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Police Security Flashlights Intro

1Lumen exists so people can make the best decision to buy a new flashlight. We extensively test flashlights to see how well they perform, as well as check whether the manufacturer's specs are accurate. We do this with a team of dedicated reviewers from all around the world, including the US, UK, Netherlands, and Australia.

Note: the flashlights we recommend on this list have been tested by us, and performed very well in our testing. It doesn't mean that these will fit everybody's needs. It's more of a: if you want to buy a police flashlight quickly, and don't want to spend hours and hours of reading reviews.. get one of these. We also include links to the review we did, so you can learn all the details.

If you're a police officer and think we need to update or remove a flashlight, let us know! We're here to help you guys, with all the knowledge and testing data we have.

Police Flashlights with 18650 batteries

Malkoff holding in hand

Malkoff MDC Bodyguard V2 18650

Great simple flashlight for police and security

  • Maximum output: 1150 lumens (we actually tested 872 Lumens)
  • 1 mode
  • Light source: Cree XP-L cool white (6200K) LED
  • Battery: dual fuel: a single 18650 or 2*CR123 (not the rechargeable version)
  • Includes reverse polarity protection

Do you value durability, and want a light that is built like a tank? Then consider getting the Malkoff MDC Bodyguard, or one of its siblings.

The MDC bodyguard was designed for two primary lithium CR123 Batteries or 1 rechargeable 18650 battery. The best performance and runtime are, of course, only achieved with a high capacity 18650 battery. The rated input voltage range is 3.4 - 6V and anything above 6V may damage it. This means you can use 2*CR123 primaries, but not 2* RCR123 rechargeables, because of the total Voltage. 

As with all Malkoff products, the Malkoff MDC is manufactured and assembled in the USA. Some parts are not sourced domestically by the company, but that was to be expected for parts like the LEDs, and some electronic components.

If you are looking for a durable light with lifetime warranty, this is the one to get. Check out the Malkoff MDC Bodyguard review for more information. Slip it in your pocket when you need 1000 lumens instantly without a complicated UI. I also have to add that the anodization quality is superb.

Fenix TK35UE v2

The Fenix TL35UE is a dual 18650 tactical flashlight

  • Easy to use UI
  • Maximum output: 5000 Lumens (we tested this)
  • Duty mode and Tactical mode

This flashlight is only recommended if you don't mind the larger size, because of the dual battery setup. There are only a handful of dual-18650 police flashlights on the market, and the TK35UE v2 is one of them. This one has a total lumen output of 5,000 lumens.

And yes, during our test, we reached over 5,000 lumens at turn on. Read our in-depth review of the Fenix TK35UE v2 for more details.

The most self-explanatory benefit of this dual 18650 setup is a much longer runtime. Having 2 batteries in parallel will double the capacity, and therefore extend the runtime as well. You should buy 2 Fenix, button-top batteries together with the TK35UE because normal flat top 18650 batteries don't work, and unprotected button-tops can be too short!

Afraid of running out of batteries? The red light battery indicator will warn you when it's time to replace/recharge.

Don't forget to use our unique 20% off coupon at Fenixlighting. It can only be used 1 time per customer. The discount code is: 1Lumen20 and can be used on ALL Fenix flashlights!

Best Police Flashlights with 21700 batteries

Fenix TK20R v2

The Fenix TK20R v2 is a very useful dual switch tactical light.

Great police strobe flashlight

  • Great UI with instant access to Strobe
  • Maximum output: 3000 Lumens
  • Includes a high-quality Fenix 5000mAh 21700 lithium-ion cell
  • The battery has a built-in charging feature (no need to buy a dedicated battery charger)

Something important I want to point out first is the great after-sale support of Fenixlighting is great.

Now we have that out of the way. The TK20R v2 is, as the name implies, the 2nd version of the TK20R, and with higher output and more throw (and almost double the battery capacity).

It’s RTR (ready-to-run) with everything needed (including Fenix’s excellent 5000 mAh protected battery) to open the box and get on with it.

The Fenix TK20R V2 is compact enough to fit in a jacket pocket, and thanks to the strong pocket clip and lanyard mounting points (clip, and two in the tailcap), along with the holster, there’s lots of retention options.

The light cannot be disassembled, and the only removable part is the tailcap, which has fully anodized (for mechanical lockout), large, and very precisely machined rectangular threads. This means maximum waterproofing.

The driver and tail spring are thick gold-plated units, and that’s important in a tactical or professional-use light, since they act like shock absorbers in the event the light is dropped (or smashed against a hard object).

It has an effective UI for professional-use and tactical use with instant Strobe available from both the Function switch and Tactical (clicky) switch.

Oh, and we also measured the light's output at 2241 lumens, which is not bad, albeit not as bright as they claim. Want to know more? Head over to our Fenix TK20R v2 review.

Don't forget to use our unique 20% off coupon at Fenixlighting. It can only be used 1 time per customer. The discount code is: 1Lumen20 and can be used on ALL Fenix flashlights!

