We’re already past the first quarter of 2020 and soon will be reaching the halfway point. With everything happening with COVID-19, it’s going to be interesting to see what the halfway point of 2020 will look like. Nevertheless, I thought now would be a good time to take a look at the 5 best tactical pocket flashlights this year. Even though flashlight companies will continue to come out with impressive flashlights, I’ve been so stoked seeing all the pocket flashlights this year so far that I wanted to go ahead and start this list. If necessary, I’ll update it later.
The tactical flashlights on this list are very compact, I’d say pocket-sized hence the title. They have a sleek design so that it’s easy to fit them into your pocket, but they have tactical flashlight features. So let’s get started.
This is one of the bigger flashlights on this list, but still small at about 5 inches in length. Even with such a compact size, it delivers 1800 lumens making this one impressive pocket flashlight. It comes with a removable pocket clip, perfect for carrying with you wherever you go. It also features a tactical bezel so if you’re wanting that strike bezel on a flashlight, the JetBeam KO-02 maybe what’s you’re looking for.
This tactical flashlight takes a 21700 battery but it can also take 20700 batteries and 18650 batteries. It’s always great to have options when it comes to the power source of an LED flashlight. The KO-02 is USB-C rechargeable so you can expect a fast charge with this flashlight. Rechargeable flashlights are absolutely the way to go and are certainly one of my preferences.
This JetBeam flashlight has a single side switch that is able to be locked out so you don’t need to worry about the flashlight turning on in your pocket. It’s certainly a handy feature to have for many everyday carry flashlights. The KO-02 features 5 brightness levels with the lowest brightness level being 12 lumens and the highest brightness level being 1800 lumens. It has a maximum run time of 140 hours so you can expect that the battery is going to last you for a while before you need to charge it again. Take a look at the JetBeam KO-02 tactical flashlight.
The most powerful flashlight on this list, the Nitecore E4K LED flashlights delivers a 4400 lumen burst turbo. I want to specify that this is a burst turbo mode and is going to kick down within about a minute to a lower brightness level. Not everyone is fan of burst turbo modes, but they can be quite useful as it allows you to have more power in a smaller form-factor. Speaking of, the Nitecore E4K is just over 4 and 1/2 inches and comes with a two-way pocket clip, perfect for everyday carry.
The E4K tactical flashlight is compatible with either a 21700 battery, two CR123, or two RCR123. You will need to use the included magazine for the CR123s and RCR123s. This flashlight does come with a 21700 battery that is USB-C rechargeable. While the flashlight is not rechargeable, the battery is which is the next best thing to a rechargeable flashlight.
With this EDC light you also have a single side switch that comes with a few shortcuts. So you can access the ultra-low and turbo or strobe depending on the setting you have the flashlight in. Speaking of the settings, you’ve got the Tactical Setting where you triple press for strobe and the Daily Setting where you triple press for turbo. The E4K flashlight features 5 brightness levels from 2 lumens to 4400 lumens. Most impressive, you get a 700 hour runtime with this flashlight. So if you’re wanting power in a small pocket flashlight, you can’t go wrong with the Nitecore E4K.
We’re onto the smallest flashlight on this list, but don’t underestimate it because it’s still powerful. The Fenix LD30 is a little over 4 inches in length and deliver 1600 lumens. It comes with a two-way pocket clip which is perfect for everyday carry as you can choose how you want to carry the flashlight. The beam on this light is nicely diffused which is great for up-close work and it still has a hotspot giving you some distance with the beam.
The Fenix LD30 runs on either an 18650 or two CR123 batteries. While the flashlight itself is not rechargeable, you are able to purchase a USB rechargeable Fenix battery with it which is what I would recommend. If the flashlight isn’t USB rechargeable, a USB rechargeable battery is the way to go.
Operating the LD30 light is quite simple. It has a tail switch which turns on and off the flashlight and gives you a momentary on. It also has a side switch that cycles through the brightness levels and give you the strobe mode. It features five brightness levels that range from 3 lumens to 1600 lumens and you get a 70 hour run time with that lowest brightness level. With how small this flashlight is, 1600 lumens is extremely impressive so if you’re wanting a reliable and powerful pocket tactical flashlight, check out the Fenix LD30.
Olight M2R Pro Warrior
The Olight M2R Pro Warrior pocket flashlight is another excellent choice and one that has the longest beam throw. It’s over 5 inches in length, delivers 1800 lumens, and has a maximum distance of 300 meters so you’ll be seeing quite a focused beam with this flashlight. It features a tactical style bezel on the flashlight which I know a lot of tactical users prefer. The LED light itself looks very sleek with a great design.
The M2R Pro Warrior runs on a 21700 battery and features of magnetic charging function. It requires a proprietary battery which is included with this light. It’s fairly common for magnetic charging flashlights to require proprietary batteries. The magnetic charging is on the tail end of the flashlight and it attaches to the cable easily and securely. It’s always a plus to have a rechargeable flashlight.
With this tactical flashlight you have a tail switch and slide switch. The user interface is pretty interesting. You can operate the light entirely through the side switch. So you can access all the outputs and you have a shortcut to moonlight, turbo, and strobe. The tail switch, on the other hand, features two configurations. In the first configuration, the tail switch will access the turbo and medium output and in the second configuration it will access the turbo and the strobe.
You have a lot going on for such a compact flashlight. The two modes for the tail switch operation is really unique and gives you some options with how you want to use it. It features six total brightness levels that range from 1 lumen to 1800 lumens with a maximum run time of 50 days which is one of the longest run times on this list. If you’re wanting a robust pocket tactical flashlight, check out the Olight M2R Pro Warrior.
By far the most unique and design, the Surefire Stiletto Pro has an interesting shape and one that fits fairly easily in your pocket. It comes with reversible pocket clip and is 4 and 1/2 inches in length. This little flashlight delivers 1000 lumens, a great amount of light in such a small form factor.
The Stiletto tactical flashlight features a built-in battery and is USB rechargeable. There are pros and cons to this. While you never have to worry about taking the battery out of the flashlight or changing the batteries, many users prefer being able to change the battery out. Basically when the battery dies, the flashlight is useless and there’s nothing you can do about it except contact the manufacturer for warranty. Nevertheless, it’s really nice to have a built-in battery as it’s extremely convenient and since the flashlight is a USB rechargeable flashlight, you don’t need to worry about battery chargers.
The Stiletto Pro has three switches – a tail switch, and two side switches. The tail switch gives you a momentary on and accesses the high brightness level in the strobe mode. One side switch will cycle through the levels while the other side switch can change the user interface. You have the option of picking between a user interface that goes from high to medium to low or low to medium to high. The Stiletto Pro has three brightness levels and a strobe mode. The brightness levels are low at 25 lumens, medium at 300 lumens, and high at 1000 lumens. If you’re wanting something a little different in your pocket tactical flashlight, check out the Surefire Stiletto Pro.
As you can see, these flashlights differ in many ways from outputs, to design, to user interface, and more. However, they’re all compact enough to be considered some of the best tactical flashlights. On top of that, they all have tactical features so that your EDC light can be a bit more versatile than your average everyday carry flashlight. So check out this list and pick your favorite!