African Hunting Flashlights

A reliable flashlight or torch is essential to take on an African hunting safari particularly if you are hunting a wilderness area and living in a camp that runs on a generator. A permanent hunting camp such as in South Africa is usually well-lit at night using mains electricity or solar power, however a flashlight is useful if the power fails for any reason.

In a wilderness hunting camp you will need a flashlight for finding your way around your tent or going to the bathroom at night when the generator is shut down. Should you go outside your tent at night (not to be recommended), there are usually oil lamps strategically placed around the camp but a flashlight with a strong beam will be useful to find the magazine you left in the dining area.

Out hunting a flashlight will be important if darkness overtakes you when you are looking for a wounded or dead animal or when you have a long walk back to the truck. In this instance a headlamp will be more convenient as long as you don't 'blind' the others in your group when you look at them. If you are doing a night follow-up on a possibly wounded leopard, a strong light output headlamp or a flashlight securely bound to your firearm barrel will be necessary.

Functions Of A Good African Hunting Flashlight

  • LED (light-emitting diode) technology have rendered most other flashlight bulbs virtually obsolete. They cannot be beaten for energy efficiency, battery life, impact resistance and brightness. Overall flashlight reliability goes without saying on an Africa hunt.
  • Good long battery life.
  • Uses common battery sizes (AA,C,D) whether rechargeable or disposable. Regular battery sizes are cheap and easy to buy in most towns in Africa. Most brands of rechargeable batteries work best when they are used right after charging rather than charged and left aside until ready for use.
  • Built-in lithium-ion batteries can be recharged through a computer USB connection, AC or DC outlet or solar panel. If your camp runs on a generator you will usually only be able to recharge in the evenings while the generator is on.
  • Tough and rugged enough to still function if the flashlight is dropped, covered in dust or run over by a hunting truck.
  • A degree of water resistance or fully waterproof. Check seals are unbreakable especially around the glass so it can't be affected by humidity.
  • A high level of light output with more than one brightness mode. (Light output is measured in lumens and is the highest light intensity on a new battery).
  • Adjustable beam intensity which varies with selected brightness setting. (Beam intensity is measured in metres). Beams commonly can be adjusted through any level between a spot light to flood light.
  • You might prefer 'regulated' brightness where the flashlight maintains a constant light level until the battery is dead rather than fading gradually.
  • Size and weight of a flashlight is an issue for travelling and ease of handling. Lightweight flashlights are often made of thinner aluminium and can be more easily damaged. Heavier flashlights are usually made of thicker aluminium and are more impact resistant.
  • An straight on/off power button may be inadvisable because it may get switched on in your bag unnoticed and be dead when you need it. A flashlight with a button safety lock or a rotating switch mechanism might be preferable.

African Hunting Flashlights

These flashlights have all been used by hunters in Africa and come recommended for generally good battery life, excellent light output and toughness.

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Fenix Flashlight TK35 High Performance - 860 Lumen
  • CREE XM-L (T6) LED with a lifespan of 50,000 hours
  • Uses four three-volt CR123A batteries or two 18650 rechargeable batteries
  • Digitally regulated output maintains constant brightness
  • Reverse polarity protection from improper battery installation
  • Dual button switch in the tail cap
  • Made of durable aircraft-grade aluminum
  • Hard-anodized anti-abrasive finish
  • Toughened ultra-clear glass lens with anti-reflective coating
  • Waterproof to IPX-8 standard

Fenix Flashlight TK61 - 1000 Lumen
  • A handheld searchlight, the Fenix TK61 is scaled for ultra long reach and extended runtime
  • CREE XM-L2 U2 LED, the light reaches 2703 feet
  • with 1000-lumen output
  • Four brightness levels, instant turbo and SOS function are controlled by dual on-body switches
  • Powered by four 18650 batteries or optional rechargeable pack
  • TK61 provides over four hours of Turbo output and is compatible with the TK75 Extended Runtime Kit

Fenix PD35 - 960 Lumen
  • 960 lumen output
  • Uses two CR123A batteries or one 18650 Li-ion battery
  • Six outputs including five brightness levels and strobe
  • Low voltage indicator
  • Aircraft-grade anodized aluminum body
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Surefire Aviator 2L Flashlight
  • Primary LED generates brilliant white spot beam, secondary LEDs produce red color flood beam
  • Precision micro-textured reflector creates smooth, optimized beam
  • Coated tempered window resists impact, maximizes light
  • High-strength aerospace aluminum body
  • Two-stage tactical tailcap switch
  • Steel clip provides multiple carry options
  • Weatherproof O-ring and gasket sealing
  • Uses high-energy 123A batteries

