The benefits of including a flashlight in your Everyday Carry (EDC) simply outweigh the drawbacks. Even if we remove the tactical or defensive applications of a handheld light, there are many administrative reasons to carry a flashlight.
The Inforce TFx provides great quality and functionality for its price. Operating on two 123a batteries, the 3.75-ounce flashlight beams out a powerful 700 lumens that are perfect for looking for the remote under the couch or the loose can of Spam in the back of the trunk.
But my Marine mind drifts toward how well it performs in training for tactical applications like target identification or assisting with shooting in a low-light environment. There are a number of great EDC lights on the market, but none that combine the modes, output, size, weight and price that the TFx does.
Gripes are few and far between. My only issue with the TFx light is that it doesn’t have a pocket clip. That may seem like small potatoes, but it makes it difficult to carry in a pocket. Without the clip, it could inadvertently turn on like it did for me until I noticed the 700 lumens warming my thigh. But the issue can be easily resolved by buying a $2.25 pocket clip.
While the clip is an added expense, the TFx flashlight still holds a lot of value for $125 retail (or $80 in-store price) when considering how well it works. The TFX has a high quality beam with a wide spill for searching and hot center for target ID.
Another addition you may want to consider is spending another $19 on an aftermarket mechanical tail cap to replace the electronic. Why would you want to replace it? The electronic tail cap offers high, low, and strobe modes, which are fantastic for an everyday task light. But under the dynamic stress of a real-life shooting, do you really want to mess with mode settings on a flashlight? Even with the extra costs, the total package is still below what you’re going to pay for the competition.
While it is not perfect, it’s one of the best tactical lights available coming in well under $300. So, if you need an EDC light, and if you don’t already have one, the TFx might be the one for you.