The Smallest Tactical flashlights?

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Smallest Tactical Flashlight

Small Tactical AA Flashlight

Klarus XT1A

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

This is 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)

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

Small Tactical 18650 Flashlight

Olight Warrior Mini 2

Olight warrior Mini 2 in hand
Olight warrior mini 2runtime
Max output1,750 lumens
Max beam intensity12,300 cd
Battery18650 (Olight ORB186C35 rechargeable 18650 battery included)

The Olight Warrior Mini 2 is one of the shortest tactical 18650 flashlights on the market. The main light source is the powerful Luminus SST40 LED with 1,750 lumens.

One of the special features of some Olight lights is the different colors of anodization they offer. Mine is a special edition, but they are also available in black, and even with other materials (copper or titanium).

During our test, we noticed that the runtimes of the Warrior Mini 2 are impressive. In medium mode, it runs for over 18 hours at 110 lumens. Turbo mode and High mode lasted about 4 hours each. Turbo has a maximum output of 1750 lumens, but we measured 1721 lumens at turn on.

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 2 here.


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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