Three Things To Look For In A Tactical Flashlight

If you’re shopping for a flashlight, consider a tactical-style model that’s designed to be bright enough and durable enough to use in a survival situation

man holding flashlight up to the night sky
Everyone needs a bright, reliable flashlight.Martin Sattler

Flashlights have come a long way in the past 20 years. Knowing what to look for in a tac flashlight can help you make the best purchase decision. Consider these factors when doing your shopping.

Adjustability

Gearlight tactical flashlight
Lights like this one offer excellent adjustability of both beam and mode.Amazon

New advancements in recent years have yielded tac lights that are widely adjustable for both focus and lighting modes. Many models feature continuous adjustment from wide to narrow beams, as well as high, low and strobe modes, yielding a great amount of versatility in a single unit.

Flexibility

Streamlight tactical flashlight
Some tactical flashlights like this one have a built-in rail for mounting on a rifle or handgun.Amazon

Many tactical flashlight models excel at a number of different uses. Not only do they light up the darkest of spaces, but they can also be used for self-defense, breaking glass or even mounting on a firearm.

Ruggedness

Yifeng tactical flashlight
This tac light is constructed from a premium Type 3 hard-anodized aluminum alloy to function even under harsh treatment.Amazon

You might have the brightest, coolest looking tac light available, but if it falls to pieces the first time you use it, you've nothing to show for your investment. A tactical flashlight should be tough, waterproof and have a high level of impact resistance.