Most American households have at least one or two flashlights. For preppers, we often stock up on dozens of these little lighting tools and most of us even have extra batteries for backup. However, not all flashlights are the same. Today, we are going to look at the 15 best tactical flashlights that would make a good choice for serious preppers. Tactical flashlights are specifically designed for use by military or police. They are usually a little smaller than an average flashlight, but they offer more powerful light beams and higher durability. Some tactical lights are designed to mount on helmets or firearms and others are sturdy enough to double as a weapon. If you don’t already have a few tactical flashlights in your prepper supplies, check out some of the models that I recommend. They really are valuable tools that every family should have on hand!
What sets the Stream Light Super Tax apart from your ordinary flashlight? The powerful LED technology for starters! This light has a 50,000 hour lifetime. That means that even if you run the light for 24 hours a day, it would last for more than five years. It offers high, low, and strobe modes and one hand operation.
If you are trying to protect your family from intruders late at night, having a tactical weapon life could seriously improve your chances of survival. The Surefire Millennium replaces your gun’s original handguard. It will fit a Benelli M1/S90, Remington 870, and Moss 500/590. I really love that this light has a lock switch so you can set it in the “off” position to prevent accidental activation that would blow your cover prematurely. The light is bright enough to temporarily blind your opponent, so it offers some added protection in case you need to make a quick run for it!
The Streamlight Vantage melts onto a helmet for hands free lighting. It will fit hard hats, industrial helmets, or firefighter helmets. It’s extremely lightweight so it’s comfortable to wear and it won’t break or burn out if you accidentally drop it. It’s also waterproof to one meter for 30 minutes so it’s a good pick for flood prepping.
If you need a flashlight that can survive practically any catastrophe, this is it. The P2X Fury Defender is made from aerospace aluminum so it can withstand extreme weather circumstances without compromising its productivity. Activating the Defender is as simple as pushing a button so it makes a perfect light for self-defense. If used at the highest setting, the 500-lumen light will temporarily blind your opponent.
This tactical light was made for hands free functionality. It offers multiple color lights and a tilting head. It’s super light for easy transport and it can be positioned to offer light in a large work area. This would be great choice for emergency lighting when you are building a shelter at night!
The compact light features a downcast right angle lens so it’s ideal for illuminating the way on a dark road. You can set the Pelican to high, low, or signaling mode depending on your needs. It comes with a lifetime guarantee plus it is designed with a battery indicator so you never run out of light without notice!
The Brite-Strike Blue Dot light was designed by police officers and it is specifically made for military, security, and law enforcement agents. This is a powerful light with a wide beam. It’s durable enough to handle extreme bug outs and the ergonomic grip makes it easy to hold onto even on perilous hikes. This flashlight can double as a weapon with a blunt end that would easily stun and take down an opponent. It clips to your pocket or belt loop so you can always keep it within arm’s reach.
This pocket sized light is powerful enough to assist in serious search operations. The compact design makes it easy to carry around and the rubber grip ring insures you won’t drop it even if your hands are wet or cold. The body of the light is constructed from aerospace aluminum to military specifications. This is a serious little light that can withstand even the most horrible weather!
The Streamlight TLR-4 mounts on compact hand guns to give you better vision and laser sight when facing an opponent in the dark. It is designed to fit a variety of weapons and has a one-handed snap on design for easy attachment. You can choose from three modes: LED, laser, or both. This military-grade light can withstand extreme temperatures and it is fully water resistant.
Inforce offers another option for weapon mounted lighting. This tactical light is designed for close or mid-range use with a programmable white light that can be used in high, low, and strobe modes. It is waterproof to 66 feet and has an angled activation button for easy access.
Nebo is well known for their tactical flashlights, but the Redline is their brightest option yet with 220 lumens of pure white light. You get a lot of versatility with this model! There are five modes and a 4-times adjustable beam so you can quickly adjust the light’s power according to your setting and range. It will clearly illuminate objects as far as 150 yards away, but it can also be adjusted to focus on a 20 yard distance.
When you clip this flashlight to your belt, you are carrying a lot of power at your waist. With 350 lumens of focusable light, the Bonfire X is one of the brightest lights I have ever seen in such a compact package. Paramedics and firefighters often use this tactical flashlight, but it is also recommended for backpackers and survivalists. It’s lightweight for easy transport, but it provides a lot of illumination!
This is a heavy duty tactical light with precision zoom focus and five modes. It is made from airplane-grade aluminum and the manufacturer offers a lifetime warranty. It’s really the “tank” of flashlights with total durability! You can use this as a handheld flashlight or mount it to a weapon or airsoft gun. It even comes with an optional bike mount.
This flashlight is more like a torch with 3800 lumens! It is built to withstand any imaginable catastrophe. In fact, it could probably come out of a war zone unscathed! It operates on 3.7V rechargeable batteries so you can quickly power up without buying replacements.
If you are looking for the total package in a tactical flashlight, check out the T6X2. It’s a full kit that comes loaded with an adjustable focus ultra-bright tactical light, a cordless dual battery charger, 2 rechargeable batteries, a battery storage case, and a bonus LED flashlight.
These are some of the best tactical flashlights I have personally encountered, but I’d love to hear from you. What is your go-to tactical flashlight for survival?