I’m going to run down my favorite flashlights with 1000 lumens of output available in 2019. I think 1000 lumens is a real “sweet spot” in the EDC / tactical flashlight category.
These flashlights are generally small enough to carry in a pocket, bright enough to be a useful self-defense tools, and typically very affordable. Plus, as you can see from this list you get plenty of choices from excellent manufacturers.
The only prerequisite to be considered for this list was that the flashlight be exactly 1000 lumens of output. The secondary consideration was that the manufacturer is known for producing flashlights that have accurate lumens ratings.
Although I don’t own every one of these models, I do own flashlights by most of these manufacturers.
Fenix PD35 V2.0
The Fenix PD35 has been an extremely popular tactical flashlight since its original release. This is the second version of this EDC flashlight. Fenix makes good flashlights (I own three). They all have great build quality and so far they’ve all worked as advertised. So I’d expect the same from the Fenix PD35 V2.0
From a pure usability standpoint you can’t go wrong with the size of this flashlight. You should be able to easily put this in the front pockets of your jeans along with the rest of your EDC. If you’ve never bought a premium flashlight, this would be a great all-around light to get started with.
It also features a very usable range of lighting modes that range from 1, 50, 150, 350 and 1000 lumens. The moonlight mode (1 lumen) is really a great feature. Here a bump in the night? Turn on the Fenix PD35 V2.0 in moonlight mode and easily find your self-defense “tool” while avoiding blinding yourself in the process.
The 1000 lumens of output is powered by the Cree XP-L HI V3 LED. This is an extremely bright LED ensuring optimum output from this Fenix flashlight.
Let’s look at the Fenix PD35 key specifications:
- 1000 lumens of output utilizing an upgraded Cree LED (XP-L HI V3)
- Anti-roll /anti-slip
- Length 5.5″
- Waterproof to 2 meters
- Battery level indicator built into side switch
- Instant on by slightly depressing tail switch
- Keep side switch depressed for instant strobe access
- 250 meters distance (turbo mode)
I realize a flashlight isn’t a fashion statement, but I do love the fact I can get this flashlight in digital camo or traditional black finish. One thing to note is the flashlight won’t work with flat top 18650 rechargeables so Fenix recommends using their ARB-L18 series battery.
I own and use many Nitecore flashlights, including the Nitecore P12GT. What makes the P12GT a GT? It’s the upgraded LED (a Cree XP-L HI V3). From the Cree website: …XP-L High-Intensity LED is the first of Cree’s new class of High-Intensity LEDs optimized to deliver maximum candela through secondary optics.
In other words… this is a really bright LED. The difference is visibly noticeable between my Nitecore P12 and the P12GT. The Nitecore P12GT was designed to compete with the extremely popular Fenix PD35.
Like the Fenix PD35, the Nitecore P12GT fits easily in your pocket even with the optional anti-roll accessory installed. The P12GT is a “thrower” with a narrow focused beam and a range of 320 meters.
The extremely bright LED combined with the narrow throw makes this a perfect non-lethal self defense option. If you have a black rifle you can mount the Nitecore P12GT and couple it with the RSW1 pressure switch.
If you need a long throw, bright, and pocket-worthy EDC tactical flashlight it would be tough to go wrong with the P12GT.
Here are some of the noteworthy specifications:
- 4 brightness levels – high, mid, low, ultra low
- Strobe, SOS, Location Beacon
- Reverse polarity protection
- Advanced temperature regulation
- Tail stand capability
Olight S1RII Baton
I have a slightly smaller version of this flashlight (the Olight Mini Baton with 600 lumens of output). Although the Olight S1RII Baton is a little bigger, the extra size nets you a full 1000 lumens of output. It would be tough to find a smaller flashlight with this much horsepower.
So why consider an Olight? I think they are underrated. I gave a friend an Olight Warrior and he’s beat the crap out of it and it is still going strong. The two Olight flashlights I have in my collection have both worked well, too.
The real virtue of the Olight S1RII is its small size, but it’s important to realize a few shortcomings with any small flashlight. In this case you don’t get a tailcap switch so all operation is via the side switch only. To achieve the full 1000 lumens of output you need to use the Olight 16340 high output rechargeable (which means you are locked into a proprietary battery type). These things aren’t deal killers, but worth noting.
Small flashlights like this will have quite a bit of flood, rather than throw. This is great if you prefer a light quality with good edge to edge illumination. If you need lots of throw, you’ll need to consider the Fenix PD35 V2.0 or Nitecore P12GT.
Here are some of the noteworthy Olight S1RII specifications:
- Magnetic USB charging base
- Lighting modes of 1000, 600, 60, 12 and .5 lumens
- Strobe function
- IPX8 waterproof rating
- Length – 2.48″
- Beam distance (meters): 145
Flashlights with 1000 lumens – conclusion
These are three of my picks based on my past experiences with each manufacturer. You’ll note that I don’t list the Eastshine T25 (an inexpensive but so far a really good 1000 lumens flashlight.) I own a T25 and you can’t beat the price. I just can’t find a website for them anymore. You can still get the T25 at Amazon.com, but I’m not clear how you’d handle a warranty issue. For that reason I couldn’t add them to the list.
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