Top 10 Law Enforcement Flashlights in 2018 Reviewed- Flashlights in Focus

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[2018]

5 BEST RECHARGEABLE FLASHLIGHTS

Streamlight 88040 pricing
  • Streamlight 88040
  • Brightness: 35-750 Lumens
  • Runtime: 1h 15min-18h
Solaray Pro ZX-2 pricing
  • Solaray Pro ZX-2
  • Brightness: 1200 Lumens
  • Runtime: /
Streamlight 75458 pricing
  • Streamlight 75458
  • Brightness: 200-800 Lumens
  • Runtime: 1h 30min-5h
Fenix PD35 TAC pricing
  • Fenix PD35 TAC
  • Brightness: 8-1000 Lumens
  • Runtime: 1h 10min-140h
Nitecore P12 pricing
  • Nitecore P12
  • Brightness: 1-1000 Lumens
  • Runtime: 1h 15min-520h

A flashlight is definitely an important part of every law enforcement officer’s equipment. In fact, anyone who works in law enforcement knows how essential a good flashlight is , especially when it comes to night shifts, missions, and deployments. If you’re looking for a high-quality unit, getting a professional law enforcement flashlight is probably one of the best solutions.

These models are made of extremely durable materials, quality LEDs, and most importantly – the vast majority of them have great battery life for extended use and increased convenience. However, due to the market being saturated, it’s kind of hard to find the best possible solution for your requirements. There are countless models that simply aren’t worth investing in because they offer a subpar performance. In case you’re struggling to find a decent model, don’t hesitate to take a moment and check our reviews out as they are designed to give you a better insight into the advantages and shortcomings of some of the most popular models out there.

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Streamlight 88040

If you’re looking for sheer brightness coupled with a pretty good battery lifetime, this particular model could be a good solution. It can output up to 750 lumens thanks to the C4 LED technology and its peak beam distance is about 270 meters. It features three user-selectable programs and is IPX7 waterproof graded.

Design:

The design is pretty conventional and it offers quite a bit of useful features. For example, even though the removable pocket clip doesn’t seem like an impressive addition, you can rest assured that it comes in handy on many occasions, especially if you’re a law enforcement officer. It prevents the unit from rolling off a flat surface and it also allows you to clip it onto your pocket and carry it around without having to use a holster. The length of this model is 5.4” (13.7cm) and it weighs 5.6oz. (159g) with batteries. As you can tell, it’s a pretty lightweight model and is not as long as some other popular ones. Therefore, compactness is one of the main selling points of this flashlight.  

Battery:

As far as the battery goes, this model uses two 3V CR123A batteries. While this particular battery type isn’t the best possible solution, it’s definitely the most popular because of the easily accessible nature of these batteries. In other words, you can buy a pair of them at almost any hardware store, gas station, supermarket, etcetera. The battery life depends on the intensity you decide to go with. It will run for about an hour and a half at max intensity or for about 18 hours at the lowest intensity which yields around 900 candelas with a 60-meter beam.

Extra Feature:

As for the extra features, there aren’t too many of them. The anti-roll head is a worthy mention, but it’s definitely not an unprecedented addition. This model is as simple as they can get, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth looking into.

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Solaray Pro ZX-2

In case you’re interested in investing into a professional model, the ZX-2 is one of your safest bets. Whether you’re looking for long-distance or close up lighting, this versatile model will meet your expectations. The zoom feature also comes in handy if you want high adjustability.

Design:

The ZX-2 is constructed from rugged aircraft grade aluminum which guarantees durability while not compromising the overall weight of the product. If you ever end up in a tough situation, you can rest assured that ZX-2 is capable of withstanding quite rough conditions without breaking a sweat. The focus of the design was put on compactness and convenient weight-to-size ratio. Needless to say, the engineers have done an incredible job and that’s one of the reasons why this model in particular is so popular amongst both hobbyists and professionals alike. It will endure through storms and help you illuminate your path to safety.

