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Excellent compact flashlight,
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This review is from: Leatherman 831064 Serac S3 LED Flashlight (Tools & Home Improvement)
An excellent all-purpose flashlight. I got this light for camping and have been very happy with it.
- Compact - just slightly larger than a roll of life savers
- Three different light intensity levels... too many high-end flashlights are always super bright.. eats through batteries quick and is blinding for something simple like reading a book in a dim room. The low intensity level on the S3 is perfect for most day-to-day purposes and lasts for 30+ hours (I've personally tested this). The mid range is more than enough for close work or signaling.. not sure what anyone would need the brightest setting for (blinding a charging moose??) but it's there if you need it and it certainly provides plenty of lumen bragging rights.
- Water resistant to 3 feet - no concerns about rain or shallow dunkings
- Shock resistant - can survive mild drops
- Excellent build quality. It's truly a pleasure to hold and use. I find myself carrying it even when it's not on.. it gives you that natural satisfaction of owning a very well made gadget. Anyone who's ever happily wasted time playing with the blades of their Leatherman Micra or Victornox Swiss Army knife knows what I'm talking about.
- Expensive. Flashlights seem to come in 2 different price ranges.. the S3 is at the lower end of the high range.. but that still makes it 3 to 4 times more pricy than plenty of good lights on the market.
- Special battery. Not a big deal - if you spend this much on a flashlight you should expect to spend a bit more on batteries - but you can't get them at every corner store. Buy extras before heading out on a long trip.
- Heavy. Actually a pro in many ways - the weight feels great in your hand - but if you're planning to use the clip to attach it to the brim of your baseball hat (as pictured on Leatherman's website) you'd better have a mighty stiff hat brim. If you need a hands-free light get a headlamp instead.
- Twitchy light intensity control.. on vs. off is a robust "click" but changing intensity levels takes some practice and feels a bit tweaky. This is my main personal complaint and the only reason I haven't given the flashlight 5 stars.