The 1200-lumen Flashlight Line-Up
When it comes to 1200 lumen flashlights, you can expect to be able to put these flashlights through some intense usage. These aren’t the kind of flashlights you buy as backup for when you have a power outage. The 1200 lumen flashlights are most often used by serious outdoors folks, such as hunters and rangers, in addition to being a necessary tool for search and rescue teams, military personnel, and law enforcement.
Not only should a 1200 lumen flashlight provide a significant beam distance, it should also demonstrate proven durability and reliability. All three of the flashlights reviewed here are made of durable, hard anodized aluminum, which means they can be dropped a good distance without being damaged. In terms of reliability, I go beyond questions of “Will this flashlight last me a long time?” Reliability also involves the usability of the flashlight in low temperatures, or its ability to withstand water submersion and still retain all of its proper functions. The last thing you need when you’re out deep in the woods on a freezing winter night is for your flashlight to fail. The waterproof standard, or IPX rating, is also something I always look out for, and not just because I think I might accidentally or by necessity immerse the flashlight in water. Condensation can cause huge problems, especially when you’re camping and your breath traps humidity in the tent. If your flashlight isn’t waterproof, then that condensation could potentially become trapped in the lens, leading to distorted and blurred light, or it could even get trapped inside the tube, where the humidity could lead to battery corrosion.
The flashlights that I’ve chosen here are prime examples of the 1200 lumen flashlights on the market that are being used by outdoorsmen, military, and law enforcement personnel as part of their tactical flashlight choices. They also offer a range of costs, so if you’re choosing within a budget, then hopefully you can still find the right flashlight for you. But remember, it’s not just the cost and amount of accessories that make the ideal choice—the specs are going to be your best guide to finding the flashlight that suits your needs.
Product # B00WGYUREM
Title: High Powered Flashlight for High Powered Weapons
Flashlight: Armytek Viking Pro v3 XP-L
Review: The Armytek Viking Pro v3 XP-L is engineered with hunters and military personnel in mind. Constructed out of aircraft-grade aluminum with an anti-abrasive finish and an impact-resistant lens, this light can handle the kickback of a high-powered shotgun or rifle without a problem. It’s proven durability ensures that it can be dropped 30-meters and keep on working as good as before. Despite the durable material, the Viking Pro is also lightweight enough that if you mount it on your high-powered weapon, you’ll hardly notice the difference. In addition, this bad boy has an IP68 rating, which means it meets the highest standards for being dust and waterproof. The brilliant minds at Armytek have also crafted this flashlight to withstand subzero temperatures and operate on low battery voltage while producing the same constant brightness as it would when fully charged. Conveniently, the Viking Pro only requires one 18650 battery for a power source. It also comes with 3 colored filters—red, blue, green—so you can change the type of lighting you need to adjust to the environment, whether that’s snow, rain, or clear night skies. Regardless of if you’re out deep in the woods, camped out in a tree while waiting for the big game, or if you’re stationed in subzero climes, this flashlight will shine on into the darkness.
- Max lumen: 1200
- LED: Cree XP-L LED
- Beam distance: Up to 400 meters
- Dimensions & Weight: Length: 154mm. Body diameter: 25.4mm. Head diameter: 41mm. Weight (without batteries): 126g.
- Record runtime: with 1×18650 Li-Ion battery in firefly mode-130 days
- Durability: stands up to the recoil of any gun gauge and falling from 30 meters height
- Comfortable light 7:40 for efficient hunting with shotguns.
- Constant brightness even in -25C frost and with almost discharged batteries.
- The highest IP68 dust- and waterproof standard: more than 5 hours at 50 meters depth.
- Reliable body, red/green/blue filters and original remote switches for comfortable hunting and secure military application.
- Powered by: 1 x 18650 Battery
- Scalloped head design
- Optics: Smooth reflector
- Impact-resistant glass lens with sapphire and anti-reflection coating
- Body material: Aircraft-grade aluminium.
- Body anti-abrasive finish: Premium type III hard anodizing 400HV.
- Premium anti slipping matte surface treatment
- Body color: Matte Black.
- Highly durable
- Great tool for mounting to high calibre weapons
- Dependable in sub-zero temperatures
- Proven to stand up against both dust and waterproof standards
- 3-colored filters included
- Scalloped head design for breaking glass
- Minimal accessories
Product # DAX-100
Title: Budget Friendly Flashlight with All the Basics Covered
Flashlight: DAX Tactical LED Flashlight Kit—2 Flashlights
Review: For the price, this flashlight kit that includes two flashlights sure has me appreciating the generosity of the folks at DAX. Both flashlights are made of aircraft-grade aluminum alloy, which means you can drop these lights and not stress that the components inside will break. The ridged head design is also ideal in situations where you might need to break glass, such as being trapped in a sinking car or getting into a burning building. Both flashlights also have an adjustable focus and multiple modes—the DX-100 has 5 modes and the DX5 Mini has 3 modes. The accessories include rechargeable batteries and a cordless battery charger, which saves you the additional cost of purchasing batteries. Despite all of these perks at such a low price though, I will say that I sure wish the flashlights were waterproof instead of just water resistant.
