Tough, lightweight, and powerful, tactical flashlights provide light in stressful, dangerous situations where reliable illumination is critical, perhaps even a matter of life or death. Professionals, such as rescuers, law enforcement officers, and military personnel use flashlights where intense light is needed in a potentially rough and tumble situation where breaking an ordinary flashlight is likely. Homeowners confronting potentially dangerous hot prowl burglars and hunters in the field likewise require lights that they can count on in suboptimal conditions.
Functional Approach to Choosing a Tactical Flashlight
Consumers should start with the function that the tactical flashlight needs to fulfill. Then they can pick a model suited to that purpose.
Police Tactical Flashlights
For a general-purpose, multifunctional device, users frequently default to police tactical flashlights. Sturdy, practical, and bright, these flashlights typically generate at least 500 lumens and may reach 1,200 lumens or more. Common options include multiple brightness modes, built-in rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, safety switches to prevent accidental illumination, and waterproofing. These lights typically possess low-fatigue ergonomic engineering, are lightweight, and have tough anodized aluminum outer shells, resisting impact better than plastic.
1,000 Lumen Tactical Flashlights
Tactical flashlights with 1,000 lumens or more generate a searing glare of light potentially useful in many situations. Users needing long-range illumination frequently choose these lights, enabling them to see people in need of rescue or animals they are hunting at considerable distances. Up close, 1,000 lumen tactical flashlights provide dazzling, disorienting blazes of illumination capable of demoralizing and temporarily blinding an opponent. The intense light generation exhausts batteries rapidly, making the carrying of multiple spare battery packs a prudent choice by users.
Tactical Weapon Flashlights
People utilizing firearms, such as pistols, rifles, or shotguns, find tactical weapon flashlights useful. These lights include brackets enabling their mounting on rails found on most modern guns. Standard mounts place the flashlight directly over a rifle or shotgun's barrel, or under a pistol, meaning the beam's point of focus is also the weapon's approximate point of aim. Offset mounts slant to one side, improving visibility from the user's viewpoint without compromising usefulness.
Features to Consider when Buying a Tactical Flashlight
Users selecting a specific tactical flashlight model should consider additional features. These may add extra functionality for certain situations.
Standard Bulbs vs. LED Flashlights
LED bulbs offer far superior performance to standard filament-based bulbs found in many non-tactical lights. Standard bulbs exhibit short lifespans, poorer quality illumination, and, most importantly, break extremely easily when the user drops it or strikes it even lightly. LED tactical flashlights provide powerful light with bulbs lasting tens of thousands of hours, resisting breakage.
Tactical Strobe Flashlights
The functions in tactical strobe flashlights attract controversy among users due to their dubious utility. Theoretically, a strobe light stuns, disorients, and confuses an opponent as blinding flashes of glare alternate with total darkness. However, strobe lights often have the same effect on the user, and interfere with clear vision of the situation. Users capable of dealing with these risks prefer strobe flashlights with a separate switch operating the strobe function.
Tactical Flashlights with a Remote Pressure Switch
Tactical flashlights with a remote pressure switch constitute a viable option for users who often mount their light on a gun's Picatinny or Weaver rail. Remote pressure switches consist of a flexible connecting wire with a switch module at the end. The user is capable of switching the light on and off with the pressure of a palm or finger without needing to reach forward to operate the power switch. Pressure switches provide an easy way to operate the flashlight while keeping the weapon steady and the barrel tracking correctly.
Alternative Tactical Flashlights
A number of other tactical flashlight options exist, as well. These choices widely match varied needs and budgets.
Handy and compact
Fits in car glove compartments for emergencies
Good for camping
Combination stun gun and flashlight
Functions as ordinary tactical flashlight
Stun probes in light bezel
Enables brightening and dimming flashlight beam with a zoom function
Quick light adjustment
Some flashlights combine a large number of features in one unit. Users benefit most from these by taking the time to learn the various functions prior to use in a dangerous situation.
How to Buy a Tactical Flashlight on eBay
Buyers can find a wide variety of tactical flashlights from dozens of sellers on eBay by using the search function on any page. The huge selection enables comparison shopping between several choices without leaving the comfort of your living room. Rare items with unusual combinations of features are available on the site, as well as more standard flashlights. Buyers find many high quality products for their use, including the latest and most advanced tactical flashlights for handling any perilous situation with clear, reliable illumination.