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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Average Customer Rating: 1.9
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Bottom Line: 22% would recommend it to a friend
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  • 5 out 30 people found this review helpful

    Love the Flashlight

    • Nashville, TN,
    • Jul 13, 2016
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    I ordered it online and got it in 7 days. It works good.

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

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  • 22 out 41 people found this review helpful

    Product - 100%. Shipping Speed - 0%.

    • Denver, CO,
    • Jul 22, 2016
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    This is the best flash light you will ever buy. Played with it in a dim room, strobe made me ill. My mistake. There are no warnings to keep this flash light out of the hands of those under 13. Strongly advise you do so. It is not a toy. Got two. Shipping took over 6 weeks No excuse for that.

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

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  • 15 out 22 people found this review helpful

    Well worth the money

    • Kingston, PA,
    • Aug 20, 2016
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    I bought mine at Kmart for $19.99. I am very satisfied with it. It's just like the commercial says. Our local TV station did the same tests as commercials, it passed them all, that's why I bought it. Thank you for a great product. Very satisfied.

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

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  • 8 out 13 people found this review helpful

    Better than expected

    • Aug 23, 2016
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    I ordered 2 lights after seeing the commercial. I decided to check on my order on Friday because I thought it should have arrived. I went on their website and found a phone number. I was told I needed to call a different number to check on my order. I called the second number and gave the gentleman my order number. He said my order order had shipped by FedEx and would be turned over to the post office for final delivery and should arrive on Monday. To my surprise, it showed up on Saturday.

    I took the lights out and installed the 3 AAA batteries as required. I played with both lights during the day in my living room, and found both worked on all 5 modes and the zoom worked great. They seemed to be fairly bright during the day. I put them away.

    On Monday night our power went out at 9:45 pm. I found the lights and gave one to my wife. To our surprise, one light would light an entire room when zoomed out and shined on the ceiling.

    I took the light outside when I walked the dog, and shined the light on the house. This light lit up my house just as shown in the commercial.

    I ordered the base flashlights. I did not upgrade. I have not had the lights long enough to see how long the batteries will last, but my first impression is that I received a great value on 2 quality flashlights.

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

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  • 11 out 22 people found this review helpful

    Great product

    • North Carolina,
    • Aug 26, 2016
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    Works great. I am not going to put it in boiling oil or in a frozen lake. The lights are awesome. Gave one to my son and he is very pleased as well. Great product!

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

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  • 12 out 55 people found this review helpful

    Best flash light

    • California,
    • Sep 13, 2016
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    I bought this flash light online. This is the best flash light. I got mine in 4 weeks like it said on TV. Go ahead an order this flash light, it's worth the money.

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

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  • 21 out 32 people found this review helpful

    It's a must have.

    • Tinley Park, IL,
    • Nov 1, 2016
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    I got mine in the mail yesterday. It's really bright! So far I'm very happy with it and plan on getting more. This time I'm getting the rechargeable battery and charger too. This time I'm just going to Kmart to get them, the same price as TV.

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

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  • 27 out 43 people found this review helpful

    Tackle light

    • Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada,
    • Nov 13, 2016
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    I ordered one of these reluctantly but it arrived in a timely manner and works just like the commercial says. I'm so impressed with it that I'm ordering more for when I go camping.

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

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  • 8 out 17 people found this review helpful

    Worth the price

    Bought six of these from the online website. Had no trouble checking out or in receiving the order. They are amazing, from the square tight focus to the huge round floodlight, they are easy to use and very bright. I have several other brands and this one is the best. Am ordering more for each of my vehicles.

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

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  • 8 out 15 people found this review helpful

    Great price, great item

    • Ohio,
    • Jan 11, 2017
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    I bought this at Rite Aid and didn't have to pay for shipping and handling because I'm smarter than the rest of the people on here.

    I love it, it's very very bright. I go spotting deer with it, it's so bright. Yea, you have to click it to scroll through the different types of beams, but boo hoo if you can't press the button four times. I paid $19.99 and would have paid $50. Great product.

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

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  • 10 out 12 people found this review helpful

    Follow up on complaint

    I ordered two of these TacLights after watching TV ads. Lights arrived, and neither light would turn on.

    On this site, two weeks ago, I stated this and that I had called customer service and complained. The lady was great on the phone, apologized and said that she would put in an order to ship out two more right away. When I asked for an address where to ship back the bad ones to, she said nevermind, and that the new ones would ship in about ten days.

    I received the new lights in four days, and they work great. This company is for real, and today, in fact, I'm ordering six more as gifts to good friends. I very highly recommend these lights to anyone.

    Regards, Lou Brackett Sr.

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

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