Best Tactical Flashlight - Klarus XT11X
When we got this compact tactical flashlight in the office, we were all interested to see that 3200 lumen power. I can tell you now that we were all very impressed. It’s always exciting to see more and more brands come out with flashlights that are compact, but can pack a punch with that lumen output and the XT11X definitely does that. So let’s take a look at some features and some of our thoughts about the Klarus XT11X.
3200 Lumen Tactical Flashlight
The XT11X is definitely a compact flashlight, but I wouldn’t consider it an everyday carry flashlight. It's still compact and lightweight enough that you could clip it onto your pocket or use the holster. Based on its size, some may feel it's a bit too bulky to clip onto a pocket. If you've used the Klarus XT11GT or the Klarus XT12GT and clip that on your pocket then you might be comfortable clipping the XT11X to your pocket.
When it comes to ultra bright flashlights, the XT11X is one of the top on the list. It's incredible to see this LED flashlight deliver the 3200 lumens and still be compact to carry around. It's equipped with a CREE 70.2 P2 LED and features a deep orange peel reflector. This reflector will ensure that the beam is very diffused and very broad, so the hotspot won't be as defined with the XT11X. It does reach out with a max beam distance of 283 meters. I wouldn’t consider it a throw light, but it's definitely a flashlight that has a pretty good beam throw to it. You'll still be able to see pretty far into the distance with it. Nevertheless, the 3200 lumens is really going to light up the entire area in front of you. So the XT11X tactical flashlight is really great for law enforcement, security, military operations, outdoor activities, scoping your backyard, and more.
Multiple Outputs and Programmable Settings
One of the greatest aspects of the XT11X LED flashlight is that it is the most versatile LED flashlight you'll find. The user interface, the multiple outputs, and the programable settings allow you to use this flashlight exactly how you want to. I'll start first by talking about the triple switch design. With this design, you have a side switch and dual tail switches that operate independently. So you can decide how you'd like to operate the flashlight at any given moment. There are certain features that go with the different switches. For example, the dual tail switches come with a momentary on, One-Touch Turbo, and a One-Touch Strobe or a One-Touch Low depending on which setting you have the XT11X in. The side switch gives you access to a One-Touch Low, SOS, and a built-in memory function. This user interface is very robust and it may take you a little while to get the hang of it or remember what all the features are. if you're wanting a straightforward and simple flashlight then I would definitely steer you away from the XT11X. However, if you want a versatile and robust flashlight that can be useful in a myriad of situations, then the XT11X is definitely the way to go. You’ll just need to put the time in to learn about this LED flashlight and its user interface.
With the XT11X, you also have 4 brightness levels and 2 flashing modes, which are strobe and SOS. The brightness levels range from 15 lumens to 3200 lumens. I know that there are going to be some users that would prefer the XT11X have a moonlight mode of about 1 lumen. However, with the diffused beam. I think that 15 lumens is perfectly acceptable and does a great job in smaller areas like a closet or a garage.
Finally, let's talk about the two programmable settings. I want to say that the side switch remains the same in both settings. The differences are in the tail switches. First, you have the default setting which is the Tactical Setting. In this setting you will have a One-Touch Turbo with the main tail switch and a One-Touch Strobe with the secondary switch. Now, the XT11X will only be able to cycle through 3 out of the 4 brightness levels using the tail switch in the tactical setting.
Next, we have the Outdoor Setting where you have a One-Touch Turbo with the main tail switch and a One-Touch Low with the secondary tail switch. You'll also be able to cycle through all 4 brightness levels using the tail switch in this setting. You can choose which setting you prefer to keep your flashlight in and you can easily change settings at the drop of a hat whenever you need to. That's the beauty of this tactical flashlight. It can be whatever you need it to be at any time.
USB Rechargeable Flashlight
So you now know about the user interface, the multiple outputs, and the two programmable settings. Already the XT11X LED flashlight is packed to the brim with excellent features. Believe it or not, we are not actually finished with the features. This tactical flashlight also is a USB rechargeable flashlight and features an Intelligent Charging System and an Intelligent Battery Identification System. I'll start by talking about the Intelligent Charging System. This system will monitor the charging process, prevent overcharging, and limit the charging current to 1A for safer charging. The Intelligent Battery Identification System will adjust the maximum output to match the equipped battery so that way you can easily use your flashlight without worrying about damage to the battery or the flashlight. The XT11X does feature a charging indicator that doubles as a battery capacity indicator. You can also equip the XT11X flashlight with a single 18650 battery, two CR123A batteries, or two Klarus 16340 batteries. Either way, you have a lot of options in the battery department with this rechargeable flashlight.
We could go on and on about this flashlight but there's no reason to talk your ear off. We've covered pretty much everything with this flashlight. One last note I'd like to make is that the XT11X is very durable and very rugged and will last you a long time. If you're looking at high intensity flashlights then definitely check out the Klarus XT11X. It's an ultra bright flashlight that is one of the best tactical flashlight you'll find on the market today.