacon, to locating other members in the group, your flashlight can do a lot out in woods as long as you know how and what to use it for.

survival and emergency tactical flashlights

Emergency Kit: Many Americans now have a house or car emergency kit to keep them better prepared for drastic situations and conditions. MREs (meals ready to eat), water filters or packets, freeze dried food, blankets, first aid and other essentials are usually found in the many types of kits available. While all these items are practical and should be stored, it's always wise to include a tactical flashlight in your emergency home and car kit as power is typically one of the first things that goes when there's a major storm, hurricane or flood. Much better than dim candles or an unreliable vintage flashlight, your tac light provides reassuring bright light as well as protection from robbers, vandals or scavengers. Put one in your kit today and forget about it. You'll be happy you did if and when that day comes where you need it.

e. Locating and Finding Things in the Dark

Probably the most common use that every flashlight has is to locate things in the dark or in dark places. Finding your keys at night or rummaging in your basement, barn or garage is something we do all too frequently. While your standard "old faithful" flashlight can perform on some of these tasks, a new tactical light would give you a stronger and brighter beam, lighting up more than just a few feet circumference where you point it. So if you are pointing in the direction of where you think your lost object is, you'd be able to see everything around that area and have a faster and larger chance to find what you were looking for.

4. Who uses this type of new powerful flashlight and why?

Militarya. Military: Originally purposed for our military, the tactical flashlight offers many new features that assist and expand the potential of combat. Whether its attached to a weapon or in close proximity to the solider, these flashlights have become a mainstay and vital tool to all branches of the military. We've separated some of the branches of our US military below in order to show the different purposes that a tactical light can be used for.

1. Navy: The Navy has members who work and operate on boats, submarines and other water vessels while also flying planes. With the most in terms of technical variation, the Navy has many purposes for a tac light. Whether they are sending a frog team to detonate a bridge underwater or working in the engine room of a battleship, this useful tool can bring pungent light to any dark region and help them better complete their duty.

2. Army: The largest branch of the military, the Army is one of the largest buyers of tactical flashlights. Many models have been designed according to Army specifications and we can thank them for helping to evolve it to what it is and will be in the future. The Army uses tac lights on soldier's rifles thus better assisting them when they conduct house-to-house raids, overnight team missions, checkpoint identification, and close quarters combat.

3. Marines: The elite unit of our military, Marines are typically sent first into battle and also on a variety of high-risk missions. Marines need the finest quality and most sophisticated battle gear and tactical flashlights are a necessary accessory that they carry. Either attached to their pistol and rifle or on their immediate person, these tac lights serve a plethora of purposes such as communication, identification, attacking, distracting, combat defense and offense, etc.

SWATb. SWAT: Though not as large as any of the military divisions of the United States, SWAT teams also rely heavily on tactical lights for many of their operations. Since a SWAT teams carry out most of their missions breaking into a darkened house or building, a powerful flashlight that can stun and disorientate an adversary is always preferred before lethal force is required. Additionally, having this bright beam allows them to effectively secure the darkened structure in a faster time while not overlooking targets who are hiding. A lot of times a SWAT team when first accessing a home or building will apply a flash bang grenade and then enter with their tac lights on and quickly suppress the targets. In this type of daily occurrence, their light is almost as integral as their firearm and is used more frequently.

Policec. Police: These use of tactical lights by local law enforcement has increased dramatically in recent years. Police are on the front lines of the fight against crime and deservedly require the best accessories to help them. In past years, cops relied heavily on maglites and some still do. These heavier and longer flashlights still serve a purpose but are slowly becoming obsolete compared to tac light. Many times when a Police officer is chasing someone suspected of a crime at night, they employ their flashlight to assist them through neighborhoods and streets. These types of situations are ideal for a tactical light and even employing the strobe function in close range to debilitate a would-be attacker. Though they are supplied with stun guns, police can also use their tactical flashlights as an option to non-lethal force.

