Find it HERE on my Best CREE LED FLASHLIGHT List! (Updated for 2019)
If you’re like me it’s kind of easy to get hooked on Cree LED Flashlights. It almost defies our understanding how you can get such a bright light from such a small flashlight.
Not that many years ago the ever-so-familiar Mag-Lite with incandescent technology and Alakaline power was the choice of Law Enforcement and other professionals. The Mag-Lite produced such a bright light and could render a suspect almost blind. If necessary the size and weight could be used as an effective club.
And for us civilians it offered the bright light necessary for around home, vehicle, boat, and camp. They were great for hunting and fishing. With 5 “D” size batteries they are heavy making it extremely useful as a defensive weapon as well as a dependable flashlight. Those batteries can get expensive!
The latest generation of LED Tactical Flashlights featuring CREE Technology offer superior flashlight lighting that is extremely bright and uses only a fraction of the amperage making the CREE LED Flashlight the choice of Law Enforcement Professionals and us civilians also.
Most LES Tactical Flashlights feature a strobe function that can be used to deter an attacker without clubbing them. Seems like a good trade off to me!
What is CREE LED?
“CREE” is simply a High Brightness Light Emitting Diode (LED) manufactured by Cree Inc., a USA company.
My experience and research has revealed the qualities to look for when selecting the Best Cree LED Flashlight.
You want your Cree LED Flashlight body to be made from machined aluminum for strength. 6061 alloy works best. O’ Ring seals should be included for water resistance. Buna-N works best.
Two common areas of failure in a LOT of cheap CREE LED flashlights are: the use of dissimilar metals for the battery contact points and cheap On/Off Switches, both of which can cause your CREE LED Flashlight to fail within one year. The Best CREE LED flashlights will have Similar Metals for contacts.
A Rechargeable 18650 Li-ion battery is the best power source for your CREE LED Flashlight. It provides the most power and therefore brightness and is rechargeable. BEWARE: There are a lot of junk 18650 Li-ion batteries available that won’t last, won’t hold much of a charge, and can be downright dangerous if it doesn’t have the necessary safety circuitry.
The Best 18650 Li-ion batteries are made in Japan by Panasonic like the Ones I Use. SEE Listings Below
And don’t go cheap on battery chargers either. You don’t want to ruin your 18650 batteries. The 18650 Li-ion Battery Charger I use is safe. (Listed Below)
I prefer my CREE LED Flashlights to work interchangeably with (3) AAA batteries also. You can adapt from AAA to an 18650 because it is smaller. But, you cannot adapt a 1865 CREE LED Flashlight to AAA unless your flashlight or torch is designed to use both. (SEE Adapter Set Listings BELOW)
If your flashlight is designed for an 18650 Li-ion Rechargeable Battery which measures 18.5mm diameter it will probably NOT accommodate a AAA 3x Battery Adapter cage (SEE Adapter listing) which requires at least 22+mm dia to fit. That is over 1/8″ difference in diameter
I prefer a CREE LED Flashlight with multiple functions. A BRIGHT Mode of course for the full CREE High Power effect. A LOW Mode so it doesn’t knock out your night vision. A STROBE Mode (Optional) to disorient a suspect or assailant and a SOS Mode (Optional) for emergencies.
I prefer a flashlight with a FOCUS SLEEVE but that is Optional.
If you are shopping for a super bright CREE LED Flashlight to light up a football field size area I recommend a Multi-Battery flashlight like the Top Rated FENIX TK75 that puts out 4000 Lumens. Or the FENIX RC40 that puts out an amazing 6000 Lumens.
Or, if your shopping for a small single-cell Tactical CREE LED Flashlight like the ones Law Enforcement uses I would consider the Top Rated SIMON or the Streamlight 88047 ProTac. Be sure and check out the Supernova Guardian with 1300 Lumens. There are also some cheaper flashlights that are of excellent quality. These handy 1 cell Tactical Flashlights can be easily mounted on a firearm.
BELOW you will find my Best CREE LED FLASHLIGHT List which I hope will get you started in the right direction.
FENIX TK75 4000 Lumen 2015 Edition Quad CREE XM-L2 U2 LED Flashlight with Four Fenix ARB-L2M 18650 Batteries EdisonBright 4 port home/car smart battery charger and eight EdisonBright CR123A lithium batteries bundleFenix RC40 2016 Rechargeable LED Flashlight 6000 Lumens with 7800mAh rechargeable battery Home/Car charger and 30 Lumen AAA Keychain LightComunite 1200 Lumen Zoomable Cree XM-L T6 Super Bright Led Flashlight Torch Lamp Adjustable with White TubePowered By 1pcs 26650 Or 3pcs AA Battery Flashlight(Not Included)Simon Cree Led Flashlight Top LED Tactical Flashlight used by Law Enforcement. The Brightest LED Flashlight Torch with 500 Lumens. Simon High Power Bright Flashlight T6 Pro Part #ST6FL13661013Streamlight 88047 ProTac HL 3 High Lumen Professional Tactical Light with White LED and 3-CR123A Lithium Batteries BlackRechargeable LED Searchlight Tactical Flashlight CREE T6 Spotlight 2400 Lumens IP65 Waterproof Handheld Floodlight For Camping Hiking and Emergencies Including Battery Wall Charger
J5 Tactical V1-PRO 300 Lumen Ultra Bright FlashlightCVLIFE 800 Lumens CREE XM-L T6 LED Adjustable Focus Rechargeable Flashlight Lamp Torch Light 5 Modes with 18650 Battery & ChargersPeakPlus Zoomable Adjustable Focus 5 Modes Water Resistant LED Tactical Flashligh Torch with Rechargeable 18650 Lithium Ion Battery & ChargerAnker LC130 LED Flashlight IP67 Water-Resistant Rechargeable Professional Ultra-Bright 1300 Lumens from 3 CREE LEDs Torch (Camping Security Emergency Use) 5 Light Modes 26650 Battery Included1000 Lumen CREE LED Tactical Flashlight with Free Holster and Free ExtensionSupernova Guardian 1300 Professional Series Ultra Bright Rechargeable Tactical LED Flashlight with Remote Pressure Switch and BrightStart Technology
Sentinel 1300XL Professional Series Ultra Bright Rechargeable Tactical LED Flashlight with Powerbank and BrightStart TechnologyCastnoo 18650 Battery Tube + AAA Battery Holder for Torch FlashlightPlastic 3xAAA Battery Adapter Tube 3pcs For 18650 FlashlightNiteCore-i2-V2014 Universal Intelligent Charger for two Batteries Compatible With IMR/Li-ion (Black)2 Panasonic NCR18650B 18650 3400mAh 3.7v Protected Button Top BatteriesEagleTac 3400mAh Protected Li-ion 18650 Rechargeable Battery (1 x 18650)