A J5 tactical flashlight review is not helpful if you do not understand all the different options available. There are several different manufacturers of this flashlight. Each have a few features that are unique to the manufacturer. It is important to know the different specifications available in order to make the best selection. Each product will have its pros and cons so ultimately it a selection should be made based on the needs that you have and the product that meets the majority of those needs.
The J5 Taclight Broken Down:
One of the most obvious comparison points when it comes to the tactical is the number of lumens emitted by the bulb. The lumens vary greatly between models and could be a good starting point in determining which one is right for you. The lumens range from 250 to 950, depending on the model. All of the models utilize a LED bulb. All the lights are bright, however the 950 lumens have been described as too bright. There are warnings cautioning a user from looking directly into the light to prevent eye damage. All of the lights are known for the level of brightness so even the 250 lumen light is significantly brighter than a standard flashlight.
The weights on the different models also varies quite a bit. The weights range from 53 grams to 156 grams. This large variance in weights is due to the differences in lengths. All of the flashlights are fairly light to make them versatile for field use and to store in packs. There is little debate on the weights and this specification seems to go mostly unnoticed in the reviews of consumers. Again, all models even the heaviest are lightweight and suitable for several uses.
The length of the lights start from 4 inches up to 6 inches. There are no real pros or cons listed in the reviews in regards to the length of the flashlights. The length that is best is based on personal preference, the size of the users hand, and the storage place for this light. The longer the light the heavier the light.
This is one point that is consistent among all models. They are typically all made from aircraft grade aluminum. The aluminum has an anodized coating and anti-slip grip is textured into the housing. With this being said, there is quite a bit of difference in the strength and water resistance between the models even though the housings share the same material. The impact resistance for the various models varies between 1.2 meters and 2.1 meters. That is quite a bit of distance. There have been no complaints about the lights with a 1.2 meter impact resistance. However, if you are in a situation where your torch can be dropped great distances, paying for this extra meter of impact resistance is a really good idea.
Again, even though the materials used in the housing of the lights is the same, it is not constructed equally. The majority of lights have a water resistance rating. The majority are IPX4 with only a few having a rating of IPX8. The lower rating of IPX4 is only suitable for light splashes to the light. The higher rating of IPX8 allows the light to be submerged to a depth of one meter for up to 30 minutes. The higher rating is a really desirable feature for those that use this light to hunt or camp. It is also helpful for search and rescue type of use. The higher rating means that this light can be used in any weather conditions without worry.
Power Source and Run Time
This is another specification that is capable of tipping the scales if you are having a difficult time selecting between models. All the flashlights run off of battery power. Some utilize regular AA batteries. Other models use more specialized batteries to allow you to adjust the wattage used by your torch. The difference in the batteries also seems to equate to different run times. There was a big run time difference among models. Some models ran for only 450 hours while others claim up to 100,000 hours of run time. These rates are all calculated from moderate use on a medium light level.
Modes of Use
Since all of the models are made for true tactical use, they offer different modes of operation. The standard is to offer a low, high and a strobe modes. There are some lights that offer low, medium, high, strobe, and SOS. Again, this specification had reviews that seemed to illustrate that the modes were personal preference and was not a breaking point.
What I like best about this is that the option we found to buy it was actually a free offer. How can you go wrong?