Fire Departmentd. Fire Department: Thought not as prevalent as other state and national divisions, fire fighters do use flashlights for many of their procedures in extracting people and animals from burning structures. Having the most bright flashlight will help them slice through thick black smoke to easily determine if there's anyone in their to rescue. Additionally, the fire department assists local police with many calls such as individuals involved in an accident, overdosing, injured etc. Many of these types of circumstances happen at night and quickly locating a person in distress can save their life. This is why a tactical flashlight is a great addition to a fireman's accessories, either on the fire truck or on his person.

Coast Guarde. Coast Guard: The Coast Guard is responsible for shoreline and sea monitoring and assistance for individuals who are in critical condition. Being that a good portion of their job is finding and providing medical help with evacuation, the Coast Guard uses many tools to scout by helicopter or boat. Some of those detection methods are the use of thermal imaging, radar and high-powered flashlights. When a team is lowered down from a helicopter or in a small boat to search for those in distress, a tactical flashlight provides the necessary brightness to distinguish someone in the raging seas or flooded inlets. Without a strong beam of light that extends a significant range, their teams would have a much harder time locating and providing immediate medical or extraction assistance which could in turn result in more fatalities.

Huntingf. Hunting: Many Americans relish going hunting for different animals throughout the year. With proper licensing and gear, this can be a great experience and rewarding if they get the game they were on the hunt for. Most avid hunters will be well prepared for the journey knowing that what they bring is what they will have while they're outdoors. Packing a tac flashlight ensures the hunter that they will have the necessary light source to guide them at night while they hike, to assist around their campsite in locating items and to signal to other hunters where they are situated for safety. Additionally, they will have another form of protection from bears, mountain lions, moose and other large creatures which can get spooked from the strobe and thus not force the hunter to shoot as an only option.

Campingg. Camping: If you've grown up in a typical American family, it's common that at least once a year your family packs the bags and sets out on a camping trip to the forest, lakes, rivers or mountains. Having the right essentials will determine a good trip versus a failure. It's important to have enough provisions, a method to start a fire (if allowed by the Ranger service in your area), tents, sleeping bags, water, pocket knife, lantern and other accessories. Though these are all absolutely ideal for camping, don't forget to bring a small tactical flashlight so that you have a way to light up the campsite at night. Whether you need to take a midnight restroom break, check on other camping friends or you hear something in the bushes, a tac light gives you that visibility to see the path as well as know what's lurking in the dark, stopping them in their tracks with the intense flashing brilliance.

Fishingh. Fishing: A great hobby and pastime is going on a fishing trip. There's something exciting and thrill-filled getting packed up the night before and leaving in the morning when it' still dark. Nothing like the peace and quiet that fishing can bring next to a gurgling stream or a high alpine lake. It's often that you will see other wildlife next to these water sources and making sure you are prepared for these outdoor run-ins is a wise thing to do. Say for instance you are fishing on the banks of a secluded lake and out walks a bear interested in your latest catch. The sun is going down and you aren't permitted to bring firearms to this fishing spot as it's a national park. What do you do? In these circumstance and other similar ones, pulling out your trusty tactical light and putting it on maximum strobe output could save your life. While bear spray and loud noise deterrent can work, you have to be close enough for them to be effective whereas with your piercing tactical flashlight, you can be a good distance away and give the bear a good reason to not come a step closer.

Hikingi. Hiking: If you are an avid or even a novice hiker, you already know that it's a great way to stay in shape while also drinking in the beauty of mother nature. No matter if you live in the desert, by mountains, forest or the ocean, there are plenty of great hikes close to you that can yield a fantastic workout and give you a greater appreciation of nature. What do you bring with you on a hike? The number one item to bring is plenty of water! What you bring depends on the type of hike you are planning to go on. On a day hike, you'd need less items and a medium sized backpack should be adequate. The goal with any hiking trip is to have a pack that is as light as possible. Doing this makes the outing more enjoyable and shouldn't take away from any core accessories that are needed. With this in mind, packing a small or even micro tactical flashlight will afford you a means of lighting as well as a layer of protection from unwanted people or animals on the trail. We've all heard the stories of the lone hiker in the woods or even close to the city that doesn't come back so bringing along an extra option for self defense and lighting, just in case you are stuck out at night, is a smart decision.