Battery:

The ZX-2 uses rechargeable 18650 lithium-ion batteries. However, it can also utilize AAA alkaline batteries. When it comes down to which ones are better, the included Solaray ones yield pretty good results. The charging cradle is also a neat touch because it allows you to charge your batteries instead of having to buy a pair of new ones. The max lumen output is 1200 meaning you shouldn’t expect a long-lasting service at max settings. It will output the max brightness for a few minutes before it starts losing power. However, thanks to the numerous mods, you can fine-tune the brightness output thus saving battery life.

Extra Feature:

The charger and battery cradle are neat additions but aren’t a feature per se. As far as extra features go, the zoom-in lens is probably the one worth mentioning. Other features such as multiple power levels and various mods are good but aren’t unique by any means.

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Streamlight 75458

The 75458 model is made of highest quality materials and as such is a great solution for people who work in tough conditions and are in need of a good flashlight. Streamlight is quite a popular brand and they have been manufacturing high-quality merchandise for a while now without any public backlash whatsoever, which is a good indicator of great quality and supreme quality control.

Design:

As mentioned, this is one of the toughest models we’ve covered thus far. It’s made of high-quality anodized aluminum with a non-slip rubberized grip which significantly improves the overall convenience. The lens is made of unbreakable polycarbonate and features a layer of scratch-resistant coating. It’s also IPX4 rated for water-resistant operation and it is 1-meter impact resistance tested. The anti-roll rubber ring is a neat addition as it prevents some inconveniences such as rolling off a flat surface. It’s safe to say that this model is definitely built to last for quite a while.

Battery:

This model uses three-cell 3.6V NI-MH batteries that can be recharged up to a thousand times. A smart charger is also included, and it can fully recharge the battery in about 7.5 hours via USB or 4 hours via 12V DC input. The runtime of the battery is 1.5 hours at max illumination, 2.5 hours at medium, and about 5 hours at the lowest settings. As you can tell, the battery life isn’t the best out there, but it’s not particularly bad either. The fact that it’s a NI-MH model instead of Li-Ion is somewhat concerning.

Extra Feature:

Because this model is focused on simplicity, there aren’t many extra features. However, things like multiple light modes, ease of use, and compactness should be mentioned as useful and beneficial, especially for people working in law enforcement.

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Fenix PD35 TAC

This particular model is a great solution for people who are looking for compactness coupled with great performance. The PD35 model can output up to 1000 lumens thanks to the Cree XP-L LED which has a lifespan of 50,000 hours. In other words, its 6-year lifespan is more than enough proof of good quality and great design.

Design:

The 137mm (5.4in.) body is made of durable aircraft-grade aluminum and is coated with the Premium Type III anti-abrasive finish. In simpler terms, you can rest assured that this flashlight is built to last and withstand rough conditions without breaking a sweat. It also features toughened ultra-clear glass lens with an anti-reflective coating for improved convenience and clarity. The model is IPX8 graded meaning it has been tested underwater at a 6-feet depth for 30 minutes.

Battery:

The PD35 uses one 18650 rechargeable battery or two 3V CR123A batteries. The runtime during turbo mode (1000 lumens) is 1 hour and 10 minutes, high mode (500 lumens) 2 hours and 55 minutes, medium (200 lumens) 8 hours and 30 minutes, low (60 lumens) 29 hours and 15 minutes, eco (8 lumens) 140 hours. By looking at these numbers, one can conclude that this model can run for a while as long as you use the modes economically. In fact, even the one-hour runtime at the highest settings is satisfactory.

Extra Feature:

As far as the extra features go, there are a few worth mentioning. For example, the tactical tail switch and momentary-on function come in handy, especially if you’re a professional. On top of that, the included holster allows you to carry your flashlight around without too much hassle. The anti-roll design might not be an impressive feature per se, but it’s definitely a thing worth mentioning. The only thing some people complained about is the somewhat high price.

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Nitecore P12

This is yet another model with the great Cree XM-L2 U2 LED technology that’s capable of outputting up to 1000 lumens. The peak beam can reach up to 232 meters at the highest settings meaning the P12 model is one of the best units for both professionals and hobbyists alike. On top of that, it’s made to be compact and lightweight for improved convenience.

