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.
Sondiko 10000 Lumen Super Bright Led Flashlight Rechargeable Type-C 12xLEDs 4 Modes Torch with Power Display Function&Insulation Protection Technology Built-in BatteriesBOSTAC™ BTZ-20 Tactical Flashlight – Professional EDC by Boston Tactical with CREE XML2 U2 USA LED Bulb 3000 Effective Lumens Zoomable Head Sealed Against USB Chargeable 18650 Lion Battery[Rechargeable] LED Tactical Flashlight OxyLED Super Bright 900 Lumens CREE T6 LED Torch 18650 Battery Included IPX-6 Water Resistant Zoomable 5 Light Modes for Camping Hiking and Emergency UseThruNite TN32 UT/TN42/TN42C Thrower FlashlightACEBEAM L30 Gen II Tactical Flashlight 4000 Lumens Cree XHP70.2 LED Micro-USB Rechargeable Flashlights High Lumens 6500KEdisonBright Olight M2R Warrior USB Rechargeable 1500 Lumen CREE LED Flashlight EDC with 18650 Rechargeable Battery Magnetic Charging Cable with USB Powered Reading Light Bundle