In this post I search out flashlights that look tactical and are at least 2000 lumens. Many higher output flashlights require a non-tactical design because they typically use a larger number of batteries. They serve their purpose but they aren’t my favorite design. I prefer something that operates more like a standard tactical flashlight – tail cap switch, capability to be weapons mounted, etc. while at the same time offering a higher lumens rating then the plethora of 1000 lumens tactical flashlights that are currently available. Do you really NEED 2000 lumens or more of output in your tactical flashlight? That depends on your use. Another thing to bear in mind is the design of the flashlight. A narrowly focused 1000 lumens flashlight may appear to be brighter than a 2000 lumens light that has a broad throw. If you don’t believe me take a look at my post on flashlight flood vs. throw.
2800 lumens of output in burst/turbo mode. This mode is meant to be used for brief amounts of time. It’s a Nitecore. I have a more than half a dozen Nitecore flashlights and I’ve only had one bad experience. In general, all of my current Nitecore flashlights work just as advertised. It also uses a tail cap switch design that I love. It has a dual tail cap switch that allows to instantly get access to 2800 lumens of output which is great if you want to use this flashlight as a self-defense tool.
To get the full 2800 lumens of output you need to use a proprietary Nitecore rechargeable. It will run on 18650 rechargeable batteries but you just won’t get the full output. I’m not against proprietary batteries when the flashlight can work of “standard” batteries that are easier to find. You probably want to pick up a couple of extra proprietary batteries when you buy this flashlight.
- CREE XHP70 LED
- Battery Run-Time:
- 2800 lumens – Turbo/burst mode
- 1350 lumens – 45 min
- 550 lumens – 2 hours 15 minutes
- 40 lumens – 30 hours
- Beam Distance: 316 yards / 289 meters
- Beam Intensity: 21,000 cd
- Battery type supported: Dedicated IMR 18650 (The TM03 can also operate on 18650 or 2x CR213A batteries, but will not be able to operate in Turbo Mode.)
- Length: 6.25” (159mm)
- Head Diameter: 1.57”(40mm)
- Tail Diameter: 1.18” (30mm)
- Weight: 7.52oz (213g)(without battery)
- Waterproof: IPX-8 (2 meters submersible)
The Klarus XT11GT has a 2000 lumens max output in turbo mode. The Klarus XT11GT uses the CREE XHP35 HD E4 LED. It’s beam reaches over 316 meters. It is compatible with CR123A and protected 18650 Li-ion batteries or a proprietary 3100 mAh high-quality 18650 battery (necessary to achive the full 2000 lumens output). Uses a patented dual tactical tail switch control. The XT11GT has three user-selected interfaces: Tactical Setting; Outdoor Setting; or Advanced Tactical Setting. It includes a capacity indicator alert on remaining battery capacity.
Again, a proprietary battery from Klarus is necessary to use to achieve the full 2000 lumens of output. Klarus is a well-known flashlight maker and been around for quite awhile so access to additional batteries shouldn’t be a problem. It will use CR123a or 18650 batteries as well, but your max output is reduced to 1300 lumens.
- Utilizes CREE XPH35 HD E4 LED with a lifespan of up to 50,000 hours
- Classic Tactical Setting as factory default
- Only when using KLARUS 18GT-IMR31 3100mAh battery or the same batteries of the other brand, the Max output could be up to 2000LM; When using the normal 18650 battery with PCB protection or 2 x CR123A batteries, the Max output could be only up to 1300LM
- Working voltage: 2.5V-8.4V
- Charging time: Depends on the battery capacity
- Formula: charging time= (capacity of battery/1000mA+1H)
- Reflector: Smooth reflector
- Switch type: Dual Tactical Tail Switch and Side Switch
- Net weight: 130 g(4.58oz) (Excluding battery)
- Material: Aircraft-grade aluminum 6061-T6, Type III hard-anodized
- Waterproof: IPX-8 (underwater 2 metres)
- Lens: Toughened ultra-clear glass with anti-corrosion AR coating
Flashlights over 2000 lumens that look tactical: conclusion
If you need a 2000 lumens or more flashlight that looks tactical in design they can be found with one specific caveat. You’ll most likely be dealing with a proprietary battery. It doesn’t mean you’ll only be able to run the flashlight with that battery. You may be able to run the flashlight via a more widely used 18650 or even CR123a batteries. You just won’t be able to get the maximum output in turbo or burst mode.