About TacLight by Bell & Howell

It’s true that you can’t have too many flashlights around, since they come in handy in so many situations. The problem is that most flashlights aren’t built to withstand regular use, often leaving you with a broken product that’s a waste of money.

Not with TacLight by Bell & Howell, though. The company claims that this tactical flashlight is similar to those used by “elite military units,” featuring a compact and lightweight design, along with key features like a knurling surface and strike ring for good grip, tail tap switch, aircraft grade aluminum casing, precision optics, and five preset modes.

The TacLight is so strong that it promises to work when frozen in ice, and even when sitting in boiling water. Not only this, but TacLight vows to be 22X brighter than regular flashlights, capable of being seen from up to two nautical miles away, and its bulb will last up to 100,000 hours!

Reading all of this, is seems like Bell & Howell’s TacLight might come in handy in a lot of instances, including camping, hunting, emergency situations, and more. But is it necessarily a unique product? Will it provide a solid level of value? Let’s start answering your questions by addressing tactical flashlights in general.

What Is a Tactical Flashlight? What Makes a Good One?

As the name implies, a tactical flashlight is generally intended to be used in tactical situations; e.g. during an emergency where your life might be in danger. Due to their compact design and bright output, tactical flashlights are designed to be used alongside firearms, allowing you to quickly sweep an area and check for combatants, and to blind/stun one if encountered.

According to Popular Mechanics though, a tactical flashlight is just as much about light and hardware quality as it is about brightness:

“Compared to conventional flashlights, tactical lights deliver more light from a more compact, lighter package. A conventional flashlight with two D batteries and a standard bulb puts out about 15 to 20 lumens. A tactical light cranks out a minimum of 60 lumens of solid beam with no holes or dark spots.” Note: In some instances, tactical flashlights can put out 1,000+ lumens.

Tactical lights get their blinding ability from a high-pressure xenon-filled bulb with a tungsten filament. Power comes from a pair of 3-volt AA lithium batteries instead of conventional 1.5-volt cells. … The 6 volts of juice burns the filament hotter and whiter than that in a conventional flashlight.”

To this extent, we’re not told how many lumens TacLight puts out, what kind of bulb it features, or what kind of batteries it uses. Other important features we’re not told about are TacLight’s beam distance, impact resistance, water resistance level, and more.

We are told that TacLight’s bulb can last up to 100,000 hours, although this is generally the standard run time for most LED bulbs, and doesn’t appear to be unique to TacLight.

Taking all of this together, we can see that a tactical flashlight involves not just a special design, but also a very specific set of features, many of which we’re not informed about for TacLight. Do we know much more about the competition?

Bell & Howell’s TacLight vs. Other Tactical Flashlights

Comparatively, if you shop for tactical flashlights online, you’ll generally find that all of these specifications are clearly listed. After all, they’re the primary criteria when shopping for tactical flashlights.

You’ll also find overall dimensions, weight, whether or not they can be attached to a weapon, product certifications (if any), primary material, and country of origin.

Now, the one area where TacLight stacks up well against the competition is price. But does this mean it’s a good value?

How Much Does TacLight Cost?

One Bell & Howell TacLight is priced at $19.99 plus free S&H. During checkout, you can order a second flashlight for an additional $10 S&H.

Regardless of how many your order, Bell & Howell offers a 30-day refund policy and lifetime guarantee on all TacLights, less S&H charges. If you ordered the BOGO offer, this means you’ll end up losing more in S&H charges than you’ll get back as a refund.

Still want to request a refund? You’ll need to call customer service at 877-415-4824.

​TacLight by Bell & Howell Test

We thoroughly tested the Bell & Howell’s TacLight to see if it delivers on its claims. To find out everything we experienced, be sure to watch the video below:

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Is Bell & Howell’s TacLight Your Best Option?

Based on the pictures on their website, TacLight seems to look the part when it comes to tactical flashlight design. But as we outlined above, a true tactical flashlight is also defined by high quality and feature set, much of which we’re not told about TacLight.

Also, while it might look similar to flashlights used by “elite military units,” the company doesn’t provide any evidence that TacLight—specifically—is used by the military, law enforcement, or fire rescue. And other than “regular flashlights,” we’re not told exactly what TacLight is 22X brighter than.

Nick Bolton? He seems to be a fairly well-known fitness model, and doesn’t appear to have served in the military or have personally used TacLight.

Admittedly, it might seem like we’re coming down a little hard on TacLight, but our goal is to make sure you have a complete picture of any product before handing over your hard-earned money, including any potential concerns. Given this, we’re definitely not saying that TacLight isn’t a quality product or that you shouldn’t purchase one—only that, just because TacLight is priced lower than much of the competition, this doesn’t necessarily mean it’ll provide a better value.

On top of this, when you add TacLight’s steep, non-refundable S&H charges to the mix, it might make sense to weigh all your options before placing an order.

What did you think of TacLight’s performance? Would you consider it on par with tactical flashlights from other companies? Give us the details by writing your review below!

