3000 lumens flashlights are now becoming available in both tactical and conventional designs. These aren’t necessarily “large” flashlights either. Many of them will actually fit in the front pocket of your jeans. If you think more lumens is always better than this is a post you’ll want to read.
Do you need a 3000 lumens flashlight?
Yes and no. Let me explain. In a completely darkened room (no ambient light) a 1000 lumens flashlight is incredibly bright. The same flashlight in the same space with a small amount of ambient light? Not so bright. That’s where a 3000 lumens tactical flashlight comes in. Even with a low amount of ambient light a 3000 lumen flashlight can appear quite bright. Need to learn more about lumens? Read my post on flashlight lumens rating and what you need to know.
Klarus 360X3 – 3200 lumens
First up in the 3000 lumens flashlights list is the Klarus 360X3 with 3200 lumens of output. It is without a doubt my current favorite tactical flashlight. I have a full review of the Klarus 360X3 with beamshots so you can see the quality of the illumination.
The Klarus 360X3 is a larger tactical flashlight but you can still carry it a pocket and not need to use the holster. The Klarus X360X3 uses a Cree XHP70.2 P2 led which Cree describes as a next generation “extreme high power” LED. The 360X3 uses the Klarus Intelligent Thermal Protection System to prevent the flashlight from overheating and protect the LED.
You’d think that having 3200 lumens of output would be the biggest selling point of this Klarus tactical flashlight. I just want to make sure and highlight another great piece of new technology that’s been added to this flashlight. It’s the omni-directional tail switch.
The new tail switch design on the Klarus 360X3 gives you two things. There is an outer ring to activate the strobe. Or you can slighty depress the on/off switch to get immediate access to the Turbo mode. All of this can be done without needing to re-position the flashlight in your hand to get access to both switches.
I highly recommend the Klarus 360X3. It has quickly become one of my favorite tactical flashlights.
Olight Seeker 2 Pro – 3200 lumens
Although I’ve owned other Olight flashlights (the Warrior and the Mini Baton) and had good luck with them, in the interest of full transparency I don’t own this particular model but felt it was a worthy addition to this list of 3000 lumens flashlights.
The Olight Seeker 2 Pro isn’t really tactical (no tail switch) but it’s still relatively small, with a head diameter of 1.38″, a body diameter of 1.1″ and a length of 5.04″. It would fit in a side pocket of cargo pants or some tactical pants, but most people would need to use a holster.
Here are some specs of note on the Seeker 2 Pro:
- 5 lighting levels (5, 50, 300, 1200, and 3200 lumens + strobe)
- IPX 8 waterproof rating
- Three Cree XP-L HD CW LEDs
One negative to note might be the rechargeable battery. Olight calls it a customized 21700 lithium rechargeable. This means the power source is proprietary and you’ll be limited to Olight replacements. Proprietary batteries aren’t unusual with high lumens output flashlights, but it’s worth mentioning.
One feature I really like on this flashlight is the silicone body covering with milled finger grips. If you are camping, hiking or hunting or even wearing gloves, this extra grip in wet weather conditions is a big plus. Another nice feature is the L-dock charging unit that you can mount to the wall making it perfect for the shop or garage.
Klarus G20L – 3000 lumens
Another worthy addition to this list of 3000 lumens flashlights is the Klarus G20L. This is a flashlight I personally own and use. This is not a small flashlight. I categorize this flashlight as a “nightstand” or “truck” light. It’s not to big to carry as long as you realize you’ll need to use a holster.
As you can see from the photo below, the G20L has a larger head and body diameter than a typical “tactical” flashlight. It is 5.91″ in length, has a body diameter of 1.36″ and head diameter of 1.93″.
Some noteworthy features are:
- Maximum beam distance of 300 meters
- It uses a Cree XHP70.2 P2 LED
- Orange peel reflector promotes balanced flood and throw
- Micro-USB charging (this is a real plus – no proprietary charging cable)
- Mode memory plus one-touch turbo and low
- Lockout to prevent the flashlight from being turned on accidentally
- Side switch LED indicates if the flashlight is fully or partially charged (and if it is need of immediate charging)
- IPX 8 water resistance and 1 meter shock resistant
Like almost all Klarus flashlights it incorporates their Intelligent Thermal Protection System. This way if you are like me and prone to forgetting that the light is in Turbo mode, it will ramp the power down as needed to prolong the life of the LED and not overheat and fry internal circuitry.
3000 lumens flashlights conclusion
The 3000 lumens flashlight space is interesting because there aren’t many options in design that I’d call full-on tactical except for the Klarus 360X3. Nitecore has a tactical flashlight at 2800 lumens that didn’t quite make the cut for this post. I expect this niche to expand as the demand for higher lumens output lights in tactical packages increases over time.