Rechargeable LED Flashlights

Flashlights are essential tools for professionals, such as law enforcement officers, whose jobs require a dependable illumination tool. Due to lower cost of operation and the convenience of “topping off” batteries between use, rechargeable flashlight systems such as Mag Instrument’s MagCharger and the Streamlight Stinger series have been quite popular. Nowadays, there are a lot more rechargeable systems available from a variety of manufacturers, and with the latest high performance lighting-class LEDs, rechargeable flashlights not only last longer, but also produce more output.

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LED-Resource will be taking a closer look at some of the latest mid-sized rechargeable systems, so the goal of this article is to evaluate and compare these offerings and hopefully guide you to picking the right rechargeable flashlight for your needs. This page will be continuously updated with new information (rankings may change with new entries).

Update 10/25/2012: We have updated the format of our tables to make them easier to navigate! Use the scroll bar at the bottom of the table to browse through entries, which are sorted by release date, with the oldest lights farthest right.

Update 2/20/2013: As the number of flashlights in this article increase, it has become sensible to break up the lights into categories. Coming soon…

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Specification Summary

Brand
Model
LED Type
Output
Modes or
Levels
Output
Intensity
Beam Ratio
Maximum
Battery
Runtime
Primary
Power
Source
Alternate
Power
Source
Length and
Weight
Charge Time
Charge Options
Charge Source
Lens/Window
Material
Body
Construction
Material
Switch
Anti-Roll
Water-Resistant
Warranty
Actual Pricing
and MSRP
Release Date
Review Date
MagliteStreamlightStreamlightSureFireLED LenserStreamlightStreamlightStreamlightSureFire5.11 TacticalSureFireMagliteLED LenserInova5.11 TacticalStreamlightStreamlightStreamlightStreamlightPelican
MagCharger LEDStrion LED HLStinger DS LED HLUBR InvictusM7RXStinger DS LED HPStinger DS LEDStrion LEDUNR CommanderATAC R1R1 LawmanML125M7RT4PC3.300Stinger DS LED HPStrion LEDPolyStinger DS LEDStinger DS LED7060
Cree XM-L2Cree XM-LCree XM-LCree XM-LCree XM-LCree XP-G2Cree XP-G2Cree XP-GCree XM-LCree XP-GCree XM-LCree XP-GCree XR-ECree XP-G3 x Cree XP-ECree XR-ECree XR-ECree XR-ECree XR-ECree XR-E
High,
Low, SOS or Strobe
High, Medium,
Low, Strobe
High, Medium,
Low, Strobe
MaxBlast, Maximum, 8 Output Levels,
SOS, Strobe
Boost, Power,
Dim, Blink,
SOS, Strobe
High, Medium,
Low, Strobe
High, Medium,
Low, Strobe
High, Medium,
Low, Strobe
