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The Ultimate Guide To Hunting Flashlights

Updated on September 20, 2016
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Noelle Lucia has been a writer and author for over 10 years. She wears a lot of different hats and uses her experience to fuel her writing.

Why Do You Need a Quality Flashlight?

Night hunting is a serious business. A quality flashlight can mean all the difference between fresh venison and a hole in a barn wall. The best hunting flashlight will shed a long beam, have ample battery life, and be reliable in any situation as well as attach to a barrel or scope. A good hunting flashlight is not only good for hunting, but for search and rescue, for working security at night, or any activity in the dark that requires a good light. This is especially true for law enforcement officials, who rely on their flashlights not only to see in the dark, but to stun criminals and even for use as a weapon to defend themselves. The importance of a good flashlight is paramount for people in these careers and hobbies. Fortunately, there are a multitude of tactical and hunting flashlights available on the market, with different features for any specialty needs. Listed below are some of the best flashlights available, no matter the use or the job.

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5. ThruNite

The ThruNite TN32 Tactical Flashlight comes in at number 5, weighing approximately 3 pounds and specifically designed for police duty and search and rescue missions. The LED light can be set to strobe mode for stunning subjects during law enforcement missions. It also houses an aircraft-grade copper circut, which optimizes heat dispersion. This is one of the flashlight's best features, as it is much less prone to overheating on high beam settings than its competitors. It does require a lithium ion battery to work, as it is solely battery operated. Unfortunately, it does not come with the battery it requires, making the customer purchase the battery seperately. Nor does it come with a charger, making it a bit of a headache for the customer who wants to use their flashlight more than just once. However, the rechargeable feature makes it more cost-effective to a habitual flashlight user. Also, the battery housing is specially built to protect the battery against abuse when the flashlight is jostled or throw around. It is also a heavier model, which means extra weight when hauling but also it is a much sturdier model than normal. A complete breakdown of the ThruNite's features are as follows:


Copper circuit warehouse provides better heat dissipation performance
Improved UI for more lumens
Ultra-clear tempered glass lens with anti-reflective coating.
Momentary forward click tactical switch.
Strobe mode for tactical and emergency use.
Smooth reflector for max light output.
Highly focused beam for maximum distance
Tactical knurling for firm grip.
Streamlined body design.
Mechanical reversed polarity protection design for battery carrier.
Intelligent highly efficient circuit board design for max performance and long run time.
Specially designed for Military, Law Enforcement, Self-defense, Hunting, Search & Rescue and Outdoor activities.
Intelligent temperature controlled light output for user safety.

ThruNite

4. NiteCore

The Nitecore MH10 puts out a lumen max of 1000 with its CREE LED light and is also battery operated. Two disposable batteries are included in the packaging and it also comes with a rechargeable lithium ion battery, which is very useful to a chronic flashlight user. The flashlight runs for a maximum of 520 hours, which is ideal for those who use flashlights in a job capacity. It is also waterproof for outdoor workers who around lakes or rivers. The charger for the lithium ion battery is also included in the bundle. The battery housing is specially built to protect the unit from damaged batteries or from inserting the batteries the wrong way, which has been known to damage other electronic items. The beam is customizable with 4 light modes and 3 special modes. It is also impact resistant and waterproof for up to two meters. The Nitecore has recieved generally positive reviews, but many customers find fault with the power button placement. The flashlight can easily be turned on by accident in a pocket or bag, making it a poor choice for law enforcement and those who require stealth. Also, when the power button is activated on accident, it can heat up its nylon holster and give off a burning smell. Burning the nylon can be dangerous so this flashlight needs to be used with caution. However, the brightness of the light is praised as one of the best on the market. A complete breakdown of the Nitecore's features are as follows:


Features
·Utilizes a CREE XM-L2 U2 LED
·Maximum output of up to 1000 lumens
·Integrated "Precision Digital Optics Technology" provides extreme reflector performance
·Boasts a peak beam intensity of 13,500 cd and a throw distance of up to 232 meters
·Innovative single button offers access to four brightness levels and three special modes
·High efficiency constant current circuit provides max runtime of 520 hours
·Integrated power indicator light displays remaining battery power (patented)
·Power indicator's secondary function displays battery voltage (accurate to 0.1V)
·Charging module with a micro USB port charges Li-ion batteries rapidly
·Direct access to ultra-low output
·Reverse polarity protection prevents damage from incorrectly inserted batteries
·Constructed from aero grade aluminum alloy with HAIII military grade hard-anodized finish
·Waterproof in accordance to IPX-8 (two meters submersible)
·Impact resistant to 1.5 meters
·Tail stand capability

