Let’s talk about tactical flashlights, the tool that’s taking the world by storm.
Think about it like this…
A bright flashlight is useful whether you’re a camper, enjoy nighttime sports, or you’re someone who keeps a flashlight in every drawer!
But tactical flashlights take the experience to a whole new level.
They don’t just add light; they’re also a critical first line of defense if you find yourself in a dangerous situation.
We’ll get into the details of how and why they’re so amazing shortly.
But let’s just pause a moment to appreciate the cool factor.
If there’s one thing better than a powerful torch, it’s a tactical flashlight with machined specs that has been specifically designed for search and rescue operations and is used by law enforcement agencies. It’s all your childhood dreams of becoming a policeman come true.
What is a Tactical Flashlight?
If you haven’t owned one before, it can be a bit confusing if you’re trying to work out the difference between a tactical flashlight and a regular one.
Typically, tactical flashlights are manufactured from military-grade materials such as aerospace-grade aluminum and designed to withstand high-impact stress. They are usually damage-resistant, water-resistant or waterproof, and sometimes can be mounted on a weapon.
They’re also brighter and have a longer battery life than regular flashlights and their compact design means that they can easily fit into your pocket.
And they’re not just for law enforcement. With their anti-roll, textured grips, they have become a home-defense and self-defense weapon of choice for many. And the best part is, they’re also completely legal, and you can carry them around with you (almost) wherever you go.
The Equipped Outdoors LED is an excellent example of a tactical flashlight; it’s lightweight and compact, with five light modes and a lifetime warranty. Our flashlight an ideal addition for your emergency home or car kits, your hiking and camping supplies, or for when you go hunting.
6 Reasons to Carry a Tactical Flashlight
Tactical flashlights are useful in different situations, and they’re capable of much more than lighting your way. While they were initially designed with law enforcement and the military in mind, their popularity has spread to regular citizens for these reasons:
1. For Self Defense
This is the primary reason people choose a tactical flashlight over a regular flashlight, but it’s an often-overlooked benefit. Tactical flashlights have the dual advantages of being both very bright and incredibly durable. If it’s dark, shining an ultra-bright modern tactical flashlight in the eyes of an assailant should be enough to blind and disorientate them temporarily.
The beam is so bright that it hurts the eyes and buys you time to get away or find a safe position. If you are in a situation where you need to attack an intruder, the flashlight’s bezel edges and tough exterior will likely do some damage.
Darkness gives would-be attackers the advance, but you can level the playing field with a tactical flashlight that allows you to identify intruders. In many cases, just shining a powerful beam on them will be enough to cause them to run away.
2. For Illumination
If you’re walking around in the dark, particularly if you’re in an unfamiliar space, your tactical flashlight is more than up for the job. You can use it to identify threats and light up dark corners if you’re approaching your car (or if you’re camping and need to pee in the middle of the night!)
They’re also incredibly compact, so they’ll easily fit in a pocket or bag, making them a convenient way to ensure that you have enough light in any situation. It could be that you find yourself walking home alone at night unexpectedly. Here, your flashlight both lights your path (so you don’t trip) and acts as a deterrent for would-be attackers.
3. For Using Around the House
Whether you’re trying to find your keys, work out why your washing machine is leaking, or walk around the garden at night without tripping, there are hundreds of potential everyday uses for your tactical flashlight.
4. For Signaling
If you are an avid camper, you probably don’t leave for a trip without a powerful light.
A tactical flashlight takes this concept one step further as the brightness of the beam means that people will be able to see you from further distances. Some tactical flashlights also have SOS or strobe functionality which makes it easier to attract attention when you’re out in the mountains and need assistance or broken down on the side of the road.
5. For Emergencies
It’s happened to all of us: the power goes out in the middle of the night, and it’s pitch-black outside. When this happens, you need to have your tactical flashlight within reach so you can get up if necessary. Or you might break down on the side of the road in the middle of the night, and the first thing you’ll want to do is light up the immediate environment with the flashlight’s powerful beam to check for threats.
6. To Preserve Your Phone Battery
Nothing drains your phone’s battery quite like the light feature (well, that and watching TikToks!). But if are facing a potential threat, a tactical flashlight can make all the difference. The long battery life and bright light mean you can light up your environment more effectively and longer.
You can also ensure that your phone has needed battery life in the event that you need to make an emergency call. This could happen if you’re on the side of the road, waiting for the tow truck to arrive, stuck on a mountain with a storm coming in or any one of many dangerous circumstances where you might urgently need to use your phone.
Tips for Using Your Tactical Flashlight
1. Keep it Powered Up
While this is obvious, there’s nothing worse than needing a light, and the battery is dead. Get into a routine where you check your flashlight’s power once a week so that you’re always prepared.
2. Keep it Accessible
Ideally, you should carry your flashlight around with you at all times, and it should be easily accessible. Men often choose to carry it on their hip on a belt or in their pockets. For women, the most convenient option is on a key chain or in their purses.
3. Go for Self-Defense Training
While there are many tactical self-defense videos on YouTube, they are usually not realistic, and many won’t be effective in a real-life situation. Rather sign up for a course with a professional who can teach you how to use your flashlight (and go once a year for refresher courses).
4. Practice Using it With a Gun
If you own a gun and want to use it with your flashlight, for example, if you are clearing your house from intruders, you need to practice a technique that works for you. There are many different options, including The Chapman Technique, Ayoob Technique, Harries Technique, Rogers/Surefire Hold, Neck Index, FBI Technique, and more.
Tactical flashlights are the ideal multi-purpose tool whether you’re camping in the wild or navigating the city at night.
Because they aren’t usually perceived as a threat, they function as an undercover self-defense tool that provides light if you’re in a dangerous situation, as well as protecting against intruders if you are otherwise unarmed. But to get the best benefit from your tactical flashlight, it’s essential to know how to use it properly, so you’re always prepared.
Whether you love hiking and camping, regularly head out for nighttime runs, or want an all-in-one solution for self-defense and illumination, a tactical flashlight should be your go-to tool.