Top-rated Best Tactical Flashlights for the money [under $100]

By Cameron | Good Stuff

May 25

Best Tactical Flashlights for the money under $100

Hi all,

Last week, I spent a little time on researching some BEST tactical flashlights for the money for my next camping trips.

Compared to what I used before,   I finally picked out the top 6 best flashlights for camping which I am so eager to review and share with you today.

Most of these flashlights run on 18650 batteries and have an affordable price – under $50. So you won’t break the bank.

Let’s get started.

In hurry up and want to get the point?

  1. For the good price and performance, I recommend Elite Tactical Flashlight Pro 300 Series.
  2. For nice looking, collection value, and multi-functions, the Fenix PD35 TAC Edition 1000 Lumen is a good choice.

note: Why is the 18650 tactical flashlights?

I chose the tactical flashlights run on 18650 batteries rather than other flashlights because:

  1. Tactical flashlights are hard and durable than others since they’re made of aluminum alloy,
  2. They have built-in strobe flash and SOS flash for emergencies.
  3. The 18650 batteries have larger capacity than AA batteries do, it means your flashlight runs longer.

What is the BEST tactical led flashlight for camping?

When looking for tactical flashlights, I set some criteria on them. That helps me save time and have a clear purpose in mind.

Here are my criteria of the best tactical flashlights for the money:

  1. Runs on 18650 batteries.
  2. Must be waterproof and drop-resistant.
  3. Nice looking and feels solid in hand.
  4. At least 500 lumens and long runtime.
  5. Has SOS & Strobe mode (I rarely use these modes but better have than none)
  6. Has good throw/flood light output.
  7. Has good warranty and comes from reliable brands.
  8. and UNDER $50

Top-rated 3 best cheap tactical flashlights under $50

If you’re looking for a best tactical flashlight on a budget for camping and other light-needing purposes, I researched, used some and picked out top-rated 3 best flashlights for you to consider.

All of them are under $50, but do not think that cheap means junk. Believe me, you are going to waste money if you keep that in your head.

If you don’t focus so much on brand but quality and durability, these flashlights are worth to consider first.

1. Elite Pro 300 Series Tactical Flashlight review – 1200 lumens

You are looking for a best brightest tactical flashlight with fair price, durability and waterproof for outdoor activities, the Elite Tactical Pro 300 Series Tactical Flashlight is the one.

Elite Tactical Pro 300 Series Tactical Flashlight:

  • Max 1200 Lumens
  • Zoomable feature
  • Wide angle, zoom and strobe modes
  • Waterproof and shockproof
  • Material: Aluminum alloy
  • Uses 3 AAA or one 18650 rechargeable batteries.

In price range, it is hard to find another brightest tactical led flashlight which can beat Elite Tactical Pro 300.

2. J5 Hyper-V Tactical Flashlight review – 400 lumens

The J5 Hyper-V Tactical Flashlight is one of the best small tactical flashlights for a reasonable price in the market.

It is small enough for your pocket, and best for EDC using.

You may think max 400 lumens of J5 Hyper-V tactical flashlight is too low compared to Elite Tactical Pro 300 Series (max 1200 lumens) above. Right?

Max 400 lumens may be J5 Hyper-V’s downside if you use the flashlight for outdoor activities.

However, the 300 to 500 lumens are suitable for most cases and consume much less energy than over 500 lumens.

In short, the flashlights have high lumen (above 500 lumens) mode is good for outdoor activities.

J5 Hyper-V Tactical Flashlight

  • Max 400 Lumens
  • Zoomable feature
  • Modes: Low, High, and Strobe
  • Uses 3 AAA or one 18650 rechargeable batteries.
  • Material: Aluminum alloy
  • Size: 5*1.25*1inch

It is nice looking, durable and the most interesting thing is the low price with great features.

I think the price is low because the brand is still new and that means you won’t have to pay for the brand name itself.

3.  Eastshine T25 Tactical Flashlight review – 1000 lumens

The EASTSHINE T25 CREE XP-L HI V3 LED tactical flashlight is a premium flashlight but with reasonable price.

