Primitive Survivors XT808 Tactical Flashlight Review - Is It The Best Value for Your Money?

Primitive Survivors is a leader in the tactical gear field. They design and sell everything from bug out bags to camo to gun cleaning supplies to camping gear. The XT808 tactical flashlight is one of their bestsellers.

The reason this model sells so well is that it hits all the essentials for a tactical flashlight. It’s lightweight, provides a range of zoom and power settings, and can use two types of batteries.

It comes with a rechargeable battery that you can use when you know you won’t need to use it very long. But, as with all good survival gear, this is meant to function when the power goes out indefinitely. That’s why it comes with an adapter that you can use to power the flashlight with AAA batteries. Simply throw xt808 in your bug out bag along with a couple of packs of AAAs, and you’ll be ready for anything.

Primitive Survivors is based in the U.S. and offers a 30-day full refund on all of their products.

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Primitive Survivors XT808

Detailed Review & Breakdown

Let’s get into the details with the specs, the features that stand out, and the characteristics we would like to see Primitive Survivors XT808 improve on.

We’ve already discussed the alternative power source, so let’s talk about brightness. We listed this model’s 800 Lumens as a con below, but let’s put that into perspective.

PSurvivors A brightness of 800 Lumens is equivalent to a 60-watt lightbulb. It’s not as bright as a flashlight could be, but it will still temporarily blind a predator or attacker to help you get away or gain the upper hand. And with a distance of 550 yards, 800 Lumens will brighten any dark corner or underbrush you walk up to.

Speaking of defense, it also has a beveled edge at the front. If you don’t have anything else in hand, you can use the durable metal of it (and the pain-inducing shape) to ward off any threats.

When you do get into trouble, you can use the SOS mode to signal for help. It’s also a low-power mode to help your buddies find you in the woods. Besides the SOS mode, you’ll also find four more settings you can use depending on your situation.

Again, for defense or offense purposes, the strobe mode will disorient your target. The low-light settings are for when you want to make yourway safely without losing your natural night-vision or giving away your location prematurely. You can cycle through all the modes with a quick press of the power button.

You can also use xt808 in a variety of weather conditions. It’s 100% waterproof, so it will stay lit in the rain or snow. You can even drop it in a puddle and pull out again to keep using it without so much as a blink interruption in the light. And even if your hands are dirty or sweaty, you’ll still be able to keep a hold of it with its textured grip.

Besides the brightness, the one drawback is the zoom settings. The four settings are adequate for most situations, but the range between them is quite wide. We’d rather see more settings with narrower gaps for greater accuracy.

Product Specifications

This is the nitty-gritty of what you want to know for comparison purposes.
  • Composition: Aircraft Aluminum
  • Bulb Type: XM-L Cree T6
  • Light Source: LED
  • Lightning Bolt
    Lumen: 800
  • Lightning Bolt
    Light Distance: 500 meters / approximately 550 yards
  • Lightning Bolt
    Bulb Life: 100,000 hours
  • Lightning Bolt
    Zoom: 1x, 250x, 500x, 2000x
  • Lightning Bolt
    Battery: 18650 rechargeable battery or three AAA batteries with an included adapter
  • Lightning Bolt
    Waterproof: Yes
  • Lightning Bolt
    Weight: 3 ounces

Pros/Cons of this Model


Here’s why we like it.
  • Can use the rechargeable battery or three AAA batteries
  • Super lightweight of 3 ounces
  • Waterproof for use in wet conditions
  • Plus Octagon
    Beveled edge and strong material for emergency defense
  • Plus Octagon
    Piercing distance of 550 yards
  • Plus Octagon
    Long life bulb at 100,000 hours
  • Plus Octagon
    SOS setting for emergency use
  • Plus Octagon
    Textured grip
  • Plus Octagon
    Comes with hard shell carrying case


Here are some things that could be better.
  • LED bulb only produces 800 lumens, not the brightest bulb in the field
  • Only has 4 zoom settings

Final Verdict: Is It Worth the Money?


In a word, yes, but XT808 is not the cheapest or the brightest model you can buy. It’s a good mix of what’s most important in a tactical model. For a little over $40, you’ll get a flashlight that can use two power sources, has a range of light and zoom settings, is waterproof, and is designed for defense and survival.

At only 3 ounces and with a 30-day guarantee, we don’t see a good reason not to include this in your hunting or survival gear arsenal.