Great EDC light for the money
August 18, 2015
I have to say I think the JETBeam BC10 is a screaming bargain for the money! I've had two to date, my current one and one that was stolen from my jacket while it hung in the office at work. For two years it split EDC time evenly with a Surefire E1b.
First off, the build quality of the BC10 is really good. The threading is nice and smooth and the finish is very good looking. It has proven quite durable, too. The light engine is excellent, a little bit cool but not as blue as most lights in this price range. The BC10 has an orange peel reflector that gives a nice bit of spill while still having a good hot spot. The tail cap is a forward clicky with a soft rubber boot and a good feel. The cap is somewhat protected by flanges but it will tailstand, albeit being a bit wobbly.
All the BC lights have the same excellent UI. The light has just two modes, HIGH and LOW. You change settings by twisting the head a partial turn and it stays in whatever mode you leave it. This is vastly superior in my opinion to the various logic/memory modes of other lights that force you to memorize a series of button pushes to cycle through to the mode you want (which always seems to be 20 clicks away). Two modes is plenty for me, and great for emergency use. It's also simple to use, a virtue if you lend the light to a non-enthusiast.
The only minor potential issue with the construction of the BC10 is that there's no spring at the head end of the battery compartment; the CR123A cell is right against the circuit board. A hard drop would in theory at least be more likely to damage the board than it would on a light with springs on both ends. However, in practice it has stood up pretty well and I'll note that my Surefire E1b (at $150 USD) also has just a bare board at the head end. This is probably done to keep the overall length of the light short for carry.
As with the other BC lights, the pocket clip is basically worthless. It doesn't grip very tightly, either your clothes or the light. It pops off easily and is pretty flimsy. It must have cost JETBeam about a dime to make. Almost worse, yet it attaches about 1/3 the way down the body of the light. It's a very short body to begin with so the light doesn't ride very deep in the pocket. Coupled with the poor clip, it makes it kind of hard to secure the light against loss.
All in all, these are pretty minor issues, given the very low cost and overall high quality of the light. I've moved to an Elzetta Bravo for EDC, but I still carry the JETBeam BC10 at times. It's a lot of light for not a lot of money. Recommended!
Pros:Excellent output from one CR123A cell. Good tint and beam quality (good ratio of spill to hot spot). Nice finish and overall great build quality. Superb UI. Low cost. Great battery life on LOW.
Cons:No spring on head end of battery compartment. Crappy pocket clip.