boatingj: Boating: If you've been out boating, then you're likely aware of the laws that go with it such as having enough life vests for all passengers and a means to call for alarm such as a flare gun. Most boats have plenty of nooks and crannies for storage so it should not even be a second thought to have a large, high-powered tactical flashlight aboard. Not only can this type of light be used as an emergency beacon with the strobe function but it also serves as a spotlight. Easily identify dangerous impediments in the water to avoid at night and also have a way to see what's on the shoreline. In addition, your tac light can spot check another boater who's being suspicious or help illuminate the water if someone has fallen in at night. It can also be a valuable asset when you are pulling up the boat to dock or to load on the trailer and it's getting dark or already night out. Keep one aboard and be at peace knowing the types of circumstances just mentioned and others can easily be solved with this LED tool.

Running, Jogging or Walkingk: Running, Jogging or Walking: If you like to run, walk or jog then a small tac light should be a no-brainer to accompany you on your outing. Many of us who work during the day like to jog at dusk or at night. Even if you live in a safe neighborhood, there's always the chance of a prowler or stalker in the bushes not to mention wild animals or a dangerous dog off it's leash. Having that tac flashlight with you can light up your pathway, fend off an attack and also help rescuers find you in a worse-case scenario. There are many of these types of flashlights that weigh next to nothing but provide a bright punch of light. To stabilize weight distribution, you can always hold it in one hand and have your keys or water bottle in the other hand while you run or jog. This helps to eliminate any reasoning to not bring such an important item along with you.

5. Why are some tac lights cheap and others very expensive?

If you've been perusing Amazon or Google to find the best tactical flashlight, you'll notice the huge price variations that they have. On the low end you can find models for around $20 and on the high end over $300! "So just what makes the differences in models affect price and how can I make sure I choose the best one for me?" Good question. Especially if it's your first time buying a tac flashlight, price is important and also a quick learning lesson as well. Key elements you should know are: what is efficient for you in terms of Lumens output, size and durability. To better understand these differences, please look directly below at #6 which goes into depth in education of grading these bright and most powerful flashlights.

More Information About Tactical Flashlights

Out in the wilderness or at home with your family, you always want a tactical flashlight on hand that you can trust to work when you need it when emergencies happen. You also need a good one if your job depends on you seeing clearly in dark places such as firemen, police officers, military personnel, survivalists, hikers, campers, and anyone in between. Most of these professionals will even demand that you have a flashlight as an everyday carry (EDC).

A tactical light is something you do not know you need until you need it. You will be amazed by how much you use it if you always keep one on you. Danger lurks in the dark. Violent crimes happen at night or in dark places. A good, high-quality light will let you or your loved one see what is around them. The right flashlight can brighten an entire dark alley or parking lot, making them safer. Plus, most tac lights are small enough to fit in a pocket or purse. You can use them as a weapon to blind your attacker, if necessary.

Modern tactical flashlights are not the same cheap plastic ones of yesteryear. Developed for the military in times of war, these sturdy portable devices work when you need them. Most use durable, waterproof, aircraft-grade aluminum with shock-proof LED bulbs, battery chamber, and electronics. Though you can still find a few flashlight brands and models that sport incandescent and xenon bulbs, LEDs give you over 50000 hours or 5 years of continuous use.

Parts Of A Flashlight

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6. Tactical Flashlight Buying Tips

While everyone needs a tac light, you might not need the top of the line models. The perfect flashlight differs from one person to the next. There are some common characteristics you should consider though.

  • Budget - You should get the best model you can afford.

  • Size - You want something you can easily carry or store in an easily accessible place.

  • Battery - All tactical lights use both disposable or rechargeable batteries, but you need to choose one that uses standard batteries or a special type that offers more power.

  • Brightness - It takes at least 60-100 lumens to cause temporary blindness.

  • Durability - You want something durable enough to work when you need it. For most people, a flashlight with type III, hard-anodized, aircraft-grade aluminum with a LED bulb rated IPX7 waterproof or better.

7. How Are Tactical Flashlights Graded And By What Means?

A decade ago, the flashlight industry had no standards. There was no way to effectively compare two models outside of price and a few technical terms. Fortunately, that has changed. Today, every reliable tac light meets the ANSI FL1 standards. This gives you a way to evaluate various models to find the one that best fits your needs.

