Tactical Lights that disappear
Well, they come and go and the Pro 300 Series Tactical Flashlight by Elite Tactical…is gone.
The Elite was a nice and inexpensive tactical light.
So, what's not to like?
If you've read any of my reviews you'll understand that I cover the truth about all kinds of tactical gear and elite tactical flashlights.
Here's the deal –
There are a flood of lower quality tactical looking flashlights that are all the same three or four lights from China that is bought in bulk and repackaged with a different names. The same cheap light with a different name and a low, low price.
I have an issue with that.
Because I believe tactical gear is often used for critical support issues and cheap or unreliable gear is effectively dangerous – to you and your family.
Listen, understandably, most people are concerned about price and quite frankly that's where much of the lower quality gear wins – they are definitely cost-effective.
Additionally, most people don't understand what is important and what is not important in selecting tactical gear. I mean, that's for the military and first responders – right?
But, that's where I beg to differ.
You see, it all depends on how you will be using you elite tactical lights.
If it's to hunt dust bunnies under your bed, you can use your smartphone for that.
But, if it's identifying a home invader, you better hope you have more than your smartphone with you, or a cheap knockoff that fails to work properly.
Your life may depend on your tactical light
In fact, you really need a tactical flashlight you can depend upon for your life and that of your family.
What to know about tactical flashlights
First of all, let's discuss the China thing
I'm sure you've heard of Jack Ma and Alibaba. Jack Ma is now the richest person in China and is estimated to be worth about $25 billion.
Alibaba is much like Amazon and has the 9th highest global brand value. Not bad for a true rags-to-riches story.
In fact, Alibaba and Amazon work together
So here's where the story gets interesting.
Jack and Alibaba have access to all of China's production capacity. What they do is produce a number of tactical flashlights, very cheaply, and then sell them very cheaply.
Well you have to buy a few thousand but you can get them customized with any name you want – like Elite or Wsky or well, the sky's the limit.
Ever wonder why they all look the same?
Then you have them shipped to Amazon and sell them one at a time at great price points – let's say $12 or $20. Instant business.
There's nothing wrong with this.
It's a great business model and there are a number of products that are produced in China and made available to the U.S. consumer via Amazon and other retailers.
In many cases, they produce top quality products.
In the photography realm, for example, China makes some of the best strobe lights and compete both price and quality wise with some of the best American and European manufactures.
But you need to be aware of what you're buying – especially with tactical lights where your life can depend on the quality of the product.
Here's the bottom line
Price is important but quality, dependability and functionality are even more critical.
Best of all, you can buy quality tactical flashlights with quality, dependability and functionality at a great price point – if you know what you're looking for.
Get the best tactical flashlight this way
I've got a great article entitles “How to Choose a Tactical Flashlight” which goes into the all the factors you need in order to understand tactical lights or strobes.
- You'll understand the construction of tactical lights and why the LED is so important.
- You'll understand the importance and differences in the battery power configurations and why lithium are so powerful, and
- You'll understand why the Digital Power Management chip is so critical to the functionality of the tactical light.
- It will also talk about matching your needs with what tactical lights are available – sweet.
But now what?
Let's get into some really good and yet still price conscious tactical flashlights.
All around reasonably priced tactical light
Want an all around, reasonably priced tactical light that you can depend on?
Here's the Fenix PD25 with 500 lumens on one CR123A or 16340 rechargeable battery.
Constructed of aircraft-grade aluminum which is hard-anodized, waterproof and has a lifetime warranty. I cover this great light here.
1600 Lumens Bright Tactical Light
Need more brightness?
Here's a light that can be used in home invasion type emergencies.
This tactical unit, the Klarus XT2CR is specifically programmed to provide immediate momentary bright light at 1600 lumens, and a disabling strobe – two feature necessary to this type of situation.
You can read more about this light here.
700 Lumens Pocket Carry Light
Finally, just want a pocket every day carry light that is not only bright but also has strobe?
Don't let its size fool you it boasts 700 lumens and fits into a jean key pocket.
You can read all about my top recommended gear here.
Don't stop there, become a knowledgeable buyer, you're life, and the lives of your loved ones may depend on it.
The Tactbright site is full of quality information aimed at making you a better informed consumer. You'll also be well prepared for any situation.
Always be prepared. Be well.