Continuing our series of the most recommended tools, we put together a list of the most recommended flashlights by other home inspectors. We searched through dozens of FB group posts to see which flashlight brands and models were most frequently mentioned by your colleagues. There are likely other great flashlights, but these are what come up over and over.
When purchasing a flashlight, consider the following:
- Lumens- Brightness of the flashlight. 1000 lumens should be the minimum.
- Size – Too big of a flashlight may be uncomfortable to carry around, too small may not do the job and could be prone to getting lost.
- Price- This varies widely. What are you willing to spend?
- Warranty – This varies among manufacturers. Does the company stand behind their product?
- Rechargeable or replacement battery
The following are the most recommended flashlights by other home inspectors. There is also a chart at the bottom to compare lumes, beam distance and price.
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PD36R – The Fenix PD36R rechargeable flashlight is a high-performance flashlight unlike anything else on the market for its size. This LED rechargeable flashlight delivers a maximum 1600 lumens to an impressive distance of 928ft (283m), all on a high capacity 21700 li-ion battery. The Fenix PD36R is our first introduction of a product with a 21700 li-ion battery, extending battery runtimes by twice the standard li-ion battery.
PD40R – The Fenix PD40R V2.0 is a high output rechargeable flashlight that achieves precise output selections through the unique mechanical rotary switch. The included 5000mAh/21700 battery helps to deliver a 3000 max lumen output with 405m max beam distance. With a body constructed of A6061-T6 Aluminum and IP68 rating, built in battery level indicator, built in USB Type-C charging port and compact 138mm length, the all new PD40R v2.0 is in a class all on its own.
TK35UE – The Fenix TK35UE v2.0 returns as the third refinement of the popular TK35. Upgraded with 3x high performance Luminus SST40 LEDs, the TK35UE v2.0 now has a super bright 5000 lumen output delivering up to 437 yards throw.
LD22** – This flashlight is compact, easy to use, and provides a good balance of brightness and battery life. It also features a rugged aluminum construction and multiple lighting modes. 800 lumen max that can reach up to 234 yards beam throw.
XP11R – The COAST XP11R showcases how power meets performance in our XP professional series, delivering ultra-bright light and four-mode, multi-beam capability at up to 2100 lumens on Turbo Mode, with a 220 meter beam. Featuring COAST Rechargeable Dual Power technology, this IP54 dust-resistant and storm proof flashlight is powered by a COAST ZITHION-X rechargeable battery (charging cable included) but can also run on standard alkaline AAA’s—with a real-time power indicator so that you always know when to power up.
TP9R – A small but mighty workhorse in our TP series of professional flashlights, the COAST TP9R delivers brightest-in-class light—peaking at 1000 lumens, with a 225 meter beam—with three output modes and multi-beam capability. Featuring rechargeable dual power technology, this flashlight is powered by a COAST rechargeable battery but can also run on CR 123 lithium batteries.
ProTac 2.0 – Streamlight’s rechargeable ProTac 2.0 Series Tactical Flashlight has a lot to offer. It provides 2,000 super-bright lumens, a 262 meter beam, from a USB rechargeable light. Powered by Streamlight’s propprietary SL-B50 USB Li-Ion battery pack that charges via USB-C cord inside or outside of the light. With TEN-TAP programming, multiple lighting modes, and run times of up to 2.5 hour run time on High mode.
Stinger 2020 – The Streamlight Stinger 2020 is the next evolution in high-performance flashlights, producing 2,000 lumens and a 315 meter beam. Its aluminum alloy body with anti-roll design is ergonomically shaped for a sure grip. It features dual power switches and an intuitive mode selector switch for ease of use.
A SL-B26 USB rechargeable battery pack offers multiple charging options using existing Stinger smart chargers and bank chargers to charge inside the light; use a dual USB cord to charge the battery pack outside the light or a Li-ion battery bank charger to charge multiple batteries at once.
Streamlight 75458 Stinger DS** – This flashlight is a popular choice among home inspectors due to its high brightness, durable construction, and rechargeable battery. It also features multiple lighting modes, including a strobe function. 800 Lumen and 310 meter beam.
Seeker 3 Pro – Continuing with its classic style, the Seeker 3 Pro features a sleek aluminum alloy body wrapped in dermatoglyphic silicone with a blue strike bezel. Its 4 high-performance cool white LEDs boast an incredible max output of 4200 lumens and a 250-meter beam distance. IPX8 waterproof and 1.5-meter impact-resistant, the pocket flashlight is ready for any environment and adventure without any damage.
Warrior X Pro – Using an updated high discharge battery which producing a maximum of 2100 lumens for up to 500 meters of throw. Features a sturdy, aggressive appearance, as well as the vibration battery indicator, silicone tactical ring and optional magnetic remote switch, also features a redesigned raised tail switch for an unprecedented intuitive operation experience. With unbeatable performance and indestructible build, the Warrior X Pro is ideal for the professional.
Olight S2R Baton II** – This flashlight is a great option for those looking for a compact and powerful flashlight with a long battery life. It features a rechargeable battery, multiple lighting modes, and a durable aluminum body. 1150 lumens and a 135 meter beam.
P7R SE – The P7R SE takes our best-selling flashlights and gives it more illumination power (1100 lumens), further beam distance (200 m), longer run time (40 hours). The Ledlenser Advanced Focus System allows you to quickly focus the light beam as a spot or flood, without losing quality of light.
MT10 – With 1000 lumens and a range of 180 meters, this flashlight provides 144 hours of light on a single charge. Rapid focus for seamless focusing on objects near and far. 7 year guarantee.
P20i – The Nitecore P20i emits up to 1800 lumens with a max throw of 375 yards. High efficiency output and high power, for 90 minutes on high and a max runtime of 50 hours on low. Recharge the P20i via the fast charge USB-C port.
MH12** – This flashlight is a versatile option for home inspections, featuring a high brightness level, long battery life, and durable construction. It also has multiple lighting modes and a rechargeable battery. 1200 lumens and a 202 meter beam distance.
Quick Comparison Chart
|Fenix PD36R||1600||283 Meters||$99.95|
|Fenix PD40R||3000||405 Meters||$120.45|
|Fenix TK35UE||5000||400 Meters||$139.95|
|Fenix LD22||800||214 meters||$66.45|
|Coast XP11R||2100||220 Meters||$69.99|
|Coast TP9R||1000||225 Meters||$49.99|
|Streamlight Protac 2.0||2000||262 Meters||$120.20|
|Streamlight Stinger 2020||2000||315 Meters||$139.50|
|Streamlight Stinger 75458||800||310 Meters||$160.76|
|Olight Seeker 3 Pro||4200||250 Meters||139.95|
|Olight Warrior X Pro||2100||500 Meters||$119.95|
|Olight S2R Baton II||1150||135 Meters||$62.95|
|Ledlenser P7R SE||1100||200 Meters||$119.25|
|Ledlenser MT10||1000||180 Meters||$89.95|
|Nitecore P20i||1800||342 Meters||$89.95|
|Nitecore MH12||1200||202 Meters||$79.99|
Ultimately, the best flashlight for a home inspection will depend on your personal preferences and the specific requirements of your work. It may be helpful to try out different models and compare their features before making a purchase. Of course, there are other brands that likely compare in specs, price, longevity and durability. These are the most recommended flashlights by home inspectors when the question asked, “what flashlight are you using”.
** – This denotes a flashlight that was recommend by ChatGPT AI. We asked the question, what is the best flashlight for a home inspector”, and these were the results.
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