Best Flashlights; Tactical & LED items reviewed by Everyday Carry

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Klarus XT1A 2018 Edition

While modern EDC lights these days offer tons of smart new features, sometimes you don't want all the bells and whistles—especially on a tactical light. Too many modes, programming, and magnetic charging might be more complex than you need. When you want a torch that reliably puts out a lot of light in a literal flash, tactical lights are usually the way to go. Klarus's updated XT1A offers a bit of both so you can use the light the way you want after setting it up. For example, it boasts a 1000 lumen output and accommodates USB-rechargeable Li-ion batteries, but also keeps things simple with instant access to strobe and the ability to use standard AA batteries too.

The new XT1A's pocket-friendly body has all the right features for an everyday light: anti-roll rings, a grippy middle section, and a scalloped tail that can tailstand without getting in the way of your thumb. It's compact at 4.24" long and weighs 2.17oz without a battery, built from HAIII anodized T6 aluminum alloy. The body is sized to fit both 14500 Li-ion batteries and standard AA cells, giving you options to switch between higher output or more readily available power sources. When powered by a 14500 cell, its CREE XP-L HD V6 LED pushes a maximum output of 1000 lumens and reaches a low of 5 lumens. The included 14500 itself has a built-in micro-USB port for convenient charging as well.

The XT1A has a few unique features that make it especially versatile depending on if you want to use it as a tactical light or a general EDC. On its Tactical Setting, you get instant access to Turbo with the main tail switch and a one-touch Strobe with the secondary tail switch. On the Outdoor setting, it unlocks multiple modes and SOS features. Finally, useful features like a tailswitch lock-out function, battery indicator, IPX8 waterproofing, and a stainless steel pocket clip round it out. If you prefer a more traditional flashlight form factor and more control over how you can use your light, be sure to check out the XT1A 2018 at the link below.

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