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86 Consumer Reviews for TacLight by Bell & Howell

Average Consumer Rating: 2.2
Rating Snapshot:
5 star: 16 4 star: 7 3 star: 4 2 star: 6 1 star:  53
Bottom Line: 29% would recommend it to a friend
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  • 4 out 6 people found this review helpful

    Dead, right out of the box!

    • Los Angeles, CA,
    • Oct 6, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    My wife ordered this product, TacLight, from a mailer listing many types of products. I had seen the advertising on television but didn't know she was ordering it. When it arrived I opened the box, put three new batteries in the holder, all positioned correctly, inserted the holder into the body according to the arrow direction, screwed the cap on and pushed the on-off button, then - nothing!

    I went through the entire procedure a second time, then pushed the button and then again - nothing. The first thing I saw upon opening the two-page instructions was a separate notice with large letters at the top stating "ARBITRATION AGREEMENT." That should have been a clue as to what was coming next. However, If you want to send the company $9.95, plus shipping, they will at their option fix your clunker or send you a new one.

    They recommend tracking and insuring your package, as they will not be responsible - ta da! Because of my experience, I wouldn't give a star, except here "no star," means "no review." Good luck to all.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 7 out 12 people found this review helpful

    Love it!

    We purchased the TacLight a few month ago, and we love it! It is so bright; it lights up our entire front yard. We purchased the TacLight Lantern as well, and it is just as good. We plan on buying a few more of the flashlights for each of our cars.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 19 out 22 people found this review helpful

    Put in trash

    • Midland Park, NJ,
    • Aug 29, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    I bought this Bell & Howell Tac Light in May. It worked fine until August. After it stopped working, I waited on the line for customer service for eight minutes before being told that I needed to mail it back with $9.95 to get a replacement. It is cheaper to buy another at the store, BUT it won't be a Bell & Howell!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 21 out 22 people found this review helpful

    Poorest customer service workers

    The company phone lines will get you through to an agent if you indicate you want to buy a product. If you call with a complaint or with any other topic, you will be disconnected. If you get an agent on the phone by chance, someone picks up the phone. The workers are with not only heavy accents but are incoherent to the point they hang up on me. I got ahold of an agent after ten attempts and this agent tells me the package has been delivered. I explain that after clicking "purchase" on the website, it stated I would be getting an email confirmation. Which I never got. But the money sure came out of my bank account fast. Then again hung up one.

    This morning again I try to get a tracking number, and this time a man sounds like he just woke up and was literally crawling out of bed and his speech inaudible. I asked for a manager and again got hung up on.

    Finally another attempt, and this time I got a man with an Eastern European accent. I asked if there was a problem with the phone connection or I'm being hung up on. He said we are in the United States. Hmmm.

    Well, now I wait for the item to get to me. I will happily pay shipping to get it back to them. I will pay more than what I originally paid probably. And that pleasure of not having it near me is worth it.

    I would suggest any prospective buyer to reconsider doing business with this company. Also, the item is overpriced.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 5 out 9 people found this review helpful

    Giant Tiger

    • Quebec, Canada,
    • Jul 12, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    I bought this TacLight about one month ago AND have been using it all over the house, garage, outside for a walk, etc.

    If you are Canadian go to Giant Tiger. I bought the TacLight for $19.99 Canadian with a good warranty from the store.

    A very bright light that is easy to carry. Very satisfied so far.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 25 out 27 people found this review helpful

    Bad bad bad

    Their warranty sucks bad. It cost more to return it and pay $9.90 for them to return one. This is a really bad way to make a customer happy with their product. Don't believe "warranty for life." You can buy another one for the cost they charge you for shipping. Bad policy. Bad bad bad! Not a happy customer here at all!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 36 out 37 people found this review helpful

    Do not buy

    • North Carolina,
    • Jul 1, 2017
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    Warranty and customer service are useless. My TacLight quit working and I sent it back along with a check for $9.95. According to the UPS tracking number, it was received on 2/3/17 at front desk reception. I never heard back from them, and it is now June 23, 2017.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 6 out 14 people found this review helpful

    Tac light is the best.

    • Manitoba, Canada,
    • May 31, 2017
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    Here in the great white and freezing north I go out under extreme conditions doing train derailments, and I have tried Duracell, which I should have known better, batteries lasted 1 hour before dying in -40 weather. Tac Light was twice as bright and batteries lasted over the 4-day duration to clear track.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 3 out 12 people found this review helpful

    TacLight

    I've just bought two TacLights, and I was so impressed that I had to let you know. First of all, I needed no help to put it together, I did it by myself. That is quite incredible! I love the shape and lines of the lantern; it's small and cool.

    I bought it through Amazon Prime. Thank you very much!

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 26 out 32 people found this review helpful

    Where is it?

    • North Carolina,
    • May 9, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    I ordered almost ten days ago, and it has not arrived. Ther is no way to contact them by email. I would not order from them again, especially after reading all the negative reviews online. I was not aware it was available at Target and other retailers, or I would have purchased it there.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 29 out 29 people found this review helpful

    Failure

    • Memphis, TN,
    • May 2, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    My Bell & Howell refuses to work. I take the battery pack out and center the spring, and it will work a little longer. The oval battery pack contact appears to slide off the spring contact. I consider this light a complete failure as it is advertised as reliable, which it is not.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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