  • Lumens - Also called Light Output, this rating tells you how much light the device produces.

  • Lasting Time - You want a long Run Time or the amount of time it takes the bulb to dim by 10% of its normal output.

  • Beam - You buy flashlights for the light they produce, which makes these characteristics the most important.

  • Beam Distance - The distance when the beam intensity drops to a quarter lux, which is about the brightness of a full moon.
  • Beam Output - Beam Intensity means the brightness of the beam in Candela.


The resistance ratings show how durable the flashlight is.

  • Impact Resistance - Shock resistance is how much physical abuse the device can take. It is measured in meters you can drop it before it breaks.

  • Water Resistance - Tactical flashlights come in three levels of water resistance for floods, underwater activities, and inclement weather.
  • IPX4 - Can withstand splashing water, rain, and other incidental wetness.
  • IPX7 - You can submerge in a meter of water for 30 minutes without damaging it.
  • IPX8 - You can submerge it for up to 4 hours.

8. What Sizes Are Available For New Tactical Flashlights And Which Are Best?

Most people overlook size when considering tac lights. However, flashlight size can matter in a critical situation. Generally, larger models are more powerful, but each size has its purpose. For instance, you can easily attach the small ones to your keychain, making them very versatile. Personal preference and requirements will determine which size you need. You can download free buyers guide checklists with a size chart if you are unsure about what you need.

  • Mini / Micro - Under 2 inches in length, micro tactical flashlights small keychain flashlights that run on button cell batteries. The mini ones are the 3-inch ones that run on a single AA or AAA battery. Your hand will cover these lights completely, but they are very lightweight and work best when you need something small and simple.

  • Small - Small tac light models are single-battery lights with more features than their smaller cousins. Up to 4-inches in length, these lights have tail switches and deeper reflectors for a longer beam. You can also use them as striking tools.

  • Pocket - A pocket tac flashlight is small enough to fit in your pocket and therefore very convenient and easily accessible.

  • Mid / Regular - The regular, mid-range or medial flashlights are the most common type on the market. Up to 6 inches in length, these models work great for most people. They run on two batteries and can produce very bright beams at the high end with their LED bulbs. They are perfect self-defense tools as well.

  • Large - Over 6-inches, these behemoths have a small diameter bezel for storage in a holster. Popular among police, these lights double as clubs. They produce very bright beams and can come with more features than anything smaller.

9. Lumens, Beam Distance & Candela - the 3 parts that = LIGHT

As mentioned earlier, light production is the most important aspect of a flashlight. It is why you buy one in the first place. Despite this, power output varies from tac light to light, which can make choosing one tricky. Fortunately, you only have three things to consider when choosing power.

How lumens, beam and Candela are graded in flashlights


We measure the amount of light energy produced in Lumens. This rating is proportional to the power of the device. High lumens mean a powerful LED and battery. Note that the lumen rating is not as important as the Candela or brightness ratings.


Candela measures peak beam intensity. It shows you the maximum amount of light a flashlight can produce. The reflector regulates this by adjusting the beam angle. Small beams have higher peak brightness than wider beams.


The brilliance of a tac light's output is defined by two distinct, but related characteristics: beam distance and lux. Lux is the amount of light striking a cross-sectional area, and beam distance is the length at which the beam drops to 0.25 lux, which is about the brightness of a full moon. This value comes from both the bulb and the reflector.

10. Battery Type & Run Time - Why this is just as important as Brightness

Battery power determines how long your flashlight will produce light. Small models might produce high lumens, but they do not have the battery to keep it going for very long. Thus, you need one that will last for how long you need it.

Disposable alkaline batteries

Disposable alkaline batteries are the most common batteries out there and come in sizes such as AA or AAA for mini flashlights to C or D for medium and large. As they are the standard sizes, you can replace these batteries with ease. However, they do come with some operational costs. Occasional users should have no issues with them, but you are going to want something more inexpensive if you use your light every day.

Disposable Li-Ion batteries

These batteries are much more powerful than their alkaline cousins. Single Li-ion batteries can last up to 10 years of continual use.