Olight Warrior X3

Police flashlight with low battery vibration alert, and WITHOUT strobe

  • Maximum output: 2500 lumens (We measured 2545lm)
  • Package includes a 5000mAh 21700 cell
  • Does not include a strobe mode
  • Built-in magnetic charger (no need to buy a separate charger)

Olight and Fenix make some of the best police flashlights on the market. And this one is a little unique.

The Olight Warrior X3 comes with a Vibrating Low Voltage Warning system. When the battery level goes down to 30%, it starts vibrating, and the lower the battery, the more often it starts buzzing. So that's a physical warning instead of a battery indicator telling you whether the battery is almost empty. And in critical situations, that can be a lifesaver.

Besides this very unique and great feature, it also has a simple yet effective user interface. The UI has only 2 modes, 1 Turbo and 1 Low. There are no hidden modes like strobe or anything else. Probably my favorite, or even the best tactical flashlight with 21700 batteries. We did an in-depth review of its, please check it out here: Warrior X3 review.

And this is a great light if you don't need a strobe feature. Some people want strobe, and others don't. So if you don't want to accidentally activate a strobe mode, this might be one of the best to get.

Use code: 1LUMEN for 10% discount at Olightstore

Fenix HT30R

The Fenix HT30R is an LEP flashlight with an intense beam.

LEP police light

  • Easy UI with instant access to Strobe
  • Maximum output: 500 Lumens (don't be fooled) and maximum reach: 1700 yards)
  • Includes a high-quality Fenix 5000mAh 21700 battery
  • The battery has a built-in charging feature (no need to buy a dedicated battery charger)

LED flashlights have come a long way. But there has been a new type of flashlight on the market, and that's LEP. LEP stands for Laser Excited Phosphor. It's basically a flashlight with a laser built into it. And the laser is pointed at a layer of phosphor to turn the blue light into a yellow or white beam.

The HT30R is such a light, with only 500 lumens. 500 lumens is normal for LEP flashlights, since that's not their superpower. Their superpower is an immense tight beam that can reach over 1 mile! Yes, even with 500 lumens!

Fenix really knows how to make a great light. The HT30R has such a nice build quality, you can tell it was made to be an actual tool – not just a run-of-the-mill flashlight.

The HT30R is a special one on this list, because of its unique light source. If you're not sure whether this LEP flashlights fits your needs, read our in-depth review of the Fenix HT30R.

Don't forget to use our unique 20% off coupon at Fenixlighting. It can only be used 1 time per customer. The discount code is: 1Lumen20 and can be used on ALL Fenix flashlights!

Best Affordable Tactical flashlight

ThruNite TN12 PRO inhand
ThruNite TN12 PRO runtime

ThruNite TN12 PRO

Best budget tactical flashlight

  • Affordable
  • Max output: 1900 lumens (We measured 1566 lumens)
  • 5 main modes, including moon
  • Runs off a single 18650 battery
  • Built-in USB charging
  • Lots of accessories included, great bang for the buck

If somebody asks: what is the best affordable tactical flashlight you recommend: the answer is Thrunite Tn12 PRO. For $40 you get a cheap tactical light with lots of accessories and plenty of power. (standard price is $40)

The user interface is easy to understand, so everyone knows how to use it within a minute. It also includes a strobe mode, that can be accessed easily with 3 clicks of the side switch (while on or off).

The accessories include a holster, lanyard (if you don't like pocket clips), extra o-rings (for water resistance), and a spare side switch membrane, and a pocket clip. Just add a high-capacity 18650 battery and you're ready to go. If you are looking for a budget tactical flashlight, you can't go wrong with the TN12 PRO. 

Oh, and of course we reviewed this flashlight as well. So please check out our in-depth review of the Thrunite TN12 PRO here.

Best Tactical Thrower

(With the focus on high power in combination with throw.. Not just throw!)

Acebeam L35 holding in hand
Acebeam L35 runtime chart

Acebeam L35

Best tactical thrower in the world

  • High output LED: CREE XHP70.2
  • Maximum output of 5000 lumens (We measured: 6189 lumens)
  • Max beam intensity and beam distance is 57,000 candelas / 521 yards
  • USB-C built-in charging

The Acebeam L35 is a golden goose. It is currently one of the best tactical throwers in the world. Sporting a CREE XHP70.2 it claimed to deliver 5,000 lumens, but we measured 6189 lumens.

After the initial drop in output (see the runtime graph, or read the in-depth Acebeam L35 review), it stays just below 2000 lumens for almost 1.5 hours. That is insane! This is the best tactical thrower you can buy at the moment. The beam isn't too narrow because of the XHP70.2, and you can light up a vast area in front of you. You need a high-power single 21700 battery (ours included one), and you have a ready-to-go tactical kit. The only gripe we found is the slow charging of the battery, at 0.75A. If you have a dedicated charger, this is no issue at all. This tactical thrower is highly recommended. Want to know more? Check out our Acebeam L35 review.


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FAQ Police Flashlights

Most flashlights currently used by police range between 1000 and 2500 lumens. While most of them are closer to 1000 lumens.

There are so many kinds of flashlights, in so many categories. But generally speaking, most of the flashlights on this list are between $70-$150. 

Lights like the LumiTact G700 or J5 Tacticals are actual scams, and aren't really made for duty or police work.  

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