I haven't had this very long so I can't vouch for its durability, but as for the amount of light this bad daddy puts out I am VERY impressed.
I may be way behind the latest in flashlight technology since my main flashlights are the old-school maglight type lights--2 AA's and a regular incandescent bulb. Moving to LED and the 18650 battery, I am amazed how bright the light is. I like the more cool, bluish light as opposed to the more warm/orange'ish incandescent light.
It seems to be well made and mine is a kind of gold'ish/bronze'ish/brown'ish aluminum. (Anodized? Not sure)
The only thing I would have liked is some type of instruction that would have alerted me as to the other modes and how to access them. Here's the scoop: When you push the on/off button it comes on in High mode. To access low or one of the 2 blinking modes (steady/rhythmic flash or SOS flash) you have to 'tap' the on off button twice quickly--within a second or so. Keep double tapping and it will cycle through the modes.
Assuming long-term durability, I will be buying more of these to replace every AA type flashlight I own.
Also, maybe I missed it, but I didn't realize it was shipping from Hong Kong. I was hoping to get it in just a couple of days instead of 3 weeks. If/when I order more of these I will try to find a domestic US company to buy from. (Not so much out of buy USA ONLY, just impatience with overseas shipping times)
I've had mine for about 2 months now and it is the brightest flashlight that I own. Is it 1000 lumens? No, but it's very, very bright! I don't have a way to measure lumens but it is definitely brighter than another flashlight that I own that claims that it's 600 lumens.
So why am I giving this a 4 instead of 5 stars? Made in China and shipped from China. Not ALL products from China are bad, however, the reason it's cheap is because of inconsistent quality control. You may be lucky and get a super good flashlight, comparable to those named brands flashlight that are about $80.00 or more. On the other hand, you may get a flashlight from a bad batch that will have problems here and there.
The flashlight that I've received is exactly as pictured here.
The flashlight uses one single 18650 battery, which you have to buy separately and you'll need to buy a charger too if you've never owned an 18650 battery before. They are not the same size as AA batteries. However, you can substitute 2 CR123 batteries and those will work as well.
This flashlight does get very hot when left on at its highest output for a prolonged period of time. I usually just use it on its lowest settings around the house, since that already lights up my entire room.
The threading on mine is not perfect. Be careful NOT TO OVER TIGHTEN, since that will completely tear up the threading and it'll be loose forever.
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