It is a well-made flashlight, very nice looking, and comes with many accessories such as sheath, lanyard, holster, clip…

…and the box is beautiful.  The EASTSHINE T25 tactical flashlight is wonderful as a gift for someone.

EASTSHINE T25 CREE XP-L HI V3 LED

  • Max 1000 Lumens
  • Modes: Moonlight, Low, High, Strobe, and SOS
  • Uses 1x 18650 rechargeable batteries (button top and flat top).
  • Material: Aluminum alloy
  • Size (L*D): 5.5*1 inch

Top-rated 3 best tactical flashlights under $100

Do you need a premium tactical flashlight which is not just PRACTICAL for camping trips and EDC using but also has COLLECTION value?

Here is a list of the best led tactical flashlights & reviews that meet two factors above with under-$100 price.

In this list, I ended up going with Fenix PD35 and Nitecore P12, I will tell you why I like them at the review below.

1. Nitecore P12 Compact Tactical LED Flashlight

The Nitecore P12 has mode-memory, that means it remembers the last mode you used.

For example, the last mode is strobe, when you turn it on again, it will show strobe light again.

I like this feature most because I prefer to “preset” the mode that I often use rather than changing mode for each use when the mode I like is not the default starting-mode.

Nitecore P12 Compact Tactical LED Flashlight features:

  • Max 1000 Lumens
  • Memory function mode
  • Modes: Eco, Low, High, Strobe, and SOS
  • Uses 1x 18650 rechargeable batteries
  • Material: Aluminum alloy
  • Waterproof: IP8
  • Size (L*D*W): 5.47’’*1’’*3.1oz

As for the lumens, the Nitecore P12 has a set of lumens for versatility but I rarely use max light (1000 lumens).

The mid light (240 lumens) and moonlight (1 lumen) are best suited to me in general use.

2. Fenix PD35 2016 TAC Edition 1000 Lumen

The Fenix PD35 is a little bit similar to Nitecore P12 in body-shape and functions. I like Fenix PD35 because of the neutral-warm-white light emitters, whereas P12 has cool white light emitters.

The tail clicky on the Fenix PD35 is longer than Nitecore P12 which makes it easier to press, but it can’t tail stand. It can be the pros or cons, depends on your purpose.

Fenix PD35 2016 TAC Edition features:

  • Max 1000 Lumens
  • Memory function mode
  • Modes: Eco, Low, High, Strobe, and SOS
  • Uses 1x 18650 rechargeable batteries
  • Material: Aluminum alloy
  • Waterproof: IP8
  • Size (L*D*W): 5.5’’*1’’*3oz

3. ThruNite® TN12 EDC LED Flashlight

When comparing finish, functions, reliability and durability between ThruNite TN12 vs. Nitecore P12 vs. Fenix PD35…

… all of them are similar and have a solid feel in your hand, but the ThruNite TN12 is friendlier with the budget than the other two.

If you like the higher lumen rating (1100 lumens), tail stand (using flashlight as a candle) and best CHEAP tactical flashlight, you won’t regret buying the ThruNite TN12.

ThruNite TN12 XP-L Neutral White features:

  • Max 1100 Lumens
  • Memory function mode
  • Modes: Eco, Low, High, Strobe, and SOS
  • Uses 1x 18650 rechargeable batteries
  • Material: Aluminum alloy
  • Waterproof: IP8
  • Size (L*D*W): 5.6’’*1’’*3oz

So, the ThruNite TN12 vs. Nitecore P12 vs. Fenix PD35 – Which one is BEST for?

Here is the comparison table of them which helps you be clear about their features:

ThruNite-TN12-vs.-Nitecore-P12-vs.-Fenix-PD35

Check the PRICE: | Nitecore P12 | Fenix PD35 | ThruNite TN12 |

  • Memory function: Remember the last mode used before turning off
  • Waterproof (IPX-8): Waterproof to 6.5 feet/2 meters for 30 minutes
  • Impact resistant: Dropping from 1.5 meters.

The last words

Hopefully, with what I shared in the review: best cheap tactical led flashlight for the money for camping trips, you’ll get the practical and useful information before buying.

Thanks for stopping by.

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