Budget tactical flashlight – is there such a thing? Everyone’s love the concept of tactical flashlights, but who loves the expensive price of tactical flashlights? What we need is a light that can be used for an EDC light, but could also be bright enough to serve as a budget tactical flashlight.
EDC Budget tactical flashlight
I have a couple relatives who are involved in Law Enforcement. They are constantly giving me the rundown on the various uses of the tactical flashlight, especially for home defense. I understand their wisdom that a super bright flashlight could be handy for home defense as well as for camping or prepping.
My search started poorly. I was floored at the prices of tactical flashlights and regular flashlights just didn’t produce the amount of light needed to blind an assailant or home invader. I need a budget tactical flashlight. Does such a thing even exist?
One day this all changed. I was shopping at a local Home Depot store and happened to wander down the aisle with the flashlights. I stopped to browse and there on a high shelf, I saw a Coast PX 25. The label on the display caught my eye. It read “208 Lumens”.
“208 Lumens” didn’t sound like much to me, but I saw the “try me” sticker, which indicated to me that I could tinker with the flashlight through the packaging.
I pulled one of the PX25‘s down from the display. The package information informed me that it was powered by AAA batteries. That’s a huge plus for me since I really try to standardize on devices that run off of AA and AAA batteries.
“AAA batteries, that’s cool.” I thought, and while looking directly into the LED bulb, I, without thinking, activated the on/off switch on the butt.
HOLY COW! I was blinded.
I swear that it probably looked like a comedy movie was being filmed. I knocked boxes off the shelf in my panic, while trying to get that evil, evil PX25 back into the display box. I had colors swirling in my eyes. Dear Heavens, what did I do to myself.
If you’ve never been on the receiving end of 208 lumens, it is very bright. If 208 lumens is that bright, I can’t even imagine how bright those real tactical lights are.
I decided that, even though the Coast PX25 had visually assaulted me, for no good reason, that I’d really like to have one. I wasn’t buying it at Home Depot though, this wasn’t my first rodeo. I went home, got on the internet, and headed to amazon.com to order that Coast PX25, for less than $30.
Two days later I had my budget tactical flashlight in hand. I tore open the shipping box and inside was a really classy-looking Coast Box. Oh, this was going to be good.
I opened the box and there with the flashlight and nice nylon belt carry sheath, were 3 brand spanking new Duracell AAA batteries! Wow, Coast knows how to treat a consumer!
The Coast PX25 itself is made of strong lightweight aluminum with a nice textured grippy finish. It also has 2 sides with flat spots so it won’t roll away. It’s well constructed and feels like a high quality item. It also has a Lifetime guarantee!
I put the batteries in the PX25 and while safely aiming it away from my face, turned it on. Even in broad daylight, this light was bright. I couldn’t wait for night fall.
When night came, I snuck outside to my back deck. My neighbors houses are about 75 yard away, so I wanted to see if I could see the light on their houses. I could. Not only could I see it, but I lit those houses up.
Whoops, sorry neighbors, my bad.
I then shined the light into the forest behind my house. I could see eyes way out in the distance, in the woods. That was a flipping deer out there.
I love this light. These are my new go-to flashlights. I promptly ordered 2 more. I think I’m going to mount one of them on my home defense shotgun, and put one in my bug out bag, leaving 1 more to put in my truck’s glove box.
This box has 2 modes, on and off. It doesn’t have the strobe feature that many of the true tactical flashlights have, but I didn’t feel that for $30 that I really needed strobe.
If you want a great EDC budget tactical flashlight (ok, technically it’s not a true tactical flashlight, but it’s super freaking bright) that won’t cost you hundreds and hundreds of dollars, will light up anything within 400 feet and will blind anyone looking into it, then the Coast PX25 is probably right for you. They are less then $30, so you can afford to grab a couple! Be sure to check out our EDC survival flashlight buyers guide that gives you all the must know aspects of choosing the right EDC survival flashlight
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