July 1, 2013
I purchased the Klarus RS11 after my old Stream Light Stinger bit the dust. The purchase of this brand was\'t an automatic for me since I never heard of the company before. I started looking for a comparable sized flashlight to the old Stinger, and I wanted the convenience of a rechargeable flashlight but brightness of the new LED flashlights.
The field was so full of similar lights but nothing really stood out to me until I saw this RS11 flashlight by Klarus.
There were many things about this light that I liked, however the feature that ultimately sold me was the USB charging feature. The USB charging cord is so useful to me since I can simply plug it into any USB port (that I\'ve tried so far) and top off the battery. The other feature that sold me is found on the other end of the USB cord, that being the magnetic coupling of the cable to the flashlight. I have found this to be very secure, and I don\'t have to worry about the connector ever becoming loose and not charging or wearing out from constant pluging and unpluging into the the flashlight.
Now after owning this light for about three months and using this light on a regular basis I am more than pleased. It is so much brighter than my old one it replaced, yet if you don\'t need all that light, you can step it down to two dimmer settings (don\'t use the high mode to look at maps or read books as it can be blinding, I know I\'ve done it!).
I use my RS11 with the Ultrafire 18650 3000 milliamperes battery and it fits fine and charges properly. I\'ve never let the light just burn to test how long it will stay lit, but I typically just throw it on the charger about once a week, and have never experienced a complete discharge.
I have\'t dropped this light yet, nor have I submerged it in water, so cannot comment on real world durability. This light seems to be well built and feels solid in the hand though.
I am very happy with the Klarus RS11 so far and expect to get many years of use out of it. It has been reliable for me. I recently showed this light to a co-worker and it ended up saving him about $100 dollars as he decided to get a different model Klarus light that had a tactical tail cap switch rather than a different brand flashlight he was originally looking at!