Do you enjoy taking walks or running with your dog in the dark when it is peaceful and quiet? Then here are the best flashlights for dog walking in the dark.

Don’t just get the cheapest or the “highest quality”, but try to rather fit it to your needs and the flashlight that is best suited for you.

You Don’t Need Super High Lumens Necessarily

Lumens above 1000, are better suited for police officers, military, or hunting etc. Flashlights that are 800 Lumens will be more than enough to light up your path for walking and jogging.

Besides, having a too much of a bright flashlight will not only garner attention, but sometimes it can be inconvient for neighbors or other pedestrians. So I suggest something that is between 300-800 Lumens.

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Cheapest/FREE Flashlight

EVATAC Q5 TacLite Features

  • Precision Milled Alloy Body
  • ​New Tech Q5 CREE LED Emitter
  • ​Modern Tactical Design
  • ​Scientifically Tested Grip Pattern
  • ​Bevelled Edge Striker 
  • ​Adjustable Zoom Up To 1100ft!
  • ​Powered By A Single AA Battery
  • ​Stainless And Rust Proof

If you have not heard of EVATAC Q5 TacLite, then it’s very cheap, but also very durable flashlight for most of everyday use.

It’s 300 Lumens CREE, and while it may not necessarily be the prettiest or the highest quality, but it will absolutely provide the basics and is more than enough for dog walking and other everyday activities in the dark. It’s not that bigger than an index finger, so it’s very portable too!

Hybeam Tactical Flashligh Features

  • Authentic YAG™ bulb that produces a blindingly bright light
  • Crafted from aircraft grade aluminum
  • Features a 3 stage switch with High, Low, and Strobe
  • Beveled edge so that it can double as a defense tool
  • Ultra light and ultra tough

Like the Q5 TacLite, Hybeam Tactical Flashlight is also another alternative. It’s waterproof, incredibly durable, just like Q5, but the design and shape is a bit different. It’s a bit longer and has a rope handle.

Super Bright Flashlights

Are you looking for something that has a little more kick and firepower? While you don’t necessarily need flashlights above 800 Lumens, here are some suggestions if you want a flashlight that can be useful when not only walking your dog, but also camping, hiking, hunting, etc.

tc1200 flashlights in a column
tc1200 single flashlight on table

1TAC TC1200 Features

  • American Made – Most Powerful Single LED in Market – 1200 Lumen output
  • Waterproof to IP65 Standard
  • Digitally regulated output to maintain constant brightness
  • Over heat protection to avoid high-temperature of the surface
  • Anti-roll, slip-resistant body design for griping
  • Made of durable aircraft-grade aluminum alloy
  • Tactical tail switch with remote momentary-on and constant on function
  • 1x-2000x Telescoping Focus

The TC1200 is a military-grade flashlight that is made out of one of the most durable materials and is heat/cold resistant to extreme temperatures. No matter what you throw its way, it survives.

It’s 1200 LUMENS, which means it’s well more than enough for walking a dog, but also for hunting, fishing, trekking etc. It can cast pretty well even for a few hundred yards!


  • ​Super Bright 1200 lumens XML2 LED Emitter!
  • ​Aircraft Grade Aluminium Body
  • Powered By 2 x 18650 Lithium Batteries
  • ​5 Functions (Full, Half, Low, SOS & Strobe) 
  • ​Adjustable Light Zoom (Zoom Up To 1300ft!) 
  • ​Stainless & Rustproof
  • ​IP65 Waterproof (Can Be Submerged!) 
  • ​Wide Fin Heat Disbursement 

Compared with the TC1200, EVATAC PRO-XML is a better bargain, because it comes with a case and 2X rechargeable batteries. The features are nearly identical and they use the same technology.

If I have to make a choice, I would get the EVATAC PRO XML.

Hands-Free Flashlights

If you want your hands to be free and don’t want to hold onto a flashlight, then you have the choice from choosing hands-free ones. They are better suited for people who will be running or doing some form of exercise.