- Material: Durable aircraft grade aluminum alloy, with a ridged head design for breaking glass
- Water resistant
- Hard-anodized finish; anti-abrasive, shock-proof
- Max 1200-lumen
- CREE XM-L2 Diode
- Beam distance: 200-250 meters
- Water Resistant Rating: IP67
- Lighting Period: High – 3 hours, Medium – 6 hours, Low -10 hours
- Adjustable zoom & 5 modes (High, Medium, Low, Strobe, SOS)
- Powered by: 1 18650 Lithium – Ion battery (included) or 3 AAA batteries (not included)
- Max 700-Lumen
- XPE Q5 Diode
- Beam distance: 100-150 meters
- Water Resistant Rating: IP67
- Lighting Period: High – 3 hours, Low – 10 hours,
- Adjustable zoom & 3 modes (High, Low, Strobe)
- Powered by: 1 18650 Lithium – Ion battery (included)
- DX-100 pro series led flashlight with deluxe lanyard
- DX5 mini led flashlight with deluxe lanyard
- Cordless direct dual plug-in battery charger
- (2) windsport 18650 4.2v 4200mah lithium-ion batteries
- 18650 plastic battery sleeve
- AAA plastic holder (for use with 3 AAA batteries—not included)
- Gift box/storage container
- 2 flashlights for a very affordable price!
- Adjustable zoom
- Loaded with accessories
- Only water resistant—not waterproof
- Not a very long beam distance
Product # Olight SR52UT KIT
Title: Going the Distance
Flashlight: Olight SR52UT Intimidator Kit
Review: This is fantastic with an unbeatable beam distance of 800 meters. The long beam distance makes it especially desirable for search and rescue operations and law enforcement personnel, and it sure won’t hurt for outdoorsmen like myself. With an IPX8 rating, I know that this is a flashlight I could rely on in any environment. The heat sink body design means that the flashlight is engineered to provide more effective heat dissipation, so if you’re using it for a long amount of time, it won’t be burning up your palm. The Olight engineers have also made the flashlight with a built-in charging circuit, so all you need to worry about is making sure you have a USB charging cable handy when you’re ready to power up. And don’t worry about running out to buy the USB cable or batteries. This flashlight also comes with rechargeable batteries and a Micro-USB cable, in addition to a holster, USB vehicle power adapter, and a spare O-ring. The only downsides I can see to this otherwise great flashlight and kit are that the flashlight requires 3 batteries, and it is not lightweight, which might be a problem for some if they anticipate holding the light up for a long duration of time. But the flashlight also has a lanyard hole on the end of the tail cap, and it comes with a holster, so you don’t have to hold it for longer than is necessary.
- Max Lumen: 1100 lumen
- Cree XP-L HI LED
- Beam distance: 800m
- 4 modes: 1100-lumen, 550-lumen, 80-lumen, and a 10Hz strobe
- Size: 6.3 inches in length, 2.5 inches head diameter
- Heat sink body design allows more efficient heat dissipation.
- Material: Type III anodized aluminum
- Flat tail cap providing the ability to place it upside down.
- Lanyard hole on the end of the tail cap
- Waterproof: IP68
- Built-in charging circuit for 18650 rechargeable batteries via a built-in micro USB Charging port
- Powered by three 18650 batteries(included), wide input voltage range compatible with CR123A
- Accessories: 3x 18650 batteries, Micro-USB Cable, Holster, USB Vehicle Power Adapter, Spare O-ring
- Rechargeable—built in charger
- Extremely long beam distance of 800 m
- Requires 3x 18650 batteries
- Not lightweight
- Not quite 1200-lumen
- No scalloped-head design
So, here’s the round-up of the reviews for the 1200 lumen flashlights. Out of all three flashlights, the DAX flashlight kit is the cheapest in price, but let me add, it might also be the cheapest in quality. Between the Armytek Viking Pro v3 XP-L, the DAX Tactical flashlights, and the Olight SR52UT, the Olight definitely has the longest beam distance of 800 meters. After that, the Armytek shines a longer distance than the DAX-100 by 150 meters. Both the Armytek and the Olight are waterproof with IP68 ratings, whereas the DAX flashlights are IP67, which means they are only water resistant. In terms of overall durability, I’m going to have to give my props for the 1200 lumen flashlight to Armytek, and I recommend it for the hunters and military personnel for whom the flashlight has been designed. In terms of reliability for long durations of use though, I think the Olight is the winner in the 1200 lumen category since the heat sink body design means you can use the flashlight for hours at a time and not feel the heat. So as always, my advice to you is to consider what you’re going to use the flashlight for and figure out what ratio of specs you need, whether that includes durability, beam distance, output modes, IPX ratings, or the cost.