Does the Bell and Howell Tac Light Really Work?

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Does the Bell and Howell Tac Light work?There are always occassions when extra and reliable emergency lighting is needed. It could be that the power has gone out, or you are in a unlit area looking for something. You probably have tons of flashlights sitting in the drawer, but they either aren’t working, or if they do they don’t shed much light. It might be worth investing in one that isn’t going to fail you when the time arrives.

The Bell and Howell Tac Light is a tactical style flashlight that has considerable more power than a traditional flashlight.

The Claim
The claim is that the Tac Light is a better purchase than other regular flashlights or even tactical flashlights that have a much higher price point due to its performance and durability.

The Hype
The hype around the Tac light is again, the performance features coupled with the durability and the amazingly low price point for a flashlight of this caliber.

The Cost
The cost of the Bell and Howell Tac Light is a very respectable $19.99. If you pay separate shipping fee of only $10 they will send you a second Tac Light for only that amount. In essence you are getting 2 Bell and Howell Tac Lights for only $29.99 which is a very good price for a decent flashlight of any brand, for 2 flashlights of this quality the price is very, very good indeed.

The Commitment
The commitment required for the Bell and Howell Tac Light is really very minimal. The compact size allows you to carry one in your backpack, bug out bag or purse very easily. The fact that the bulb will last over 100,000 hours means you will virtually never need to change it.

As the owner of several tactical style flashlights I am very impressed with both the quality and the features on the Bell and Howell Tac Light. The beam can be seen for over 2 nautical miles making it a great accessory for the boat. Another great idea and one that also makes it a must have for the boater is the ability to send an S.O.S flash that would be recognized the world over if you are ever in distress on the water. The TacLight is made from very strong aircraft grade aluminum that makes it extremely durable. The “overbuilt” construction of the unit allows for it to be both submersed in water, even boiling water, and frozen in ice and it will not cease to function. It can even withstand being run over by a HumVee without being damaged. Other features include a zoom feature that allows you to compress the beam to a much smaller radius than normal as well as a strobe effect that is used by military and law enforcement to disorient attackers or suspects when necessary. The TacLight comes with a lifetime guarantee which is no surprise as the construction of this unit means it will virtually last forever.

Final Bell and Howell Tac Light Review

Bell and Howell has been around for many years making projectors and other devices so it is no surprise that the Tac Light is made with such amazing features and incredible performance. This unit is a must have for any outdoorsman (or woman!) and boaters will also benefit from having one on the boat at all times. The average homeowner will probably not even bother replacing the batteries in their old flashlights after purchasing one of these and will use only the TacLight for all common flashlight uses due to the features and durability found in this light. Great value for the money and definitely a thumbs up rating from us.

Our Recommendation
It really is important to have a light like the Bell and Howell Tac Light that you can count on because its usually something you need to use at a moment’s notice. If you are looking for some additional lighting that is not really needed for emergency purpose but can be you may want to check out the Liberty Lantern.

What do you think? Does the Bell and Howell Tac Light work or not?

16 Customer Reviews on “Does the Bell and Howell Tac Light Really Work?

  1. my problem is after you turn the light on 12 to 14 seconds later it turns off by it self

  2. Love this flashlight! Best on I’ve owned. It goes everywhere with my knife and me.

  3. The first time I had to change the batteries, the “control” mechanism (5-6 separate pieces) popped out of the inside of the flashlight, and it never worked again. Yes, it has a Lifetime Warranty. Ship it back to B&H along with $10 return shipping and handling fee, and they will send you a new one. OR, you can get a new one on the Internet for $20. So the Warranty is worthless and although the exterior of the light may be indestructible, the control engineering makes the lifetime of the light effectively the life of a AAA battery.

  4. Ray, you can’t open it or break it open. That’s the beauty of this flashlight. ;o)

    Hope this helps,


  5. We got the Trac light, but can’t open the battery compartment…….how do I do it without breaking it?

  6. I bought the Bell + Howell tacklight from BJ’s at about 12 bucks. Good price. No frills. Not impressed with function with AAA batteries but is very bright and fantastic with 18650 rechargeable battery.


  8. It’s NOT “Bell & Howell”, it’s Bell + Howell. This is not the camera & video projector and optics company of fame since the 1950s.
    As to this company website – bellandhowellDOTcom – I found that their website lists ONLY some (larger) flashlights – and not this model – so I think this may be a closeout because there are the SAME model lights on AmazonDOTcom (Bell + Howell Model #1176* for $1.72 (shipped from France, free, but slow).
    … *From 2 various {other} companies featuring the SAME video ad …

  9. I just received my Taclight from Bell & Howell — What a disappointment — the amount of light
    produced by three Triple A batteries – are a joke — any standard flashlight – has a stronger beam —
    Bell & Howell should be ashamed — they once had a great name — now peddling this garbage from
    China under their name is sad — mine are headed for the garbage can — not worth the shipping
    costs to return — Thanks

  10. Yes, well you can believe that they are taking advantage of the Bell and Howell name, even though the original Bell and Howell probably knows nothing of this..I haven’t seen the B& H name on anything significant in years..Sounds good in the commercial but we all know that truth in advertising doesn’t exist anymore..Good luck..

  11. Haven’t bought it yet. Frankly, it’s hard to believe that Bell & Howell would make something like this. I’ve noticed that the ads never write Bell & Howell. They write Bell + Howell, using the plus sign, not the ampersand. Does that make a difference? It could

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