Very bright, and effective light
July 25, 2013
This is an absolutely fantastic light, and I would recommend it to anyone looking for an ultra-bright, moderately small light. It appears very well built - at least the outside construction - and durable.
To get the minor things out of the way first: I\'m not super fond of the tail switch operation. It is a heavy click and has to be pressed a long way in for it to stay on. Also, I find the button on the side of the light to be hard to find. Neither a big deal, but still UX inconveniences.
There is certainly a ton on the good side. First, is, simply put: bright, bright. This light is blinding and the beam has an excellent throw. The brightest part of the beam is slightly larger (creates a larger circle) then some other brands (such as the Olight M20), but there is so much more quantity of light, that I like it that way. It gives me more of a picture when I turn it on.
The strobe setting - which is accessed by double tapping the side button - alternates between super fast strobing and fast strobing. When it\'s super fast, it\'s almost like the the light doesn\'t turn off complete, but instead just varies the output. When it\'s fast it seems like it does shut the light off completely during the off part of the strobe. I feel this is a brilliant, and excellent feature, and I believe I would recommend this light based off of that feature alone. I was very impressed.
When the light is on, the side button can be depressed briefly to turn the light onto Standby mode (turning the light off). When the button is depressed for < 1 second (roughly), the light returns to Standby. When pressed for > 1 second, the light will remain on. While it takes a little getting used to, I think this is a great feature that mimics the tail switch\'s momentary on, allowing one to turn it on ever so briefly to scan an area before turning the light back off.
The candlelight setting is absolutely fantastic. It like an ultra low setting as the light has High, Medium, and Low, and then Ultra Low. It is probably a second single reason for buying the light. It is perfect for casual times when one doesn\'t need much light. I find myself using this setting quite a bit.
One other thing I really like is that it defaults to high (like after swapping batteries). Typically when I want to turn it on quickly, I desire the high setting to be used and don\'t want to find another button to get it there. I make a habit of running the light for at least 3 seconds on High after having it on a lower setting, and before turning it off because otherwise it will remember the last setting that was run on for more than 3 seconds.
While it doesn\'t have a cigar ring, there are enough groves to keep it from rolling a long way. It does not include a holster, but I find that isn\'t a big deal for me as I just use the belt clip. It does includes a lanyard.
The bezel does get reasonably warm, but overall it seems to handle the heat buildup well.
I like how the head screws onto the battery part of the light as the connection seems solid and it glides on very nicely.
The light does go through batteries, so be sure to have a few extras around, and I personally would recommend rechargeables for that reason.