When shopping for a quality tactical flashlight you will be faced with many pricing options, ranging from cheap to high prices for the models with all the bells and whistles. Of course, only filtering your options by price doesn’t necessarily help make the selection any easier. There are still many to choose from across a wide range of styles and sizes.
To help you narrow down your choices to just a few rather than hundreds, you should ask yourself these questions…
“How much light output do I need?”
Tactical flashlights can generate an enormous amount of light, some even over 3000 lumens. In many cases, a flashlight that generates 100 lumens is enough for most purposes. Depending on your activities you might want a light with a higher output. If you are involved with search and rescue or even tactical operations, you’ll need a high lumen output to meet your needs.
“What type of battery does the flashlight use?”
Battery life will be listed on the outside packaging or in the specification list. It is measured in hours. You will also want to consider the expense of replacing batteries all the time and if they are rechargeable or not.
“What size flashlight is right for me?”
Tactical flashlights come in all shapes and sizes. There are large tactical flashlights that can also double as a baton and there are flashlights that can easily fit in your pocket. The size you choose is normally a matter of comfort and ease of use. You want the flashlight to be comfortable in your hand as well as easy to operate. Size also includes weight; the larger flashlights will be heavier.