Best Tactical and EDC Flashlights of 2018 From Regular People!

After spending three weeks reading through countless Reddit threads at a number of tactical flashlight enthusiast forums, and trying out the most recommended flashlights, the ThruNite Archer 2A V3 Tactical Flashlight is the Winner! Let me make this clear, the competition was very stiff, and it took me many hours to figure out which light was going to be in the top three. Here is our full breakdown of the best tactical and EDC flashlights of 2018 including reviews.

Top Pick – ThruNite Archer 2A V3 Tactical Flashlight

My Top pick of the best flashlight of 2018 is a high-end flashlight at a bargain price. Whats more, it shares many of the great features you find from the more expensive tactical flashlight competitors. One thing for sure, the ThruNite has the broadest range of brightness settings of any lights I’ve ever had!

The ThruNite includes a very dim mode, a useful firefly mode, and a bright setting that can illuminate the road ahead up to 500 feet away!  There is also a strobe mode in case you run into an emergency. What I noticed is that the TrueNite design makes it easy to not activate the strobe during regular use, compared to some of its competitors.

Convenient 2-button interface, tail switch and side button to control the on/off and mode choice. Compact and slim body shape made Archers are ideal for outdoor use, emergency preparedness, everyday carry, or use by first responders.

ThruNite Tactical Flashlight Features
  • The edged design stops the flashlight from rolling on flat surfaces.
  • It is durable enough to survive drops to 1.5 meters on concrete easily.
  • Water resistance of full immersion for a short time.
  • Available in Cool White or Neutral White.
  • Can stand upright on its rear.
  • Power Souce –Economic power source; Readily accessible; Powerful even on AA batteries
  • Versatile Applications as an EDC, law enforcement, security, emergency, medical services, camping, duty light, and self-defense. In my opinion, the TrueNite is a flashlight for almost everyone!
  • Constructed from the aerospace grade aluminum body with military grade Type III hard-anodized anti-abrasive finish.

Click here for current Amazon price.

Runner-Up – Olight M2R Warrior Tactical Flashlight

The Olight M2R Warrior tactical flashlight is my second flashlight from Olight. I’ve only had this torch for a couple of weeks, and it’s already becoming my favorite flashlight from Olight, and it’s competitors.  I think Olight nailed it with this flashlight. The M2R Warrior’s output is right in the range where the High Mode (700 Lumen) is bright enough for most situations. However, if needed, you have direct access to the 1,500 Lumen Turbo Mode via that new tail button.

The user interface is the best part of the M2R Warrior. Primarily through the side switch, one click goes on, then hold to cycle through power levels. Long hold for moonlight. Double click goes to highest power (but not turbo) Tailswitch gives you turbo, or a strobe if switched to tactical mode. Three clicks for strobe.

It was tough for me to not place the Olight M2R Warrior as our runner-up. The only reason it’s not my top pick is because of the higher price point. This flashlight is nearly double the cost of the ThruNite, which however should not deter you from passing on this flashlight.

Click here for the Amazon link for all specifications and reviews, so you’re able to make an informed decision.

As you can see from the video below, someone (not me) beat the living crap out of this tactical flashlight, and it never wavered. It’s also waterproof, but make sure the magnetic tail is dry before placing it on the charger.

 

3 – RovyVon 550 Lumens Mini Keychain Rechargeable Flashlight

The RovyVon 550 Lumen Mini Keychain Flashlight is hands down, the absolute BEST keychain-sized flashlight I’ve ever owned! This light is a must-have for any EDC kit. I didn’t think I would ever say this about a keychain flashlight, but this could replace your typical tactical flashlight for some people.  The build is solid stainless steel and not a cheap aluminum alloy.

The big selling point for this EDC flashlight is the brightness of the light. 550 Lumens on something this small is remarkable, and yes, it will blind you if you look directly into it! Another great feature is that there’s and an actual button for the on/off and cycling through the brightness levels. One thing they did well is the fact that this button functions in a way so you won’t accidentally turn the light on in your pocket or purse and ending up with a dead battery.

There is a rubber plug in the micro USB port to protect it from dust and wet weather.  I would recommend this keychain flashlight to anyone without hesitation! Click here for the current Amazon price and to read the raving reviews for yourself. 

  • Model A2, 550 Lumens, CREE XP-G3 S5 LED. Mini Keychain rechargeable flashlight starts with low lumens mode to protect user’s eye when turning it on. Built-in smart temperature controller in the head to protect the circuit.
  • Head side switch design, no twisting back and forth needed for mode charging unlike most of the same sized flashlights. Easy to operate, four brightness settings plus strobe. Ultra-compact and exquisite unique design, portable and with a wide range of uses.
  • Built-in polymer 4.2V. 130mAh Li-ion Battery. LED in red to show low power, easy to monitor the battery capacity.
  • Stainless steel body with PVD coating (for black and rose gold, Blue), with good corrosion and scratch- resistance. IPX-65 water resistance.Multi-grooves at the body for clip mount at different positions and both directions.
  • weight: 27.6g/1oz, size: 5.1cm/2 inches, 1.3cm/0.5 inches in diameter.                   

