64 of 67 people found the following review helpful
on November 10, 2012
The specs on this light say "up to 300 lumens" but that is ONLY if you use a 14500 li-ion cell, not a regular AA battery and even then the light is still not 300 lumens, more like 200 but still nice and bright for a $5 light. A 14500 cell is the same size as your average AA battery, but provides almost twice the power and are also rechargeable. IMPORTANT: If you decide to purchase a 14500 cell PLEASE buy a high quality one such as AW brand and make sure it is a PROTECTED 14500 CELL, and stay away from the xxxxxfire brands commonly found on eBay as these cells can be very dangerous. Please do some research on li-ion cells before buying them. Other than that, great little light :)
35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
on November 8, 2012
I normally don't bother to review stuff, but I am very impressed with this torch and want to share some information that could be useful to others.
There are multiple sellers for this item, and I suspect that the item quality may vary depending on the seller and the source/timing of their stock. I bought mine from Warm Mart around Oct 20. The item is shipped from Hong Kong, and took 2.5 weeks to arrive.
This little torch looks more expensive than the $5 I paid for it. It's made from metal, heavy (for its size), and has a tactical bezel that looks like it can be used to break glass.
The orange switch works reliably. There are other versions of this torch out there that has multiple settings - high, low, strobe. The one I received only has 2 settings though - on and off.
It only requires a single AA battery, which is nice. It works great with rechargeable NiMH batteries. I tried an Sanyo Eneloop rechargeable battery on the torch and left the light on to see how long it'll last - it lasted more that 4 hours on a single charge! I don't know exactly how long it lasted as I gave up checking after 4 hours. What's also amazing is that the brightness stays pretty constant over 3+ hours. Regular torchlights tend to get dimmer as its battery drains - not this one.
How bright is this torchlight? I have other LED torchlights for comparison - i.e. a typical pocket LED torch with 9 LEDs, running on 3xAAA and sells for a few dollars. This torchlight blows that one away - it's at least a couple of times brighter. It also emits a bright white light instead of the bluish-white light that other LED torchlights produce.
This torch also has a bezel that you can move in or out, to adjust the beam. On the 'wide' setting, it produces a very evenly lit circular spot. When used in the dark, the 'beam' setting will easily light up something that's 50+ feet away. The 'beam' setting looks strange though as it produces a squarish spot that is essentially an image of the Cree LED's surface.
It puts my other regular LED torches to shame. Wife initially balked when I bought another torchlight; when I turned it on, she wants me to buy a few more! A friend that I've shown it to now wants to get one.
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on October 20, 2012
This price performance ratio cannot be beaten. Over 3 separate purchases, I have this great pocketlight in 3 family cars, 3 of my buddies' cars, and 4 waiting presents for coming occasions. Really bright on a single AA, even brighter than most of the 3xAAA pocketlights out there for three times the price. Highly recommended!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on November 30, 2012
Previously purchased what looks like same item thru Amazon 3rd parties (one each) on Oct 17th from vendors Warm-Mart shop and Lucky Electronics. While they "look IDENTICAL" on the outside, the shipment I just received from this vendor was MUCH BRIGHTER and has 3 modes (Bright, Dim, and Flashing). Other reviews mention disappointment in brightness. It is NOT a quality consistency problem, as I ordered 30 and they ALL FUNCTIONED PERFECTLY. As other reviewers warn, there are apparently different versions of what looks to be the same product. I got lucky on this shipment.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on March 29, 2014
It is extremely bright, and does use up batteries as expected. I would give it five stars except it has five modes, I thought it had three and the modes are hard to step through. The zoom is great.
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on December 12, 2012
Ordered one of these lights as a test purchase, it came fast, was super bright, and had 3-position cap (Hi-Lo-Strobe). Ordered 4 more and the lights are same size, but not labeled CREE, and are single-mode and half-as bright.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on April 29, 2013
Bought 3 of these and so far one has failed only 4 months out with basic around the house use, this means it was never used outside in the rain or snow or been sitting in a situation of extreme temperatures like my car.
These should last longer then 4 months, very frustrating as I tried to work it out with seller.
Emailed seller and basically none responsive and no customer service of any kind, not the way I would treat a customer...
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I've owned three of these flashlights to date. The first one lasted about 9 months. I used it on the job, working in mechanical and boiler rooms, and it had a couple of moderate falls (4 feet or less). It continued working after those falls, but one day I found it simply wouldn't turn on. Looking inside the battery tube, it looks as if the surface where the positive terminal of the battery is supposed to contact has been worn away. Can't say for sure what happened, but I ordered two to replace it. They are cheap enough that I'd rather have a backup than have one fail and be caught without a light source.
These are very tactical looking, but they are NOT built with tactical uses in mind. I certainly wouldn't trust my life to one of these lights. They are great for the money, but you do get what you pay for. Speaking of which, this light is nowhere near 300 lumens on a standard AA alkaline battery. With a lithium battery, it's definitely brighter, but it's still not 300 lumens. I'd highly recommend using a lithium cell with this light, both for the brightness advantages and for the ability to recharge your battery since these will run through a standard AA decently quick.
Last thing to mention - I LOVE the beam adjustment of this light. It's extremely easy to operate one-handed, and you can change the focus of the beam very quickly since you are pushing/pulling the lens assembly instead of turning it. This also lends itself well to being able to maintain a better grip on the light while adjusting the beam. At the tightest focus, you do get a square light pattern like you see in some of the customer images, but I've grown to like that. On a dark night, it's like having a miniature spot light, the beam focuses so tightly.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 7, 2014
Really great for the price. Running a "protected" Li-ion 18650 battery in this light, and it is very bright. The protected battery is 4.5mm longer, so the battery size is 18 mm diameter and 69.5mm long, but fits easily after getting a sleeve adaptor (not included, but search on Ebay). However, I would recommend reading up about the potential fire hazards of Li-ion batteries before you go down this path, so you know what you are getting into. (That is what the protection circuitry is about on the battery).
Quality seems very good so far for the price.
On mine, there is a reset delay on the switch, so if you wait about 10-15 seconds after clicking off, the switch does not cycle through the 5 modes, but goes back to maximum intensity.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on November 3, 2012
Great for price but unfortunately doesn't have the three modes (high, low, strobe) that other model has for $0.50 more.
Bright and good for general use!