SureFire E2L Outdoorsman Dual Output LED Flashlight
  • Virtually indestructible LED emitter regulated to maximize output and runtime
  • Two output levels - 120 lumen high for maximum light, 5 lumen low for extended runtime
  • Lens produces tight beam with enough surround light for peripheral vision
  • Coated tempered window resists impact, maximizes light
  • Dual-output tailcap click switch
  • High-strength aerospace aluminum body
  • Steel clip provides multiple carry options
  • Weatherproof O-ring and gasket sealing
  • Choice of power source two AA lithium or AA alkaline batteries

SureFire G2X Pro Dual Output LED Flashlight
  • Virtually indestructible LED emitter regulated to maximize light output and runtime
  • Two output levels - high for maximum light, low for extended runtime
  • Precision micro-textured reflector creates smooth, optimized beam
  • Tough polycarbonate window resists impact
  • Tough Nitrolon body
  • Dual-output tailcap click switch
  • Weatherproof O-ring and gasket sealed
  • Uses high-energy 123A batteries
Surefire 6 Pack Boxed 123A Lithium Batteries
  • High-performance batteries, optimized for high-drain use in flashlights
  • 10-year shelf life
  • Wide temperature tolerance
  • Built-in heat and fault (short-circuit) protection

Surefire Fl Kroma
  • This is the flashlight that is useful for illuminating blood trails with the blue beam in low light conditions
  • Dual-output flashlight that also provides two distinct beam types and four spectrum choices
  • Power-regulated primary LED and a Total Internal Reflection lens to produce a 4 lumen white low beam or a brilliant 130 lumen white spot beam
  • Secondary LEDs produce low-output flood beams in red, blue, yellow-green and infrared, letting you preserve your own night vision (red, blue, and yellow-green), navigate outdoors without disturbing wildlife
  • The no-look selector ring lets you instantly choose colour output
  • Two-stage push-button tailcap switch activates the light

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Pelican Flashlights 2410-016-245 Stealth Lite
  • LED module produces a true, bright collimated LED beam
  • Corrosion proof
  • Resistant to extreme temperatures and submersible
  • Powered by 4 AA alkaline cells
  • Pelican Codura Holster

Pelican 2380R Rechargeable LED Flashlight
  • 'Slide-Beam technology' (spot to flood)
  • USB rechargeability with micro-USB cord
  • Full time battery level indication
  • High performance LED in multiple modes: High/Strobe/Low
  • Over 300 lumens on high mode with a 3 hours 30 minute run time
  • 30 lumens on low mode for up to 25 hours
  • Ability to transition from rechargeable to disposable batteries with a Micro-USB charge cord and battery canister for two CR-123 disposable lithium batteries.
  • Removable pocket clip

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LED Lenser Tac Torch Flashlight
  • Bright beam can be focused from near to far and all points in between with the simple Turning Focus System
  • Near-to-far focusing options with the Advanced Focus System with focused beam for long-distance needs and a spill beam for up-close reading
  • Made from impact-resistant aluminum specifically for the heavy-duty work
  • Puts out 100 lumens for nearly five hours
  • Three AAA batteries to power the single LED for up to 4.5 hours

Browning Tactical Hunter Catalyst LED Flashlight
  • High-low settings for maximum brightness and battery life
  • Fast-strobe setting
  • Luxeon Rebel LED rated for 50,000 hours of use

MagLite ST3D016 3-D Cell LED Flashlight
  • Runs on 3 D-type batteries
  • 'Intelligent Energy Source Management' balances high brightness against extended battery life
  • Beam adjusts from spot to flood by rotating the head
  • Case is made from a high-strength aluminum alloy that has been anodized inside and out
  • Water and shock-resistant
  • High-quality O-rings at both openings keep water away from the batteries

Rechargeable Handheld Spotlight
  • Ideal for African game-viewing at night
  • Handheld design directs the intense light of nearly 1.5 million candlepower (240 lumens) just where you need it
  • Designed with a trigger pulse switch for quick on and of
  • Ergonomically designed rubberized hand grip
  • Six standard LEDs for immediate area use
  • Three 3W high-power LED lights for long-range illumination
  • Three-hour continuous use
  • Recharges in just a few hours
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