Design:

As mentioned, the focus of the design is on the compactness and weight management. This model is only about 5.4 inches long and weighs 3.1 ounces. Therefore, it’s quite portable and can be easily stored in backpacks, pockets, and bags. On top of that, a quality holster is included with the unit meaning you don’t have to worry much about carrying hassles. The whole body is made of quality aluminum and it offers a pretty nice grip. It’s submersible to up to 2 feet and is in accordance with IPX8 ratings. The titanium-plated clip slot further improves the overall durability and resilience of this unit.

Battery:

The P12 uses one 18650 or two CR123 batteries, depending on your liking. We would recommend using the 18650 lithium-ion ones for better runtimes, but in the absence of those, the CR123s will do the job well. At the highest setting (1000 lumens) the P12’s runtime is about 1 hour and 15 minutes. At medium settings (240 lumens) it will run for 6 hours, 28 hours at low settings (70 lumens), and 520 hours on the lowest (1 lumen) settings. As you can tell, it can run for over ten days at the lowest settings which is a pretty good deal.

Extra Feature:

The tactical tail cap is a great thing for accessing constant and momentary illumination. While it’s not a particularly impressive feature, it certainly comes in handy under dynamic environments. The P12 will also automatically memorize the previously used settings.

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Klarus XT11GT

Klarus offers a pretty great bundle at an affordable price. If you’re looking for a decent flashlight with a bunch of useful features, the XT11GT might be an interesting model to look into. It’s not the best deal on the market by any means, but it’s definitely worth checking it out, especially if you’re a devoted professional in need for a bright yet compact and affordable flashlight.

Design: 

This ultra-compact flashlight is made of quality aluminum, is impact-resistant to 1 meter, and fulfills IPX8 waterproof standards. In other words, it’s made to last and cope with rough challenges at all times. The thing some people didn’t like is the fact that the body will get warm after a while when max brightness is used. However, considering the fact that it can output up to 2000 lumens, the thermal caveat is to be expected.

Battery:

The XT11GT uses one 18650 lithium-ion battery which can last up to 50 minutes on Turbo mode (2000 lumens). As far as the other modes go, the battery will last for 3.5 hours at 400 lumens, 12 hours at 100 lumens, and 170 hours at 10 lumens. The strobe mode outputs 2000 lumens and lasts for about 1.7 hours until the battery runs out. SOS mode outputs 100 lumens and will last for 36 hours before the battery dies. The great thing about this model is the fact that it features a battery indicator that allows the user to control the usage.

Extra Feature:

What makes this bundle so great are the extra features and versatility. It’s USB rechargeable, can memorize functions, features ITS smart temperature control system, side switch lock function, and battery indicator. It’s safe to say that this is one of the most versatile models we’ve covered thus far and is a great choice for both hobbyists and professionals.

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SureFire X300

The X300 series is specifically made to be mounted on various weapons. However, it can also be used as a regular flashlight without too much hassle. The special off-white LED is capable of outputting up to 500 lumens biased in a special spectrum which is optimal for human vision. It creates a tight and smooth beam thanks to the precision TIR lens.

Design: 

When it comes down to compactness, this model is probably the most compact we have reviewed thus far. As mentioned, it’s designed for weapons meaning it has to be lightweight and somewhat compact. It’s made of high-strength aerospace aluminum and is anodized for improved durability. It also features an integral rail-lock mounting system which allows you to mount it to any weapon quickly and easily. It can be mounted on Picatinny rails or proprietary Surefire’s MR adapter which is sold separately.

Battery:

The X300 uses two 123A lithium-ion batteries which are included with the unit. In fact, Surefire’s batteries are made up to the highest standards and they will meet your expectations. However, the disadvantage here is the fact that the manufacturer doesn’t recommend using rechargeable batteries for some reason meaning you will have to keep a pair of new ones handy if you want to avoid downtime. In theory, rechargeable batteries can be used, but the disposable ones are recommended by the manufacturer.

Extra Feature:

The ambidextrous momentary-on switching is a worthy mention, but it’s definitely not a unique feature. The rail-lock mounting system is a great addition, especially if you’re planning on using this model on your weapons. The waterproof O-ring is also a nice addition as it allows you to use the unit under rough conditions without having to worry about potential damage or shorting.

