Very Bright & Exceptional Run Time [on low mode]
March 17, 2015
OK, I will try to be as fair as I can be in reviewing this flashlight. This little flashlight does put out a great deal of light using a single AA battery, however the manner in which it does it leaves somewhat to be desired. First of all it does have great spill, however I find it that the center spot of the light should have been more focused therefore achieving a better beam distance; because the rated 100 meter distance on high is somewhat questionable.
I don't have the proper means to confirm or deny the accuracy of the beam distance. Now as for the run times the manufacturer claims that it will run 1 1/2 hours on high and 28 hours on low, it will run 1 1/2 hours on high however this to the point of not producing useful light; and as for the 28 hours on low I find this to be some what optimistic. The best run time I managed to get on the low mode was about 20 hours and this is using a high quality alkaline battery NOT some cheap alkaline, so if any one out there knows of an alkaline battery that can run this flash light for up to 28 hours please do tell.
Now as for the build quality of the flashlight I must say it is exceptional, however the clip that comes with it tends to annoy me because it easily turns when I change modes by turning the head of the flashlight or when replacing the battery; please note that this is just a personal peeve of mine.
Pros:*It will run about 17 hours on low with a properly conditioned Enerloop AA Pro NIMH battery.
*It does put out a nice even and very bright beam on high which can light a very wide area.
*It does tail stand.
Cons:*It's regulating circuitry runs in an all you can eat manner when run on high mode using NIMH batteries, what this means is that even with a properly conditioned high capacity Enerloop Pro it will barely run an hour and a half; if it ran on a steady regulating mode than it would run longer than 1 1/2 hours. It will run very bright though.
*It does get fairly hot when run on high mode for an extended amount of time, this is specially thru when using NIMH batteries.
*At this price a nice holster should have been included, after all this is supposed to be an everyday carry [EDC] flashlight!