Dimensions
Length: 130mm (5.12")
Head diameter: 25.4mm (1")
Tube diameter: 25.4mm (1")
Weight: 75g (2.65oz)(without battery)

Accessories
Nitecore NL183 battery, USB charging cable, holster, clip, lanyard, spare USB port cover, spare O-ring
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Bundle includes,
Two EdisonBright CR123A lithium batteries, Nitecore NL183 rechargeable 18650 battery, USB charging cable

Nitecore

3. LiteXpress

Coming in at number three is the LiteXpress SET-KOMBI89. It is quite lightweight for tactical purposes when one has to be quick on the draw in an emergency situation. The light weight is also ideal for camping or long hikes, where carrying as little weight as possible is optimal. The battery life is not the longest, standing at around 10 hours on a low setting and 1.2 hours on a high setting. This makes it a better camping flashlight as opposed to a search and rescue one, meant only for occasional use instead of chronic, all night use. It also comes with its own batteries in the bundle. One of the best features about the LiteXpress is the six modes of light that can be used on the flashlight, from a blinding bright beam all the way down to a dim candle. That is one of the most exciting features, as the range of different lights is one of the most varied in all the flashlights offered. It comes with three colored lenses for different purposes: red for night vision, green for reading maps and blue for blood and fluid differentiation. These lenses are great features for hunting game or investigating disturbances in a neighborhood. The LiteXpress has received very positive reviews because of what it offers for its competitive price. However, this is also its weakness; some of the inexpensive parts, like the power button, tend to arrive broken or break easily because they are cheaply made. The parts that break are not usually crucial ones and if they do break, the flashlight is covered by a warranty that guarantees the user a new one. If the item arrives broken, the customer can also exchange it for a brand new one. That being said, this circumstance is unusual and overall the LiteXpress is satisfactory. A breakdown of the LiteXpress features are as follows:


Especially 6-Mode operation:
HIGH-for dazzling brightness
LOW-to save batteries.
SOS FLASHING
3 detachable colour lenses: red for night vision, blue for differentiating blood and other fluids, green for reading map

Technical details:
* Light power: 550 lumens (high) | 70 lumens (low)
* Candle power: 9380 cd (high) | 650 cd (low)
* Light range: 195 m (high) | 50 m (low)
* Lighting duration: 1.20 hours (high) | 10 hours (low)
* Batteries: 2x CR123A lithium battery (included)
* Material: aluminium
* Colour: black
* Dimensions (diameter x length): 44x 162 mm/ 1.73x 6.38 inches
* Weight (including battery): 210 g/ 7.41 oz/ 0.46 lb

Purchased parts package:
* 1x Flashlight (LXL448001B)
* Carrying strap
* 3 detachable colour lenses
* 2x 3-V CR123A brand-name lithium batteries
* + LiteXpress X-Fire Remote Pressure Switch (Accessory-separate) for X-Tactical 105, Weight: 93 g/ 3.28 oz/ 0.21 lb

LiteXpress

2. PeakPlus

PeakPlus' Brightest LED Flashlight sits at number two for plenty of reasons. It can be powered by simple AAA batteries but casts an impressive 1000 lumens max. It also can be powered by a rechargeable lithium ion battery, which comes with the flashlight. The LED lamp can last for a ridiculously high amount of time, around 100,000 hours to be exact. And it does not take very long to charge. 6 hours of charging while the customer is asleep is a quick way to get all the power out of the light the following night or even three nights. It is a very small charging time for how long the light lasts out on the job. It has an adjustable zoom focus and is waterproof as well as impact resistant, which makes it perfect for outdoor use and rough environments. It has five light modes, ranging from very dim to very bright. The PeakPlus suffers from only a few superficial flaws, such as a large charging unit, the requirement of the sleeve, and the exclusion of an extra battery. These flaws have no effect on the operation or capability of the light and only hinder the carrier in terms of weight and space. There are others who say that the waterproof feature needs adjustment to be more effective, in that it cannot go as deep as advertised. Other than that, the PeakPlus has exceeded expectations of customers all over. Customers rave about the overall sturdiness and excellent value that the PeakPlus provides. A breakdown of the PeakPlus is as follows:


Key Features:

• High Quality Pro-Series LED lens and chip with a maximum output of 1000 Lumens (used with 18650 battery)
• Lamp body is made of aluminum alloy to withstand abrasion and shock. Suitable for outdoor activities
• Zoom function allows for adjustable focus
• Soft-touch Tail Cap Switch allows for on/off mode and switching between 5 light modes

