The Smallest Tactical flashlights?

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Smallest Tactical Flashlight

Klarus XT1C

Specification:Highlights:
Max output1,000 lumens
Max beam intensity7,921cd
Battery16340 (Klarus 16GT-70UR Micro-USB rechargeable battery recommended and included)

This is the #1 smallest tactical flashlights. Don’t get fooled by Amazon or Google in believing some sort of zoomie (not zombie) to be the smallest tactical flashlight. The ones they show aren’t tactical, and not small either. Klarus has been around for many years, and the XT1C is one of the smallest portable and powerful tactical flashlights on the market. Its compact size and low weight make it a good choice. I wouldn’t use this for self defense, because that’s not the use case for this little monster.

You can either use CR123A batteries as well as 16340 lithium-ion batteries. The latter are rechargeable, and Klarus even includes a 700mAh rechargeable battery. It’s labeled as Klarus 16GT-70UR, and includes a Micro-USB port. Having the ability to use different kinds of batteries can be a pro. Just drop a few in your pocket and replace them on the fly.

Please make sure you get the latest version and not the older model of this mini tactical flashlight. See images at the Klarus online store.

Small Tactical AA Flashlight

Klarus XT1A

black XT1A tactical flashlight
Specification:Highlights:
Max output1,000 lumens
Max beam intensity8,281 cd
Battery14500/AA (Klarus 14GT-80UR Micro-USB rechargeable battery included)

If you want something slightly larger than the XT1C, you still have the XT1A. This is yet another Klarus flashlight focused on Tactical use. Don’t get me wrong, you can still use it for you everyday carry, but that’s not the main aim. Klarus has been around for many years, just like the XT1A. It’s still regarded as one of the shortest and smallest tactical flashlights on AA batteries. Klarus includes the Klarus 14GT-80UR battery, which is a 14500 lithium-ion battery. And besides lithium-ion batteries, you can also use AA batteries. (We don’t recommend using Alkaline batteries, but rechargeable NiMH batteries instead)

But unlike the XT1C, the exterior doesn’t seem to have been upgraded over the year. Only slight changes have been made, but the knurling and everything still look the same. And as far as I can see, you can’t use it as a weapon mount flashlight, so

We hope to review the XT1C and XT1A soon, so we can see if they live up to their claim.

Small Tactical 18650 Flashlight

Olight Warrior Mini

tactical flashlight from olight
Specification:Highlights:
Max output1,500 lumens
Max beam intensity9,025 cd
Battery18650 (Olight ORB186C35 rechargeable 18650 battery included)

The Olight Warrior Mini is one of the shortest tactical 18650 flashlights on the market. The main light source is the powerful Luminus SST40 LED with 1,500 lumens.

One of the special features of some Olight lights is the different colors of anodization they offer. Mine is brown, but they are also available in black, and even with other materials (copper or titanium). Keep in mind that this is currently replaced with the Warrior Mini 2, which is a bit longer, and has different characteristics.

During our test, we noticed that the runtimes of the Warrior Mini are impressive. In medium mode, it runs for 18 hours at 140 lumens. Turbo mode and High mode last more than 3.5 hours each. Turbo has a maximum output of 1500 lumens, and sustains this for 4 minutes before it drops to roughly 500 lumens, and continues running at this output for more than 3 hours.

The included 18650 battery should be inside the flashlight, but you can also use a normal lithium-ion charger with a trick. If you want to read all the details about the flashlight, we have a very in-depth review for you. Please find out more about the Olight Warrior Mini here. Also, Olightstore doesn’t seem to have this particular model in stock anymore.

FAQ:

What is the smallest tactical flashlight?

The smallest tactical light is the Klarus XT1C. It’s a 16340 (CR123A) flashlight with 1,000 lumens. Please don’t trust Google or Amazon when you search for the smallest tactical flashlights, because the ones they show are NOT tactical.

Why should you not trust Google or Amazon when looking for flashlights?

Google uses an algorithm that doesn’t know anything about flashlights. The websites they often show, should be regarded as untrustworthy. The smallest tactical lights they recommend aren’t considered tactical at all. And don’t trust Amazon reviews, because those people don’t test flashlights, and are only anecdotal.

What’s the smallest 18650 tactical light?

The smallest tactical 18650 flashlight we reviewed is the Olight Warrior Mini. It’s a very powerful flashlight reaching 1,500 lumens (and we tested that) and has some nice runtimes. Don’t forget to check out the list with the brightest tactical flashlights we reviewed.

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