When anyone mentions flashlights, what you immediately have in mind is a tool kept in the kitchen and used to light the way if the electricity is off, or something to guide you back to your tent on a camping day after you have dealt with whatever bothers your stomach in the middle of the night.
When I went to Tulsa, I met Mike Seeklander who is a tactical trainer with Shooting Performance at the US Shooting Academy. According to him, everyone should carry a flashlight with them all the times. In fact, we have discussed a few pros and cons of using flashlights in tactical cases which I’m about to share right here.
What is Tactical flashlight?
This is tactical flashlights we’re talking about, not just any type of flashlight. These flashlights are specially designed for tactical purposes such as military or police. Some of them are attached to a weapon to support shooting in low-light environments.They are usually smaller than normal flashlights but light much brighter.
Moreover, they can last for a long period of time due to their aluminum material. However, they are not only used for military and police purpose but also every average citizen’s practical tool for their daily lives. Below are a few features of this handy flashlight.
Yes tactical flashlights are very useful and a wonderful tool to defend yourself, but which one should you buys in the vast market these days? Mike and I have gathered a few features for you to look at when searching for the best brightest tactical flashlight that suits you and your pocket the most.
- Mini. You cannot carry a normal flashlight with you everywhere you go, but tactical flashlights are small enough for you to put in your pocket and take it anywhere.
- Light from 120 lumens of light and above. All tactical flashlights light 120 lumens of light or higher so that it can be bright enough to defend you. If you carry flashlights that light lower than 120 lumens, don’t bother pointing it at your attackers and just start running for your life.
- Easy to use. People usually pray for flashlights with special features like you can adjust its light by the push of the on/off button or it has SOS functions while Mike’s advice is to keep it easy for you to use. Too complicated tactical flashlights make it harder and take alonger time to use or adjust, and you know well that attackers do not wait until you have done adjusting your modern and functional flashlight.
- Waterproof. This is unlike complicated flashlights. Simply get a tactical flashlight that can work in wet situations like rain or if you accidentally drop it down a puddle.
- Durable. Mike suggests you get one with hard anodized aluminum material so that you don’t want it to be broken when you need it the most. Besides, the material is durable but not too heavy.
- Incandescent or LED? According to someone who has many experiences in using both types, Mike would rather choose LED because LED ones can endure larger impacts than incandescent ones. Moreover, batteries usually die faster when you use incandescent flashlights.
Recommended tactical flashlights
NiteCore Extreme LED Flashlight. This is Mike’s most favorite. He dropped it a few times and washes it like three times but it still works unbelievably well. Sadly, it seems that NiteCore doesn’t produce this type of flashlight anymore, but I bet there are still some shops that have it, or you can just get yourself a second-hand.
Surefire P2X Fury Dual Output LED. One of the brightest tactical flashlights. It can give you upto 500 lumens of light. However, it comes with a pretty high price which is approximatly $121. Oh well, you get what you pay for.
Streamlight 88031 Protac Tactical Flashlight 2L. This flashlight can give you 180 lumens of light and it comes with the price of $44. This one is more affordable yet still enough for you to disorient attackers and break free.