What makes a great tactical flashlight

This J5 Tactical V1 Pro Flashlight Review is about a light that is getting a really good rave out there. Statistics show that over 73% of its 13k+ buyers have given it a clean 5-star rating (when writing this).

I would also recommend you to check out its numerous positive reviews that bombard its page.

If its appealing star rating and excellent reviews are anything to go by, then we have to admit that the J5 Tactical V1 Pro Flashlight is a great light that might fit most people’s needs.

Features and Specs

  • Size: 1.02 x 3.7 x 1.02 in
  • Weight: 65g
  • Material- Aluminum alloy
  • 300 lumens
  • Battery type: AA, 14500, NiMH
  • Modes: High/Low/Strobe (all with adjustable beam focus)
  • Waterproof: IPX4

Compact size- anyone could hold it comfortably

Right out of the box, anyone will tell that the J5 Tactical V1 Pro flashlight actually means serious business. This light torch measures 1.02 x 3.7 x 1.02 in and weighs around 3.5 ounces with the battery.

The J5 Tactical V1 Pro flashlight is slightly longer than the 6.5 Creedmoor Cartridge. This means that almost anyone can hold it comfortably in their hands without the weight bogging them down.

For users with larger-than-average hands, the J5 Tactical V1 Pro flashlight features rugged ridges that offer a really nice grip.

There’s more to this…

Another thing that you might like is that its size allows it to fit almost anywhere. The J5 Tactical V1 Pro flashlight will comfortably slide in and out of your pant and coat pockets.

This means that you won’t have to think twice about bringing it along with you.

Sturdy belt clip

Worth pointing out, this flashlight has a heavy-duty belt clip that makes it super easy to carry. Unlike in other units where the clip is soldered to the body, I like that J5 uses actual screws to fasten it.

What’s so unique about it?

This means that the clip will not snap out when least expected. The clip allows you to attach the J5 Tactical V1 Pro flashlight to your helmet, cap, or backpack straps for hands-free use.

Performance: Battery type

As the specs sheet indicates, the J5 Tactical V1 Pro flashlight uses a single AA battery. You could also use a lithium-ion battery if you want better performance (more about this below).

To insert or replace the battery, you’ll need to unscrew a cap at the bottom.

What I like about the tail cover is that it has a waterproof ‘o’ ring to prevent water from entering into the battery compartment. Another O-ring at the front also prevents water intrusion from that end as well.

On the same note, the tail cap uses a sturdy spring to accommodate different types of batteries and prevent rattling.

Light Output

The J5 Tactical V1 Pro flashlight is ideally designed to use one AA battery. There are a few advantages here. First, these cells are damn cheap. Second, they are also easily available in almost any store near you.

There’s a catch though.

The AA battery offers you utmost 150 lumens which are a half of what the J5 LED promises.

If you want to experience its full potential, pull the trigger and get yourself the lithium-ion batteries. They not only offer 150 more lumens but also tend to last a little bit longer.

On the same note about performance, the J5 Tactical V1 Pro flashlight boasts 3 light modes; high, low, and strobe.

At its highest setting, this little torch has a beam distance  up to 600 feet. Its low pattern is essential for activities that don’t require lots of light such as reading maps.

Easy to use switch

Flashlights that feature a side-switch are easy to switch ON accidentally. It could drain the battery and cause inconveniences when you badly need some light. That’s why this flashlight’s tail switch is worth a special mention here.

This is an average-size rubber button that requires some energy to switch ON and OFF. This position also makes it easy to use the flashlight on a rifle.

It’s a good thing that all the 3 modes are controlled by a single switch. The button has an audible click that confirms your operations.

Admittedly, and some past buyers confirm, you might find navigating through the 3 modes from a single button quite tricky. This will, however, get easy once you get the hang of it.

Zoomable beam

This is yet another feature unique to the J5 Tactical V1 Pro flashlight. The head extends back and forth to narrow or widen the focus to your desired intensity in a breeze.

Who is it best for?

At its size and weight, virtually anybody could find some really good use of the J5 Tactical V1 Pro flashlight.

Its crenulated bezel (aka attack head) makes it a suitable option for law enforcement officers. The bezel also renders it nicely as a great tool for breaking windows in rescue missions.

Its practically waterproof design, sturdy clip, and bright light also mean that you could rely on the J5 Tactical V1 Pro flashlight for your hunting, camping, and cycling excursions.

On this note, you’ll find the strobe mode quite helpful in case you want to attract attention.