If you are one of those people who know their EDCs from their ABCs there is a very good chance you have heard of the J5 Tactical V1-Pro flashlight. Although it is small in size, it is bright, as in blindingly so and strong enough to handle extreme use (and abuse.)
The Every Day Carry flashlight is perfect for home use and comes in handy for power outages, finding missing items in crooks, crannies and under sofas. Or if you on camping trips. It can even be attached to a backpack, a helmet or bicycle for night rides.
What we like:
- The J5 Tactical V1 Pro is durable, compact and easy to store
- It has 300 Lumens, which means it is very bright
- It can light a distance up to 600-feet
- It is water resistant
- The flashlight has a detachable pocket clip that attaches to a backpack, cap or helmet
- It is an affordable option
- It uses one AA battery or a rechargeable battery
- The tactical flashlight has an attack head and non-skid design
What we don’t like:
- There have been reports that the on/off switch is prone to jamming
- The flashlight isn’t waterproof
The J5 Tactical V1-Pro
J5 Tactical has established itself as one of the leaders when it comes to tactical equipment, which means we expect a lot from its products. And the J5 Tactical V1-Pro doesn’t disappoint. From its price and bright LED light to its battery life, different modes and durability, there is a lot to like about this particular flashlight, and it is easy to see why it is one the company’s best selling items.
One of the first things you will notice about the J5 Tactical V1-Pro flashlight is its quality. It is made using aircraft aluminum alloy that is virtually indestructible. The light can be dropped, from as high as 9-feet, and not show any signs of damage, and will work in the most extreme weather conditions.
Being a tactical flashlight, it has an attack head which can be used as a makeshift weapon, should the need arise. And the skid-proof design means it won’t roll away when dropped.
Best of all, this industrial-grade flashlight is lightweight and compact in size. The flashlight measures four inches long and weighs around 3.5 ounces with the battery. You can carry it in your pocket, EDC hold-all, or use the detachable pocket clip and put it on a belt, cap, rifle or backpack.
The thing with small flashlights, especially super bright ones made from aluminum, is they get hot and almost impossible to use after a few minutes. Not with the J5 V1-Pro.The clever addition of cooling fins stops it from overheating, even at full brightness.
Excellent battery life
The battery life of this beast is definitely worth mentioning. It uses one AA battery, which if used conservatively, will last up to three weeks. Or you have the option of using a 14500 rechargeable battery.
Bright LED light
Excuse us as we throw in an old cliché here: dynamite really does come in small packages. The J5 V1-Pro The LED bulb produces 300 lumens, and easily lights up an object 600-feet away. According to one review, the flashlight can light up two football fields, although that is something we have never tried.
This is one of the brightest EDC flashlights around, even when compared to those that are two to the three times the price.
Three light modes and an adjustable zoom function
Equipped with three different light modes, including low, strobe and Holy Moly That’s Bright, or as the manufacturer calls it, high. Strobe mode isn’t something you would expect to find on the average domestic torch, but we aren’t talking average. Being a tactical flashlight, the strobe function is used to disorientate someone in specific situations.
There is also an adjustable zoom function that allows you to use the flashlight as a floodlight (zoom out) or a spotlight (zoom in).
Tail cap switch for ease of use
The J5 V1-Pro flashlight has a convenient tail cap switch for when you need to use it tactically. If you’re hunting, for example, and the flashlight is mounted on your gun, you can turn it on quickly and easily with the tail cap switch.
You are also able to adjust the light settings from floodlight to flashlight, and change the mode using one hand.
Convenient and versatile
The flashlight combines versatility, convenience and affordability. Keep one in your home, another in your garage or workshop, and one in the car for those unexpected breakdowns. It will fit into your pocket, a purse or backpack, and can be used for walking the dog at night, for camping, hunting or fishing or for those inconvenient outages.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I use lithium batteries with the J5 Tactical V1-Pro Flashlight?
Yes, you can. In fact it is recommended you do so you get the full 300 lumens.
How long does an AA battery last?
Most users report that a single AA battery will last between three weeks and a month.
Is it easy to change the low, high and strobe settings?
We think so. Push it once to turn it on, and then half way to change it to high, and half way again to change it to strobe. Push it in to turn off.
What is the zoom function for?
The zoom feature means the flashlight can be used as a spotlight (when you zoom in on an object) or as a floodlight (when you zoom out).This is a clever feature that makes it tactical.
Is the flashlight waterproof? What is the difference between waterproof and water-resistant?
The flashlight is water-resistantThe difference between waterproof and water-resistant is quite simple: a waterproof flashlight can be used for diving for example. A water-resistant flashlight on the other hand, can be exposed to water and still work, but ti shouldn’t be submerged in water.
Is the J5 Tactical V1-Pro flashlight worth it?
It performs well, even if it were two to three times the price.
In a nutshell, this is a tactical flashlight you shouldn’t be without. While it is small and compact enough to use around the home, its durability and excellent performance means it can be used with confidence when you are camping, hiking or hunting.
It can also be used by law enforcerment officers and rescue workers because of the strobe light, floodlight and spotlight modes and the attack head. It is easy to see why this is one of J5 Tactical’s best selling products.