High Performance Flashlight Comparison

By the chuckhawks.com Staff

Here at chuckhawks.com, we have done a series of reviews of high performance flashlights from such notable names as Energizer, Gerber, LED Lenser, Leupold, Maglite, NovaTac, Pelican and Streamlight, among others. I thought that a comparison chart might be useful, so I compiled what you see below. The data in this chart was taken from the various manufacturers' specifications or our actual measurements.

Some of these lights have low power modes that can dramatically extend battery life by decreasing the light output (lumens). The Leupold MX-321, NovaTac Storm, LED Lenser T7 and LED Lenser X7, for example, have three light output levels. Most have focusing beams (flood to spot).

Some have special features, such as night vision (red light) modes or blood tracking modes and the Stanley MaxLife 369 comes with a set of colored filters and a built-in tripod base. The Mini Maglite has an "electric candle" capability and the Remington 2-N-1 has a lantern mode for area illumination. Some come with carrying holsters and/or wrist lanyards and almost all are supplied with batteries. Maglites even come with a spare bulb in the tail piece and the Stone River three D-cell light comes with a spare bezel, complete with CREE LED. All of these lights are water resistant and some are waterproof. "O" ring battery compartment and bezel seals are are almost universal, as are high tech reflectors and lenses.

Please Note: Case materials are aluminum (alu.), plastic polymer (poly.), or magnesium alloy (mag.). Most flashlights are rated in "Lumens," which measures the overall output of the main (white) light; output measured in Lux (center of beam brightness) is so noted. The effective visual ranges (Range) given below are approximate at maximum light output in spotlight mode, measured in feet. Working battery life (Life) is given in hours at the specified lumens (if known), or the lowest available light output. Diameter (Diam.) is taken at the widest point, usually the head of the light; main body diameter is typically less. Weight includes batteries. The notation "n/a" means that the specification is not available.


Brand Model Case Lamp(s) Lumens Range (ft.) Batteries Life (hrs.) Length (in.) Diam. (in.) Weight (oz.)
BSA Tactical 140LM alu. LED 140 n/a CR123x2 n/a 5.2 1.0 2.4
Bushnell HD Torch alu. LED 165 n/a CR123x2 1.5 9.2 n/a 9.8
Coast HP7 (#19279) alu. LED 207/20 608 AAAx4 3/20 5.54 1.49 7.2
Energizer Nightstrike 3AA mag. LEDx2 130 520 AAx3 6-12 5.25 2.2 n/a
ExtremeBeam TAC24 SR-3 alu. LED 330 1200 CR123x2 12 (low) 6.25 1.78 6.6
Gerber Carnivore XP poly. LEDx11* 40 300 AAx4 8.5 6.6 1.38 7.2
Hawke Tracer GL-2 alu. Green LED 130 300 CR123Ax2 5 3.5 1.0 3.0
LED Lenser 1106 alu. LEDx5+1 62 n/a AAAx3 118 6.25 1.4 n/a
LED Lenser V2 DualColor alu. LEDx5+1 125 146 AAAx3 5 3.9 1.0 3.17
LED Lenser 7736D alu. LEDx5+1 100 n/a AAAx3 50 3.75 1.0 n/a
LED Lenser K3 (#8313) alu. LED 14.7 113 AG13x4 55 2.75 0.8 1.2
LED Lenser T7 (#8420) alu. LED 167/92/Lo 711 AAAx4 130 5.75 1.4 7.2
LED Lenser X7 (#8437) alu. LEDx7 1068/801/Lo 1765 Dx4 950 16 3.6 48
Leupold MX-121 alu. Xenon 60 n/a CR123x2 1.5 5.25 1.37 6.0
Leupold MX-221 alu. LED 80 n/a CR123x2 6 5.5 1.37 6.0
Leupold MX-321 alu. LED 145/80/10 n/a CR123x2 3/6/50 5.5 1.56 8.0
Maglite Solitaire alu. Hi-Intensity 2.3 65 AAAx1 3.5 3.2 0.5 0.9
Maglite Solitaire LED alu. LED 37 179 AAAx1 1.75 3.2 0.5 0.8
Maglite Mini AA alu. Krypton 14 312 AAx2 5.25 5.75 1.0 3.78
Maglite Mini LED alu. LED 77/Lo 458 AAx2 10.7/31.5 6.6 1.0 4.15
Maglite Mini Mag-Pro alu. LED 226 455 AAx2 2.5 6.6 1.0 4.15
Maglite Mini Mag-Pro+ alu. LED 245/Lo 487 AAx2 2.5/27 6.6 1.0 4.15
Maglite Mag-Tac alu. LED 310/Lo 591 CR123x2 4/17 5.195 1.05 4.8
Maglite 2D-Cell alu. Krypton 36.5 n/a Dx2 9-10 10 2.25 23.8
Maglite Mag-Pro alu. LED 274 1189 Dx2 12.75 10 2.25 23
Maglite 6D-Cell alu. Krypton 162.6 n/a Dx6 9-10 19.5 2.25 50
NcStar AQPTFLG alu. LED 35 75+ CR123x1 n/a 3 1.3 3.3
NovaTac EDC-120T alu. LED 110 n/a CR123x1 0.5 3.3 1.0 3.1
NovaTac Storm alu. LED 120/10/.3 n/a CR123x1 178 (.3) 3.3 1.0 3.1
Pelican MityLite 1900 poly. Xenon 7.0 n/a AAAx2 2 4.1 0.9 1.6
Pelican M6 (#2320) alu. Xenon 75 n/a CR123x2 1 5.51 n/a 5.6
Pelican M6 (#2330) alu. LED 41 n/a CR123x2 40 5.51 n/a 5.6
Pelican PM6 (#3320) poly. Xenon 74 n/a CR123x2 1 5.27 n/a 3.45
Pelican PM6 (#3330) poly. LED 41 n/a CR123x2 40 5.27 n/a 3.45
Remington 2-N-1 alu. LED 60 n/a AAAx3 10 5 1.63 7.7
River Rock Perfect Circle alu. LED 10 n/a AAx1 30 4.4 0.8 4.5
River Rock Nightfire AR91A alu. LED 100 150+ AAAx1 1 3 0.7 1
River Rock Tac-Ops T1 alu. LED 235 n/a CR123x2 2-8 5.2 1.3 4.0
Stanley MaxLife 369 poly. LEDx6 157/57/30 Lux n/a AAx9 200 9.6 2 8.5
Stone River SRG1TAFR alu. LED 500/150 n/a Rechargable n/a 5.75 n/a 6.0
Stone River SRG3DFL alu. LED 250/80 n/a Dx3 n/a 12.13 2.13 31
Stone River SRG3TAFS alu. LED 150/80 120+ AAAx3 n/a 5 1.25 6.0
Streamlight TLR-1 alu. LED 135 n/a CR123x2 2.5 3.35 1.34 4.18
Brand Model Case Lamp(s) Lumens Range (ft.) Batteries Life (hrs.) Length (in.) Diam. (in.) Weight (oz.)

* The Gerber Carnivore XP is an unusual, pistol grip shaped light with three operating modes and dual light bezels. The upper bezel contains a single 3-watt, white LED that provides the light's main beam; the lower bezel contains an array of 2-red and 8-blue LED's. The red LED's illuminate (by themselves) to conserve night vision; the red and blue LED's illuminate together to provide a powerful blood tracking mode.




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