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Streamlight 66122

The 66122 model is a great flashlight for everyday use, but with a bit over 90 lumens of brightness, it’s definitely not the brightest unit around. Therefore, if you’re looking for sheer brightness in terms of lumens output, you might want to look into some other models. On the other hand, in case you need a quality flashlight for everyday use, the 66122 model might be an interesting catch.

Design: 

The best thing about this model is its design. It’s made of machined aircraft-grade aluminum alloy and it features an unbreakable and scratch-resistant polycarbonate lens. The body is corrosion and water-resistant and it features an anodized coating. In other words, it’s safe to say that this model is made to last and cope with rough conditions without too many issues. A convenient holster is included with the unit for improved portability. It is IPX4 rated and 1-meter impact resistance tested.

Battery:

The 66122 uses regular AAA batteries. While some people consider this to be a disadvantage, others don’t think it’s relevant. The C4 LED can output 90 lumens for about six and a half hours before the batteries die out. It also has a green LED mode in which it outputs a mere 5 lumens but can run up to 11 hours. The beam peak distance is 58 meters on C4 white LED and 17 meters on the green LED mode. Therefore, one can assume it’s a long battery life even though the brightness output isn’t that great in the first place.

Extra Feature:

There aren’t many extra features we could talk about because the focus was put on the compactness of the design and not on extra features. Nonetheless, you will get a convenient pocket clip for better portability, but that probably isn’t much of a feature itself, especially because the vast majority of other models come with a pocket clip included.

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Under Control Tactical

If you’re looking for versatility, this model is probably your best option. This isn’t only a flashlight, but it’s also a pen, self-defense tool, and glass breaker. It’s a great combination of things packed into a compact pen-like flashlight for everyday use. It’s not the best tactical piece out there, but as far as versatility and multifunctionality go – it’s the right choice.

Design: 

The design is probably the main selling point of this unit. At just 6.5 inches of length, this pen is convenient, lightweight, and most importantly – discreet. Because it’s primarily a self-defense tool, the discretion aspect of it is essential. The body is also pretty sturdy and durable given it’s made to meet military standards. The best thing about it is the fact that the manufacturer offers a lifetime warranty with no questions asked, in case something breaks. Under Control Tactical isn’t a famous brand but rather a family company which is somewhat of a double-edged sword. While it’s great to support smaller vendors, the responsiveness and quality control remain questionable.

Battery:

This pen uses two lithium cell CR927 batteries. As you can imagine, this is an advantage as well as a disadvantage at the same time. It’s good because it’s light and doesn’t increase the overall weight of the model but it’s not so good because they aren’t rechargeable and don’t hold a massive charge in the first place. Either way, you should buy a couple of spare ones in order to make sure they don’t suddenly run out. Another good thing about these batteries is the price. In other words, you can find a whole 10-pack of them for only a couple of dollars.

Extra Feature:

What makes this model so great are all the extra features it comes with. The jagged DNA catcher ring is a great tool for self-defense. Furthermore, the glass-breaker comes in handy, especially if you find yourself in a tough situation. In addition, the easy-to-grip surface of this flashlight allows for better control and no slippage whatsoever.

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Supernova Guardian 1300XL

When it comes to professional flashlights, the Guardian 1300XL model can very well be considered as one of the best ones we have covered thus far. The Cree XM-L U2 LED outputs a blazing brightness and covers a vast area and distance of about 300 yards. Therefore, whether you’re looking to go camping, hiking, hunting, or fishing – the 1300XL will make your experience much better.

Design: 

The design is pretty rugged and durable. The unit is made of smooth and brushed aircraft grade aluminum alloy finish and is waterproof. The textured body is somewhat anti-slip meaning it offers a pretty firm grip for improved convenience. The flashlight feels good in one's hands and it’s quite lightweight. The integrated pocket clip is a neat touch but definitely not a unique feature. It’s 6.25 inches long and 1.75 inches in diameter. As you can tell, compactness is one of its strongest factors.

