My 5.11 Tactical TMT PL Flashlight Review

My 5.11 Tactical TMT Penlight Review
Overall Rating: 5/5
Effectiveness: 4/5
Durability: 5/5
Price: $

You don’t have to be afraid of the dark any longer, with the 5.11 Tactical TMT PL Flashlight you can illuminate your surroundings quickly and easily. As a penlight (or PL) which is about 3 and a half inches long, this tactical flashlight is known for being lightweight and easily concealable like a pen, but don’t let its size fool you!

The TMT PL flashlight emits 24 lumens of light in a 40 foot wide cone. Flash this in the eyes of a perpetrator in a dark alley, and to reference the famous Bruce Springsteen song they will be, “blinded by the light!”

This tactical flashlight requires standard AAA batteries, which you can find at your local 7/11 or corner market. While testing the product we noted standard AAA batteries were able to provide battery life for about two and a half hours when the flashlight was switched on, though 5.11 officially claims battery life should be in the 3 hour range.

The TMT PL only comes in two colors, black or blue, and it looks clean and sleek in either color. You can also brave the elements with this hardware, as 5.11 constructed the light to be water resistant. You’re obviously not going to want to take it swimming, but it should be fine in a light drizzle.

Made with aerospace grade aluminum, the light also includes an integrated pocket clip for easy holstering. These lights are small and compact enough that you can keep them in places that would otherwise would not be possible with a bigger light. I keep mine in the center console of my car and I have a friend who keeps his in a small desk drawer at his office.

If you are serving in the military this light would make a great secondary or backup light, which you can keep tucked away in the unlikely event you ever need it. The light is also one of the most economical on the market, and you can find them on Amazon for $20-$30. For a quality light that will last you a long time, you really cannot beat the price.

Despite all of the benefits this tactical flashlight offers, there are a few drawbacks. Obviously, if you are in a situation where you are going to need a more powerful light, this 5.11 TMT PL is probably not the best option. Additionally, if you are wanting a light that could double as a weapon for self-defence, this again is not going to be a great option and you should probably look at larger models.

However, if you are looking for a small but effective and compact light that provides great bang for your buck, then I can honestly say this light is not going to let you down. Though this is the first tactical flashlight review we have done, I really do think this light will remain one of our highest rated reviews for years to come. Only time will tell.


  • Lightweight / easily concealable
  • Water resistant design
  • Aerospace grade aluminum
  • Economical pricing


  • Luminance a bit low
  • Small enough to be easily misplaced

What do you think about the 5.11 Tactical TMT PL Flashlight? Let us know in the comments below!

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