Rechargeable Li-Ion Batteries

Most 2019 tac flashlights come with a set of rechargeable Li-ion batteries. If yours does, your best bet is to use them. These batteries have the life expectancy for the disposable Li-ion batteries, but you can recharge them as you need them as well.

Rechargeable Integrated Battery Packs

In the rare occasion, you will get a light with an integrated rechargeable battery pack. That means you cannot remove them. You must plug the whole unit to recharge them. While they have their purposes, you are at the mercy of the manufacturer if they go bad.

Tactical Light Optional Configurations to Consider

Many tactical models come with several optional features. While not important to the overall operation of the flashlight, these additional components may come handy in the right situation.

11. Flashlight Type

Tac lights come in three different types based on specific purpose and carrying method. Some manufacturers make adapters that allow you to switch from one type into another.

  • Handheld Flashlight - These are your standard lights.

  • Headlamp - You strap these devices to your head to go hands-free. They are great for hiking.

  • Weapon light - Weapon models attach directly to your pistol or long gun. The most popular come with either Weaver or Picatinny rails. Picatinny is newer and will work on both rails, but Weaver is more common. You can also buy lights with shotgun or rifle mounts.

  • Hybrid/Mount Adapter - Some manufacturers provide adapters that allow you to switch your light from a handheld to a headlamp or a weapon model.

12. Flashlight Cases and Holsters

If you use your tactical light every day, you will want a good way to carry it. Fortunately, many models come with a carrying case or clip. There are no right or wrong solutions here. Your best-case design is what best suits your needs.

  • Pocket/Belt Clip - This is a simple clip attached to the body of your device. It lets you store it in a pocket or on your belt. Some models have much better pocket clips than others.
    Tac Flashlight Deep Pocket Clip
  • Holster - Holsters are separate carrying cases. They are perfect for when your flashlight is too big for your pockets. Most holsters sport a belt loop with a Velcro flap that goes over the head of the flashlight.
    Flashlight Holster
  • Lanyard - Lanyards let you hang your light from your neck or hand, though they are best for light and small devices. They are great for hands-free operation, which might be something you need.
    Flashlight Lanyard Kit

13. Body Material

A flashlight's durability and weight mostly come from its material construction.

  • Plastics or Composites - While not prevalent among high-quality models, you do see plastic and composite tactical flashlights on occasion. Some of them are quite good too.

  • Anodized Aluminum - Aluminum is the mainstay of the industry. The metal is highly durable, but you want at least type II anodizing.

  • Stainless Steel - Stainless steel is a very strong and durable material but it is heavy.

  • Titanium - Nothing beats titanium. It is both very strong and light. These models are more expensive though.

14. Brightness Settings

Every manufacturer has their own way of letting you set brightness levels.

Flashlight Different Brightness Levels

  • On/Off - A simple on-off switch. There are no modes or brightness levels.

  • Two Brightness Levels - Concerned about battery life? Then, you might want to invest in a two-point brightness scale with a high normal setting and a low one.

  • Many Brightness Levels - Some tac models come with up to 10 different brightness modes. Many even have dials that support continuous change. These provide just enough light as you need for greater battery management.

15. Flood or Throw

Manufacturers and flashlight enthusiasts talk a lot about the flood and throw of their lights. Flood means the device has a wide beam angle but a short beam distance. There is no defined beam, but an overall brightness, making it great for close-up activities. Flashlight throw means high beam distance, often yards away.

Flashlight Flood vs Throw

16. Switch Type

Tactical flashlights come with three main switch types.

  • Head/Tail Twist - Common on micro and min tac models, the twist switch requires no extra space. It just changes the electrical contact based on how much the head or tail is screwed in place.

  • Body - The body switch was once the most popular style. It still the preferred method for some certain types of grips.

  • Tail - Tail switch is the current, most popular switch on the market today. The switch allows doe fist-style grips, making lights that have them perfect for self-defense or gun use.

17. How to Choose the Best Tactical Light?

With all the options available to you, personal preference is the only way you will know which tactical light to get. You must evaluate your flashlight needs, and make a list of features you must have to meet them. If you need more information, feel free to contact us anytime. We will work with you to ensure you get the best light for your situation.

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