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The Solaray Pro ZX-1 solid and sturdy tactical flashlight. It is extremely bright and perfect for outdoor activities such as hiking or camping.

Solaray is under the parent company, Natural Brands. What makes them stand out is that they only sell to consumer and not wholesale. Natural Brands operates in Michigan, United States - refreshing to see when compared to their Chinese-based competitors.

According to their product description, the ZX-1 Pro is designed for:

  • Security
  • Walks
  • Car camping
  • Hiking
  • Fishing
  • 4x4 hunting
  • Spotlight
  • Truck Work
  • Everyday home use

While this flashlight may be perfect for the above, we would not recommend the Pro ZX-1 for tactical or firearm use. For that, we recommend going with either the SureFire-G2X, Nitecore P12 or Klarus XT11GT.

Specifications

The ZX-1 Solaray Pro advertises to output a max / high output of 1200 lumens. However, when compared to other 400 or 600 lumen flashlights, the ZX-1 does not appear to be brighter in reality. Despite that, it is still a very bright light but we’re not 100% certain about its actual max lumen output.

It has 5 light modes/settings:

  • High
  • Medium
  • Low
  • Strobe
  • SOS

The high, strobe and SOS settings outputs at max. While medium to low has increasingly less lumen output.

It has a Cree XM-L LED bulb.

What is the max throw / flood distance?

The ZX-1’s maximum throw distance is over 150 yards with maximum magnification.

Material and Durability

Material

The ZX-1 is made with solid aluminum alloy with a hard-anodized finish.

Is it waterproof? Water-resistant?

The ZX-1 Pro is water-resistant, not waterproof. We do not recommend submerging this flashlight underwater, but it does well in rainy weather conditions.

Impact Resistance

The Solaray website advertises the flashlight to be shock-proof but internal parts are likely to become loose after a drop. Some users have also reported the zoom lens as being wobbly.

Size and Dimensions

  • 6.2 x 1.1 x 1.5 inches
  • 5 ounces

Battery

This 1200 lumen flashlight is compatible with one 18650 battery or three triple AAA batteries. If purchased on Amazon, the package comes with a battery charger one 18650 battery with sleeve and a triple AAA battery holder.

Accessories

In addition to the battery accessories above, the Solaray Pro ZX-1 package on Amazon includes the following accessories:

  • BC-1 Battery Charger
  • One 18650 (3.6 volt) lithium-ion (li-ion) battery
  • 18650 battery sleeve
  • Triple AAA battery holder (AAA batteries not included)
  • Gift box

Customer Service

We want to add an additional note on the positive feedback users provided regarding Solaray / Natural Brands’ customer service.

Many customers have reported Solaray to be very quick with their communication. Some have received replacement flashlight kits free of charge. Overall, it seems like Solaray is genuinely concerned with customer satisfaction - which is always a good thing.

Conclusion: Our Solaray Pro ZX-1 Review

The Solaray Pro ZX-1 is a great outdoor and everyday use flashlight. That being said, there better options if you’re looking for a weapon mount or a light for tactical use.

For a tactical flashlight, check out our other reviews below:

It’s also nice knowing the company strives on customer satisfaction.

While not exactly 1200 lumens, it is sufficiently bright and flexible with 5 modes and zoomable lens. It makes for a great flood light with no spill.