EZRED Bright NK10 ANYWEAR Neck Light for Hands-Free Lighting, Red and black
  • HANDS FREE NECK LIGHT: This rugged & water resistant light leaves your hands free to work. It rests on your neck without leaving sweat marks & can be easily cleaned. Runs on 2 AA batteries (included).
  • SPECIAL FEATURES: This adjustable neck light features 4 modes, from 50 up to 200 lumens. The 2 dual articulating beam heads can be adjusted & locked independently up to 70 degrees for a wider light.
  • THE WORK LIGHTING EXPERTS: We specialize in making rugged & durable work lighting, including COB LED extreme work lights, LED headlights & neck lights, underhood lights, focusing lights & more!
  • INNOVATION AT ITS FINEST: We make high quality hand tools & accessories, tool organizers, ratchet sets, LED flashlights & work lights. We specialize in tools for battery, heating & electrical work, for both the professional tradesperson and home DIY'er!
  • THE EZRED DIFFERENCE: Leading with innovation, our focus is to design, manufacture & deliver the most functional & durable professional grade tools & lights. Get the job done with EZRED tools!

EZRED is one of the well-known brands when it comes to hands free flashlight. I would recommend getting the rechargeable ones if you plan on saving money in the long run.

It’s 200 Lumens max and use COB LED. While it’s a little dimmer than handheld flashlights, it’s adequate enough and more suited for joggers.

If you don’t mind the lesser Lumens and almost half the lifespan (~30k hours) of CREE LED bulbs, then go for it!

Things to Keep in Mind

Your Safety

Make sure to be mindful of your surroundings and have some common sense when you take your dog out walking during the evening.

Depending on the neighborhoods you will be passing by, how safe you will be when out on a stroll during the evening will vary, but even if you live around a very safe area, it doesn’t hurt to be prepared.

For this specific case, a flashlight that has a strobe effect will come in handy in case you ever need to fend of attackers.

Rechargeable Batteries

Havin rechargeable batteries is not only good for the environment, but you will saving money in the long run.

18650, 14500, 26650, 16340 batteries usually are a good investment.

Is CREE flashlight better?

CREE LED flashlights use newer technology and compared with traditional flashlights, they are more durable, waterproof, and the bulb usually lasts longer than 100,000 hours and use less battery power.

You could say they are generally better than other types of traditional flashlights, but the color tends to be more blueish white.

Complimentary Accessories

Hands Free Dog Leash for Running Walking Training Hiking, Dual-Handle Reflective Bungee, Poop Bag Dispenser Pouch, Adjustable Waist Belt, Shock Absorbing, Ideal for Medium to Large Dogs (Black W Blue)
  • {Shock absorbing bungee with 2 handles} Perfect degree of flexibility, reduces stress from pulling and tugging, absorbs abrupt changes of direction of your dog. The length of the leash is 49" when the bungee is relaxed and can be extended up to 69", providing adequate room for your dog to freely run in front of you, or beside you. Quickly use the handle by your hip to guide dog back on track. The collar handle is for more direct control and traffic control over your dog.
  • {Adjustable waist belt with dual D-Rings} Nylon waist belt is 1.1” wide for comfortable wear. It adjusts from 27" to 46" to fit a large range of waist sizes. Just move the tri-glide adjuster to get more or less fabric as needed. The belt also has dual D-Rings. You can quickly attach leash clip on the most convenient D-Ring and a second leash to another ring.
  • {Hands free design, functional pouch} With the waist wearing, you can control the pet with body weight rather than having your arm yanked off. You're able to multi-task. Talk on your phone, carry a drink. Walk your dog and your child at the same time! Comes with a waist pouch designed to hold a supply of poop bags, keys, phone, cards or other small items. The pouch is detachable and easy to slide on or off the belt.
  • {Safe, multi-use} 3 seams of reflective stitching throughout the leash and waist band increase visibility in low light, enhancing safety when walking your pet in the early morning and evening! The dog leash can be detached. You can hold your dog with your hand or attach any kind of dog leash. Use it as a normal leash, shoulder leash, double leash, and even training leash. Discover the ideal way to start walking, running, jogging or even hiking along with your dog.
  • {Premium quality, withstand a variety of dogs} Our hands-free leash is made of most durable nylon and premium metal clips. It can withstand all outdoor elements and be repeated use year after year. It was tested on a variety of dogs with different weights: medium, large and strong dogs. It effective with even energetic dogs. For added peace of mind, we offer your complete satisfaction. RISK-FREE! 100% MONEY BACK GUARANTEE!

These will allow you to jog, walk, trek, hike or whatever withouth holding on to the leash.