The new EDC Standard!!!
June 30, 2010
As someone who is constantly attempting to find an EDC that meets certain requirements-mainly:
1) Is small and inconspicuous
2) easily carried and has carry options (e.g. keychain/pocket clip)that are well designed and hold securely.
3) Has a decent amount of lumens and has some sort of adjustable output level
4) Has not only decent throw, but has a beam that is well suited for close-in work
5) Runs well with common, readily available batteries
I have to say that this lights meets ALL my criterion as well as exceeding my expectations for build quality and ease of use.
The throw on this light is definitely well suited for close in work and the beam quality is excellent! The spill that is has is well focused and certainly more than what I was expecting from such a tiny implement! I don\'t know what people\'s preference is as far as the LED color, but, in this case, this is the 2nd R5 light I currently possess and I like the tint- It highlights my work surface/area very well.
I was hoping to find an EDC that was able to take 10440\'s, as the last EDC I had with that option had phenominal output, but, it was rather clumsy as it needed to have a fairly large heatsink (for a AAA) to dissipate the heat generated by the 10440 cell. This tiny EDC has a surprising amount of output for a non-10440 cell!
In closing, I can say that I am completely satisfied with this product!! The ONLY thing it needs is to touch up the threads as its a little \"gritty\" right out of the box. Besides that, this is one EDC light that does NOT disappoint! Even the neat little \"presentation case\" it is shipped in was a nice touch!!
Bottom Line:If you are looking for a tiny EDC light that is VERY well made, has decent throw/spill, has a surprising amount of output and runs off regular commercial batteries you can find everywhere, look no further-this is the light for you!