African Hunting Flashlights

Page Updated: Apr 2020

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 TK36R Rechargeable - 1600 Lumen
  • USB C Rechargeable for fast, reliable charging
  • Battery level indicator displays current charge level
  • Dual switch operation
  • High-capacity battery for long runtimes
  • Charge in 10 minutes for up to 5 hours of illumination
  • Durable anodized aluminum body construction
  • Two-way pocket clip for flexible gear mounting options

Fenix Flashlight HT18 - 1500 Lumen
  • High-powered long throw beam LED flashlight
  • Green & Red Colour Filters Included
  • Tactical Tail Switch
  • Buit-in battery level indicator
  • USB rechargeable 5000mAh battery
  • EdisonBright BBX5 battery carry case

Fenix PD35 V2.0 - 1000 Lumen
  • 1000 lumen output
  • 273 yards beam throw
  • Uses two CR123A batteries or one 18650 Li-ion battery
  • Six outputs including five brightness levels and strobe
  • IP68 waterproof rating
  • Low voltage indicator
  • Aircraft-grade anodized aluminum body

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Surefire Aviator Flashlight - 250 lumen
  • Dual Output Multi-Spectrum LED
  • 250 lumen high/5 lumen low White light and 39 lumen high/1 lumen low Red light LEDs
  • Regulated to maximize light output and runtime
  • White-light and red-light output from one all-LED head, no filter needed
  • Two output levels: high for maximum light, low for extended runtime
  • Mil-Spec hard-anodized aerospace aluminum, optically coated tempered window, O-ring and gasket seals
  • Dual-output tail cap click switch

SureFire 6PX Series LED Flashlight - 600 Lumen
  • Virtually indestructible LED emitter regulated to maximize light output and runtime
  • Two output levels - high of 600 lumens for maximum light, and low of 15 lumens for extended runtime
  • Dual-output tail cap click switch
  • Precision micro-textured reflector creates smooth, optimized beam
  • High-strength aerospace aluminum body, Mil-Spec hard-anodized for durability

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

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Pelican 2410PL StealthLite - 183 Lumen
  • LED Flashlight with photoluminescent (glow-in-the-dark) shroud
  • 4 x AA alkaline batteries
  • Built Pelican tough
  • Unconditional Lifetime Guarantee
  • Submersible

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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Ledlenser TT Flashlight - 280 Lumens
  • Reliable and constant light for up to 25 hours
  • Sturdy, easy to grip casing with surface texture
  • Resistant to knocks and spray
  • Hand strap and roll protection ring included
  • 3 x AAA batteries

Browning Pro Hunter RGB Flashlight - 60 Lumens
  • Beam distance of 11-27 yards
  • Run time 10-36 hours
  • High or wide white, red, green or blue modes
  • 3 x standard AAA batteries included
  • Rugged lightweight textured polymer body
  • LEDs are rated for 100,000 hours of us
  • Unbreakable lens with rugged aluminum bezel ring for maximum strength
  • Tactical-style lock-out end cap assures light is not turned on accidentally
  • Lanyard included

MagLite LED Flashlight - 168 Lumens
  • 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

Olight Warrior X Pro - 2250 Lumens
  • Max 2250 lumens with 600 metres throw and a 3-metre drop
  • 8 hours runtime based on a customized 5000mAh 21700 lithium battery
  • Super-efficient MCC3 fast charging
  • Strong impact resistance
  • Strong magnetic tail switch and more knurling

Olight Javelot Pro - 2100 Lumens
  • Dual-switch LED flashlight that delivers a beam distance of more than 1000 meters.
  • Integrated 25Wh (two 3500mAh 18650 batteries) rechargeable battery pack.
  • Optional Magnetic Remote Pressure Switch
  • Optional Flashlight Firearm Mount
  • Delivers a maximum output of 2100 lumens
  • Beam distance of 1080 meters
  • Versatile tail switch, functioning as a tail switch, charging port and connection port for a magnetic remote pressure switch
  • Can be controlled from the side switch

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