High, Medium High, Medium Low, Low, StrobeHigh, Low,
Strobe
High, Medium, Low, StrobeHigh, Low,
SOS or Strobe
Boost, Power,
Dim, Blink,
SOS, Strobe
High, Medium,
Low, Strobe
Peak, Standard,
Strobe
High, Medium,
Low, Strobe
High, Medium,
Low, Strobe
High, Medium,
Low, Strobe
High, Medium,
Low, Strobe
High
680, 170500, 250, 175640, 340, 170800, 555, 264 to 5600, 400, 85350, 175, 85350, 175, 85250, 130, 65800, 500, 140, 30216, 17750, 150, 15186, 47210, 165, 27227, 94, 16200, 70, 150200, 100, 50160, 80, 40185, 95, 45180, 95, 45160
43,667 cd10,000 cd22,000 cd30,500 cd13,800 cd56,000 cd24,000 cd10,000 cd20,000 cd4,533 cd16,000 cd16,725 cd13,800 cd10,000 cdTBD48,000 cd10,000 cd24,000 cd17,000 cd16,100 cd
64 cd/lm20 cd/lm34 cd/lm38 cd/lm23 cd/lm160 cd/lm68 cd/lm40 cd/lm25 cd/lm21 cd/lm21 cd/lm90 cd/lm66 cd/lm44 cd/lmTBD240 cd/lm63 cd/lm130 cd/lm94 cd/lm100 cd/lm
4h 30min, 16h1h, 2h,
3h 30m, 2h 30m
1h 15min, 2h,
4h, 3h
1h 45min, 2h,
3h 45min to 83h
2h, 5h 15min,
8h 30min
2h, 3h 45m,
7h 15m, 5h 30m
2h, 3h 45m,
7h 15m, 5h 30m
2h, 4h,
7h 30m, 5h 30m
2h 15min,
2h 30min,
6h 30min, 23h
3h 15min, 67h,
6h 30min
1h 45min, 5h 15min, 37h8h 30m, 30h3h, 12h, 20h2h 15m, 6h,
48h 32m
13m, 45m,
2h 15m
2h, 3h 45m,
7h 15m, 5h 30m
2h, 4h,
7h 30m, 5h 30m
2h, 3h 45m,
7h 15m, 5h 30m
2h, 3h 45m,
7h 15m, 5h 30m
2h
6.0V NiMH
3,500 mAh
1,000 cycles
3.75V Li-Ion
2,000 mAh
1,000 cycles
3.6V NiMH
2,200 mAh
1,000 cycles
3.6V Li-Ion
2,900 mAh
500 cycles
3.7V Li-Ion
2,200mAh
3.6V NiCd
1,800 mAh
1,000 cycles
3.6V NiCd
1,800 mAh
1,000 cycles
3.75V Li-Ion
2,000 mAh
1000 cycles
3.6V Li-Ion
2,900 mAh
500 cycles
3.7V Li-Ion
TBD mAh
500 cycles
3.6V Li-Ion 2,900 mAh 500 cycles3.6V NiMH
2,500 mAh
1,000 cycles
3.7V Li-Ion
2,200mAh
3.7V Li-Ion
2,150 mAh
Capacitor
50,000 cycles
3.6V NiCd
1,800 mAh
1,000 cycles
3.7V Li-Ion
2,000 mAh
500 cycles
3.6V NiCd
1,800 mAh
1,000 cycles
3.6V NiCd
1,800 mAh
1,000 cycles
3.7V Li-Ion
2,200 mAh
500 cycles
NoneNoneNone2 x 123A
Lithium
None3.6V NiMH
2200 mAh
1,000 cycles
3.6V NiMH
2200 mAh
1,000 cycles
None2 x 123A
Lithium
2 x 123A
Lithium
2 x 123A Lithium3 x C-cell
Alkaline
NoneNoneNone3.6V NiMH
2200 mAh
1,000 cycles
None3.6V NiMH
2200 mAh
1,000 cycles
3.6V NiMH
2200 mAh
1,000 cycles
None
12.6″
28 oz.
5.9″
5.2 oz.
8.85″
12.8 oz.
9.75″
13.9 oz.
6.14″
7.4 oz.
9.65″
14 oz.
8.85″
12.8 oz.
5.9″
5.2 oz.
9.4″
12.0 oz.
5.9″
6.7 oz.
8.1″ 10.2 oz.11.1″
18.4 oz.
6.14″
7.27 oz.
8″
9.07 oz.
8.75″
10 oz.
9.65″
14 oz.
5.9″
5.2 oz.
8.64″
11.9 oz.
8.85″
12.8 oz.
8.65″
10.5 oz.
TBD hours3 hours3.5 to 12 hours4 hours5 hours2.5 hours2.5 hours3 hours4 hours4 hours4 hours2 hours5 hours3 hours90 seconds2.5 hours3 hours2.5 hours2.5 hours4-5 hours