4 – Wowtac BSS  V3 Tactical Flashlight

Number 4 on my list is the Wowtac BSS V3 Tactical Flashlight. I wrote an entire article and review about this torch explaining how good it is for the price.

After buying my fair share of ten dollar tactical flashlights, I can say that this is one of the best one I’ve owned at the 50 dollar range.  Just remember, you often get what you pay for, and that’s no different with survival gear such as this. Frankly put, at around 50 bucks, with a rechargeable battery with micro USB plugin directly on the battery, like this one, you won’t be able to beat this flashlight with any other flashlights on the market for durability, power, and function.

This tact light does sometimes go on sale so Click Here if you want to check the current price on Amazon. Read my full review and in-depth description of the Wowtact BSS V3 by clicking on this link.

I also have an emergency crank flashlight that I like so make sure to check out my emergency crank light / radio full review.

Reddit Survivalist and Flash Light Enthusiast

I made a call out on a few forums, two of which are on Reddit asking regular people like you and me what their favorite flashlight are and why.

I wanted this top tactical flashlight of 2018 to be different than all the others out there. Here are the favorite tactical flashlights from regular survivalist. This list is in no particular order since I personally have never tried any of these flashlights.

1 – Bushnell Pro High-Performance Rechargeable Flashlight (225L)

Sacomwilcox from Reddit favors the Bushnell Pro High-Performance Rechargeable Flashlight. Here is what he has to say about it.

“I currently run a Bushnell Pro 225L, it’s pretty good. Good gnurling, solid clip, good battery life, lockout switch is nice. I’ll probably stick with these until they stop making them. A neat design choice is the clip is keyed to stay in one direction and that direction lines it up in a valley between two rows of the gnurling. It will NOT slip out of a pocket, it takes a conscious action to get it out. I bet you could safely carry it in the pocket of a thin silk shirt and it would stay put.”

From what I see in the Amazon review section, it seems to be a great flashlight! The official description tells us that it has 225 Lumens of light output on high mode and features momentarily on an intelligent switch. Depress the switch half-way for momentary light; depress fully for constant light.

This Pro light also includes a pocket clip to make carrying and transport easy. Powered by one CR123A battery (battery included). Low mode: 26 lumens, 33-hour runtime, 37m beam distance *Strobe: 225 lumens, 2-hour 45-minute run time, 121m beam distance. Click here to check it out on Amazon.

2 – Streamlight 88031 ProTac 2L

VXMerlinXv from Reddit chose the Streamlight 88031 ProTac 2L as his go-to tact light. At the time of writing this article, this flashlight is an official “Amazon Choice.” The reviews are hugely in favor of it as well. Here is what “vxmerlinxv” had to say.

I’ve got two. The streamlight protac 2L which has high and low settings, and a 600 lumen kit in a surefire 6P. I understand the battery concern, but I use enough 123’s that I’ve consistently got a 12 pack I’m working through and a 12 pack in reserve. I also use a black diamond headlamp, using AAA’s like all of my family’s headlamps.

The Streamlight ProTac 2L screams EDC! Reading the rave reviews on this light tells me that most are very happy with it. Bellow, I’ve added a bit of the product description.

You can also click on this Amazon link to learn more.

Featuring C4 LED technology for extreme brightness; the ProTac 2L is impervious to shock with a 50,000-hour lifetime. Stable state power regulation provides maximum light output throughout battery life. While operating in the High mode, it offers 260 lumens and 5,600-candela peak beam intensity; on the Low mode, it provides 13 lumens and 300-candela peak beam intensity.

The ProTac 2L is powered by two 3-volt CR123A lithium batteries (included in purchase) with a shelf life of 10 years. It features a run time of 3 hours on High mode, 50 hours on Low mode, and 6 hours on Strobe.

Flashlights to Avoid at ALL COST!!!

Ok, maybe you don’t need to avoid these flashlights at all cost, but you should think twice before buying a torch such as the one in the picture; especially if you paid more than 5 dollars. Yes, I said 5 dollars!

Amazon sellers have sent me many of these cheap flashlights, but the kicker is, their not even THAT cheap! Some sellers on Amazon sells these flashlights for twenty dollars. Some of these flashlights are complete garbage and will break apart in your hand. Others are not as bad, but the simple fact is that for the money they charge for these flashlights, you can do better with just a bit of research. If you can find some for 5 dollars, then that might not be such a bad deal.

 

Conclusion

Thanks for checking us out and please leave us a comment below to let us know what your favorite flashlight is and why!

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