Hello, flashaholics. Let's talk about what to look for in tactical flashlight. We talk about tactical flashlights all the time but you may not really know what we're talking about. Flashlights can often look exactly the same but in reality, one is a tactical flashlight, one is a searchlight. So this transcript will be more about what you want to see in a tactical flashlight. First, I'm going to talk about power. Don't think that the flashlight that has the highest lumens is necessarily a tactical flashlight. Tactical flashlights can range from I would say about 350 to 500 lumens and can extend out as far as 4,000 lumens, maybe even more.
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However, the middle range is going to be around the 1,000 to 2,000 lumen range. This range is comfortable. It's incredibly bright and it will give you an amazing strobe mode that can disorient any attacker, unless they're somehow susceptible to that which is unlikely. I would probably recommend that you would at least get a tactical flashlight that's around 500 lumens just so that the strobe is as effective as possible. But as I said, you'll find that many of the most popular tactical flashlights are in the 1,000 to 2,000 range such as the Klarus XT2C which is 1,100 lumens, the Nitecore P12GT which is about 1,000 lumens as well, and the Klarus XT11GT which is 2,000 lumens.
The next thing to consider with a tactical flashlight is size. This is heavily based on preference but I think there are a few things to consider here. It's important to have a lightweight flashlight. You don't want to have a flashlight that's too heavy, too uncomfortable for you to hold. In any tactical situation, you want a light that can comfortably fit around your hand so you don't fumble with it, you don't accidentally drop it. You have it right there available to you. As I said, this is very much based on preference.
You have the smaller tactical flashlights such as the Olight S1 that could fit in your pocket easily but also can be used in tactical situations. You have the medium sized flashlights. Once again, we're going to look at the Klarus KT2C here. This is an excellent medium sized flashlight. Or even the Klarus XT12GT. It is a little bit bigger and could be considered on the larger end. However, it still fits comfortably in your hand. If we look at the flashlight, the Klarus XT30R, while is incredibly powerful light, it's definitely on the larger side and if someone were to ask me which tactical flashlight they should look at, I would probably stir them toward a more medium sized flashlight.
When considering tac lights, you're definitely going to what to look at the different outputs. A tac light should have several different output modes. While a turbo mode is absolutely necessary, that medium and low mode is just as necessary. You may find yourself in a situation where you need light but not enough light that it actually draws attention to your location. In this instance, that's where the low mode is really going to shine. It's also great to have these lower output levels so that you can conserve the battery. This way, when you actually need the turbo or the strobe mode to be as powerful as possible, you don't need to worry about a low voltage battery or the flashlight dying on you at a really important moment.
Along with the different output modes, one specialty mode that you absolutely want in a tactical flashlight is a strobe mode. For those who are unfamiliar with what a strobe mode is, it is a flashing light that disorients people very, very easily. If you have a bright enough flashlight, like the XT11GT which is one of the brightest tactical flashlight, you can blind an attacker simply using the turbo mode. However, they could still keep coming at you even though they're blinded. The strobe mode actually disorients them. It can make them dizzy and unable to spot your location especially if you move the strobe mode and you move your flashlight along in different chaotic patterns, you could easily get away.
In my previous reviews, I have spoken about dual tactical tail switches. Now, they don't necessarily need to be dual switches but there is a reason that the tail switch is considered tactical. In any tactical gear flashlight, you're going to want that tail switch. It's incredibly easy to find in the dark. If you have your flashlight on your pocket, you pull it out, your thumb automatically goes to the main tail switch and you're ready to go. Many tactical gear flashlights will have a pocket clip at the near the tail of the flashlight so that you hook the flashlight with the tail facing up. This is the exact position you want it in. You can easily grab onto it, pull it off your pocket and immediately turn it on.
Now, the next important thing to consider with the tactical flashlight is does it have a momentary on function. Every tactical flashlight should have this function without a doubt. In a dicey situation, you do not want to have that extra half second or second, however long it takes for you to turn on that flashlight fully. You want to be able to press down that switch and have it immediately turn on. For those who may not really know what a momentary on function is, it's a feature that allows you to barely press down on the main switch of the flashlight, turning it on immediately. Once you remove your finger from the switch, the light will switch itself back off. So if you want a continuous on mode, you will have to press the switch down all the way, usually until you hear the click.
So let's say it's in the middle of the night and you hear some rustling downstairs. You decide to grab your tactical flashlight and investigate. Let's say you come upon an intruder and at that moment, you have your tactical flashlight ready, that extra half second that that momentary on allows you is definitely going to be a huge help in this situation. It will allow you to blind the intruder or you can use the strobe mode and disorient them.
So now I want to talk about a strike bezel. This is greatly dependent on preference too. Some people having a strike bezel. Others don't. It does allow you to have another access for self defense besides the strike or the strobe mode. I would definitely recommend a strike bezel if you work in law enforcement or security, that strike bezel is really going to come in handy. Most strike bezels on tactical flashlights will made of a durable material. The great thing with strike bezels is that you do not need to apply too much pressure for them to hurt. So if you apply a great deal of pressure, you can be sure it is definitely going to hurt any potential attacker.
Strike bezels come in all different shapes and sizes. Many prefer their strike bezels to be a little more shallow so that it's easier for them to carry the flashlight around. However, some others like super aggressive bezels. Klarus actually has an aggressive strike bezel. That's definitely over an each long and you can attach it to the Klarus XT11S or XT1112 tactical flashlight. So if you're really concerned about your safety and you really want to consider a flashlight for a decent, amazing actually, self defense option, you should definitely look into the aggressive strike bezel.
If you're not really too big on bezels, certain flashlights will have the option to remove it. In fact, many of the Klarus XT series tactical flashlights do have a removable strike bezel. So if a strike bezel is not for you, you do not need to worry about it. However, if you want that extra self defense option, a strike bezel is definitely the way to go.
The last thing I'm going to talk about is durability. We often prioritize the wrong things in order to save us a few bucks or simply because we can't be bothered. In the case of a tactical flashlight, you cannot have that luxury. You will definitely need a durable flashlight, one that is made of high quality material, it can withstand drops and it can function in even the harshest storms. You don't want to come across a sticky situation in a storm and not be able to pull out your flashlight because it's not going to work in the rain. So those are all the things you should definitely consider when looking into tactical flashlights. A lot of what I mentioned is based on preference but a lot of it is something you really need to consider when actually looking into buying tactical flashlights.