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3.0 out of 5 stars If everyday frustration is what you like..., December 13, 2012
This review is from: Life Gear LG511 Highland Series 400-Lumen Tactical LED Flashlight with Emergency Flasher, 2-Pack (Tools & Home Improvement)
Well, it's bright enough. Great. It's ugly too. Whatever. The fins are to manage the heat and cool the LED modules so they last. Understood.

The biggest problem I have with this torch is the multi-function button. 98% of all flashlights I have ever owned/used have had a button that has a positive on/off click and a momentary partially depressed "on" feature. That means that all those flashlights *could* be used to signal in Morse code. Partially depress those buttons and get a burst of light of varying length. Not here. Partially depressing the on-off button cycles between high power, low power, and senseless "strobe" mode. So, when you turn it on, it's a trickbag of whatever is next in the rotation. If you want the high beam 95% of the time to find something in the dark (I do), and you want low beam 5% of the time to light your path and navigate for an extended period of time, then the nausea and seizure inducing strobe mode popping up a third of the time begins to frustrate you. Grrrr. So, you get a random mode and no hope whatsoever of signaling with this flashlight.

And the "emergency" flasher? Well, it's red. Is that emergency enough for you? At this price point, it would be nice to see an *ACTUAL* strobe tied to those beefy triple C-cells. Something you can't ignore for changing a tire at the side of the road, perhaps? Even visible during the daylight? Nope, three LEDs powered by small button style watch batteries. Don't you DARE take the road flares out of your trunk because you carry this flashlight in your car! But the Life+Gear marketing people thought it was worth using the phrase "and used like a flare". I hope they don't get someone killed. Can't signal with the red light either. It cycles through an on-off-flash-off rotation. Anemic, if not pathetic.

It has nice solid construction and weight. It feels like quality. And CREE LEDs--a must for serious LED flashlights. (That should not even be a question at this price but unfortunately, it has to be.) The designers went off-script with the on-off button and made a good torch annoying. Congratulations, you tossed in a few capacitors, transistors, and resistors and made a flashlight into a flashinglight. It's not a great value, it's feature set is not especially compelling. Let's hope it's rock solid reliable and lasts like a family heirloom. That's the only x-factor that could redeem this purchase. Three stars is generous, but two stars is a bit harsh for a flashlight that works as designed.
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Initial post: Jan 12, 2013 1:03:09 AM PST
" senseless "strobe" mode"
You are missing the point of a Tactical Light. The strobe is designed to temporaraly blind and disorient an attacker or intruder and can even be used to chase off animals.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 24, 2013 1:02:39 AM PST
Ok, point taken. My gripe is still valid. How about a bright orange or red rubber membrane covered button for the flasher above the flashlight button to separate them? Anyway, we can't redesign the product. It exists. Consumers should be aware of the potentially annoying mode cycling behavior.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 15, 2013 10:25:02 AM PDT
Your recommended "addition" would probably add another $20 - $30 to the cost. No thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 31, 2013 10:02:11 PM PDT
Maybe. But everytime I turn this light on and the flashy-strobe is the mode that pops up in the rotation, I sigh audibly. It's like the creepy uncle that you're forced to endure 3 times a year for the holidays and listen to the same 7 fart jokes over and over. Ok, well, maybe not that bad.
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