Inova’s X5 is a great LED flashlight at an affordable price. The X5 features 5 LEDs that output a maximum of 60 lumens, has a durable aerospace-grade aluminum body, and runs on CR123 lithium batteries.
Like Inova’s other X-series flashlights, the X5 has a knurled twist switch, and machined flats around its body that makes the flashlight very comfortable to grip securely. The X5 also has a rubbery tactical-style momentary push switch at its butt end.
No, the X5 is not the best flashlight available, but it’s a pretty darned good one and could be considered the best of its class and price range. While I don’t use my X5 all the time, I reach for it in situations where I need a flashlight that’s reliable and built like a tank.
It looks like the US Homeland Security and TSA ( Transportation Security Administration) departments are also fans of the Inova X5, as these flashlights (titanium color, UV LEDs) are used at the security lines at many airports to check IDs. Thus far I’ve seen them used at all 5 of the US airports I’ve visited in recent months.
The Inova X5 is typically priced at $25-40 (average of about $35), and is available online and in stores. If you want to check them out in person, Inova flashlights are carried by most Target stores.