One heck of a flashlight
March 27, 2015
To be honest I have to say first of all I'm a huge Inova flashlight fan and have been for nearly 15 years,so I have a bit of bias from the "git go".But in my experience the Inova flashlights are built to last a lifetime and have overall performed better than any other flashlights Ive ever owned. At any rate,I purchased the X2 to use as my new emergency/utility/hunting light so I could use easy to find AA batteries when out in the the boonies,everybody has AA batteries on hand.
Man the X2 is the most rugged built flashlight Ive ever owned.First of all,the tube diameter is approx. the same outside diameter as my XO3 and X5 CR123A based lights,so the wall thickness is nearly twice as thick as most other flashlights in the AA battery class.That combined with the thick raised rim stainless steel bezel ring and thick polymer lens,I'd say the X2 is nearly as tough as a hammer, in my opinion.No worries about crushing,dings,dents or broken lenses from impacts and drops,the hard anodized finish is nice looking uniform black and robust scratch resistant.The momentary tail switch is the same size as the XO3 and X5 so it works well with larger fingers and gloved hands.
Love the fact that the X series still retains the traditional Inova twisty and momentary on/off "dead mans switch" with mode selection of high on first followed by the low setting,no mode memory and lock out capability.Basic,rugged,reliable and quick to use.
The beam tint is on the warmer side compared to previous models making it much better for outdoors use,and man does this light throw.I was amazed at just how much light the X2 can put out and it easily rivals my 200 lumen XO3.The low mode is considerably brighter than I expected and is actually brighter than some of the 30 lumen lights I own.It throws enough light on low to see a considerable distance and is ideal for close up work as well,with outstanding run time on a set of AA batteries.
Basically,even as an Inova fanboy, I remain simply amazed with the quality and performance of the X2.Never thought I would find a 2xAA light that was built and performed the way this light is/does. As usual for Inova,the X2 comes with U.S. made Energizer batteries installed,ready to use right out of the package. Very pleased to say the least, and as always thanks to Battery Junction for the good prices and selection.
Pros:Built as tough as a claw hammer.
Stainless steel bezel ring.
Thick scratch/impact resistant polymer lens.
Sleek one piece "tip to tail" aluminum body design with threaded tail switch cap.
Excellent beam tint,flood and throw.
Rugged, reliable switch design and function.
Large lanyard hole sized perfectly for 550 cord.
Comes with quality U.S. made Energizer batteries installed.