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Atactical A1 My New Go To Flashlight

Let’s just say that I am very impressed with the Atactical A1 flashlight.  I have had this flashlight for around a month.  During that time it has stayed in a table next to the front door ready to grab and go.

As some of you know I live in a rural area.  It is not uncommon for the dogs to start barking at something.  When they do, I take the Atactical A1 flashlight and walk around hoping to see what they are barking at.

No Lanyard Or Carry Pouch

The Atactical A1 does not include a lanyard or carry pouch, which is fine with me.

Atactical A1 flashlight review

Let’s be honest, most of the factory included lanyards are junk.  They are cheaply made and are just about useless.

What I would much rather have is a lanyard hole large enough to run either trotline or 550 cord through.  Unfortunately, a lot of flashlight manufacturers put rather small lanyard holes in their flashlights.

The Atactical A1 has lanyard holes large enough to run green trotline string through.  The green string has a rating of a little over 300 pounds.  Instead of having a useless cheap lanyard, I have a piece of string with a 300 pound rating.

There are some people who carry a flashlight in a pouch, but I am not one of them.  If you want a carry pouch, there are plenty of aftermarket options.


Atactical A1 uses a 3.7v, 9.6 Wh, 2600mAh battery  The battery included with the flashlight has a built in micro-usb port for charging.

Simply plug a micro-usb cable into the flashlight to charge.  While charging, a small LED on the end of the battery will shine  will shine red.  When fully charged a small LED will shine blue.

I love that the battery does not require an extra device to charge it with.  Nothing to lose or misplace.  The cable that I use to charge my cell phone also charges the Atactical A1 battery.

Atactical A1 Specs

  • LED: CREE XP-G2 LED with a lifespan of 20+ years of run time.
  • Runs on: Atactical li-ion 18650 battery (3.7V/2600mAh).
  • Working voltage: 2.7V-4.2V
  • Output & Runtime (Tested with Atactical li-ion 3.6V/2600mAh)
  • Strobe (550 lumens / estimated 4 hrs),
  • Turbo (550 lumens/ estimated 3.3 hrs),
  • High (200 lumens / estimated 5.5 hrs),
  • Medium (63 lumens / estimated 19 hrs),
  • Low (10 lumens / estimated 5.5 days).
  • Peak beam intensity: 10520 cd (max.)
  • Max beam distance: 205 meters (max.)
  • Waterproof to IPX-7 Standard (1 meters)
  • Impact resistant: 1.5 meters
  • Dimensions: 5 3/8 inches long X 1 inch in diameter
  • Weight: 4.75 ounces including battery


I am very happy with the Atactical A1 flashlight.  Atactical left the unimportant stuff out, such as a lanyard and carry pouch, and focused on the important stuff.

Something that I like are the flat sides just behind the bezel.  These prevent the flashlight from rolling around.

My “only” complaint is the brightness setting button is almost flush and easy to miss at night.  To resolve this, I left the belt clip on and pointed it towards the brightness button.  When using the flashlight at night, I feel for the belt clip, then move my thumb forward to the brightness button.

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