Battery:

The 1300XL model runs on two 18650 rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. However, it can also run on three AAA batteries thanks to the flexible cradle. It’s recommended that you use the 18650 type primarily and carry a couple of AAA ones for emergencies as the 18650 type has a much better runtime. Because the unit is rated high at 1300 lumens, it’s safe to assume that the battery charge will last for about an hour at the highest intensity. Bear in mind that this is just an estimate as the manufacturer didn’t disclose this information precisely.

Extra Feature:

There aren’t too many extra features to talk about, but the five operating modes will offer you more than enough versatility for a vast array of applications. The unit also features a high-efficiency booster circuit which helps with battery life extension.

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Things To Consider When Buying Law Enforcement Flashlight


Before you actually put in an order and finally decide which model you want to try out, there are some essential things you should consider. Many people fail to realize this and most of them consequently end up buying something that doesn’t meet their expectations. This is especially important if you’re working in law enforcement because there is no room for error and jobs like that require high-quality equipment that’s capable of coping with rough conditions without a loss in performance. In case you aren’t sure about the do’s and don’ts, take a moment and check this guide out as it is designed to offer you a better insight into the important elements of every tactical flashlight.

  • Brightness

The brightness is probably the most important element you should pay attention to, especially if it’s your first time buying a flashlight. The difference between 50 and 200 lumens might not seem as much, but you can rest assured that it’s very noticeable in practice. Therefore, if you’re looking for something particularly bright, it’s recommended that you get a unit that’s capable of outputting at least 500-750 lumens. For tactical purposes, 1000 lumens and more is strongly recommended.

  • Design

While most models have a similar shape, the materials used in production is what counts at the end of the day. In simpler terms, you should always aim for products that are made of metal, specifically aluminum as it is lightweight yet durable and resilient enough. Impact and water resistance are also quite important for a good experience. Make sure you always check whether the unit was tested and whether it meets the IPX standards. Going for a unit with a better warranty is also a nice bonus.

  • Battery

Battery life is of utmost importance for a good experience, especially if you’re an avid hiker, hunter, or a police officer. The majority of modern flashlights come with rechargeable lithium batteries, but there are some that don’t utilize rechargeable batteries. While there isn’t a definitive answer to whether one is better than the other, we would recommend getting a model with rechargeable batteries in lieu of disposable ones. On top of that, a majority of units come with a proprietary charger and USB ports for improved convenience. Needless to say, always look to get the ones with lithium batteries and avoid other types such as the obsolete NI-MH.

  • Simplicity

While many people like having a bunch of auxiliary features included in their flashlight, it’s not always the best possible option. If you’re a professional, getting a complex unit probably isn’t the best idea. Even though it is more or less a matter of personal preferences, try finding a unit with a fine balance between features, usability, and ease of use.

  • The price 

A lot of people look to get the most out of their purchase while keeping it at an affordable level. This method is acceptable as long as you don’t compromise the quality for a better price. In other words, avoid buying cheap copies or seemingly low-quality flashlights because they won’t meet your expectations and will end up costing you more than a quality one. On the other hand, bear in mind that the price isn’t a legitimate representative of quality. That means if a flashlight is particularly expensive it doesn’t have to be proportionally better than a cheaper one. It all comes down to finding something with a fine equilibrium between price and quality.

The Conclusion

Finding a decent flashlight isn’t an easy task, especially in a saturated market. There are plenty of models available, and quite a lot of them are simply not worth investing in due to their subpar performance and low-quality parts. However, if you take a moment and check some of our reviews out, you’ll see that there are some units that are definitely worth the attention. They may not be the best possible choice for everyone but are some of the most popular ones currently.

In case you’re struggling with your budget, don’t hesitate to look into some of the more affordable models we’ve covered. The important thing is not to compromise for quality and performance because it will backfire sooner or later. It’s always better to invest a bit more in a quality product than to buy the first thing you stumble upon.

Our Verdict: Which One Do We Prefer?

As far as our favorite model goes, we have decided to go with the Streamlight 88040. It’s a great flashlight with a good balance between the features and price. The C4 LED technology is a good choice if you’re looking for extreme brightness. This model can output up to 750 lumens for more than an hour with a beam peak distance of 270 meters. The regulated runtime also provides consistent performance throughout battery life meaning you won’t experience any loss of brightness and performance in general, regardless of the current state of the batteries.

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