Cradle OnlyCradle OnlyCradle and BatteryCable OnlyCradle OnlyCradle and BatteryCradle and BatteryCradle OnlyCable OnlyCradle OnlyCable OnlyBattery OnlyCradle OnlyCradle OnlyCradle OnlyCradle and BatteryCradle OnlyCradle and BatteryCradle and BatteryCradle Only
120V and 12V120V and 12V120V and 12V120V and 12V120V and 12V120V and 12V120V and 12V120V and 12V120V and 12V120V and 12V120V and 12V120V Only120V and 12V120V and 12V120V and 12V120V and 12V120V and 12V120V and 12V120V and 12V120V and 12V
PolycarbonateBorofloat GlassAnti-Scratch
Polycarbonate
Anti-Reflective GlassPolycarbonateAnti-Scratch
Polycarbonate
Anti-Scratch
Polycarbonate
Borofloat GlassAnti-Reflective GlassAcrylicAnti-Reflective GlassPolycarbonatePolycarbonateAnti-Reflective GlassPolycarbonateAnti-Scratch
Polycarbonate
Borofloat GlassAnti-Scratch
Polycarbonate
Anti-Scratch
Polycarbonate
Acrylic
Type III Anodized AluminumType II Anodized AluminumType II Anodized Aluminum
w/ Rubber Grip
Type III Anodized AluminumType II Anodized AluminumType II Anodized Aluminum
w/ Rubber Grip
Type II Anodized Aluminum
w/ Rubber Grip
Type II Anodized AluminumType III Anodized AluminumType II Anodized AluminumType III Anodized AluminumType II Anodized AluminumType II Anodized AluminumType III Anodized AluminumPolymerType II Anodized Aluminum
w/ Rubber Grip
Type II Anodized AluminumPolymer
w/ Rubber Grip
Type II Anodized Aluminum
w/ Rubber Grip
Polymer w/ Aluminum
Heat Sink
HeadTailHead and TailTailTailHead and TailHead and TailTailTailTailHead and TailHeadTailHeadHead and TailHead and TailTailHead and TailHead and TailHead and Tail
NoYesNoYesNoNoNoYesYesYesYesNoNoNoYesNoYesNoNoYes
Yes, IPX4Yes, IPX4Yes, IPX4YesYesYes, IPX4Yes, IPX4Yes, IPX4YesYes, IPX4YesYes, IPX4YesYes, IPX4YesYes, IPX4Yes, IPX4Yes, IPX4Yes, IPX4Yes, IPX4
Lifetime†Lifetime‡Lifetime‡Lifetime**5 YearsLifetime‡Lifetime‡Lifetime‡Lifetime**Lifetime‡Lifetime**Lifetime†5 Years3 Years*Lifetime§Lifetime‡Lifetime‡Lifetime‡Lifetime‡Lifetime†
~$130
MSRP: $150
~$130
MSRP: $200+
~$140
MSRP: $220+
~$500
MSRP: $692
~$250
MSRP: $300
~$140
MSRP: $170+
~$120
MSRP: $155+
~$95
MSRP: $126+
~$450
MSRP: $595
~$140
MSRP: $140
~$350
MSRP: $455
~$100
MSRP: $120
~$105
MSRP: $150
~$110
MSRP: $150
~$160
MSRP: $160
~$140
MSRP: $170+
~$95
MSRP: $126+
~$120
MSRP: $155+
~$120
MSRP: $155+
~$140
MSRP: $210
Dec. 2013Apr. 2013Apr. 2013Feb. 2013Jan. 2013Oct. 2012Oct. 2012Oct. 2012Sept. 2012May 2012Apr. 2012Sept. 2011Jul. 2011Nov. 2010Mar. 2010Oct. 2009Mar. 2009Jan. 2009Jul. 2008Mar. 2007
TBDTBD6/5/20135/2/20132/22/20131/14/201312/20/201211/20/201210/15/20128/15/20124/26/20129/20/20117/15/20113/28/20112/24/20112/10/20116/3/20113/21/20119/14/20113/2/2011

