Tactical AA flashlight
Klarus XT1A (2018)
Built for tactical operation, one touch access!
- Dual programming settings
- Tactical setting: 1 touch strobe, one touch turbo, momentary on
- Outdoor setting: Mementary on, One touch turbo, One touch Low, SOS
- XPL-HD V6 LED
- Max 1000 lumens claimed on a 14500 cell and 300 lumens with AA
- Runs of all kinds of AA batteries
- Multi chemistry: NiMH and Lithium Ion
- Built-in charge system
The Klarus XT1A is one of the very few real tactical flashlights that run of AA batteries. Initially launced in 2018, it has found quite a bit of favor in the flashlight community. The included 14500 lithium battery has a micro charger built in, so you can directly charge the battery with a Micro USB cable. Any 5V USB phone charger should work. Although they seem to advertise it to be compatible with all kinds of AA batteries, we do never recommend using Alkaline batteries in flashlights!
Tactical 2AA Flashlight
ThruNite Archer 2A V3
Currently one of the most powerful 2AA tactical flashlights available.
- 500 lumens Max.
- Quick access to Strobe (from On: press-and-hold side switch)
- 4 main modes
- Runs off 2AA batteries
- (Eneloops recommended)
Although the Thrunite Archer 2A v3 is already a little dated, but there is not much in this category that can surpass it. If you are looking for a 2AA flashlight, you can't go wrong with the Archer. It has 4 main modes and Strobe by doing a long press with the side switch.
Lithium Battery Powered Tactical Flashlights:
Single-cell lithium powered Tactical Flashlights
The Astrolux FT01 is a heck of a light. Both powerful and good looking!
- Easy to use UI
- 2500 lumens
- Side switch for changing modes, tailcap switch for turning on and off
- Hidden strobe/sos/beacon
- Runs off 21700 batteries
- 18650 battery works with an extender
Launced in 2018, this is definitely a good tactical flashlight in my opinion. Although it doesnt have direct access to Strobe, it can still be used momentary.. so you press the tail switch and you are able to blind your attacker. If it didn't have momentary on, nor direct access to strobe, it's not tactical in my opinion! Read the review we published on the Astrolux FT01 for more details. Astrolux is also sold under the Mateminco brand, so the equivalent is the Mateminco TK01!
Premium 18650 flashlight produced by Jetbeam!
- Beautifully machined flashlight
- Claiming 3000 lumens, but actual lumens measured: 1600 lumens
- Turbo mode works for 8 minutes.. longer than most average flashlights
- Automatic step-down when battery runs down.
- Quick access to On and Strobe
- On=last memorized mode.
We reviewed the Jetbeam TH20 and it is definitely a beautiful light. A little on the big side, but definitely something to look out for. It uses a CREE XHP70.2 which needs some serious kind of 18650 battery. The battery included is a high amp battery and can handle high currents very well. The included holster finishes this beautiful light. The few cons with the flashlght is that its glued so you can't easily take the driver out or mod it. Check out the review for more info on the Jetbeam TH20.
Powerful 18650 flashlight produced by Nitecore MH25GTS!
- 1800 lumens
- CREE XHP35HD
- Built-in charge
- 23000cd of light intensity
- 5 brightness levels + 3 special modes (SOS, Strobe, Beacon)
- Battery included NL1835HP (18650)
- Compatible with 2*CR123 / RCR123
We are going to review the Nitecore MH25GTS soon so stay tuned. The MH25 GTS is the newest version in the Nitecore MH2x lineup. (after the MH25, MH20GT, MH23). It's an impressive and powerful tactical flashlight produced by Nitecore. Charging is done through the USB port, sitting on the tail-side of the light. The LED on the side indicates the Battery level. 3*blink=50% or more, 2*blink=below 50%, 1*blink=below 10% battery capacity. Read more on the Nitecore website: https://flashlight.nitecore.com/Server/detail/ad/1292
Fenix PD35 TAC ltd editions
Limited edition of a long time seller!
- 1000 lumens
- Tactical mode + Outdoor mode
- Cree XP-L(V5) LED
- Runs off 18650 lithium batteries
- Compatible with 2*CR123 / RCR123
Fenix has introduced the limited edition cerakoted PD35 TACs. It is actually 2 flashlights in one, with the 2 types of mode groups. The Tactical and Outdoor mode. The Outdoor mode works just like a standard flashlight with 6 different output modes. The Tactical mode gives you direct access to Turbo mode to blind anyone within a 100 yards distance.
Besides the Patriot Cerakote Finish, Fenix store also carries the following ltd editions:
- Blaze Battleworn Cerakote Finish
- Black Multicam Cerakote Finish
- Bronze Multicam Cerakote Finish
- Dark Multicam Cerakote Finish
- Thin Blue Line Cerakote Finish
- Digital Camo Edition Tactical Flashlight
Amazon doesn't carry these ltd editions except for the regular Camo version.
Acebeam L30 II
Most powerful tactical flashlight on the market!
- 4000 lumens
- Cree XHP70.2 LED
- Light intensity: 34800cd (373 meters)
- Runs off 21700 lithium batteries (compatible with 18650 with an adapter)
- Built-in USB C charge system
Acebeam has been following the plough but with brighter flashlights than their competitors. And the L30 II is one of them. Not only extremely powerful, it can also throw a beam really far. This tactical flashlight is currently the most powerful with a single battery. You can also add a remote pressure switch as well as colored filters to complete the package. First announced in 2017, the second version was announced in 2018.
Tactical Multi Cell flashlights
FENIX TK35UE - 2018 UPGRADE
Very popular Fenix tactical flashlight
- CREE XHP70
- 3200 lumens
- Runtim: 1.5 hours
- 22,000 cd intensity
- Micro USB charging battery holder
- Double swith for modes and power
The Fenix TK35 model has been on the market for many many years. During this time Fenix upgraded the LEDs and this edition has the Cree XHP70 high power LED. It also includes a new battery holder for 2 18650 batteries with a built-in USB charger. Unlike many other flashlights where you can simply plug the USB cable into the flashlight, the TK35 has a dedicated battery holder that needs to be taken out in order to charge. Batteries are not included in the package.
What is a tactical flashlight?
Before you start shopping around for your new tactical flashlight, you'd better understand what tactical flashlights are! When you start browsing some online shops like Amazon, you'll notice the word Tactical being used rather often. Some sellers call these types of flashilght also Military flashlights, or military grade flashlights. But in reality they are just regular flashlights. So, what make a flashlight a real Tactical Flashlight? Why are tactical flashlights used by the military or police?
In my opinion they should have a mix of the following options:
- Should have 1 button to turn the light on and off with the same brightness! (Regular flashlights with 1 button usually use the same button to change modes, but that isn't very handy in critical situations)
- Should have a strobe option
- Uses a forward clicky at the rear end of the flashlight so you can turn the light on and off without pressing the button completely (a reverse clicky need a complete press and will turn on after the click... and a forward clicky will power the light on before the click)
- Usually includes some kind of crenelated bezel, in order to use it for self-defense or as a non-lethal weapon.
Some people suggest it should be able to attach to a pistol or gun. But that doesn't make it a tactical flashlight! Those are weapon mount flashlights.. a different kind!
What is the Brightest tactical flashlight?
IF you are looking at just the brightest flashlight, then we have an excellent page dedicated to just that. If you are only looking at tactical flashlights, then the Acebeam L16 might be the brightest currently available.