Specification:

• LED Type: Pro-Series LED
• LED Lamp Lifespan: 100,000 Hours
• Brightness: 1000 Lumens
• Flashlight Body Material: Aluminum Alloy
• Range: 200 to 500 meters
• Zoom: x1, x250, x500, x1000, x2000
• Flashlight Dimensions (Approx): 5.3"(L) x 1.6" (Head) x 1.1" (Body) (6.10" Full Extended length)
• Brightness Dimming Modes: Full Brightness, Medium Brightness, Low Brightness, Strobe Brightness, SOS
• Battery Type: 1 x 18650 3.7v Battery (included) OR 3 x AAA Batteries (not included)
• Charging Time: 6 Hours (Approx)
• Rated Output: 10W

Full Kit Includes:
• 1 x Ultra Bright, Zoomable, Adjustable Focus Pro-Series Tactical LED Flashlight
• 1 x AAA Battery Holder (when using AAA batteries, AAA batteries not included)
• 1 x 18650 Plastic Battery Sleeve (when using 18650 battery)
• 1 x Cordless Lithium Battery Charger
• 1 x Rechargeable Battery (18650 3.7V 2200mAh Lithium Ion battery)
• 1 x Green Box Case

PeakPlus Tactical

1. Orion

The Orion Predator H30 sits pretty at the number one spot because it is simply the best hunting flashlight. It is a military grade piece of equipment that casts a beam stretching up to 273 yards with 4 light modes. Its military grade certifies that it is waterproof, impact proof and can withstand any type of activity or action. So much so that it has a 10-year warranty. It also comes equipped with various mounts, for scopes, for rails and for barrels. It comes with its own batteries and customers can choose between a green or red beamed flashlight. The Orion Predator has almost no bad reviews. Customers rave about the long-reaching light beam, but it does not scare the target away if one is hunting game. The biggest complaints are about the difficulty of the pressure switch and the inability to focus the beam. Even though there are complaints about the inability to focus the beam, others praise the fact that it is already very focused, and reduces spillage light that occurs around the actual beam area. There is more concern over the difficulty of operating the pressure switch. Other than that, the Orion is one of the highest-rated flashlights out there. A complete breakdown of the Orion Predator is as follows:


Specification
* LED: Cree XP-E2
* Maximum Brightness: 300 lumens
* Beam Distance : 273 yards
* 4 brightness settings. Battery run time: 300 lm (4h), 190 lm (5h), 50lm (17h), 6 lm (120h)
* Reflector: Smooth reflector
* Waterproof: IPX-8, 6 feet for half an hour
* Construction: aviation-grade aluminum with matte anodized resistant to strong impacts and scratches
* Compatible Batteries: 2x CR123A, 2x RCR123, 1x18650 (Included)
* Sizes: length 6.1", head diameter 1.43", body diameter 1"
* Weight: 4.76oz

Content in Package
Orion H30 Predator hunting flashlight x1, Holster x1, 1x18650 batteries, charger x1, Lanyard x1, Silicone O-ringsx2, Rubber button x1. Barrel adapter x1; 30mm scope mount x1; 1 inch scope insert x1 (for 1" scope mount), Rail mount x1, Pressure Switch x1

Orion Predator H30

Conclusion: The Best for Your Buck

The best hunting flashlight of the bunch is the Orion Predator. The durability, power and different options for mounting makes it superior to other flashlights, especially for military and hunting purposes. The price is justified by all its features and good reviews, as well as its warranty. It can be used for virtually any activity, even by non-serious campers. The variability of its uses makes it an incredible product. Also, all of its extra equipment will come in handy with serious hunters or law enforcement. It is truly the superior item. This flashlight is the more serious and heavy duty option, a must have for hard core individuals. However, if one is on a budget, the cheaper option may be the answer.

The most economical choice, where the price is good but the quality is also on par is the PeakPlus. It is a very useful and multi-featured flashlight that is cheap enough for anyone to afford. Security guards or hobbyists who need flashlights could easily purchase the PeakPlus and find satisfaction with it for many years. It is also a satisfactory hunting flashlight, as it comes with a scope mount and has only minor flaws according to most customers. It is a wonderful starter flashlight for those who are just getting into their hobbies or jobs, with an option to upgrade later, or to purchase another PeakPlus. A customer will not be disappointed in this choice.


Happy Hunting

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