Whether it’s for your next camping trip, an everyday carry to keep around the house, or for your job, having a great flashlight is important. That’s why we searched for all the flashlights made in the USA. Check out our full list, including extensive details about each one, and some helpful shopping tips and other brands to watch out for at the bottom.
Full List of Flashlight Brands Made in the USA
Maglite is a classic in the flashlight industry, and all of its flashlights are made in the USA by federal standards. However, Maglite manufactures its flashlights in California, which has stricter regulations on made in the USA claims. Since they switched from the incandescent bulb to LED bulbs, there is a small microchip that they cannot get sourced in the U.S. (which is the same case for all of the other brands we found in this research). All other components are sourced domestically, though, and they assemble everything at their factory in California.
SureFire falls into the same bucket as Maglite – they have some globally sourced components, but that is par for the course in this product category. Here are a couple of good options.
The SureFire Titan Plus packs a lot of power for such a small flashlight. At full power, it reaches 300 lumens (it also has settings for 75 and 15 lumens). At 15 lumens, it can last up to 7 hours. The full power setting drains the battery much quicker, lasting a little over an hour.
If you’re looking for a super bright flashlight, then SureFire has created the P3X Fury for such needs. The max output on this LED flashlight is 1,000 lumens, powered by SureFire’s IntelliBeam technology. Your first click of the button (on the tail of the flashlight) gives you an auto-adjusting mode (hence where the word “IntelliBeam” came from), and subsequent clicks will get you to the 1,000 lumens max output mode, then lower modes from there.
Elzetta makes flashlights that are great for attaching to your firearm if you’re an outdoorsman, or in the military or police force. All of their flashlights are built to order in Kentucky.
Princeton Tec got started in 1975 making underwater stopwatches. They quickly expanded to underwater flashlights, and now have a wide range of lighting products for divers and land dwellers alike. Check out their headlamps too.
Phantom Products is based in Florida and makes military and emergency flashlights. They also make some vehicle and equipment lighting if you need a mounted option.
First-Light USA makes high-performance tactical flashlights. Over 90% of their materials are sourced domestically and they assemble everything in their Seymour factory.
HDS Systems is a lesser-known brand that makes flashlights that are particularly useful for caving. However, they can still be used for a nice everyday carry.
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Factors To Consider
Without a strong beam, your flashlight is essentially worthless. Consider two types of beams: incandescent and LED. Incandescent is the more traditional variety that you see in a lot of older models. It works plenty well, but typically has a lower max output than LED. LED lights have a wide range of light outputs, ranging anywhere from 10 lumens all the way up to north of 1,000 lumens. You also want to make sure that the flashlights you choose have a wide and even beam output – some cheaper flashlights can be inconsistent. And lastly, look for flashlights that have a variety of output settings – not only in terms of beam strength but also width (spot vs. floodlighting).
Durability is an important factor in flashlights, especially if you’re looking for a tactical one. Have a few requirements here:
- Impact absorption
- Corrosion prevention
Easy to Operate
Your flashlight needs to be easy to operate, especially in a high-pressure situation. We like flashlights that click on from the tail of the flashlight, which is much easier to operate, especially if your other hand is holding something else. We also really like flashlights that are easy to carry, so a pocket clip or a wrist strap is a nice addition.
Power consumption and battery usage are crucial when you’re looking for a reliable flashlight. If you know you’re going to need your flashlight for an extended period of time and don’t have an extra set of batteries, make sure to adjust it to the lowest power setting so you can get more use out of it. You should also think about carrying extra batteries with you.
You want to make sure that you’re getting the best flashlight for your money. We think Maglite, SureFire, and other American made options both provide good value at their price points.
Flashlights Not Made in the USA
Here are a few popular flashlight brands that we came across in our research that are not made in the USA. We’ll keep updating this list as we find more.
- Fenix Flashlights – Based in Shenzhen, China, and made there.
- Elite Tac Flashlights – They have an American flag in their logo, but they are made in China.