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It may surprise a lot of people, but flashlights are capable of quite a few things these days. Thanks to technology, a host of cool, new features are available for high-end flashlights. Being one of the most popular and tactical pieces of defense equipment, almost all active service members have a flashlight and almost all end up using them at one point or another.
Since they are necessary, and the marketplace is saturated with brands and products, I've grouped together the best tactical flashlights under $50. Check out which high-quality flashlight catches your eye.
LED Tactical Flashlight by VINTRONS
Containing five different light settings (high/middle/low/strobe/SOS), the LED tactical flashlight from VINTRONS is great for any scenario. This can be invaluable for military personnel, who aren't entirely sure of what their next mission may be. The zoomable design can switch from a narrow beam to widespread coverage at a moment's notice and comes with a rechargeable battery. Both of these attributes are also favorable towards active service members who need an extra battery for prolonged usage.
VG10S Tactical Flashlight by ThorFire
ThorFire gets straight to the point, naming one of many tactical flashlights under $50 accordingly. The VG10S Tactical Flashlight is powerful, capable of providing 1100 lumen. Made of aircraft-grade aluminum with a water-resistant design, this ideal for any kind of outdoor environment, perfectly suiting those in serving in exotic places. The 18-month warranty ensures you will be protected if anything happens to it.
Bolder LC90 by Anker
An Amazon Choice for being well-priced, highly-rated, and shipped quickly if necessary, the Bolder LC90 from Anker is one of the best flashlights on the market. The super bright attachment is not just for show, this has the power to cover nearly two football fields.
Take a second to think about just how insane that truly is, because it's off the charts. It offers six hours of that power without diminishing quality. Similar to the ThorFire before it, this is highly-water resistant, perfect for rainy areas. It also has the added benefit of being shock-resistant. Two perfect attributes for military members who need a flashlight that can handle some wear and tear.
TN12 2016 by ThruNite
Just qualifying for the best tactical flashlights under $50, the TN12 2016 is worth the slightly higher price than those before it. Categorized as a compact and reliable flashlight, perfect for law enforcement and military personnel, and it more than lives up to those standards. It is made of stainless steel and won't break under any kind of pressure. The LED bulb is fitted into the head of the flashlight, giving the beam a more centralized focus. High-performing and highly-durable, this is all you could want and more.
LightStar300 by TerraLUX
Available in a high-visibility orange or a traditional gray, the flashlight from TerraLUX comes with a wrist strap, pocket clip, and two AA batteries for your first usage. A change from the flashlights before it, the LightStar300 offers a more widespread view instead of a powerful straight-line beam. It's able to operate effectively in low-power mode for 24 hours.
PX1 by Coast
Let's go over the qualities it takes to make it on the best tactical flashlights under $50.
- Under $50? Check.
- Impact-resistant? Check.
- Weather-resistant? Check.
- Virtually Unbreakable? Check.
The PX1 is highly durable in every element and can operate for 41 hours straight on low-mode. It has the distance to reach 429 feet, which is just about one and a half football fields. At 4.2 ounces, it's incredibly portable and perfect for those currently serving overseas.
S1000 by GearLight
The S1000 is a great item to have and may be available to buy at your military surplus store. Aptly-named, it can cover 1,000 feet and is water-resistant. In true military and law enforcement fashion, it comes with a bonus holster. The only package that features two flashlights, it's no surprise 96 percent of the Amazon reviews score this LED tactical flashlight deal with four or five stars.
ProTac by Streamlight
One of the lighter tactical flashlights under $50, at 4.8 ounces, the ProTac is easy to transport and can be clipped to a backpack, uniform collar, combat weapon, or back pocket. It makes sense that this is an Amazon Choice.
The main selling point is the 350 Lumens it offers on high-mode, which it is capable of being in for one and a half hours. This is due to the CR123A lithium battery, which is as impressive as it sounds. Shock-resistant and portable, this flashlight can be utilized in rough, constantly changing/moving environments.
PolyTac by Streamlight
This is a brand so nice I've featured it twice. Amazon recognizes how great this series from Streamlight is, featuring both this flashlight and the above as official Amazon Choices. Once you see the reviews, it's obvious why this model is highly-valued.
Ninety-two percent of the Amazon reviews give it either four or five stars, citing the LED brightness and lightweight feel of the PolyTac being its best assets. Perfect for simple use, the tail-cap push button can be used with one hand and will make using it with your weapon as easy as it can get.
V1-Pro by J5 Tactical
One of the best tactical flashlights under $50, the V1-Pro is just incredibly cheap and high-quality. Combine those two qualities and you have a #1 best-seller on Amazon. Take your pick from desert camo, forest camo, blue aqua, and black, all versions contain the same great qualities.
Even with a 600-foot range and a perfect size for transporting, the real hero of the flashlight is the toughness it possesses. It can survive drops from at least nine feet, survive brief encounters underwater, and has even been known to survive being run over by a car. That qualifies it to work in almost all conditions and endure whatever is thrown its way, making it potentially, with its price, the best deal you'll find. One thing is for sure, you can never have too many flashlights.