† Lifetime warranty does not include LED or battery.
‡ Lifetime warranty does not include battery or charger. 1-year warranty for battery and charger.
§ Lifetime warranty does not include charger. 1-year warranty for charger.
* 3-year warranty for LED, battery, and switch. Lifetime warranty for materials and workmanship.
** Lifetime warranty includes LED. 2-year warranty for electronics, battery, and charger.


Comparison Results

Brand
Model
User Interface
Output
Beam Pattern
Runtime
Power Source
Alternate Power
Size and Weight
Charge Time
Charge Options
Charge Source
Lens/Window
Body Material
Heatsink
Switch
Switch Feel
Anti-Roll
Water Resistance
Warranty
Build Quality
Value
Total
Overall
MagliteStreamlightStreamlightSureFireLED LenserStreamlightStreamlightStreamlightSureFire5.11 TacticalSureFireMagliteLED LenserInova5.11 TacticalStreamlightStreamlightStreamlightStreamlightPelican
MagCharger LEDStrion LED HLStinger DS LED HLUBR InvictusM7RXStinger DS LED HPStinger DS LEDStrion LEDUNR CommanderATAC R1R1 LawmanML125M7RT4PC3.300Stinger DS LED HPStrion LEDPolyStinger DS LEDStinger DS LED7060
10/1010/1010/109/1010/1010/1010/1010/109/1010/1010/109/109/109/1010/1010/1010/1010/108/10
10/1010/1010/1010/109/109/109/1010/108/1010/108/108/108/108/108/107/108/108/107/10
10/1010/1010/1010/1010/1010/1010/1010/1010/1010/1010/1010/1010/108/109/1010/1010/109/109/10
7/107/108/108/108/108/108/108/109/108/1010/108/108/105/108/108/108/108/108/10
10/108/1010/108/108/108/1010/1010/1010/1010/1010/1010/1010/107/108/1010/108/108/1010/10
5/105/1010/105/105/105/105/1010/1010/1010/1010/105/105/100/105/105/105/105/105/10
10/109/108/1010/108/109/1010/108/1010/109/107/1010/1010/109/108/1010/109/109/109/10
9/109/109/108/109/109/109/109/109/109/109/108/109/1010/109/109/109/109/108/10
8/1010/108/108/1010/1010/108/108/108/108/108/108/108/108/1010/108/1010/1010/108/10
10/1010/1010/1010/1010/1010/1010/1010/1010/1010/108/1010/1010/1010/1010/1010/1010/1010/108/10
10/1010/1010/106/1010/1010/1010/1010/108/1010/108/106/1010/106/1010/1010/1010/1010/108/10
9/109/1010/109/109/109/109/1010/109/1010/109/109/1010/1010/109/109/1010/109/1010/10
9/1010/1010/109/1010/1010/109/1010/1010/1010/1010/109/1010/106/1010/109/106/1010/109/10
10/1010/108/1010/1010/1010/1010/108/1010/1010/1010/1010/108/1010/1010/1010/1010/1010/1010/10
10/1010/1010/108/1010/1010/1010/1010/1010/109/1010/108/106/109/1010/1010/1010/1010/106/10
10/1010/108/108/108/109/1010/1010/109/1010/108/108/108/1010/108/1010/108/109/1010/10
8/108/1010/109/108/108/108/1010/109/1010/1010/108/108/1010/108/108/108/108/108/10
10/1010/1010/108/1010/1010/1010/1010/1010/1010/1010/108/107/1010/1010/1010/1010/1010/1010/10
20/2020/2020/2020/2020/2020/2020/2020/2015/2020/2020/2020/2020/2015/2020/2020/2020/2020/2020/20
30/3030/3025/3020/3030/3030/3030/3020/3015/3025/3030/3030/3030/3025/3030/3030/3030/3030/3025/30
215215214193212214215211198218215194204185210213209212196
★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★ ★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★ ★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★

Overall score is weighted on serious drawbacks.
For tactical-sized lights, no points are deducted for lack of a head switch.
For full-sized lights, no points are deducted for lack of a tail switch.


Editor’s Choice: It’s difficult to put a price on an equipment investment, so from a technical perspective, our top picks are: Streamlight Stinger DS LED/LED HP/LED HL and SureFire R1 Lawman. While the SureFire R1 Lawman is our top pick, the Streamlight Stinger DS LED/LED HP/LED HL is a much more budget-friendly choice. Other great choices for more specific requirements include the Maglite ML125, Streamlight Strion LED, SureFire UBR Invictus, and SureFire UNR Commander.

Each flashlight in our round-up were carefully selected for review, and all of them are excellent in their own right. We hope that this article has helped identify the right rechargeable flashlight system for you!